What a great day

November 29, 2011 · 0 comments

What a great day I’ve had! I had the day off work today, because it’s MY day. ๐Ÿ™‚

Fanfan made me breakfast, which was lovely. Then I went and bought some recovery gear for my FJ Cruiser (some roll-up tracks to be used if the vehicle gets bogged), had lunch with a friend, chilled out with Fanfan in the afternoon, had dinner at a great revolving restaurant overlooking Canberra, and then came home to some close friends joining me for a birthday dessert party.

It was great. ๐Ÿ™‚

I was also really surprised by the number of people on Facebook wishing me happy birthday. It was unprecedented, but entirely enjoyable. ๐Ÿ™‚

Would you like to see me write more about my daily activities, thoughts, etc, rather than my yearly activities?


I’m not sorry

February 16, 2008 · 1 comment

During the week just gone, Australia had its 'Sorry Day', where the government apologised to the Aborigines for the treatment they experienced generations ago. I can certainly understand the need for the Australian government to be seen saying sorry for something the government was responsible for generations ago, and I see it as a positive step forward for reconciliation.

However, the problem I have is apologising for something that's not the fault of the current generation. There's two forms of 'sorry'. One is 'I'm sorry you experienced something tragic. I know I can never know what it's like for you as a result of what happened.' The other is 'I'm sorry that I caused you great suffering.' The first is valid for Australia's 'sorry day', while the second is not. The current government is not responsible for the actions of its predecessors 40-50 years ago.

Unfortunately, the Aboriginal people seem to be split in their desires for reconciliation or compensation. Some just want to move forward, acknowledging the mistakes of the past, and working towards the future. Others don't think that's enough, and want more. A lot more. These are the people who are preferring to believe that 'I'm sorry' means 'I'm responsible', and the court cases are already beginning.

Within 24 hours of the 'I'm sorry' day ending, I heard news reports that one group of Aboriginals are planning on taking the government to court so sue for compensation, as they're 'victims' of the current government. Another Aboriginal woman wants to take the leader of the Opposition party to court because he used examples of past Aboriginal tragedy as outlined in a book. Her example was referred to by him, and since he never asked her permission to read something that's in the public record anyway, she now claims she feels 'violated' all over again.

I can see opportunists coming out of the ground. People are naturally greedy, and they will grab every opportunity they can to get money from a situation. The government did what they could to ensure they were not claiming liability for something that happened 40+ years ago, but some people just don't care. They'll screw others for everything they can, whenever and wherever they can.

It's pretty disappointing. What are your thoughts on the matter?

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Happy Australia Day

26 January 2008

Today is Australia Day, where we celebrate the beginning of Australia, which was when the British first settled here in 1788. It's almost midnight on this day, and I thought I should do a post about it. Australia Day is where we celebrate the history of our country, and of being an Australian. We're a […]

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Happy anniversary!

26 January 2008

Last week Deidre and I celebrated our 3rd year together, after having met each other mid-January 2005. It’s not just amazing, but it’s a wonderful thing that we’re still together after this long. We’re both stubborn and pig-headed, so we’ve had quite a few challenging times. But we both value communication and commitment, which has […]

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And now for something completely different

7 January 2008

An update! Oh wait, that’s not completely different…. Oh well, you’ll just have to accept it anyway. It’s taken me this long to recover from our holiday, so I hope you can forgive me for not writing. I haven’t really been ‘recovering’ as such, I just haven’t felt like writing anything, but that changes today. […]

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And a happy new year to you!

31 December 2007

I’m settling in for the new year, with friends coming over for bbq, drinks and music. I’ll be taking photos. I hope you all have a good new year, and all the best for 2008. I’m looking forward to this coming year!

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Merry Christmas to you all

25 December 2007

I hope you had a wonderful time with your family and friends, and that you felt a sense of love and belonging. To me, that’s what christmas is about, and that’s what I’ve had today. I’ll provide more of an update tomorrow, but right now, I’m going to bed to get some sleep! Merry xmas […]

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Say hello to the hot weather

20 October 2007

This is the weather right now (today is Saturday): Yes, it’s quite warm. And I’ve been outside in it setting up our new outdoor setting to go with our BBQ. It’s nice to have our own outdoor setting to relax at, and invite people around and have BBQ parties. We had Peter C around last […]

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To the snow

9 August 2007

Iโ€™m going to Thredbo on Saturday with some friends who are going to be skiing. Thatโ€™s right, I wonโ€™t be skiing myself. But I will be taking photos. And driving in my fun new car. Peter, Chantal and Deidre are going up via a bus package, while one of them (Mel) will be going up […]

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Boldly going where no one has gone before

20 June 2007

I’m a Star Trek fan. I have been ever since I first saw Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan, with ‘Mr Rourke’ from Fantasy Island, but as I’d never seen him before. I was a teenager, and that movie touched something in me, which has continuously been touched by Star Trek ever since. My favourite […]

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