Friday, 30 December 2005
"I don't want any candidates to be talking about their testicles to be quite frank" - Don Brash, Leader of National
"If I were [Chris Taylor], I'd be shooting myself. I'd be pouring petrol over myself and throwing myself off Auckland's tallest building." - Bill Ralston, Head of News and Current Affairs, TVNZ
"Do you know where the apes come from? She [Sarena Williams] is a reminder." - Tony Veitch, weekend Sports presenter, TVNZ/Breakfast host, Radio Sport
"Men's problems are traditionally dealt with by the criminal justice system. Women, on the other hand, get a bl**dy Cartwright Inquiry and get millions of dollars thrown at their breasts and cervixes. Men get nothing." - John Tamihere, former Labour MP
Thursday, 29 December 2005
Wednesday, 28 December 2005
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Man there is so much to talk about. Yesterday (Friday 31 December) I was invited by my Korean twin friends Hyun and Joon to go to the movies with them. Surprisingly, my mum gave me permission to go!
For some reason people keep making bets with me relating to my personal/social life.
I know I said I would post more regularly in my last post, but preparing for this debate tomorrow has taken up a lot of my time and nearly all of my weekend, as they do…I had to stay up till 2.30am Sunday morning just to get it finished!
So much happening this week. It all started off with the biology trip to Piha yesterday...We set off at 9am on a Ritchies bus. Now you know what usually happens with Ritchies buses. Well yesterday was no different.
I once was on the phone talking to my neighbour Zippo when she told me I was weird and different to other guys.
I had my biology exam this morning which is the last of my exams, apart from the music performance exam tomorrow morning but I don't really consider that as an exam because I enjoy performing to people anyway!
Rest In Peace Greg (not my cousin, but our goldfish named after him) We found him/her floating upside down in the water.
My niece...or great-niece...or something along those lines from my mum's side of the family is getting married!
The election race is hotting up, and no it ain't the NZ General Elections. It's the Rutherford College BOT Student Rep elections!
My family got a bit of a reality check and decided to do a bit of home maintenance, starting with our clothesline.
On the 1st of November, Calum discovered anime.
I got attacked by my seven year old neighbour with a lemon.
I can't believe so much has happened this year, which seems to have flown past quite quickly!
Monday, 26 December 2005
After that my family went over to some family's house for lunch. The food was great, I ended up filling myself up again, being asked to finish off the pavlova and the pudding! After lunch though things got a little bit boring as most of the guys my age left with their girlfriends and boyfriends and so we were just left with the adults who just sat there and talked about stuff.
Later that night my brothers and I performed a Christmas medley at our church's Christmas service. Once again I made a mistake at the beginning of the piece! Apart from that the church service was like any other regular service except for it being in the evening, and light snacks provided afterwards.
We thought we'd take the opportunity to check out the Christmas lights down Franklin Rd in Ponsonby, and some of those houses looked fantastic! It was cool to see heaps of people (mostly Asians) walking down the street admiring the lights, and having a good time!
Thanks Persia, Kelvin and Julie for the Christmas cards, and Phoebe and Chen for my only Christmas presents which were really great!
And that's Christmas over for 2005!
Sunday, 25 December 2005
Those were the last words I said to my nana as she lay peacefully on her hospital bed.
My brothers, mother and I were at home watching TV when we got a call on the cellphone, which usually means an emergency because hardly anyone rings us on the cellphone! It turned out to be our uncle, letting us know that our nana has just passed away. We tried getting through to our dad at work but it was busy, most likely because of Christmas time, but when we got through we were told he had already left.
We managed to get to St Josephs Mercy Hospital where our nana had been staying for the past few days. In her room were all our relatives, and there on the bed was our very pale nana. It was really freaky seeing her lying there. You kinda expect to see her breathing, but when you take a closer look she just lies there very still, with a wreath placed beside her on the bed and a solitary candle burning by her bedside. Obviously my dad, my uncle and my aunty, all of our nana's children, were very upset. We each took turns to say our goodbyes to Nana.
There were a few comical moments. My dad took a little snip of our nana's hair, 'for DNA purposes if needed in the future', and got me to take photos our nana's face from all angles as it was our last opportunity to take any photos of her, and to also use it as a possible reference if we ever decide to digitally recreate her. My dad was about to raise the bed with the remote control to sit our dead nana up on the bed to take a photo of her! My mum told him not to though.
A couple days ago the doctors predicted our nana wouldn't last for more than a couple of days, but it was looking hopeful she would last at least to Christmas. Despite being so close she didn't make it.
The funeral will be held this Thursday. One song that will be played at the funeral will be 'O Come All Ye Faithful', the song that played when our nana left us.
Rest in Peace Catherine Anderson, 1923-2005
Saturday, 24 December 2005
Friday, 23 December 2005
We first got Hamish a watch because I lost the one he had for nine years. I had to buy that with my own money too!
Next we had to find something for our mum. Our mum is one of those people who always bangs on about saving money: DISCOUNT DISCOUNT BARGAIN BARGAIN BARGAIN! so we had to be aware of how much we spent on her. In the end we found something at The Warehouse I was at first proud of:
Dead-looking Tomato Plants 5 x $0.10 $0.50
Buttercup Plant 1 x $0.50 $0.50
My mum likes gardening, and likes growing vegetables, so I thought we'd try find her some vegetable plants she woudn't have in her garden yet. We were served by Amber at the check-out. I was talking to her while she was scanning our six plants and doing all the checkout sort of things. After about 5 minutes she informed us:
"OK that comes to a grand total of......$1.00!"
We also bought her a set of $2.00 Christmas lights.
We should have bought these plants last though, because we ended up walking around Westcity with these drooping dead-looking tomato plants in The Warehouse bags! I even caught up with Jacqueline, Banthoon and Ben!
When we got home I was so certain my mum would be surprised at how cheap the plants were (Hamish did trip over while walking home and disfigured a couple of the plants though), but as soon as we came in showing her our five tomato plants and the buttercup plant, she told us
"We've already got tomato plants and a couple buttercup plants!"
Thursday, 22 December 2005
"Seat-belt, clutch down, gearstick in first gear, hand-brake down, turn car on..." (now I'm not so sure if that is the right order!)
I kept making the car jerk and had problems with starting the car up but it was fun for my first go! A bit like driving those little go-karts at Rainbow's End, only with changing gears and indicator lights and the other extras to worry about!
Tuesday, 20 December 2005
Last night as I was helping Aonghas mark his answers to the road code questions, I noticed that subsequent answers spelt:
A C C B A D
Could this just be mere coincidence, or could it be some subliminal message the LTNZ are trying to get through to us, that ACC is BAD?
Kiwi Careers, a website run by government agency Career Services provides A LOT of job outlines, but some have been excluded from the list, such as street worker, escort, prostitute... You would think that having legalised prostitution for two years now, the government would promote this initiative. Kiwi Careers has had plenty of time to create and add job outlines for such occupations, as they're now considered as perfectly acceptable career options now aren't they? (that should be read in a sarcastic tone)
Dictionary.com has published an alphabet of most looked-up words in 2005. Probably the most interesting inclusions have to be the words 'love' and 'sex' for most looked-up words for the letters 'L' and 'S' respectively. Do people not know how to spell a three-letter word such as 'sex', or have they just been looking in the wrong place to get their thrills?
Sunday, 18 December 2005
Friday, 16 December 2005
I'm off to find us some more of these types of movies!
Thursday, 15 December 2005
Tuesday, 13 December 2005
Sunday, 11 December 2005
Friday, 9 December 2005
Rutherford College is a great school. We have great students and great staff. We all know that. Now we must get out there and prove to the rest of Auckland just how good we are through taking up opportunities offered by the school.
Next year Heather and I will lead a strong team of student leaders, who are dedicated to providing as many opportunities as possible for you all to take part in, as well as making your time at Rutherford a lot more memorable and enjoyable.
My challenge to you all next year is to find a school activity or group that you are interested in, whether it is lawn bowls, rugby or the environmental group, and get involved. By representing the school out there or having a say and improving the school for everyone in some way or another, we will continue to help build Rutherford College up to be one of the best schools in Auckland, and at the same time gain some experience and have a bit of fun.
Of course schoolwork is just as important, and I too would like to congratulate all prize winners today. To the fourth formers, make the most of your first year of NCEA and to the third formers, make the most of your last year before NCEA! I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday. Have fun, take care, and I look forward to seeing you all again next year! Thank you.