November 1st, 2001



this was originally posted in a.l.f.

We didn't do hallowe'en in Australia.

Oh, we knew about it. I've known about Hallowe'en ever since the Charlie Brown Hallowe'en Special came out, although Linus talking about The Great Pumpkin confused me for a while.

But it was never a part of the Australian way of life, the same way Thanksgiving and 4th Of July mean bugger all to us.

Ever since E.T. came out people have been Doing Hallowe'en, but I don't think they get it. They (and I say They because I refuse to do it) are celebrating it NOW, in the middle of Spring. If they want to do Hallowe'en properly they (They, again) should be doing it at the end of May or
something. I understand it to be a late Autumn thing, the same way we should do Yule in June and not in the middle of Summer.

Over Here it has no meaning and is a purely commercial venture.

Last Year I was trick-or-treated. The setup ws so good I couldn't resist quoting a few lines from "Bottom."

Small boy dressed as a viking: Trick Or Treat!
Me dressed in a black bat t-shirt: What?
Small witch: Trick or treat.
Me: what do you mean?
Viking: You have to give us some lollies!
Me: I can't do that! The police will arrest me.
Witch: you have to give us lollies.
Me (reaching into a box and removing very small python waiting for collection by a fellow rescuer): You want a sn- LET ME KNOW NEXT TIME SO I CAN GET SOME LOLLIES IN!

And for some reason I wasn't pestered this year.

The Last Post

Last night The Last Post was sounded at The Menin Gate for the 25,000th time since the end of WW1.

Armistice Day is on the 11th.

This painting makes me cry every time I visit the war memorial in Canberra.

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Australia has now been included in the jihad against the USA and Britain.

I don't recall a jihad called against Serbia when they were killing the Kosovar muslems,or one called against Russia for their actions against Chechnya. In fact, a lot of muslim countries are still allied with Russia.

So whan an action is called against a group, not because of thier religion or race but because they are complete bastards, a jihad is called.
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red hat

My Red Hat 7.2 disks arrived today. I'm going to teach myself Linux.

The pack cost me AU$30 + freight from the agent in Brisbane. If I'd bought them from Red Hat USA it would have cost me US$50 + US$50 for DHL freight. That's AU$200ish.