Sunday, October 10, 2004

Emigre's election experience

Live (more or less) from south pacific.

Could bore you with in depth analysis but you can read about that anywhere else and anyway final results still unavailable. So, bringing to you instead a diarist's account.

Fri 8 Oct: Read pre-election poll results, flick through minor articles of interest. Swing to co-alition. Greens will cream third party vote. Labour not going to bum out as badly as they could have. Somebody threw stale cheese at prime minister.

Sat 9 Oct: Did household chores. Went to polling booth in afternoon, slid past remainder eager campaigners, ticked box etc. (Noted eraseable pencil provided in booth. Hope Afghanistan didn't use pencils, already enough trouble with indelible ink). Cut and buffed toenails. Listened to 15 mins Abc in evening, switched off, listened to this weeks theme album. Looked for consolation, bad connection (dial-up) kept dropping out and couldn't access some sites (including at one point this one) must've been lot of traffic jamming stuff up. Went to bed.

Sun 10 Oct: Woke early(ish). Bought papers, confirmed worst fears/greatest hopes. Greens garnered substantial swing which again i can't give figures for because counting incomplete (so far looks like 7% of vote with 2% swing). Remembered to finish cold coffee. Laughed at news reports. Lol, nobody, online or off, can quote figures yet. Consequently lot of hazy pre-pared articles in Sunday papers (probably written based on Friday's poll results). Damnit, have to wait till Monday for stats. Dead quiet neighbourhood, even quieter then after 2001 elections (we don't celebrate democracy with gunshots over here, we stuff the the paper in the ballot box and go home to mourn). Abc site down late afternoon, probably knocked out by everybody else looking for unpublished results.

Ok favourite bit ~ predictions. Government is in for a shocker this term. In fact Labour ought to be thankful they're not "it" (you know what it's like after all the sugar coating's been licked off, just a goopy mushed up mess that no-one really wants to swallow). Traditional media winner over next three years will be, surprisingly, radio. You can listen to it while you blog. I guess the converse is true too, you could, theoretically, weblog while you talkback. Radio hosts (probably because they have such small and discerning audiences) tell almost more kooky jokes then webloggers.

Sorry to digress. Will go and look for blogs to count now but before i do, leaving you with a tune (had controversial lineup but ended up going with this one);

Shame ~ PJ Harvey

I don't need no rising moon
I don't need no ball and chain
I don't need anything but you
Such a shame, shame, shame
Shame, shame, shame
Shame is the shadow of love

You changed my life
We were as green as grass
And I was hypnotized
From the first 'til the last
Kiss of shame, shame, shame
Shame is the shadow of love

I jump for you into the fire
I jump for you into the flame
Try to go forward with my life
Just feel shame, shame, shame
Shame, shame, shame
Shame is the shadow of love

If you tell a lie
I still would take the blame
If you pass me by
It's such a shame, shame, shame.


#10/10/2004 05:29:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger liminal

PJ Harvey's the best.

#10/10/2004 05:44:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger emigre

yup, she is a groover (bit worryingly thin on occasions tho') have you heard her latest album?

#10/10/2004 05:56:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger Jeffrey

Thanks to all Australians for a GREAT VICTORY

#10/10/2004 05:59:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger Jeffrey

Australians and Americans have been side-by-side in every fight for freedom! Thanks to all Australians for voting for Howard, a great friend for the power of democracy around the world!


#10/10/2004 08:58:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger Jeffrey

Oh-oh, now that I've opened my mouth I have a bad feeling that the Brunhilda Monster will rear his ugly head and plead with his jailers for emergency internet time (he's in jail for rape, BTW).

It ain't slander if it's true, folks. Check out our First Amendment cases on the matter.


#10/10/2004 09:29:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger madtom

"(we don't celebrate democracy with gunshots over here, we stuff the the paper in the ballot box and go home to mourn)."

LoL, This has to be the blog quote of the month.


#10/11/2004 12:04:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger emigre


why thankyou. actually, i'm not really mourning, the greens were a shoo-in this time round. when one doesn't vote for either of the two main players one finds solace in following such heartwarming trends as the emergence of the greens, a third political force to be reckoned with.

#10/11/2004 03:57:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger Bruno

Jeffrey ---

Ho ho ho ... I'll respond to you when you have something of substance to say ...

Speaking of rape, when you will denounce the rape of Iraq by the US?

It has all the classic symptoms, including denial (she really wanted me) and lies to cover up the crime. (She said no but she meant yes, oh crap, so she did mean no, but *I* thought she meant yes ... and if she'd just stop struggling then Ill stop beating her ...)

Let's talk about THAT, huh?

#10/12/2004 06:28:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger liminal

UH huh! her! YEP sure

She's on.

I love, TO Bring you my LOVE

talk abt intense...YIIIIIKES

#10/12/2004 06:30:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger liminal

bikini kill?


#10/12/2004 09:04:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger liminal

okk, my confession is that i am stuck on echo and the bunnymen's 'the killing moon'...I have this extended version of the song, too. But I'm just all over both versions. You can listen to it over and over. ...and here's pj harvey's website. well done.

#10/12/2004 09:05:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger liminal

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#10/12/2004 01:06:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger emigre

lim, you are way more hip then me. i dont' know any of those guys!

i used to listen to the breeders and liz phair and mazzy star in my old pj harvey days. i listen to anything from mahler to john martin and sometimes 'log to kinobe (wide open) and lamb (between darkness and wonder).

#10/12/2004 07:56:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger liminal

Well, hardly hipper than thou...

I love Mahler too! 2nd symph is ridiculo! and Stravinsky! rite of spring of course. Charles Ives, Bela Bartok, Paganini, Liszt...all my favorite classical. There's more I'm not that hip emigre... Of course
you've gotta check out Pergolesi's Stabat Mater...there's a specific singer's ed. you need, though. I'll let you know when I find my copy.

What constitutes hip anyway?

pfff, :)


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