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October 2002

3 October

Well.... This is going to be a very short and sweet entry for the start of the month. I have been so busy lately that I haven't had time to scratch myself. I am unable to get any work done Friday, Saturday or Sunday because I have the kids with me, and when they go to bed I usually just get on IRC.
During the week I don't seem to be able to find the time to get on IRC anymore. My work with Australia Post keeps me busy all morning, and then I find I am having to do more and more paperwork every week. My Web work is starting to pick up as well. I find that I am spending more and more time doing research for my web design side of the business, and it is looking like it may finally be starting to pay off. I have some more work to do on Rob Reeves Photography and I have one definate new site in the near future, as well as two decent leads.
A lot of my time has been revamping the Seja site. Using statistics, I was able to find out a couple of rather interesting facts that I hadn't previously thought about, and that was the motivation for the revamp.
There are still a few things i need to finish on Seja, but right now, I have to do some coding on the Rob Reeves Site... Ciao for now!
Hmmmm ... This wasn't quite as short as I was expecting... Do i ramble??? Top

17 October

I have had most of the week now to digest the tragic news of the bombing in Kuta, Bali.
Our government is stating that this was an attack on western tourists in general and NOT related to the alliance JW Howard feels we must have with GW Bush. I tend to disagree.
Bali is a tourist destination for many Australians. In fact, about 90% of western tourists in Bali are Australians, and 70% of those are from here in Western Australia, and it has me questioning how this could not be seen as an attack on Australians.
Thankfully I do not know anyone personally who was hurt in the attack, but I do know people who have lost friends or family, but the thing that strikes this incident home for me is the fact that I have been on that street and have stayed very near to that area.

What saddens me the most is the question of how the Balinese are going to survive this.
The Indonesian economy was greatly unstabled a couple of years ago, hurting many Indonesians, but Bali had its tourist trade that kept it going. With tourists now re-thinking plans to travel to the region, I am left wondering how these people are going to survive this.
Will this totally kill the tourism industry there? I don't think so, but it certainly is going to put it on hold for at least 6 months to a year, leaving already strugling families without income.

I heard on the news this morning that the Indonesian police have some people held in relation to the bombing and are waiting for formal warrents to be issued. Hopefully these are the perpetrators, but I can't help feeling a little cynical. All governments fabricate truths to suit them, especially in a situation like this where westerners will be looking for swift justice.
Lets just hope if it is swift, it is also justice. Top

Dedicated to all the families who have lost their loved ones in the Indonesian terror attack.

21 October

The engraving at the eternal flame by the war memorial states "Let silent contemplation be your offering" which I found a little profound and very poignent. So I sat there,
silently contemplating.
Thinking about war, thinking about Bali, and the tragic pointless attack there, thinking about my kids, getting older, having to face the possibility of terrorism here in Australia, a country thus far immune to this kind of nafarious act.
Thinking about Anzac day when we make our annual pilgrimage to the war memorial monolith in Kings Park almost six months past.
Thinking how lucky we are to live in Australia, when other parts of the world have to face up to war and terror and famine and diesese every day.

I think I found some inner peace then, right up until we returned to my friends car, and found the drivers side window sitting on the seat after someone had broken into the vehicle. Top

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