June 15, 2004 by  
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B92-Bosnian Serbs own up to Srebrenica
Thank you B92. They’ve put a story up, but unfortunately it’s just an AFP report. I was hoping for a Serbian opinon…

June 15, 2004 by  
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General. Mike(s)
I had to take a picture of this skywriting I saw today. I’m not sure who would hate someone enough to pay for this, but Mike must really suck.

'Mike Sucks - skywriting seen today.

It reminded me of another Mike I know…
This Mike removes the magnetic strip from library books so he can steal them without setting off the beeper. He keyed his mother’s car once because she forgot to make his lunch before he went to work. I’ve noticed him mixing rat poison in my bird bath, which is so wrong. You’d think I wouldn’t hang around with this jerk, and I don’t! He just turns up at my house, stays until the fridge is empty and then, you get back home one day and he’s just gone, along with your best DVDs and your stereo! That Mike is such a jerk. I wouldn’t be surprised if the skywriting Mike is the same, but I don’t think so. Everyone knows how much of a jerk he is, and they would have definitely written, “Mike is a big jerk!”, just so everyone knew they were talking about Jerk Mike, not Sucky Mike. I know I would have.

June 14, 2004 by  
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Balkans. Serbia Presidential Elections.
Some interesting statistics from the elections. Sorry I can’t link to them, they came in an email.

At 7pm voter turnout was 42.3 per cent across the state. In Kosovo and Metohija specifically(official Serbian name for province of Kosovo), it was 31.6 per cent. I was under the impression Kosovar Albanians had boycotted Serbian elections since at least 1990, if not earlier, so that must only be counting the Kosovar Serb population.

By close of voting the ‘estimated turnout’ was 47.6 per cent, that’s 5 per cent of the population casting their votes in the final hour. So Tomislav Nikolic (30.5 per cent) and Boris Tadic (27.1 per cent) head into the second round in two weeks. Since it’s so close (around 105,000 votes), they expect Tadic to win the second round as he ‘should’ pick up the votes of the first round losing candidates. I hope so. Some more number crunching by b92.

June 14, 2004 by  
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Football-Soccer.
You may remember me commenting on the unhappy plight it is to support England when they play soccer (except against Australia of course). This mainly came about because I like to support someone in the World Cup, and I know the only way Australia is ever going to qualify is when the Oceania winner gets a direct entry. Note: doom merchant though I am, I of course will support them right up until they lose the playoff against the 5th-placed South American side

So I lamented England’s uselessness, but this morning I honestly thought I may have to eat my hat, as it were, and happily so. England were 1-0 up against France in the opening game of their Euro2004 campaign. Sure, they may not have deserved the lead, but they had it, and at 90 minutes, with only 3 minutes of extra time remaining, it looked like they had it in the bag. This despite the fact they should have been 2-0 up, but Beckham missed a penalty in the 72nd minute.

Alas, good English lads gave away a free kick, which Zinedine Zidane sliced wickedly over the wall into the left corner as England ‘keeper David James stood back and watched.

1-1. Alright, so they’ll come away with a draw, right? Steven Gerrard (why, Stevie, why?) backpasses to James, who spectacularly takes Thierry Henry out trying to clear the ball. Penalty. Step up Zidane. 2-1. Game over. Thanks for coming ladies and gentleman.

I don’t actually think England are completely useless. They’re just not finishers. Two goals conceded, in the 91st and 93rd minutes, to lose the game. Fantastic.

June 13, 2004 by  
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Balkans.
Very disappointed b92 hasn’t reported on this Srebrenica Report yet. I know only I care, but here are some other b92 links about it…

And just so you get an idea on attitudes and why this new report is a fairly big deal, this from 2002:

June 12, 2004 by  
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General Sport.
New Zealand thrash England 36-3 in the union, Lions ride roughshod over Essendon 162-96 in the AFL. It’s a little disappointing not having Fox Sports to watch Euro2004, but I’m starting to think it’s really a very good thing… opening match kicks off in three hours at 2am.

June 12, 2004 by  
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Rugby Union.
All Blacks v England coming on the box soon. I’m not sure who I would rather lose more.
England beat us in the World Cup Final. Ergo, they deserve to be humiliated.
The All Blacks, on the other hand, are New Zealand’s national team. For this, they too deserve to be humiliated.
Who, oh who, will win my affection?

I’m leaning towards NZ, but I don’t want England bouncing back on a bender against Australia next week…or whenever they play. Who knows? It’s not like the Australian Rugby Union has heard of a marketing department.
Did anyone else know Australia is playing Scotland at 3.30pm tomorrow? No? Me either.

June 12, 2004 by  
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Yahoo! News – Serb Boy Killed in Apparent New Bid to Rock Kosovo

This was a week ago now, but I was reminded while posting these other Serb-related events. It’s a very similar situation to what happened earlier in March when a Serb teenager was shot. Everything went quickly downhill then, with almost 20 deaths and Serb houses and Orthodox churches torched before the situation calmed. Thankfully arrests of the suspected gunmen were made quickly this time, and we haven’t heard that Kosovo has “exploded in violence” again.

June 12, 2004 by  
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I just discovered while searching and posting the last two entries, this book I borrowed from the library, UNDER ORDERS: War Crimes in Kosovo, is actually a report by Human Rights Watch (obviously I hadn’t opened it yet…). If you follow the link, you can read the whole thing online. Not likely, I know, but the Executive Summary may be worth the time of some.

June 12, 2004 by  
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Does Serb weekly BLIC have the inside scoop on David Hicks?! An Australian accused for terrorism in USA: Via Kosovo to Al Kaeda. Apparently David Hicks took the name Muhammed al Australia, stole testosterone from the butchers he worked at, and ‘friends’ say that he ‘was a monster’! Seems unlikely to me too.

The stories at that link might change tomorrow, so I’ll post the whole thing in comments in case.

June 12, 2004 by  
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BBC NEWS – Bosnian Serbs admit to Srebrenica

For the benefit of those who refuse to believe atrocities were committed by Serb forces in Bosnia and elsewhere, hopefully this gets wider media recognition in Serbia proper. It’s an official investigation which, the story says, “is the furthest any Bosnian Serb authorities have gone in admitting their involvement in events around Srebrenica”.

Nothing reported on B92. BETA has something, but only available as a headline. Nothing on Blic, but check out the next post. Tanjug has a few lines about it.

Of all the other sites, something may be there, but my Serbian isn’t exactly up to translator status quite yet.

June 12, 2004 by  
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I’ve finally discovered RSS and XML feeds (Atom in Blogger) and the ‘newsreader’ programs that go with them.

I haven’t decided yet if going through the newsreader is really any better than visiting the sites directly.

But I do have a leaning, and it’s towards ‘no’.

June 11, 2004 by  
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I forgot about this story from last night.
After handing in my journalism law assignment I met up with some friends from my French class. At one point we were playing pool, doubles, against the guys holding the table. Nothing too exciting. Lost the first one, nobody else was waiting so we played them again. Second time we won by one ball and considered leaving, but apparently (a) wanted a tie-breaker, and was unimpressed at our non-comittal attitudes. So as (a) leaves to get some change (b) says, “haha, he’s cut now!”

Apparently he didn’t think we were good enough to beat him. So the third game I must admit I felt a certain sense of satisfaction as I pocketed the black with seven of their balls still on the table. (a) and (b) skirted around the issue of the obligatory pants-down around the table until (b)smashed his beer glass. We patted ourselves on the back and took our leave.

Thursday is two-for-one on spirits and local beers at the old RE and one of the small girls tore into it. I think she felt nauseous just looking at what was either the sixth or eighth one before disappearing into the toilets. A small loss-of-fluid incident was had in my car, on the way to dropping people at their next stop later, but amazingly not a drop was spilled! I commend her, and I hope her shirt came out all right.

June 11, 2004 by  
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I really had no intention of staying up until 4.30am… I spent the majority of the evening (post-midnight) moving everything from NEWS, Sport and Reviews to here. This single blog gets it all now. You may not like it, but that’s the way I’m running this show.

Let’s see: Monday I was on the verge of failing one subject, and it’s still up in the air; Tuesday or Wednesday, I can’t even remember, I read about the late assessment policy and stressed – another subject I could yet fail; Thursday I rang beuraucratic types back to make a fiscal change I had been told I could make but instead am told no change can be made, I’ll just have to deal with $115 less per fortnight (two weeks for Americans). Remaining calm. Haven’t broken anything, yet…

That last post was my century. Averaging 128.68 words per post. Thinking about money again has dampened the enthusiasm of being done consolidating back to one blog. ahhhh…101

June 9, 2004 by  
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Accidentally deleted a post! Went something like this:

I was working last night on my assignment that’s already overdue, and thought I should probably check to see how many marks I’m losing each day for lateness. Open the course outline, and this is what I read:

Lateness
You must submit all assignments on time in order to pass this course.

I felt physically ill. Quick call to the lecturer to grovel and I am now working (more) feverishly on it.

Update, since I’ve had to rewrite that first bit, is I’ve handed it in but haven’t been able to talk to lecturer yet… Hopefully she lets me pass.

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