Monday, 29 January 2007

"Send 'er Down Huey!"

Unfortunately, I missed it as I was in Ballarat. But here are some photos of the phenomenal storm that happened last weekend.

Mum entitled this one: "A Beautiful Contradiction"


The love of field and coppice, of green and shaded lanes,
Of ordered woods and gardens is running in your veins.
Strong love of grey-blue distance, brown streams and soft, dim skies-
I know but cannot share it, my love is otherwise.

I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges, of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror- the wide brown land for me!

The stark white ring-barked forests, all tragic to the moon,
The sapphire-misted mountains, the hot gold hush of noon,
Green tangle of the brushes where lithe lianas coil,
And orchids deck the tree-tops, and ferns the warm dark soil.

Core of my heart, my country! Her pitiless blue sky,
When, sick at heart, around us we see the cattle die -
But then the grey clouds gather, and we can bless again
The drumming of an army, the steady soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country! Land of the rainbow gold,
For flood and fire and famine she pays us back threefold.
Over the thirsty paddocks, watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness that thickens as we gaze.

An opal-hearted country, a wilful, lavish land -
All you who have not loved her, you will not understand -
Though earth holds many splendours, wherever I may die,
I know to what brown country my homing thoughts will fly.

- Dorothea McKellar

Drought: A Comparison

This photo was taken while we where harvesting our last paddock of wheat for the 05/06 Season. It was considered very much an average crop, Dad's grown much better before, & also worse:

Contrast that with the following photo, that Dad took this year of an all but failed wheat crop. Alot of other crops in this area weren't harvested at all.

Click Here for further drought images.

Sunday, 21 January 2007


I've just realised that today is my last day as a teenager! I have just under 7 hours to come up with a new excuse........


I've come to the conclusion that I need to read more. Yes the Bible, but also books about other stuff as well. There's lots of stuff I'd like to understand, reading is about the only way I can do it.

Saturday, 20 January 2007

Cricket & Trampoline

The rest of last weekend was really awesome. We(Tiarnee & I) stayed at the Melbourne Metro YHA in North Melbourne. Me in a 4-bed male dorm. Tiarnee in a 4-bed female dorm. The cricket was great, we had awesome seats and Australia won. Not that that's unusual. So yeah, it was fun. Even Tiarnee enjoyed herself a bit once Australia was batting & the Mexican Waves had started up. Two funny things that happened where: Pietersen being hit in the ribs by a McGrath bouncer. A streaker (guy with shorts only on) running to the middle of the field and causing a policeman to fall over on the pitch before getting tackled to the ground. You don't see tackles that good at a game of footy.

Ummmm Saturday was shopping, at the Queen Victoria Market & the Bourke St. Mall, before heading out to some cafe in North Melbourne for tea & then into the city to Southbank. Speaking of Southbank, TRAMPOLINE IS SO GOOD!!!!! Honestly, the Ice-Cream they serve is comparable to Cold Rock in it's awesomeness. Not quite as good as Cold Rock, but the fact is they're on the same page and totally yum.

On Sunday, we went to the Melbourne Aquarium which is pretty cool. As was the view from the top of the Rialto tower. Ok, so not from the top. But from the observation deck.

But the biggest thing for me on the weekend was having prayer answered. Tiarnee prayed just after we left that God would teach us something over the weekend. The lesson? Forgiveness & pride. Tiarnee & I had an argument, which really wasn't cool. Looking back, we probably both over-reacted. But if we hadn't forgiven each other (You know when you have to do somthing you don't want to?) it would've turned a great weekend into a crap one fairly quickly.

In other news, I worked 38.5 hours this last week. A personal highest at IBM. Have worked all this week & am working next week before heading home on Australia Day. This Monday will mark the first occasion that I've ever worked on my birthday. I love having my birthday in January.

Good Cop, Bad Cop

So, I've lived in Ballarat for about 4 years & I've had my license for about 2. In that whole time, I've never been pulled over by the police or random breath-tested, or even been in a car when any of those things have happened. Likewise, I've spent most of the rest of my life in Kaniva (& lately around Bordertown lol) & never been pulled over or breath-tested around home.

BUT, last weekend on the way to Melbourne I was pulled over just as I was about to drive out of Horsham after checking out a bike part for Colin. I wasn't worried as I couldn't think of why they where doing it. Anyway the officer comes over and says something like "The reason we pulled you over was because of your back number plate." He then did the standard license and breath check. He was the good cop. He treated me like a person and explained why I needed to change the plates. The other one who was there went right around my car and started giving me the 'you're a P-Plater & therefore not human' attitude. He asked me questions like "How long you had the crack in your windscreen?" (What sort of a question is that?) & said "You're taking your life into your hands driving on those tires." He told me how it was a $130 for the poor numberplates & there was a recall from Vicroads 5 years ago for those plates etc etc.
In the end they gave me a minor canary (doesn't include a roadworthy thankfully) for the windscreen and the tires. Now, $360 later it's all fixed up again, kinda annoying, but money I had to spend eventually I guess.

My main issue: Police often get frustrated by the lack of respect given to the law by young people. Some officers then treat these young people the way I was treated by the 2nd Officer, showing little or no respect. Police then wonder why they in-turn are shown little or no respect by these young people who will often take this attitude towards Police for the rest of their lives.

Wednesday, 17 January 2007


I'm about to go to laser force for the first time ever. I'm imagining it being way-cooler than Call of Duty 2 & no-where near as awesome as Paint-balling (not that I've been paint-balling either. So we'll see. More about that & the other cool things I've done recently later......

Monday, 15 January 2007


Found some stuff on The Age site tonight:
Saddam was a monster, but don't forget his 'Frankensteins' - The world deserves to know the full truth about the crimes that Saddam committed, as well as the people that helped him commit them.

Also on the subject of Iraq.
Despite knowing this: Bush admits US added to Iraq turmoil.
He's going to do this: Bush commits 20,000 more troops to Iraq

With the full knowledge that:
Bush warns of more troop deaths in last-ditch plan &
Surge' expected to intensify fighting are by far the most likely outcomes.


Wednesday, 10 January 2007


Don't have long, as it's late & I should be getting organised. But tomorrow Tiarnee and I are going to Melbourne for the weekend. She brought me 2 tickets to go and see Australia Vs (the hapless) England on Friday. I can't wait to go. While I'm not convinced that Tiarnee has the same anticipation that I do, the fact that she did it means alot to me & it should be a great weekend for both of us. If not for the cricket (for her), then for the fact we're staying a stones-throw away from the Queen Victoria Markets.

I've done alright these summer holidays. After spending Christmas at Ocean Grove & having been to Ballarat & Port Fairy last weekend with Tiarnee, I'm now off to Melbourne tomorrow. In a few weeks I'm also planning a road-trip to Sydney with one of my best mates Anthony. Neither of us have been to Sydney before, so it should be an awesome trip, to just be able to do that as mates should be great.

It's fun as!

Sunset Photos

These are some photos I took at my house on the 30th December 2006. (New Years eve eve)
All of them are unedited (Except possibly for size)

On Debut

Welcome One, Welcome all, to the blog of me. Jonny.

For some, this has been a long time coming. For most, nobody cared.

But alas, Jonny has finally sold out to join the online blogging masses, although I was too slow to become Time Magazines Person of the Year. Hopefully, I will be able to develop one of those 'blogging voices' over time. But we shall see. I think about stuff thats going on around me quite alot, but it's rarely the same thing that I mull over constantly. So don't be surprised to see blog posts that are somewhat random and venting in nature.

I'll sign off this debut blog with the explanation of the title. I'm about to commence my Final Year of a bachelor IT degree. Which is pretty exciting. I'm also sending this from my own PC on our own small home network on a farm in the drought ravaged Western Wimmera region of Victoria. I'd like to think this makes my perspective somewhat unique, in that I'm a proud owner of a Shooters Licence, a Truck License, an Athlon 64 3400+ CPU w/ 1GB DDR400 RAM & Battlefield 2. I hope you find it interesting, challenging, funny or in some other way a positive experience.

To quote the apostle Paul:
I hope you will put up with a little of my foolishness; but you are already doing that.
- 2 Corinthians 11:1

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