read “Once upon a time in the town square there was a meaningful statue called the happy prince. An artist who was flying away from the onset of confusion alighted to rest on the shoulder of the happy prince. The statue spoke to the artist: ‘There are many bewildered people in this town – strip away my meaning and take it to them.’

So the artist began to strip away the meaningful features and take them to the people. ‘You must hurry,’ said the happy prince, ‘Or you will be caught up in the growing confusion.’ But the artist continued fearlessly until all that was left of the happy prince was his naked heart.

The townspeople did not understand hearts very well and were angered and embarrassed by the sight of it. And the artist fell down too exhausted to continue his flight to simplicity. The town council ordered the heart to be removed and replaced with something which could be understood. But nothing could alter the onset of confusion and meaninglessness. Nothing except a sense of mystery, which nurtured the artist and the exiled heart of the happy prince.” – Michael Leunig (The Happy Prince from Wild Figments)

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-John 12:1-8

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I don’t really know what to think.

It hasn’t been the best of days, nor the worst.

Nearly at the end of To Kill a Mockingbird where Tom Robinson is judged guilty (for those who are familiar with the book) when innocent- it’s been many years since I last read it. Which has made me so, so angry at the stupidness of the human race and their selfishness.

I saw a guy arrested tonight, or being led away at least. Perhaps this evoked the stronger reaction to the book? A young (possibly Sudanese – there are a few round this area) guy. Felt very, sad I guess. The police were doing their job, the guy was obviously in the wrong – I wasn’t a resentment or a speculative, “Oh, what’s he done?”. Just sad.

We were at Adelaide’s Central Market. I was smashing my head that I’d left the camera at home after offloading the card of this-morning’s photos of the National Motor Museum (Birdwood). Colour everywhere. A pity sometimes photos can’t entirely, if at all capture the smells, they reach an indisinguishable point where they blend in to one, tomatoes, with fish, with nuts, with olives. Patterns and shapes and smells and textures… makes me feel the ‘S’ side of my ‘N’ 😛

Dinner at the food court. Packed out with people. Hot. Smelt like every kind of asian food imaginable – which would be okay except I was feeling a bit sick, and hyper from having to eat so late. The guy where I got my Yiros (why don’t they call them Souvlaki’s or Kebabs in SA?) dumped onion and tatziki on mine before I could say no… I rather like hommus (just A LOT) and didn’t get any :\ I was too tired to complain. Very hard to find seats, we got some by hanging round waiting for people to finish eating, quite an accomplishment for seven people.

Hannah and I have been almost um, ‘chummy’ (?) the past few days. Hanging around waiting in the car, messing with photos with me. Then tonight she nearly walked into a guy – who also didn’t see her and he let out an almighty yell (this is in the middle of a crowded area). Very funny. I was the only one of us around her. Nice to share something like that.

And yes.
There was one thing more, but it is too hard to explain without knowing me and who I was and it’s kind of silly and I’m too tired. (enough suitable excuses?) You don’t need to know. It is not earth shattering, it just messed with my head that’s all.

So, my day:
Motor Museum
And a lot to mess with my head.

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To keep track of what I’ve read as my other lists that I make always seem to get lost or stop…

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by all means if you have read any of the books, comment away.

Only recording from today, it’s too difficult to go back and remember the ones before.

links to Amazon purely because there are reviews there… should you by any chance be interested.

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Mum got top 100 books (Vic Librarian choice) list.
interesting to see which of these I’ve read, will list ranking for interests sake.

1. The Lord of the Rings
2. Pride and Prejudice (ok not read, seen movie)
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
9. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
10. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver everyone should read this, facinating
14. Tomorrow, When the War Began – John Marsden
15. Picnic at Hanging Rock – Joan Lindsay movie music creeps me out… plain wierd
17. 1984 – George Orwell
18. Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy
20. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte facinating, eerie, read it
23. Year of Wonders – Geraldine Brooks only read about 1/4 got stuck
29. Anne of Green Gables
50. Sun on the Stubble – Colin Thiele
53. The Bible
56. Playing Beatie Bow – Ruth Park
75. The Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula Le Guin
78. Little House ont he Prairie – Laura Ingalls Wilder
92. The King of Torts – John Grisham

And that is it. Quite a few from that list.

Haven’t read novels and stuff in a long time it seems. All spaced out 3hour chunks while on the train. At the moment, being the books following Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy. Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

Essentially. My top would include (despite a few listed above, LOTR, Poisonwood Bible, Jane Eyre, Tomorrow When the War Began series)

Swords and Crowns and Rings – Ruth Park (anything by her)
Dreams of Love and Modest Glory – Joan Lingard
The Hobbit – JRR Tolkein
The Touch/The Thorn Birds/An Indecent Obsession… – Colleen McCullough
The Giver – Lois Lowry

non fiction:-

Authentic Beauty – Leslie Ludy
31 Girl – Mary Simpson
When God Writes Your Love Story – Eric and Leslie Ludy
Enjoying God -… by someone, and I can’t find it anymore 🙁

I’m sure there are more, but I’ve had enough of thinking for now.

I need to read some more. I feel deprived.

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