hello!! that should be kelly if im not mistaken
* down a few-year-long-tunnel *
is our class blog really dying? that's kinda sad. I guess it was bound to happen with the class.
all of a sudden no one's blogging here so I'll do my part to keep this thing awake. Let's see. I am now in Kuching (got back yesterday afternoon). This afternoon I made a vegetable garden. Planted brinjals, watermelons, lady's fingers, winged beans, silk gourd and long beans. we had to get sticks (for the creepers) from a nearby jungle. My dad is very tired now. *smirks*
Tomorrow I will develop and upload all my pictures from the digi cam. I hope my mum doesn't hog the car. *fight face* I also need to start on my violin and figure out how to use makeup (if not all that prom stuff will go to waste). I can't figure out what else to do yet coz Kuching is a boring place. =P
Oh, but I like my house. i can sit down and lie down and do whatever without the fear of dirt. not like... the hell hole. Also, it's kinda fun having 3 dogs (they're all white!) coz it makes me feel like a boss again (they follow me around like my 'kakis' and they have sharp teeth so it's kinda cool? =D)
Harold Pinter's Nobel acceptance speech
- the full text
great reading; if you don't like the playwright that much, I assure you there are no pauses. he's one intense creature.
he spoke about art, truth and politics:
"In 1958 I wrote the following:
'There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.'
I believe that these assertions still make sense and do still apply to the exploration of reality through art. So as a writer I stand by them but as a citizen I cannot. As a citizen I must ask: What is true? What is false?
Truth in drama is forever elusive. You never quite find it but the search for it is compulsive. The search is clearly what drives the endeavour. The search is your task. More often than not you stumble upon the truth in the dark, colliding with it or just glimpsing an image or a shape which seems to correspond to the truth, often without realising that you have done so. But the real truth is that there never is any such thing as one truth to be found in dramatic art. There are many. These truths challenge each other, recoil from each other, reflect each other, ignore each other, tease each other, are blind to each other. Sometimes you feel you have the truth of a moment in your hand, then it slips through your fingers and is lost.
It's a strange moment, the moment of creating characters who up to that moment have had no existence. What follows is fitful, uncertain, even hallucinatory, although sometimes it can be an unstoppable avalanche. The author's position is an odd one. In a sense he is not welcomed by the characters. The characters resist him, they are not easy to live with, they are impossible to define. You certainly can't dictate to them. To a certain extent you play a never-ending game with them, cat and mouse, blind man's buff, hide and seek. But finally you find that you have people of flesh and blood on your hands, people with will and an individual sensibility of their own, made out of component parts you are unable to change, manipulate or distort.
So language in art remains a highly ambiguous transaction, a quicksand, a trampoline, a frozen pool which might give way under you, the author, at any time.
But as I have said, the search for the truth can never stop. It cannot be adjourned, it cannot be postponed. It has to be faced, right there, on the spot.
Political language, as used by politicians, does not venture into any of this territory since the majority of politicians, on the evidence available to us, are interested not in truth but in power and in the maintenance of that power. To maintain that power it is essential that people remain in ignorance, that they live in ignorance of the truth, even the truth of their own lives. What surrounds us therefore is a vast tapestry of lies, upon which we feed."
he goes on to mention iraq, abu ghraib, the sandinista revolution in nicaragua; reads an extract from neruda on guernica. scary intense man.
gah im So Sorry for all the confusion.
anyway aps dad's friend is booking for us again now so thats like $375 including taxes! (yay!) so former plan (scroll down) is The plan for now.
will be calling everybody to confirm all this rara stuff
so Anyway everybody pay up like $50 to aps or me tomorrow. MUST.
$375/14 = $34 per person!
so $16 for booze and snacks
what do you guys want?!?!?!!!
if not we will just buy exhorbitant 7-11 booze at night when you guys Have to make a decision abt what you want
also bring sleeping bags!
and bring a change of clothes plus spare cash?
* just an idea but was thinking maybe we could go zouk! wednesday is mambo night! and from what i've heard from all my friends (im ashamed to say i've never actually gone myself hehs) its awesome fun (: so in that case bring something snazzy and entrance fees! usually around $20? though it might be ladies night but im too lazy to find out so just bring like $20 if you even remotely consider going cause if we manage to get a big group clubbing is REALLY FUN! (: so if you wanna club then better bring 2 changes of clothes. one to wear home and one to wear clubbing (: and be prepared for your clothes to bear a distinct smokey smell after clubbing
also if i didnt/havent called you yet pls tell me around what time you'll be arriving at ritz (:
OH and people: my dad's going to india for a trip, so do we have alcohol requests? Buying from duty free is probably the cheapest source of alcohol around. Vodka, of course, but if there're no objections i'll just get him to buy a few bottles of other stuff, maybe within a budget? How much do we have to spend on misc foodstuff and drinks again?