Joe, I envy your #3, you should pick it back up. Kudos for planting so many trees! I've planted a few myself, but nowhere near that number.
Australia fascinates me. I heard someone say recently (Russell Crowe?) that Australia had no Bill of Rights or comparable document, but Aussies seem to be the most rugged individualists in the world. If this is true, ya'll should get to work on that so the politicians have a document to violate instead of a universal concept.
Australia always had this weird tension between being extrememly free and nastily authoritarian. One of the reasons a Bill of Rights was never looked at was cos of the indigenous problem IMO, but also because there was always a trend in Austraalian law to interpret the law one of two ways, a strict legal interpetation that left no room for interpretation or more commonly a ... can't remember the exact term ... a recognition of what was implied by the law.
In that context it was assumed that it was implied that all human rights were a given (stupid assumption given our history, and not just in ref to how we treated the blackfellas), and no legal power (ie judge high court justice etc etc) would ever forget that. But I think actually another frame of reference for all this has a fair bit to do with what anti posts re royal perogative and all that.
We are signitries to various human rights conventions and some rights are protected by law, but a Bill of Rights would be a useful document if it was written right. Specifically not to limit rights to just those specified in the bor, nor to allow the BOR or constitution to limit other rights. I think there is a provision in the US BOR for exactly that tho its been a while since I have taken much notice of it. I forgot to add that I deferred from studying law in the 10 facts, and never went back, but when I was at Uni there was a bit of talk about the BOR and whgether we should have one. It was in the time before the vote on the republic, and everyone just assumed we would vote to change the head of state and remove the queen and become s fully fledged republic. No one counted n the manipulative John Howard....
Part of the no BOR thing is that most aussies don't give a fuck and do what they want, but there is also a power mad puritanical streak in Australia that promotes apathy and the idea that having an interest in politics is a bit weird.
I used to plant trees for a living, at about 8c a tree we used to try and do at least 2000 a day, preferably (and usually) more, tho that was in monoculture plantings of eucalypts. But I have also done a fair bit of mixed rainforest plantings, regen and planting forest in paddocks. In fact I can design a rainforest for my local conditions, well the trees and understorey stuff, in the hope the fauna moves in and brings whatever species of flora I have left out with it. The moneys not as good, but the satisafaction was far greater.
Its funny reading over those 10 facts they don't tell so much about my life.
I tried to leave the RI related stuff out too, this is the lounge after all. But I could probably come up with 10 weirdness related facts on their own.
You are right about the violin too, i should get back into it. One of these days... I have enough cash lying around to get one, and my wife said she'd get me one for my last birthday, but didn't. Maybe next one.
Its one of the few things I really regret about my life. Stopping the violin. I used to plant with a guy who started playing in his 40s so i guess I don't really need to live with that regret for my whole life.
This is a great thread btw.
Thanks for starting it.