Monday, September 20, 2004


Sometimes I wonder how this country has managed to continue as it has for so long, I mean surviving at all. It seems that every other week there is another natural disaster which stops the whole country. I believe the latest flooding has made the news at home. Dhaka had it's biggest dump of rain in 50 years. A whopping 341mm in 24 hours. If you shared that around the whole of Australia it might have filled up a few dams.

Work is reaching the time of year when everyhting get's really busy and I actually enjoy it a lot more. At the moment we're trying to get the fourth year students to choose research topics which is always a bit of a nightmare. They all want to questions like the perspective of stroke patients mother's brothers dog on the use of splints. They all think that qualitative research is easier but most of them don't have the interview skills to extract interesting information or the analytical skills to make any sense of it. On top of that I'm still trying to get my ethics proposal finished which is driving me up the wall. Just a few more bits and pieces and it should be there. I think the only way I'm going to get through this is break it up into small parts and have a big part every time I get to the end of one bit, kind of like uni.

The new youth ambassadors have arrived, all 7 of them, like seven little australians lost in the big bad world of bangladesh which means a whole host of welkcoming activities. Good fun but just more things on the to do list.

Anyway have a meeting now so back to the fun...

Come on the cowboys!!!!
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Monday, September 13, 2004

Highs and lows 

Well there's definitely a depression in the Bay of Bengal, it has been raining here pretty much non stop for three days and looks set to continue on for the rest of the week. I think it is a meteorological response to the raiders dismal performance against the roosters yesterday. There are plenty of things that I could complain about, the sin binning and some other dubious calls against the raiders but at the end of the day they played crap. I know they had a couple of early injuries which didn't help but it's no time for excuses. Poor fifth tackle options and no line breaks in 80 minutes means that the raiders need to do some serious thinking in the off season. McLindon shows glimpses of form but that was about it. It was really gutsy of Wiki to play but at the end of the day he didn't have much of an impact. At the end of the day their game plan worked pretty well for about 35 minutes but with one less they couldn't really hang on.

The only good thing about it was that I took Saturday and Sunday off and sat in Neil's (1st secretary of high comission) house and managed to watch all of the finals. It is the most league I have seen since I arrrived in Bangladesh and while it's not the same as being there it's still pretty damn good. The highlight of the round for me was definitely the cowboys win, they have my support in the finals now and it would be great to see them win the comp. Actually anyone but the roosters would be a good choice for me.

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Sunday, September 05, 2004

Here we go again... 

Well the last of the last batch of youth ambassadors, Aimee, left us the other day and now things are a little bit quiet. But like most things around here there is plenty to keep us busy and only a few weeks before the batch of 7 youth ambassadors arrive. Should be a bit of fun.

On top of that there has been teacher training at CRP for the last few days and excursions to different places to look at different things with the ultimate goal of developing our teaching skills. Unfortunately most of it was in Bangla and I therefore have not got as much out of it as I could have.

Tomorrow night due to my teams victory in the last trivia night we have the honour of being the quizmasters this time around. Should be a bit of fun but means a mid week trip to Dhaka and probably a pretty late night.

Also probably have a gig next Thursday with Nick, the guitarist who left but is now back, although we don't have a new drummer yet, we're thinking of auditioning a few people...

And somewhere in there I've managed to find the time to do a bit of work on my ethics application... it's amazing!

And congratulations on the Raiders for making the finals, we're going to need soem luck to have a win next week and probably play out of our skins as well.
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