Twas a day at the consulate like any other til the security officer jumped up with a shudder: "There’s a risk!" he shouted, "it endangers our lives; why, the pointed tips of those flags are dangerous as knives! The flagpost could be taken and used as a spear; It could kill you or me, or anyone here."
So he took them down straight away, he removed the sharp tips And strolled away with a smile on his lips. “I’ll replace these with spherical tops,” he said “They’re nice and un-pointy and won’t leave anyone dead.”
Thus the consulate was safe once more, til the day an intern took a photo of a door…
Summer Research Scholarship at the University of Queensland Sustainable Minerals Institute
Ran the Active8Change Brisbane 11KM Run
Wrote an article published by New Matilda
Founded the St Lucia Distance Running Club
Founded Meri Toksave, a women’s rights initiative for Papua New Guinea
Debated at the Monash University Intervarsity Debating Tournament
Dinner in Melbourne with Mr Jones, my Year 11 and 12 Form Teacher
Joined the Brisbane Concert Orchestra as a percussionist
Signed up over 110 people for the UQ Anthropology and Archaeology Students Association at UQ Semester 1 Market Day
Attended “A Universe from Nothing” lecture by Professor Lawrence Krauss
Begin working as a debating coach of the Year 10 Team 1 and Year 9 Team 2 at Somerville House
Elected by UN Youth Australia to the position of Deputy Convenor of StatesMUN 2014
Elected by UN Youth Australia to the position of Deputy Convenor of Pacific Project 2014 but declined
Debated in the UQ Debating Society Show Debate
Launched the Anthropology and Archaeology Students Association at the UQ Anthropology Museum
Spoke at the UQ Environment Collective EcoSpeak Evening
Facilitated at the UN Youth Queensland State Summit
Attended the Harvard World Model United Nations in Melbourne
Awarded the Social Venture Fellowship by the Resolution Project
Served as the Host of TEDxUQ
Ran the Twilight Half Marathon but was cancelled part way through due to intense storm
Attended a concert of the Queensland Youth Symphony
Played Risk in a park with friends for Easter
Served as Under-Secretary-General for Delegate Affairs of the Brisbane Model United Nations
Selected for an Anthropology Placement at the Federal Court of Australia and observed a major native title determination
Delivered a training seminar on the social sciences for the UQ Debating Society
Secured a $5000 grant from the University of Southern Queensland for UN Youth Queensland
Anthropology Placement at the Federal Court of Australia and observed a major native title determination
Founding member of The Typewriter
Presenter on Dispatches student radio show
Attended a concert of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Attended a public lecture by Jonathon Holmes, outgoing Host of Media Watch on the ABC
Had a Twentieth Birthday Party
Awarded the UN Youth Queensland Member’s Choice Award
Convened the UN Youth Queensland Regional Road Trip and visited Roma (515KM west of Brisbane) for the first time in UN Youth history
Selected to serve as a UNICEF Australian Young Ambassador
Featured in the Brisbane Grammar School News as the co-founder of Meri Toksave
Delivered the keynote address on leadership and community involvement to the Australian Youth Climate Coalition Start the Switch Summit
Delivered a presentation on youth mental health and technology to the Australian Psychological Society Brisbane Seminar
Debated at the Queensland Intervarsity Debating Championship
Induction as a UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador in Sydney
Featured in the Westside News as a UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador
My Year 10 and Year 9 debating teams progress into the QDU finals
Served as Head of the UQ Delegation to the Asia Pacific Model United Nations in Wellington
Served as Director of UNESCO at the Asia Pacific Model United Nations in Wellington
Brisbane is selected to host the 2014 Asia Pacific Model United Nations
Appointed Deputy-Secretary-General for the 2014 Asia Pacific Model United Nations
Attended a gig of The Jungle Giants
Played triangle in the World’s Biggest Orchestra world record
Attended the UN Youth Australia National Council in Sydney
Served as the Host for the launch in Melbourne of a major young men’s mental health research report
Interviewed by ABC, Channel 7, and Channel 10 on young men’s mental health
Volunteered and fundraised at the Queensland Youth Orchestra open day
Wrote an article published by the Sydney Globalist
Ran the Brisbane Full Marathon with a 37 minute personal best
Nominated for the Ashgrove Youth of the Year Award
Got prescription glasses and sunglasses
Delivered a keynote presentation on leadership for the Youth Without Borders Enable Schools Leadership Summit
Dinner and drinks with Mr Price, my Year 10, 11 and 12 history teacher
Year 9 Team 2 win the Queensland Debating Union Grand Final
Played timpani in a concert for the Redlands Sinfonia
Voted in the Australian Federal Election
Invited to participate in a consulting project with the UQ Business School and White Cloud Foundation
Attended the Somerville House Debating Dinner and awarded the Somerville Debating Coach Award
Attended the Papua New Guinea Independence Day Brisbane Celebrations
Stood as an independent in the UQ Academic Board undergraduate representative elections and received the eighth most votes out of 32 candidates
Visited Port Moresby for Meri Toksave and met with local and international NGOs
Granted observer status on the International NGO Development Council of Papua New Guinea
Had a conversation with Dennis Wendel, the Director of the USAID Pacific Islands Office
Elected Communications Officer of the University of Queensland Debating Society
Serve as the Public Officer of Meri Toksave as an incorporated association
Elected Vice-President of the University of Queensland United Nations Student Association
Attended the UQ Debating Society Summer Dinner
Preformed with the Wildcatz at Customs House
Spoke at the assembly of my old primary school, Ithaca Creek State School, on the UNICEF Day for Children
Registered Meri Toksave with the Australian Business Register
Interviewed for the position of the 2014 Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations
Registered Meri Toksave for a Tax File Number from the Australian Taxation Office
Attended the UQ Union Clubs and Societies Gala Evening
Attended a public lecture by Professor the Honourable Gareth Evans AC QC
Bought two new suits
Established a bank account for Meri Toksave
Came twentieth in the Mount Beerwah 10KM Night Run
Met with politicians on an advocacy trip to the Parliament of Australia for UNICEF
Attended the annual cocktail night of the Parliamentary Association for UNICEF at Parliament House
Served as Director of the First General Assembly at the Sydney Model United Nations (and met Ezgi)
Asked the Race Discrimination Commissioner a question at the Sydney Model United Nations
Ate a really good $10 spaghetti bolognese at the Glasgow Arms Hotel in Sydney
Had breakfast at the eatery of the ABC Ultimo Centre in Sydney spotted Fran Kelly of Radio National
Offered a volunteering placement with an educational development project in Nepal
Awarded a travel scholarship from the Foundation for Young Australians
Drank a really good banana smoothie in Coogee Beach in Sydney
Debated at the Australian British Parliamentary Debating Championship
The coming of eventide in Newtown, Sydney.
November in the Subtropics of Brisbane.
10 minutes before this photo was taken there was a thunder storm.
10 minutes after this photo was taken there was a hail storm.
The beginning of eventide.
1) You don’t have to have a dream (be micro-ambitious and watch the peripheries).
2) Don’t seek happiness (keep busy and try to make others happy).
3) Remember, it’s all luck (understand that you can’t truly take credit for your successes nor truly blame others for their failures).
4) Exercise (take care of your body as you can’t be Kant).
5) Be hard on your opinions (take them out onto the veranda and hit them with a cricket bat).
6) Be a teacher (even if you’re not a teacher, be a teacher).
7) Define yourself by what you love (not by what you dislike).
8) Respect people with less power and privilege than you.
9) Don’t rush (don’t panic about your career path).
When Will -
When Will by The Trouble With Templeton
But perhaps the desire of the thing called fame will torment thee. See how soon everything is forgotten, and look at the chaos of infinite time on each side of the present, and the emptiness of applause, and the changeableness and want of judgement in those who pretend to give praise, and the narrowness of the space within which it is circumscribed, and be quiet at last. For the whole earth is a point, and how small a nook in it is this thy dwelling. — The Meditations (Book Four) by Marcus Aurelius (167 A.C.E.)
(Source: scuttlebuttstuch, via hisamusingworld)
Awesome - that tiny blue dot is our planet Earth as seen from Saturn.
This rare image was captured by the wide-angle camera on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on July 19, 2013.
(via Space Images: The Day the Earth Smiled: Sneak Preview - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)