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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Hello Hello. It's been an fairly busy few weeks since I've written here.

I've started painting on Sundays around at a Sam and Phils place, which has been really great, a really cool way to start the week. A few glasses of wine, some good music and everyone kicking back and painting together. I've found that I've been painting more during the week as a result too. I'm just putting the finishing touches on my second painting at the moment, I'll make sure that I'll post a pic up here when it's done.

Sam and I went up to the beach last Saturday and on the way the diff in my car died, so I nursed it home and it's been in the garage ever since. It's going to cost me a couple of grand to get it back on the road i reckon. Damn! oh well. It's weird the little things that you take for granted when you have a car.... grocery shopping is the big one I notice... having to budget what you're buying so its manageable to carry home. It's a complete pain in the ass when you overestimate what you can carry, trust me ;)

Mick and Brian moved to Epping last weekend, so last night I wandered over to their new place (hey, afterall, it's only half an hours walk), had a few drinks and watched some Arrested Development. I ended up crashing over and walking back a bit before 7am. Tonight I think Matt and I (and maybe Mick) are going to go and check out a band in Balmain, and 2moro Sam and I are going into the city to check out the Viking exhibition and the Museum of contemporary Art.

Not too much else to report really... it's a hot sweaty day today so pretty much sitting around watching downloaded tv shows.

More soon. Till then, take care.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Stone Age tribe kills fishermen

ONE of the world's last Stone Age tribes has murdered two fishermen whose boat drifted on to a desert island in the Indian Ocean.

The Sentinelese, thought to number between 50 and 200, have rebuffed all contact with the modern world, firing a shower of arrows at anyone who comes within range.

They are believed to be the last pre-Neolithic tribe in the world to remain isolated and appear to have survived the 2004 Asian tsunami.

The men killed, Sunder Raj, 48, and Pandit Tiwari, 52, were fishing illegally for mud crabs off North Sentinel Island, a speck of land in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands archipelago.

Fellow fishermen said they dropped anchor for the night on January 25 but fell into a deep sleep, probably helped by large amounts of alcohol. During the night their anchor, a rock tied to a rope, failed to hold their open-topped boat against the currents and they drifted towards the island.

"As day broke, fellow fishermen say they tried to shout at the men and warn them they were in danger," said Samir Acharya, the head of the Society for Andaman and Nicobar Ecology, an environmental organisation. "However they did not respond - they were probably drunk - and the boat drifted into the shallows where they were attacked and killed."

The Indian coast guard tried to recover the bodies using a helicopter but was met by a hail of arrows.

Photographs shot from the helicopter show the near-naked tribesmen rushing to fire. But the downdraught from its rotors exposed the two fishermen buried in shallow graves and not roasted and eaten, as local rumour suggested.

Attempts to recover the bodies have been suspended, although the Andaman Islands police chief, Dharmendra Kumar, said an operation might be mounted later.

Environmental groups urged the authorities to leave the bodies and respect the five-kilometre exclusion zone thrown around the island. In the 1980s and early 1990s many Sentinelese were killed in skirmishes with armed salvage operators who visited the island after a shipwreck. Since then the tribesmen have remained virtually undisturbed.

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