5 February 2007

The Monday Melee

I've joined the Monday Melee, the brainwave of Fracas. This should be appearing every Monday from now on...

1. The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
Hangovers. After spending yesterday in the pub and last night crooning at karaoke, I have a hangover from hell today. How can so much fun end in so much pain?

2. The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent or bogus.

Xenophobia is a serious problem in Japan and is known to be fostered and encouraged quite openly, as demonstrated in an article appearing in the above-pictured magazine. Click over to Debito's blog for translation and discussion.

3. The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
Racism, wherever it exists, and what it is doing to the world.

4. The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
To Old Knudsen for blogging (at least once) every day and for making me laugh.

5. The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
In my real life, I endeavour to be as honest as possible both with myself and those around me.

6. The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
For people to make more effort in understanding others, and to celebrate our differences. The world would be a boring place if we were all the same.


  1. Hi there! You're added to the main list already. Thanks for jumping on board! I love reading everyone's replies and how the same question can get such different answers.

  2. Interesting, Dive. Debito's blog was informative, what a difference from the UK ! Not sure of the merits of doing this Monday thing every Monday with the same Monday questions to be honest..and i know you like honest..

  3. Great answers, GG.
    The far right in Japan has never really gone away; same in Germany (and the UK and OZ, too).
    Nasty people.
    And as for your last point; all Australians look the same to me (oops).

  4. Hi Fracas: Thanks for having me on board. It's been great reading what's on everyone's minds this Monday. Great idea.

    Lynn: I assume your comment was for me and not Dive. I think the differences between racism in Japan and the UK is that, although it's more overt here, it is a lot less aggressive. In a way, I'm hoping pulications such as these (available from convenience stores) will actually bring about some dialogue and challenge people's long-held misconceptions about gaijin in Japan.

    Thanks Dive. You're right (even though I know you're a lefty) and the insidious tentacles of the far right are apparent everywhere.
    I look forward to the day when you give credit to Australian womanhood, even if we all do look the same. ;)

  5. Hmmm ; I'm picturing the flower of Australian womanhood as someone as gorgeous as Kylie, as smart as Germaine Greer and as funny as Kath and Kim, but the only Australian girl I know personally is as gorgeous as Dame Edna, as smart as Kylie and as funny as Germaine …

  6. Well, I guess you can safely base your assumptions on that one Aussie woman you know.
    Racial stereotyping obviously works for some. Try it out.

  7. Me and my big mouth.
    Sorry, GG, I'll go hide under a rock.

  8. Hehe, no worries, Dive.
    I was actually making reference to the magazine I mentioned in the post. It has got me all riled up with its stereotyping and hatred based on race.

    Don't hide. Come out from under there.

  9. At least I'm not the malcontent, yeah racism sucks, I blame the blacks.

    Far right/far left they are both out of touch arseholes. One is in a make believe world in which the poor doesn't exist the other lives in a make believe world in which the poor exist but only the trendy ones (africans)

  10. Yes sorry Gaijin Girl, meant for you but came out as Dive. I'm tired is what it is... lol.

  11. Good choices. Sorry about the hangover. I have the same wish.

  12. old man in cap: you're not the malcontent? well, now that you mention it...

    lynn: no probs.

    sassy: thanks. hangover completely my own fault - i know the consequences of my actions, i just don't learn.

  13. The world would be a boring place if we were all the same.

    Truer words were never spoken. If only I could make my tafe teachers and boss believe that. :)

  14. The world really would be a boring place if we were all the same. We would all eat the same food, sing the same songs, wear the same clothes. Ick. Very good answers, GG.

  15. kate: that's sad if your teachers and boss are closed off. maybe they don't want to learn anymore?

    robyn: yup, and we'd all think and believe in the same things and we'd stop having stuff to talk about.

  16. This reminds me of the scene in Life of Brian where Brian is standing at his window, lecturing the mob …
    Brian: "You're all different!"
    Mob: "Yes! We're all different!"
    Small voice from the depths of the mob:"I'm not".

  17. This looks like fun!!! I am off to check out the sight!

    How`s life going?

    I totally agree with you on the hangovers. You never learn do you?

  18. It always "amuses" me when Japanese people make disparaging remarks about Asians...there often seems to be a lack of comprehension that the rest of the world considers Japan to be a part of Asia as well.

  19. Hangovers? Once or twice was enough for me. I'm one of those boring people who learns from mistakes. Or maybe i just don't like pain...