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What does the title “Boys of Blood and Bone” tell us?

March 9, 2007

The title “Boys of Blood and Bone” tells us that this book is about death and life and how they can be closely related. The two main characters in the book Henry and Andy, are ninety years apart but are tied together by the events that happen to them and the diary Henry reads that Andy wrote. Both Henry and Andy experience death in some way Andy sees it through going to war and seeing his mates die and killing the enemy plus his own death, while Henry is affected by Trots death in a car accident. Both Henry and Andy experience separation, Henry breaks up with his girlfriend Marcelle and Andy leaves behind his home, his country, his girlfriend and his family. The way Andy wants to go off to fight for his country is very Australian because he knows he may not come back and he is doing what he needs to do. While Henry is a laid back wind surfer who comes from a wealthy background and his parents top up his credit card for him. Both Henry and Andy are good mates and have just a couple close friends. both Henry and Andy have Girl trouble Henry breaks up with Marcelle because she believes he doesn’t spend enough time with her, and Andy founds out that he has a child with a women called Francess jane after a one night relationship so he knows he will never be able to go back to his girlfriend Cecillia because Andy feels he has to tell her so he writes her a letter telling her what he has done.  Andy and Henry are both adventurous and enjoy doing difficult things Henry likes seeing Strattford and trying to windsurf in extreme conditions. While Andy likes the new country and the difficulties of war. this shows how similar events both happen to to different people ninety years apart and how the death and the past ties in with life and the present like the title suggests the boys of blood and bone the living and the dead and the fertilizer blood and bone how it Andys events help Henry with the difficulties he has   

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About Andy Lansell

March 4, 2007

Hi my name is Andy Lansell i live in a small country town in Victoria called Strattford. i live on a farm with my horses and i have a girlfriend by the name of Cecilia. Cecilia gave me a diary which i use to write all the events that unfold around me on my way to war and at war. i am very excited to go to war and see a new country but i do get home sick and i do feel very ashamed after i find out that i have a child with another women other than my girlfriend. but i do tell Cecilia knowing that she will never want to see me again and that i have brought shame to my family. i make a few good mates in the army and we all have each others back. i like to think that i am i little bit brave for going off to war and telling every one that i cheated and the things i do while i am fighting like attacking the enemy trenches. i was really hoping that i might make it back to Australia but i was shot in battle then died shortly later in result of the injury. leaving nothing but the diary i wrote in as memory of what i had done.  

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About Henry Lyon

March 4, 2007

Hello my name is Henry Lyon. i am eighteen and i don’t own a car but i drive my parents Volvo. i have two pretty good mates and one of them owns a beach house own the coast. i enjoy windsurfing and having a friend with a house on the beach makes it pretty easy to get practise in. i am going to go to uni to studying to be a lawyer. I recently broke up with my girlfriend Marcelle. I have made new friends in, Trot and Janine, Janine had learnt me a dairy about a young Strattford boy by the name of Andy Lansell who goes off to fight in world war 1 and doesnt live to return to Australia. The diary is brief but it does give me an idea of what went on and what Andy went through unfortunately andy was shot and died later because of the injury. Trot dies in a car accident and i am not sure of how good of friends we were so i am not sure of how i should feel.

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Themes in “Boys of Blood and Bone” by Ricky.B

February 25, 2007

Surviving Conflict/Death

The book tells us that Henry and Andy both experience conflict and death but in different ways. Henry experiences it through the death of trot in a car accident and the death of Andy. He also has conflict between him and Marcelle. While Andy’s conflict is the war and cheating on his girlfriend, he sees his mates die and then he dies himself.     

Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage is shown in the book by Andy going to war and telling his girlfriend that he cheated on her. Henry shows it by trots death and leaving Marcelle.  

Australian Identity

Andy shows Australian identity by going to fight for his country he is also very brave and is a good mate. Henry is australin by goin to the beach hanging with his mates and being friendly.   

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UnAustralian

February 11, 2007

Un Australian means someone who isnt proud to be Australian or be in Australia and doesnt know of major Aussie places like Uluru or the M.C.G. Un australian also means your not an australian citizen. it could also mean you have never seen an A.F.L match or never seen the cricket or had a barbeque or seen a koala, kangaroo or emu. another australian thing to do is go to the beach. to be un australian might be you have never seen or heard of a bush fire. australia also barrack for the underdog and have a ‘never give up’ attitude and are very competitive and if you have never been in a holden. 

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Australian Citizen Test

February 9, 2007
  1. What is the cartoon at the top of this post suggesting about the citizenship test?                                                                                                     

the cartoon suggest that the citizen test is a joke and would be impossible to pass.

 2. What are some of the reasons given for the introduction of the citizenship test? an attempt to find better ways to integrate, and they want to make sure they can speak or understand english.

3. What are some reasons given for people who are against the idea of the citizenship test? because people think it might undermine multicultralism and divide communities and races

4. Which arguments do you find more convincing? Explain why. i think the arguments against the test are more convincing because we have seen racial disputes before and how it can divide a country

5. What was the White Australia Policy? Research. it was a racist legistration to promote white immigration to australia and restrict non white immigration from 1830 to 1982.

6. What do you think the writer of this piece thinks of the citizenship test the purpose of the piece is to promote an opinion on the test. the writers tone is very calm and if i was against what he is saying i would be pleased because he promotes both sides, he describes people against his argument as yammeres, loudmoths . the words he uses to describe his opposition are pretty much to say they should calm down and listen. i think he is stirring up everyone buy saying no-one can co-exist. he calls the muslim areas ghettos and describes them as filthy crime infested ares. he uses ‘ethnic’ and ‘skips’ for getting people angry and annoyed.  he doesnt like australian society as it is today because he thinks we have bad areas that he thinks are just ethnic groups and believes we can fix it. the new immigrants wont need to work on fitting in because they would already now a fair bit about australia from passing the test and most likey would be able to speak english.

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First Postereded

February 2, 2007

This will be my blog for 2007 and i will be putting  my english work in it including writing on books and other things.