Sunday, October 5, 2008


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Went on a really long drive, up through the hills and far away, the long way to Healesville. Next to one of the smaller roads on the way to Narbethong (essentially one lane), a fairly young wombat was munching on the grass. Luckily there was enough space at the side of the road a little further down to pull over, and thankfully I had remembered to bring my camera.

He really wanted to munch on that particular patch of grass, and ran away a couple of times, only to return when we walked away. Considerately, he stuck his head into the sun, so we did finally get a few good photos, after swearing at my camera for not taking decent photos in the shade.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Manifest 2008

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Manifest 2008 was a lot of fun, and I was a lot more relaxed this year (picking my registration card up on the Friday with no queue to wait in helped enormously). There were more cosplayers than ever, but the anime sessions were less well attended.

A few non-anime sessions seemed to not go ahead (wushi demonstration and the pocky eating competition!), and I didn't take anywhere near as many photos as I thought I would. It was great catching up with various friends. Unfortunately I had to leave early on the Sunday - I had wanted to see some of the later anime sessions. Most of the anime shown was quite old (for licensing and rating reasons, I have heard), but the one thing that I missed from last year, was a decent programme, that had a blurb about each session, and a timetable. I hear there were massive problems with the committee, and the printing of the booklets was one of the things to suffer. My photos are up on Flickr.