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THE ANZACS: A SPECIAL COMMEMORATION

April 24, 2012

I suppose we should have an ANZAC Day post, so here it is…

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  1. April 24, 2012 9:33 pm

    something poetic about dead people…

    cue the bugle… toot toot toot de toot toot de toot toot de toot….

  2. Tony permalink
    April 25, 2012 8:26 am

    I always think about my dear departed grandfather on ANZAC day. He fudged his age and enlisted for WWI as a sixteen year old . He fought the Germans in France and was injured by a shell blast. He carried a piece of shrapnel in his forehead for the rest of his life, and suffered terribly from what we now know as post-traumatic stress disorder. In those days they were expected to grin and bear it. He, like so many of his mates, found the answer in a bottle.

    Rest in peace, Pop.

  3. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 25, 2012 8:29 am

    I don’t wish to be disrespectful about ANZAC Day, but…

    I find it annoying that discussion/coverage is increasingly cloying. There seems to be a competition on the use of breathless superlatives. Fine, respect sacrifice, but it’s a little over the top these days.

  4. April 25, 2012 8:39 am

    I heard Julia on the radio yesterday afternoon deliver some sort of ANZAC speech. It was excruciating.

  5. April 25, 2012 9:03 am

    Is it appropriate to say “Happy Anzac day” to people today?

    #probablynot

  6. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 25, 2012 9:30 am

    We don’t have ANZAC Day anymore, we have ANZAC week.

  7. public toilet permalink
    April 25, 2012 11:30 am

    I’m inclined to agree, YomM. I revile the overhyping of what you’d expect should be a sombre occasion.

    In my opinion, the commemoration is bastardised by the media & the misuse of words like ‘hero’ attributed to sporting events/people.

    I feel for anyone whose country’s leaders has put them in a position where they have little choice but to harm others or be harmed themselves.
    That goes for the ‘enemy’ too.

  8. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 25, 2012 1:24 pm

    Supposed to be anzac day, all I can hear is prayers and hymns, what’s going on?

  9. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 25, 2012 3:19 pm

    I was going to honour the ANZAC spirit with my own beach landing. But it’s not worth the effort.

    http://www.swellnet.com.au/surfcams/13th-beach

  10. April 25, 2012 4:48 pm

    That does look dismal, YomM.

    It’s not much different here, after having been spoiled for the last few months.

    Over Easter, there were a bunch of guys here from Port Fairy towing each other into 25 foot waves off of Ringwood Reef. Quite spectacular.
    I worked the whole long weekend (not that I’d have been putting my life in jeopardy out there ). 😦

  11. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 26, 2012 11:22 am

    Jeremy has a good and thoughtful post on ANZAC Day at his blog.

  12. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 26, 2012 12:25 pm

    thanks splatter, that is a good post.

  13. public toilet permalink
    April 26, 2012 1:23 pm

    Yep.

  14. April 26, 2012 1:27 pm

    agreed.

  15. el gordo permalink
    April 26, 2012 4:21 pm

    A honest appraisal….I’m against jingoistic wars.

  16. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 27, 2012 10:23 am

    and from en passant:

    Lest we forget: the war against Aborigines has never ended

  17. JAWS permalink
    April 27, 2012 12:17 pm

    “In Sydney cops shot two young Aboriginal men the other day for joyriding and then dragged one of those wounded, with a bullet in his neck, from the car and beat him. The ongoing and systematic police brutality against Aboriginal people is not some aberration – it is part of a racist system continuing its genocide against the original inhabitants.”

    That John Passant from your link is a pretty pathetic piece of work. To take Anzac Day and turn it into his lunatic rant about aborigines takes some imagination.

    If you steal a vehicle and decide to drive it along the footpath in Sydney’s Nightclub District bad shit is going to happen to you whether you are black, white or purple. One way or the orther you are going to meet with a lot of trouble. And if that means you get your head blown off then so be it.

    What a lot of garbage he writes.

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