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Sunday, 25 April 2010

ANZAC Day - Lest We Forget


ANZAC Day, 25th April is the day Australians remember the original landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is our most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australians and New Zealand forces in what became known as The Great War - now called the First World War. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces became known as ANZACs.
Today is the 95th anniversary of that landing.

Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli Peninsular to open the way to the Black Sea for the Allied navies. The landed at Gallipoli on April 25th and met strong opposition form the Turkish soldiers. The campaign lasted for eight months. The Allied forces were evacuated at the end of 1915 after severe hardship and heavy losses. More than 8,000 Australian soldiers died and as news of the ill-fated landing at Gallipoli became known, it made a deep impact on Australians back home and the 25th April soon became the day on which Australians remembered the great sacrifice of those who had fought and died.
It is said it was then that "mateship" was born.

We honour those Diggers and all Diggers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Last Post is played every ANZAC Day.

Played by a single bugler it was the signal for soldiers' "lights out" and now is a symbol the dead can rest in peace, their job well done.


Stories from World War One

Above: Simpson and his donkey
Simpson used a donkey called Duffy to help him carry injured soldiers to safety at Gallipoli. Simpson’s full name was John Simpson Kirkpatrick.

Simpson and his donkey became famous among the Australian soldiers at Gallipoli because of their bravery. Day after day, week after week, Simpson and his donkey would wind their way through the hills and valleys looking for wounded soldiers. Even though it was very dangerous, Simpson would crawl on his belly and drag soldiers back to safety. He would then put the injured soldier on the donkey’s back and lead him down to the beach.

One day Duffy came down to the beach with a soldier on his back, but without Simpson. Simpson had been killed trying to save another soldier. The donkey somehow knew that even though his friend was dead, Simpson would have wanted him to take the injured man to safety.

Above: Photo of Simpson and his donkey, Duffy
This is the only authentic photograph of Simpson and Duffy in action in Shrapnel Gully, Gallipoli. (Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial-AWM A03114)

Above: Australian Light Horse
These riders are descendants of the Australian Light Horse of WW I.

Christmas In The Trenches
One of the most amazing stories is that of the first Christmas of WWI. On the the eve of Christmas 1914.

Christmas in the Trenches depicts the moods of the soldiers, on both sides of the front lines, during the first Christmas of World War I. It was hailed as the "Amazing Truce" where German and British soldiers took a respite from the War. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in his history of 1914, called the Chrismas truce "An amazing spectacle, one human episode amid all the atrocities which have stained the memory of war".

His phrase, indeed, sums up the attraction of the truce; it is the human dimension which means that this relatively obscure event in the fifth month of a fifty two month war is still remembered and will continue to catch the imagination. In a century in which our conception of war has been on the Exocet, the Cruise Missile and the Neutron Bomb, the fact that in 1914 some thousands of the fighting men of the belligerent nations met and shook hands between their trenches strikes a powerful and appealing note. It is perhaps the best and most heartening Christmas story of modern times.

A young German voice was heard singing "Stille Nacht" and it floated over No Man's Land. Then an English voice sent back "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", and soon the night was filled with voices of men, some of them as young as 16 or 17. Over the stretch of land which separated both sides appeared a white flag as a young German soldier held it high and slowly approached. And from the British side came a soldier who walked forward to meet him. Then the others followed.

These men met on a battlefield as friends and equals. They shared cigarettes, some chocolate and a rare comaraderie, they looked at photos of sweethearts, mothers and loved ones. They sang Christmas carols together. They even played a game of football. And for a short time, they were ordinary people meeting in friendship.

But time does not stand still, and as the first rays of morning light came and the sun peeked its faint pale rays, they shook hands for the last time. And went back to the business of war.


Todays Quote: War does not determine who is right - only who is left. ~Bertrand Russell.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Airport Mosaic

All the colours of the rainbow
This brightly coloured mosaic is at Tullamarine Airport near the Duty Free shop. Made with many small tiles, this wonderful mosaic shows snakes, ducks, fish and birds.

Today's Quote: Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end - Alice Paul.

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Easter 2010

Wishing everyone a blessed Easter and may you find new meaning and joy.

He is risen Allelujah

Now let the heavens be joyful,
Let earth her song begin:
Let the round world keep triumph,
And all that is therein;
Invisible and visible,
Their notes let all things blend,
For Christ the Lord is risen
Our joy that hath no end.

Saint John of Damascus

Hot Crossed Buns
Many people around the world eat hot crossed buns on Good Friday. The buns represent the Last Supper which Jesus shared with His Apostles on Maundy Thursday.

Hot crossed buns,
Hot crossed buns,
One a penny,
Two a penny,
Hot crossed buns.
If you have no daughters
Give them to your sons,
One a penny
Two a penny
Hot crossed buns.

Easter eggs
Why do we give egg(s) at Easter? In pre-Christian times the egg was a symbol of life, rebirth and renewal. In Europe there was a goddess called Eostre and from this word comes Ostara and Easter. She was the goddess of fertility hence the connection with eggs and rabbits. After the birth, death and resurrection of Christ, the early Christians adopted some of the pagan symbols and rituals and used them as Christian symbols.

Today's Quote: All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt - Lucy Van Pelt in Peanuts (by Charles M. Schulz)

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Scenic Sunday - Tea Plantation

Care for a cuppa?
This is the BOH Tea plantation in the Cameron Highlands - the largest black tea manufacturer in Malaysia. They have four planatations, Boh, Sungei Palas and Fairlie in the CH and Bukit Cheeding in Selangor. This is Sungei Palas. BOH was founded by J.A. Russel in 1929. He was a British businessman during the British colonial era in Malaya. Today, BOH produces 4,000,000 kgs of tea a year - approx 70% of tea produced in Malaysia.

Todays Quote: There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea - Bernard-Paul Heroux.

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Friday, 2 April 2010

Four Lads from Liverpool

It's been a hard day's night
Remember these lads - how young girls stood screaming at the airport when they stepped off the plane and some fainted? Ohh, the glories of the past. I was just a child and knitted this scarf in royal blue and an awful shade of peachy/pink. I wanted to wear it to the airport when the Beatles came to Melbourne. Mum wouldn't let me though, I had to go to school and I wasn't the sort to wag school. Not that I would have known how to even get to the airport. Sigh...

Today's quote: As far as I'm concerned, there won't be a Beatles reunion as long as John Lennon remains dead - George Harrison.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

The Red Telephone Box (Theme Day - Red)

Hold the line please
These red telephone boxes were everywhere when I was a child. Alas the government in its wisdom decided to get rid of them in the 70's and replace them with 'modern' glass and steel things. They never did have quite the same atmosphere. Imagine my delight when I spotted this one in Penang - I just had to take photos. The telephone box is outside the Penang Peranakan Mansion.

Today's Quote: I don't even know how to use a parking meter, let alone a phone box - Diana Princess Of Wales.

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