Thursday, April 24, 2014

ANZAC Day 25 April 2014 - Ninety-nine years ago.

The Last to Leave,          Leon Gellert

The guns were silent, and the silent hills
 had bowed their grasses to a gentle breeze
 I gazed upon the vales and on the rills,
 And whispered, "What of these?' and "What of these?
 These long forgotten dead with sunken graves,
 Some crossless, with unwritten memories
 Their only mourners are the moaning waves,
 Their only minstrels are the singing trees
 And thus I mused and sorrowed wistfully

I watched the place where they had scaled the height,
 The height whereon they bled so bitterly
 Throughout each day and through each blistered night
 I sat there long, and listened - all things listened too
 I heard the epics of a thousand trees,
 A thousand waves I heard; and then I knew
 The waves were very old, the trees were wise:
 The dead would be remembered evermore-
 The valiant dead that gazed upon the skies,
 And slept in great battalions by the shore.
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The Silence

This is indeed a false, false night;
There’s not a soldier sleeps,
But like a ghost stands to his post,
While Death through the long sap creeps.
There’s an eerie filmy spell o’er all —
A murmur from the sea;
And not a sound on the hills around —
Say, what will the silence be?


            R. J. GODFREY, GALLIPOLI




Notes:

Leon Gellert, Gallipoli poet.
He enlisted in the AIF on August 22, 1914, eighteen days after Britain had declared war on Germany. For seven weeks his battalion was kept in reserve on its troop ship before being ordered to land at Ari Burnu beach at dawn on April 25.

Gellert survived nine weeks on Gallipoli before coming down with dysentery. Evacuated to Malta, he contracted typhoid and was sent to England to convalesce. His reputation was made when his collection of fifty-five poems - Songs of a Campaign including Before Action, The Return, War!, The Death and The Attack at Dawn - was published.

Please read more about Leon Gellert at the link above!


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Remembering Dad

Born 20 April 1931 passed peacefully 31 October 2001.

Imperfect. He loved me.

I still miss him.
 

Top photo: Dad gets his gong!
Bottom photo: Dad, in brown trousers, admiring the surrounds of the WTC.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Mickey Rooney, Thanks!

And so many more wonderful movies!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Sad

Tonight I had a call from a best friend in Sydney. I haven't seen her for years, but we are still in contact as I am with many of my longstanding friends. We spent most of our teen years together.

She called to let me know that a friend had passed away yesterday. He was one of our peer group in the 70s, and at one stage her boyfriend and fiancĂ©, however, that didn't work out and they went their separate ways in the 70s. She supported him through his university studies (geology at Sydney Uni) and I met her through him, he lived with his large family five houses from my parents' place.

This punches home my mortality. I am quite sad, even though I haven't seen nor heard from him for over 30 years, it is a shock. He was only 56, quite fit, and only had gall stone surgery. Then they discovered pancreatitis. His death was sudden. Gone too soon.

He is survived by a wife and two children.

Vale Peter.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wasn't me

Last night one lotto ticket in Queensland won $70M.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Cobwebs

Just thought I'd call in here and check for cobwebs.

And squatters.

Hmmm.

If the main stream media ever gets over their deification of Gillard there may be hope for them.

Somehow I doubt it.

That so many people can't see the problems with the previous government is a testament to the current state of journalism in Australia. They were so concerned with going after the opposition while leaving The Government alone, only re-releasing the press releases given to them by the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd government which basically involved trumpeting triumphant try-hard exercises in back-of-the-coaster plans, many of which never left the stale beer sodden table.

And they're still going after Abbott.

And they're complaining that he's not got a 24 hour press release cycle for them to report on.

Honestly, while in opposition the coalition may as well have been in Government as everything they did and said was reported and pulled apart (often carelessly and without thought), and reported as wrong, bad, negative.

Yeah.

Cobwebs.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Dweeby little try-hard moocher

Kevin-oh-seven MkII visited the Sydney Markets today.

And later there was this:
KEVIN RUDD: Mr Abbott's policy means that if you're a billionaire like Clive Palmer, you're a billionaire like Gina Reinhart, if you're a billionaire like all those folks and, I don't criticise those folks for being billionaires, but I think they would scratch their heads as to whether they should be entitled to paid parental leave under Mr Abbott's scheme.
No mention of Kevin Rudd, millionaire....

Hang on. I think they missed out on something in the panel session of AlpBC today.

I'm sure I heard Rudd rabbit on about how he's out there amongst the people, but where's Abbott.

You know, Kevin Rudd, lifeguard, er, Aboriginal assistance worker in his holidays, ah, well. I'm sure Rudd is out there amongst it with the plebs.

And McWho makes an appearance in the second link. Useful idiot, as usual.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

My new best friends

The Kransky Sisters - an entertaining evening.
















(There's something wrong, again, with Blogger. I'm so glad Google made it better! The formatting is all over the place like a dog's breakfast. It's decided it likes to put the writing beside the image, and you can't fix it 'cos it's just better, innit. Blogger - regularly a POS.)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Bit of excitement at the local - UPDATED

There is a sharp bend in this town and a b-double didn't quite make it around the pub.






 
Normally the drunk would be hit in the street, this time the pub was hit-and-run.

The truck didn't stop.

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30JUL13
Today I had a chat with someone in the town.

1. The truck should not have been passing through the town, it is illegal for a B-Double to enter the town unless they live there.
2. After the accident the truck stopped briefly and then drove off.
3. A patron at the pub followed the truck and got the rego.
4. The driver was carrying livestock, and the truck was found in the next town at the saleyards - where a sign had been knocked over.
5. Some signs back along the road to the highway from the pub had also been knocked over/damaged.
6. The pub is Heritage Listed, they've been given five (5) days to repair the damage (ridiculous!).
7. After the 2011 flood the owners had trouble getting insurance, this may be a problem.
8. The OH&S people were on the scene before the police, ensuring that everyne was kept safe.
9. The truck driver has, apparently, had the book thrown at him.
10. The truck hit the pub a bit before 11am on 26JUL13.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Monday, July 15, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

BER Images

Bit of a cock up.



Monday, July 8, 2013

Black Boots

Singleton Recruit Course, AFX 1977 and Singleton AFX 1978.
 


 


Monday, June 10, 2013

Not cool



I googled "Che Guevara murderer" and found a link to Real Cuba 180 documented victims of Guevara. The link isn't working at the moment.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

When your own people mock your party where can you go

Fitzgibbon deserves kudos for this mocking.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Resilience...

This reminded me of quite a few people I know.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Gueneviere a Maori? Women in historical times.

Discussing the Merlin series currently replaying on free-to-air TV it was mentioned how ridiculous it was to have a Maori playing Gueneviere.

So then I find a link on FB to this blogpost and, well, who knows!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Idiotic spending from government - what a surprise!


The souvenir shop in Parliament House only turned over $110,000 last year. Turn over, not profit.

So now they're going to pay $250,000 for a survey to see how they can increase their turnover.

That's not a misprint. A quarter of a million dollars for a survey. Read all about it:

http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22committees%2Festimate%2F36450fe3-3fd8-45fb-acfa-94e0ae2a002b%2F0004%22

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I. Shake. My. Head.

God help Australia if this is the calibre of our young adults.




I don't know what we can do about this idiocy.

The dope with the Che hat is an imbecile of the lowest order.

Some of these people will have positions of power in the future (probably in government after never having to deal with the real world or work a real job), and these stupid ideas they have been fed will inform their choices. Actually, their stupid ideas and memes will inform their choices through their lives (if they don't get hit with reality).

I thought University was supposed to teach students to think.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

A new career, if they're quick!

Yes, they're all so good at shovelling shit.

 Reckon that this would be ideal for them on September 16th, they've had so much experience.

Monday, April 8, 2013

My fur coat

Richmond RAAF Base, Sgt's Mess... 1981. I think it was a ball.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Camelot found!

 
(Note: This is not my photo.)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Laidley Flood January 2013

So, I got stranded in town during the flood and didn't get home for 24 hours.

Annoying as...

However, while stuck in town with no television or even a good book, I had the opportunity to see some interesting processes to clean the town after the waters receded, and I have photos. The photos need to be sized etc. and that will take me time which I don't have. Back to work next week.

Okay, this is just an iPhone pic which I SMSd to friends. It was less than an hour after dawn and it was raining off and on.

Finally, I can find how to upload the photos, but it takes an AGE to get the page up to upload, then the upload takes time, too.


Wednesday, January 2, 2013