Saturday, November 1, 2014

WELL DONE THE ANZACs

Have just finished watching the service in Albany WA to commemorate 100 years since the 30,000 original ANZACs set sail on their way to the Middle East.    By any measure the service was conducted with panache and style.    The speeches by Prime Ministers Abbott and Key set the tone for the whole occasion.    Half way through I was phoned by a hard-bitten 'Sand Groper' mate of mine to say that he had been moved to tears.   Big call from Ken who doesn't 'cry' easily.

Earlier this year and in an ill-considered piece Colin James opined that, as far as Australians were concerned, the NZ bit in ANZAC was an irritant to be paid lip service to.    If James had bothered to watch today's proceedings I would expect a mea culpa sorry .... but I'm not holding my breath.

Superb weather, great occasion .... Lest we forget.    



5 comments:

Jamie said...

When the war is over
Got to get away
Pack my bag to no place
In no time no day
You and I we used each other's shoulder
Still so young but somehow so much older
How can I go home and not get
Blown away

You and I had our sights set
On something
Hope this doesn't mean our days are numbered
I got plans for more than a wanted man
All around this chaos and madness
Can't help feeling nothing more than sadness
Only choice to face it the best I can

When the war is over
Got to start again
Try to hold a trace of what it was
Back then
You and I we sent each other stories
Just a page I'm lost in all its glory
How can I go home and not get blown away

Ain't nobody gonna steal this heart away...

Cold Chisel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLomJ2m3vI4

The Veteran said...

Hard as ever to match Jamie but it was with a small degree of amusement that I noted our Oz cousins, in attempting to match 'God Defend New Zealand' sung in Te Reo and English, decided to go with the second verse of 'Advance Australia Fair' .... and very few seemed to know it.

Anonymous said...

I tended to agree with Colin James, but having watched most of yesterday's activities, I am starting to think that the Aussies (or at least some of them) have finally discovered the origins of the "NZ" in ANZAC. I noticed with some mirth the singing of the second verse of the Oz anthem - I had never heard it before and nor had most of them. Stewart 61

Jamie said...

God of Nations! at Thy feet,
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices we entreat,
God defend our free land.
Guard Pacific's triple star
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand.

Men of every creed and race,
Gather here before Thy face,
Asking Thee to bless this place,
God defend our free land
From dissension, envy, hate,
And corruption guard our State.
Make our country good and great,
God defend New Zealand.

Peace, not war, shall be our boast,
But, should foes assail our coast,
Make us then a mighty host,
God defend our free land
Lord of battles, in Thy might,
Put our enemies to flight,
Let our cause be just and right,
God defend New Zealand.

Let our love for thee increase,
May thy blessings never cease,
Give us plenty, give us peace,
God defend our free land.
From dishonour and from shame,
Guard our country's spotless name,
Crown her with immortal fame,
God defend New Zealand.

May our mountains ever be
Freedom's ramparts on the sea,
Make us faithful unto Thee,
God defend our free land.
Guide her in the nations' van,
Preaching love and truth to man,
Working out Thy glorious plan,
God defend New Zealand.

Jamie said...

"What we've got here is failure to communicate.
Some men you just can't reach...
So, you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it!
Well, he gets it!
N' I don't like it any more than you men." *

Look at your young men fighting
Look at your women crying
Look at your young men dying
The way they've always done before

Look at the hate we're breeding
Look at the fear we're feeding
Look at the lives we're leading
The way we've always done before

My hands are tied
The billions shift from side to side
And the wars go on with brainwashed pride
For the love of God and our human rights
And all these things are swept aside
By bloody hands time can't deny
And are washed away by your genocide
And history hides the lies of our civil wars

D'you wear a black armband
When they shot the man
Who said, "Peace could last forever."
And in my first memories
They shot Kennedy
An' I went numb when I learned to see
So I never fell for Vietnam
We got the wall of D.C. to remind us all
That you can't trust freedom
When it's not in your hands
When everybody's fightin'
For their promised land

And
I don't need your civil war
It feeds the rich while it buries the poor
Your power hungry sellin' soldiers
In a human grocery store
Ain't that fresh
I don't need your civil war

Look at the shoes you're filling
Look at the blood we're spilling
Look at the world we're killing
The way we've always done before
Look in the doubt we've wallowed
Look at the leaders we've followed
Look at the lies we've swallowed
And I don't want to hear no more

My hands are tied
For all I've seen has changed my mind
But still the wars go on as the years go by
With no love of God or human rights
'Cause all these dreams are swept aside
By bloody hands of the hypnotized
Who carry the cross of homicide
And history bears the scars of our civil wars

I don't need your civil war
It feeds the rich while it buries the poor
Your power hungry sellin' soldiers
In a human grocery store
Ain't that fresh
And I don't need your civil war
I don't need your civil war
I don't need your civil war
Your power hungry sellin' soldiers
In a human grocery store
Ain't that fresh
I don't need your civil war
I don't need one more war

I don't need one more war
Whaz so civil 'bout war anyway???

Guns n Roses - Civil War
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYoIgKxOK4A