Sunday, April 7, 2019

A MEMO TO THE LATE MR MARK

Hi Ron ... so you turned up 40 minutes late to the ceremony at Linton Military Camp marking the award of the Australian Unit Citation for Gallantry to the survivors and NOK of 161 Battery personnel who played such an important role in the defence of fire support bases Coral and Balmoral during Operation Toan Thang 1 in the aftermath of Tet 68.

No matter that the assembled multitude had to wait outside in the cold for you to make your appearance in your chauffeur driven 7-series BMW.     Perhaps you should have taken your helicopter.    Linton can get bloody cold with wind funneling up your jacksie.

Hat-tip to the lady NOK who contacted me to register her disappointment.     Said the Minister's tardiness detracted from what was otherwise a very special occasion for her.

12 comments:

Lord Egbut Nobacon said...

Never mind Veteran, dinner with the minister shortly where you can register your disapproval....not sure what the make of car has to do with it?

Noel said...

Can yah ask him what recommendations in the Profs report they will accept and when will they apply? Been months since the report was tabled

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

This is the fellow who was a mercenary for the regime which now kills poofters and maims thieves?

Lord Egbut Nobacon said...

Still at 100% Adolf....wrong country.

Never in the field of wrongness has one person ben wrong so many times in one liners that are wrong.

Not mercenary....EME workshop manager.

Wayne Mapp said...

A mercenary is typically someone employed on a military contract who is not part of that nation's military. So doesn't really cover someone who joins the Omani army. Otherwise all Foreign Legionaries are mercenaries as would be the Ghurkas or a Fijian (or NZer) who joins the UK military.

So a cheap shot by Adolf.

No excuse for lateness, however. Of all people, Ron should know that.. His only decent excuse would be a delayed flight, but he should not be cutting it that fine anyway.

pdm said...

Winston has a reputation for always being late - detained by a full length mirror said David Lange.

Mark has no such reason for lateness.

Anonymous said...

Charge him with 'Avoidance'

Mick

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Like little boxes, they all look the same. All dressed up in ticky tacky.

Cheap shot? Why waste an expensive shot on a cheap target?

Max Ritchie said...

Without wanting to get into shots, cheap or not, two points: the BMW 7 series has heated seats, and armrests in some models, so I suppose that justifies naming the brand on a cold day, and second, most online dictionaries do not differentiate between serving in a country's army or not - if you're not a national or long term resident then you come under the definition of mercenary, although running a workshop hardly fits the classic use of the word! The main point though is one of manners. If Mr Mark did not have a good reason eg plane delayed by fog, and did not apologise profusely then he was extremely rude. And, noting his party's precarious position, also very unwise.

Lord Egbut Nobacon said...

Max.....flexible word is mercenary. I think that the online dictionary does not cover all situations.

A lot of ex British soldiers flew to NZ and joined up when we become involved in Vietnam
and there are more than a few Kiwis who joined the British army, one received a bravery award while serving in the paras. I find it odd that someone from the other side of the world who joins the French Foreign legion is a mercenary and one who joins the Royal Marines is not.

Max Ritchie said...

If they then went back to the UK after their NZ Army service then I think mercenary might apply. But I'd question "a lot". I did work in that area and I'm not aware of any.

Lord Egbut Nobacon said...

Six that I know of from 67-69...a couple stayed in NZ...not sure which cemetery it is though.