Friday, April 27, 2007

Quick afterthoughts on ANZAC day

Am not going to write much about it, the subject is far too wide-ranging.

Apparently had relatives in the Boer War and, more pertinently great-uncles and great-grandfathers who were members of the Taranaki Volunteers in the Maori wars, so the "A" and "NZ" is quite close, in the family.

Will, however, send you off to
Ninglun, who has an interesting post on it, and also about the TV programs from Andrew Denton and the Documentary on Vivien Bullwinkel.

We have so many, so many Australian people whose lives and achievements need to be brought forward .. and not swamped by American images and ethics .. but that is another long subject.

How many people watch the ABC? Too few, too few. The most "popular" programs are sport, "The Biggest Loser" and "Big Brother", on commercial channels, apparently. Gaaah!

Today, also listened to parts of an interview on ABC Radio National with Eric Bogle [reference 1] who wrote "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" [reference 2] (am in and out of the car all day so didn't hear all of it) but was interested to hear his comment

.. the British, with a long, long history of countless wars, and hundreds of thousands of war dead, only devote one minute (at the 11th hour, 11th day, 11th month) - to the remembrance .. Australia devotes a whole day.. [not exact words].

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