Sunday, 27 April 2008

ANZAC Day 2008

It's been a while, I guess I've been a little slack...

I've been working through the intricacies of my new job, interviewing for new staff to fill the roster, working out why I have access to some things and not others on the network, dealing with issues as they come up and working out where I am in the building. That is all starting to work itself out and I've been paid my very first ever monthly salary... Woo Hoo!
Oh!!! You really do mean that I need to make that last for at least a month?

I also sold some stuff and for a very brief time I was flush with cash (my pay and the payment for the same came through at almost the same time)... I mentioned in my blog about the Xaphoon and how I had lots of respect for reed instrument players... I am now the proud owner of an Alto Saxophone (photos soon!)...

There have been some challenges with my photography course and I really do have concerns as to whether I have wasted a lot of money. I'm hoping to catch up with the marketing and management people to air my concerns this week sometime... Ouch!!!

Anyway, those are my excuses for being slack with my blogging...

Last Friday was ANZAC Day, a remembrance day for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps that fought at Gallipoli in WW1. This was one of the defining events that forged a national identity for Australia, and built the legend of the ANZAC's.

"Celebrated" is the wrong word but every year we remember the soldiers who fought and died in the first world war and all of the old soldiers, sailors, airmen and their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren dust off their old uniforms and medals and march to the war memorial.

Another of the legendary events from the First World War for Australia was the "Charge of the Light Brigade". A battle that occured at
Beersheba on the northern edge of the Sinai desert. Light horse infantry charged an entrenched Turkish position across nearly 2000 yards of relatively open plains and managed to overrun and take the position against sustained machinegun fire. There is a belief that the Turkish gunners had their machine gun sights set for long range and once the "Light Horse" was inside this range the Turks were shooting over the heads of the Australians and New Zealanders. Luck must certainly have played a very large part in this and the charge has gone down in history. The photos are of people in authentic period uniform who participated in the ANZAC Day march.

1 comment:

Craig Peihopa said...

great to see you back. A good post.
Remember that courses and whatever, if you are truly passionate about this stuff it has a way of taking on a life of it's own and exacting from you exactly what it takes for you to get whatever you want out of it. I don't mean to sound obtuse, but what I am essentially saying is no matter what the outcomes of the course are, continue on, you have a great eye. If you want a measure of success in this arena. It is all up to you!