However, I suppose it's kind of appropriate. My thoughts have drifted quicker to what day it is today than they normally would've. Today's an important day in both Australia and New Zealand. It's ANZAC Day, ANZAC standing for Australia and New Zealand Army Corps. The day itself commemorates the first major military action of the Australian and Kiwi forces during World War One. Before dawn on 25 April 1915, the ANZACs landed on the shores of Gallipoli, Turkey, and due to flawed directions and intelligence from British High Command, they landed north of where they should have. The location was a beach at the foot of a sheer cliff lined with Turkish gunners, and they could simply pick off the landing troops at will. I understand over two thousand died on the first day of the landing alone.
The Gallipoli battle was a long, bloody, and hopeless one. For eight months, the ANZAC and Turkish troops fought a battle that went nowhere. Despite the horrid conditions and futility of the situation, the ANZACs kept at it and earnt a reputation as heroic and brave fighters. It was on the beaches and cliffs of Gallipoli that much of the national identities of Australia and New Zealand were formed. In December 1915, the high command finally recognised that no progress was going to be made, the battle had completely bogged down into a bloody quagmire, and ordered a full retreat. The troops performed arguably the most successful retreat of all time, escaping under the cover of darkness without losing a single casuality and leaving in place various implements to trick the Turks into thinking they were still there.
Over time, ANZAC Day has evolved into a day to commemorate all those that have died in war and to honour those who have returned. It's a pretty solemn day and probably the most important date on the calendars of Australia and NZ. Interesting and relevant statistic: per capita, New Zealand has lost more people in war than any other nation in the world. This is despite the fact no war has ever been fought on its soil (excluding tribal and original settler conflict). Quite an amazing thing, really.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
|Death Penalty?:||I support it.|
|Prostitution?:||Completely against. Why the hell would anyone do that?|
|Alcohol?:||Moderation's the key, people. Being drunk just makes you look stupid.|
|Marijuana?:||Fully against. Just the mention of it makes me angry.|
|Other drugs?:||Fully against. Mention makes me very angry.|
|Gay marriage?:||Against. We need to stop pandering to every minority that learns to make a bit of noise.|
|Illegal immigrants?:||There's a legal way. USE IT like I did. Not that hard, you know.|
|Smoking?:||Vile habit. The smell of smoke makes me want to throw up.|
|Drunk driving?:||Don't be a twit.|
|Cloning?:||Undecided at present.|
|Racism?:||Really, really, really pathetic. We're all humans here.|
|Premarital sex?:||Yet another thing that ticks me off. People need to learn to control their hormones.|
|Religion?:||A private matter for each individual to work out.|
|The war in Iraq?:||That's turned into a mess, hasn't it?|
|Bush?:||Best of a bad bunch, I suppose.|
|Downloading music?:||All for it. I don't want to get ripped off by record companies and music shops.|
|The legal drinking age?:||I really have no opinion. No lower than eighteen, though.|
|Porn?:||Despise it vehemently.|
|Suicide?:||For once, a cliche is true: it's a permanent solution to a temporary problem.|
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Oh yes, better tell the tale of André being social yesterday. Aaron came 'round, we mucked about and did nothing for three hours, he had trouble getting through the gate and I eventually had to open it for him (seriously, that gate has problems), and that was about it really.
One important lesson everyone must learn from Aaron coming around yesterday, though: YOU DO NOT INSULT U2 IN MY ROOM. Insulting U2 in my presence is bad enough, but if you're sitting in my room, by my computer, with U2 playing, YOU DO NOT INSULT THEM. ESPECIALLY NOT IF THE SONG IS NEW YEAR'S DAY. If you don't like that song, I'm sorry, but your musical taste is horrible. I can handle Jamie making jokes about U2 because 1. I expect him to be insensitive and 2. I know he doesn't really mean it. In fact, I'm going to say this right here and now: Aaron, your musical taste is awful. I bet you'd like Britney freakin' Spears if she produced a praise and worship album.
There's André's little rant for now. And woah, that was one mighty loud fighter jet that just roared overhead. Bloody low, too. Mum reckons she's never seen a plane fly that low.
Mmm ... so many icons ...