Saturday, 25 April 2009

ANZAC Day

I’ll be having some biscuits later today.

Ignoring some of the inane comments on YouTube, SmileyNoir’s posted a good photostory set to The Pogues’ music. It is good to remember the dead, to look into their eyes in photographs, to steal a glimpse into their lives – maybe it curbs the hindsight, adds to the empathy, and makes us wonder how we would cope. Whilst our squaddies fight in different parts of the world, we squabble over getting cut up by some idiot trying to get to a meeting a few seconds earlier, or neighbours throwing shopping trollies over the fence, or shout at the tv when some prat tells us that Ghurkhas don’t deserve to live in a country that they have fought to protect.

Maybe old photographs let us civvies get things into perspective, and think that our lot in life could be far worse. Maybe it shows that some things haven’t changed much. Maybe we could live better lives, and give the dead more meaning. We stand on the shoulders of giants. Do something worthy of their passing.

5 comments:

paulmartin42 said...

way to go possum

AktoMan said...

There's some ANZAC biscuits in my baseroom if you're passing, Paul. I'm out most of afternoon, but don't let that stop you.

paulmartin42 said...

Hmmmmmm I'll be there first thing

AktoMan said...

LOL - you have to move faster than that

blueskyscotland said...

The guy that wrote The Band Played Waltzing Matilda,a Scotsman named Eric Bogle,is making his final tour of Scotland this summer.He`s playing from the Moniaive up to Lochinver.
Some of the best gigs I have been to in my life...fantastic songwriter.