To the rest of the world, thats just a date… to an Australian, that date is when Australia really became Australia. In 1915 a bunch of very brave Aussies gave up their lives in the great war #1. Invading another country to capture targets that were important to our English overlords. Unfortunately for a lot of our young men, we were landed at the wrong place and faced overwhelming odds and despite that, we almost won.
One thing that a lot of people dont realise… is that the 25th of April is also the day when Turkey was made as well. Before that date, there was the left overs of the ottoman empire and the byzantine empires and there was a lot of division in what was then Turkey.
Two countries were forged in conflict against each other and despite of that, both countries are now great friends. Every year, Turkey allows hordes of Aussies to invade their shores peacefully to celebrate Anzac Day at Gallipoli looking out over Anzac Cove. They tend the shores there and look after the graves of all the brave men who died fighting the fights of other countries when they had no dispute with each other.
So… in celebrating the brave men of Australia… let us not forget the brave men they fought against and who became our friends.
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.
Lest we forget… VALE Anzac
Carlton for life!
Last week in Melbourne… just before the Richmond vs Carlton AFL game started a tragedy struck one family who were going to the game that night. A brother and sister, Alexander and Bridget Jones, were on their way to the MCG to meet up with their father for the game when the wall on Swanston St collapsed on top of them and a researcher from France.
It turned out that both Zander and Bridget were passionate Carlton supporters.
There have been calls from amongst the AFL community for Carlton to show their respects to the family by wearing black armbands at this weekends game against Collingwood. This would be awesome for the club… however, for Carlton to wear the black armbands, they have to ask permission from the AFL to do so. If they dont do it… whats the worst that can happen? The AFL hands out a fine?
If thats the case, and Carlton wear the black armbands without permission… I propose that every Carlton supporter who goes to the game chips in $2 each towards the fine with the remainder getting passed over to the family.
And even if the AFL does give permission… how about every Blues supporter on the ground toss in a gold coin to hand over to the family in this time of tragedy for them. It doesnt bring back their children… but it shows compassion and caring for our own.
I was listening to some wow parody songs over the weekend and I found out that one of them (Play your class) is a parody of the Pink song “Raise Your Glass” and so I went off and had a listen to it.
The chorus is very true… raise your glass if you are wrong in the right way. It doesnt matter if we are white, black, straight, gay, male, female, jock or nerd… we are all humans and we are all, in one way or another… wrong in the right way.
If we dont conform to the image that society has these days of what people should look like or act like or even dress like… we are wrong… but guess what! I bet that there are more people out there like me than there are that are exactly like society says they should be.
I think that I would prefer to be wrong in the right way rather than right in the wrong way… or to be exact… I would prefer to be exactly who I am and not someone that society expects to fit into their view of what I should be.
I keep looking in the newspapers around the world and I am seeing all this debt talk… everyone owes money… house prices are sky rocketing back in Australia and in the UK and there seems to be no end of. I am also seeing all this talk about unemployment being on the rise and I think that I have a solution to it all. Continue reading
I’m trying to decide whether to head back to Oz for some sun and xmas/new years in Oz with family and friends… or to head to the Caymans for a weeks holiday in the sun…
Or maybe I might head down to Portugal for some sun.
One way or another… I want to get some fucking sun this winter…
Interestingly, I got offered a position over here in Dublin that I am going to do for a couple of months. It’s kinda depressing at the moment because I am over here on my own with no friends around me. But at least once I get the money rolling in, I will be able to go home on the weekends.
I’m looking for a place to stay… I think that I might start off with a share house and see how that goes and if my 3 month contract gets extended, then I can look at getting a proper place to live in.
And I get to see my oldest friend from World of Warcraft for the first time… she lives in Tullamore over in Co. Offaly.
Last year I was diagnosed with mild depression… it sucked. I went back to Australia for a month to try and get things sorted out… it kinda helped. Then I started chatting with a friend who helped me start looking at life a lot more positively. I identified that, in Manchester, I had no real friends like I had around me in Kendal and Bristol when I was living in those two places. So I started thinking that it might be best for me to move away from Manchester and get around friends again. Continue reading
I dont know about you guys, but I am seriously starting to get fucking pissed off with the amount of fucking ads appearing on youtube these days. I want to know if the people who post their personal videos on there so friends can look at it are getting a rub of the coin from Google (the fucks who own youtube these days) who are pushing all these ads out. I really need to start loading up my iphone and/or my android with music or even drop a days worth of music off my stuff from home onto the laptop so I dont have to listen to ads any more.
Also, if I am listening to fucking ROCK music, I dont want to hear about the latest and greatest (sic) urban R&B album that I have no fucking interest in at all. If it isnt played with at least 1 guitar, 1 bass guitar and a set of drums, then fuck it off… of course unless I am listening to trance or house dance music… but regardless… I dont want to know about some dumbshit fucking wannabe music starlet who, aside from having blown her way to a recording contract, has less talent in her entire body than I have in my little toe…
For a while now, I have been battling with a few issues in my life. Today, I took the first step at a new direction in my life. I handed in my notice today and I gave them until the 25th of May as the day I want to finish up with the company.
The boss was a bit shocked when I told him, but after he read the letter and saw that I was citing isolation from family and friends as one of the reasons for my decision, he understood perfectly.
I have to say that Mark T is one of the best bosses I have ever had and he is going to be doing all he can to help me out even after I leave the company. Brilliant man.
I caught up with a old friend yesterday… She is still as pretty as I remembered her… it was good spending time with her…