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ANZAC Day – For our Aussie mates

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ANZAC Day – Gallipoli

Today Dad and I will be at the dawn ceremony at ANZAC Cove and then the service at Chunuk Bair.

I will have the medals of my great-grandfather Harry Crozier with me. It is 100 years since ANZAC troops set foot on the Gallipoli peninsula in that ill-fated campaign.

This has been on my bucket list forever…today will tick that off, and on the centenary as well.

It is special.    Read more »

ANZAC Day – General Debate

Fiona Goodall / via Stuff

Fiona Goodall / via Stuff

I am a staunch supporter of our armed forces, both current and past.

ANZAC Day is solemnly observed.

As a result, there will be no non-ANZAC related posts until midday.

Feel free to use this General Debate thread to share your ANZAC stories, be that direct, or indirect. Be they about your own family, or someone you know or knew.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

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.

The pilgrimage begins

Credit:  christchurchdailyphoto.co.nz

Credit: christchurchdailyphoto.co.nz

Dad and I flew from Dubai after spending a week with my brother and his family. It was good to see my niece again. The last time was 2013.

We flew up on an Emirates Boeing 777. Again we scored an upgrade. The flight was about four and half hours and was packed with Kiwis and Aussies. The first officer on the flight was an Aussie and I had a chat with him for an half an hour. He was jealous as all hell, his great father fought at Gallipoli and he wanted to go but missed out on the ballot.

We arrived in Istanbul, and the temperature drop from 30 plus degrees to just 11 degrees was a bit of a shock.    Read more »

Daniel Hannan: Follow Australia and ignore ‘Mrs Lovejoys’ on immigration

Daniel Hannan has spoken out on immigration and called for Europe to deal with illegal migrants in the same way Australia does.

A prominent British politician has urged European leaders to ignore the self-righteous “Mrs Lovejoys” who decry tough border protection policies and instead adopt Australia’s turn-back-the-boats policy.

The Simpsons character Helen Lovejoy, the wife of a reverend, is famous for her catchphrase: “Won’t somebody please think of the children?”

Rather than writing social media posts expressing compassion for migrants attempting to reach Europe by boat, Conservative politician Daniel Hannan says Europeans should learn from countries like Australia.   Read more »

So what? Are we supposed to give in to the head hacking bullies?

Radio NZ and Fairfax are making much of the fact that government documents say that if we went into Iraq to combat ISIS then we would become a target.

They don’t overtly say it, but they are implying that we shouldn’t.

The Government was warned sending troops to Iraq could make New Zealand a target of Islamic State but on Tuesday a 100-plus contingent slipped away with little fanfare.

A Cabinet Paper revealed by Radio NZ said the risk of doing nothing was even greater than the risk for troops deployed and if Islamic State became stronger the threat to New Zealand would increase.    Read more »

Cry-Babies of the Week

It’s been a while since we featured a cry-baby, but we couldn’t really go past this story.

An American couple says the confiscation of chutney and jelly from their luggage at Queenstown Airport has tarnished their holiday.

Jonathan and Tiffany Sturman and their two children were passing through security screening before a flight to Sydney this month when the condiments were confiscated from their carry-on baggage because they were deemed a ”gel” under aviation security rules.

The Hong-Kong-based couple contacted the Otago Daily Times to express their disgust at the experience, which had left a ”very unfavourable mark” on their holiday.

They say the rules are heavy-handed and security staff should have the discretion to pass items that do not pose a threat to safety.

The Aviation Security Service (Avsec) says the rules have been in place for years and are clearly communicated to passengers.

Mr Sturman said they were told the items – a jar of apple jelly and two jars of cherry chutney bought at a Cromwell store – should have been packed in their checked-in luggage.

The rules needed to be more clearly explained to passengers.

”This type of behaviour is bully-like and does not help to promote tourism to your country, nor does it help to keep the skies safe.

”It is a sad day when cherry chutney is deemed a threat to air travel.”    Read more »

Tony Abbott downs a schooner of VB and recovers in the polls

Tony Abbot is having a blinder, not only putting Bob Hawke to shame in the beer drinking stakes. No wonder his poll ratings are improving.

Predictably the wowsers are upset over the beer drinking.

BOB Hawke’s world record as Australia’s only PM famous for skolling a yard of ale is under fire tonight after Tony Abbott downed a VB in one go.

The Prime Minister was caught on iPhone video slamming down the schooner with revellers at a Sydney pub.

Members of the University of Technology Sydney’s Bats Football club celebrating at The Oaks Hotel in Double Bay called the PM over for a drink.    Read more »

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Katie Hopkins upsets the luvvies with her hard hitting immigration column

I love Katie Hopkins, she has my type of brutality when it comes to confronting difficult topics of discussion.

Right now the United Kingdom is under siege from illegal immigrants…she confront this…by suggesting gunships not rescue boats would be a better idea…and describing illegal migrants as cockroaches.

No, I don’t care. Show me pictures of coffins, show me bodies floating in water, play violins and show me skinny people looking sad.

I still don’t care.

Because in the next minute you’ll show me pictures of aggressive young men at Calais, spreading like norovirus on a cruise ship.

Watching them try to clamber on to British lorries and steal their way into the UK, do I feel pity? Only for the British drivers, who get hit with a fine every time one of this plague of feral humans ends up in their truck.

Understand this, these two populations are the same. The migrants harassing Brit truckers at the port are the same as the vagrants making the perilous trip across the Med.

And there is no stopping them. 170,000 came last year.

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Australian Anzac terror plot

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott has urged his fellow-Australians not to be deterred by the alleged terror plot in Melbourne.

Teams executed a number of warrants in the city’s southeast early this morning and say the men, aged 18 and 19, were planning to target police officers.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Neil Patton says people shouldn’t feel scared. Read more »