The landing at ANZAC

Hindsight is a wonderful thing but when people are acting in the heat of the moment people are forced into making decisions that can lead to brutal and unforgiving repercussions.

While there were many reasons for the disaster which became known as the Dardanelles campaign, the protracted, horrific and sedentary nature which came to typify its land campaign were decided on the very first day.

Many attempts were made during the following eight months to break out of the deadlock which had emerged from the initial landing but none proved successful.

An analysis of the first day?s events reveals several key decisions that significantly determined the eventual outcome of the overall battle and condemned close to 600,000 men to either death or a lifetime of pain and abject misery.

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Merry Christmas

Credit: Braden Fastier/Stuff

First of all, this article is not specifically focused on Patrick Gower?s recent espousal regarding Nelson?s Maori Santa. While I believe Mr Gower?s opinions on this matter are rather superficial to say the very least, I do not wish him, or anyone who shares his views, any ill will whatsoever.

In fact I wish him, like everyone else, a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

I do, however, feel the need to say something about this recent debate.

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NB: The following article contains content that some people may find distressing.

Few episodes in recorded history come close to reflecting the potential for horror and brutality humans can inflict upon each other; than the fifteen months of industrialised genocide, perpetrated approximately three kilometres south of a tiny railway siding in eastern Poland named Treblinka.

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The essential and eternal fool

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be
a fool.
-Touchstone, As You Like It, Act 5, scene 1.

In these times, there appears to be mobilizing a concerted effort to stamp out all forms of discourse and behaviour which could be construed by the more ?enlightened? as harmful or divisive.

The term being used predominantly to describe this is ?hate speech?.

Some have publicly feared that this growing political momentum of censorious intolerance will ultimately devour all forms of communication and colour our minds with the base alloy of political correctness and unthinking moral servitude.

But have no fear.

What the would-be dictatorial clowns fail to appreciate is what I understand as the ?eternal fool?.

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A pioneering New Zealand Feminist: Wilhelmina Bain

Included in this NCW photograph are, standing: Jessie Mackay (fifth from left), Jessie Williamson (second from right); seated: Amey Daldy (second from left), Anna Stout (fourth from left), Kate Sheppard (fifth from left), Annie Schnackenberg (sixth from left), Margaret Sievwright (seventh from left), Marianne Tasker (eighth from left); and, seated on floor: Ada Wells (centre) and Wilhelmina Bain (right).

Today is the 125th anniversary of the Electoral Act being passed in New Zealand; the first sovereign nation to recognise the right for women to vote.

While figures such as Kate Shepherd will be spoken of and remembered on this day, the work and exploits of one of the pioneering spirits of New Zealand?s social history will most likely be overlooked and even forgotten entirely.

Wilhelmina Sherriff Bain on the occasion of her marriage to Robert Elliot, 1914

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Why I was wrong about Stefan Molyneux

For several years I have been taking an interest in the thoughts and theories put forward by Stefan Molyneux on his YouTube channel.

Initially I found much of his work and arguments to be highly enlightening and looked forward to his videos as they emerged on a weekly basis.

Now, however, I’m not so sure.

After looking into the matter further, I discovered some who even go so far as describing him as a cult-leader.

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125th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

It has become increasingly clear that any semblance of neutrality within the Fourth Estate towards certain factions of political ideology in this country has been well and truly abandoned.

I am referring to the recent announcement made by an Auckland newspaper that the current Prime Minister will be acting as a Guest Editor on the 19th of September, in recognition of the 125th anniversary of?the Electoral Act of 1893 being formerly passed?in New Zealand.

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The 2020 General Election

NB: no current or former politicians were harmed during the writing of this satirical article.

As General Election nights went the mandate of 2020 had been accompanied by the usual levels of insanity and odd occurrences; perpetrated by people who would otherwise have been going about their day to day activities in a much more sedate and mundane manner.

A buck naked Real Estate agent, with no reported political affiliations, had jumped from the middle of the Auckland Harbour bridge, suffering two broken legs in the process, all the while yelling ?I?m your leader! Follow me!?

Further south, an elderly woman from Fairlie had held up a Pie Cart and made off with its entire takings of 37 dollars and 75 cents. The police had apprehended her a short while later at the local Sports bar when she had caused a scene after losing all of her ill-gotten gains in the town?s only Pokie machine.

None of these events, however,?were noticed or spoken of in the Mount Albert Electorate where the current prime minister and her staunch band of Labour party stalwarts were eagerly waiting for the results to come in.

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Legendary Wallaby: Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop

The men would do anything for him and are proud to be with him. I am sure it is his presence which holds this body of men from moral decay in bitter circumstances which they can only meet with emotion rather than reason. […] This selflessness, this smile, command more from the men than an army of officers each waving a Manual of Military Law.

– Ray Parkin, Into the Smother, London, Hogarth Press, 1963, page 51.

One of the greatest Australians to ever live also happened to represent his nation playing Rugby Union.

Indeed, the fact that his inclusion in the first ever Australian side to lift the much vaunted Bledisloe Cup has been largely treated as a mere afterthought, is perhaps an indication as to how much of an effect this man had on those around him; especially in times of the greatest trial and anguish.

From the playing field of the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1934 to the steaming jungles of Burma as a Japanese Prisoner of War, Sir Edward ?Weary? Dunlop truly encapsulated the values of integrity; determination; an untiring work ethic; and undaunted courage and selflessness for the sake of others.

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The day Wellington ran out of Soy milk

It was freezing cold in the middle of an icy winter of discontent. A howling southerly gale whipped its way through the streets and narrow passageways, on the day Wellington ran out of Soy milk.

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