April 23rd, 2004

happy

Anzac shmanzac

OK. I really feel for the guys who had to witness the carnage in WWI and II. I can't even imagine what that must have been like. And I think the idea of remembering this for the sake of those who were there is a great idea.

But, I can't help but think that nowadays not many RSA members have even seen a war (yes I know there are some but way more are just old men). Heard the Pogues' "Waltzing Matilda"?

And for me, ANZAC day always reminds me of the kids at school who took pleasure in informing me how the British used the Anzacs as 'cannon fodder' at Gallipoli. This seems to be a uniquely kiwi viewpoint and it seems to me that it's just an excuse to slag the Poms.

And to cap it off, this year we don't even get a day off work. Needless to say, I will not be at the dawn parade. Nope, not un-patriotic. Un-warlike, me, and I can celebrate -that- from my bed on Sunday morning.
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