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Obviously, Lincoln, too, was a dreamer. It would be a better world by far if enemies became friends.
I believed in fairytales when I was a child. I believed in happy endings. I may no longer believe in fairytales or happy endings, but dreams can be anything you wish them to be. Reality - that’s another thing entirely, unfortunately.
Anzac Day is Friday, 25th April; the day set aside in honour of our fallen. Anzac Day commemorates Ausies and our Kiwi mates who served and died, side by side, in various conflicts and peacekeeping campaigns throughout the world, throughout the years.
Originally Anzac Day was to honour our Diggers who fought at Gallipoli in April, 1915. Australia had only just become a nation 14 years before that disastrous landing.
At the time, Winston Churchill was the War Minister. His plan to send in Allied forces to capture the Gallipoli Peninsula backfired dramatically and tragically. What was originally meant to be a bold, quick strike against the Ottoman Army dragged on for eight, long months.
Sadly, the landing at Gallipoli, which was a major event in World War 1, was also a major military defeat for our Aussie and Kiwi troops, so many of whom were just young lads.
On 20th December, 1915, eight months after our Diggers landed on what is now known as “Anzac Cove”, our war-weary, defeated troops were evacuated.
From the moment they set foot on the narrow stretch of beach, with its impenetrable, rugged, unforgiving cliffs, our Australians and the New Zealanders were outnumbered; like sheep they were led to the slaughter.
Young Turks killing young Aussies and young Kiwis. It wasn't a game; it wasn't an adventure..it was a tragedy beyond belief....
Far too many young Australian and New Zealand lives were lost, wasted; too many young men were injured, doomed to carry the physical and mental scars for the rest of their lives.
7,594 Australian soldiers and 2,701 New Zealand soldiers lost their lives at Gallipoli. The figures are approximates. Around 60,000 Aussies and 18,000 Kiwis were part of the larger force.
After the retreat from Gallipoli most of those who survived that bloody campaign went on to fight in the trenches on the Western Front.
The battles fought at the Western Front in France and Belgium – at Fromelles, the Somme, Bullecourt, Messines, Passchendaele and Villers-Bretonneux are remembered to this day, not only here in Australia, but by the French and the Belgians. The Aussies and the Kiwis are still regarded highly by the people in those areas. Our courageous, legendary soldiers have not been forgotten.
More than 295,000 Aussie served in that theatre of war; 46,000 lost their lives; 132,000 were wounded. It may sound fictional…but, unfortunately, it is true…it is a tragic reality.
Sadly, the battles didn’t end at Gallipoli or the Western Front. Battlefields, unfortunately, are still a constant in our lives. Will the world forever be haunted by wars?
Lessons are never learned; wars continue. Humans are very slow, inept learners. In fact, humans are incapable of learning from their actions; their mistakes.
It is true, and it is very important - we must never forget those who fought and lost their lives at the various war fronts. However, we must never forget those who have returned home from fighting on foreign soil, either.
We must never forget our brave men and women who have witnessed despicable atrocities; those who return home only to then have to face another almighty battle. Faced with an intangible war wherein the battle continues to rage uncontrollably as they fight inner demons visible only to them; relentless, covert tormenters obsessively pervading night and day, allowing them no respite; no peace. Confused and helpless, loved ones look on; in too many instances knowing not what to do.
We should never discount the damage done. We must do everything within our power to help these brave, tortured souls be well again.
When there are some in this world who are so ignorant and insensitive to deny the Holocaust ever happened, what chance does peace have?
And that’s only one example! In a perfect world not even one example would exist.
Dorothy looked quizzically at her Aunt Em when she was told by her aunt to find a place where she, Dorothy wouldn’t get into any trouble.
With Toto at her side, Dorothy asked ever-loyal Toto if there was such a place -
"Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high, there’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby; somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.”
Man’s inhumanity to man goes on; it’s never-ending. Nothing changes; it just relocates from one area to another, taking with it its baggage of hate, prejudice and stupidity. In the meanwhile, lives are lost; others wrecked forever. Loved ones are left behind to grieve; children left without a parent.
Churchill (yes – the one and the same - he of the unworkable plan back in 1915) mused:
“If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another”.
I dare to add my version:
“If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material, emotional, moral, honorable prosperity etc; a society, a world free of hate and prejudice… may humans one day have the courage to sit and listen, rather than stand and fight; may they take time to listen to the words of others; to hear and understand the words, rather than be fascinated by the sound of their own voices.”
ANZAC Day does not glorify war in anyway.
ANZAC Day reminds us of the horrors of war; of the never-ending folly of man.
ANZAC Day honours the memory of our men and women of the Armed Forces….past and present.
ANZAC Day is in respect of those who gave their all....
Imagine if one day in the future…the near future…it was the past only that we gave honour to……
Lest We Forget….
A toast to the Aussies and the Kiwis….
Aussie Meat Pie: Cook 500g lean beef mince and 1 finely-chopped onion until well-browned; add 1c beef stock, 1/4c tom sauce, 1tbs tom paste, 2tsp Worcestershire, pepper, 1/2tsp ground oregano, pinch of nutmeg; bring to boil; cover; simmer 20mins. Blend 3tbs plain flour with a little water to make smooth paste; add to meat; bring to boil, stir constantly approx 7mins; cool. Line lightly-greased pie plate with shortcrust pastry; add cool meat; moisten pastry edges with a little water; top with 1 thawed puff pastry sheet; press down to seal edges; glaze with beaten egg; bake in very hot oven, 15mins; reduce heat to mod-hot; cook approx 25mins.
Paleo Anzac Bikkies: Combine 1c almond meal, 1c flaked almonds and 1c organic desiccated coconut. Combine 1/4c honey and 1/4c macadamia nut oil in small pot; heat gently. Mix 1/2tsp bicarb soda with 1tbs water; pour into honey; mix until it starts to froth; pour into dry ingredients; combine; add a little water if needed; form into 22 biscuits. Bake in preheated 120C oven, 30mins.
Kiwifruit Pavlova: Preheat oven 120C. Line baking tray with baking paper; mark 22cm circle on paper. Beat 6 room-temp egg whites until stiff peaks form; add 1-1/2c caster sugar; beat 10mins or until sugar has dissolved; add 1tbs cornflour, 1tsp white vinegar and 1tsp vanilla; beat 1min. Spoon onto circle; shape into circle with high sides. Bake 75mins; cool completely in oven with door slightly ajar. Beat 300m thickened cream and 1tbs icing sugar until softly peaked; spread pavlova with cream; top with a pile of kiwifruit slices, some blueberries and passionfruit pulp.
Kiwifruit Margarita: Blend 60ml tequila, 60ml cointreau and 120ml fresh lime juice with a dash of sugar syrup; add 4 kiwifruit; blend until just combined; add a little ice; blend again; pour into margarita glasses; garnish with kiwifruit.