Friday, April 25, 2014

ANZAC Day 2014

One hundred years ago, on August 4, 1914, the world was thrown into chaos when World War 1 commenced. As with many countries, Australians and New Zealanders joined their defense forces in rapid numbers.

It was not until the 25th of April 1915, that many came to appreciate the ability of the soldiers from these two nations, in a batter that many could say was a battle lost before it had began. For many Australians and New Zealanders, it stands out as our defining battle that created a shared history, and certainly a shared bond.

Today is ANZAC Day, a public holiday in both Australia and New Zealand. Initially, it was  a day to remember a defining battle in both countries military history. Since then, it has become a day to remember not just the original ANZACs, but all who have lost their lives. Prior to this event, relations between Australia and New Zealand had not been the best, but one that created a bond that may not be under estimated.

It is therefore vital, that we remember the people who have fought and died in all conflicts, both those in the defences forces and the civilians.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Heat of battle breaks the Anzac ice

As many of the people reading my blog will know, I am Australian. Tomorrow is a very important day in our history - ANZAC Day. ANZAC stands for Australian New Zealand Army Corp. It is 99 years since the Australians and New Zealanders landed at Gallipoli in what was a defining battle and turning point in the military history of both our countries.

Heat of battle breaks the Anzac ice

The story at this link provides a very good overview of the early relations between Australia and New Zealand at the time, an how it influences

Tonight, many scouting and guiding youth are standing vigils at many Memorials around the country, joined by Army and Air Force and Navy Cadets.

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.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Sunday 2014

Today, was another busy day. It was an early start, as we were heading to the football and had to visit someone prior to getting on the football train.

It was a good game of football, especially as the team we were supporting won.

Then, being Easter and never a dull moment, Akela took us out to tea – at her parents place. It seems to be the place to do some dealing in chocolate! Akela sure knows how to score! We made her take a photo of us with the chocolate, just to prove it was a good haul. She is definitely going to need to get to the Gym to work this all off!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Kite Festival on Easter Saturay

What a day! Akela took myself an Seamus out this afternoon to see the kites at the Semaphore Kite Festival

The day was great weather wise and a lot of people around. We went for a walk 1st, with Alaka and her dog, which was good – a 90 min walk! It was certainly a nice day for it and a lot of people were out and about on their bikes or walking in pairs or groups. We thought that was a fantastic thing to see!

Then, we got back to the car, where we left the dog with Aleka’s husband for a drink and a rest, while we went over to the jetty and had a look at the kites. We were able to get some photos, but there were soooo many people there, that we only got the one photo with us in it and the kites in the background. However, it was a good day and we hope Akela can take us to the kite festival next year.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday 2014

Today, is Good Friday and one thing Akela and her family do every year on Good Friday is get together for a homemade Hot Cross Bun feast (there is no other word for it, other than feast)

Akela was kind enough to bring some home for both myself and Seamus to eat this evening, for our meal. We certainly enjoyed having them.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Modern Scout and Guide - Life Matters, Radio National Interview

The Modern Scout and Guide - Life Matters, Radio National

Thought that people reading my blog would like to listen to this interview about Guiding and Scouting on the Life Matters program on Radio National today.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Indoor Rockclimbing - Vertical Reality

Today, Mawson Lakes Cub Pack went rock climbing at a indoor rock climbing wall – Vertical Reality at Holden Hill. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any photos of today’s activities. Akela was busy the entire time belaying for the Cubs. 1005 of them enjoyed the activity and have asked that it is put on the program again due to the enjoyment had by all.