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ANZAC 100th Tribute by Me n Annie


                          This has been a very eventful week leading up to this 100th Anniversary of ANZAC Day ( New Zealand Army Corps. On the 25th of April 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula.) On Tuesdays I have a regular 3 hour show from 3 pm to 6 pm ( ) and my very first interview was with a representative from the RSL ( Returned & Services League of Australia ) by the name of Brian and questions I asked re this Centenary event were answered with great ease & skill. I played Songs and Music that depicted the horrors of War . Friends 0f ours were in attendance in the Parade thru the Hervey Bays Streets
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                       The Parade was attended by a large crowd and reports in this 100th year attendances thru out Australia were at record numbers.It was heart warming to see so many kids attending on their usually day off ( the 25 th fell on a Saturday this year ,BUT if the 25th falls on a week day a Public Holiday is declared,maybe something the British should do?) OlsdWar vehicles were also brought out for this day and looked rather splendid in their Army colours.My radio colleagues were in attendance with Paul providing his rebuilt Jeep and other Radio friend Barry,both were wearing medals
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                     On Thursday last we were privileged to attend the memorial service at Masters Lodge where Annie and myself have volunteered our services and made a lot of friends (Sadly on this day a 97 yr old chum passed away , his war injury was sustained during WW2 ,his leg being shot by a warplane ! He will be sadly missed, a true gentleman to the end R.I.P Sid) The remaining Diggers & Sailors presented wreaths on the decorated tabled that was surrounded by pictures taken 100 yrs ago at Gallipoli.The residents were treated to a show by 3 very competent musicians (Piano,Guitar and Saxophone) Singing lots of the old (cheery) songs which the other guests sang along to and thoroughly enjoyed as I did
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                     TV Stations thru out the Day were televising all Gallipoli events during the day and  Patriotism was at its very best .TWO up was a very (and illegal still to this day) popular gambling game BUT authorities turn a “Blind Eye” to this wonderful ( but can be costly) back street  game of chance on every April the 25 th (It is now become obligatory for the game to be played on this day and is now part of the Australian history and tradition)
Thanks to Wikipedia     Two-up is a traditional Australian gambling game, involving a designated “spinner” throwing two coins or pennies into the air. Players gamble on whether the coins will fall with both heads (obverse) up, both tails (reverse) up, or with one coin a head, and one a tail (known as “odds”). It is traditionally played on ANZAC Day in pubs and clubs throughout Australia, in part to mark a shared experience with diggers through the ages.The game is traditionally played with pennies– their weight, size, and surface design make them ideal for the game. Weight and size make them stable on the “kip” and easy to spin in the air. Decimal coins are generally considered to be too small and light and they don’t fly so well. The design of pre-1939 pennies had the sovereign’s head on the obverse (front) and the reverse was totally covered in writing making the result very easy and quick to see. Pennies can often be observed being used at games on Anzac Day, as they are brought out specifically for this purpose each year.
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April 25, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

My Tribute to Leonard Nimoy at the Brisbane Anime Exhibition

At the recent Anime Exhibition/Show beginning of March I had a good chance to show my Spock greeting hand formation (Four fingers on one hand dived into two split in the middle forming a “V” or as known to Star Trek followers “Trekkies” a Vulcan way of greeting)

Leonard Simon Nimoy (March 26, 1931 – February 27, 2015) was an American actor, film director, photographer, author, poet, singer and songwriter. He was known for his role as Mr. Spock of the Star Trek franchise.Nimoy began his career in his early twenties, teaching acting classes in Hollywood and making minor film and television appearances through the 1950s, as well as playing the title role in Kid Monk Baroni. Foreshadowing his fame as a semi-alien, he played Narab, one of three Martian invaders in the 1952 movie serial  Zombies of the Stratosphere. In 1965, he made his first appearance in the rejected Star Trek pilot “The Cage“, and went on to play the character of Spock until 1969, followed by eight feature films and guest slots in the various spin-off series. The character has had a significant cultural impact and garnered Nimoy three Emmy Award nominations; TV Guide named Spock one of the 50 greatest TV characters. After the original Star Trek series, Nimoy starred in Mission: Impossible for two seasons, hosted the documentary series In Search of…, narrated Civilization IV, and made several well-received stage appearances. He also had a recurring role in the science fiction series Fringe. Nimoy’s fame as Spock was such that both of his autobiographies, I Am Not Spock (1975) and I Am Spock (1995), were written from the viewpoint of sharing his existence with the character. Nimoy has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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April 4, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Brisbane Anime 2015 and a GREAT day out

During our brief stay in Brisbane we went to South Bank which is Brisbane’s premier lifestyle and cultural destination. Located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, its 17 hectares of lush parklands, world-class eateries, stunning river views and hundreds of delightful events all year round make it the perfect place to relax and unwind.      The man-made beach at Brisbane’s South Bank features a crystal lagoon with enough water to fill five Olympic-size swimming pools, clean white beaches and subtropical trees and exotic plants.Chlorinated fresh water is recirculated every six hours at up to 125 litres per second. The water is pumped through two large sand filters and chemically treated before being returned back to the beach. The 4000 cubic metres of sand comes from Rous Channel in Moreton Bay and 70 tonnes is added each year to the South Bank Beach.Lifeguards patrol South Bank Beach 365 days a year and during summer (December to February) from 7am to midnight daily.Lawns and barbecue facilities around South Bank Beach are popular for picnics. It was amongst these settings that we went to the Anime (Japanese cartoons I think?) Festival.Kids of all ages  0 to 100 male and female were encourages to dress up for the huge stage parade to display their skills at dress-ups. We.We were amazed at the genuine friendship these guys offered (even to us oldies!) Music played from the stage was very loud (my kinda music) and stereophonic psychedelic type and it suited the general ambiance of the show.The day was very exciting and we actually made friends with a couple of the kids.All in all it was a great day on this inaugural event .IF it happens again next year and I,m sure it will and you are in the Pay a visit,you won,t be disappointed and best of all?  its FREE !!

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April 1, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment


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