Tomorrow is Digger Day, or ANZAC Day. Cazzie gave it reference with some biscuit info, which sounds trivial but it is not. There is seriously heavy symbolism there. So did Daniel with at least one thing I did not know about The Great War. It was only called WW1 after WW2. The Great War was supposed to be the war that ended all wars. Sadly it was not.
For me it means hundreds of cars parked on our nature and median strips and damaging the now redundant sprinkler fittings. No water, no need for sprinkler heads, so no matter any more. Even the the parking fine rapacious City of Port Phillip dares not to book them on what I now consider to be our real Australia Day. It is the only the day of the year that Australians get a bit soppy and sentimental and feel a bit patriotic about our country.
I cry for the young men who so foolishly gave themselves to King and country and England. I normally am not given to bad language, but what a god damn fucking waste.
For you o/s readers, ANZAC stands for Australia and New Zealand Army Corp(s?). We were brothers in arms with NZ back then.
But you can't think of wars without thinking of the Japanese in World War II. ANZAC day is to commemorate all wars.
I asked our friend in Japan about her students' knowledge of the war and it pretty well came up blank. They did not know specifics.
I had a Japanese friend some ten years my junior a while ago and I asked him about his knowledge of WWII. He had some vague knowledge of it, but not informed. I pressed him harder and he had more knowledge than I thought he would. But he said, paraphrasing, it is history. It is irrelevant now and does not matter. We are a new generation. All old stuff of our parents.
While I am not giving specific references, I heard some things on the radio today, that if I was WWII vet, I could almost forgive the All Nippon Army for their mistreatment of honourable soldiers under extreme war conditions.
Ah well, Happy Digger Day tomorrow. It must mean a day off work for you or penalty rates at least. Shed a tear, and then move on to the real world, that seems to be collapsing around us.