National Remembrance Service For Christchurch [NZ] Mosque Massacre Victims — Very Dignified, Quite Stirring.
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Another impressive, touching & humbling show by New Zealand. Kudos. Bravo. You have shown the world how it can be a better place.
Though I have no connections whatsoever with New Zealand, other than being a fellow (and very PROUD) British Commonwealth Citizen, I am so awe of New Zealand and their young PM Jacinda Ardern. I hope she gets the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.
Shame the massacre happened. It should not have. But, some good as come out of it, though that is little consolation to those that lost family, friends and neighbors.
New Zealand, To Its Eternal Credit, Exemplifies The Decency & Dignity I Ascribe To Cricket Playing Nations.
Cricket civilizes you. Plain and simple. Sportsmanship is paramount in cricket. Hence, the above expression: “It isn’t cricket”.
So, I, who watch cricket, on a large screen TV, nearly every day, and have been a fanatic all my life, strongly believe that cricket playing nations tend to be more decnet than those that don’t play cricket.
By ‘cricket playing nations’ I am referring to the 12 countries permitted to play 5-Day International Test Matches. Yes, cricket at the highest level, is played between countries and a match can last up to 5-days — and still end in a draw. That is the beauty & charm. That is what civilizes you. No crash, bangk, wallop. Very dignified.
Right now there are 11 countries that are Test nations: India, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, England, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Ireland, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The ‘West Indies‘ also play Test cricket but they are a conglomeration of small states that come together to play cricket. 105-countries, worldwide, play cricket. But, I am talking just about the 11 Test playing countries — New Zealand one of them.
I am so proud of New Zealand. Way to go. Obviously, it would have been better if this unfortunate incident never happened, but NZ showed us how to rise above and prevail.
And their 38-year old Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. WOW. WOW. WOW. What class. What courage. She is exemplary.
I have thought about immigrating to New Zealand! I, however, have never been. Not even close. I also don’t have any NZ friends. Dealt with a fe, but I can’t say I interact with any Kiwanis right now. My loss.
One of my all time heroes, Edmund Hillary, is a New Zealander.
I know NZ from all the cricket I watch — and some rugby. I count Richard Hadlee, Glenn Turner, Bev Congdon, Ross Taylor et. al. among my favorites. Bev Congdon made my Summer of 1973!
So, I have always had an affinity with dear Ol’ New Zealand — a British Commonwealth member no less.
How they have behaved and prevailed over the last few days has been brilliant. So, inspirational.
Thank YOU, New Zealand.
Thank YOU, Jacinda Ardern.
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It distresses me, greatly, each year, that they do not understand, let alone celebrate, Boxing Day. It must have been celebrated at some stage in the past. Shame it did not endure.
It is, of course, celebrated in Canada — where it is an official holiday (as it should be).
Yes, a wonderful, endearing and enduring British Commonwealth tradition.
I still celebrate it in my heart and in my case, everyday is A HOLIDAY.
But, I started watching the Boxing Day Test, from Melbourne, at 11pm on Christmas Day.
So, HAPPY BOXING DAY, 2017.
Start here for a large COMPENDIUM of “Red Poppy” information
— history, significance, traditions & photos.
For those unfamiliar with this
holiday & tradition.
also known as Remembrance Day
& Armistice Day,
is Veteran’s Day in the
It is always observed on November 11, without exception since that was Armistice Day — the day, in 1918, the armistice [i.e., truce] was signed the Allies [i.e., US the good guys] and Germany, at Compiègne, France, to bring to an end World War I [1914 to 1918], which involved over 70 million troops and had killed more than 9 million combatants.
The armistice was signed, symbolically, on the ‘eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month‘, 11 a.m., on 11/11, 1918 in a railway carriage in the woods of Compiègne, in northern France. [Yes, I have visited Compiègne and seen the railway carriage].
The poppies symbolize those that grew in profusion across some of the worst battlefields. [Think of French Claude Monet’s ‘Poppies Blooming’ painted in 1873.]
A Canadian physician, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, who was serving in WW I,wrote a poem, in 1915, called ‘In Flanders Fields‘, after attending the funeral of a fellow soldier [‘Flanders‘ being a region in northern Europe in which there was heavy fighting]. The first verse of it went:
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
Edmund Hillary, One Of The First Known To Conquer Mount Everest, Was Born This Day 98-Years Ago; July 20, 1919.
As a Mount Everest buff of long standing, with quite a decent library of historic books on the ‘Mount’, Sir Edmund Hillary has been a personal hero as far as I can remember — he and Tenzing Norgay (another hero) having conquered Everest just over 3 months ahead of my birth. Plus, Hillary, as a New Zealander, was a member of our glorious British Commonwealth and was listening to ‘Radio Ceylon‘ on top of Everest the night before they made it to the top.
I know enough of the lore to appreciate that we still have a BIG question mark as to whether George Mallory and/or Andrew Irvine managed to make it to the top in 1924 — before perishing on the mountain. And I also will not try to decide whether it was Hillary or Tenzing that reached the top first.
‘The United Kingdom’, The 2016 Movie, Based On Real Botswana History, Uplifting & Intense — Still V. Topical.
The Compelling Trailer
I had seen the trailer (above) a few times at the cinema and knew that it was a movie I wanted to see.
My type of movie.
I was NOT familiar at all with the actual, true story given that it took place in the 1950s and early 1960s. That was even before I was a teenager.
Though I am not royalty I too have been ‘there’ so to speak given that all my wives have been white and the first one, as is the case in the movie, was very British.
Oh, by the way, ‘Edith’, from ‘Downton Abbey‘ is the sister. So that was interesting. She looks different — sometimes wearing glasses.
Very intense movie. We watched it (atypically for us) in one sitting.
It is available online.
Still topical themes.
Try and watch it. YOU will like it. It will make you THINK.
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