A new era arrives in the South Pacific as China flexes military might. Click Through Here
A poem in honour of the porters on the Kokoda Track during the WWII hostilities:
Many a mother in Australia when the busy day is done
Sends a prayer to the Almighty for the keeping of her son
Asking that an angel guide him and bring him safely back
Now we see those prayers are answered on the Owen Stanley Track.
For they haven’t any halos, only holes slashed in their ears
And their faces worked by tattoos with scratch pins in their hair
Bringing back the badly wounded just as steady as a horse
Using leaves to keep the rain off and as gentle as a nurse
Slow and careful in the bad places on the awful mountain track
The look upon their faces would make you think Christ was black
Not a move to hurt the wounded as they treat him like a saint
It’s a picture worth recording that an artist’s yet to paint
Many a lad will see his mother and husbands see their wives
Just because the fuzzy wuzzy carried them to save their lives
From mortar bombs and machine gun fire or chance surprise attacks
To the safety and the care of doctors at the bottom of the track
May the mothers of Australia when they offer up a prayer
Mention those impromptu angels with their fuzzy wuzzy hair.
– Bert Beros, Australian Digger
Damien Parer’s Academy Award winning short film. Click Through Here
Based on the autobiographical book by Vera Brittain, this 2014 movie gives us a sense of what the world around T E Lawrence (of Arabia) must have looked like as WW I unfolded in Europe. To my mind, very well done.
A riveting indictment of war.
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For the original book, Click Here