Monday, April 25, 2011

ANZAC day





After a marathon effort of close to 30 hours traveling to get back to Melbourne from Tucson (delays included) I awoke to ANZAC day here in Australia. At dawn this morning in almost every country town and city across the country people gathered to remember Australia's war dead.

Despite the dwindling number of servicemen still alive who served in WWI and WWII, attendance at the services and marches has grown considerably in recent years. It is touching to see how many children now march wearing the medals of their grandfathers and great-grandfathers who served. My boys and I, despite our jetlag, just attended the ANZAC day march in my mother-in-law's small Victorian country town and my boys are now keen to get their great-grandfathers' medals and march themselves one day.

Given today's date, I thought I would dedicate today's blog to the ANZACs and pose a few questions for American readers of TKZ on the meaning and significance of the day. Here goes...
  • What does ANZAC stand for?
  • Which famous battle are the ANZACs known for?
  • What did the wives and daughters of the ANZACs send them (hint here, I can provide a recipe for them!)
Good luck and feel free to test my own knowledge of ANZAC day in your comments too...

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  3. ANZAC - a type of ant addicted to barbibuates, but not the hardcore kind of junkie...those are called PROZACs

    What battle are they famous for?
    The infamous nude honey basted coed feather pillow battle at Cal Poly
    Where the sheilas did all the honey basted nude fighting and the blokes just stood staring, mouths agape that it worked, till said sheilas realized it was a ruse and they managed (rather easily) to saunter up close to the gents and strike their menhoods with hot curling irons creating a scene of screaming testicular horror. (the blokes never did figure where those lasses kept those hot irons during their initial advance, and this has been fodder for much intense research and creative cinematography by coeds since)

    Oh...I almost forgot to say why the ANZACs of Cal Poly were famously celebrated. It was actually a miscommunication that brought the whole thing about. You see Entomology Professor Ann Zac was one of the honey basted nude coeds well known for hiding various stoned insects beneath her rather dramatically over-proportioned anatomical features (how she could stand to have bugs stored in her ears is just more than we want to go on about here.)

    .... oh ....

    wait a minute

    .... were you referring to those other ANZAC blokes?

    The really brave ones who defined courage in the face overwhelming odds?

    Cuz that's something different... and really amazing ... and I like biscuits....especially tasty coconut oatmeal biscuits

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  4. Basil - glad to see you have it all figured out:) and that you love the biscuits. In my current weary state I could believe almost anything!

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  5. see - I am so jetlagged I just commented under my husband's account! BTW for those of you outside Australia there are thousands who travel to the original ANZAC cove to commemorate the landing that inspired ANZAC day.

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  6. Miller--the AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND folks could kick major zombie butt without even deploying their ARMY CORP, with or without biscuits.

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  7. 1. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
    2. They are famous for the WW1 battle for Gallipoli.
    3. I think they sent them biscuits.

    When I was a kid, among my collection of 1/72 scale plastic soldiers, I had a box of troops with cool jungle hats instead of helmets. These ANZAC troops were some of my favorites and often the heroes of the fierce battles fought in the sandbox.

    God bless the real ANZAC troops and their families.

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  8. Bingo for Largo! Sorry JRM no zombies passed the physical...

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  9. Gallipoli. Wasn't that Mel Gibson's first movie when he couldn't run fast enough to stop the insane charge of the light brigade into the jaws of hell?

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  10. Indeed it was. The scene where Mel's friend, the running champ from back home, sprints into the enemy guns as if it were a race stuck in my mind as a good illustration of futility of war.

    Excellent movie, portraying a horrifyingly sad experience for those brave men.

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  11. Great movie - one of the few of Mel gibson's that I like. For many Australians what happened at Gallipoli was the defining moment in Australian history.

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