Archive for April, 2007
Tomorrow is the 25th of April. A day that is sacrosanct within Australia. It is ANZAC Day.
The day looks to remember the past and the men an women who have fought, died and returned from wars that allowed Australia to be what it is today. These men and women where true heroes. Putting their lives on hold and on the line for the ‘greater good’. This post is not about whether war is good or bad, but a celebration about these men and women, who to me are heroes.
If you search on ‘Google’ for a definition many come up, even the bloody American definition that is is big sandwhich. These heroes of our past (and present) did extraordinary things in the face of extraordinary hardship.
Heroe is a phrase that is thrown about to often in our modern times, sporting heroes, political heroes, celebrity.
Is Ian Thorpe really a ‘hero’ of our nation just because he can swim fast – No he is just a committed athlete.
Is Brian Harradine a hero for standing up to John Howard in stopping Howards contraversal Wik Bill in 1998 – No he was doing his job as a representative of the people of Australia and he was doing the right thing.
Are the two Beaconsfield miners heroes – No they are survivors but not heroes.
Modern day heroes go about there business without the hope of ‘making it big’, becoming well known. They are champions of the little people, they stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
People whom every day and night help the homeless and hungry on the street of our cities. Ordinary people, even though they may say ‘I’m just like you’ – they are not. They are more than that. These people should be celebrated, not on ANZAC Day, that’s for the men and women who where willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for ‘us’ back home, but every other day, one day, but lets just celebrate the fact that if they where not part of our community, our community would be very different and not in a good way.
I would like to also send a special shout out to my brother- in-law Mark. Mark is currently serving in Iraq. Believe what you will about the rights and wrongs of our armed forces in Iraq / Afphanastan etc, but get behind people like Mark and thank them. Pray for their safe return, and while we are at it pray for the people they are trying to help. Not the politicians but the men, women and children on the street.
So next time you see the headline on the newspaper or TV news screem ‘Hero’ take a deep breath and remember those who paid the utlimate sacrifice of their lives, for those who fought the battles in our names. Celebrate their lives and do not forget their memories.
Lest we forget
This weekend sees the final V8 SuperCar race at the Pukekohe race track in
New Zealand. Next years fly away race in the land of the long white cloud will be a street race in Hamilton.
Always a chance at this round will be stalwart and passionate Kiwi Greg Murphy who has won four out of the seven rounds at Pukekohe so far and after last years terrible race which saw him involved in a big shunt on the first turn, he will along with the other Kiwi’s in the V8 series, attempting to write his own bit of history by becoming the last man to win at the circuit.
Of course the big guns will all be firing such as the Kelly brothers (Rick and Todd), Garth Tander, James Courtney, Mark Skaife.
However I see this as a crucial round for Ford start Craig Lowndes in the Team Vodafone 888 Falcon. Whilst he has consistently scored points in each of the 5 races this year, he is languishing in 9th place, with the current leader Rick Kelly more than double his points on 115 points to Craig’s 50 points so far. This is made worse by the fact that this year drivers will not be able to drop their worst round, so while consistency is a key this year, it will be no good if you have been consistently scoring low points.
In the last two years Craig has come tantalisingly close to claiming the crown for Ford, and who could forget the final race at Phillip Island in 2006, but he really has to break free of the bridesmaids tag and bag the trophy in 2007.
Lowndes started his career in 1996 racing for Holden in the Holden Racing Team (HRT) VR Commodore and won his debut V8 championship and in that same year winning Bathurst and Sandown to give him the ‘Triple Crown’.
He took a break in 1997 to try his chances in Europe, and returned in ’98 and again won the championship and followed this up with a back to back in 1999. Since moving to Ford he has had some up and down seasons but seems to have found himself again at 888 Racing Team.
The guy knows how to win and is a true racer. In my humble opinion is the best since Peter Brock, but I believe this year is somewhat a make or break.
With young guns such as the Kelly boys, Jamie Whincup, Will Davison and James Courtney quickly coming to terms with what it takes to win races and championships, Lowndes like others in the series really need to stamp their influence on the series now.
My tips for the weekend are; Lowndes, Murphy, Rick Kelly, James Courtney and anyone with a little Kiwi heritage.
As always look out for more reporting over the weekend for race results and comments and feel free to hop over to http://www.sportingo.com and got to ‘More Sports’for my and others sport news.
In a previous ‘Family’ post we mentioned how much we enjoyed travelling to a relatives farm and soaking up ‘the serenity’.
Over the past months we have been looking around for our own piece of paradise. We don’t want to be greedy, just 3 or more acres roughly an hour to an hour and a half from our home in Melbourne. Well I think we have found it! We ahve placed an offer in on a property that fits the bill perfectly. The Darryl Kerrigan (The Castle) in me cannot wait to one day sit on the front balcony of a holiday house, drinking VB, cuddling up to my best girl, watching the little fella blast around on his Pee-Wee 50 and uttering these immortal words…
‘How’s the serenity’
Like all dreamers we have plans for this block and we hope everything falls into place and our offer is accepted. Who knows, this purchase may start a whole new thread tracking the progress of our ‘piece of paradise’. We hope to make whatever we do as eco-friendly as possible.