Posted by: Gregoryno6 | April 25, 2014

ANZAC Day 2014: Mandurah War Memorial.

The war memorial is a common feature in most Australian towns and old inner city suburbs. Usually it’s a small monument, but ten years ago the city of Mandurah broke with that tradition when the original memorial had to be demolished. Taking advantage of a large open space on the Peel Estuary the city adopted a design from architects Hames Sharley, who deserve all praise for their design.

MWM by Mike Harris

(This photo by Mike Harris. All others are mine.)

The right hand side is the ‘face’ of the memorial. Wreaths will be laid today under the names of theatres of operation from Sudan in 1885 to Afghanistan today. The white pillars were cut from stone transported from the Pilbara in the north of WA.

Ascending

The memorial features two major elements – the path, and the pillars. A waterfall begins at the point where they converge and weaves through the pillars, emptying into the waters of the Peel Estuary on the far side.

Descending
Australia has lost many more troops fighting abroad than it has in defending its own soil. The pillars, rising up out of the earth and then descending into the water, echo the journey of the Australian men and women who have answered the call to battle in faraway lands.

I recommend you watch this brief video in full screen mode.



Many of the pillars bear inscriptions.

I crouched in a shallow trench

Steeply rising foorhills

I fought on the perimeter of Tobruk

At the heart of the memorial, almost concealed, is a smaller pillar of black granite.

Alignment

Mandurah has developed rapidly in the last ten years and its prosperity is obvious. The citizens and their council deserve great credit for investing a part of their wealth in this exceptional memorial.

Lest We Forget

(As mentioned earlier in the week, I will have a post for ANZAC Day each day across the long weekend. Tomorrow I feature the memorial to the Flight of the Double Sunrise.)

Posted by: Gregoryno6 | April 23, 2014

Mothers Day card: yes or no?

Thanks bitch

A Bluntcard, by the way, from the good folk at KissMeKwik.

Posted by: Gregoryno6 | April 23, 2014

ANZAC Day prelude: the good and the bad.

The good:

Ganmain resident Darren Blake bought his boys a metal detector last Christmas and in the six months since picking up the hobby himself has unearthed a bounty of artifacts.

An Anzac’s Rising Sun Badge, Mr Blake said, was his most recent big find.

ANZAC badge found

The bad:

Soldiers wishing to have a drink at the pub after the Anzac Day March will not be able to do so while still in uniform this year, the Chief of Army has declared.

Posted by: Gregoryno6 | April 23, 2014

Let’s have a look at those statistics.

After four years and a few months of blogging, the stats reveal some unexpected facts.

On 22nd of March, when I topped 50,000 views, I grabbed a few screencaps.

Views by country:

Origin top ten

The interest from the US particularly has always surprised me. I don’t make any special effort to angle the blog towards anything that might attract American readers – but views from the States outnumber Australian, UK and Canadian views combined.

Looking below the top four, I’m clearly known around Europe too.

How does this compare to my own blog viewing? Offhand I’d say 80% of my visits go to blogs in either America or England. Signora Laura adds a Mediterranean perspective – but to get the best from her posts I’d need to learn Italian. Funny, though, how a man can go to the far side of the world and find he’s right back at home.

Most popular posts:

Top ten posts

Passing over the Home page, it’s obvious that I’ve tapped into both the Boardwalk Empire and Twilight demographics.

Apparently I hit the jackpot with the orgasm seekers too. Sorry to anyone from that group who’s been left feeling cheated…

The next two posts are related to Australia – the battle of Milne Bay, where Australian troops gave the Japanese their first land defeat in 1942, and the land development at Martha Cove in Victoria. These are both posts I put some work into and I’m grateful that they keep drawing views.

I’m happy to see Rosemary Margan high on the list. Rosemary was my first weather girl, on GTV 9 in Melbourne fifty years ago. She spent forty years working in tv and radio, and was always a lady with class.

Notably absent from both these lists is a certain pin up princess(speaking of ladies with class). But when we go to the search terms, it’s a different story.

Top ten search terms

There at the top – Miss Gina Elise of Pin Ups For Vets. Carol Eden at second is the surprise showing. Miss Eden was a Playboy playmate back in 1960.  Bob Belvedere featured the lady a couple of years ago at TCOTS. I could post a direct link, but you’ll thank me more if you just start here.

Well, that was fun. And so onward to 100,000 views. More Gina, anyone?

autopp

Posted by: Gregoryno6 | April 23, 2014

Earth Day? Did someone say Earth Day?

Take it away, Green Team!

Warning – lots of bad language.

Oh, I should have placed that note above the clip?

Yeah – good point!

Posted by: Gregoryno6 | April 21, 2014

Pin up hotness. Concentrated.

This much pinup hotness

Gina and friends are working on a co-pro with Boot Campaign. I sure hope those Bootboys don’t get incinerated by all those smokin’ ladies.

(Then again… that would reduce the competition by a few, wouldn’t it?)

And the ladies are:

Front row – Cheryl, Jenahway, Miss President Herself.

Rear – Mylee, Jennifer, Kelli, Simone (obscured) and Jeanette. Mylee and Kelli both feature in the PUFV 2014 calendar.

While on the subject of all things military – this coming Friday is ANZAC Day. I’ll have a post every day across the long weekend. Next year will be the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli but this year I’ve found stories about Perth and WA’s connection to WW2.

 

Posted by: Gregoryno6 | April 21, 2014

Logically, then…

Your boyfriend

My girlfriend’s already dead. Or drooling into her wrinkled cleavage somewhere.

Posted by: Gregoryno6 | April 21, 2014

Just one of those things.

Happens to us all at one time or another.

Posted by: Gregoryno6 | April 20, 2014

That’s MH370 for sure.

And if it’s not, it’s the thing that ate it.

loch ness

Posted by: Gregoryno6 | April 20, 2014

Better than Easter eggs. Right, guys?

Gina Elise and friends at the Salute to Veterans Parade. Here’s a little something of what they gave those old soldiers.

 

Salute to Veterans kiss

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