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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

24. Anzac Day - Lest we forget

ANZAC Day, 25th April is the day Australians remember the original landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is our most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australians and New Zealand forces in the First World War. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they soon took endures to this day.

Above: Anzac Cove
Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallopoli Peninsular to open the way to the Black Sea for the Allied navies. The landed at Gallipoli on April 25 and met fierce resistance form the Turkish defenders. The campaign dragged on for eight months.

Above: Anzac soldier carrying a wounded comrade at Gallipoli
At the end of 1915 the Allied forces were evacuated after both sides had suffered heavy casualties and severe hardship. Over 8,000 Australian soldiers were killed. News of the landing at Gallipoli made a profound impact on Australians at home and 25 April quickly became the day on which Australians remembered the the sacrifice of those who had died in war.

Above: Anzacs
We honour those Diggers and all Diggers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Below is an Anzac tribute I made compiled of original photoshots from World War One, including the Landing at Anzac Cove, Passchendaele, marches and photos taken by soldiers.

Above: Looking through a window on to a battlefield cemetery

Lest we forget

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

23. Murder and a Sex Scandal

All I can say is thank Le bon Dieu that one judge has the whit to hand out a decent sentence.
Arthur Phillip Freeman who threw his four year old daughter off the West Gate Bridge has been sentenced to life in prison. Supreme Court Justice Paul Coghlan sentenced Arthur Phillip Freeman, 37, to life in jail with a non-parole period of 32 years for the murder of four-year-old daughter Darcey as he sought revenge against her mother during a custody battle.
Little Darcey died hours after being thrown 80m from the bridge by her father on January 29, 2009.
Above: Darcey Freeman as a flower girl at a relative's wedding. Source: Herald Sun

Prosecutors called for Freeman to be jailed for life without parole, while his lawyers had pleaded for a minimum term.

When he handed out the sentence, he said he understood the argument that he be "locked away forever", but he did not think Freeman was "beyond redemption". The Judge said "Whatever happens, you will spend what many consider will be the best years of your life in prison. One of the unfortunate features of this case is that others blame themselves, but they should not."

Said Justice Coghlan - "You are responsible for it and nobody else. The earliest date you can be released is 29 January 2041, when you will be 67 years old."

I guess because he (the Judge) thought the murdering little swine was not "beyond redemption" he was being lenient in not locking him up for the term of his natural life.

What I don't understand is how come it took the jury five days to reach a verdict?

And I suppose all the bleeding hearts will come out now in defence of the murdering monster with lines like oh the poor man was having a mental episode and wasn't in full possession of his faculties at the time, he's not guilty on the grounds of insanity.

Yeah well pull the other one - it's got bells on it. What really angers me is these parents who don't get their own way in a custody battle go and kill their child/children. Why don't they top themselves - why is it always the children?

Another murdering little cretin is Robert Farquharson who killed his three sons on Father's Day in 2005 to get revenge on his ex-wife. He drove them into a dam, left them in the car but managed to save himself. He's been convicted twice.

To be continued............