What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
— Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
Wilfred Owen War Poet
The lone cross in my mother’s garden that reminds us of the futility of war
Private Eric Low was my great uncle. I never met him of course, nor did my mother. But he holds a place in our hearts. He died without hope at age 20 years on Flanders Field in Belgium in 1917 during the Great War. Just another wasted life. It is of course a nonsense to call a war such as the 1914 – 1918 conflict “great” but in terms of suffering I suppose it could be described as such. Anyway, today we think of Eric and all the other men and women who died and suffered through needless wars and conflict and still do so today.
This world is led and governed by aged men who hide pandemics from us in the vain hope that their need for control and power will not be diminished. And when the secret escapes as it always will we are addressed by a clown, supposedly the world’s most powerful man who lamely suggests we inject ourselves with disinfectant to be saved from the pandemic. I ask you, where the hell are we at. Nothing has really changed since 1917. We have certainly not taken any lessons from those times.
Biking the 12 kilometre Turquoise Trail . Sandhills, beaches and saltbush
Enough of that. While we are stuck here in Jurien Bay it would be wrong to say we are in real lockdown. We cannot move north or south but we are camped alogside a nice beach and can make our way around the area. Walking, swimming and biking have become our daily routine along with reading, revising our French and a bit of writing. Absolutely no complaints.
MTC and I wish everyone all the best for ANZAC Day and may you all prosper as we work our way out of this dilemma. Stay safe.
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Great stuff Mike Love to the navigator. Brian.
Unfortunately the great war has touched deeply the whole world but somewhere brings us together if, as you say, we remember it.
You have hit it on the nail Mike, after the Great War, the League of Nations, obviously the forerunner of the UN, was set up to make sure there were no more wars, but within 20 years of that happening Germany was at it again! The treaty of Versailles wasn’t monitored and the wasn’t worth the paper it was written on.
A good blog Mike and sorry that you have to enjoy all that hardship of walking, swimming, biking and to top it off stunning views……you lucky buggers!
Stay well. Cheers Randal
Knew I’d get a history lesson from you Randal