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In Their Footsteps

Tonight on Channel 9 Australia, a new Australian series will commence called, “In Their Footsteps”.

Here is the blurb from the Channel 9 Web Page:

In Their Footsteps is a 10-part series about Australian families rising to the challenges, enduring the deprivations and dealing with the lasting scars of war.

In Their Footsteps will shine a bright new light on Australia’s wartime history, bridging the past to the present for a modern generation of viewers.

And here is the Sneak Peek

Everytime I have seen this show promoted I have had chills running up and down my spine. I am so proud of every single person who has ever fought on our behalf and with ANZAC Day just recently behind us again and having attended the Dawn Service and the Brisbane CBD March, this series comes just at the right time to remind us of the sacrifices made by hundreds and thousands of brave men and women who have and still do, defend our country.

What this series is going to do however is take select relatives to the scene of some of the world’s greatest, yet horrific battles and give them a glimpse of just what conditions their relatives fought in.

Perhaps the defining moment in Australia’s history and one which forged our character as a nation occurred on the morning of April 25, 1915 on the day we now call ANZAC Day.  On this solemn day, brave soldiers from Australia and New Zealand stormed the beaches of Gallipoli Cove in Turkey and were slaughtered on the beach and trying to get up the cliffs to face the Turkish army.

On that day the Aussie spirit of never giving up and being there for your mates was born and it is a fine tradition that lives on in us all almost 100 years later.

I didn’t have any relatives fight in the wars yet I feel so proud of everyone who ever did and I take my hat off to the relatives left behind when their loved ones went to war.

Thousands never returned.

There are thousands of people walking around the world today who lost loved ones in war and dealing with the struggles this would have caused them.  Especially in the early 1900’s when men who were the bread winners in most families went to war and never came back.  Many children grew up without mothers and fathers and didn’t have the privilege of growing up with both parents like most children do now.

It is important that all Australian’s remember these sacrifices of not only the people who went away to fight but also for those families who sent their fathers and sons and mothers and daughters off to war and were left behind to pick up the pieces.

In Their Footsteps will help tell their story and I for one, can’t wait to see it.

In Their Footsteps airs Sunday nights at 6.30pm on Channel 9. (ignore the time on the picture above)

Did you have a relative who fought for you and your country? Have you ever retraced their footsteps? I’d love to hear your story.  Will you be watching this series?  What do you think of it?

Is it time for Halloween in Australia?

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Is it time?  Are Australian’s ready to commit to this annual activity?  Can it be supported in the majority of homes throughout our wide, brown land?

Pumpkin Display at Woolworths

Well if the retailers in Australia have any say in it then it will happen.  This year I have seen more commercialisation of Halloween than at any other time in my life.  Woolworths Supermarkets have been selling whole pumpkins in a dedicated Halloween display for $20.  At the same supermarket I got fake spider webbing stuck on my head – I’m 6’2” – as the confectionary aisle was dressed up in a Halloween theme.  The local newsagent had a Halloween theme and so did most of the retailers at the shopping centre today with a lot of staff members all dressed up as witches and warlocks, vampires and zombies.

I remember when I was 16, way back in 1988, a group of friends and I got dressed up as ninja’s on Halloween and we went out trick or treating.  I don’t remember a lot of details about that night, other than scaring a young mum home alone with her kids and causing an old man’s pacemaker to kick in, there wasn’t a lot of success in the gathering of treats other than a packet of 2 minute noodles and a stale pack of milk arrowroot biscuits.  All our effort to walk around the streets of Toowong and get dressed up was pretty much for naught but we had fun none the less.

An American friend asked me a couple of days ago what my plans for Halloween were.  I explained that it isn’t really followed in Australia and she asked me what days we had for fun Down Under were.  I had to think about it for a minute and I responded with Australia Day.  Anzac Day popped into my mind but that day is about respecting our diggers who have fought in wars so Anzac Day doesn’t qualify.  Then I thought about the Melbourne Cup.  Sure that is a fun day…..for adults so that doesn’t count.  Cross out the worldwide usual suspects like Christmas and New Year and Easter and there isn’t another national day that we could call ‘fun’.

So why not Halloween?  It appears as though we are heading that way anyway.  I can totally see myself attending a Halloween dress up party.  My kids and I love the movie, Hocus Pocus, and there is an awesome Halloween dress up party in that.  The original Karate Kid has a Halloween dress up party as well.  It looks like a lot of fun.  I would love to get dressed up like Herman Munster or Frankenstein or perhaps Shrek!

So this year, my kids got invited to go trick or treating with some friends – albeit with only 2 hours notice – and they got dressed up the best they could in such a short time and off they went and had a ball, and brought home a ton of sweets.  On the drive there we saw some other neighbourhood kids all dressed up and walking around with their Jack O’Lantern baskets and I remember last year I saw quite a lot of kids roaming the streets in search of sweetly goodness!

 

My kids – Michaela far left and Lara as Snow White

I even bought some chocolates ready for the some knocks on the door but no one came by – so I’ll knock on my own door and do some trick or treating of my own!  Yummy.

The retailers are throwing their weight behind Halloween.

The kids are throwing their tooth cavities behind Halloween.

Let’s have some fun.  In 2011, we’re going the whole hog.  Who’s with me?

Did you do anything to celebrate Halloween this year?  Did you go trick or treating?