Lest we Forget

Every year we try and camp over the ANZAC week-end. For us it’s the last Public Holiday week-end for some months. Usually the weather is decidedly autumnal, so it marks the end of the waterskiing season as well.

ANZAC Day commemorates the soldiers of the ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) who fell during WWI, and is remembered on 25th April each year. Although beginning with the Gallipoli Invasion, the holiday has come to mean far more to Australians over the years, and expanded to include all Armed Forces personnel who have served over the years in conflicts across the world.

Only, depending on where you are, you could be mistaken for thinking it’s just another day off work. Certainly at the campsite we usually frequent, the partying starts early, and little mention is made of any actual reason for good living. So over the last 4 or so years, we’ve taken a little time out of the week-end to remember. It started with Em, who, as a trumpeter was often asked to play the Last Post at school assemblies. She happened to bring her trumpet with her one ANZAC week-end and played it at Sunrise on ANZAC day itself.

The effect was startling. The usually rowdy campsite grew very still and after a while people began to applaud. For once, Aussies had a little reminder as to why we get this particular day as a holiday.

Now that Em is all grown up and has moved out of home, last year, Charis took over the reigns. This year, we didn’t actually get a holiday as ANZAC day fell on a Saturday. Still we were camping. Charis, however, struggled to wake up early enough for a dawn remembrance, so played it at sunset instead.


I love the background sounds of the kookaburras and cicadas. We’ve so much to be thankful for in Australia. Not the least of which includes liberty, freedom, peace.

Well Schmap me!?!?!

The other day I got a very nice email asking for permission to use a photo I’d taken and posted to Flickr. The requestor was a company called Schmap, whom provide an online guide to cities. The photo in question was one I’d taken of Em on a recent dive at Shelly Beach. Schmap wanted to use this to promote the Australian Scuba Diving School (they didn’t have photo’s of their own?)


Still, I’m more than happy to have more people see my work. And if the Australian Scuba School gets some more business because of my efforts, awesome, more people diving.

Here’s a copy of the 7th edition of the Schmap Guide to Sydney…


Intersection of Azure, Silverlight, and DeepZoom

I’m certainly not the first to blog about this great example of our newest technologies working together. You’ll find great coverage at Paolo Barone & Steve Clayton’s blogs. But I do like it.

One of the features I really love is the ability to import Flickr photosets and embed them like never before in your blog. To demonstrate, I created a quick album of Amanzi’s 13th Birthday shots here. For some reason, most of these shots are of Charis – I think I have more on another camera. 🙂


This is a great way to display any of your photos, in original resolution, on the web no matter the viewers connection speed. Try zooming into the photos, go full screen and play around with the options.

You can sign up for your own album at www.deepzoompix.com and display photos from Facebook, Flickr, or upload your own.

Thank you

All that is left to be said from my crazy initiative of “raise $20k in a week for Leukaemia Foundation” is thank you.

I didn’t manage to raise $20k in a week, it’s true. But the team did raise a whopping $6,750!! with some money still in the “promised but not yet banked” category I reckon all up we’ll hit the $7k mark. Which is not a bad result for a week’s effort – so thanks for all your support.

VST Goal 090317

Of course, everyone on the team has thanked their sponsors individually, as has the Leukaemia Foundation. But my appeals have been so public, it seems only right that my gratitude is public too. For privacy reasons, I can’t see the sponsors of other members of the team, but in our shave video, I have called out those who sponsored myself, Charis and Amanzi. Enjoy: