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Gratuitous Anzacary On The Way

Just in case you haven't noticed, Anzacary appears to be coming to a showground near you. The preparations for the commemoration next year are well under way, and as Australia's 'New Daily' puts it, the "Disney diggers" are turning it all into a circus.

We all like a good celebration, but it appears the point of it all is being lost amidst all the gimmickry that is being planned across the Tasman, and apparently here as well. The Aussies are spending more than $600m on it. Sounds like 'overkill' to me. 

"Consider Camp Gallipoli, a series of community sleep-outs at showgrounds in Australia and New Zealand on April 24 and 25 next year, the centenary of the Gallipoli landing.

The event’s marketing material is boilerplate Anzackery.

Not a speck of mud in sight: The limited edition swags in “1915 styling”.

Tickets cost $110 to $150. The Camp Gallipoli website says you can bring your own sleeping bag or buy an “authentic” swag with “1915 styling” commissioned for the event – $275 for the single, $375 for the double.

Snug in your swag, you’ll sleep “under the same stars as the original Anzac heroes did 100 years ago”.

You’ll eat “great tucker”, watch Peter Weir’s movie Gallipoli, and enjoy performances by “iconic entertainers”. You’ll wake for a Dawn Service and a breakfast with more “great food options”. For children there’s a “commando” course.

It promises a rollercoaster of emotions as you honour “fallen” Diggers. But those emotions won’t evoke the terror, despair, confusion, and bloodlust that the real soldiers felt".

To be honest, this kind of nonsense sickens me - my uncle - 2nd Leut. Clifford Barclay (22) was one of just seven Kiwi officers (plus 160 'other ranks') killed on the first landing on 25 April 1915, so I guess I am as entitled to an opinion as anyone else. I just hope that the information in this relatively new Australian online news outlet is short on facts - it has some excellent journalists and stories, but it does tend to relegate NZ news, and treat us with scant regard - not that there is anything  new about that!  

Best just wait until the details on our commemoration have been announced.



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