Monthly Archives: April 2014

Lest we forget

Here in Australia and New Zealand it is ANZAC day, a day of remembrance for the contributions and suffering of the men and women that have served our countries in times of war and the peace keeping operations that we have undertaken. Whilst war and the loss of life is always a tragic thing it does take special people that are willing to take up arms to fight for their country, or a cause and even if we don’t necessarily agree with what our nations choose to fight for that lies on our leaders and not the men and women who made the choice to serve.

I wrote this last year, but it is just as valid for today as it will be every year. Let us remember those who have fallen, and those who choose to stand in the line of fire for the years to come.


 Though the sun may set upon old battlefields,
A sword now sheathed, no reason to wield.
To friends, and foes now long since rest,
I thank those men that gave their best.

Those that have, and are willing to serve,
Unto us you leave a memory preserved.
The scars you carry: Both outside and in,
Bring them out in the open – it is not a sin.

Those who stand, being haunted by their past,
Our future you fought for, we hope it may last.
The world this day, we stand in your debt,
Unto you we say; Lest we forget.

Winterhearted

Overall I have very eclectic taste in music and the collection that is on my iPod is a reflection of that. I find a mix of classical music is good for getting me to unwind and drift off to sleep at night. In stark contrast I also love heavier rock and metal.

A lot of the time my iPod manages to surprise me, for a long time until last year I had it permanently on a playlist of about 10% of its contents. Changed it to just shuffle awhile back and move through the entire collection and listen to everything from Gregorian monks to Metallica and alestorm.

Just got a song that hasn’t appeared as far as I can remember and whilst I vaguely recall getting their music awhile back I don’t really remember listening to it.


 

I was a fool for what I thought was love
And I tried my best to keep up what we had
We had a vision, no, I had a vision
And now I’ve to see that the vision is dead

One of us is winterhearted
One of us is cold as ice
One of us is breaking hearts
And it’s not me, not me

One of us is winterhearted
One of us is cold as ice
One of us is breaking hearts
And it’s not me, not me

I was romantic, so silly and blind
I told the world that true love had a name
But all that is left now is pity and shame

One of us is winterhearted
One of us is cold as ice
One of us is breaking hearts
And it’s not me, not me

One of us is winterhearted
One of us is cold as ice
One of us is breaking hearts
And it’s not me, not me

One of us is winterhearted
One of us is cold as ice
One of us is breaking hearts
And it’s not me, not me

One of us is winterhearted
One of us is cold as ice
One of us is breaking hearts
And it’s not me, not me

[Instrumental break]

One of us is winterhearted
One of us is cold as ice
One of us is breaking hearts
And it’s not me, not me


Yeah this song whilst only elements of it is a rather fitting tune for my emotions and thoughts over the last few weeks which I guess is somewhat understandable given what was going on in my life this time last year.

But I am also glad that I did not make the same choices to deal with them as I had in the past, and that is all that well be;  the past cannot be changed and comes with its lessons to learn and whilst feeling miserable is never pleasant it is something that can be overcome and has taught me a few lessons.

Happy hump day!

Random thought for the morning

So like most mornings during the work week I found myself awaiting the chariot to carry me off on my heroic adventure for the day (transperth bus to take me to work for the realists out there… spoilsports) there was a woman also waiting for the bus. Now in that regard I guess I am somewhat old fashioned as although I had been waiting there awhile I stepped back and let her board first.

She seemed somewhat surprised and thanked me. To me it is just a part of being polite and having good manners but I think that this is becoming increasingly more uncommon these days, however it did spurn a random thought.

Was the practice of ladies first born of a concept of chivalry, or was it something more basic and hormonal than that being the desire to look upon a ladies ass as she walks past. I had never thought of it that way before as typically I am not looking in that situation as I am being good mannered and that goes against it in that situation in my view, however in thinking about it I can understand how it could be viewed that way.

In the modern world chances are women may view it more that way. Got to love the random thoughts and ponderings in the morning as I am now quite curious.