Last winter I finally visited Sir Peter Jackson’s amazing collection of First World War aircraft at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, near Blenheim. That’s not too far from my home city of Wellington, but Cook Strait makes easy commuting awkward, so the trip took a bit of planning. The thing is – many air museums … More Visiting Sir Peter Jackson’s awesome Knights of the Sky exhibition
It’s Anzac day today – the day New Zealand and Australia remember the dead of all their wars. In a way it’s timing is odd. Many nations, certainly Britain and around her former Empire, mark the moment on 11 November, the day in 1918 when the guns finally fell silent on the First World War. … More It’s a century since the first Anzac Day services
It is a century today – 1 March 1916 – since the New Zealand Division was formally established in Egypt – the force that became New Zealand’s major contribution to the Western Front and which suffered the bulk of New Zealand’s First World War casualties. First steps towards it came in late January 1916 when … More Hurrah for the New Zealand Division!
Flags are at half mast today across New Zealand to mark the hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War. Over 100,000 young Kiwi men were drawn into that conflict over a four year span. Of these, more than 58,000 became casualties, 16,500 of them dead. For a country of just on a … More Lamenting the sadness of war, and of New Zealand’s war historians
It’s Anzac day today on both sides of the Tasman, a day of remembrance that strikes to the heart of national sentiment in Australia and New Zealand. All of which belies the humble origins of the term. Anzac began as a straight-forward acronym, a simple description of the combined Australian and New Zealand Army Corps formed under … More Anzac: a word of humble origin
I have never quite understood why Friday 13th is viewed with such foreboding. From the science perspective it’s no different from any other day. The Earth revolves on its axis, creating the illusion of the sun rising and falling – but one revolution, surely, isn’t any different from another. Arbitrary dates and divisions we make up … More Black Friday, paraskevidekatriaphobia, and the origin of OMG
There is an old adage that good writing must be about what you know. It’s been around so long it’s virtually a cliché. But it’s also true. I posted last week about the methods Ernest Hemingway used to convey authenticity through writing style. But that wasn’t the only way he gave his work the ‘real … More Write what you know, know what you write