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2004-04-26 2336

Mon Apr 26 23:48:00 UTC+1000 2004


Today was ANZAC day. I didn't leave the house today (and no TV remember) so I didn't see any of the parades, etc.

On Saturday night I fell asleep on the train and ended up in Newcastle (again). I had to wait until 5:30am for one coming back, and it didn't get back to Epping until about 7:45am. Since it was late enough in the day for people to be up, there were quite a few old men walking around wearing their medals. I'm not sure what they were up to on Sunday, but I guess they had stuff on, because they were out in force.

Seeing old men wearing medals always makes me sad.

I was just wondering what movie (or book) the following conversation is from. I know it's famous, and about Australian soldiers (in Vietnam I think?), but the rest of the details aren't coming to me. It goes something like this:

First Soldier: D'ya reckon we're doin' much good here mate?
Second Soldier: Nup.
First Soldier: Well, why are we here then?
Second Soldier: Everyone's got to be somewhere mate, and you're here, so you'd better get used to it.


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