The Pickering Post
Friday, 22nd June 2018

If you would like to be involved or support the upkeep and further development of this site, it would be very welcome no matter how small.


MY ANZAC ON THE WALL

Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.

BLOG / FACEBOOK



I published this story a few years back and here it is again for those who missed it and for those who would re-live one of the greatest yet unheralded Australian yarns ever told. A thousand tales like this exist with the ability to get anyone, even a cynical un-Australian Lefty like Yassmin Abdel-Magied, out of bed for a cold dawn service. Grab the tissues, here it is again:

I wandered thru a country town, 'cos I had some time to spare,
And went into an antique shop to see what was in there.
Old Bikes and pumps and kero lamps, but hidden by it all,
A photo of a soldier boy – an Anzac on the Wall.

'The Anzac have a name?' I asked. The old man answered 'No'.
The ones who could have told me mate, have passed on long ago.
The old man kept on talking and, according to his tale,
The photo was unwanted junk bought from a clearance sale.

I asked around', the old man said, 'but no-one knows his face,
He's been on that wall twenty years... Deserves a better place.
For some-one must have loved him, so it seems a shame somehow.'
I nodded in agreement and then said, 'I'll take him now.' 

My nameless digger's photo, well it was a sorry sight
A cracked glass pane and a broken frame - I had to make it right
To prise the photo from its frame I took care just in case,
Cause only sticky paper held the cardboard back in place. 

I peeled away the faded screed and much to my surprise,
Two letters and a telegram appeared before my eyes
The first reveals my Anzac's name, and regiment of course
John Mathew Francis Stuart - of Australia's own Light Horse.

This letter written from the front... My interest now was keen
This note was dated August seventh 1917
'Dear Mum, I'm at Khalasa Springs not far from the Red Sea
They say it's in the Bible - looks like a Billabong to me. 

'My Kathy wrote I'm in her prayers... she's still my bride to be
I just can't wait to see you both, you're all the world to me.
And Mum you'll soon meet Bluey, last month they shipped him out
I told him to call on you when he's up and about.' 

'That bluey is a larrikin, and we all thought it funny
He lobbed a Turkish hand grenade into the CO's dunny.
I told you how he dragged me wounded, in from no man's land
He stopped the bleeding, closed the wound, with only his bare hand.'

'Then he copped it at the front from some stray shrapnel blast
It was my turn to drag him in and I thought he wouldn't last.
He woke up in hospital, and nearly lost his mind
Cause out there on the battlefield he'd left one leg behind.' 

'He's been in a bad way Mum, he knows he'll ride no more
Like me he loves a horse's back, he was a champ before.
So Please Mum can you take him in, he's been like my own brother
Raised in a Queensland orphanage he' s never known a mother.' 

But Struth, I miss Australia Mum, and in my mind each day
I am a mountain cattleman on high plains far away.
I'm mustering white-faced cattle, with no camel's hump in sight
And I waltz my Matilda by a campfire every night

I wonder who rides Billy, I heard the pub burnt down
I'll always love you and please say hooroo to all in town'.
The second letter I could see, was in a lady's hand
An answer to her soldier son there in a foreign land. 

Her copperplate was perfect, the pages neat and clean
It bore the date, November 3rd 1917.
'T'was hard enough to lose your Dad, without you at the war
I'd hoped you would be home by now - each day I miss you more'

'Your Kathy calls around a lot since you have been away
To share with me her hopes and dreams about your wedding day.
And Bluey has arrived - and what a godsend he has been
We talked and laughed for days about the things you've done and seen'

'He really is a comfort, and works hard around the farm,
I read the same hope in his eyes that you won't come to harm.
McConnell's kids rode Billy, but suddenly that changed.
We had a violent lightning storm, and it was really strange.' 

'Last Wednesday, just on midnight, not a single cloud in sight,
It raged for several minutes, it gave us all a fright.
It really spooked your Billy - and he screamed and bucked and reared
And then he rushed the sliprail fence, which by a foot he cleared' 

'They brought him back next afternoon, but something's changed I fear
It's like the day you brought him home, for no one can get near.
Remember when you caught him with his black and flowing mane?
Now horse breakers fear the beast that only you can tame,'

'That's why we need you home son' - then the flow of ink went dry-
This letter was unfinished, and I couldn't work out why.
Until I started reading, the letter number three
A yellow telegram delivered news of tragedy,

Her son killed in action - oh - what pain that must have been
The same date as her letter - 3rd November 1917
This letter which was never sent, became then one of three
She sealed behind the photo's face - the face she longed to see. 

And John's home town's old timers - children when he went to war
Would say no greater cattleman had left the town before.
They knew his widowed mother well - and with respect did tell
How when she lost her only boy she lost her mind as well. 

She could not face the awful truth, to strangers she would speak
'My Johnny's at the war you know, he's coming home next week.'
They all remembered Bluey he stayed on to the end.
A younger man with wooden leg became her closest friend.

And he would go and find her when she wandered old and weak
And always softly say 'yes dear - John will be home next week.'
Then when she died Bluey moved on, to Queensland some did say.
I tried to find out where he went, but don't know to this day.

And Kathy never wed - a lonely spinster some found odd.
She wouldn't set foot in a church - she'd turned her back on God.
John's mother left no Will I learned on my detective trail.
This explains my photo's journey, of that clearance sale.

So I continued digging, cause I wanted to know more.
I found John's name with thousands, in the records of the war.
His last ride proved his courage - a ride you will acclaim
The Light Horse Charge at Beersheba of everlasting fame.

That last day in October, back in 1917
At 4pm our brave boys fell - that sad fact I did glean.
That's when John's life was sacrificed, the record's crystal clear
But 4pm in Beersheba is midnight over here...... 

So as John's gallant spirit rose to cross the great divide,
Were lightning bolts back home, a signal from the other side?
Is that why Billy bolted and went racing as in pain?
Because he'd never feel his master on his back again? 

Was it coincidental? same time - same day - same date?
Some proof of numerology, or just a quirk of fate?
I think it's more than that you know, as I've heard wiser men,
Acknowledge there are many things that go beyond our ken

Where craggy peaks guard secrets 'neath dark skies torn asunder,
Where hoof-beats are companions to the rolling waves of thunder
Where lightning cracks like 303's and ricochets again
Where howling moaning gusts of wind sound just like dying men. 

Some Mountain cattlemen have sworn on lonely alpine track,
They've glimpsed a huge black stallion - Light Horseman on his back.
Yes sceptics say, it's swirling clouds just forming apparitions
Oh no, my friend you can't dismiss all this as superstition. 

The desert of Beersheba - or windswept Aussie range,
John Stuart rides on forever there - Now I don't find that strange.
Now some gaze upon this photo, and they often question me
And I tell them a small white lie, and say he's family.

'You must be proud of him.' they say - I tell them, one and all,
That's why he takes - the pride of place - my Anzac on the Wall.



Comments

do you know who wrote it?

This always brings a tear to my eye on ANZAC day:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxkhBvO8_kM

Jewish Guilt is the Discourse of The Goyim
.
April 24, 2018 / Gilad Atzmon
.
For quite some time the British have accepted that British Jewish organizations have hijacked the political discourse. As has happened in other Western countries, the British political establishment has engaged is a relentless rant against antisemitsm. Sometime the focus drifts for a day or two. An alleged ‘Russian nerve gas attack’ provided a 48 hour pause. Occasionally we bomb Arabs in the name of ‘human intervention’ only to realize a day or two later that we have, once again, followed a premeditated foreign agenda. But, somehow, we always return to the antisemitsm debate, as if our media and politicians are a herd of flies gravitating to a pile of poop.
.
Last week the BOD/JLC, two Jewish organisations that claim to ‘represent’ British Jews published this painful to watch video.
.
https://youtu.be/pnEYxMHb-RU
.
Judging by the number of viewers, Brits are tired of this nauseating outburst. Brits know very well that when it comes to hate crimes, Jews are not high on the victim list; Jews are far less ‘victimized’ than Blacks, Muslims, Roma, trans-sexuals, gays and many others.
.
Since Jewish community ‘leaders’ remain obsessed with anti semitism, I will try to help these ‘leaders’ understand the universal perspective on the meaning of antisemitsm.
.
True Antisemitsm is when IDF snipers film themselves shooting unarmed Semite protestors* like sitting ducks while laughing their heads off!
.
True Antisemitsm is when the Jewish State legislates and enforces institutional racism against actual Semites, Blacks and Goyim in general.
.
The Gaza siege is an example of what common people see as real Antisemitsm. It is designed to humiliate and deprive Semites for being Semites and it has turned Gaza into the largest open air prison known to man.
.
Enough is Enough is humanity expressing collective fatigue of these barbarian actions.
.
I would prefer to believe that the Jewish fear of antisemitsm is actually an expression of collective Jewish guilt. For obvious reasons, Jews find it hard to compartmentalize Jewish identity within the context of the Jewish State being a rogue State.
.
There are a few modes of dealing with collective guilt that have been recognized. Repression seems to be the most common one. Some argue, in that regard, that escapism and denial are Israel’s primary belief systems.
.
Acknowledgment of guilt is, undoubtedly, far more painful. The Germans made it into their way of living after the last big war. Maybe Jews can actually learn from the Germans -- instead of attempting to emulate 3rd Reich’s racist agenda—— Israel and its supporters should try to reproduce German’s post WWII remorse. As it happens, there are a very few Jews and Israelis who acknowledge their responsibility for the Palestinian plight and support the Palestinian Right of Return. These rare Jews are brave enough to admit that Israel is inherently anti-Semitic and racist to the core.
.
However, silencing Israel’s dissent is the usual Jewish political method to resolve Jewish guilt. Attributing the ‘Antisemitic’ slur to others is how both Zionists and the so called ‘anti’ kick the ball to the goyim’s yard. This method was effective for a while but it doesn’t work anymore: being called an anti-Semite in 2018 is a synonym for an ethically driven humanist, an anti racist, a truth teller, peace and Justice role model, a rock star. The list of ‘anti semites’ is growing exponentially, probably in direct proportion with the tidal rise in Jewish guilt. The more guilty (some) Jews feel, the more the rest of us are becoming anti-Semitic in their eyes.
.
“Unconscious is the discourse of the Other,” was, probably Jacques Lacan’s most astute psychoanalytical observation. It is the fear that the Other, in this case, the gentile, the humanist, sees you truly. It is the fear that the goy can detect your shame. Jewish Guilt as such is the unbearable fear that the Goyim know.
.
If they want to burn it, you want to read it!
.
http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/2018/4/23/jewish-guilt-is-the-discourse-of-the-goyim

Dear Australian media and the general public, it's time for an ANZAC Day education. Below is a list of things that current, and former members, of the Australian and New Zealand Defence Force would like to point out prior to ANZAC Day:

1. ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign of WWI. ANZAC is an acronym for Australia and New Zealand Army Corps. It’s written as ANZAC, not Anzac.

2. Each year on the 25th of April we reflect on all Defence Force personnel, past and present, and the sacrifices they’ve made. It is a solemn day, treat it as such.

3. ANZAC Day is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during WWI.

4. Traditionally, Rosemary is worn on ANZAC Day. Rosemary is found growing wild on the Gallipoli peninsula. That’s why it’s significant.

5. The RED Poppy symbolises peace, death and sleep of the fallen servicemen/woman. While the PURPLE Poppy represents remembrance of the animal victims of war. The ORANGE Poppy represents the acknowledgement of the Service families, and also acknowledges the families’ loss due to veteran suicide. The WHITE Poppy worn between 1918 - 1939 symbolises the wearers’ commitment to peace. Learn the difference!

6. We commemorate ANZAC Day, not celebrate it. It's not a bloody party.

7. At dawn on the 25th of April 1915, soldiers rowed ashore in boats called ‘lighters’ during the Gallipoli landings, under fire and without outboards motors.

8. It's a bugle, not a trumpet. The Last Post is sounded, not played. It's not a bloody dance tune.

9. Not every serviceman/woman were 'soldiers'. Some were Sailors and Airmen. Please take the time to ascertain what Service they served in, and use the correct terminology. It means a hell of a lot us!!!

10. They’re medals, not badges. They’re citations, not pins. Learn the bloody difference.

11. Medal recipients wear their medals on the left side of their chest covering their heart; family members/descendants wear the medals on the right side of their chest.

12. No, I am not wearing my father’s medals, they are mine. I earned them during my Service while you were at home enjoying all the comforts I was dreaming of.

13. Medals, ribbons and Unit Citations are EARNED, not WON. It's not a bloody chook raffle. They are awarded to the recipient, not given to them.

14. Yes, I am allowed to wear my 'Return From Active Service' badge on any bloody day of the year that I choose to wear it. Get over it. And no, it’s not a bloody Medal.

15. Australian and New Zealand soldiers did not retreat from Gallipoli, they withdrew.

16. It really doesn't matter which side you wear your Poppy on, as long as it's worn with pride. Traditionally, men on the left breast and women on the right breast.

17. Please, don't try to draw comparisons between sports players and war veterans. I've never seen a sports player perform acts of heroism whilst under fire, to protect their fellow Service personnel, flag and Country.

18. ANZAC Day isn’t a day to go and watch, or play sport. Show some bloody respect to the brave men and women in uniform, past and present, who fought for the blanket of freedom that you currently sleep under.

19. Having a few drinks and playing ‘2 up’ is an ANZAC Day tradition. Getting shit faced, picking fights and acting like a bloody yobbo isn’t.

20. 'Lest We Forget' isn't a throwaway line, it actually has meaning: it's an expression of remembrance, par excellence. It has dignified origins, a rich history. Don’t misuse or disrespect it.

21. The 'Ode' comes from the poem "For the Fallen", written by Laurence Binyon. The verse, which is commonly known as 'The Ode Of Remembrance', is as follows:

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."

Lest We Forget

Here endeth the lesson.

Satans Chosen People
.
Israeli general: IDF Snipers ordered to shoot children
.
An Israeli general has confirmed that when snipers stationed along Israel’s boundary with Gaza shoot at children, they are doing so deliberately, under clear and specific orders.
.
In a radio interview, Brigadier-General (Reserve) Zvika Fogel describes how a sniper identifies the “small body” of a child and is given authorization to shoot.
.
On Friday, an Israeli sniper shot dead 14-year-old Muhammad Ibrahim Ayyoub. The boy, shot in the head east of Jabaliya, was the fourth child among the more than 30 Palestinians killed during the Great March of Return rallies that began in Gaza on 30 March. CONTINUE READING
.
https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/snipers-ordered-shoot-children-israeli-general-confirms

Sigley get off my thread
Sigley get off my thread

They, As in our Leaders, don't seem to Realise that, as history has shown, Sharia, will not care if you were nice or not....It is a Two Choice, Non Negotiable offering, Comply, or Die.....That is what you are inflicting upon Australia's Current Generation of Children...The Qur'an dictates this, and our Government Continue to actively endorse and promote it's teachings across Australia...With Our tax dollars of Course, as they enjoy a Tax Free Status, just to make a point about who Government Really care about...Islam or Australia, you can't have Both..they are Fundamentally diametrically opposed....but that is just my humble observation and opinion....

New post ya ha

Multiculturalism and refugee resettlement and this is the result: "What is the point of celebrating Anzac Day in a multicultural society when all cultures are above our

please explain!"

North Korea Says U.S. Must Stop Defending Israel, Which is ‘Destroying’ Middle East
.
North Korea has condemned the U.S. and its alliance with Israel, which continued to experience deadly clashes between security forces and Palestinian protestors.
.
On Friday, the official Korean Central News Agency called the U.S. out for repeatedly defending Israel from criticism at the United Nations Human Rights Council, which U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley once called "a haven for dictators" and has threatened to pull the U.S. out of. Palestinians have threatened to lodge a complaint with the international body over rising casualties as Israeli forces reportedly opened fire on Palestinian demonstrators near the Gaza border, where dozens have been killed and thousands injured since violent protests erupted over Israel's historic and ongoing seizure of land.
.
"Israel's wild act of destroying Mid-east peace and mercilessly killing Palestinians is a hideous crime that deserves denunciations thousands of times," the state-run agency said of a commentary by North Korean Cabinet paper Minju Joson.
.
"If the U.S. is interested in protecting human rights, it should keep pace with the efforts of the international community to denounce and check Israel's human rights abuses," Minju Joson wrote. "But, the U.S. chimed in with Israel in the eyes of the international community, fully disclosing that it is applying double-dealing standards in human rights and politicizing it."
.
http://www.newsweek.com/north-korea-says-us-must-stop-defending-israel-which-destroying-middle-east-895968

Marxism, socialism, communism, progresives and the liberal left are all like AIDS of the brain. A disease with no cure.

Just heard someone important on the radio Rightly Praising our Soldiers and Those that have laid down their lives.........but when he said,.... So we may enjoy the freedoms we have now.........That Got me..........Freedoms?, we have to hide behind Bollards, on ANZAC Day FFS........Our Government GAVE our freedom away, when they Embraced the Enemy, and Islam came to Town......Now instead of Australian Blood being lost in Foreign lands, at the Governments Invitation, it is Australian Civilian Blood running in Australian Gutters.......And the Government REFUSE to admit Islam is the Single Common Denominator in Every Single Terror attack in Australia for Over 10 Years.....When does the Penny Drop?, How many of us have to Die? before our Government makes us Safe Again?..

Good grief!! Just asking - is ADF Chief Angus Campbell a sane man? Is he making decisions himself or doing what Maladroit, Payne and Pyne tell him to do re GW or CC ? See Quadrant Online 'Essential Reading' "The Real Enemy" and Zeg.

More funny things about Marxism https://duckduckgo.com/?q=marx brothers&t=ffnt&atb=v95-6_g&iax=videos&ia=videos&iai=p0Gwe5gKgjo

Please, all whom have experienced "Tigerbalm"s Special views on Reality.....Feel free to remind that individual and others....You will be well aware of one or more of these....... https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-19762/tiger-balm-topical/details/list-sideeffects

Mark Latham's Outsiders
8 hrs ·
THE HUMILIATION OF OUR SOLDIERS

They were trained to defend our country. They are willing to risk their lives for our security. They use fighting symbols and patches for unity and purpose in battle.

Yet now, in the lead up to Anzac Day, their job is to cover up the symbols. They have become victims of political correctness: needing the 'right look', rather than the right military culture.

Fools like Marise Payne, David Morrison, Angus Campbell, Kate Jenkins and Elizabeth Broderick are destroying the true meaning of Anzac

Ahed Tamimi ‘Should Have Gotten a Bullet’: Israeli Lawmaker
.
The Deputy Knesset Speaker Bezalel Smotrich said 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teenager who has become a symbol of Palestinian resistance against Israeli occupation, should have "gotten a bullet" for slapping the Israeli soldier. "In my opinion, she should have gotten a bullet, at least in the kneecap. That would have put her under house arrest for the rest of her life," he wrote on Twitter Saturday. CONTINUE READING
.
https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Ahed-Tamimi-Should-Have-Gotten-a-Bullet-Israeli-Lawmaker-20180423-0007.html

How it all began - Political Correctness is Cultural Marxism

Most Europeans look back on the 1950s as a good time. Our homes were safe, to the point where many people did not bother to lock their doors. Public schools were generally excellent, and their problems were things like talking in class and running in the halls. Most men treated women like ladies, and most ladies devoted their time and effort to making good homes, rearing their children well and helping their communities through volunteer work. Children grew up in two–parent households, and the mother was there to meet the child when he came home from school. Entertainment was something the whole family could enjoy. So, what happened? https://sites.google.com/site/breivikmanifesto/2083/introduction/05

if you want a laugh watch the first half of media Watch this week...the role call of Murdoch Zionistas lining up to attack the mere idea of a Royal Commission into Banks is a scathing indictment on the presstitutes who masquerade as journos in our hopelessly corrupted media

Sloppy work Doony. That’s gold IE.