This Saturday will mark 5 years since I joined the deviantART community.
I'm sort of keeping it brief because (as usual) a lot has been happening, most notably this week I finally was able to use a birthday present I got last October.
Earlier this Sunday night, I went to see two (British-born) Australian singing greats in concert, John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John, live at the Sydney Entertainment Centre (now the QANTAS Credit Union Arena).
But what a long-awaited birthday present it was! And what did my ticket to the show include?
- 3-course dinner in one of the theatre's function rooms
- A free copy of the show's programme (signed by John and Olivia!)
- A wine bag with bottle opener (but no wine )
- A "Two Strong Hearts" cap (thanks to an impromptu trivia question session during the dinner - for the record, Whispering Jack, one of John Farnham's albums, was released in 1986)
- A front-row seat - so much in the front I was only about 3 metres / 10 feet from the very front of the stage (and I even managed to shake John Farnham's hand in the middle of a song - what a gentleman he was!)
- And the piece de resistance - a meet-and-greet session with Olivia Newton-John!
Four words to sum it up - Best. Concert. Experience. Ever
As many of the Australian and New Zealand users of deviantART will know, this Saturday also marks ANZAC Day, a day that commemorates the landing of Australian and New Zealand soldiers at the Gallipoli peninsula (in modern-day Turkey) during the First World War in 1915.
For that matter, this year marks the 100th anniversary of that landing, the campaign alone resulting in the deaths of 8,709 Australians and 2,721 New Zealanders (contributing to the deaths of around 60,000 Australians and around 17,000 New Zealanders during the course of the war).They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
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.Photograph by totallehmaddeh