E-newsletter no.13, 30 April 2014

ISSN:2202-5561 © Honest History Inc. 2014

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  • Centenary Watch: what’s happening in the States; commercialisation; will corporate money flow? 
  • Nearly 700 references; explore under Resources and suggest new references

And elsewhere

"Lest we forget": what does it mean?

‘"Lest we forget" ought not mean "lest we forget war and our wins and losses and what we did in war and remind ourselves we haven’t had a good one in a while and we need another war so we’ll have some vets to march at Anzac day". It should mean "lest we forget the unforgivable horror of war, so we don’t do it again".’ (Julian Robinson, commenting in Guardian Australia) Any other thoughts?


  • Chris Wallace: ‘Honouring those who have sacrificed and sharing their pain is different … from understanding what happened, why it happened, how it looked then and now from the viewpoints of the different sides, and its net effect. Australia is good at the former, but not at the latter.
  • Frank Bongiorno: ‘Thoughtful people must necessarily be divided souls over Anzac, including its iterations in the forthcoming centenaries’.
  • Maya Angelou: ‘History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again’.  
  • Australia’s position as the seventh-largest large arms importer 2008-12 is reflected in Jonny Crane’s montage of Canberra Airport advertising
  • Anti-bogan tweeters turn up some nasty stuff about who are the real Anzacs

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