Happy Mother’s Day!

To all the Mums out there – including my wife – you rock!

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ANZAC Day

Today is the day we remember those who served and died for our country, especially those of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I.

Below are the two pieces of poetry you will probably hear today (especially the Ode of Remembrance), both of which I find deeply moving. [Blurbs from Wikipedia]

Ode of Remembrance

The “Ode of Remembrance” is an ode taken from Laurence Binyon’s “For the Fallen”, which was first published in The Times in September 1914. The poet wrote For the Fallen while sitting on the cliffs between Pentire Point and The Rumps in north Cornwall, UK. The seven-verse poem honoured the World War I British war dead of that time and in particular the British Expeditionary Force, which had by then already had high casualty rates on the developing Western Front. The poem was published when the Battle of the Marne was foremost in people’s minds. Over time, the third and fourth verses of the poem (although often just the fourth) were claimed as a tribute to all casualties of war, regardless of nation.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, 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.

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In Flanders Fields

“In Flanders Fields” is one of the most notable poems written during World War I, created in the form of a French rondeau. Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote it on 3 May 1915, after he witnessed the death of his friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, 22 years old, the day before. The poem was first published on 8 December of that year in the London-based magazine Punch.

In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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Sadly the world is still not at peace and service men and woman continue to die on foreign soil and even in tragic accidents at home – including today with the fatal crash of an Air Force Iroquois near Wellington this morning.

We will remember them.

Merry Christmas

Just a quick post to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Hopefully you’re enjoying both with friends and family…

Christmas is coming…

I know this, as I saw an ad on TV last night – and we’re not even half way through October yet! Sheesh.

10 Years at MetService

Today clocks up a personal milestone – ten years working at MetService. And yes, I still enjoy it – from the people I work with to the daily challenges that weather forecasting brings.

Now for a shameless plug – if you want forecasts, current warnings or recent weather observations head to metservice.com. And if you want other NZ focused weather info, including links to privately run weather stations and webcams, computer model forecasts, satellite imagery and much more, visit my weather pages at weather.noble.gen.nz.

Finally, a quick quote for ya,

In Scotland, there is no such thing as bad weather – only the wrong clothes.” – Billy Connolly.

Home again

We’re back from a fantastic trip to the family bach in the Sounds – a week of warm summer weather and relaxing “away from it all”. I’ve yet to sort some photos and videos so stay tuned for that…

What happened in our absence? You tell me! With no internet access my feed reader accumulated 1700+ items which kinda hammers home just how much online content I look at. Might be time to reduce that somewhat! We did however catch the TV news including Sir Ed’s state funeral (on our one rain day) which is now available via the TVNZ ondemand website.

Right then. On with the unpacking and digital organising…

Happy New Year!

2007. Tick. Where did it go so fast?! Here’s seven notables for me,

* Matthew turned one, started eating solids, crawling, pointing, walking, reading, talking etc etc
* Lou and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary – traditionally marked with paper (hmmm, money perhaps?!)
* It’s now 10 years since mum passed away
* My sister had a little boy, Oliver Jake Chinn
* I successfully applied for the senior role of Severe Weather Forecaster at MetService
* I visited Perth for the first time
* I watched all 21 official James Bond films!

Right then. On with 2008…