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they shall not grow old

Mmmm. Remembrance Day always makes me feel forlorn. I'm listening to a pair of rather sentimental but rather moving plays about the effects of WWI on Radio 4 (you can listen to them here - go to the Tuesday link) and feeling sad.

By the way, speaking of WWI, does anyone remember ANZACS, which was a TV series in the early '80s about Australian soldiers in WWI? It was my first thing I'd ever seen about that war, and I think it had a huge effect on me.


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Nov. 11th, 2003 07:06 am (UTC)
I remember ANZACS! And then of coure there was Gallipoli, which makes me cry just by remembering the title. Oh, God. The final scene.
Nov. 11th, 2003 07:11 am (UTC)
Oooh, thank goodness you remember Anzacs, I was starting to think my family had made it up, because no one else ever seems to remember it.

And I can't ever watch Gallipoli again, because it's just too tragic. By the way, have you read Regeneration? The film wasn't great, but the three books in the trilogy are utterly amazing.
Nov. 11th, 2003 07:31 am (UTC)
I love Regeneration -- I didn't even know there was a movie, though. There's a new children's book about WW1 by Michael Morpurno, Private Peaceful, which is meant to be very good. Each chapter apprantly starts with a time stamp, counting down as he waits through the night. As there's really only one thing he can be counting down to, I'm not sure if I can bear to read it until Remembrance Day is well past.
Nov. 11th, 2003 07:23 am (UTC)
I remember a program just like that, except it was called The Sullivans. I wonder is it the same program?
Nov. 11th, 2003 07:54 am (UTC)
No, it's not the Sullivans, because the Sullivans was on every day! Wow, that reminds me of early childhood. I can still remember the theme tune and, in fact, the opening credits. Remember the kid grabbing the hat and running off, and then it all turning sepia? Ah, the nostalgia...
Nov. 11th, 2003 01:12 pm (UTC)
I can't remember the theme tune, although I used to be able to! I remember the kid grabbing the hat and running down the road, the parents getting together for the photograph in the credits, and I remember the sepia look and the yellow lettering that formed the credits...

...but I never watched the program :-)
Nov. 11th, 2003 01:33 pm (UTC)
I just did a little poking about for the hell of it.
I was amused to find that Mel Gibson and Kylie Minogue both starred in it...
Nov. 11th, 2003 09:32 pm (UTC)
I remember ANZACS - the ABC (similar to the BBC) used to repeat it all the time but I haven't seen it on recently.

You might like another Australian mini-series about WWII POWs, called Changi - it came out here early last year, so might be kicking around in the UK or on video by now. It was fantastic, good quality and very moving. I was very suprised to find out it had been written by Greig Pickhaver, aka Rampaging Roy Slaven, a comedian who normally does semi-serious sports commentary. Normally I'm not into war stories, but I liked this one.
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