Three Blind Mice – Movie

The missus dragged me along to the movies the other night to see this great picture directed by Matthew Newton, who also plays one of the main roles. He was in attendance for the “Any Questions?” session.

Most of you probably remember Matthew as the Terry Clark character in Underbelly, but here he’s the overconfident officer up for anything on the night before three mates are due to go to Iraq with the RAN.  It’s got a really good storyline that keeps you wondering where it’s going to go. As well  it’s really funny, with some great cameo roles with people like Jackie Weaver and the late Bud Tingwell.

The attraction for me, as an ex serviceman, was that the movie transported me back to a similar time, ie, when I was about to go to Vietnam, the dialogue and events were incredibly real and the characters instantly recognisable.

It fails as an example of the recent Australian movie genre though because no one died in the dunny with a needle in their arm, there were no  minority groups pursued and beaten, and shock horror, there was no nudity.

It’s really worth looking at. Four and a half out of five stars, no probs

Colonel Peter Richards Funeral Today

Army - RbobHow sad to hear that Peter Richards has passed on. He was a good man and a pleasure to work for.

Every picture tells a story, and this good man was in the unfortunate position of having his phote taken with three reprobates – me, Bob Monaghan and Chris Wallace.

…. some time later…

Unbeknowns to R-Bob and me, the Colonel had asked Wally to attend an official function on behalf of the DG. We just assumed that, as was his wont, Wally had decided to slide off on the turps for the afternoon. A devilishly cunning plan was devised involving forging the Colonel’s signature on a note that said “Where were you yesterday afternoon? See me.” Much peurile hilarity and mirth.

So Wal comes in the next day, puzzled, to see the Colonel.

“You wanted to see me Sir?”
“No, not really”
“But you said so in the note, Sir.”
“What note?”
“This note, Sir”

PG Richards looked at for a while, and while the signature was a reasonable facsimile to the untrained eye, R-Bob having majored in forgery, the Colonel declared;

“That’s not my signature! Someone is having a lend of you! Hmm – I know the culprit – fetch Johhny Mac!”

Now Johnny Mac would never have been party to something as nefarious as this, but he managed to cop the blame.

Come to think of it, I do remember a time in the central highlands of Java where there were three of us in a taxi, with JM teaching the Bandung taxidriver how to sing the Toreador song from Carmen … but that’s another story.

Controversial US defence chief in Vietnam war dies at 93

David Henry Frankfurt

July 7, 2009

Robert Strange McNamaraROBERT McNamara, the former US defence secretary who sent 500,000 troops to Vietnam and later called American involvement in the war a “major error”, has died. He was 93.

He died in his sleep early yesterday at his home in Washington, The Washington Post reported.

After seven years in the job, McNamara became the longest- serving US defence secretary. He then spent 13 years as president of the World Bank, whose development budget he increased sixfold to fight poverty and disease.

McNamara was the only member of president John Kennedy’s cabinet to be plucked directly from the ranks of corporate America, after serving five weeks as president of Ford.

At the Pentagon, the former “whiz kid” air force officer with an affinity for numbers and details played a pivotal role in crafting military strategies that shaped America’s political scene for much of the 1960s and beyond.

He later acknowledged, in his books and interviews, that US defence policies on Vietnam and adjacent countries were probably rooted in a misunderstanding of South-East Asia’s history. Many critics of the Vietnam War still derided McNamara’s turnaround and remained sceptical of his views. Read the rest of this entry »

Memorial Day USA 25 May

Says it all