CHRISTMAS Newsletter - RAAMC Association

CHRISTMAS Newsletter - RAAMC Association

Reserve Forces Day “Launch” 2013

I drove down to Sydney accompanied by our new

member, Mick Carlson. We arrived about 7.30am. I was

grateful that Mick was able to take some photos for me.

(There are more photos available on the RFD website.)

The “Launch” was held at the very picturesque

Observatory Hill Park. What a beautiful spot. It has

commanding views across Walsh Bay and Darling Harbour

and the very dominant feature was the Boer War Memorial.

I had to arrive early because the Standard Bearers from

all the participating Associations, Tri-Service Standard

Bearers and Boer War Standard Bearers had to do some

‘trial’ drills before the main Ceremony at 10am. The actual

proceedings went very good and with some cloud cover it

was not too hot for everyone.

It was a very colourful spectacle to be a part of, with the

theme being our Australian Forces involvement in the Boer

War from 1899 to 1902.


Part of the Ceremony was the Presentation of 3 ‘Special’

medallions—one to each recipient whose forebear was

involved in this war. There were three General Salutes and

an ‘Inspection’ of the ‘Troops’.

The Bands did a magnificent job—on the ground and in

the Rotunda. The assembled crowd appreciated them. The

Parade concluded about 11am where all invited guests

mingled under a large marquee for sandwiches and


Our Association congratulates the RFD Committee for

another successful spectacle.

(I would commend any visitor to Sydney, or anyone, who

has not visited this ‘Park’, to do so.)

Our Patron, COL Ray Hyslop OAM, was present at

the Parade and he accompanied Mick and myself when

we drove to our Annual Reunion at the Paddington RSL


“My NEW YEAR’S Resolution”

(With kind Thanks to my email friends. –Author Unknown)

‘Twas the month after Christmas and all through the house, nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.

The stuffing I’d nibbled, the turkey I’d taste, the yummies I’d eaten—gone straight to my waist!

The wine and the mince pies, the bread and the cheese…I should have said..”No thank you, please”.

So I dressed myself in my old shirt and I couldn’t believe my bottom and belly—the girth!

I said to myself, as only I can…”You can’t spend the year disguised as a man”!

So, away with the last of the sour cream dip. Get rid of the fruitcake, every cracker and chip,

Every last bit of food that I like must be banished, ‘till all the additional ounces have vanished.

I won’t have a cookie, not even a lick—instead I’ll chew on a long celery stick.

I won’t have Irish coffees, or chocolates, or pie. I’ll munch on a carrot and quietly cry;

“I’m hungry, I’m lonesome, and life is a bore—but isn’t that what January’s for”?

Unable to giggle, no longer a riot. HAPPY NEW YEAR to all—and to all a good diet!



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