My Latest Twitter Updates

  • My grandfather's notes at the start of his Great War diaries: http://twitpic.com/1i9lqt – all written in indelible pencil #
  • Private E.F. Page's diary entry recording the landing at Gallipoli on Sunday 25th April, 1915: http://twitpic.com/1i9mja #
  • "There had been a murderous fire awaiting the landing parties, Turks entrenched about 20 yards from sea front with machine guns…" #
  • "..our men rushed them like mad & at first carried all before them. Enemy retreated, our men following into a trap where their artillery.." #
  • "..their artillery open[ed] firre & did deadly execution with shrapnel. Retreat was..in orderly manner owing to lack of reinforcements.." #
  • Private Page's diary extends to events of Monday 26th April, 1915: http://twitpic.com/1i9p42 – "…could hear Turks talking…" #
  • My grandfather was wounded at Gallipoli on April 26th, 1915 and lay in a trench for a day until rescued. He was evacuated to England. #
  • My grandfather's Gallipoli diary was found by a soldier & returned to him with this covering letter in Sep 1915: http://twitpic.com/1i9qan #
  • Private Page was repatriated to Australia where he re-enlisted in 1917 and again saw active service in the telegraph corps. #
  • Private Page met his future wife in 1916 on a train when he was visiting the mother of a dead comrade. She followed him to Aust in 1919. #
  • @mpbowers Yes, apparently not uncommon. My grandfather was English-born, from Sunderland, she from Bishop Auckland. They never returned. in reply to mpbowers #
  • Letter home from an Australian soldier, Anzac Day 1916: http://bit.ly/d8TOM1 (via @Colvinius) #
  • The National Archives of Australia has digitised many war records. My grandfather's are here: http://bit.ly/9HhJsD #
  • @Colvinius My grandfather died when I was 16. Sadly, I was just starting to learn about the war. I suspect we would have mightily disagreed. in reply to Colvinius #
  • @Colvinius Would you believe I actually had an argument with my mother last year about Jack Lang! She remembered her father's hatred of Lang in reply to Colvinius #
  • @katedoak I think the idea might still be popular with Tony Abbott… in reply to katedoak #
  • RT @TurnbullMalcolm: As we get ready to go to the Lone Pine service have written about the dawn service at Anzac Cove: http://tiny.cc/yq8r4 #
  • Meanwhile… RT @9NEWSPERTH: SEX SCANDAL LATEST: Treasurer Troy Buswell will hold a press conference tomorrow at 11AM at Parliament House. #
  • England, their England. http://bit.ly/9NQhiv /via @Colvinius – you have to like someone who refuses to kneel before popular culture. #
  • NYTimes: G.O.P. Threatens Seats Long Held by Democrats http://nyti.ms/bc259z #
  • NYTimes: Jon Stewart’s Punching Bag, Fox News http://nyti.ms/bLFXst #
  • I need help… #
  • … I agree with Ray Martin. #
  • @lyndons Don't be alarmed! in reply to lyndons #
  • Perhaps if I just remember the days when RM was a serious journalist on the ABC I will be able to cope with this burst of furious agreement. #
  • @lyndons My forebears fought for his right to say these things on Anzac Day… #tweetlikeashockjock in reply to lyndons #
  • @lyndons Well, point taken – that's why 60 Minutes is mostly trash. However, I don't accept that the flag can't be debated on Anzac Day. in reply to lyndons #
  • There are some great shots of Defence Minister John Faulkner in Afghanistan today: http://bit.ly/d6YQeT #
  • Now it looks like 60 Minutes is going to give a free kick to the "populate and perish" brigade. Normal service has been resumed. #
  • Yep, 60 Minutes runs with the One Nation candidate in Macarthur who thinks there is a population explosion in Camden. #
  • RT @thomasrdotorg: One Nation candidate getting oxygen again? It's not about population limits, it's ol' fashioned racism baby. #
  • David Cameron's daft idea: http://bit.ly/ceHePr – Martin Kettle takes issue with the Tory leader's plan to make new PMs go to the polls. #
  • Britain's richest see their wealth rise by one third in the past year: http://bit.ly/ceHePr – includes the top 20. #
  • Mind Over Meds: http://nyti.ms/a5pJ4o – medication, psychotherapy or a bit of both? An interesting piece by a US psychiatrist. #
  • The Man the White House Wakes Up To: http://nyti.ms/aAPCBM – fascinating NYT piece on Mike Allen of Politico, publisher of Playbook. #
  • @downesy Do you want me to second your nomination? in reply to downesy #
  • Greece (1) Geography Was Destiny: http://nyti.ms/9gjaun (2) A Family Tragedy: http://nyti.ms/dvOg9l #

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