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Send an Electronic Easter Egg

Posted on: 4 April 2012

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Not being able to speak German I hope at least one reader can who is also willing to send me an accurate translation of the following comment “Wunderbare Geschichte, rechnen wir könnten ein paar unabhängige Daten zu kombinieren, dennoch lohnt sich ein Blick, whoa hat man über Mid East lernen verfügt über mehr problerms sowie.” posted to my website – – Monday, 26 March, in response to my column in The Chronicle so that I can make suitable response to the person who sent it.

It pleases me to know the column is being read by people who live far from Canberra and Australia now that The Chronicle has gone online. So if you have relatives or friends you keep in touch with online but you haven’t yet told them about The Chronicle’s foray into cyber space, why not send them an electronic Easter Egg. And while you’re at it, why not send an electronic Easter Egg to all Members of the ACT Assembly.

Why an Easter Egg? I suggest an Easter Egg because Easter is said to be the time of the year that herald’s rebirth. That being the case I cannot think of a more appropriate gift to MLAS if only because so many voters are under the impression that most of them are either dead or in a catatonic state. That being the case, and although I make no promises, if an electronic egg helped cause their rebirth that could be cause for celebration.

In all seriousness however, don’t you think the world is in need of a celebration? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, at Easter, instead of news stories that almost daily report double digit numbers of soldiers dying in Iraq or Afghanistan, what was being announced was an increased birth rate?

And wouldn’t it be even more wonderful if sincere Easter messages of peace were sent out not just from the US and Britain but from all nations that have personnel on active service in areas of danger yet never seem to get mentioned in news reports? Better still and regardless of religion if the US, UK and their allies plus, Jews, Arabs, copts, Hindus et al, could forget their animosities, exchange the same message of peace and enjoy a rebirth of humanity.

My touching on Easter has also brought to mind some of the happiest days of my young life, albeit they occurred during World War II. At the time I didn’t know anything about Easter being celebrated as the rebirth of life. What Easter meant to me was picnic time, the time for rolling coloured eggs in races against my brothers and sisters down the grassy slopes of the Duchess Park, eating sandwiches, getting the rare treat of an ice cream and at least two drinks of lemonade or Irn Bru. Perhaps there are people living in Canberra who enjoyed the same experience.

Like many of my companions in the park, I had but a dim knowledge of war. Although we were surrounded by the war, it only became reality when unaware that Uncle Willie had been killed or gone missing in some other war zone, some children said how they would have loved him to be there to referee one of the many impromptu games of football, played with a tennis ball that, almost certainly, would spring up.

Sadly, as many found out later, there were many Uncle Willies.

As I think of those Easter days spent picnicking in the park I remember them almost as heavenly. The hell that was war never crossed my mind. Unfortunately as time passed many in my peer group became disenchanted with the heavenly idea because they could not understand who, and why Uncle Willie, been chosen to go to heaven rather than be sent home. I am in no doubt that, like me, many questioned the explanations given by parents and relatives and found them unconvincing.

Despite my earlier optimistic hope of Easter being a time for the rebirth of peace and humanity, as a realist and for many years having spent my days try and understand mans’ reasoning about the ‘need’ for war, sadly, I could not. Perhaps because there is no answer.

Happy Easter to all.
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