Our (kind of) National Day...where we celebrate the landing of a boatload of England's finest thieves, swindlers and assorted other criminal refuse on our fair shores :D
But maybe it shouldn't really be January 26...as this makes a good case for Feb 6 aka "The Foundation Orgy":
Yeah that seems more uh, appropropriate somehow :p
I was glad to see that the SAS Trooper who won the VC was awarded "Young Australian of the Year"...now that's well deserved. What he did was balls-to-the-wall bravery worthy of the highest honour.
Thank god it wasn't a bloody cricketer this time!
For bravery under enemy attack in Afghanistan
January 26, 2010
WHEN Trooper Mark Donaldson, VC, urges Australians to consider how lucky they are, he speaks with a great deal of authority.
The Special Air Services trooper was named Young Australian of the Year last night, a year after winning the Victoria Cross, the armed forces' highest honour, for bravery shown on the battlefield in Afghanistan.
''I think we've lost sight of the good things in life,'' Trooper Donaldson told the Herald as he stood on the front lawn of Parliament House.
''We've got it pretty good here, and we shouldn't forget that.''
Trooper Donaldson became the 96th Australian Victoria Cross winner after exposing himself to enemy fire to draw it away from trapped and wounded comrades.
On September 2, 2008, the 30-year-old was travelling in a combined Afghan, US and Australian convoy through Oruzgan province in Afghanistan when insurgents sprang an ambush, pinning the patrol down with machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades.
Trooper Donaldson ran from one position of cover to another, engaging the attackers and, in the words of the citation, ''bought enough time for those wounded to be moved to relative safety''.
When the patrol was able to extract itself, the vehicles were so full of wounded troops that able-bodied soldiers, including Trooper Donaldson, were forced to run alongside them.
But Trooper Donaldson spotted a severely injured Afghan interpreter lying on the ground and ran 80 metres across exposed ground to rescue the man, then took him back to a vehicle and performed first aid on him, before re-entering the fight.
Trooper Donaldson said the year since he won the Victoria Cross had brought an increased workload, but that was something he welcomed.
Mark Donaldson, VC | Young Australian of the Year | Afghanistan
Well, Happy Aussie Day to our much beloved friends down under. :D
Also, a blessing for Trooper Donaldson for his bravery and service. Many do not know that Australia has been the US's best ally for many, many years.
Cheers, Zhuk and have a Fosters and a prawn for me! :D
Many thanks, skull!
Believe me, I'd be knocking em back today along with the rest of the population if I could drink...guess I'll just have to be content to watch the drunken antics of friends :D
Discovered 'Foundation Orgy Day' is even more appropriate...it was the start of the great aussie tradition of "taking a sickie":
locals in their native habitat :p
Happy Australia Day Zhuk!!
Congrats and heart felt thanks to Special Air Services trooper Donaldson on his courage, bravery and his receiving the Victoria Cross!
I'll hoist a couple pints of Pale Ale in honor of both!!
Great stories zhuk! Happy Australia Day my brother! And good luck on Feb 6th repeating history. :D
Happy Australia day!!
Thanks my esteemed forum brothers! Will do my best to celebrate any way I can.
Now please guys, no one take this the wrong way...far be it for me to cast any aspersions on your great & wonderful country :D but there's definately something to be said for being settled by a bunch of rum-swilling, debauched felons rather than religious puritans :p
But maybe that's just my inevitably debased upbringing lol
Well apparently sir, you have not met my ancestors. Half was already here before the religious puritans showed up and the other half showed up here to get away from religious puritans, starvation and them damn, pesky Leprechauns. :p
Happy Aussie Day brother Zhuk!! :D
Congrats, much respect and admiration and big thanks to Special Air Services trooper Donaldson for his bravery, selflessness and dedication. HOOAHH!!
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