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Taking a walk in a cemetery can be very interesting. The headstones say a lot, without saying much at all. They also can remind of us of how lucky we are today. These days, there would never be so many graves containing so many members of families who died at such a young age or in childbirth etc

28-year-old was too young to go. A very nice personalised greeting for Moz.

Nice post; it's very touching.

The local Council does a good job of preserving old cemeteries here in the Macleay valley.

While the Macleay coast environs are very beautiful and relatively unspoiled the upper Macleay reaches are nothing short of spectacular.

Next time you find yourself up this way make a left turn at Kempsey and take the (rough in places) road to Armidale. Paradise country!

Adrian - Facing Future by Iz - my and my fiance's favourite album. Get in touch with me at my website if you want to know how to get a copy.

Thanks Darlene.
graboy, I think you're referring to the Sherwood Road, or the Goat track. Hear there's a neat little cemo up there somewhere.
Thanks Chris but I've a family member who can secure same. Cheers.

Old cemeteries are interesting places to visit. The one up at Port Douglas is fascinating, for one, as is the Toowong Cemetery in Brisbane, which has not long ago been desecrated by some brainless idiots. For the life of me, I can't understand the mindset of such clowns!

The sons of a friend of mine organised 'A Wonderful World' to be played at his funeral. I, too, have heard Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's versions of the songs you've mentioned. ABC radio plays them quite often. They're great. I think he is dead now, from memory. I'm racking my brain here trying to think of a video/DVD I watched not long ago that had his version of 'Over the Rainbow' in its soundtrack.

Nice post, Adrian. Made me very reflective. I recall visiting Thailand in 1998 and going to Kanchanaburi, near the infamous "Bridge on the River Kwai".

I went to the beautifully maintained War Cemetry there and looked at the seemingly endless rows of gravestones of Australian, Dutch, British and Allied soldiers, murdered by the Japanese in WW2, not in battle, but in captivity, and I shed many tears for the young lives lost, the futures so brutally cut short.
Especially poignant were the many graves marked " An Australian soldier, known only unto God".

Every Australian should visit these War Cemeteries at least once in their lives, and realise the immense sacrifice in blood that has been paid for our freedom today.

Lee, Iz has passed away and there's some neat tributes via the 'sample music' link. The tune is used in a number of movies. Details can be found via his link.

PQ, you're a lucky man as I've long wanted to visit the Burma railway memorial. Saw a great doco recently by an engineer on the building of the railway. What he revealed, besides the terrible suffering and deaths of the POW's, was the far greater numbers of Indian, Chinese and Malays who also perished. He labelled the brutal exercise a 'holocaust'.


I went to school with "Foz". He was close to a few guys in my cricket team. Was a great bloke. I attended his last night out with the boys at Panania pub. Was a pretty emotional night,especially for the guys close to him. amazing that you would pick his tombstone.

aiko, that's uncanny. Check your Inbox...

I rarely comment on the blogs I read almost religiously, but this entry hit pretty close to home. My father died very suddenly early last year and my sister in law suggested that song after hearing it in a Drew Barrymore/Adam Sandler movie (I'm drawing a blank on the name). My mum loved it and said she wanted it at her funeral. Unfortunately hers came less than six months later when she too developed inoperable cancer in the brain after just finishing her chemo for the second bout of breast cancer she had battled.

The song is beautiful, and helps my little nephew understand that Nanna and Grandad have "gone up to the rainbow".

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