Month: January 2017

A Bunch of Aussie Bastards

Peter Adamis 31 January 2017 Yep, I have had a gutful. Here I am stuck down under in Mexico (Victoria) while my cobber Digger Mates live elsewhere on the planet enjoying life.  Even my mates who live overseas in far flung places such as Tasmania and Bribie Island are sitting back relaxing and enjoying life.…

WILLIE ‘Blow Fly’ KILLICK

Peter Adamis Abalinx 5 May 2011 I wrote this article with much help from Rebecca Killick, the Killick family, Michael Hardless, Gus Guthrie and Wikipedia. In fact most it would be attributed to Rebecca who provide much of the background to our mate Willie. A bloke who left us enriched in more ways than one…

RAR Memorial Walk 2004

Peter Adamis Abalinx 28 January 2017   This article is a tribute to those men and women who have tirelessly worked on the Royal Australian Regiment Memorial walk in Brisbane.  It was back in 2004 when my wife and I visited Brisbane, Queensland to meet up with 6 RAR mates, drop into see Bruce Ruxton and…

What happened to the New Australians

 Peter Adamis Abalinx 24 January 2017 As we approach 2017 Australia Day I wonder what ever happened to the New Australians of the Fifties and Sixties.   Why did we lose that tag, when did it happen and why was it necessary to change the label as such? If the Kangaroo and the Emu can be…

Burt Franks

Peter Adamis 24 January 2017 Who was Burt Franks readers would ask. Only those who knew him, served with him, trekked through the jungles, drank with him, fought with him, laughed with him and stood by each other would know of him.  A man’s man, a legend in the eyes of the younger soldiers like…

When is a spade a spade

Peter Adamis 23 January 2017 Those who have served will recognise the entrenching tool and that when digging a spade is a spade.  Gosh how I hated digging all night, during the day and when we were exhausted we still kept on digging. Now that I have the reader’s attention, please note that this article…

Old soldiers do die but their memory lives on.

Peter Adamis 22 January 2017 Attending a cobber’s funeral is no easy matter, especially when the bloke who has gone was a good mate.  At his funeral we would listen to the chap’s achievements, the good and the bad side of his life intermingled with the jokes and tales that made us remember him and…

IS CITIZENSHIP THE THREAD THAT BINDS AUSTRALIANS

Peter Adamis Abalinx 21 January 2017 As I write this, I am somewhat perturbed by the villainy of hysterical outbursts of key board warriors who peddle hate by demonizing something or someone alien to their environment. Great Britain in the Seventieth and Eighteenth Century were sending their recalcitrant members of society to the far flung…

Cobber Digger Mates and Mentors

Peter Adamis 18 January 2017 Those who have served the nation, worn its many uniforms and contributed to the security and longevity of this country we call home – Australians will not need to be told what the words “Cobber Digger Mate” mean. Better qualified, experienced and far more knowledgeable people than I can provide…

Snake tales

SNAKES TALES Peter Adamis Abalinx 16 January 2017 Working in the heat today under the shade of the grape vine and lemon tree, my mind roared back to a time long ago. I felt the same sensation that I had when patrolling in the wilds of far north Queensland. That sensation reminded me of the…