Drinks with the Major-General…

After lunch at City Diggers yesterday I was joined at my table by one of the RSL types. I had no idea who he was, but he was a most pleasant companion, a few years older than me. The penny dropped as he told me he had been a soldier for thirty years or so and mentioned some places he had been. When I asked what his rank was when he retired he said “Major-General”… Oh… The chats you can have here in The Gong!

In 2008: “At Victoria Barracks, Sydney, the Governor-General, as Commander-in-Chief of the Australian Defence Force, and Mr Bryce, as guests of the Colonel Commandant, Major General Hori Howard AO MC ESM, attended a parade…”


And there he is last Anzac Day: Centenary of Anzac marches on in Wollongong: photos. And have a look at this:

And now anticlimax time: this month’s stats on this blog.

October 2015 has averaged 48 views a day, up on September. The most viewed posts have been:

  1. Home page / Archives 730 views in October
  2. Restoration Australia: Keera Vale 129
  3. Iconic Darlinghurst business closed 33
  4. Outnumbered, Merlin, and other recently seen TV 26
  5. Some thoughts on the Parramatta tragedy 25
  6. All my posts 21
  7. Random Friday memory 17 – Caringbah 1965 16
  8. Reclaiming Australia Persian-style in Wollongong 15
  9. Thank God Tony Abbott’s not running the country 14
  10. About 13
  11. To Surry Hills again – 2: Belmore Park 12
  12. Reprise, but not entirely pleasant 12
  13. Educational opportunity in Australia – 2015 and 1965 12
  14. Lost Wollongong 10
  15. More information than you asked for… 10
  16. William and his tribe… 9
  17. Stray stories of family and Australiana — 1 9
  18. Tom Thumb Lagoon 8
  19. Friday Australian poem #NS1— John Le Gay Brereton (1871 – 1933) 8
  20. Some thoughts on Once Upon a Time in Punchbowl 8