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With all due respect?

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Cite as: June 2013 87 (6) LIJ, p.88

Who’s the Boss?

Any aficionado or even casual listener could tell you the early music of Bruce Springsteen is replete with references to various aspects of the criminal justice system, from the death penalty to dilemmas facing the constabulary.

Every person on the planet, unless their ears are painted on, could also tell you that the musical offerings of Mr Springsteen are among the best to ever be recorded.

So it is of no real surprise that a swag of local law types were spotted in the crowd at his recent Rod Laver Arena and Hanging Rock concerts.

At the former event a WADR correspondent bumped into one of these local legal types who was, unsurprisingly, wearing a t-shirt featuring the boss.

However, unlike just about every other t-shirt donned at the gig, this item of clothing was made by the wearer and absolutely unique.

As the story went, the lucky lawyer had been invited to a drinks sort of thing in Washington a few moons ago, well about 1000, for some charity thing and the Boss was the guest of honour.

Our tragic fan made a beeline to the most famous New Jerseyan on the planet and had someone take a happy snap of a really happy little Vegemite and someone who looked like they had just tasted it for the first time.

You guessed it. That photo taken in that conference room had been transferred on to that shirt.

The lawyer has gone down in WADR annuls as achieving that rarest of feats – the non-verbal, non-written name-drop.

The people of a nation recently recognised, once again with impressive ceremony, the historic day of 25 April 1915 when the stirring landing at Gallipoli signalled Australia and New Zealand’s entry into the greatest theatre of war the world has ever seen.

In the Australian War Memorial in Canberra a passage is displayed to describe the evacuation from Anzac Cove:

“As winter set in, bringing gales and snow to the peninsula, it became clear that the Gallipoli campaign had failed and the British government, unable to spare any more troops, decided reluctantly to evacuate the troops.

“Unlike most operations in that doomed campaign, the evacuation was brilliantly planned and a complete success. The Turks were deceived into thinking that the Anzac trenches were fully manned while men slipped away at night in secrecy and safety.

“Only a handful of men were killed or injured while some 90,000 men were withdrawn from Suvla and Anzac.

“The last troops left in the early hours of 20 December 1915. The Australians regretted leaving their dead mates, and many tried to be among the last to leave. Although bitter at being forced to evacuate, they were proud of the endurance and courage which they had displayed on the peninsula”.

The final words on that display were left for solicitor Lieutenant H.E. Moody, who was one of those soldiers to be withdrawn:

“I’m damned if they can say the Australians failed”.

Lest we forget.


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