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JOIN FREMANTLE ANZAC DAY!

Posted in ANZAC DAY, fremantle, war by freoview on April 24, 2015

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It is ANZAC Day tomorrow and a day I alway look forward to. There is something special about the parade through Fremantle and the hundreds of Australian flags waved by children and grown ups, when veterans, soldiers, sailors, pilots and cadets march through the city centre.

For many years I was reluctant to join in as I believed it would be a celebration of war, but when one sees the faces of the mainly old men one realises this is a day to celebrate and commemorate the lives of all those young people who died or were maimed in atrocious circmstances. For many the trauma is still there and quite visible on their solemn faces and I am happy Australia pays so much respect and that the nation stops to honour people and not a sporting event.

Dawn service is at Monument Hill, breakfast at Kings Square, and the parade will be at 11 am, so come along!

Roel Loopers

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LAST GENTLEMEN OF WAR

Posted in fremantle, war, ww I by freoview on November 9, 2014

last gentlemen of war

There is an historic exhibition at the Fremantle Maritime Museum about the WW I battle between the HMAS Sydney and the German cruiser SMS Emden, which happened on November 9, 1914 near the Cocos Islands.

The Last Gentlemen of War tells a story of humour, decency and honour and recreates the battle that ended in the Emden being run onto a reef to save the 243 crew still alive after more than 120 had been killed by heavy fire from the Sydney. Captain John Glossop of the HMAS Sydney wired the message “Emden beached and done for.”

Remarkably the surviving Germans escaped and after a harrowing adventure reached Constantinople where they joined other German forces.

The exhibition is free and runs till April 26 next year.

Roel Loopers

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DEPRESSION IS THE WAR WITHIN

Posted in depression, fremantle, health, photography by freoview on August 12, 2014

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Sadness about the suicide death of actor and comedian Robin Williams, but he is just the celebrity face to all the thousands of nameless and faceless people who take their own life every year.

Depression makes one feel utterly alone, even with support of friends and family. It’s like battling a war within. 

It is hard to understand depression, because we still care, we still smile, we still want to give. We say we are okay because too often when we were honest we were told we were negative, drama queens, to lighten up, and not be so narcissistic.

So we tell you we are okay and that we can cope, while the war inside us keeps raging. It destroys us from within, the chest is burning and the head is heavy with fear for what seems to be the inevitable act.

No we are not okay, but we try to battle on and many of us pull through and survive, but the scars never leave and the fear never totally goes.

Roel Loopers

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