Sunday, April 24, 2005

Snob or simple logistics

Its hard to tell whether the decision by John Howard is a slap in the collective Kiwi face or a simple logistical issue. In the Herald today it was been stated that Howard will attend a BBQ for Australian servicemen instead of attending the New Zealand ceremony. It could be a slap in the face, or it may be a simple logistical issue that has been alluded to in a number of articles. I guess we will have to wait and see what it really means.

In related news, the Turks have banned the Haka from being performed, calling it 'obscene'. Frankly this doesn't worry me too much. After seeing a short doco on the haka a couple of weeks ago, I agree that we don't want to be sending agressive, confrontational Kiwi's abroad to do war dances - especially when we're commemorating over 100,000 deaths in war. That's just plain inappropriate. Perhaps Helen could do a nice painting on the shores of Anzac Cove instead...


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