I have been training.

Honest I have.

I just seems that when I’ve been home the last few swings  at home it’s been either Christmas/New years or Australia Day or the night I had out with the M.R.S at C’est Bon or the other night we had multiple friends over and drank copious bottles of great NZ and South African wines.

I blame it the recipe book (my brother gave me for Christmas), I’m an amateur cook BTW, and Dan Murphy’s (our local booze museum).

I’ll tabulate what it is I’m trying to do Crossfit/weightlifting wise… at a later date. Hopefully before the end of January, as I’m trying to calculate my efforts month by month this year.

 

Fury.

Ah shit, righto,  Here’s my take on the recently released WWII action film Fury.

I watched tonight, with the M.R.S. even She was questioning of it.

Another War movie, another display of Hollywood’s take on life or so I see it.

I dunno hey, folks, I’m watching the iTunes extras with my version of this movie and a writer associated with this film was saying he had family in the service and I have to wonder how this connection would result in someone making a film like this.

The acknowledgment by veteran Allied tank drivers, that the Sherman tank wasn’t a match for the German armour was recognised, and a discussion of the tactics and vulnerabilities discussed in relation to having to engage German armour covered by real veterans of this conflict in the extras.

In light of this, in light of the connection the writer of this film has to the people who “have been there, done that” I have to ask why a more thorough representation of this epic conflict wasn’t created.

Some of the scenes created, in my opinion are definitely out there as far as what may have happened.

Here in Australia every April and November we gather to stand fast and remember and recognise the past and present members of our community who have gone forward and fought in defence of our ideals, most often than not in foreign lands and despite the conversations about the virtues surrounding those ideals, we for the most, respect this tradition.

I don’t think this is unwise or incorrect whether we recognise this and the influences on our futures this part of history has had on our nations and communities.

There is a lot of evil that occurs in a war, some of which besmirches the claims of our victories, in respect to our Western values. All of this is not uncommon to humanity of which we are undeniably a part of. And for me, as I learn more about these past conflicts, I recognise these days as a reminder of this reason, while I try to visualise what it would be like endure and persevere through this experience as either a combatant or a bystander.

It is stating the obvious to say that unless you have endured this first hand you don’t have a real grasp on the subject and this is something I am more than willing to concede. This factor alone is indisputable for me, no argument here. But I believe we owe it to the people who have seen this aspect of human existence to try to understand their stories and this for me is why I respect and defend these days of reverence.

After viewing movies like Fury, Blackhawk Down and Lone Survivor etc, and researching (lightly I will admit) the details on them I can’t help but be disdainful of their representation of these wars and the people involved. I think (culturally) we’d be better located if we were to more realistically represent what happened and thus be better educated as to the realities and accept the less glamorous aspects (to put it lightly) of these wars.

And in respect of the capacity that Hollywood has to engineer this visual aspect with modern film making techniques I maintain this point of view even more so. I honestly wish they would. It would make action movies less palatable but that reason alone would suffice for the purposes stated above. I know this would be an anathema to the purposes of making a film but the higher virtue in time would, I think, be recognised beyond the financial profits of the movie.

I’ve taken the long route to explain what I don’t like about these films, and I don’t hate them all out, they’re a good “story” so to speak but as I elucidate, I sincerely wish there was a more realistic aspect to the brutality. I think we’d be better off for it.

My thoughts on Paris.

We’ve all now witnessed the murdering in Paris and the reaction to this event. I watched, for the first time last night, the footage of the killing of Ahmed Merabet.

I had mixed feelings about what I saw. I can’t imagine what he was thinking as he faced off against two men armed with rifles with what I expect was only a handgun. To see someone bravely stand their ground and fight to defeat such an enemy increases my respect for those who actively work to counter these people more. To witness him fall and be defeated was heart wrenching to say the least. I can only imagine the sense of impotence, felt by those watching, as it happened.

I’m not sure what the world’s reaction to this will be. One can only hope that a thorough and detailed analysis of what it is that lead to this both specifically and generally be conducted and acted on appropriately.

The issue of freedom of speech has obviously come up again with arguments for and against being offered. in spite of what I may feel, it doesn’t detract from the obscenity of murdering people you disagree with. The form of thinking that accepts this course of action needs a solid counter. And there is no shortage of examples included in the reaction to the Charlie Habdo murders that exemplify what I’m talking about.

In light of this aspect, its bizarre to notice western leaders marching in Paris against the actions of these criminals and the debate about freedom of expression in their respective nations. Here in Australia it is reasonable to believe that a publication like Charlie Habdo would be judged unlawful. In that sense, these retrograde forces have won this aspect of the debate. I’d describe that factor as an unintended consequence but it’s a real factor in Australian life all the same.

Another reason that angers me is that, and this includes the people involved in similar scenarios in Australia, Canada and the U.K, is that the authorities knew of these people and their outlook on life. Most of them had been subject to criminal convictions and had displayed viscous intent before acting out the way they did. This is something that is vital in addressing the future prospect of preventing these crimes. We need to understand that our methods of dealing with violent individuals and organisations needs redressing and act responsively in line with community expectations.

I’m of the mind that this will not happen soon enough. It is something, for all our sakes, to work on.

The Food Vixen.

If you happen to find yourself in the Far North, in Cairns precisely, do yourself a favour and use a local as a reference when looking for somewhere to eat.

That was the strong tip my girl had for me when we were wandering around the back parts of whatever foreign locale we were in looking for somewhere to eat. *what are the natives doing*.

It worked.

The one (Me and the M.R.S use in Cairns) is an entity known by the nom de guerre “Food Vixen”.

She runs a great little website plus an Instagram profile. Have a read of her observations at http://foodvixen.com.

the Christmas/New Years break.

It’s been busy for me, this one. Plenty of good food and drink, plus the chance to catch up with close friends. Great times, really, a chance to catch my breath and relax.

The weather here in Cairns has yet to break into the monsoon cycle but by God it has been warm.

I’m heading back to Curtis Island tomorrow which will mean back to island life with it’s rigid time tables etc.

As sad as it sounds I’m kinda looking forward to it as it’ll mean I can focus on my training again. It’s been sporadic of the last few weeks I’ll admit.

I’ll have to reply to the email my Crossfit gym sent me, just to let them know I’m still alive.

2015. Let’s get it on!