Photos of readers

This is the last one in my tank, so if you want your photo and caption—preferably about what you’re doing during the pandemic—put on this site, send it along! Two photos max, or you can have a video. Otherwise, I’ll deep-six this feature. Today’s photo is from reader Barbara Radcliffe from Australia. Her caption is indented.

If you still want such photos I attach one of me on ANZAC Day  (April 25).  My concert band usually participates, but this year all such festivities were cancelled.  So we were invited to stand on our verandas or driveways and play the Last Post (cf Taps) at 6 am.  We were requested to wear band uniform, as I did.  I did warn the nearest neighbours,  and the nearest neighbour (#9) joined us, and Briony even brought me a bunch of flowers later in the day.  Although a bit of a pacifist, I did find  it oddly affecting, and found myself shaking while playing the last post.

We heard at least one other player (probably a trumpet) playing somewhere down the street that morning.

20 Comments

  1. GBJames
    Posted June 6, 2020 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    I sure like seeing these!

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted June 6, 2020 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Very nice. If you are going to do taps let it be a trumpet.

    More people need to send in. I haven’t counted but maybe 30 or 40 of these? Even if from years ago so you look better. I know the theme is covid-19 but stretch it.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted June 6, 2020 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

      Isn’t a bugle the traditional instrument?

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted June 6, 2020 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

        You are correct. But I doubt many bugle players are out there anymore. From Here To Eternity maybe.

      • Grant Palmer
        Posted June 6, 2020 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

        Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted June 6, 2020 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

          Let the dead bury their dead play their own damn bugles. 🙂

  3. rickflick
    Posted June 6, 2020 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    What a great thing to do.

  4. jedijan
    Posted June 6, 2020 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Barbara; that was a lovely tribute. Hope your band can get back and play together soon.

  5. Grant Palmer
    Posted June 6, 2020 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Barbara. As a veteran this Anzac Day just gone was the best one in a long time. People just standing silently commemorating in their own neighbourhoods and musicians of all types playing the last post and reveille. Bugle, saxophones and a bass guitar in my area. The bagpiper from down the road stole the show with Waltzing Matilda though. My Duntroon classmates and I held a reunion on Zoom. (Duntroon is our West Point). The reason why it was so good was because it was a day of just quiet remembrance. No drunken yobbos thanking me for my service. (A phrase I do not like personally). No politicians spouting jingioistic phrases about sacrifice and our freedoms whilst they lock people up in Australia’s version of concentration camps in offshore detention. No priests muttering about how god is love yet ignoring the problem of evil

    • Barbara Radcliffe
      Posted June 7, 2020 at 2:00 am | Permalink

      Thank you Dedijan, I think we will have our first band practice on Thursday. this will be very welcome, but probably more time until my orchestra reconvenes since it has more members.

    • Barbara Radcliffe
      Posted June 7, 2020 at 2:02 am | Permalink

      Thank you, Graham. I agree that it was a much better event than the usual. Good luck to your bagpiper!

      • Barbara Radcliffe
        Posted June 7, 2020 at 2:30 am | Permalink

        Woops, I meant Grant, not Graham!

  6. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 6, 2020 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    Looking at that pic, I can practically hear the strains of “Taps” playing.

    Speaking of ANZAC day, I recently came across this video of former US senator (Navy Seal and Medal of Honor winner) Bob Kerry, who turns out to have a pretty good singling voice, rendering an a cappella version of the great Aussie anti-war tune “And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda” on the occasion of his election to the senate.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted June 6, 2020 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

      A question for the old movie buff. What was the best courtroom movie? I have to think – Anatomy Of A Murder.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted June 6, 2020 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, Anatomy is at or near the top of the heap. Inherit the Wind and Judgment at Nuremberg and The Caine Mutiny and Paths of Glory are pretty good, too.

        I’m kinda partial to My Cousin Vinny myself. 🙂

  7. Robert Van Orden
    Posted June 6, 2020 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    Crap. I like this feature and would like it to continue. I would like to send in a photo but I’m shy, and stupid when it comes to being creative.

    I’ll enlist my niece in this endeavor tomorrow. She is much more creative then I.

  8. Mark R.
    Posted June 7, 2020 at 2:20 am | Permalink

    Nice. I’ve seen/heard a lot of moving scenes throughout this pandemic of people from all over the world playing their instruments from balconies and porches. Sometimes for events such as ANZAC day, and sometimes just because…it always sounds and feels good though. Thanks for participating and adding to that which is good in humanity.

  9. Posted June 8, 2020 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    Well done Barbara! 🙂


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