Sixty Joyless De-Britished Uncrowned Commonpoor Years (1949-2009)

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Britannic Inheritance: Britain's proud legacy. What legacy will America leave?
English Debate: Daniel Hannan revels in making mince meat of Gordon Brown
Crazy Canucks: British MP banned from Canada on national security grounds
Happy St. Patrick's: Will Ireland ever return to the Commonwealth?
Voyage Through the Commonwealth: World cruise around the faded bits of pink.
No Queen for the Green: The Green Party of Canada votes to dispense with monarchy.
"Sir Edward Kennedy": The Queen has awarded the senator an honorary Knighthood.
President Obama: Hates Britain, but is keen to meet the Queen?
The Princess Royal: Princess Anne "outstanding" in Australia.
H.M.S. Victory: In 1744, 1000 sailors went down with a cargo of gold.
Queen's Commonwealth: Britain is letting the Commonwealth die.
Justice Kirby: His support for monarchy almost lost him appointment to High Court
Royal Military Academy: Sandhurst abolishes the Apostles' Creed.
Air Marshal Alec Maisner, R.I.P. Half Polish, half German and 100% British.
Cherie Blair: Not a vain, self regarding, shallow thinking viper after all.
Harry Potter: Celebrated rich kid thinks the Royals should not be celebrated
The Royal Jelly: A new king has been coronated, and his subjects are in a merry mood
Victoria Cross: Australian TROOPER MARK DONALDSON awarded the VC
Godless Buses: Royal Navy veteran, Ron Heather, refuses to drive his bus
Labour's Class War: To expunge those with the slightest pretensions to gentility
100 Top English Novels of All Time: The Essential Fictional Library
BIG BEN: Celebrating 150 Years of the Clock Tower

Thursday, 24 April 2008

Remembering H.M.A.S. Sydney

HMAS Sydney was a battle-hardened Leander-class light cruiser of the Royal Australian Navy. Her sinking by a disguised German warship in November 1941 represents the greatest ever loss of life in an Australian warship and the largest vessel of any country to be lost with all hands during the Second World War. All 645 officers and crew went down with the ship.

The 645-strong crew on board HMAS Sydney in 1941

The mystery surrounding the loss of the Sydney was finally put to rest on 12 March 2008, with her re-discovery at the bottom of the Indian Ocean 112 nautical miles off Steep Point, Western Australia.

Today at a service of remembrance, the bells tolled 645 times for HMAS Sydney.


Beaverbrook said...

Yours truly got Wardroom drunk in the current HMAS Sydney, when she nestled into Halifax harbour back in the early 90s. We then staggered across the brow and had an Aussie good time in old Halifax town! Yes, I miss it so.