• Ancient ruins and a navy perspective - Simpson Prize 2012

    Monday 23 April 2012 by Stuart Baines.

    Well Andrew has written a fantastic entry below so there isn't much need for me to say much. It is a day in the itinerary that is something to look forward to, especially for the ancient history buffs amongst us. For me, the most poignant moment of the day is the ferry on the morning as we travel the narrows the almost impenetrable small stretch of water that the allies so desperately tried to break for the entire campaign. I always get …

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  • Walking in the footsteps of the ANZACs

    Sunday 22 April 2012 by Stuart Baines. 1 comments

    Today was our big day on the peninsula. We began by a walk along ANZAC cove I wasn't sure what to expect, it was difficult to connect the tiny beach we walked along with the photos that I have seen from the time. We then went to Shrapnel Valley cemetery which was very peaceful and beautiful and with the Judas trees in flower and the nightingales singing it was amazing to think that this place once saw such horrıfıc conflict. While we …

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  • Walking the streets of Istanbul - Simpson Prize 2012

    Friday 20 April 2012 by Stuart Baines.

    Today was another fantastic day in Istanbul. Walking the cobbled streets of this ancient city we found amazing mixes of the old and news at each new turn. Our Turkish guide, Ozgur, has impressed me once again this year and managed to find more beauty and more facinating stories in this city than last year. The sights and sounds today amazed everyone as we walked through the old city on the Golden Horn in what started as a rainy day but …

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  • From Europe to Asia - Simpson Prize 2012

    Thursday 19 April 2012 by Stuart Baines. 2 comments

    For our second day Ozgur, our Turkish guide, allowed us a later start to recover from our marathon effort the day before. We had a cruise on the Bosphorus were we had a rather large boat called the Purple Elephant all to ourselves. One of the highlights was passing a palace that was so opulent and expensive it help bring down the Ottoman Empire. We disembarked on the Asian side for lunch in a waterside restaurant. While we were there …

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  • Touch down in Turkey

    Wednesday 18 April 2012 by Stuart Baines. 2 comments

    It is fantastic to be able to say that we made it here and we've all had some sleep. Our trip started with some drama trying to gather everyone together, and poor Taylor's plane was delayed by two hours, so we all only just made check in by the skin of our teeth. It was a relief to finally be in the air. The flight was long, but there was no rest for anyone, just time for a freshen up, lunch then the start of our first day. Our …

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  • Simpson Prize 2012 - One day to go

    Sunday 15 April 2012 by Stuart Baines. 7 comments

    Once again it is time for commemorative activity to ramp up here at the Australian War Memorial but also at commemorative sites across the globe. Every April we stop and reflect on the service and sacrifice made by Australians in times of war. For a very special group of students, who have completed some excellent historical research and analysis, submitted an essay and been rewarded for their academic achievement, they will receive the …

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  • Some fun moments - Simpson Prize 2011

    Wednesday 4 May 2011 by Stuart Baines.

    Arrrgggghhhh too much food, carry me to the bus Gene joining in the traditional Turkish dancing As promised just a few moments that I thought were fun. Stay tuned for more. Read on

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  • The Last Days and Hours - Simpson Prize 2011

    Tuesday 3 May 2011 by Stuart Baines.

    Well like most great things, they do have to come to an end. As quickly as it seemed to begin the Simpson Prize trip for 2011 has wound up. The last few days were a blur of buses, shopping and food. It seemed that everyone wanted to get their last empty spaces in their cases filled so we hit the Bazaar for the last time. There was no stopping this gaggle of shoppers as they set their sites on last souvenirs and gifts. For some of us it …

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  • Our Second Last Day in Turkey - Simpson Prize 2011

    Thursday 28 April 2011 by Stuart Baines. 2 comments

    Hagi Sophia Today we visited Hagi Sophia. Now a museum it was once one of the biggest churches in the world and then after the Ottoman Turks conquered the city became a mosque. It is an incredibly impressive building outside and in and walking in and looking up at the dome knowing that is the same width in diameter across the dome as an eleven story building is quite amazing. It is a museum now so it is not actively used …

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  • Winding up for the Dawn Service - Simpson Prize 2011

    Monday 25 April 2011 by Stuart Baines. 1 comments

    The group minus myself, Conner and Gene who were barreling on ahead setting the pace and looking for relics Today is a quieter day as we all need our rest to head out at midnight ready for the dawn service. We decided that the best plan of attack would be to wear the kids out so we headed out early to walk the length of Rhododendron Ridge. This was an important supply route within the NZ sector and is quite a good hike. …

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