• 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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  • ANZAC Day at Gallipoli - Simpson Prize 2011

    Monday 25 April 2011 by Stuart Baines. 3 comments

    Wreath ordeley duties Well today was the day, the pinnacle of the experience and certainly a big part of why these students entered the prize. The day started for us with a midnight wake up call. We needed to allow plenty of time to beat the traffic and certainly to get as close as we can to the service. When you consider that our hotel is the closets hotel to the dawn service and that we are only about 8 kms away, you …

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  • Krithia, the Cape and Anzac by Sea - Simpson Prize 2011

    Sunday 24 April 2011 by Stuart Baines. 1 comments

    mobbed Today's trip was a chance for us all to look at the role that other nations played in the campaign and experience the different ways that they commemorate. We started the day by driving down to Cape Helles to walk the beaches and cemeteries that house the British troops killed in the campaign. It was particularly moving for everyone to see where the River Clyde came ashore. Knowing what those Brits went through it …

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  • Naval Actions and a Broken Record - Simpson Prize 2011

    Saturday 23 April 2011 by Stuart Baines.

    Dardanelles from Dardanos battery Today was a day spent away from the battlefields to give us a chance to learn more about the naval campaign. The day started visiting the ancient city of troy and although it is not directly related to the 1915 actions it is interesting because it really speaks to the history of the area and the value in holding these straits that the Commonwealth forces were so determined to break. The …

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  • Going to the Front - Simpson Prize 2011

    Friday 22 April 2011 by Stuart Baines.

    looking from Plugge's to the Sphinx There was just too much to tell about today so I will try and give you all a brief rundown and some of the highlights. Today we tried to trace some of the key points on the ANZAC line. We tried to put ourselves in the shoes of those men early in the day by taking the steep climb to the top of Plugge’s Plateau. The hill is thick with dense shrubs which seem to all have sharp bits on …

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  • Our first day in Gallipoli - Simpson Prize 2011

    Thursday 21 April 2011 by Stuart Baines. 2 comments

    Ari Burnu to the Sphinx Leaving the lights and glitz of Istanbul behind us we made our way down to Gallipoli today. It is important for the students to get a feel and understanding for the Turkish culture and the people before they come to ANZAC cove and the battlefields. It was a fun bus ride, even though we talked about politics and religion, as we got to watch the world go by and see some of the beautiful sites along …

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  • One of the Gems of Istanbul – Simpson Prize 2011

    Wednesday 20 April 2011 by Stuart Baines. 5 comments

    Chora church Mosaic Once again the day is started with a great meal. Breakfast is served in an underground area, an old cistern converted into quite a unique restaurant. The plan for today was to visit one of the gems of Istanbul and one of my personal favourites, Chora church. The little tucked away church was not so tucked away when we turned into the street and saw a dozen coaches of various sizes. We turned away and …

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