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GREG T ROSS Hello and welcome to the latest edition of The Last Post. As my Facebook friends know, the life of an independent publisher can be a constant unravelling of chaos with more outgoings than incomings, lovingly mixed with successful outcomes and contacts with Australians who are of a similar mindset to the philosophy of my magazine. There are times of tranquillity and times when it feels as though the whole world is conspiring to make your tasks harder than they need to be. Then there are times that are etched into the mind forever and will add to the memory spool when recalling good events.

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Such was my trip to Japan earlier this year. It was part of the RSL National/Stephen Henderson organised visit under the Japan-Australia Grassroots Exchange Programme. To commemorate the visit and the progress made through face-to-face meetings, this special Japan-Australia edition of TLP covers as many areas possible that represent common ground for the two countries. We interview Australia’s military attache in Tokyo, Colonel Simon Monterola about the relationship between Australia and Japan and feature this editions Foreword from Australia’s Ambassador to Japan, Mr Richard Court AC. In this edition we also speak with director Catherine Hill about her work on the play Hallowed Ground and learn more about this arts-focused woman who directed her first play at 17. We also interview author Max Hastings about his book, Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy. When the names of significant Australian architects are mentioned, Bruce Rickards is always up there. A member of the Sydney school, Bruce’s work produced some of the most notable and recognisable houses of the period. We feature a two-page spread on Bruce and the book, A Life in Architecture. In Sport we speak with legendary sports commentator Bruce McAvaney about his fabulous career behind the microphone and, hot on the heels of Winx’s retirement, ask for his list of the top 5 horses to have raced in Australia. Also in Sport, Michael McDonald pays tribute to his friend and mine, the late Allan Aldenhoven. In my time knowing Allan, he was a kind, gentle man with good humour. But he was a boxer and a soldier and he died in a police cell in 1979, six years after I last saw him. In this, the amazing and international Issue 19 of The Last Post we look at domestic violence, the role of traditional masculinity, indigenous cricket and feature Charles Bean, The Western Front Diaries.

Greg

Greg T Ross Editor and Publisher www.thelastpostmagazine.com

· The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) acknowledges the central role of the Navy protecting our vital sea lanes and borders, in both peacetime and times of conflict · The MUA also acknowledges and salutes the role of the merchant fleet in supporting the Navy and pays tribute to the many civilian seafarers who have lost their lives in supporting the defence effort · The Navy and the domestic civilian fleet remain as active partners in supporting and facilitating Australia’s shipping dependancy as an island nation · The MUA looks forward to continuing to work closely with Navy on the many synergies that exist in Navy operations and commercial shipping operations

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In 2019 TLP editor Greg T Ross visited Japan under the Japan-Australia Grassroots Exchange Programme. To commemorate the visit and the prog...

The Last Post Magazine Anzac Day 2019  

In 2019 TLP editor Greg T Ross visited Japan under the Japan-Australia Grassroots Exchange Programme. To commemorate the visit and the prog...

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