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Oz Tour Continued September 2002
By Terrance McKenzie - (contact)

Day Twelve: September 11. A day of Reflection. Nanango

Wednesday September 11, 2002

On this day I feel a need to say something or make a statement. It was about this time, in fact the day after the 30 September 1899, which was the day my father was born, that my grandfather left his family and Ixopo on horseback, and took up arms to fight the Boers.He had to ride some 50 kms to Richmond where the Border Mounted Rifles entrained for Ladysmith only to be besieged by the Boers.It's funny how history looks at events so differently a hundred years on. Milner and Chamberlain had for a long time wanted to spill Boer's blood. In fact Milner was determined to war with the Transvaal Boers no matter what, and so stirred up British sentiments that he was able to get the British Government to send troops from all over the world and to get volunteers from Canada, Australia and New Zealand to fight a war the Boers did not want and did their best to avoid. But Milner had his way. Thirty thousand Boer lives later and thousands of British troops dead, the scorched earth policy left farms, crops and cattle destroyed and the two Republics devastated before that Great Boer War ended. Early commentators including Churchill of course blamed the Boers entirely, but a hundred years on all writer/historians with better research and documents available, put the full blame for the war on Milner, Chamberlain and Britain. www.witness.co.za/content/1999_10/37.htm Now Bush and Blair are spoiling for war and are determined to have their war no matter what, I wonder in one hundred years where historians will put the blame for the war against Iraq that seems sure to come. I'm not finished yet. Now the philosophical bit. There is still hatred in some of the Boer descendants about the events so long ago and I can understand why, but have they ever considered that had there not been that calamitous war and the twenty thousand women and children's deaths in the concentration camps they would not have come into being and that a completely different population would exist in their place. I am sure that this applies to me as well. Should they not be grateful for the door that closed and another opened. Bush and Blair in the same way are playing God with the future population of Iraq and the US. September 11 has surely changed the future population of the New York and will have a domino effect in the US. You may well ask what has this to do with cycle touring. Well actually it has a lot.I have to think when I am riding otherwise I would be mindlessly turning my pedals around and around and around. Now Ive got that off my chest I can go back to looking for roos. I have decided to stay in Nanango another day, My legs are accumulating tiredness and this is a friendly little town. The young lady at the Cafe gave me the biggest milk shake I have ever had together with a nice smile. The fruit shop is terrific with paw paws, rock melons and naatjies [manderins for the uneducated]. With great difficulty I have managed to get some pictures scanned and put in place.The library scanner is very cumbersome and slow.It also took time to learn to do it.

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Main street Nanango with Palace Hotel on right

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A great smile from the young lady at the cafe'


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