Don't knock WW2. It's one of the few I can think of that was justified. We simply couldn't allow Hitler and Hirohito to continue their expansionism, and anyway the U.S. was directly attacked and so didn't have any choice. The discovery of the Death Camps in 1944 simply confirmed the correctness of Britain's decision to declare war in 1939, and you don't want to know what the Japanese did in China. It's a mystery to me where all that evil came from. And of course in 1939 where Britain went, the rest of the Empire went too. Even India, which wasn't too keen on being part of the Empire by then.<P>Did you hear the story about the Gurkhas? A regiment of them was sent to Britain and told that they were going to be dropped from an aircraft and would then attack the enemy. The aircraft would be flying at 1000 feet. The Gurkha commander demurred at this, and asked if the plane could fly lower. The British officer explained that if the plane flew lower, the parachutes wouldn't open in time. "Oh", said the Gurkha, "well, if we're going to have parachutes......."<P>I think you're right about communications, Shos, but I like to think that, if confronted now by expansionists like Hitler and Hirohito, we would make the same response we did in 1939.<P>Yes, we have military bands, and very fine musicians they are. I know a trumpeter in the NZ Army band. They went to the Edinburgh Tattoo last year and were very well received. But nobody writes music for them. All the new music they play is for civilian brass and "military" bands, or arrangements of other pieces like "Amazing Grace".<P>I heard "Memorial to Lidice" live once. After the piece had ended, the audience sat in silence, absolutely gob-smacked. Eventually we decided, more or less collectively, that we should show our appreciation of such a powerful performance, and applauded vigourously.<P>This could get a bit grim. I have just remembered the video that went with Gorecki's 3rd Symphony; something I'd sooner forget. I think I'd better stop.<P>Let's have some cheerfulness!<BR>
We have no money; we must use our brains. -Ernest Rutherford.