I saw this recently on the IMDB site. Curious. Chrome has my recently visited history, and full history listed right there. I can’t deny the Facebook pages I’ve been to. I like the concept of managing my history. We all do it to some extent, don’t we? We leave out details or whole years, try to forget about how intensely we longed for someone or how important a job, or vacation, or home was at the time. Is it just me?
Lately I’ve been working on telling different stories. Not lying about the past or re-inventing it, but re-telling it, sort of a history make-over if you will. Change the highlights, the shadows, pop some of the colors and mute others, brighten, sharpen, soften, crop, change the angle, in other words, give it a fresh new look! I find it’s more lovable this way. I own it, it’s mine, I’m in charge, and I’m at peace with it.
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That’s what Breaker Morant said just before he was executed.
I just saw this quote on Kilt Down Under’s signature while I researched McPherson tartans on some site called X Marks the Scot…what a little journey eh? It really perked up my curiousity.
“Harry ‘Breaker’ Harbord Morant (9 December 1864 – 27 February 1902) was an Anglo-Australian drover, horseman, poet, soldier and convicted war criminal whose skill with horses earned him the nickname “The Breaker”. The bulk of his published work appeared in The Bulletin magazine.
During service in the Second Boer War, Morant participated in the summary execution of several Boer (Afrikaner) prisoners and the murder of a German missionary, Daniel Heese, who had been a witness to the shootings. His actions led to his controversial court-martial for murder; his death warrant was personally signed by the British commander in South Africa, Lord Kitchener, although Lord Kitchener subsequently denied the issuance of it. Morant was executed for murder by a contingent of Cameron Highlanders (a regiment of the British Army) in Pretoria gaol (South Africa) on 27 February 1902.
In the century since his death, Morant has become a folk hero to some in Australia. His story has been the subject of several books, a stage play, and a major Australian feature film.”
What’s the real story, I wonder.
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