Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bali Memorial.....

It's a sad, bad world when a group of excited holiday makers can't go off on a holiday adventure in the sure knowledge that they will return home safely. Ten years ago on Friday the 12th October one hundred and sixty four such travelers were holidaying in Bali, ironically nicknamed the 'island of peace', a hugely popular destination with travelers from around the world, and a frequent holiday spot for many West Australians because of it's close proximity. Three bombs, one carried by a suicide bomber, one in a car parked near popular nightclubs and another smaller bomb detonated outside the US Consulate, a retaliation for support of the US war against terror and Australia's role in the liberation of East Timor, the deadliest attack of terrorism in Indonesia's history, 38 Indonesians were included in the death toll. It's impossible to understand how this attack on innocent people could be justified in any way whatsoever.....
The Bali Memorial (a wonderful link with an image of the pivotal point of the design) in Kings Park is truly inspirational, looking out over the city and the Swan River towards the Darling Ranges. Sixteen West Australians were killed in the Bali bombings and many more dreadfully injured, I only hope that their spirit and the pain of their families and friends have found a measure of peace under the big blue skies of WA. It also happens to be my birthday on the 12th October, I'd like to change it but not possible, anyhow... I'm up, up and awaying to Sydney to celebrate with my son Dave and his wife, so I'll be out of action until next week, until then...don't do anything I wouldn't do?! Take care and stay safe.....

46 comments:

  1. I remember that bombing so well. Truly horrific. But remember the date for better things... happy birthday! Have a lovely trip and hope you get pampered.

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  2. A sad event of which there have been and continue to be far too many!!
    But a happier thought for the day is a Happy, Happy Birthday, Grace!! Enjoy every minute and celebrate your life!! Have a safe and beautiful trip!

    Sylvia

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  3. How well I remember that event, so terrible and meaningless. These are beautiful portraits of a touching memorial (and the image at the link is indeed lovely). I wish you a Very Happy Birthday (indulge yourself:) and safe, speedy travels!!

    (Oh, I know what you mean about not being able to find info online about things - it happens a lot to me!)

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  4. This is a beautiful memorial to the lives lost that day. Happy Birthday!
    I hope your day is extra special. Have a great time on the east coast!

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  5. It proves we have to use for the best each day remaining to us.
    Go in peace to celebrate your birthday and to enjoy Sydney and your family.

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  6. A very sad event... so senseless!
    Hope you enjoy celebrating your birthday with family....

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  7. A strange sad world indeed, there is no understanding zealots of any cast. Great pics Grace, enjoy your stay away.

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  8. Es bleibt immer nur die Erinnerung an solche schrecklichen Taten. Und es bleibt die tatsache, dass es diese jeden Tag immer wieder gibt, niemand kann so etwas stoppen...

    Lieben herbstlichen Gruß und Sonne im Herzen

    Cloudy

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  9. A wonderful memorial for a sad event!
    Have a good Birthday, Grace!!

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  10. Wonderful remind of a very terrific event! Arianna

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  11. When I read your article, I remember the tragic event.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  12. May they all rest in peace and happy birthday.

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  13. I remember it very well, it was a terrible attack. Ten years on already. Good they made such a nice memorial for the victims.

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  14. A lovely memorial.

    Best wishes for a happy birthday.

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  15. The last images reminds me of 'to find the way',certainly not too easy too easy when walked. Moving entry.

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  16. That's a moving place and beautifully designed. Sadly, the attitude of the bombers is quite widespread. Think of the World Trade Center.

    Have fun in Sydney.

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  17. A lovely memorial to the Bali victims in a truly beautiful place. Have a wonderful birthday with your family in Sydney.

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  18. nicely done



    Aloha from Waikiki,

    Comfort Spiral

    > < } } ( ° >

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  19. I agree with Jim, sad but very nice.

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  20. une belle structure et un bel hommage

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  21. I simply cannot understand how terrorist actions such as this occur. So sad.

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  22. this blog community, in some ways, is the antithesis of that mind set. we reach out to understand, to learn from, to form bonds with strangers, with those who are not "like" us.

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  23. How very sad. I do remember this. Safe travels to you and have a very happy birthday...Janey

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  24. so sad ...

    have a wonderful birthday and a good visit with your son and DIL .. xoxoxo

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  25. Very well done with the colors and the texture, i like it!

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  26. I remember this too well. My only visit to Australia (Sydney) was in 2003, not that long afterward, and the Bali bombings were still open sores on the Aussie psyche.

    Don't do anything you wouldn't do? That doesn't eliminate much, does it?

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  27. Sad event indeed.
    I'm always praying for peace and lights in our world.
    Hey...Happy Birthday sweet Gracie!I wish you a very special day, love to your heart!
    Hugs
    Léia

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  28. Estupendas todas las fotos...

    Saludos y un abrazo.

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  29. Horrible! Suicide-bombing and terrorism is such of a cowardliness.

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  30. I remember this terrorist attack so very well! Wonderful tribute, Grace.

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  31. sad and tragic, but thankfully remembered

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  32. So many senseless killings. WHen will it ever end? This memorial is a wonderful tribute to those lost.
    V

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  33. Well done shots. A big hug from Italy.

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  34. A belated happy birthday to you.

    The memorial is beautiful and touching.

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