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End of An Era

Long-standing naval outfitters in Rockingham WA, Glendinnings shuts its doors today for the last time, after several decades serving the tailoring and memorabilia needs of Garden Island's navy community. Popular manager Tom Kenny will still be in the area, heading up a new business venture of his own. As far as we know, the only two remaining stores in Sydney and Melbourne will continue to trade.

Kapyong/Anzac Day Orders Closed

Orders for Kapyong Day and ANZAC Day have closed WEF 1500hrs AWST on Tuesday 17 April 2018. All orders have been Express Post only from 1500hrs AWST on Friday 13 April - and to have any chance of delivery prior to 23/24 April, Express Post of pick up are the ONLY options. We have no control over Australia Post’s performance, and this close to the event, leaving orders this late is a risk. Express Post generally takes at least 2-3 days or [...]

Korean Medal Approved for Wear

If you, or a relative served in Korea, you may not be aware of the new Defence authorisation to wear the Republic of Korea War Service Medal. The ROKWSM was introduced by South Korea in 1951 to recognise the assistance provided by members of the United Nations forces in combating communist aggression in Korea. During the Korean War, Australia used the Imperial Honours and Awards System and was therefore subject to the award policies set by the United Kingdom at [...]

Beware The Amateur

Just when you think you've seen it all, here's #233. We had a request to remount a set of medals today that had been 'expertly' put together by another backyarder, this time in Darwin. Unlike the usual bad practices of using superglue and hot glue guns to tack back riband and medals (which in this case had been done with loads of hot glue), this miscreant 'expert' had also saved himself the expense of adding purpose-built fixings - by hot-glueing [...]

Christmas Support for Troops

Deliveries of care packages from individuals in time for Christmas has now closed (last week), however you can still show your support - the most effective way for you to show your support is to send an e-mail message to the troops. These messages of support are circulated widely to Australian personnel. The RSL Australian Forces Overseas Fund prepares care packages that are dispatched twice yearly to Defence personnel deployed on operations. These care packs contain various non-perishable items, a [...]

Christmas is Coming!

We're flat chat with pre-Christmas orders - and yes - there's still time to grab yourself or your family a new set of medals, or frame for Christmas. If you're quick - but here's a quick note to update you on our Christmas closure period. Feel free to share and spread this info to your mates, if we can help them. Our final day for shipping express post orders will be Wednesday 20 December - we could not guarantee Australia Post's performance [...]

Gongs and Cartoons

With Remembrance Day just days away and a burgeoning interest in all things 'Great War’, it's worth spending a minute on nicknames that are given to campaign medals. During and after World War 1, the commonly-awarded medals didn't escape the typical Commonwealth military sense of amusement, with popular cartoon characters of the day manifesting themselves in honours and awards. From the Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh, comes this timely explanation: "PIP, SQEAK and WILFRED’ are the nicknames given to the [...]

The Last Post On Guitar

We put this up every year, and it never gets old. Last year was Mark Knopfler (without Dire Straits and you'll find it in our video section). This year it's Nathan Howie, and a solo rendition of The Last Post. You can find him on Facebook, just search for Nathan Howie guitarist.

Dambusters With a Twist

This one's been around for years now, like, 1990, but Mondays are always in need of a grin, so here it comes again. The "Dambusters" TV spot is a spoof of the 1955 film. Created by WCRS, this ad from SAB Miller for the Carling Black Label brand was released in 1990 and filmed at Pinewood Studios in London. It won three silvers, a gold and a black pencil at D&AD, and scooped Film Gold at Cannes Lions advertising [...]

Watch This Top TV Spot

Here's a great television spot and message from Bell Canada. Why don't we have community-committed corporations, or even ESOs in Australasia to take the initiative like this? Be sure to remember and pay tribute to the members of our armed forces who served and continue to serve for Australia and New Zealand. We only get to do this twice a year at official commemorations - but every Day is Remembrance Day. #LestWeForget

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