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How different it could have been

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OPINION: There will be tears on Sunday afternoon.

I can guarantee it, because I'm a cryer. The emotion of the occasion will make me well up. I know, because it did at last night's final dress rehearsal when the Last Post played, with the theatre lights down.

And so it should, really. This is, after all, a commemoration charged with a century's worth of emotion. More, in fact, given the horrific four years of war leading up to the armistice that we mark on Sunday, 100 years on.

Those haunting bugle notes, signifying the end of Sunday's performance of the South Canterbury Drama League's Blackadder Goes Forth, will catch me in the tear ducts, just for a second, after it travels up my spine.

* It's about just getting out there and spreading the good stuff
* Black humour brings home a message about war's futility
* A long time ago, but it still stings sometimes
* Coffee and kindness in one really cool moment
* Not all heroes wear black, but this one did
* Making a point about a principle that wasn't even realistically threatened
* It's Israel Folau, and me, who need the forgiveness

The centenary of the end of the war that should really have put an end to warfare, but instead, somehow, paved the way for another, longer and more brutal; for arms races, and humankind developing the ability to cause death and destruction on an unheard of scale.

The fact it's been that........

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