As well as the Page menu (left) and the Site summary outline, there are two simple ways of finding people, places or particular topics of interest among the many pages of the 211 Squadron site.
Within a page
Looking for something specific on one page: try your browser’s Find on this page function. Example:
[Ctrl F] opens a small Find window, near the top of the screen.
Across all the site
To search through the whole of the 211 Squadron site, use your chosen Search engine directly, by adding a site:url condition to your search text. Example:
In the past, this form of search was reasonably effective in Bing and Google. For better or for worse, most other search pages are powered by one or the other of these behemoths.
The usefulness of Google and Bing has fallen markedly in overall quality and scope in recent years. Google simple search results are increasingly clogged with irrelevance. More disappointingly, exact phrase searches have declined markedly in coverage and relevance in both engines, especially when combined with either the site: condition or the date option.
Relative newcomer DuckDuckGo may be a worthwhile alternative. The results page now includes a date option. Searching an exact phrase (either alone or with the site:url condition) produces fair although not exhaustive results.
Hints for site searches
- Search on Fred Smith finds all the Freds, as well as all the Smiths.
- Exact phrase searches (eg bounded by quotes as “Fred Smith”), once far more useful, have become less and less effective in both main search engines
- Use of AND or the + key ought to sharpen the search further:
“Fred Smith” +Daba or
“Fred Smith” AND Daba
should find hits just for Fred Smith at El Daba
Either + or AND work in Bing and Duck Duck Go. Google removed their + option in late 2011 for crudely commercial reasons but AND still works.
- Results will be shown as a page of website links. Clicking on each link shown for each hit will take you to that page of this site
- Use your browser’s Find on this page function to search through that page. Use your browser’s Back function to return to the Search results
- It may be two weeks or more after an update before results catch up in most Search engines.
Malware & viruses
- Depending on your browser and its settings, if you’ve chosen to have Activex Filtering “on”, warnings that "Some content is filtered" while viewing my site should be a sign that something's not right (though the culprit should be blocked)
- Sadly, malware can lurk anywhere these days. The best protection is to make sure your PC is always fully up-to-date, with automatic updates to your system, your browser and associated software, protected by appropriate privacy and security settings and regular scans with good, up-to-date anti-virus/anti-malware.
Alpha and Omega
Remembrance Day 11 November 2008, Canberra (D Clark)
The Stone of Remembrance at the Australian War Memorial, bedecked with floral tribute on a fine late Spring morning in Canberra, 90 years since the end of The Great War, that War To End All Wars.
To the right, just beyond the parade ground, stands the distinctive shattered Doric column of the World War II memorial for Greece, first—or last—of the great avenue of memorials lining Anzac Parade. Far down the Avenue across distant, barely glimpsed, Lake Burley Griffin lie Australia’s old and new Parliament Houses, the long sweep of sites thus ordered with poignant significance.
Sunday 11 November 2018 is the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice that ended the Great War. From Anzac Day 2018 onwards, tens of thousands of hand crafted poppies have been on show around the country to commemorate the centenary. In October, the collection reached Canberra, to be laid out as two great displays.
One sweeps across the ceremonial forecourt to the entrance of Parliament House:
Parliament House, Canberra, 10 November 2018 (D Clark)
The other, a tide of 61,560 poppies across the lawns of the Australian War Memorial: one for each of the dead who had served in World War I.
Australian War Memorial 10 November 2018 (D Clark)
The true cost of war (the dead, the wounded, the ruin and all the grief) is no matter for glorification, then or now. The human condition is such that the horror of war, whether necessary or the result of sheer incompetence, may bring out not only the very worst but also the very best in ordinary men and women. So let us end as we began—with thanks, with hope, and with remembrance.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
For the Fallen (Laurence Binyon 1914)
Lest we forget.
www.211squadron.org © D Clark & others 2018
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