Anzac Day is a significant day of remembrance for many Australians. It commemorates the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli on April 25th, 1915, during World War I. It is a day to remember the sacrifice and courage of those who have served and continue to serve in our military.
For us, Anzac Day is a time to reflect on the values and principles that have made our country great. It is a time to remember the sacrifices made by those who came before us and to be grateful for the freedoms and opportunities we have today.
As an Australian family business, who have been making watches here in Brisbane since 1971, we understand the importance of passing on values and traditions from one generation to the next. Anzac Day provides an opportunity for us to teach our children and grandchildren about the values of courage, sacrifice, and commitment to something greater than ourselves.
It also gives us the opportunity pass on another tradition. Playing Two-Up just as the Diggers did on the front line. If you have ever wondered how to play, well here you go!
It involves tossing two coins in the air and betting on the outcome. While it is technically illegal to play outside of Anzac Day, it is still a fun and exciting game to learn how to play!
To start, you will need two coins of equal size and weight. These are usually Australian pennies, but any small coins will do the trick. The game is played with a “spinner” who is responsible for tossing the coins in the air.
The game begins with the spinner placing the coins in a small wooden or metal paddle called a “kip.” The kip is then flipped into the air by the spinner, who yells out “come in spinner!” This is the cue for the players to place their bets.
Bets can be made on either “heads” or “tails.” If both coins land on the same side, it is called “two up” and the spinner wins. If the coins land on different sides, the spinner loses and the players who bet correctly win.
If you’re feeling lucky, you can also make a bet on “odds” or “evens.” This means that you are betting on whether the total of the coins will be an odd or even number. For example, if one of the coins lands on heads and the other lands on tails, the total is an odd number, and the player who bet on odds wins!
The game can continue for as long as the players want to keep betting, but it is customary to play in rounds. At the end of each round, the kip is passed to the next player, who becomes the new spinner.
While it may seem like a simple game of chance, Two-Up has a long and fascinating history in Australia. It was first played by Australian soldiers during World War I and has since become a beloved tradition. It is said that the game was so popular with soldiers that it was even played on the front lines!
There you have it, you are now half dangerous in your knowledge of how to play Two-Up! So when you’re playing this Anzac Day, enjoy it but make sure you take the time to reflect on the importance of Anzac Day and to remember the sacrifices made by those who have served our country and those that were left behind are never forgotten.
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