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Out in the shed with Ted
than 340,000 veterans and war widows recently received a pension
increase. From the 20th September, 2011, pensions were
increased by about 2.7%
The new rates are:
remains unchanged at $110 per fortnight.
Christmas Mail to Servicemen and Women
There are service men and
women serving overseas who would love to receive 'something' from back
home over the Christmas Period.
Australia Post will deliver a parcel
you wish to send to these service people free of charge, provided
you meet the following conditions.
For postal security reasons, you will need to present
a photographic identification.
You can post parcels weighing up to a cubed weight of
two kilograms in a ‘BM’-sized Australia Post carton free of charge.
If your parcel exceeds this limit, you will need to
pay the full cost.
Articles must be packed in durable packaging, which
is suitably secured, to withstand a large volume of weight and handling.
Postal address numbers will be active from 7 November
until 9 December 2011 and packages will be distributed throughout the
Care package items most appreciated include uniquely
Australian treats such as lollies, magazines, books and DVDs.
Some items must not be sent, including cigarettes,
alcohol, perfumery products and pornography.
Address your parcel to one of the
An Australian Defence Member
Middle East Operations
Australian Defence Force NSW 2890
An Australian Defence Member
East Timor Operations
Australian Defence Force NSW 2890
An Australian Defence Member
Solomon Islands Operations
Australian Defence Force NSW 2890
9 December 2011
blokes decided to get out with nature and play a bit of jazz - and the
cows loved it......see
More Veterans eligible for Gold Card.
of Australian veterans became eligible for comprehensive free health
care following the passage of the Federal Government’s Gold Card
legislation back in 2002.
July, 2002, all Australian Defence Force veterans with qualifying
service and over the age of 70 will receive the Gold Repatriation Health
Card. The Card is available to eligible veterans with qualifying service
from conflicts including the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency, the
Indonesian Confrontation and the Vietnam War.
Veterans of conflicts such as the Gulf
War, East Timor and Australia’s current deployment in the coalition
against terror, will also be eligible for the Gold Card upon reaching
the age of 70. Eligible veterans who receive benefits through the
Department of Veterans’ Affairs, will automatically qualify for the Gold
Card and receive a letter advising them of their entitlement.
who have not received the Gold Card and who believe they have qualifying
service and who have turned 70 are encouraged to contact DVA on 133
254 to receive an application form.
eligible if you are one of the following, a:
Veteran receiving a
disability pension at 100% or more of the general rate.
Adjustment (EDA) pensioners.
Special Rate pensioner:
i.e. TPI and ‘Blinded’ veterans.
Veteran receiving a
disability pension at or above 50% of the general rate and receiving any
amount of service pension.
Veteran receiving a
disability pension including an additional amount for specific
service-related amputations or blindness in one eye.
Veteran receiving a
service pension and whose income and assets are below certain prescribed
World War 2 returned
servicewomen of Australia's defence force who have 'qualifying service'
as defined under the VEA.
War Widow/Widower and
eligible dependant/s of a deceased veteran, whose death has been
accepted as war caused.
All veterans of
Australia's defence force, including Australian mariners, who are aged
70 years and over and who have qualifying service as a result of their
service during World War 2.
As of 1 July 2002, all
Australian veterans who are 70 years of age and over and who have
qualifying service (from post World War 2 conflicts).
Former members of the ADF
who are eligible for a Special Rate Disability Pension under the MRCA.
Former members of the ADF
with an impairment rating of 60 or more impairment points under the MRCA.
Former members of the ADF
with an impairment rating of 30 or more impairments points under the
MRCA and receiving any amount of service pension under the VEA and whose
income and assets are below certain prescribed limits.
All MRCA members who are
70 years of age (and over) who have rendered warlike service on or after
1 July 2004; and
A wholly dependent partner
and “Eligible Young Person” (EYP) of a former ADF member who is entitled
to compensation for the member’s death under the MRCA. To qualify as an
“Eligible Young Person” under the MRCA, the child of the deceased member
must be less than 16 years of age or aged between 16 and 25 and
undertaking full-time study and not in full-time employment.
And speaking of health.
Many people swear that a diet of vegetables, nuts and
organic foods is the way to go, meat, they say, is bad for you.
For the man who has everything.
you to be entertained in your home
by people you
wouldn’t have in your home.
The Proposed ADF Pay
Workplace Remuneration Arrangement (WRA) pay offer for
members of the ADF is a 3% increase per annum for each of the years
2012, 2013, 2014 and will soon be considered by the Defence Force
Remuneration Tribunal (DFRT).
The Defence Force
Welfare Association (DFWA)’s evaluation of the offer suggests that it
would deliver an effective reduction in pay because it:
would not maintain
the current purchasing power of pay as it falls short of forecast cost
recognition of increases in MQ rent, rations and quarters charges,
utilities (gas, water, electricity) and new taxes; and
does not recognize
or recompense for the productivity improvements required from ADF
members through the Strategic Reform Program.
The Association acts
on behalf of ADF members as an intervener to the Defence Force
Remuneration Tribunal (DFRT). In order to ensure the views of ADF
members are fully understood, the DFWA wishes to hear what ADF members
have to say about the WRA offer.
Your comments can be
sent by email to Les Bienkiewicz, Executive Director, Defence Force
Welfare Association - firstname.lastname@example.org
is on the DFWA website
recent scientific study found that women find different male faces
attractive depending on where they are in their menstrual cycle. For
example, when a woman is ovulating she will prefer a man with rugged,
masculine features, however when she is menstruating, she prefers a man
doused in petrol and set on fire, with scissors stuck in his eye and a
cricket stump shoved up his backside.
second half of 2013, Airbus will release its newest aircraft, the twin
A-350 XWB (Extra wide body) which will go head to head against
Boeing’s Dream Liner. More than 70 per cent of the A350’s
weight-efficient airframe is made from advanced materials that combine
composites (53 per cent), titanium and advanced aluminium alloys. The
innovative carbon fibre reinforced plastic fuselage results in a lower
fuel burn as well as easier maintenance. With this new fuselage, along
with the latest systems and engines and an advanced wing optimised for
Mach 0.85 cruise speed, the A350-900 is supposedly a generation ahead of
its competitor, benefiting from a 25 per cent lower fuel burn, 25 per
cent lower operating costs, and 25 percent lower CO2 emissions. The
A350-900 also offers more range and additional seats for greater revenue
Family provides true long-range capability with seating capacities from
250 to 400-plus passengers. This enables airlines to best match their
A350 XWB fleets to route capacity demands, guaranteeing optimum revenue
potential and excellent operating efficiency. The aircraft family
concept, proven by Airbus with its other jetliners, also ensures optimal
efficiency through the A350 XWB’s commonality in engines, systems and
spare parts, while also enabling pilots to fly all three versions with a
single type rating.
A350 XWB family will consist of three versions (the 800, 900 and 1000),
each with flight ranges that give them a global reach. In a typical
three-class configuration, the A350-800 will accommodate 270 passengers,
while the A350-900 and the A350-1000 will seat 314 and 350 passengers.
All A350 XWB family members can be configured for higher density layouts
of up to 440 seats.
Responding to the market’s call for additional payload and range, the
A350-1000 will be equipped with more powerful
Trent XWB engines, which will be fully optimised for this largest
member of the A350 XWB Family. The enhanced Trent XWB will deliver up to
97,000 lb. of thrust on takeoff, making it the most powerful engine ever
developed for an Airbus aircraft. This extra thrust, together with an
increased aircraft take-off weight capability of 308 tonnes, will enable
operators to fly the A350-1000 some 400 nm. further with a full load of
350 passengers, or to carry approximately 4.5 extra tonnes of payload at
a given range.
the first flyable A350 XWB wing upper cover (above) manufactured at
Stade site was loaded on to Airbus’ funny looking Beluga transport
aircraft and was transported to Airbus’ Wing Assembly site in Broughton
(UK) followed by the lower wing cover which was made in Illescas
XWB wing covers measure 32 meters long by six meters wide, making them
the biggest single civil aviation parts ever made from carbon fibre.
On the 2nd May, 2011, the Copenhagen Philharmonic amazed
commuters at the Copenhagen Central Train Station as they created a
kind of orchestral "flash mob" performing Ravel's famed Bolero with the
musicians gradually assembling in place as the work progresses.
The video, which shows not only the assembling orchestra, but also the
delighted faces of the commuters, has generated overwhelming interest
and indeed has exceeded the orchestra’s expectations.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did It’s a big file and will take a
minute or two to download, but definitely worth the wait. Make sure your
volume is way up...
are some really nice people in this world and there are some really,
really nice people. This lady is one of the latter - see
Luck has changed.
other day I received the following amazing email from a Mr Mervyn King
in the UK. When I get the promised funds, the shout’s on me……
Although you may be concerned about my e-mail because we have not met
before, My name is Mervyn King, as i am the Governor Bank of England, is
the sum of €20,600,000.00 in my bank, there were no beneficiaries stated
concerning these funds are not an agent would ever come forward to claim
it. Note that this transaction is legal and 100% no risk involved.
So I ask, are we to transfer funds from my bank to work on your bank
account or another account of your choice, I would like to see if you
can help me and also a good and trustworthy person. Once the funds have
to keep your bank account we shall then jointly adopted at a ratio of
60% for me, 40% for you, do me as soon as possible by e-mail for more
info here is my e-mail address:
My friendly greetings
Mr. Mervyn King
I can hardly wait!!
Recently I was in Vung
took the following pics from the 7th Floor of the nearby Rex
Hotel. It shows the site at which the old Villa stood. The whole block
is being gradually demolished in preparation for a you-beaut, humungous,
last-a-long-time shopping centre, hotel, bars, etc. The Villa Anna still
stands but for how long is anybody’s guess. The rapid development in
Vung Tau, and other parts of Vietnam, goes on unabated.
Back Beach area, hotels and resorts are springing up like alcoholics at
a free booze-up. Those who have not seen VT for many years would have
problems recognizing some parts.
The photo below is the Villa
- back in its heyday........
Once upon a time, a Prince asked a beautiful
Princess, "Will you marry me?" The Princess said, "NO!"
And the Prince lived happily ever after and
rode motorcycles and slept with skinny big boobed broads and hunted and
fished and raced cars and went to naked bars and dated women half his
age and drank whiskey, beer and Captain Morgan and never heard bitching
and never paid child support or alimony and slept with
young sexy cheerleaders and kept his house and guns and never got
cheated on while he was at work and all his friends and family thought
he was a cool as hell and he had tons of money in the bank and left the
toilet seat up.
fly an airplane really fast, you can go faster than the speed of sound,
but, how fast is sound? Well, it depends. Normally you would think the
speed of sound in the air would
depend on the air pressure or density, but it depends mostly on air
temperature and a little on humidity.
the formula, using degrees Fahrenheit, which will give the speed of sound
in air in mph: (These formulas don't take into account the effect of
formula, using degrees centigrade, will give the speed in air in metres
(21C) degrees, the speed of sound in air is about 768 mph (1,236 kph).
At -40F (-40C), it's about 685 mph. In fresh water sound travels at about
3,210 mph (5,166 kph).
Air is a
gas and can be compressed. Water is a liquid and does not compress much
under pressure. When an airplane or a mosquito gets close to the speed
of sound in air, the air around it doesn't compress very well. That's
because the airplane is pushing on the air so fast, the air doesn't have
time to move aside. It's a little like running across a swimming pool
filled with jelly, if you run fast, the jelly can’t move aside very
well, so you don't sink.
doesn't move aside very well when a plane is at the speed of sound
because the air doesn't compress any faster than the speed of sound. But
the energy has to go somewhere. It ends up making an area of high
pressure around the airplane, a shock wave.
makes a big noise when the plane flies by which is the sonic boom.
the shock wave causes the water vapour in the air to condense which
makes a really cool looking cloud around the airplane. This does not
happen as the plane goes through the sound barrier, as implied by a lot
of photo captions. It sometimes happens when a plane flies at or near
the speed of sound. It happens at both slightly slower and slightly
faster than the speed of sound.
cloud happens when the air gets cooler. How, a reasonable person might
ask, can the air get cool when a jet blasts by at several hundred
miles per hour? The answer is in the wave. The air is under high
pressure, then low pressure, then back to normal. (There might be more
than one of these waves.)
pressure, the air heats up (remember Boyle’s Law, or was it Charles’
Law). At low pressure the air cools and loses some moisture. That's the
cloud you see. When it gets back to normal pressure, the moisture
"dissolves" back into the air and the cloud disappears.
happens really fast and it makes it look like the cloud is moving along
with the plane. These clouds don't occur every time a plane flies near
the speed of sound. They need the proper humidity and air temperature.
We'll be asking questions later!!
funny that the Army, Navy and Air Force have evolved and use different
words to mean the same thing. This can be very confusing for someone
from one of the services who has to spend time at a base run by another
service. For instance, the RAAF says medical centre, the Army RAP and
the Navy sick bay. Very confusing.
Thankfully someone has produced a cross reference dictionary which
removes all that confusion - you can see it
1940's Aircraft Carrier in the Pacific.
There is some great real war footage of US aircraft
carriers operating in the Pacific during WW2.
This is the original 16mm colour (not "colourized") footage.
You can see it
National Vietnam Veterans Museum, (NVVM), Phillip Island.
multi-award winning National Vietnam Veterans Museum at Phillip Island
(Vic) continues to expand, develop and amaze. Since it’s relocation and
official opening in March 2007 it has doubled in size and continues to
impress all who visit.
Museum works hard to be an educational resource for future generations
and is pleased with the increasing number of schools that are visiting.
It is established as the Spiritual Home of Vietnam Veterans and after a
visit you will understand why. Perhaps more importantly, the NVVM is the
legacy of ALL Vietnam veterans. It is your Museum, it is your history.
When we all ‘fall off the perch’, the Museum will remain as a tribute to
your faithful service.
Corps and Services are represented; some better than others. Recently as
a result of a visit by one person, the members from the 1 Australian
Field Hospital Association Committee visited and now there is a drive
for better representation of the important work that they did for us.
Unfortunately the Medical Corps, the Nurses and the Red Cross don’t have
the coverage that they deserve. That is now being rectified. If you can
assist – please do.
have a look at your memorabilia and if you can spare it, please give it
to us! We want copies of your photographs or slides and if you can give
us an indication of where and when they were taken, along with names, so
much the better. If you have any letter to or from home, roll books,
text boks, pamphlets, cards, aide memoires, uniforms, instruments, old
newspapers – we can use it all.
acknowledge all donations to the Museum or deliberately forget who gave
things to us, if that is what you want. As a rule, things are gifted to
the Museum and then become the property of the Museum. That way we don’t
get caught up in disputes at a later date. Please don’t be too fussy:
let us sort out what is junk.
Museum is pleased to have a marching banner from the Nurses. But that is
all we have. Many soldiers at one time or another were in love with a
nurse (or would liked to have been!) We do not even have a nurse’s
uniform. This is an area that we are criticised on – so we really need
National Vietnam Veterans Museum is open every day except Christmas Day
and Boxing Day between 10.00 and 5.00pm, so if ever you are in that part
of the world, make sure you call in, you should definitely add it to
your Bucket List.
www.vietnamvetsmuseum.org – have a look.
Eric Nave (1899–1993) was a Navy Paymaster Commander and an Australian
cryptographer, before and during World War II. He served in the Navy
from 1917 to 1949. As a midshipman in the 1920s, he was required to
learn a foreign language and chose Japanese. Back then if you learnt
French or German you got sixpence a day extra, but for Japanese you got
five bob (ten times as much). He spent two years in Japan, and
transferred to the Royal Navy Signal intelligence section in 1925, then
to the Government Code and Cipher School in London in 1927. In 1930 he
was sent to the Far East Combined Bureau, in Hong Kong and later to
Singapore. He was invalided sick to Melbourne in 1940 where he set up a
small RAN cryptographic unit in Victoria Barracks. The unit had a core
of naval personnel, with an appreciable number of university academics
and graduates specialising in classics, linguistics and mathematics.
war on, the unit soon outgrew Victoria Barracks and in February 1942,
was moved to the Monterey building in Queens Rd, South Yarra. The
Monterey also housed the USN Fleet Radio Unit, Melbourne (FRUMEL)
and Nave was eventually forced out of Monterey by the USN as he was
regarded as a "security risk" – because he wanted to cooperate with the
Central Bureau. He eventually joined the Central Bureau at Brisbane
where he eventually broke the Japanese war code. The US Army code
breakers were very happy to have him. He quickly became an indispensable
person in reading air-to-ground messages containing the weather which
gave away the intended Japanese target(s) for the day. He and his
department were in large part responsible for MacArthur being able to
predict the Japanese military moves such as Milne Bay.
The Australian code breakers were responsible for warning the US Navy
that by the end of 1941 the USA would be at war with Japan.
response was that there were no hostile acts west of the date line.
Months later they were again warned that following Doolittle's bombing
raid the emphasis was changed from New Guinea to Midway Islands where
the Japanese thought the bombing raid had come from. Later these code
breakers warned MacArthur that Milne Bay was to be invaded in one
month's time (in late August 1942). This enabled a hurried reinforcement
of Milne Bay. The Battle of Milne Bay was decisively won, mainly by
Australian soldiers and US engineers; it was the first time the Japanese
had been defeated on land by the allies.
been reported that Churchill concealed warnings about Pearl Harbour from
Roosevelt in order to get America in the war. In a 1991 interview on
Japanese television Nave, who was probably in as good a position as any
to have an informed opinion, was asked this and he repudiated the idea,
calling it speculation and blamed the whole thing on incompetence and/or
Ian Pfeningwerth has written a book on the life of Captain Eric
Nave, called “A Man of Intelligence: The Life of Captain Eric Nave,
Australian Code breaker Extraordinary.”
is nominally the biography of Captain Eric Nave and reveals the life of
this largely forgotten Australian. Nave eventually retired from the RAN
as a Supply Captain and in 1949, in retirement, was a founding member of
the post-War Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) where
he played a part in Cold War events such as the Petrov Affair. He was
also the inaugural President of the Naval Association of Australia (NAA)
and died in 1993 aged ninety-four.
Pfennigwerth (right) is uniquely qualified to have written this book. He
was a Communications specialist officer, with long experience in the
RAN, and was at one time the Director of Naval Intelligence. He served
as the Defence Attaché in China and had privileged access to the Nave
family records. His work manifests a long and meticulous search for
defence and political data that must surely not have been seen for some
65 or more years. The narrative is loaded with technical detail but in a
manner that can be understood by a lay person.
easy plot to follow and it requires some attention to detail but it is
as intriguing as a Frederick Forsyth yarn while demonstrating that truth
is indeed often stranger than fiction. The illustration block is a
mini-story in its own right.
A lot of us
have had a number of jobs since leaving the employ of the ADF, we’ve
moved from State to State and had bank accounts, insurance bonds, shares
and belonged to different super accounts all over the county – but, are
you sure you have all the money to which you are entitled. You might
evev have had a relative die and leave you a bunch of money about which
you know nothing.
Federal Government now has a site where you can check and see if there
is any unclaimed money out there that belongs to you. All you have to do
HERE, type in your name and if there is a windfall waiting for you –
don’t forget your mates!!!
Man can’t go anywhere these days without the blasted paparazzi lurking around
the corner, just waiting to snap a snap of your correspondent’s enticing
Damn, oh well, I guess the secret’s out now…..
Girls, if you must, my phone number is 08 2140 8821
Another Dream Shattered!
someone has managed to photograph the pot at the end of the rainbow! Wouldn't you know it!
And who was it who said that Perth was a bit of a back water and not on
the cultural circuit. You can forget the Cultural Centre in Melbourne or
the QPAC in Brisbane – click
HERE to see what Perth has to offer.
Blessed are those who are cracked,
for they are the ones who let in the light!
Ok, Ok!! – I’m going back to
my room now!!
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