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Out in the shed with Ted
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310,000 veterans and war widows recently received a pension increase.
From the 20th March, 2012, pensions were increased by 0.9%. You can now
buy a yacht and sail away.
of Carer Allowance (caring for a person 16 years or over) is $114.00 per
fortnight. This rate was effective from 1 January 2012. If you receive
the Carer Allowance payment, on the 1st July you will also receive an
annual Carer Supplement of up to $600 for each person in your care
also be a “Carbon Tax” compensation payment made in June – see
Who is the goat now??
At a high
school in Nebraska, in the US, a group of boy students played a prank.
They let three goats loose inside the school grounds. But before turning
them loose, they painted numbers on the sides of the goats: 1, 2 and 4..
Administrators spent most of the day looking for No. 3. Now that's
funny, I don't care who you are.....
This girl came
up to me today and said she recognised me from the
was confused, I'd never met herbivore.
In the lighter moments of World War
II, the Spitfire was used in an unorthodox role - bringing beer kegs to
the men in Normandy.
During the war, the Heneger and
Constable brewery donated free beer to the troops. After D-Day,
supplying the invasion troops in Normandy with vital supplies was
already a challenge. Obviously, there was no room in the logistics chain
for such luxuries as beer or other types of refreshments. Some men,
often called "sourcers", were able to get wine or other niceties "from
the land" or rather from the locals. RAF Spitfire pilots came up with an
even better idea.
The Spitfire Mk IX was an evolved
version of the Spitfire, with pylons under the wings for bombs or fuel tanks.
It was discovered that the pylons could also be modified to carry
beer kegs. According to pictures that can be found, various sizes of
kegs were used. Whether the kegs could be jettisoned in case of
emergency is unknown. If the Spitfire flew high enough, the cold air at
altitude would even refresh the beer, making it ready for consumption
A variation of this was a long range
fuel tank modified to carry beer instead of fuel. The modification even
received the official designation Mod. XXX. Propaganda services were
quick to pick up on this, which probably explains the "official"
As a result, Spitfires equipped with
Mod XXX or keg-carrying pylons were often sent back to Great-Britain for
"maintenance" or "liaison" duties. They would then return to Normandy
with full beer kegs fitted under the wings.
Typically, the British Ministry of
Revenue and Excise stepped in, notifying the brewery that they were in
violation of the law by exporting beer without paying the relevant
taxes. It seems that Mod. XXX was terminated then, but various squadrons
found different ways to refurbish their stocks. Most often, this was
done with the unofficial approval of higher echelons.
In his book "Dancing in the Skies", Tony Jonsson, the only Icelancer
pilot in the RAF, recalled beer runs while he was flying with 65
Squadron. Every week a pilot was sent back to the UK to fill some
cleaned-up drop tanks with beer and return to the squadron. Jonsson
hated the beer runs as every man on the squadron would be watching you
upon arrival. Anyone who made a rough landing and dropped the tanks
would be the most
hated man on the squadron for an entire week.
The Spitfire had very little ground
with the larger beer kegs.
In his book "Typhoon Pilot", Desmond
Scott also recalls Typhoon drop tanks filled with beer but regretted
that it acquired a metallic taste.
Less imaginative techniques involved stashing
bottles wherever space could be found on the aircraft, which included the
ammunition boxes, luggage compartment or even in parts of the wing, with
varying results. Champagne bottles in particular did not react well to
the vibrations they were submitted to during such bootlegging trips.
A Navy bloke called in a repairman to
fix his electric clock. The Elec bloke examined it and said "There's
nothing wrong with the clock. You just didn't have it plugged in." The
Navy bloke replied, "I didn't want to waste electricity, so I only plug
it in when I want to know what time it is."
Walk don't run!!
This used to be a sign that was on every wall around the local swimming
baths - and it was also a hit for a group called the Ventures.
group got together again 38 years after they had the hit with Walk don't
Run - and they brought back their original drummer, a bloke named George
Babbitt, though these days George has another job, he's a 4 star General
in the USAF..
who thought the military is all spit
and polish and discipline can see how the USAF handles it. I never knew
Babbitt but sure would have liked to
You can see it
- that's an order!!! and you will love it or you'll bring a chit....
to show something completely different,
you have not seen this, do take a look, it is amazing;
and beautiful. Click
If you don’t/can’t smile at
THIS – then you got a
How do you tell when a woman is angry? - see
Almost everyone likes a dog – you’ve gotta love
this one. (If that link
doesn't work, try this ONE)
From the WTF department.
“Our goal is to deliver each client tangible results,
cost-effectively. We do this by building our people, our capability and
our alliances to effectively leverage our key attributes and in-depth
knowledge of recognition, incentive and reward practices.”
“In an effort to spread the corporate learnings and
stay accountable to the six-month timeline, conference calls were held
every other week with the corporate team lead … First, each hospital
administration designates an eMAR coordinator to serve as a single point
of contact to facilitate improved multidisciplinary communication for
shared learnings across the corporation.”
“Today, customised executive education is about
‘moving the needle’ for organisations in terms of business outcomes; it
starts with the organisational strategy, followed by the development of
people to achieve this strategy.”
"Push harder" I shouted at my wife
when she was in labour.
"Nick off you mongrel!" she screamed
back at me.
Bit harsh I thought... it wasn't my
fault the car broke down on the way to the hospital.
Boeing 747 Brake test.
Boeing, and any other airline for that matter, can release a new
aircraft for sale, they have to do some tests with it – tests such as
will the engines start, will it fly, (reasonably important) and will it
stop when you finish flying it or if and when you decide not to go
Sensibly, they do the stop test before they do the ‘will it fly’ test,
and the stop test is really something to see. Boeing recently finished
building their new 747-8 Intercontinental and BF Freighter aircraft and
as they wanted to start selling them, they had to do the tests.
aircraft are the new, high-capacity 747s that Boeing say offer the
lowest operating costs and best economics of any large passenger or
freighter airplane anywhere. When full, they weigh in at about 430
that has to be certified is the emergency stop – if the take-off has to
be aborted, the aircraft has to be able to stop without careering off
the end of the runway and ploughing into houses, factories or a road
full of cars. If that happens, the paperwork is horrendous.
this test, to make sure the aircraft would stop in an emergency, they
took it to a long runway, then loaded it to more than its maximum
take-off weight (MTOW) and just to make things a bit more difficult,
replaced the brake pads with completely worn out ones. Now, everyone
with a car with disc brakes knows what it’s like when the pads wear down
to the metal – when you hit the skids there is a lot of noise and not a
lot of braking.
then drove the aircraft to the end of the runway, turned it around,
opened the taps and floored it. The big aircraft went hurtling down the
runway accelerating to 320 Klm/hour then they slipped it into neutral
and jammed on the anchors.
brake pads down to the rivets, the noise was horrendous but the aircraft
rapidly slowed and pulled up 200 metres short of where they thought it
would. Metal on metal is definitely not the preferred method to apply
braking so the whole system warmed up a tad and actually started to glow
quite red. It was estimated that the temperature reached 1400 degrees C
and the discs and callipers and brake lines smoked quite a bit.
did stop! The fireys were called and got to the aircraft in about 5
minutes – this was planned as it is estimated that in a real emergency,
it would take that long to get the fireys off the volley ball court,
into their funny suits, then into the fire trucks and out to the
design, special fuse plugs in the tyres were activated, deflating the
tyres before they exploded. At the five-minute mark, the fireys moved in
with plenty of water. While the tyres and brakes were damaged, the rest
of the airplane remained in great shape.
see the video of the test
HERE and click
HERE to see how they rigged the
aircraft for the test.
soldiers never die, just young ones.
A Pocket guide to Vietnam.
overlooked and long-forgotten military handbook, which was written in
1962 and which sheds interesting light on the US involvement in Vietnam,
has just been reissued by Bodleian Library Publishing.
Originally written and published during the war, the
pamphlet presents a compelling snapshot of Vietnamese culture, history,
politics, infrastructure, geography, and people.
Intended as a crash course for GIs, many of whom had
never been out of their state let alone the US, the pocket guide set out
‘Nine Rules’ for military personnel and aimed to encourage friendship
with the Vietnamese, and to demystify an unknown country perceived as
mysterious to many in the West. An excellent primer to Vietnamese
culture, it offers a highly sympathetic account of the country’s
Viewed from the intervening distance of four decades,
the Pocket Guide to Vietnam provides a fascinating historical insight
into the American mindset during the Vietnam War, and some of the
central issues surrounding the conflict. A candid foreword by a Vietnam
veteran puts the publication into context, offering a recruit’s
perspective on the culture shock of arriving in such foreign
surroundings, and underscoring the role of the Guide as a superb
introduction to Vietnam.
I said I was
sorry! You can come out now.
This publication makes for captivating reading for
anyone interested in Vietnam and its cultural, social, political and
military history. The text is accompanied by 32 black and white
illustrations reproduced from the original pocket guide.
The production of pocket-size pamphlets for armed
forces involved in an international conflict used to be common practice
in the 20th century. This sort of publication became a very popular
means of instruction and preparation for servicemen during the Second
World War, and continued to be used afterwards in successive conflicts.
You can read it
Eileen and her
husband Bob went for counselling after 35 years of marriage. When asked
what the problem was, Eileen went into a passionate, painful tirade
listing every problem they had ever had in the 35 years they had been
married. She went on and on and on: neglect, lack of intimacy,
emptiness, loneliness, feeling unloved and unlovable, an entire laundry
list of unmet needs she had endured over the course of their marriage.
Finally, after allowing this to go on for a sufficient length of time,
the therapist got up, walked around the desk and after asking Eileen to
stand, embraced her, unbuttoned her blouse and bra, put his hands on her
breasts and massaged them thoroughly, while kissing her passionately as
her husband Bob watched with a raised eyebrow!
up, buttoned up her blouse, and quietly sat down while basking in the
glow of being highly aroused. The therapist turned to Bob and said,
'This is what your wife needs at least three times a week. Can you do
this?' Bob thought for a moment and replied, 'Well, I can drop her off
here on Mondays and Wednesdays ... but on Tuesdays, Thursdays and
Fridays I play bowls.'
2 Classics – 1 a car!
Margaret Dunning is 101. She has been driving for more than 90 years,
sometimes not always legally. She owns an 82 year old straight-8 1930
Packard 740 roadster which she has owned since 1949 and she still drives
it, and changes the oil and plugs herself.
lives in Plymouth, Michigan in the US and in addition to the Packard,
she owns several other classics and a 2003 Cadillac DeVille. Most of the
maintenance on her older cars is taken care of by a team that includes a
90 year old friend; Margaret says his hands are "just magic."
She says that years ago Henry Ford was a friend of the family
would occasionally pop in and have dinner.
The New York Times did a story on her, back in July 2011 and you can
You can see a video of the majestic lady driving the majestic car
If that link doesn't work, try this
25% of women
in this country are on medication for mental illness.
scary...it means 75% are running around with no medication at all!!
Everyone knows we are and have been unfairly treated by successive
Governments when it comes to indexation of our DFRB/DFRDB – but do you
know how much you are worse off when you compare your DFRB/DFRDB pension
rate to other pension rates. The Superannuated Commonwealth Officers’
Association has prepared a little program where you enter your current
pension rate and the date from when you started to receive your pension
and it will show you the amount you are worse off each week.
You can try it
But - seeing this could explain the reason for the
reluctance in the Government granting ex-service men and women their due
pension rates. Perhaps they are worried that if/when the ex-service men
and women are paid their due, which is affordable, there will be an
instant and noisy claim from ex Public Servants, which will most
certainly open the flood gates and make the super bill too expensive.
Seeing as how ex-service people have been trying, for some time, to get
some satisfaction from various Governments regarding the inequalities of
the DFRB/DFRDB system, can you believe
Peter Criss on 4BC
Recently, 4BC (Brisbane radio) morning announcer, Greg Cary,
(right) spoke with
Peter Criss on the subject of indexation of Military Superannuation. Greg is recognized
as one of Australia’s finest and most respected and balanced
broadcasters and his interview was very enlightening – you can hear it
The fuchsia is the world’s most
carefully spelled flower.
If you watch “Top Gear” on Channel 9, you, like a lot
of people, would be sick and tired of the number of commercials 9 puts
into the show, it seems there’s a commercial break every 2-3 minutes.
Most of us are sick of it and have switched off and watch something
else. I’ve got some advice for Channel 9 – change your commercials. The
Germans have the right idea, they make commercials that people like to
watch, if Channel 9 ran some of these, they could show any old program,
no one would care, everyone would look forward to the next commercial
break – have a LOOK.
I just read an article about a lady
who makes ice cubes from left over wine.
I am totally confused!
What the hell is left over wine?
Blessed are those who are cracked,
they are the ones who let in the light!
Ok, Ok!! – I’m going back to
my room now!!
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