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Kev Rosser wrote, he says I made this, I think it was a “Radio, Television and Hobbies” project called Playmaster. It utilised four 6GW8 valves which are triode/pentodes, so that you had a preamp and driver in the one valve. My python used to sleep on the transformers, however if a coil slipped down and touched a red hot valve it woke up in a hurry!


You can see the story and also get the circuit HERE.




Clarrie Stjernqvist sent us this:




You think you have lived to be 80 plus and know who you are, then along comes someone and blows it all to hell! 


An old Marine Pilot sat down at the Starbucks, still wearing his old USMC flight jacket and ordered a cup of coffee. As he sat sipping his coffee, a young woman sat down next to him. She turned to the pilot and asked, Are you a real pilot? He replied, 'Well, I've spent my whole life flying planes, first Stearmans, then the early Grummans... flew a Wildcat and Corsair in WWII, and later in the Korean conflict, Banshees and Cougars. I've taught more than 260 people to fly and given rides to hundreds, so I guess I am a pilot, and you, what are you? She said, 'I'm a lesbian. I spend my whole day thinking about naked women. As soon as I get up in the morning, I think about naked women. When I shower, I think about naked women. When I watch TV, I think about naked women. It seems everything makes me think of naked women.


The two sat sipping in silence.


A little while later, a young man sat down on the other side of the old pilot and asked: "Are you a real pilot?" He replied, 'I always thought I was, but I just found out I'm a lesbian.'




Anthony Element sent us this:


April breaks global temperature record, marking seven months of new highs. Global land and sea temperature was 1.11C warmer in April 2016 than the average temperature for April during the period 1951-1980.



Last month was the hottest April on record globally – and the seventh month in a row to have broken global temperature records. The latest figures smashed the previous record for April by the largest margin ever recorded. It makes three months in a row that the monthly record has been broken by the largest margin ever and seven months in a row that are at least 1C above the 1951-80 mean for that month. When the string of record-smashing months started in February, scientists began talking about a “climate emergency”. Figures released by Nasa over the weekend show the global temperature of land and sea was 1.11C warmer in April than the average temperature for April during the period 1951-1980.


The current blast of hot air around the globe is being spurred by a massive El Niño, which is a release of warm water across the Pacific Ocean. But it’s not the biggest El Niño on record and that spike in temperatures is occurring over a background of rapid global warming, pushing temperatures to all-time highs.


“The interesting thing is the scale at which we’re breaking records,” said Andy Pitman, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science at the University of New South Wales in Australia. “It’s clearly all heading in the wrong direction. “Climate scientists have been warning about this since at least the 1980s, and it’s been bloody obvious since the 2000s. So where’s the surprise?” said Pitman.


Pitman said the recent figures put the recent goal agreed in Paris of just 1.5C warming in doubt. “The 1.5C target, it’s wishful thinking. I don’t know if you’d get 1.5C if you stopped emissions today. There’s inertia in the system. It’s putting intense pressure on 2C,” he said. The record temperatures were wreaking havoc with ecosystems around the world. They’ve triggered the third recorded global coral bleaching, and in Australia 93% of the reefs have been affected by bleaching along the 2,300km Great Barrier Reef. In the northern parts of the reef, it’s expected the majority of coral is dead, and on some reefs over 90% of the coral is dying.



We wonder if it was by caused by THIS though. Be interesting to see next year’s figures.  tb



Two blondes are filling up at a petrol station and the first blonde says to the second,

"I bet these awful fuel prices are going to go even higher."

The second blonde replies, "Won't affect me, I always put in just $10 worth."




Brian Abraham writes:  "I find it best to ask the experts when looking for information. I just wanted to ask how long it took to set up the AN/FPN-36 QUAD from its surveillance mode to GCA mode. In surveillance mode I mean a 360° horizon scan. I'm researching the Air New Zealand accident at Mt. Erebus/McMurdo.


They had one of those radars, with military aircraft inbound following close behind the New Zealand flight."


If you can help Brian, let us know and we'll pass on the info - tb



Evan deCourcy got in touch, he says:  Re Volume: 31, Page: 7 and Col Price’s memories.  Under the photo "Cadets Mess Laverton", re the paragraph that said 11Sqn operating older P-2v Neptunes out of RAAF Base Edinburgh.  Not true   11 Sqn operated from RAAF Base Richmond until it received P3Bs at Edinburgh in 1968. All Instructors were posted back from USA (I was one) in March 1968. to await the first arrival of P3s


Thanks for a good magazine.    Evan






Jack Cade writes:  Do you remember our Army, Navy and Airforce?


Long ago in the land down under men were called to action and were proud to show their commitment to Britain. Some 16,000 Australians volunteered to fight against the Dutch-Afrikaner in what was to become known as the Boer War. That was the page in history that defined the Australian identity.


By 1911 the Royal Australian Navy was formed along with the Australian Aviation Corps. Then in 1914 the AVC became known as the Australian Flying Corps and in August 1921 the Royal Australian Air Force came into being.


The great feats of outstanding bravery and the tough no-nonsense attitude of the white Anglo-Australian males displayed throughout the Boer War, World War I, World War II and later conflicts resulted in the Australian fighting men becoming much admired and respected, sometimes begrudgingly, throughout the world. Equal respect and admiration was awarded to the brave women of our fighting forces who supported the soldiers, sailors and airmen in their deadly endeavours.


Each year on Anzac Day our surviving warriors proudly pinned on their medals and awards for all to see and joined the throngs of equally proud Australians to honour our brave dead from battles past. Instead of honouring our war dead and surviving veterans the ADF hierarchy commissioned a report that said that those very same Anglo-Australian veterans were what is wrong with the armed forces today.


Today we witness the death throes of what were once our proud and respected armed services as they are transformed into the cheapened, divisive, tainted and embarrassing government social engineering organisation called the Australian Defence Force.


I don’t know of any of my fellow veterans of the old school who would want to be part of this embarrassing circus that celebrates its senior officers wearing dresses and pretending that they are women. Nor do I believe that they would want any part of an ADF that encourages the homosexuals in its ranks to march in uniform at the perverse politically driven Homosexual and Lesbian Mardi Gras.


The following is yet another indication of the depths to which the government and the ADF’s so-called ’Chiefs’ have allowed our armed forces to descend:



"DEFENCE has achieved LGBTI employer silver tier status in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) for the second year in a row. The announcement was made on April 20 at the annual awards ceremony hosted by Pride in Diversity, founder and sponsor for AWEI. Director Organisational Development Unit Colonel Helen Macpherson accepted the recognition on behalf of Defence. She said Defence had many programs that supported diversity within the workforce. “I’m incredibly proud of the progress we have made and continue to make. Participating in the AWEI provides us with tangible areas of focus for our LGBTI policy and practice.”


President of DEFGLIS (an ADF sponsored homosexual information service) Sqn Ldr Vince Chong said achieving workplace equality in a large organisation was not something that could be achieved overnight. “Achieving silver tier status shows that Defence is continuing to move in the right direction when it comes to LGBTI workplace inclusion and evolving culture. The AWEI is held annually by Pride in Diversity and evaluates and benchmarks LGBTI inclusiveness in Australian workplaces."



Of course there were homosexuals in the services in my time but they kept their private leanings to themselves and saw no reason to publicly flaunt it. These days the homosexuals, the lesbians, the cross dressers, the gender confused, the Minister for Defence, Defence Bureaucrats, ADF ‘leaders’ and assorted politicians don’t seem to see anything wrong in turning the defence forces into a sheltered workshop for “deviates”.


Now that they have made a laughing stock of our defence forces the next step in the process is well under way with the perverted Safe Schools program being forced upon our children. What next? Well may you ask.




One day, Jill's husband came home from the office and found her sobbing convulsively. "I feel terrible," she told him. "I was pressing your suit and I burned a big hole in the seat of your trousers." "Forget it," consoled her husband. "Remember that I bought an extra pair of trousers for that suit." "Yes, and it's lucky for you that you did," said Jill, drying her eyes. "I used them to patch the hole."



Adrian Heinrich sent us this: 


The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia. The navigator had just finished working out a star fix and brought the master, Captain John Phillips, the result. The Warrimoo’s position was latitude 0 degrees x 31 minutes north and longitude 179 degrees x 30 minutes west.




The date was 31 December 1899. “Know what this means?” First Mate Payton broke in, “we’re only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line”.


Captain Phillips was prankish enough to take full advantage of the opportunity for achieving the navigational freak of a lifetime. He called his navigators to the bridge to check and double check the ships position. He changed course slightly so as to bear directly on his mark. Then he adjusted the engine speed. 


The calm weather and clear night worked in his favour. At midnight the “Warrimoo” lay on the Equator at exactly the point where it crossed the International Date Line!


The consequences of this bizarre position were many. The forward part of the ship was in the Southern Hemisphere and the middle of summer. The stern was in the Northern Hemisphere and in the middle of winter. The date in the aft part of the ship was 31 December 1899. Forward it was 1 January 1900. 


This ship was therefore not only in two different days, two different months, two different seasons and two different years but in two different centuries, all at the same time.


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