Posted by: Gregoryno6 | January 19, 2018

The stages of life.

A friend said I really hate it that when someone mentions an old school friend, these days my first thought is ‘I wonder if they are still alive?’
I’m a few years younger than this gent. My first thought in those circumstances is Did that bastard wind up in jail?

Posted by: Gregoryno6 | January 16, 2018

International Rescue couldn’t have done it better.

More tales from Perth’s weekend of mad weather.

The grand total of rain on Monday was close to 100mm. (About four inches in the alternative currency.) It sputtered and burped a few times before it properly got started, but once it did the rain just didn’t stop. The wind was quite strong too, which always makes life interesting for air travellers in this part of the world.

Flights were delayed as pilots were forced to circle above Perth Airport, with pilots having to abort landing attempts as winds of up to 72km/h lashed the runways.
Airservices Australia was warning passengers due to land in Perth to expect turbulence.

Hiker Everard Curchin had a gut-churning experience all his own in the midst of the fires on Sunday.

“I could actually see the fire come over the ridge and trees, just one after another,” the 67-year-old said.

At which point he fell to his knees babbling like a child and screaming the name of every god ever worshipped by humainity since the dawn of time. That’s what I would have done, anyhow. I can’t see how any sensible person would do anything different.

And talk about a deus ex machina! In this case, an energency services helicopter.

Luckily help came from above with the 67-year-old lifted to safety.

Just five minutes after he was rescued, the hut he was sheltering in was consumed in the blaze.

Cue that theme!

Posted by: Gregoryno6 | January 15, 2018

Add a little shark to that smorgasbord.

Yesterday’s fire gave the shutterbugs plenty to work with. There’s a fine selection of pics at PerthNow, showing not only the spread of the fire but some exceptional sunset shots too.

Today it’s been rainrainrain. About 50mm has fallen on the city today – although the Swanbourne station on the coast recorded about 70mm.

Now, about that little shark…

Mr Brown says the catch is proof shark numbers are increasing, with his mate catching another bull shark a short distance from last night’s catch on January 7.

Why the hell do we call it the Swan River?

Posted by: Gregoryno6 | January 14, 2018

When the weather is like a smorgasbord of mayhem.

Friday: citizens of Perth were warned that the weekend and following days would be a stinkfest of high temperatures and rain from Cyclone Joyce.

Sunday: that damn rain better get here quick. Fire in the hills!

Dark and unfriendly skies over Bayswater. The view from my window isn’t much better.



Posted by: Gregoryno6 | January 8, 2018

Memories… pressed between the pages of my mind…

With thanks to Beatnik Daddio:

I blew Elvis Presley backstage in Tupelo Mississippi in 1956… you, sir, are no Elvis Presley.

Posted by: Gregoryno6 | January 8, 2018

That’s how it’s done.

An SAS trooper reportedly used a spade to decapitate an ISIS jihadi after running out of ammo during a six-hour battle.…

The trooper then turned the dead jihadi’s gun on ISIS fighters to kill more of them during the battle in eastern Afghanistan.

Soldiering with style, if that’s not too flippant an observation in the circumstances.


Posted by: Gregoryno6 | January 8, 2018

Ray Thomas, Moody Blue, 1941-2018.

Ray Thomas, founding member of the Moody Blues, died last week.

I saw The Moody Blues at their first ever Australian concert in Melbourne, back in 1984. Great show. After twenty years on the road they were still fresh and dynamic. More dynamic than the audience in fact! We were all a little in awe of this great band.

The classic Moody Blues line-up that produced their best remembered albums during the 1960s and 1970s. From left: Mike Pinder, Justin Hayward, Ray Thomas, Graeme Edge, John Lodge.

Ray contributed many songs to the band’s repertoire, but Legend Of A Mind is his standout piece – he wrote, sang, and delivered one of his finest flute solos.

RIP. Ray.

Posted by: Gregoryno6 | January 1, 2018

Music to my ears.

It’s been quite a year. Here’s to another just like it.

Posted by: Gregoryno6 | December 31, 2017

Historic Australian sub found after 103 years.

From The Register in the UK.

AE1 has several historical distinctions: it was Australia’s first submarine, and it was the country’s first submarine to be lost in war – and it was also the first Allied submarine lost in the war.

There’s more about AE1 at the website of the Australian National Maritime Museum. This article has been updated to include the news of the discovery, but lays out the fuller history of AE1 and Australia’s military interest in New Guinea. Chapter 2 covers the history of the searches carried out for AE1 – thirteen in all – and the difficulties and obstacles that impeded the ultimate discovery.

AE1 enters Cockatoo Dockyard, June 1914. (Both images from the ANMM website.)

In 2015 the Museum installed …the ocean bed their tomb, by artist Warren Langley, as a memorial to the lost sub and its crew.

Posted by: Gregoryno6 | December 29, 2017

Halfway through a two-week break. The story so far.

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