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« on: December 31, 2017, 10:26:19 PM »

Been deader than a dead dogs dick around here for ages - let's spike it up in 2018 :)

Happy New Year All !!! :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Had to have the cat "put to sleep"
« on: June 16, 2017, 02:45:40 PM »

I am not a happy person today - had to send my cat off to be put down. Cancer and constant blood loss, it was the kindest thing - 25 years old as best guess - good age for a cat. I gave her a good life, and a good ending. the vet just called, she's gone.

Damn I'm going to miss her, going to be a while before I get another one, although with my luck I'll get adopted by a stray in a week...


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Wakiigg up I guess..
« on: January 01, 2017, 01:34:56 PM »

I really. really do not like snakes but i go shopping come back  and there is three feet of dugite sunning itself top of my driveway....

They are protected and honestly I hate killing anything much anyway-Very dangerous snake though so threw it into the park , head and tail method - It'll  be fine,

 doubt my wife would have been if she had see it ;)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Why I just happen to be there just bemuses me...
« on: December 26, 2016, 02:15:32 PM »
I had to go out today, kinda hate driving over Christmas but we needed a couple of things.

I'm coming back down Marmion Ave, locals will know or Google it and there is a quite large roundabout at Craigie Ave.

About 50 meters in front of me a not young, not old guy on a Harley just loses it...

My first thought was "oh fuck, not again" but of course I pulled over.

Lucky bugger, despite being in T shirt and jeans he only had a couple of minor scrapes, but, he had busted a leg, fortunately not compound.

I didn't have my cell on me but his had survived so I called 000 whilst straightening out the fracture, it's always best to do it quick.

Ambos were there very quickly, took a look and asked how I knew how to do that. Well, I was a para before either of them were born...

His bike looks a bit second hand, but repairable, bent bars really, but I'm still trying to figure out how he fell off in the first place.

I told the ambos to get him cardio checked at the hospital, I rather suspect he had an attack, looked to otherwise be a fit enough guy and his bike showed he'd been riding a lot of years if you understand.

I'll call later see if he's ok.

Maybe I should stop leaving the house... :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / My friends are having a great end of year...
« on: December 22, 2016, 01:38:03 PM »

So a guy I used to fly with was at 30 odd thousand feet over Arizona in an F-15 yesterday and basically the aircraft fell in half... Not the first time that has happened, the early ones are fatiguing out.

He banged out of course, and sort of face-planted in some farmer's field - he'd never heard that term before -farmer was a bit startled apparently when two rescue Blackhawks appeared, the Americans do not mess around.

He's fine, didn't even break his nose, -15 is in two different states apparently :)

Military flying - sometimes I really, really miss it, sometimes not so much :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / The way people drive in car parks...
« on: December 03, 2016, 01:31:44 PM »
 They just amaze me, they really do, yet even my stepdaughter says everyone does it - not me, aisles and one way arrows are there for a reason.

I was just at our local shopping centre and had to take a different route because the towies were scratching their heads trying to figure out how to separate two cars, little Korean things, that were beyond intimate. One had obviously been going the wrong way and one or both had been going too fast.

According to a mate in the nearest shop the drivers were sort of shaken but not stirred but taken away by ambulance anyway.

Bloody amazing, looked like the recipe for death at the wheel...

I get concerned literally every time I leave the house these days, and I'm both an ex driving instructor and an ex rally driver, my wife refuses to drive any more, damned insane out there - sorry for harping on about it but it really, really concerns me.


THE SHOTGUN BAR / 2G Network being shut down
« on: November 26, 2016, 10:36:44 AM »
I would imagine it would be a rare Knuck who was still using a 2G 'phone but worth letting people know.

Telstra are closing theirs down first over the next couple of weeks then Optus early next year.

More of interest, and it does affect me, if you have a monitored security system and most of them are cell monitored these days then it is worth checking with your monitoring people. Mine is indeed on 2G so a tech will be out next week to I assume just change the SIM.


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Well, that was a little different...
« on: November 01, 2016, 06:13:15 PM »

I do find myself in the strangest situations... I had to pull a kid out from under an SUV yesterday -stupid mother on earphones pushed her stroller right in the path of this poor guy who really had nowhere to go - on a bloody roundabout - who crosses the road at roundabouts? Idiots apparently.

I did what in fancy terms is a slalom roll - it just means how you don't hurt yourself when you fall off skis, I just did it on bitumen and scooped the kid up on the way through.

Not a mark on her, lovely giggly kid who was very reluctant to let go of my neck :)

Cannot quite say the same for me - really had trouble walking today, but that's partly my glandular fever I guess - scary when you have to ask a stranger to help you to your car only a few metres away though. Very nice young guy who was only too happy to assist.

The things you do - the kid's grandfather just called me - I forgot I left my card with her, to tell me she's fine but he is having very stern words with his daughter - I doubt it will make any difference, looked to be the definition of a blonde bimbo...

I really am getting a bit too old for this shit, but my body seems to react ahead of my brain - I guess you could say that probably isn't surprising ;)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / American Gun Culture
« on: September 27, 2016, 12:41:51 PM »
Geezus H Christ...

There was an article floating around last week by Australian journos on just how bad the American gun culture is.

I quite deliberately posted it on a predominately US site just to stir the little bastards up :)

Did it ever, so far I've told not to come back to the US, that I'm afraid of guns, that Australians are smug about our gun laws that have "taken away our right to defend ourselves. "

All from Republicans of course -shorthand for shit-for-brains :)

Courtesy of many years of service I have an open invite to become a US citizen, I'll never take it up but that disposes of point one. I've been around guns all my life and carried them in some very wild parts of the world that has involved firefights so that's point two and I believe that Australia did entirely the right thing post Port Arthur, which was not our first mass murder by firearms. We have not had one since whereas they are a weekly occurrence in the US, so that's point three.

Useless fucking morons, the real problem is they are not mature enough to use metal cutlery let alone own guns...



Old, but I think a couple have been added :)

After every flight, UPS pilots fill out a form, called a "gripe sheet" which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.

Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor. Here are actual maintenance complaints submitted by UPS pilots ("P") and solutions recorded ("S") by maintenance engineers:

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: Something loose in cockpit
S: Something tightened in cockpit

P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on back-order.

P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That's what friction locks are for.

P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you're right.

P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Aircraft handles funny.
S: Aircraft warned to: straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.

P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
S: Took hammer away from midget

Never really had that approach when I was flying regularly, would just find the crew chief and tell him what was fucked this time, then quite possibly help the crew fix it - I always liked understanding my aircraft, unlike many pilots.

I think the most memorable was on a Phantom, having the canopy hydraulic lifter collapse as I was getting out - but for damned fast reflexes the bloody thing could have decapitated me. Never did like those things but crew chief just looks at me and says " that's why you get to fly them boss, have to get in and out somehow."

I had a few free beers in the NCO mess that night :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Russian propoganda
« on: August 17, 2016, 12:14:29 PM »
Sometimes you have to wonder who they are trying to impress:

Some neat footage but those Bears are as old as I am ;)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / POV from an F4 Phantom II
« on: August 07, 2016, 06:13:03 PM »

Smokey posted this on our sister site of but not many Knucks go there and I thought you guys would enjoy it:

What makes it really interesting is that it is recent, at the legendary Oshkosh EAA meet and the aircraft is actually a QF4, that's one that has been converted to be a gunnery/missile target down at Holloman AFB in New Mexico but can still be piloted.

That explains all that additional clutter on the dashboard :)

There were actually two displaying at the EAA, I have a follow-on clip if anyone is interested.

Phantoms, basically a collection of aerodynamic clusterfucks that work, but shouldn't - tough as nails and a challenging delight to fly :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / The aircraft carrier that can't
« on: July 26, 2016, 12:30:51 PM »
This must be a little bit beyond embarrassing:

It was always somewhat ambitious especially when steam catapults and convention arrestor wires are so well proven,

I suppose they will sort it out eventually but perhaps the USN is having second thoughts about naming the ship after one of the biggest klutzes to ever hold the presidency :)

Of greater interest is China moving ahead with carriers. I tend to think the day of the carrier is rapidly passing, they are just too vulnerable, as useful as they can be for force projection China really doesn't need them, seems more a case of "me too" with the Americans.


THE SHOTGUN BAR / The origin of "Digger?"
« on: July 14, 2016, 05:35:53 PM »
I don't know if I agree with article or not:

It's pretty well recorded that for the Gallipoli assault the raw recruits were shipped there more or less direct, not via England.

For the longer campaigns in France, yes, I can understand, although even then one of my grandfathers was in a lot of those battles, he had, according to memory, no training at all, because he already knew how to shoot.

War is insane, I know, been there too many times, but WWI redefined the description....


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Geez, the Northern suburbs can be "fun"
« on: July 14, 2016, 04:56:22 PM »
For reasons unknown my wife has a preference for a pharmacy in Ocean Reef, i don't mind even though it is me these days that does the drive, it has a great Farmer Jack's opposite so it is a good food shop opportunity.

Today was odd to say the least...

I'm driving down the street leading to the small shopping centre and I see a girl walking up the pavement with mobile phone in front of her face and ear buds in... Instinctively I slowed up, just as well because she obliviously stepped straight right out in front of me. Stopped in time and she was more than shocked but the stupid bitch wanted to blame me for nearly running her over in the middle of the road with her unaware of where she was... Gave her a hopefully educational mouthful and go on to the shops.

To find their registers are down - had a look, remote link was not pinging, so no sales for them for a bit and being I barely carry cash these days no shopping for me, they were doing old school but no EFTPOS.

Didn't really matter, nothing essential required but the wife wondered why, apart from this damned glandular fever, I sort of staggered in the door...

Is it just me or is this world descending into oblivion ?

Get home and my wife is reading about this Pokemon Go phenomenon, I honestly do not know if I am getting old or something, but I really do not get it :)

The world is getting crazier by the minute...


THE TECH BOARD / Netflix ,strange issue :)
« on: July 09, 2016, 04:24:49 PM »
I suppose it belongs here although maybe nobody else has our setup anyway but a bit of a public service announcement.

For a bunch of reasons we hadn't actually used Netflix for a couple of weeks, go to logon and it didn't do its usual auto connect, wanted credentials. Ok, user name is email address but could not get a keyboard to enter password.

I should explain, we access Netflix, and other streaming services to the point where I'm wondering why we even have Foxtel via a Sony Blu-ray over our wi-fi and it works fine but not being able to logon was a pest and their support guy whilst very patient could not fix it for me.

I gave up and went to bed, but somewhere in the night a clue appeared.

When first set up we'd just used the rather spartan remote to enter creds, and that was what seemed to be the problem, could enter user name not pw.

The Blu-Ray has a USB port, usually has a drive plugged in, in fact I'm not sure we've ever played many disks through it, it's been sort of a gateway, but it was cheap.

So I Google and yep, the port does accept a keyboard, with the oddity that first you need to call up the on-screen keyboard via the remote.

Grab a spare KB, and yep, can enter password and all good.

Tech... I hate to think how the seniors and the clueless deal with it - oh, wait, officially I am one of the former, fuck off :)

Sony is great kit but the OS on that player is a bit obscure :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Landing in Quito
« on: July 08, 2016, 04:59:11 PM »
This really is just amazing:

In my long, long ago travel days I did fly a, Cessna 421 I think, in there, I do recall it was not exactly relaxed but not much of flying in South America is :)

Great city, just a little breathless :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / The Dreamliner
« on: July 08, 2016, 01:52:45 PM »

All due respect to Airbus but the 787 is just something else, need to find an excuse to go somewhere that has them on the route :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Russian aircraft carrier trying again...
« on: July 07, 2016, 02:12:56 PM »
Y'know I have quite a deal of time for Russian aircraft, Sukhoi especially but they really do not excel in shipbuilding:

That misbegotten craft has been lurching around the oceans being a menace to itself and the environment for a long, long time, I'll be surprised if it even makes it to the Mediterranean.

They really don't do that much better with other warships either, big cruisers but equally unreliable, ok destroyers and frigates but no match for anything the Western navies have and contrary to popular belief neither the USN, the RN or the RAN regard their submarines as much of a threat, they are too noisy.

The Akulas are regarded as the quietest but still much noisier than US or British boats, their one outstanding feature is that courtesy of their hull construction they can dive very deep although the USN says their later model Virginias are just as capable.

When the Akulas first appeared there was concern, they were unexpectedly quiet but sonar in particular has improved dramatically since then.

The Americans enjoy a huge advantage at sea, in the air not so much and tanks, pretty much equal.

What is lacking in the USN is the mix of aircraft on the carrier decks, nowadays they rely pretty much entirely on the F/A-18 and it is getting old, somehow I don't think the F-35C is going to really improve capability that much either.


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Election Day
« on: July 02, 2016, 01:17:06 PM »

So have we all been good little Knucks and voted ?

I've never seen the booth so subdued, actually had to ask the person whose party I wanted to vote for for their cheat sheet and as for the length of that Senate ballot paper...

Politics in Oz is pretty pathetic at the moment to say the least, not going to change much as a consequence of this election whatever the outcome I'd expect.


THE SHOTGUN BAR / BREXIT result, global implications
« on: June 25, 2016, 02:04:27 PM »

I admit I was a little surprised the vote went the way it did, so many factors, not least the weather and the UK does not have compulsory voting led to whilst a surprisingly large turnout far from what we are going to see in a few days time.

I was eligible to vote, I'm a dual citizen, actually triple but that is a story unto itself, so I did, I voted to remain, it took so long for the UK to join in the first place that it seems crazy to unravel it but then again the collapse of the USSR, the countries that then joined, the immigration problems, Greece going broke, Spain looking similar, it all adds up.

I just have a belief that this planet is only going to see proper peace when we break down ALL the state borders but instead we are going in the opposite direction.

The USSR never really integrated, the United States is not really as United as they might seem, Texas actually took BREXIT as a sign for their independence movement to have another push, not going to surprise me if Western Australia's secession group don't go for it again.

Perhaps more immediate the U.K. could progressively fall apart, Scotland came close and will likely vote again, Northern Ireland wants out, so does Wales, crazy but thoroughly possible, whether they are actually viable states, I rather doubt it.

Now there are rumbles in France that they are not happy with the EU.

The worry I see there is that if France left Italy probably would as well and the shrunken union would group around Germany. That country is of course nothing like it was pre WWII but a power block to the east in Europe has very worrying echoes of what led to two world wars.

"May you live in interesting times."

We sure do...


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Now that is just scary
« on: June 16, 2016, 12:10:58 PM »
This report bobbed up:

I'm sort of surprised Australia is out of the top five, presumably the events in Sydney have caused a statistical blip but how does Europe still rate high after Paris et al ?

Not surprised by Austria being high - strange country, pretty certain they bred their cops from Gestapo refugees :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Mystery Illnesses
« on: June 11, 2016, 02:06:27 PM »

I have been feeling more than a little bit fatigued for several weeks so in the end my wife kind of insisted I go see my doctor.

He's one very competent doc, English, trained at Guys, the very first thing he said to me was that this is something he has been seeing a lot of lately and sends me off to get some blood tests done. I come back with two issues, showing positive for Epstein Barr, the kissing virus. Over 80% of the population have had it at one time or another and shown no symptoms, it can however sometimes lead to hepatitis, or glandular fever. He suspects the latter, so do I, had the bloody thing decades ago and the symptoms feel much the same and all you can do is wait it out.

The second thing was most intriguing, I have a somewhat high iron count. I had to bite my tongue on reminding him that I do have a moderate amount of metal holding me together but it's not that sort of iron :) So, off for more tests and at the moment he is still puzzling his way through it all. The good part is that he has already ruled out a long list of usual suspects including all the life-threatening ones.

So there I am feeling perpetually tired and my bloody cat goes Miss tanglefoot on me and I am pretty certain I've busted a toe - great health week... :)

Why am I posting this ? Because I may not be around quite as much for a few days.

The site security is in good hands, no need to worry about that, but this really is a bit of a struggle.


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Um, is there some sanity left ?
« on: June 01, 2016, 04:15:15 PM »
This guy has a haircut rivaling Trump but he actually does talk sense:

Sometimes you do have to question what the hell is going on out there and I think I get better information than most...


THE SHOTGUN BAR / War complexity
« on: May 31, 2016, 06:25:51 PM »
Bit of a read but it does illustrate that the fight really is being taken to ISIS:

I'm totally out of this one, thankfully, getting to be I do not have enough interest, it's been too long - battle fatigue actually sums it up quite well..


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