Monday, 28 September 2009

A bit of Remembering and some Sniffing Too.

I haven't had much opportunity to write a post, my time mostly being taken up by more pressing activities within the home and those concerning relatives and my dear friends from the now defunct 'HMS KING GEORGE V' Association which was wound up on Friday Sept 25. There were just seven of us in the Australian by choice members left from the crew of that famous British battleship, which ended her war years in the Pacific and returning to Sydney Sept 27, 65 years ago, at age 83 I am now the youngest member.
Let me quote the words of someone myself and others rubbed shoulders with during the long drawn out periods of action within the pacific campaign particularly the dreadful operation Iceberg which claimed so many lives. The words of Vice admiral Bernard Rawlings "I am not certain that those at home have any idea of what these long operating periods mean, nor of the strain put on those serving on these ships, so many of whom, both officers and men were mere children. In my flagship the average age is deemed to be close to Nineteen years, it was much less two years ago in the beginning.
When I look back on that, on which this untrained youth had managed to accomplish and to stick out, then I have no fear for the future of the British Navy,they were and are; people of great courage who would follow one anywhere and whose keynote was that the word impossible did not exist.
If the priceless tribute what Admiral Rawlings wrote does not make you feel proud to have served on the KGV; then there is nothing more to add, except to say "no matter how menial the tasks performed, or where your action station was, you like me were one of the dedicated crew, without which our great ship would not have functioned so efficiently as it did. My action station was within spitting distance from where Vice Admiral Rawlings controlled our fleet of seventy ships, his conscious affection was shown on each occasion after action with a pat on the shoulder and a "Well done Men".

Today I have a shocking head cold, so more than likely our proposed trip down the coast to visit close relatives will have to be put off for a while. The main cause for my problem would be the changeable weather patterns; and that dust storm gave it a nudge too.

Do you remember this. Death Trap Vehicles, Buy Yours 'Now' and become a road death statistic.' June 20-09, Archives.
It seems someone has woken up and dealt a death blow on those vehicles I mentioned.
Not so beaut Utes.
Motorists looking for a cheap work Utility vehicle beware. Three budget utes have scored poorly in the latest crash tests by the Australian New Car Assessment Program.
Wall Motors SA220 and V240 utes from China scored just two points from five, while the Malaysian built Proton Jumbuck, did worse, by scoring just one star. Feeling desperately suicidal? here within these reconstituted Rickshaws the preparation has been done for you.
Back later, remember anything you're good at contributes to happiness. Vest.

8 comments:

WALLY said...

You will live to a 110 vesty.

Aggie said...

I hope your head cold clears up soon Vesty. What a great team you all must have been.

Vest said...

Wally: Provided it was worthwhile, and not inconveniencing others.

Aggie: My cold hit max last night and I now have constant sniffles, I am not a happy soul at this moment.

aged carrier man. said...

there's now't more frightening than a Kamikaze screaming down at you, there's two options, it misses you or you dont miss it.
was there too.

Anonymous said...

Why drag up the past old man?

Vest said...

Anonymous: Seems you don't have a past yet! Well not one worthy of exposure. what prison are you currently serving time in?

lower deck lawyer said...

Reconstituted Rick shaws... funny.

Get well soon mate. Mike.

dave said...

For those of you who are offended by the "F" word.... read no further ! ! !

Diary of a Mildura Summer, By a POM.

August 31st:
Just got transferred with work to our new home in Mildura.
Now this is a city that knows how to live!! Beautiful sunny days and warm balmy evenings. What a place! I watched the sunset from a deckchair on the verandah. It was beautiful. I've finally found my home. I love it here.
September 13th:
Really heating up.... got to 35 today. Not a problem. Live in an air-conditioned home, drive in an air-conditioned car. What a pleasure to see the sun like this everyday. I'm turning into a sun worshipper.
September 30th:
Had the backyard landscaped with tropical plants today. Lots of palms and rocks. What a breeze to maintain. No more mowing the lawn for me. Another scorcher today, but I love it here.
October 10th:
The temperature hasn't been below 35 all week. How do people get used to this kind of heat? At least today it's kind of windy though. But getting use to the heat is taking longer than I expected.
October 15th:
Fell asleep by the pool today. Got 3rd degree burns over 60% of my body. Missed 3 days of work. What a dumb thing to do. I learned my lesson though. Got to respect the ol' sun in a climate like this.
October 20th:
I missed Kitty (our cat) sneaking into the car when I left this morning. By the time I got to the car at lunch, Kitty had died and swollen up to the size of a shopping bag and stank up the $3,000 leather upholstry. I told the kids that she ran away. The car now smells like Wiskettes and cat shit. I learned my lesson though. No more pets in this heat.
October 25th:
This wind sucks. It feels like a giant effing blow dryer!!! And it's hot as hell. The home air-conditioner is on the blink and the AC repairman charged $200 just to drive over and tell me he needed to order parts.
October 30th:
Been sleeping outside by the pool for 3 nights now. Bloody $300,000 house and we cant even go inside. Why did I ever come here?
November 4th:
It 38 degrees. Finally got the ol' air-conditioner fixed today. It cost $500 and gets the temperature down to 25, but the bloody humidity makes the house feel like it's about 30. Stupid repairman. I hate this stupid effing place.
November 8th:
If another wise arse cracks "Hot enough for you today?" I'm going to effing throttle him. effing heat! By the time I get to work the car's radiator is boiling over, my clothes are soaking wet and I smell like baked cat!
November 9th:
Tried to run some messages after work. Wore shorts and sat on the black leather seats in the ol' car. I thought my effing arse was on fire. I lost 2 layers of flesh and all the hair on the back of my legs and my effing arse. Now my car smells like burnt hair, fried arse and baked cat.
November 10th:
The weather report may as well be a effing recording hot and sunny...........hot and sunny.......hot and effing sunny. It's been too hot to do anything for 2 damn months and the weatherman says it might really warm up next week. Doesn't it ever rain in this effing place? Water rationing will be next, so my $2,000 worth of plants just might dry up and blow into the effing pool. Even the palms can't live in this effing heat.
November 14th:
Welcome to HELL!!! Temperature got to 41 today. Now the air-conditioner's gone in my car. The repairman came to fix it and said "Hot enough for you today?" My wife had to spend $2,500 mortgage payment to bail my arse out of jail for assulting the stupid sucker. Mildura!!!! What kind of sick demented effing idiot would want to live here?
December 1st:
WHAT!!!???????? This, is the first day of Summer???? You are kidding me!!!!!!!!!!!!

Edited by Vest.
BTW the temp in my back garden in Budgewoi right now is 36.5 cel.

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