Saturday, 24 September 2011
Gavin Larkin, 42, succumbed to lymphoma. he died on Wednesday Sept 21, surrounded by his family at his Coogee, Sydney Eastern suburbs home.
The Australian father of three founded R U OK Day in 2009 after his father Barry committed suicide.
R U OK? Day director and co-founder said she was committed to ensuring the success of the campaign continues.
Mr Larkin is survived by his wife Maryanne and children Gus, Jodie and Van.
And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
Loneliness. People between the ages of 25 and 35 are the most prone to loneliness.
It is probably not a coincidence that people in this age bracket are among the most intensive users of new media, in fact those who use many platforms of new media are more prone to feeling lonely than those who (like myself) use only one or two platforms.
The solution to this solitude may not be to cut back on email or Internet use but instead expand potential contact places beyond the virtual realm.
In plain English meaning "Get off your Ass" Get out side go for a walk or visit a club, go to a huge shopping complex, Walk and get away from your sedentary life which is piling on the pudding,
In other words, get out side and meet people, real people you don't need to click on to, then again you could click with someone you fancy with a quick flick of your eyes, if you are a bloke a wink might be better if you are conventional.
This is far from being a trivial concern, for a long time now the age group mentioned are well represented when it comes to serious depression issues involving young adults.
The message is, "Get out and meet people".
Have a Riotous and rewarding Weekend.......back soon ...Vest
OH and BTW it is not too late if you haven't replied to those R U OK Messages sent to you last week.
Thursday, 22 September 2011
re-designated Task Force 57, the British Pacific Fleet was again involved in operations in late March 1945, when it launched attacks on the Sakishimo-Gunto airfields, a task it repeated in early May. On 4 May 1945 King George V led battleships and cruisers in a forty-five minute bombardment of Japanese air facilities in the Ryukyu Islands. As the Allies approached the Japanese homeland, King George V was dispatched in mid-July to join the US battleships in a bombardment of industrial installations at Hitachi. King George V fired 267 rounds from her 14-inch guns during this operation. The task force then moved on to Hamamatsu in southern Honshu, where it carried out a further bombardment of aviation factories. During the Okinawa campaign, the battleship supported four fast carriers of the British Pacific Fleet. Her last offensive action was a night bombardment of Hamamatsu on 29 and 30 July 1945.
dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the surrender that followed, King George V moved with other units of the British Pacific Fleet into Tokyo Bay to be present at the surrender ceremonies.
 Post war
What surprised me was few Brits had a clue what had happened in the Far East, common Question was" what war was that?" Mind you the war in Europe has ceased ten months previously.people had other things on their mind.
Should any link fail, Copy and paste or re-type them into Google, sorry about this. Vest.
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Plans to build Australia's biggest Bag Shanty have been abandoned(Thommo,Eat your heart out).
The monster Shag shack being derided as the "Westfield of brothels".
The 'Stilletto' brothel owners in Camperdown wanted to extend their premises to forty Sex Rooms.
We're not Prudes say the City council planners, and we're not opposed to brothels, but we have a policy of *spreading them out, councillor Shane Mallard said.
* Isn't that the usual way. Say's I.
Monday, 19 September 2011
From my window I see a gathering of various species of birds awaiting their early feed, none in our neighbours gardens; just ours , where an ample supply of water and food keeps them coming back.
The grass is becoming taller too, must get Er to get it mowed.
Thank you to those friends and relatives who replied to the R U OK post last Thursday.
It was a trifle disappointing despite a 95% result in Australia, but the result in overseas enquiries was negative in Can/USA. plus one rude reply. However I received three from friends and relatives in the U/K whom I did not enquire after. and those I did enquire after failed to respond except for one person. In those particular cases I can only hope all is well with them.
I shall leave you with this interesting snippet I read last Thursday on R U OK day while checking to see if I was alive or not.
Ist on the list of the Summary of deaths & funeral notices.
Akers,Russel Roy.Sept 12 2011.
I would like my friends and relatives to know that I have fallen of the twig(perch) all due to a serious attack of death which was utterly and absolutely fatal and totally untreatable even with a bottle of Chivas (although God knows I tried).So catch you on the flip side Amigo's. Over and out - Captain.
Have a rewarding week, back soon?...Vest.
Sunday, 11 September 2011
Some people may have an aged spinster aunt or great uncle with no issue who may live in a three storey house in the city or has a lavish bungalow on five acres with a pool and with no kind friendly person to pass this burden on to. Opportunities abound to make friends and keep them, relatives can be great friends, I have many, only one is out of contention; he who we love dearly but battle to come to terms with his oddities(Kindly put).
After long unexplained absences it can become embarrassing to some people trying to reconnect. A long drawn out list of marital and medical excuses will not wash with most people. Be bold and tell them the truth that you have been a complete moron for not writing to my favourite friends but there are rarely days that you are not remembered please forgive (me-us).Try sending a gift card which can be redeemed at their local boozer; it is a dead cert to get you back on track.
So the message "Are you OK" is of prime importance, an Email or postal, telephone messages should be sent during waking hours repeat Waking hours, overseas callers beware.
To all my relatives and friends have a frolicking good week, but send those messages on Thursday 15 Sept. Back soon......... Vest.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
Thursday, 8 September 2011
I must have posted several times indicating my reasons why I never ever haunt Asian restaurants having lived in Malaya, Singapore and Hong Kong and travelled extensively to Asian countries and have seen the food on its uncontrolled journey from source to the plate, the insanitary conditions where the food is prepared is light years away from the plush gaudy restaurant, where one eats this crap served up by a toothy smiling waiter whose day job is peddling smoko.
Have you ever or do you still frequent these dubious nosheries where the possibility of the same food having done more than two journeys from the kitchen to table. meaning what is returned is more than likely to be recycled than not. Indian and Chinese restaurants are notorious for this and it is difficult to detect, but be rest assured it is rife and ongoing.
Have I put you off, or will you if you are a visitor to these Noxious eateries, continue to consume garbage or food initially purchased from the cheapest source which would normally get the red tick only if it was being consumed by your dog?
Most of these places will survive the acid test when inspectors arrive, bribes are not uncommon.and the penalties easily absorbed by enormous profits.
"The silly old bugger is lying' alright I heard that,. don't believe me then, go home and infest your family with intestinal worms or some other equally nasty tummy problem.I doubt if you will find an Asian restaurant anywhere with a clean bill of health sign in their window, most get a serve from inspectors each and every visit, some of the main culprits are listed below.
Within the past year inspectors have handed out 198 penalty notices, for everything from filthy kitchens to cockroach infestations to Chinese restaurants - twice as many as for any other nationality.
Still want to eat that shite they serve up?
Indian restaurants received 97 fines, Thai 87, Italian / pizzerias 83, Japanese 66, and Vietnamese 24..
Modern Australian, Korean, Lebanese, American,Turkish and Pakistani restaurants rounded out the state's most culpable cuisines.
Poor personal hygiene of staff and cleanliness of food preparation areas are among the the biggest problems. It seems to teach these people the rudiments of sanitation is the hardest thing because of their up bringing and it is something they can't see.
Question is: will this put you off or will you continue to poison your system.
"It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness..........Chinese Proverb.......Get it?
Vest ....Back soon....?
Tuesday, 6 September 2011
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service yesterday said blood supplies had plummeted to dangerously low levels, nationally the supply stands at nearly two days.
The sad thing is only 3% of Australians had given blood in the past year.
So come on you guys , Those pretty Dracula's are waiting , all they need each time you go is about half an armful.
This message also goes out to the people of all Nations. If you can find time to sit around the home for no useful purpose or at a loose end, get up and get down to your local blood bank.
" Don't know where it is " look in the telephone directory.
You will probably be saving some persons life, doesn' t that make you feel good.
Sunday, 4 September 2011
A DIET of processed meat, full fat dairy products and fried foods is fuelling the worlds growing rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.
Although Australia is high up the charts internationally, It is in America and Canada where the problem is at its greatest peak, and 25% more, the highest proportion of the porky population are women over 20 years of age- 70% of those are fatties. so men if you are looking for a Nth AM partner; particularly Caucasian, its 4 to i on she is a fatso.
Most people totally ignore the recommended eating habits, men generally have the poorest diets, with fewer than 5% eating the recommended Minimum of five vegetables per day, but counter this by having more exercise and some a physical work program.
Women on the other hand tend to be taking trips to the pantry more often than men.
NOT ENOUGH VEGETABLES. Just 7.5 per cent of adults eat five or more servings per day.
NOT ENOUGH FRUIT. Only 52 per cent eat two or more servings per day.
THE WRONG MILK. 45 per cent of adults only drink full cream milk.
NOT ENOUGH BREADS. Only 10 per cent of adults eat more than four servings per day.
TOO MUCH FRIED POTATO. 21 per cent of adults eat them at least once per week.
TOO MUCH PROCESSED MEAT PRODUCTS. Including sausages , meat pies, pizzas, Frankfurt's, salami, Bacon and Ham. 62 per cent eat them at least once a week World wide, but America and Canada the figures are 85 per cent more than twice per week.
It seems that Middle aged women in Canada & the USA consume more Pork products than any where else in the world, Their taste for Bacon recipes is becoming widespread, which in turn leaves little doubt why their backsides are also widespread.
Friday, 2 September 2011
Watts Naval Training School, (A branch of Barnardo's) North Elmham, Norfolk, England. 3-9-1939.
What an exciting day, For starters we didn't go to church that Sunday, lots of bravado from loud mouths who were boasting how they were going to stick one up the Germans, The school band played Elgar's pomp and circumstance and 'Colonel Bogey' and the boys sang 'Bollocks'.
Holy Harling our vicar had a day off from delivering his boring sermons, instead we were mustered into the main hall (The Quarterdeck) for the expected news that arrived that morning informing us we were at war with Germany. This was followed by an announcement from our detestable commandant( Capt Superintendent Lieut/Com RN * retarded, Horrid Flogger Campbell. *"Oh did I spell that wrong"? too bad, you should hear what his grandson had to say about him recently., Make your hair curl.
However, that Sunday day of rest was forgotten due to more urgent needs such as preparing for the safety of the school and its inhabitants, namely 300 boys aged 11- 16 and a large staff.
Markers were pegged out for digging and the manual labour was done by teams of boys digging with an assortment of garden tools 'V 'shaped trenches (Shelters) which were eventually constructed from salvaged timber and roofing and hidden by earth and sand bags under a row of trees in the football field. By the close of the week - devoid of schooling we had achieved a high standard of passive defence against air attack, although I copped a clout around the ear for suggesting the German planes aiming at our school would probably miss but hit our shelters instead.
The three hundred Winchester Repeater drill rifles were kept locked as usual, although ammunition was available I believe, its whereabouts never revealed in case of an armed insurgency by dissident students.
Around that time the Lords and Commissioners of the Admiralty deemed it would be OK to reduce the entry age of boy seamen into the Royal Navy . There were several establishments similar to the school I attended dotted around the U/K supplying youthful cannon fodder to the Royal Navy, I was constantly reminded by frequent announcements about the fate of old boys from the school who had succumbed in battle particularly those who were my former friends.
My turn came thirty one days after the Yanks were forced into the war, when I was fifteen point.five years of age on Wed Jan 7 !942 , An undersized runt denied the privileges to think, smoke ,drink , swear , bonk or vote, but quite old enough to die for my country. I recall thinking as a future participant in the war . why on earth can't we decide who will win the war by having a game of cricket; I was certain the Germans were not too good at cricket and it would save a lot of lives and nastiness, also the previous year in Aug 1938 we had beaten our Aussie friends from down under by an awful lot of runs, an inns and 579 runs. But I was sure one day they would have their revenge
Back to earth again I am beginning to wonder if that score will ever be matched by Australia and if in my life time, if so, they had better get a shufty on.
It is said in England "Time flies like an arrow" But in Strayer mate "Fruit flies like a Banana".
Back soon....... Vest. ..........A moment's insight is sometimes worth a lifetime of experience.
Thursday, 1 September 2011
First generation migrants from New Zealand,Turkey, Lebanon, Vietnam and Romania are highest rated most likely members of the community to engage in criminal activity.closely followed by a miscellaneous mob of over stayers without access to funds who resort to drug peddling and burglary.
People born in Australia plus those Migrating legally from Great Britain are almost twice as likely to be victims of physical or threatened violence and more likely to have their homes burgled compared with others born overseas.
The established Caucasian type Australian and British Commonwealth migrant family units are in the main more likely to be trustworthy and law abiding, and possess a higher standard of respect and pride in their country.
From my own observations Multiculturalism is not working to the degree most politicians would want us to believe, this can be proven by the large number of those differing ethnic and of religion communities expanding continually around us, but more so in the inner and western suburbs where the likes of my self would require a escort for safe passage.
A quarter of all persons living in Australia were born overseas, My wife and I and our four sons have been here Forty years hailing from the U/K. To my knowledge my wife and I are the only family members with dual citizenship and have been Oz Cits longer than at least half the population of Oz .
However my 25 years service including WW2, Korea and much more when I apply for the elusive Veterans health gold card, I a defender of Australia during WW2 am met with that wishy washy reply, " You are not a real Australian, are You"?. .....Scollob.