Sunday, 23 December 2012

Cor blimey, What a night !

Got back to our castle from the club Via my mates house about 2am, much goings on - still a bit of  swearing and people necking in the shrubbery, the bang clang music still blaring due to the neighbours being away places distant, I slept in the gardener's cottage(Shed) til 0800, was wakened by the visiting family of magpies tucking into several piles of vomit amid the cans bottles a broken glass reminiscent of a Barry Dog's Head Barby and general piss up. The local handyman had been summoned to clean up the chaos and had just returned from the local park after depositing the last three drunks from our back garden. Previously invitations had been sent to people with an option to bring a friend and their own grog and for those who were poor a selection of the cheapest plonk was available from the family cellar. Several half cooked steaks on the Barby being attacked by ants were cut up and fed to a couple of large crows, one of whom had flown off earlier with a condom so I was informed by her indoors who was upset about the demise of her fake Ming vase which we used as a brolly stand, then looking out of the front window after squeezing behind the sofa I trod into a discarded pizza portion when I noticed the front flower beds were in a sorry state and a lone car was parked on our frontage, Our handyman then asked me to  check out our pet enclosure where an old swimming pool housed a 2.5 baby Croc named 'Salty', Salty is quite amicable until you enter his territory , last year we found a football in his enclosure which was covered in blood, we are not sure what happened and no one has been reported missing so far , However today near a pool of blood lay a single shoe which we presumed may have belonged to the owner of the solitary vehicle parked out front.
So it was finally decided to phone the Old Bill. After redialling a Wooden Top answered my call, I told him I want to report a possible murder.
"What do you mean a possible murder is the person deceased or what, and who is the person", "dunno Say's I, Only salty knows the guy in question and he isn't saying anything". "Where are you phoning from says wooden top" I revealed our location and he replied we have two drunk drivers in our cells who say they were at your residence last night" "Be about right" said I.
Ten Minutes later sergeant flatfoot arrived and checked the rego of the vehicle out front with a personalised plate reading SPU TOO. the owner apparently a local SP Bookie...... after DNA Checks it was confirmed it was he the bookie who salty had for a late night snack, now it is left to the bobbies to find out was he pushed or did he jump?.
Back soon, have fun, Vest. Copyright Daily

Friday, 21 December 2012

So the world will not end today after all.

What a shame, we could have enjoyed a merry Christmas and a happy end of the world all in one, dun fink its gonnahappen folks; so we may now continue our debauchery murder and love-hate relationships until the next stupid prediction.... Australia luckily has an advantage over most of the world and should be the first to experience the planet's doom, as predicted by ancient soothsayers of the extinct Mayan civilisation which disappeared a fair while back, so any further advice from the archives of these extinct geezers should be taken with a pinch of salt - or garlic if you are Latino or Hispanic....... Much more likely; is that we will all still be here come Saturday, in one form or another. Hopefully this could be the end for end of the world predictions...... Tomorrow pinch yourself to be sure....... Back soon Vest. BTW.For those readers of my blog who live on other planets, and I know a few of these non earthlings, Watch it Mate, your next.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Someone is actually reading my blogs.

Very few of my callers who comment on this blog are relatives. Hands up those who have called recently, It would help to compile my LWAT which is lacking legatees. Thank you Gerry for your glowing report on Christmas. Plus your Christmas good wishes, purely out of politeness in response to my own good wishes to you. Gerry said Sunday, December 16, 2012 Christmas I have trouble with Christmas. I am not a Christian. I am an agnostic with atheistic leanings who thinks Jesus was a dissident Jewish rabbi and brilliant spiritual teacher who got crucified for upsetting the religion-political apple cart. I'm quite impressed by his Sermon on the Mount, but that's about it. Let's move on, folks. However, this time of year, every year, I am bombarded with "Merry Christmas" wishes, mostly from people who aren't all that Christian either. Certainly their ability (or willingness) to live according to the Nazarene's teachings seems to be as dismal as mine. We are told by merchants that if we don't buy enough food and crap to facilitate this orgy of celebration, the economy will collapse. Governments have even refunded some of the taxes they had collected (for building better health services and roads etc), in order to encourage us to go keep the merchants and their underpaid staff from slashing their wrists. I'll tell you how bad it's gotten! In commenting on the previous post, Vesty wished me a merry Christmas. And now, because social convention demands it, and because I genuinely wish him well, I have no option but to respond with: "Merry Christmas Vesty !!!" Bah! Humbug! Merry Christmas, readers. Have a good one !!! You too, Vesty! :-)))) posted by Gerry at 2:26 AM 0 Comments Vest Say's. These are extracts from my Diaries and later Memoirs. I was about fourteen years of age at the time I was compulsorily confirmed into the church of England by the bishop of Norfolk. I had learned about the catechism and other christian principles, I also learned not to ask adverse questions about the teachings of the bible. Our Holy man at the dreadful nautical college I was attending had a heavy hand. He told us that blind faith in the Lord would guide us through our lives and that the lack of faith was an unpardonable sin.... When I asked the Rev Holy Harling if his faith would save him if he jumped off a cliff after praying for safety, he chased me around the class room waving his cane......The malevolent use of the 'Unpardonable sin doctrine' by the Christian Faith justified their mass murderings and burning of people at the stake. Holy Harling was the reincarnation of Dracon 659-601 BC............My nose had detected that the bishop who was conducting the confirmation; had been at the sacramental wine. Only once did I attend Holy Communion. I just couldn't swallow the dogma. The thought of drinking the blood of Christ and eating his body were inhuman and repulsive to me........later. Joining the Royal Navy. The inscription in the Bible in my possession read; To L.... J..... B. On the Feast of the Epiphany, Jan 7, 1942. It was signed by the Rev Harling. I often wonder if the Rev Harling made it to Heaven....I do hope he wasn't too disappointed...... Merry XMAS Gerry you old scrooge, Bah humbug and all that unsociable stuff to all regards Vest..... Back soon. .....OH all right. "Merry Christmas Everyone"

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

The Stupid 2ND Amendment

"That's right, absolutely stupid" It should become the first of UncleSamlands plethora of daft amendments to be re-amended, better still abolished. Most of us are aware of the backlash one receives from brain-dead redneck boozy shooters every time this disgusting privilege is threatened, but the outcry worldwide regarding the latest slaughter of innocent children and their teachers hopefully will bring to the minds of all that this is the final straw enough is enough. ..... Since the end of the Illegal invasion of Vietnam by the (USA Who I refer to as the New Germans) approx 50,000 souls have died in the USA from domestic and criminal usage of firearms, this figure is similar to that of the number of USA military deaths during the conflict in Vietnam, but multiply that figure by five and we may be near the number of deceased Vietnamese who perished in that unnecessary war. ..... However we may be on the brink of change. But some USA Cits will tell us that it is none our business, I went through that harangue seven years ago when pilloried by people I considered friends until I dared speak up against the 2ND Amendment, fortunately the barrier of the Pacific Ocean separated me from those USA rednecks. ..... The National Rifle Association of America is understandably silent over the recent killings, Its love affair with the 2ND Amendment and the right to bear arms is teetering on the brink and hopefully will not recover, the possible end of its powerful lobbying abilities in the capital and the states have them mortified. ..... To desire and strive to be of some service to the world, to aim at doing something which shall really increase the happiness and welfare of mankind - this is a choice which is possible for all of us; and surely is a good haven to sail for. ..... VEST, Back soon. ..... BTW, How are the Rednecks or taking this?

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

A Christmas Party.

Merry Christmas to ALL!! A Christmas Story 'Twas the night before Christmas--Old Santa was pissed. He cussed out the elves and threw down his list. Miserable little brats, ungrateful little jerks. I have a good mind to scrap the whole works! I've busted my ass for damn near a year, Instead of "Thanks Santa"--what do I hear? The old lady bitches cause I work late at night. The elves want more money--The reindeer all fight. Rudolph got drunk and goosed all the maids Donner is pregnant and Vixen has AIDS. And just when I thought that things would get better Those assholes from the Tax office sent me a letter, They say I owe taxes--if that ain't damn funny Who the hell ever sent Santa Claus any money? And the kids these days--they all are the pits They want the impossible--Those mean little shits I spent a whole year making wagons and sleds Assembling dolls...Their arms, legs and heads I made a ton of yo yo's--No request for them, They want computers and robots...they think - I'm IBM! Flying through the air...dodging the trees Falling down chimneys and skinning my knees I'm quitting this job there's just no enjoyment I'll sit on my fat ass and draw unemployment. There's no Christmas this year now you know the reason, I found me a blonde. I'm going SOUTH for the season

Monday, 10 December 2012

Perfection personified.

To create perfection takes time. Dissatisfaction within your Marriage or Recognised Partnership known as the 'Seven Year itch, allegedly occurs after seven years of marriage. The pace of modern life being what it is , we seem to have accelerated the process and are hitting the seven year distance within one year, and it seems more couples are unhappiest during their first year of togetherness than those which follow. The phrase honeymoon period' clearly needs rethinking, but it is still worth considering why there should be so much dissatisfaction so early. Possibly it may be due to our present day culture being so demanding of every thing being immediate. However, most happily married couples know that perfection takes time. Give it more than one year at least. ....................................................................................... WHAT IS A HUSBAND. A Husband is a man you really like and really love - he's the closest friend you've ever had.... A HUSBAND is that special man who shares your dreams for a wonderful future. He gives the special meaning to that beautiful word - Together. It really doesn't matter where we are or what we are doing so long as we have each other to share it all. HAPPY CHRISTMAS To my Hubby Les AKA Vest.... Your lover Rosemary.XXX Posted By Rosemary with permission of Daily Gaggle.Com

Leaving Rosemary in charge.

Leading up to the festive season Vest will be busily involved with matters other than blogging. but may squeeze in a pre Xmas post depending on time allowing such.So matters blogging will be left for My dear lady to sort out. Back soon. Vest.

Friday, 7 December 2012

So the World will not end after all

Despite the Mayan prophesy and other clap trap , soothsayers predictions and confirmation by Madam Carbon tax herself, sod all has happened and I'll bet Quids it will not. Take a squiz at this. Or do you think it may be a little late arriving for some obscure reason. Have your say before it is too late.

Monday, 3 December 2012

The alternative to being blind drunk.

A couple of days ago I made a trip to Dan Murphy's Plonk emporium, Dan M flogs his grog at a discount that makes other suppliers of bottled headaches wince. beside the 2 cases of beer; a case of Shiraz and other misc spirits, six bottles of JW Red size L 1.25 was a huge saving on the reg 700ml bottle price. Then on surfacing this morning er indoors handed me my Sydney Daily Telegraph( delivered daily to our door), together with my large glass of filtered water followed by a cuppa with one sugar. it was then shortly after I realised I should have bought JW Black instead of Red. A Kiwi guy named Dennis Duthie aged 65 had got stuck into the Vodka big time, Dennis from Taranaki New Zealand is a diabetic and the plonk he had been gargling had horrible reactions with his medication and sent him blind. Doctors at the local hospital realised he was suffering from formaldehyde poisoning sometimes treated by administering ethanol known to be in whiskey and treated Dennis with a Johnny Walker Black whiskey Drip by tube into his stomach. Luckily Dennis woke five days later, his sight restored. The moral of the story is should you be a diabetic get rid of that Vodka poste haste, Having problems send it to me for destruction I will gladly pay postage and packing. Email me for details. Back soon ....Vest.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

"Pss't, Wanna buy a battleship".or ''Hi Sailor"

Sydney NSW. Today it was announced in my Fave news paper(Delivered daily to my door)that a Battleship had arrived on our shores. Of course most intelligent people would know that, in this day and age , no such thing as a Battleship exists any more other than those used as memorials and have become shore bound, or in this case the figment of the imagination of The Sydney Daily Telegraph's MS Caroline Marcus whose knowledge re the international classification of Naval ships is sadly lacking. ...................................................................................... So let's get this cock up straightened out. The South Korean Naval Vessel visiting our shores on a friendly visit which is obvious otherwise it would have been sunk by our by our half/asleep Navy by now, is not a Battleship; MS Caroline Marcus. It is a Warship of Destroyer classification. All Naval ships are Warships and come under Submarines, Frigates, Destroyers cruisers, Aircraft carriers, And Battleships if you can find one. I served on the last British battleship which left Sydney Sun Jan 6 1946, HMS King George V...... oddly The Last British battleship to be built , was named Vanguard, which means I believe to be the first or forerunner, not the last. ............ Just a Thought, why do most foreign naval uniforms appear more modern and comfortable than those of British and Commonwealth comic opera navy uniforms reminiscent of Gilbert and Sullivan, gramophone needles and great grandma's musty memento's? BTW. Do you as a Brit or Commonwealth citizen agree that this silly girlish uniform our sailors wear should be changed so that our jack tars appear to be men and not deviates in drag. or maybe they should have the option of Mini skirts and Perms and a slap of make up, then it would be easier for them to dance the sailors 'Hornpipe' when ashore, as many sailors will tell you even a sober sailor cannot dance the hornpipe on the deck of a rolling ship. However, "Knock knock", "Who's there", "Nicholas", "Nicholas who" "Knickerless sailors in mini skirts should not climb the rigging" Vest... Back soon.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012


Dear Vest, NRMA Roadside Survey - tell us what you think! At NRMA Motoring & Services we are constantly striving to improve the value and service we provide to our Members. In order to do this, we are very interested in receiving feedback on your recent breakdown experience. This feedback provides input into our continuous customer service improvement program. You may have received this survey in the past in relation to a previous breakdown. We would still appreciate you completing this new survey for your most recent experience. The survey should take no more than 10-12 minutes to complete. If you were not the main person involved with the roadside assistance call out yourself, please feel free to forward it onto the relevant person by clicking here. Thanks for telling us what you think! Melody King Group Member Experience Manager NRMA Motoring & Services. Vest Say's. Being a NRMA member for 41 years and now a gold member to boot, I expect and get exactly that which is promised. Particularly so when the local NRMA service person is a friend and the nephew of my wife's best (female)friend. Er Er. ..................................................................................... I have not completed the survey as yet. .. Vest.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Royal Wedding plus other history.

Royal Wedding plus a trip to the Med and Exodus. ....................................................................................... The wedding of Princess Elisabeth and Prince Phillip on Wednesday November 20 - 1947 did not get my full attention being there were far more important things afoot that were soon to add another facet to that what was expected of me as a Naval person. Sailing that day from Portsmouth taking passage on A/C HMS Illustrious of WW2 fame, we called into Gibraltar on our way to Malta. On arrival I joined HMS Mauritius, commanded by Captain Lord Ashbourne, which after training, I became a Member of the Boarding Party. Up to the the time my duties came to an end on May 15 - 1948 when Ben Gurion Took over the reins in Israel - formerly Palestine. I with others had boarded five vessels containing So called Illegal Immigrants most vessels carrying several hundred souls mainly recruits for the Haganah (Ben Gurion's followers opposed to those of the Stern gang), The largest Ill/Imigrant numbers involved were the PAN"S IE the Pan Crescent and Pan York each carrying Seven thousand souls. A boarding Crew from HMS Phoebe took on the Pan York, and our boarding crew twelve of us the 7,000 plus on the Pan Crescent....... Dressed in leather backed Yankee helmets, boots gaiters number 8's shin and arm pads also cricket box, .38 revolver and a large baseball bat. I had a very bad feeling,. However, we arrived in Famagusta Cyprus where the Army took over, after a couple of days at sea with little sleep. most of us on rejoining our ship discovered the only legacy of our visit was a dose of crabs......... Google The Pans 1948 for more info..... Back soon ...Vest.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Obese Numbers becoming Fatter

Today I am unable to escape to the garden due to the rain, neither do I have time for any online protesting or indulge in any self righteous crusades. However, the Christmas thingy has turned up again and jolly cards are to be sent to fewer persons this year, this somewhat due to attrition and the forgetfulness of others to impart good wishes to me last year.... This will mean sedentary non activity will be gouged from the time spent where I am at present sitting, mainly because of my bum parking time has recently been reduced and replaced by bodily movement and exercise of a not too strenuous nature, I am four kilos lighter than five weeks ago and intend to keep up the trend.........But not so it seems for many others who are parked in a swivel chair with eyes glued to the screen in front of them......Obesity levels are set to jump 65% by 2025 if people eat more and exercise less, the Heart and Diabetes Institute are saying the number of adults with a normal weight range will decrease dramatically, the projections are based on research over five years of up to 10,000 Australians. .........Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage......Vest ..Back soon. BTW. Blog travel broadens the mind too.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

You are going to be revolted by this.

Subject: Warning: You're not going to like what you see Warning: This e-mail contains images of animal cruelty that may distress you. If you'd prefer, click here to read more and sign our urgent petition without viewing images. It never should have happened. Once again, ABC TV's Four Corners has revealed new shocking mistreatment of Australian animals involved in the live export trade. Last night's program exposed imagery of terrified Australian sheep being treated in revolting ways. The ill-fated sheep were stranded at sea for weeks in extreme heat and cramped conditions only to be unloaded in Pakistan where they were chased down and butchered with blunt knives and bulldozed into writhing piles. They were then dragged, beaten and tossed alive into mass graves. This happened even after "tough new regulations" were introduced, supposedly to make the live export industry more humane. It's sickening that we need to write another email like this so soon after last year's cattle trade atrocities, but the images that aired last night cannot be ignored. They clearly demonstrate the need to end live exports and support its replacement with a more accountable processing industry, here in Australia. Enough is enough. Tell the Minister for Agriculture, Joe Ludwig, that a piecemeal ban isn't enough this time. He must prevent this from ever happening again: If you missed the program, here's what happened: Three months ago, 75,000 sheep were loaded onto the "Ocean Drover", a Wellard owned ship from Fremantle, bound for slaughter in the Middle East. Once in Bahrain, more than 20,000 of the flock were rejected on claims they carried disease -- claims that independent testing later proved to be false. All of these sheep ended up being slaughtered in the most horrible way. Sheep are dragged away kicking after having their throats slit with blunt knives The company in charge, Wellard, did not disclose anything about the sheep having been previously rejected, because they were too keen to make a profit. They tried instead to unload them into the market unnoticed. When the Pakistani authorities found out, they felt duped and reacted with outrage by ordering all of the sheep to be culled. Despite independent tests confirming the sheep were disease-free, all of these animals were gruesomely slaughtered. Sheep slowly bleed out after having their throats slit There's lots of blame to go around but it's clear that Wellard has breached their export licence conditions and duty of care, and we’re calling for the licence to be immediately suspended pending further investigations. But Australia could guarantee that something like this never, ever, happens again – by simply requiring animals to be killed humanely, under Australia’s strict oversights, before that meat is sent overseas. Let’s turn this tragedy into a force for positive change, and demand a responsible end to live exports now: New Zealand has already taken the lead and has phased out live exports, we should follow. Processing meat in Australia will create jobs and ensure that Australian standards apply to the treatment of animals. There are 32 million sheep sold in Australia each year for domestic consumption and meat export, and less than 3 million sheep exported live. Meanwhile, the Middle East market for sheep meat - our biggest market and growing rapidly - is worth $72 million more than live export. Let's tell Minister Ludwig and his Government: we've seen enough. It is time to end this suffering: Yours in hope, the GetUp team PS - No one wants to hurt farmers, but it would actually keep more jobs in Australia if we processed meat at home, rather than shipping animals off to be butchered overseas -- where experience shows us even recently improved regulations can too easily be breached. Help end this senseless cruelty today:

Monday, 5 November 2012

The Struggle for happiness. plus Mug Punters.

Spare a thought for one charity that is not depending on food and medicine, It is Happiness and laughter at a time in a child's life when laughs are all but impossible to come by. For the 'Make-A-Wish' Foundation Charity, it is sobering to learn it is struggling to deliver the services it needs. So at this time of the year tailor made for splurging when you are having a flutter on 'Melbourne Cup day, why not make it an each way bet and send a bit of that dosh you are about lose to fill the wallet of some fat greasy Bookie; to the Make-A-Wish Foundation donation as well. That way no matter what happens at the Melbourne cup or even the Pommie Derby and not forgetting Uncle Sam's Kentucky(fried?) Derby, you know you will be backing a winner. ...................................................................................... To show your support, go to ....................................................................................... History: Melbourne Cup day Nov 1945. WW2 had recently expired and our ship had returned from the conflict in the pacific.I had arrived at the racecourse with friends who assisted me as I was still using crutches due a slight mishap. Told the bookie "Two Bob each way on "Rain bird" Also the name of a bloke on our ship, the bookie laughed and Say's "that horse is from South Australia and has just escaped from the knackers yard and it has a Sydney jockey you would move faster on crutches"......result.. First past the post at 12 to 1 was Rain bird with jockey 'Billy Cook' .....Now where have I heard that name before?

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Foul Mouthed Parrot.

I'm sure that blogger Billy Cook from Utah had a parrot he needed to get rid of. Seems that the parrot concerned is available and is seeking a new home, provided his new owner tolerates its bad language. Mr Beaky the aged parrot often turns the air blue with swear words. Mr Beaky often thought to have come from South America and his first years were spent as a pet in a seaman's mess aboard ship, which probably was the best place anywhere to learn the rudimentals for his Fowl foul mouthing. Beaky's owner Say's the Bird is regularly letting rip with a shocking display of swear words including the 'F' word and and arsehole which is his favourite. Beaky has been known to reveal secret family third party boudoir conversations at dinner parties using all the ooh's and Ah's; so he must go. ....................................................................................... Live in such a way you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip. Vest.... Back soon.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

England Expects, While Wales Regrets.

Today October 21 among the fanfare of Bullshine and Historical Revelry commemorating Admiral Horatio Nelsons epic victory* over the French and Spanish fleets, on Monday October 21, 1805. culminating in a 75% casualty rate - both dead and wounded, which also included Nelson himself dying on his flagship HMS Victory, will be overshadowed by a disaster occurring Friday October 21 1966 in the tiny mining village of Aberfan in Wales when torrential rain caused a mountainous coal slag heap to move so fast that it engulfed most of the village and the whole yes whole generations of the village schoolchildren. The story can be unfolded by googling 'ABERFAN DISASTER'. ...................................................................................... At the time of the signal "England expects every man will do his duty" in 1805 many children too lost their lives it was well known that 11 year old powder monkey's as they were called - served on British Naval ships while among the upper class were young midshipmen - future officers age thirteen. However, the situation had improved by the time of WW2 When I joined the Royal Navy as Boy 2ND Class at the ripe old age of 15 years six months and twenty days on Jan 7, 1942 and on my first ship as Boy ist class at 16 plus. ....................................................................................... Vice Admiral Sir Bernard Rawlings a Vet of WW1 in a dinner speech on his flagship HMS King George V in Tokyo at the end of Hostilities in that rather nasty Pacific war(read about it) said to his American Admiral guests. "Our ship has been in this commission for just two years and has served in the Atlantic, the Mediterranean the Indies and the Pacific, The average age on my ship right now is 19 - mere children. On 'KGV' V J Day Aug 14 1945 Able Seaman Vest daily gaggle was 19.08 years of age. ....................................................................................... Today's Quote. Suffer little children to come unto me. Vest...... Back soon.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Worlds Oldest Father.?????

NEW DELHI. An Indian man supposedly has become the Worlds oldest Father, so the yarn goes. although any male person can still be the oldest father in the world at the maximum possible age, what these Indian Fakirs are saying is the bloke in question has simply knocked up this 54 year old Indian sheila at the age of 96 and boasts a previous birth by same person at 94 he being the Sire on both occasions. ....................................................................................... Although I doubt God had a hand in it, the assumed father Ramjit Raghav speaking from his home near Delhi said" what can I do this is all gods wish, he wanted me to have another son. Ramjit said neighbours were jealous of his sex drive, kept strong by a daily diet of almonds butter and milk,. Ramjit a farmer all his life says he is healthy and virile and can go all night if asked. ....................................................................................... I believe that old geezer is not quoting the true gospel unless his local years have less endurance than Gregorian years. By the time a bloke gets to 90 or before, his testimonials give up the Ghost and coming to attention rarely goes beyond a state of flaccidness. I have a sneaky notion that his hired Ploughman sneaks into his wife's bed when he gets up early to milk the oxen. I tend to take that story with a pinch of curry. ....................................................................................... Reminds me of a song, going back a bit. AN old man of ninety got married, His bride was so young and so bold, They went on his yacht honeymooning, She married the old man for gold. A year later she had his baby, So at Ninety he still had the Knack, Then he took one look at the baby. And then gave the captain the sack. I rest my case, Vest.... Back soon.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

History plus The Royal Australian 'Joyless' Navy.

On this day in 1604, King James 1 of England and as James 6 of Scotland Who detests the ever increasing habit of smoking, imposes a tax on the imports of tobacco. This new tax will be used to feed the Royalist's war chest for use in later years. ....................................................................................... Smokes fags baccy DF's for Jolly Jack are heading toward extinction in the Joyless Royal Australian Navy, Oh you can still choke on fag smoke but you will pay the full quid for them. Not sure if the Royal Navy still allow this unwarranted privilege and I doubt by now few Matelots presently serving in the RN will remember the grog issue, One eighth of a pint of rum watered down two to one. As a young sailor in the RN, I was not permitted to smoke until I was Eighteen and punishment was a severe thrashing if caught.However my first action station on the ADP meant you would get all the smoke necessary to choke you from the two huge Funnels (Stacks) and more so in a stern sea. It seems the RAN and the RN are now committed to a fit and healthy Bored totally shitless workforce, Or are there other bodily pastimes replacing the ancient mariners world of Rum Bum and baccy, seems unlikely. Today' sailors are a different breed and have to stay healthy and alert at all times one person describing the RAN as a 'Joyless' service focused on political correctness. And why do the Navies of the world retain the ancient comical sailors uniforms, I believe the RAN and RN uniforms go back to the 19Th Century. Most sailors would agree they are a pain in the ass. "Up Spirits, Stand fast the Holy Ghost" Vest..... Back soon.

Monday, 15 October 2012

History and the 'Carbon Tax'.

History. On Saturday Oct 13 1986. A former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser gives a speech at the Memphis Country Club and leaves for a drink. He is found the next morning wandering around minus his passport, his wallet and trousers. An antique song "Donald Whares yer troosers" made a short lived come back. ....................................................................................... Being frugal with power usage over the past Quarter, you know the usual things like remembering to turn off from the power point and turning off when last out of the particular room, has actually reduced our consumption of electric power. However, despite our efforts to reduce the carbon emissions and save the blessed planet, we were Shocked to receive a power bill which exceeded the previous one by 27%. A jocular MP recently suggested that a punitive tax on Beer, Baked Beans, Port Wine and Pizzas should be imposed due to the fact that the consumption of these aforementioned products create flatulence and carbon emissions, those were only a few mentioned in the food chain. Further to the list of taxable carbon producers were wood fires, barbecues and bringing back the ancient chimney tax. I suppose when nothing else can be found to tax, there will be no alternative than to tax SUN usage, say Fifty bucks a month on each 10x5 Solar panel. If you are an Aussie reading this post maybe your intellectual input regarding this sudden gouge in the cost of electrical power can impart an explanation to which I have failed to comprehend. Let him that would move the world first move himself. Back soon ... Vest

Friday, 12 October 2012

When Spring gets Sprung.

We are in the Australian Spring where I live in Eastern Australia, Summer will be here in six weeks. Yet six days ago the Midday tenp on the Central Coast topped 35 C, today in Budgewoi NSW 90 kilometers from Sydney the temp topped only 9 C. Is this the Global Warming warning we can expect in the future? Last week I wore a sweaty singlet, today one needed an extra pair of globe warming pants plus a woolly outfit and jacket . really doesn't make sense. The local Pawn Broker had his sign covered overnight , 'Just in case'. - Shared using Google

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Historical events on this day Oct 3.

1906: The 'Morse Code' letters S O S,or dot dot dot dash dash dash dot dot dot are adopted as the international distress signal at the Berlin Radio Conference, replacing C Q D. ................................................................................... 2009: An asylum seekers' boat disappears on its way from Indonesia to Christmas Island, with 105 Hazaras on board presumed drowned after an Australian delay in passing on a distress call..SOS? ................................................................................... It seems it is near impossible to land a small boat on Christmas Island without a mishap or without assistance. The Illegal immigrants are compelled to call for assistance on the high seas. By giving these criminals entry to Australia is illegal by any standard. ...................................................................................... People who attempt to enter Australia via the International Airports are usually held in custody until the next available plane back to whence they came. Our present Federal Govt is condoning this illegal activity, no other country would allow illegal entry to their territories. Our ineffective weak Kneed Govt is turning a blind eye to Illegal entry into Australia. ..................................................................................... Actually my first visit to Australia from Great Britain saw me arrive without a passport, however, that is another story. Our imagination is the only limit to what we can have in the future. Vest..... Back soon.

Sunday, 30 September 2012

People who live in Glass Houses.

It could be called another smarmy political stab in the back for our not too illustrious leader. The statement made by a prominent Air jockey and known lavatory stalker exposed by a media paying guest at a Liberal pissup party, stating that the father of our PM died of shame due to the lying habits attributed to his daughter our leader. I suggest the fast talking C S woofter should take another shameful look into his own sordid past. Shameful indeed.

Friday, 28 September 2012

'Is eating or deleting Nuts the key to longevity' ?

Most Vegetarians will agree that, nuts are a more healthy choice for protein than the fat ridden meat carnivores consume. However, living longer has been achieved by some men who have discarded their nuts. Research has revealed that Eunuchs of the royal courts in Africa and Asia lived far longer than Male Royalty whose expiry date settled around 40 -50, whereas the Eunuchs lived on to the 70 to 80 mark. The reason was probably the hormone testosterone, which can cause cardiac arrest or the lack of by over indulgence with concubines. ................................................................................... Stepping out in healthy style. Hundreds of people on the Central Coast of NSW Australia wore tracksuits and joggers to walk to work today Friday 28; along with thousands of others around Australia. It's all part of an initiative backed by community groups and local councils. Vest wore sandals shirt and shorts in the back garden while watering the plants. The thermometer hanging on the shed door reached 33C, Weired weather pattern, probably have the heating on next week. ................................................................................... Some bloggers will have noticed I haven't called on their blog recently to fill up their comment Column. You may well wonder why. Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time.... the wait is simply too long. Vest ... Have comment will travel...... Back soon.

Friday, 21 September 2012

A Silent Spouse.? PlusThe growing Brain

"Cor stone the crows " a mute female? a Dumb wife?, no such thing sport unless you are deaf. The upper house of the NSW Govt resolved to remove the protection given to spouses. If you don't quite grasp the meaning of spouse like if you are are Kentucky hillbilly or Rainer Redneck, it means the person of the opposite sex you are currently fornicating with; I think that's the right term, however, a spouses right to silence in NSW Australia during criminal cases will be removed, this is to clarify grey areas of the law. The High Court holds no recognition for spousal privilege. This follows the archaic Aussie system where once the unwritten law of not 'Dobbing in a Mate' has succumbed to the legal axe. ah well I suppose it will be lying lawyers next for the chop. ...................................................................................... A spokesperson for the AMA said the human brain was still developing until the age of 25 and exposure to alcohol earlier could change a persons addictive potential. There was good evidence for raising the legal drinking age to 21 as the USA has done. I believe it will do little to stop binge drinking in private away from the eyes of the law. enforcing drinking laws in pubs and clubs is near impossible. Mind you, I reckon the do gooder who hatched this plot has a non functioning noddle. And I am fully aware that my brain like many others even younger than myself have ongoing developing grey matter. I am not old, only people who are fifteen years older than me are old. 101 plus I guess. ....................................................................................... The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past,worry about the future,or anticipate troubles but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. Vest ..... Back soon.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Giant Wombats And Fat Aussie Loafers

Sitting around on your backside most of the day smoking and drinking coffee between snacking on grease burgers while engrossed in working on the Internet, or simply just bone idle with little gumption than using the TV and drinking and smoking your lives into oblivion, may not be new in Australia.'It seems a fossilised Wombat has been found in the country's far north, not the one the size of a small pig but a ginormous one - a rare diprotodon which may have weighed nearly three tons, it probably led a sedentary life similar to the useless fat Koalas although as yet we are to find a three ton gum leaf munching prone to pissing itself Koala. However, we are rapidly approaching the time when most immovable humans will will weigh three or more times heavier than early humanoids(Excluding Henry V111) and who knows what size humans will be within a century or so.
The size of seats (chairs and Lavatory) are increasing to accommodate those large bums we see waddling past us in the street and supermarket on their way to macca's for a cholesterol refill.
Even Hard Work can kill you, those of us who suffer from job strain are much more likely to have a heart attack than stress free counterparts But the risk is far less than those who smoke and sit on their butts all day.
Not only Australians but most of the world apart from a few Afro nations have got to the stage where obesity is out of control, and most of this is caused by bone idleness and gluttony, the small exception being any possible inherited (hereditary) genes which are easily noticeable.
Exercise and dieting may not be the answer to your pudding belly what would help more than anything else is eating less and drinking more clean fresh water (at least 1-2 litres per day)halve your intake of sugar and salt each week. And eat more VEGETABLES like Brussels sprouts Broccoli cabbage onions and root veggies., at least six variants per day, fill up on them, cut down on your fatty meat (all types).
And if you haven't knocked a hole in the bedroom wall recently you will be putting that pillow behind the headboard at least within a short space of time. Boudoir boredom will become a thing of the past.

The answer is simple: if you want something very badly, you can achieve it.
Vest.... back soon.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Opting out for Organ Donors. plus Words on Water, and More.

Why is it in Australia there is a lackadaisical attitude to donation of body organs? Why isn't there an opt out system instead of the out dated sign-up for organ donation? This would save the lives of thousands of people, and if it were you for example, having a new lease of life, or as a donor saving the life of a stranger or possibly a loved one.
Australia is ranked 17Th in the world for donors and has just 14 donors per million population. New South Wales has the lowest per-capita organ donations in Australia.

Bottled Water.
Lots of dodgy water being consumed as marketeers describe their offerings as pure spring water, a lot of it comes straight from the source of the water from your kitchen tap.
Now if companies just labeled their product "Genuine Aussie Spring Water" and in small print on the label State "Bottled during September, October and November" they would be telling the truth. ???? The Southern hemisphere spring.

No holds baarred.
Despite a $300 limit before you need to declare gifts on the pecuniary gift register. Mental Health Minister Mark Butler has declared a banana a cup cake, a pie and a roll of toilet paper. He also declared a DVD, three books and a meal valued at $65 for participation at a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual and inter sexed round table event.
"I wonder why the Banana was so important"?.

It seems Petty theft and Shoplifting is on the rise in Australia.
This according to the major retailers is due to extra pressure put on households by the carbon tax. However, Nearly a third of all shoplifting occurs in NSW according to the big retailers.
Mind you I am not the least surprised as New South Wales has nearly a third of the total population of Australia.

Imagination is the highest kite you can fly...... Vest.... Back soon.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Good news from the Hospital plus my SATNAV.

First of all thanks Malcolm my Nephew For SATNAV.
Didn't need Sat Nav today, Eldest Chris accompanied me on the 90km return to Gosford Hospital where I received the good news that the cancer in my Bladder was gone, a feeling of sheer elation followed knowing there was still some future left to enjoy.
A H at number 13 next door has new neighbours to worry, our friends at number 15 are staying with rellos and will be removing the remaining goods and chattels piled up in our double garage tomorrow, new people are at this moment moving into number 15.
Sat Nav AKA Rosemary er indoors has popped out to the meat raffle at the local club with Molly from number 9 and the lady from number 14.
Spoke to 30 plus Blonde lady over the back fence, told her the good news.
"So you will be up to your old tricks again" Say's she.
"Not a bad Idea" Say's I.


I have a little Sat Nav
It sits there in my car
A Sat Nav is a driver's friend
It tells you where you are

I have a little Sat Nav
I've had it all my life
It’s better than the normal ones
My Sat Nav is my wife

It gives me full instructions
Especially how to drive
"It's thirty miles an hour", it says
"You're doing thirty five"

It tells me when to stop and start
And when to use the brake
And tells me that it's never ever
Safe to overtake

It tells me when a light is red
And when it goes to green
It seems to know instinctively
Just when to intervene

It lists the vehicles just in front
And all those to the rear
And taking this into account
It specifies my gear.

I'm sure no other driver
Has so helpful a device
For when we leave and lock the car
It still gives its advice

It fills me up with counselling
Each journey's pretty fraught
So why don't I exchange it
And get a quieter sort?

Ah well, you see, it cleans the house,
Makes sure I'm properly fed,
It washes all my shirts and things
And - keeps me warm in bed!

Despite all these advantages
And my tendency to scoff,
I do wish that once in a while
I could turn the damned thing off.

Commiserations for those of you with sat navs.

Vest .... back soon.

Cease trying to work everything out with your minds. It will get you nowhere. Live by intuition and inspiration and let your whole life be a revelation.
Satnavagod Greek Philosopher 69 BC.


Saturday, 1 September 2012

Parenting roles. Also MS Silverspoon's advice, on -"How to become Wealthy".

Undoubtedly the greatest change in western society, has been the role of mothers. Going back to Grandma's time when a child, women having careers was not the norm particularly families below the Middle class. However a revolution in the role of fathers has happened too.
Dads in the past were not expected or encouraged to become involved in the emotional development of their children, they were the primary bread winners and were expected to take on most of the tasks now shared in modern parenting.
Times are changing, most dads nowadays are not the bygone age bullying beer swillers who arrive home  penniless and drunk on pay day - but happy hard working home loving blokes who enjoy the comforts of their homes and family.  Occasionally roles are switched and husbands then need to know how to deal with the wife's role if suddenly he becomes unemployed and Mum has to work out side the home on long periods away from family. Most families are deeply connected nowadays , I know mine is when it seems hardly a day passes when we send birthday greetings worldwide. Yesterday I received my first fathers day card, it was from a lady who was involved with my eldest son years back but still visits us.
On Sunday, Its every body's chance to celebrate not just their own fathers but the continuation of a welcome new era in parenting.
Remember. Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.


        MS  Rinehart's advice a bit Rich.
Mining Billionaire Gina Rinehart has said the key to becoming a millionaire is working hard and socialising less.
"If you are jealous of those with more money, don't just sit there and complain, do something to make more money yourselves - spend less time drinking or smoking and socialising and more time working" she says in a paper on The Institute of Public Affairs website...... But  it would seem MS Rinehart's advice  left out the bit about "Daddy being a major cattle station owner and the biggest mining magnate in Australia.
Vest Say's.  Think it more satisfactory to live richly than die rich.
"Happy Fathers Day" To all Good  Fathers.... Vest... Back soon........copy amd Google link below.

Gina Rinehart says to get ahead, Aussies need to socialise less,  and work more. "what do you say?

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Apple puts the Bite on Samsung's Bottom line.

Apple has submitted a list of eight Samsung products it wants pulled from the shelves and banned from the U/S Market.
The move came after a jury found Samsung copied designs for the iPhone and iPad.
The products on the hit list are the Galaxy S4G, galaxyS2 AT&T, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S2 T Mobile,
Galaxy S2Epic 4C,Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge and Galaxy Prevail..
Apple claimed that Samsung's smartphones and tablets "slavishly copied" i Phones and i Pads.
Samsung countered that apple used its wireless technology without proper compensation.
A jury last week unanimously agreed with Apple and ordered Samsung to pay $A963 Million.
Apple have come a long way since I had dealings with them in the early eighties.. A branch of Apple opened in the main street of Penrith in NSW Australia. The premises set my Cleaning Business quite a challenge, ( Posh Cleaning Services Company, Now defunct and sold off). but as usual it was completed satisfactorily. However, eradicating the lingering odours of the former Fish & Chip Shop was a bit of a worry.
Vest back soon..... Remember, Anything you are good at contributes to happiness.

History.  Aug  29 1945.  Ships of the US and  British Fleets , enter Tokyo Bay. Vest not forget.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Railcorp will train City Rail Station Announcers to speak proper Ozstrayan..

The main Problem for most Rail travelers is the comprehension of verbal instruction meted out by persons other than those born in Australia whose interpretation  and usage of the spoken word can be mystifying to most rail passengers.
For donkey's years, frustrated passengers on most of NSW Aus railway system have shaken their heads and rolled their eyes in disbelief at the cross Greco-Ity-Turk strine dialect spewing from train and station loudspeakers by guards and station staff.
The NSW Govt Fix the rail system will include training! Rail corp staff at a special school where they will learn how to speak correctly so train commuters  can understand them .
 Transport Minister Gladys *BEREJIKLIAN stated,"More than 300 staff will attend the initial training program"..* wonder where she hails from?

Excerpt from Memoirs 1971 Aug.
It was a pleasant day so we decided to take the train into town We had recently arrived as migrants from the U/K, and wished to take a break from the Hostel. On arrival at Leightonfield Station a recently arrived migrant? announced the destination for the next train in a strange garbled form of strine, a badly spoken form of Aussie English. Two old geezers sitting close by noticed that I was having difficulty understanding the announcement. Then one of them said, " when youse bin ere a bit more sport, you'll learn English'.
." I looked him squarely in the eye and replied, "Now isn't that nice to know , you silly old fart.". One of our boys said, "Daddy - you're being rude again.

Back soon Vest.
PS ......Seems Ms Gladys Berejiklian is of Armenian decent, Born Sydney 1970.
Lets hope she has the same financial acumen as the late 'Mr Five percent' Nubar Gulbenkian.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

The Canary in your Kitchen.

The Canary in Your Kitchen

When the link between aluminum and Alzheimer's hit the news, I flashed back to the many mornings my mother scrambled eggs in her well-worn aluminum pans and shook my head.

Then, the news about Teflon hit, as pet birds dropped like flies when frying pans reached a certain temperature and let off a noxious gas deadly to our feathered friends. And as any miner will tell you, this doesn't bode well for your safety, either.

Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer to the cookware safety question. Rather, there is a list of pros, cons and considerations.

Here is an update on how those aluminum concerns panned out (sorry - couldn't help myself!), what to do about Teflon, and what I recommend you use instead…
It's really not fair.

You go through so much effort to choose healthy food, maybe even buy organic… and then, you've got to worry about your cookware, too!

And to top it off, there are no clear-cut answers, and plenty of opinions to go around.

Let's look at aluminum first. It turns out that Alzheimer's is a much more complex disease than we originally thought, and aluminum is not the cause, and may not even be a significant factor.

However, the research does show aluminum levels are extraordinarily high in many of us, partly because we get it from so many environmental sources.

And at high levels, it can be toxic and cause numerous health problems.

So as a result of the bad press, manufacturers introduced anodized aluminum cookware as a safer alternative. An electrochemical process seals the aluminum. And that ensures it won't leech out into food, even at high temperatures. Plus, it's a non-stick, scratch-resistant cooking surface, which is what most cooks want. This adaptation is considered generally safe, but there isn't a lot of research to back up safety claims.

Next, you've got Teflon, the non-stick coating for cookware known by chemists as polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). There are actual bird death diaries online with heartbreaking accounts of birds dying when Teflon-coated cookware is overheated.

And not all accounts seem reliable (I just read one with 40 birds flying loose around the house). But the problem here is self-evident.

According to the Environmental Working Group, a pan can "reach 700 degrees Fahrenheit in just 3-5 minutes, releasing 15 toxic gases and chemicals, including two carcinogens."

Now, that's not just a bird killer, that's a people-killer.

So while the levels may be considered "safe" by the regulating bodies, the recommendation is that you take a cue from miners… If the birds are biting the dust, you can't be far behind.

I'd recommend you ditch the Teflon. And if you haven't by 2015, DuPont is going to do it for you. They've announced plans to phase out sales of Teflon by then.

In the wake of the Teflon controversy, a new non-stick option is on the market called Thermolon, which is often referred to as Green Pan. It's being marketed as an Eco-friendly cookware option. It uses nanotechnology and silicon, so it doesn't have the same risks as Teflon. And while it is relatively new – with a limited track record in the research department – it is considered safe for birds.

Which is a step in the right direction.

But personally, I'm going to wait for more data. So, if you need a workout plan… and a way to cook, there is always cast iron cookware.

Seriously, the weight of these can be a problem if you have any kind of arthritis in the hands or wrists, as they can be quite heavy. But otherwise, they are a relatively healthy option. Yes, the iron will leech into your food. And for most people, this isn't a problem.

But, for small children and post-menopausal women – or anyone who already has a lot of iron in their diet – cooking with cast iron may not be the best choice.

Stainless steel is another possible option to consider. It contains a mixture of metals, such as nickel, chromium, molybdenum, and yes, sometimes aluminum. The problem is you never quite know what the mixture is, and whether or not it might be harmful. If you're going to go with stainless steel cookware, be sure it is high-grade surgical steel. It will cost you more… but it's worth it.

And last but not least…
Have you ever wondered why glass is used for laboratory testing most often? Because it's non-porous, does not react with its contents, and can sustain high temperatures if it's the right thickness.

Which makes it perfect for cookware, too.

Ceramic, stoneware and enameled cookware share some of the same qualities, and now that lead is no longer used to process these materials, they're considered safe.

The main reason many people shy away from glass and ceramic cookware is durability. Glass and ceramic can break. And broken glass is definitely not the safest or most desirable kitchen item!

However, glass and ceramic cookware is making a comeback, as is stoneware, which is largely used in the over rather than on the stovetop. And as far as health and safety, they're the best options for my money. Just be sure they are lead-free, and the right heat resistance for your intended use when you make your purchase.

Only you know your cooking needs and preferences.

A chef-level cook is likely to have very strong opinions about which type of cookware makes a better omelet. And an environmentalist will have an opinion about the material. And a bird lover would like to still have a bird – singing in its cage – by the end of the meal.

But at least knowing the pros and cons of each option helps you make an educated decision, based on your needs and preferences.

Now, when they make cookware that makes dinner for you, it better be safe and healthy to use… because that's the one most of us are waiting for!
The best is yet to be..... Vest.... Back later.


Thursday, 23 August 2012

Poverty in the Western World, Mindless out of control spending.

With the exception of out of control illness where in most cases an extra payment is made in order to provide a source of regulation to assist  a family unit, most poverty at family level is caused by sheer ignorance and out of control spending, like having roast peacock on payday and bread and water six days later. Unnecessary  poverty is sometimes illustrated by uncleanliness created by laziness and two mangy dogs barking in minefield of their calling cards around a garbage bin of empty beer bottles.
A recent comment on my previous post relating to so called 'Pay Day Loans' suggests there are people out there prepared make a buck out of this poverty via the ignorance factor, and there seems little that can be done to stop morons offering these loans which only tend to accelerate the predicament of these out of control borrowers.
This scenario is the ideal catalyst for crime, when the impoverished seek to find another source of income to feed their borrowings. Nipping these problems in the bud is difficult when the do gooders are thwarted by the opposite effect of thieving loan sharks.

Definition: poverty level
Synonyms: bare existence, breadline, hand-to-mouth existence, mere existence, pauperism, poverty trap, subsistence level
Vest, Back soon..
The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.
History today.
1938, England's Len Hutton scores a then record 364 runs against the Australians at the Surrey Oval. The game ended by England beating Australia by an innings and 579 runs.
1966. Aboriginal stockmen walk off Lord Vesty's wave hill cattle station, complaining of appalling working conditions.

OK... Back off, it wasn't me.


Monday, 20 August 2012

Woolies pulling the wool over again.

Last time a few months back  Woolworth's Australia (Not FW Woolworth of USA & UK) pulled a slick one which they hoped customers would  fall for when they raised the price of a leg of lamb By $3-00 a kilo and then gave a discount of $10-00 on all legs of lamb. Problem was they increased the normal size of the legs of lamb by not slicing off the leg chops which is done by most butchers to sell separately and reduce the leg to a budget size. The ploy  to sell more didn't work out in fact it backfired and they sold less.
Sunday Aug 19 Woolworth's The so called 'fresh food people' came under fire again". A journo from the Daily Telegraph (My favourite newspaper delivered daily to my door) Announced...
Now this may only apply in Ritzy double Bay or Point Piper and not on the Central coast where I and lots of nice and also clever people live.
Despite a sharp reduction most , Mid loin Racks and Cutlets at Woollies are still priced above those now being sold in most local butcheries and ALDI , also ALDI are selling Boneless rolled lamb forequarter for a dollar less than Woollies 'Bone In'.
.........So it seems if you want your neck chopped or you are a bonehead or a total sausage when shopping you will rack up  a bigger and more expensive experience by shopping at Woollies.

Remember There is only one success - to be able to live your life in your own way and not give others absurd, maddening claims upon it.
Vest, Back soon.

Wed Aug 22. Woolworth's Forequarter chops $8-99 Kilo.Lamb legs $10-79 Kilo.
Coles my local Aussie supermarket, Legs of lamb, $8-99.Kilo.
Woolworth's still have the highest mark up for most of their fresh meat products.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

The Ant and the Grasshopper story revised.

Subject: The Ant & the Grasshopper - updated  Sent in By 'JO'.
I love story with a moral -


This one is a little different .......
Two different versions ......

There are Different Morals


The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house
and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays
the summer away.

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.
The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.


Be responsible for yourself!


The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all
summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a
fool and laughs and dances and plays the
summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and
demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well
fed while he is cold and starving.

Channel 7,9, & 10 News, and A Current Affair show up to provide pictures of
the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home

with a table filled with food. The country is stunned by the sharp contrast.

How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is
allowed to suffer so?

Julia Gillard appears on A Current Affair with the grasshopper and
everybody cries .

The Green Party stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the
news stations film the group singing, We shall overcome.

Green Party Leader Christine Milne condemns the ant and blames The Liberals,
Capitalism and Global warming for the grasshopper's plight.

Wayne Swan exclaims in an interview with TV News that the ant has accrued
wealth off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax
hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally to gain votes to win an election , the Government drafts the
Economic Equity & Anti- Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the

The ant is fined for failing to consider how his hard work and preparation
has affected the Grasshoppers Mana and, having nothing left to pay his
retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated under the Government Land Repo
Act and given to the grasshopper.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends
finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government
confiscated house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be
the ant´s old house, crumbles around them because the
grasshopper doesn't maintain it.

The ant has disappeared to Vanuatu, never to be seen again.

The grasshopper is found dead in a Drugs related incident, and the
house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of Skinhead spiders
who terrorise the once prosperous and peaceful, neighbourhood.


Be careful how you vote !

I've sent this to you because I believe that you are an ant.

You may wish to pass this on to other ants, but don't bother sending it
on to any grasshoppers because they wouldn't understand it, anyway.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

"No it aint V P Day Its V J Day." Aug 15.

Its that time of the year when some of us oldies recall saying 'Thank Gawd for that ,now we can go home" but that didn't happen for most of our crew who would eventually after repairs in Sydney get the ship back to Pompey er Portsmouth March 13 1946 ten months after the war ended in Europe.
Although the BPF encountered a drop of rougher's occasionally it was not the ocean we had to contend with  but the never ending day in day out clashes with the Japanese Air Force" Yeah I know you heard all that shit before", But some may still be having nightmares about its stark reality - particularly those like myself more exposed to the scenario than others who heard the noise but never saw or became involved.
Originally called Vee Jay day and still is in the United Kingdom  the title was overturned by Little  baldy Johnny Howard and Co Chicken Hawk non combatant with multiple Gold cards Billy Bunter aka fish net stockinged Dolly Downer.
As a reminder the enemy was Japan , and the Japanese were not restricted to the the Pacific they had a large presence in the Indian Ocean too I recall the first Japanese plane I saw at Palembang Sumatra Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia)After it was reported I was asked "Are you sure it is an enemy plane" "Yes" I replied , "it has two engines".
Vest Not Forget.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Watts Naval Training School.

Goldings Web Photo Gallery
By Frank Cooke ©
photos from Barnardo's archive
Watts Naval Training School.
North Elmham,Norfolk.

The Watts Naval Training School was first used in 1903 but was not formally opened until 1906. The building dated back to 1871 when it had been built as a County school for fee paying students. WNTS admission was open to orphan and destitute boys who were between 11 and 14 years of age( Wrong!!! I Vest went there Wed 16 Dec 1936 exactly 10.5 years old because i was brainier than most ,joined Royal Navy  Wed Jan 7 1942 at 15 yrs 5 months and twenty days) who would now live a military-style life and training. The boys were given numbers to identify themselves (Vest was 117) more so than their own names. Their hair was clipped short and they were rigged out in sailors’ uniforms.
In a strict regime which seems terribly harsh by today’s standards, the boys’ lives were now to be governed by bugle calls. The cane was used as a swift punishment for those breaking the rules. The boys’ best kit was stowed away, and their boots and socks were locked up. Apart from on Sunday parades and for church services, they would wear nothing on their feet inside or outside the building from April to October – regardless of the weather!
Their days began at 5.45am. The first hour of the day was reserved for cleaning, sweeping, scrubbing and polishing. Next would come breakfast and then assembly. Classes began at 9.15am and would continue through the day till 4.50pm. The boys would learn seamanship, physical training, gunnery, drill and signals, as well as other lessons.
The evenings were busy too – tea, homework, supper and, at 8pm, the teeth-cleaning ceremony when hundreds of boys lined up for a spoonful of cooking salt with which to scrub and gargle. After another assembly, it was time for prayers and lights out at 9pm. Throughout the night, boys would take turns at sentry duty. It was a tough life and one which hit hard during those first few weeks, but the reports seem to indicate that most boys grew to love their unusual school in the end.( A LOAD OF BOLLOCKS say's Vest)
Watts Naval School prided itself on turning out many a fine young sailor to serve the country during the period covering the two world wars ( yes Vest was part of that child cannon fodder). Dr Barnardo's also had another Nautical Training School, training boys for the Merchant Navy, this was called the Russell Cotes Nautical School.
WNTS housed just under 300 boys. It stood on high ground at North Elmham in Norfolk, about fifteen miles from Norwich, and twelve miles from the sea. The whole estate covered some 54 acres, and was bounded to the west by the river Wensum. A ship's mast stood in front of the building seen in the above photo.
One Watts boys name will stand the test of time, he was a plate steward on the unsinkable R.M.S Titanic for more information click here
The Watts Naval Training School closed in 1949 with most of the boys were transferred to The Russell-Cotes Nautical Training School, Parkstone, Poole in Dorset. In 1950 Watts became an 'ordinary' Dr. Barnardo's home for mixed family groups of children aged three to 15 years. It remained open until 1954.
For more information on Watts Sea School Click here
To read what Dr Thomas Barnardo wrote about Watts Click Here
To view some photos of the Naval Schools. Click here

When was the home built? The home was built in 1871 as a county school. It included a principal's house, a chapel. a laundry. an infirmary cottage, a swimming bath and boat house. This was for fee paying students.
Who lived there? It was built by Mr Ernest H Watts, a local farmer and landowner as a private school to educate gentleman farmers, but was never a financial success.
When was it a Barnardo's home? The school was generously donated to Barnardo's in 190I, In the Dr Barnardo's Homes annual report for that year, it states:
There is a splendid gift by Mr E H Watts of a magnificently appointed building at North Elmham in Norfolk, to be devoted to the purposes of a naval training school. "350 lads can be accommodated", The whole was acquired and presented to the Association by Mr E H Watts, who has also agreed, in conjunction with his son, Mr Fenwick S Watts, to defray the cost of necessary alterations, furnishings and fittings, together amounting to over £13,000. Watts Naval Training School was officially opened on 11th March 1903 by King Edward VII when he was Prince of Wales.
How many children lived there? There was around 300 boys a time at aged 10 to 16 years at Watts during its life as a naval training school.
When did the home close? Watts Naval Training School closed in 1949. The home closed in 1953 and the main buildings were later sold and demolished in 1960, The school house, chapel, captain's house, four cottages, sanatorium, old rectory and gardener's cottage still remain.
What is the home used for today? In the 1960s, a turkey and chicken farm was established on the old school's foundations, For a while, the chapel was used to house pigs, The chapel, gardener's cottage, captain's house, four cottages and old rectory have now been sold, refurbished and turned into private dwellings. Four new houses were built on the site of the old school in 2005/6. During clearance of the site before building started the floors of the school were exposed and a few hundred of the Norfolk Pammets which were throughout the school. These have been set into the paved areas around the house - a reminder of times past!
The new houses are all occupied by young professional families with young children, which has added a new dimension and community to the County School or Watts Navel school.

Did you know: In 1920 The Prince of Wales Sea Training School opened as a Merchant Navy Sea Training Establishment in Dover. They are also recorded as having a school at Limehouse E1. The School in Dover was named after the same Prince of Wales that opened Goldings in 1922. They also had a Sea Training Hostel at Ingham, Stalham, Norfolk. (1940 -1953) but this school was not run by Dr Barnardo's To view the web site click here

I READ with much sadness of the death of Mr Bertram 'Bert' Busby, late of Watts Naval Training School (Guild Messenger summer '98). I called to see him in 1992 at his home, on the 50th anniversary of my time in Watts. My memory of him while I was at Watts was of a very fair and just officer.
One incident we both recalled was when we were to have a visit from a high-ranking officer of the Royal Navy. Preparations had been going on for some weeks before. We were drilled on the parade ground every day for a fortnight, until we could almost carry out all the drill blindfolded. I was a leading hand at the time from Jellicoe division and was on duty with the night officer the very night before the big day.
We were doing our rounds of the quarter deck and dormitories just on daybreak when I spotted some white streamers fluttering from the trees at the side of the parade ground. It turned out to be a dozen or more toilet rolls decorating the fir trees. For the next two hours all hell broke loose but by breakfast time all was calm and on the face of it back to normal. The visit went off very well and the 'big man' from the Navy was most impressed. After the visiting parry had left, full parade was called and the lieutenant ordered the culprits who had seen fit to affix the decorations to take one pace forward in the ranks. Not a move was seen - after the third request, the order came: extra drill for the whole school for one week. We never did find out who did the deed and, as Mr Busby said, maybe just as well!
Our sincere sympathies to Mrs Busby and family.
Basil George, Watts 1941-43

Sidney Asbury continues his story of his time in care. The first part started a Euston Hall:
When I was about 12/13 years old, I went to W.N.T.S. for about three years. I think it was from 1942-1945. That's where I met John Wilcox (or Tank) as we knew him. He was in STURDEE? division and I was in TYRWHITT division (N0257). Mr A. Price if I remember rightly was Lieutenant Price, or 'Jimmy the One'. Bert Busby was the P.T.I. There were two Mr Greens one was Green 'G' because he taught us gunnery and the other was Green's' because he taught seamanship ('Boxing' the compass, steering the ship etc.) Another officer who taught us semaphore signalling etc. was a gent by the name of Sid Pointer. The bandmaster was Mr Joyce? We had a very good band in those days. But I think the "star" of the band was a young man named Trevor Lintott he could really play the bugle. I think he went on to do very well in The Royal Marines. Anyway, I have rambled on a bit, haven't I?
Sidney Asbury
WNTS 1945 - 1948
Sidney had his story published in The Guild Messenger Winter 1992. In answer to Sidney's question No not enough.

*******Hello everyone. My name is Leslie John Bowyer. I am a former student of Watts Naval Training School and my number was 117 I was In six and three companies, my instructors were Fizzy Spain, Killer Stark, Bert Busby and my head master Hugh Wallace Hoskins. My time at WNTS was between 1937 and 1941. at age nearly 79 I still have vivid memories of the school most of which I must truthfully state were not to my liking. Reading various stories of former people at the school, the school had its good points, but these were not reflected by the actual students; whose creature discomforts were at a low point compared to that of the staff, to state the obvious I was rarely happy at WNTS. I having seen better times before my arrival there.
My favourite teachers were Mr Stokes and Mr Phillips who I was more comfortable with. I now live in Australia since leaving the Royal Navy on Pension in the late sixties. Recently I came in possession of a book published by Trafford in Canada titled "Waving Goodbye To A Thousand Flies" The author 'John Leonard Spencer', this person states that he was a student at a school named Halls Naval Academy. I having searched for this school I came up with a blank, it never existed. But wait for it. Reading between the lines and a description of that said Academy, required little persuasion for me to believe it was WNTS. I found the book Wholesomly interesting with few dull moments. I will send a copy of the school description from John Leonard Spencers book "Waving goodbye to a thousand flies" for you to work out for yourself.
Yours faithfully
Leslie John Bowyer
NSW Australia.
Click here to view John Leonard Spencers book "Waving goodbye to a thousand flies"

Saturday, 4 August 2012

History on this day August 4.

!704. The British Royal Navy under Admiral Rooke capture Gibraltar from the Spanish.
1945. Vest received body wounds .
1962. At age 36, Vest's family of Wife and Three Sons arrive in Hong Kong. Vest to take up Shore Base posting for 2 years plus.
1962. Marilyn Monroe 36 is found deceased in her hotel room.
1914. Britain and loyal colonies declare war on Germany. My hero as a child, Foster Bro Frank was born.
!971. Vest's Wife and Five Sons arrive in Sunny? Sydney, to become Australian citizens.
2012. Fat Cat Playboy punter; Porky Jimmy Packer, parts company with 77 pounds (35 Kilo's)of Tummy fat. By eating smaller portions of, Caviar, fillet steak, truffles and and other crap the Hoi Polloi cannot afford.
2012 Sydney Mayor MS (MARE) Clover Moore, avoids hefty parking fine by  over staying in 2 Min Zone in order to deliver political pamphlets.
2012. Pie waffling Victorian Labour M P Bill Shorten  abuses Chinese immigrant shop owner regarding a cold meat pie by using the 'F' word. (The forecast is that foul-mouth Billy Shorten  will suddenly become citizen Shorten Shortly after the next Erection Say's Chinese Cafe owner.
How did your Aug 4 go,  have you remembered some incident either today or in previous years that  come to mind and worth remembering?
A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.
Back soon Vest.

Back again from the jaws of extinction

It is now three days since my recovery from surgery for the dreaded C , I am feeling OK And expect to be around a little longer.

A 'Thank You' for all those well wishers who called. There is a long list somewhere I believe. Still looking.........Er Chris my eldest says';  There is no list, not even a D D you bastard which would have clarified the way people think. So just to let you know I'll be back  soon to stir the bucket or can .FU2
Vest back soon.
Think it more satisfactory to live richly than die rich

Vale Percy ; my senior Brother in law R I P.  Percy died in the U/K during my stay in Hospital in NSW Aust.... "Percy was a real nice bloke".

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Final Letter to Wyong Council.NSW Australia

From: Les Bowyer To: Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 3:19 PM Subject: Abuse of Council property. I would like to draw to your attention to the unkempt state of the road verge adjoining the property known as 11 Kewalo Avenue, Budgewoi. Since the visit of a Council Ranger a few weeks ago relating to another matter which was resolved, namely the parking of vehicles on the nature strip thereby blocking access to pedestrians etc. My registered trailer was parked on the nature strip for the purpose of preventing the nice gentleman at no 13 from destroying our frontage as he has done to his by using our frontage as an exit from his property (Nature strip). It has taken the person at Number 13 at least two weeks beyond the visit of said Ranger to get used to the Idea of not parking on the Said nature strip. Said neighbour parks his Ivan M type Vehicle actually in the water course, the passenger side wheels facing north and one metre from the bitumen edge. This in effect has left our frontage at Number 11 in a sorry state. I leveled the mess out last week but the nice person from number 13 has performed again. It seems on leaving for his employment in the early hours, he wheelies around in a tight circle which also involves the cutting up the verge of the property across the road in addition to his rampage. On Monday 25 June we placed two bins strategically across our section thereby making the neighbour park in front of his property the bins were removed today. Hopefully he will find this more convenient. *****However, the mess remains and will remain until someone other than myself comes to sort it out. The reason for this being, the maintenance of the grassed area cannot be carried out properly, and as a result the grass can grow as high as you want it to grow as I shall avoid any further maintenance period. Anyhow it is the Council's property and we have no use for it. Should you wish to contact me please telephone 43908894 between 0830 and 1200 for an appointment to discuss this matter at my address. Yours Sincerely, Leslie I Bowyer. 11 Kewalo avenue , Budgewoi NSW .......AKA, Vest Daily make an interesting post what say you, have a thoughtful day. BTW: this mess if left unattended. will make an ideal Mosquito breeding ground. PS: Are all other vehicles in our street exempt from these Council orders. ----- Original Message ----- From: Les Bowyer To: Sent: Friday, July 06, 2012 3:06 PM Subject: Fw: Abuse of Council property. Dear Public Servant. This message relates to previous message attached. It would seem little or nothing has transpired regarding any action taken in respect of my previous message. Unfortunately we the occupants of 11 Kewalo Ave, do on some pretence or other leave the premises for varied activities relating to the general course of living, so it can be safely assumed the possibility of an incoming phone call from Council may have been inadvertently missed; possibly. However, due to several days of the previous week having someone in attendance to receive incoming calls the likelihood is that this has not happened. The present situation sees the Mr Wonderful next door at No 13 continue to park his Ivan M type truck in the slush and mud of the Ditch / Waterway which would more than likely be a parking offence also one of defacing public property- Please reply by phone or email your intentions soonest. please also re- re read ***** in previous in previous message. Thank you Leslie J Bowyer. 11, Kewalo Ave, Budgewoi. BTW, I am 86 years of age and my wife 78 yesterday, we are too frail to carry out major earthworks and unable to dig or repair council ditches on a voluntary basis, anyhow, I don't have a shovel. Quote, 'Give me a firm place to stand and I will move the earth. ..Archimedes. Letter sent Tuesday July 31.2012. To Whom it may concern @wyong council offices. G-day if you are human or ZING ZING tiddly ding if you are a mechanical device. Once More I am contacting you with further advice on the continuing saga of the frontage at 11 Kewalo as above,NOTHING WHATSOEVER HAS BEEN CONDUCTED BY YOUR ORGANIZATION TO RECTIFY THIS UNPLEASANT SITUATION. The present state of the frontage is one of chaos ; which has been created by Mr. xxxxx next door at number 13. Three days ago I took my aged and frail body Aged 86 with garden tools and leveled off the area being it had dried out a little, the day following (Sunday) 29 inst. As the grass(lawn?) was dry I was able to eventually use the mower in between stoppages for heart murmurs and revitalizing drinks of water.during that time Mr. xxxx's truck was parked in the ditch, thus preventing me from even trying to trim any foliage his truck was covering. shortly after he left and on his return he knowingly parked illegally between our wheelie bin and the nature strip, his truck sloped at an acute angle. This was in my opinion and that of the Policeman we called upon as totally unnecessary as his driveway - capacity for two cars was at the time available to accommodate his truck. This morning Mr xxxx had left at 0700approx, but he had parked over night despite police orders not to; on said area in contention, leaving it in as much sickening mess as before. At this point in time I am requesting that some one from your organization; preferably large and muscular, call upon said miscreant at 13 Kewalo and deal with this problem effectively and with permanence in mind or and, with a 'Or else' option. Would you please try to contact me soonest in order to discuss this matter further if such is necessary. Tomorrow will not be a suitable time due to much of tomorrow I shall be slightly fuzzy , this being due to my being in hospital in Gosford having an operation on my inner parts, then should I escape death I shall be celebrating my prodigal son's birthday on Thursday 2nd Aug. Please contact me soonest before Xmas if possible or before the grass in the ditch will be three feet tall. AVAGDAY Leslie j Bowyer.----- Original Message ----- To desire and strive to be of some service to the world, to aim at doing something which shall increase the happiness and welfare of mankind - this is a choice which is possible for all of us and surely is a good haven to sail for. Vest Daily Gaggle .com ..... Back soon ? Hopefully!!!.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Contiued from previous post.

I was close to home when I saw the Coal delivery man open our front gate. I watched as the big lurcher dog from the mill mounted one of Auntie Parker's Scots Terriers in the flower bed. Auntie flapped her arm yelling "Someone do something"., The Coal man promptly dropped his sack of coal and grabbed then squeezed the lurcher's testicles. The poor dog, his his coitus interrupted,let out an unearthly howl and shot off down the road his back legs hobbling in a three legged sprint. My adopted uncle Robert was a queer old cove. he lived in a large three storey house by the river cherwell in Oxford with a man servant?. Though his sexual preferences may have been questionable, his meanness certainly wasn't. Uncle Bob rarely bought a newspaper, always choosing the library for such information, and always rode a bicycle twelve miles to visit us. The day he turned up late hot and flustered with a puncture I was sent to the Post Office to buy a puncture repair kit that cost me six pennies, a rather large sum for a nine year old. Uncle Bob the mean old sod failed to reimburse me, I then complained to Auntie Parker about my financial loss. she then stated it was God's punishment for fibbing to farmer Frankman about his bull. I then retaliated by informing Auntie that while she was entertaining Farmer Turner with tea and biscuits in our lounge room with the window curtains drawn, up the road Dickey Moores and Curly Hicks were pointing out to the village copper where I was supposedly nicking farmer turners Mangold wurzels. while Auntie knew Farmer turner said I could take as many as I wanted on that day he called on you. I then told Auntie that, two days later when you told me you were going to the village hall, the policeman saw your bicycle at turners farmhouse, later the policeman told me everything had been sorted out and I was clean. Soon after Auntie gave me a hug and big kiss and told me not to mention what I knew to anyone, Then she gave me the six pennies Uncle Bob owed me. All for now Back soon Vest.

Vest Has Left the Building

To advise that Vest (Les Bowyer) passed away this morning. Regards, Chris (Son).