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Sydney to Hobart Yacht race 1945

      I was a youthful 19.5 year old when I had my pic taken on the Rani in Hobart 1945. It is a pity being as I lost most of the contents in my personal locker in 1948 while on leave from HMS Duke of York  which included said photo and many more stolen or destroyed.      It was on a Sunday January 6, 1945 in Sydney  that the ship I was serving on The HMS KING George V was returning home to the UK months after the end of WW2  due to the lengthy repairs which took  place in Sydney.Then finally on our way home  Via Hobart Tasmania at a breakneck speed of eight knots (due to a steering defect we arrived in Portsmouth UK on March 13 , A bit bedraggled  but pleased to be home after the mayhem of the Pacific war and the following months of love-ins in Sydney(Another story) It must be dreadful to believe that the poms won the inaugural race. 1945 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation , search 1st Sydney to Hobar

Tornado hits Sydney NSW AUS..

A storm hit Sydney yesterday with wind strengths up to 212 Kls per hour . some dreadful damage occurred read about it in the Sydney Daily Telegraph on line. Vest is not new to such phenomena having experienced a typhoon at sea off of Sakishima Gunto March 31  1945 which in fact saved our bacon and kept us the BPF out of operations for 24 hours until the yanks landed the next day on Okinawa; Easter Sunday and all fools day.The next Typhoon was in Sagami bay Japan late Aug 1945 prior to entering Tokyo bay. quite a scene with many smaller ships losing their moorings and floating around perilously. However, the worst was yet to come when in 1962 living with my family of wife and three sons in the suburb of Laichicok New territories Hong Kong, the  epicentre of Typhoon Wanda  the mother of all typhoons arrived over the colony. I leave out my personal experiences because they would not match the horror and suffering of others at the time of this tragedy. Wikki will explain it better. spel

Clover Moore? I say Cloverless.

Like the old song went, "dont have any more MissuS Moore", it is now a stark fact that Sydneysiders have reached their peak of discontent and are still maintaining the rage. Todays statement  from this blinkered Mare AKA the Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore , will have enraged most people, only a person devoid of tact with the brain of a blind rocking horse would claim the Lindt Cafe siege in 2014 was not terrorism. The whole world heard of this atrocity in grim detail which was committed by a  Muslim person who was declaed insane, I would believe that anyone blowing themselves to smithereens or engaging in a suicidal shoot out would have to be likened to a headless chook or a Lord Mayer. Question . "Has the title 'Lady Mayoress' been dropped for the blokie title Mayor, or was it chosen to suit her likely differing gender " ? Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip. Vest,.... Back soon. https://www.youtub

No sign of Heaven yet, Plus beng deported

     A  Russian  hacker has disclosed that the space traveller to planet Mars leaked a unreported official message received from the probe that so far there has been no sighting of heaven or angels on its travels, The pontiff in Rome and other eccleslastical faith industry followers are refusing to comment  apart from a well known American human  pygmy scientologist a top gun flier called Tarm who has stated "ar harve bin to heaven with arld nic, arm harving prarblems finding my way back.     Federal authorities have recently deported a large number of high profile bikies  and other big time crims after realising none had become Australian citizens, despite living here in OZ most of their pitiful lives. It doth seem that any person who upsets the applecart big time will have their marching orders should they not be bonafide Oz cits.  it will also prevent them from  receiving pensions from where and  whence they go. My wife and I have been Oz cits for forty odd years but none of

Euro and Pound Swap places.

Today's Sydney Daily Telegraph frightful cock up would worry a heap of Poms seeking news regarding the value of the pound . Again we have the Pound in the Euro spot and visa versa for the Euro in the Pound slot      This follows Saturday's Faux Pas by a proof reading wobble head  who allowed the Friday's score card to be replaced by one dating back to January 2015 Joke of the day  : The little boy was asked by his teacher, 'When was the Magna Carta signed."  The boy replied," Lunchtime at a quarter past twelve.sir." Vest Say's , my hand was sore from the cane administered by (Attila) A D Bates - my History teacher. Proving it doesn't  pay to be smart. Vest.... Back soon. PS the pound is on 47 and the euro on 65.. some dif.
Dear friend or relative. This is a general mail out to enable those of you who do not wish to receive mail outs in the form of letters posts and other material delivered by PC.from me. the rule is quite simple (for most people) Should you not reply within 21 days of receiving this message indicating you wish to continue, all messages will cease from then on, unless at a later date you inform me of your wish to continue as before. Over the past four months , my time has been gobbled up by travel and its consequences; domestic and health issues , most of which have been sorted out although controlling the problems of hers truly(Dementia) and the infectious knock on my shin is a worry. However, I passed my aged driving test recently and my next test will be when I am 91 July 16 2017.. Shortly I shall start on my lengthy Christmas card list. This mail out will help somewhat. most of those who sent them last year will be in the offing but probably not all. and fo

Dim Witted Sydney Daily Telegragh Proof Readers Stuff Up Again..

     Newspaper proof readers are paid oodles of dosh to get it written right not written rotten. It could be assumed that today's  Sydney Daily Telegraph" Sports Scoreboard" was contrived by an unqualified ex thugby tattooed retarded mutton head living in Rip van winkle land.      Instead of displaying the past twenty four hours major sports results, we have a  last January scoreboard; IE the first Ashes test cricket scores plus the mid season thugby league  scores.      I expect we shall see yesterdays results sometime in January or possibly tomorrow or an announcement of a possible new Editor taking up the slack. Ask yourself always: how can this be done better? Have the Sydney Daily Telegraph delivered daily to your door monthly for less than forty bucks. Vest... Back soon.

The boring untruths of facebook

     I don't care a hoot if I insult you because you are a face book moron , it is about time you long time users and losers were told the truth      Here I shall give you a few reasons not to like face book any more full stop.     First of all Face book is always watching like a sweaty old middle aged bimbo or dirty old geezer whose only interest is immorality and depravity; take your pick. It is also a a source of anything likely to be of little use plus a guide to future depravity for the  unemployable school leavers expanding the dole queue's.. The predators mentioned watching  and recording every thing you like or desire and every ones info you have recorded, yes every one you have ever  visited..      The face book man keeps are not simply filed away under I bet you wish we were not watching you so closely, your news feed is based on this info All of your past love trysts and agony plus the latest fleeting  romance as well as your on line history , is used to sell you

A Study of Studs. Or.....

  When you're from the country your perception is a little bit different. A farmer drove to a neighbour's farmhouse and knocked at the door. A boy aged about 9 opened the door. "Is your dad or mum home?" said the farmer. "No, they went to town." "What about your brother Howard? Is he here?" "No, he went with Mum and Dad" The farmer stood there for a few minutes, shifting from one foot to the other and mumbling to himself. "I know where all the tools are, if you want to borrow one, or I can give Dad a message." "Well," said the farmer uncomfortably, "I really wanted to talk to your Dad. It's about your brother Howard getting my daughter Suzy pregnant." The boy thought for a moment... "You would have to talk to Dad about that. I know he charges £500 for the bull and £50 for the pig, but I don't know how much he charges for Howar

I am back and glad so.+ a letter to relatives

My jaunt to the land of hope and glory didn't quite cut the mustard as did previous times, Maybe it was our age factor and less interest by those we visited. To be truthful the best efforts to make our stay pleasing were shared equally by relatives residing in Benson Havant and Dover. To give and not to count the cost may be an old parable but adding up the amount of time through the ages when relatives have stayed with my family on their overseas visits to us is at least three times greater than we have prevailed upon them. Admittedly some relatives in the UK are reluctant to travel the long distance or are scared of flying despite offers to pay 50% of their fare . The other factor which delivered a constant flow of anxiety came from the anti social antics and garrulity of our prodigal son who failed in his role of  both driver and assistant; (It is better we leave the details unspoken) Better still unprinted. More details can be obtained on request. So far I have not heard a &q

Today in History. 1926 Post 1305.

It was Eighty Nine years ago when Vest AKA LJB, Me, was born at 21 Homerton High street Hackney London E 8; within the sound of Bow Bells . Thank you for those relatives and friends who have sent Birthday wishes from far and wide  and those from my sons face book friends. Nothing much happening at the moment, tomorrow I shall be doing my Aged Persons driving test, and then on Sat & Sunday finalise packing for the trip to the sceptred isle set in a silver sea, departing 1510  Mon 20, arriving Heathrow 0530 Tuesday 21st. and retuning to OZ Aug 25.  I shall be taking the wife, and the youngest son to do the driving and baggage handling , which will make the trip less arduous. So that is all for now see you all later on. Vest .... Back soon. It is better one lives richly than dies rich.

The Muslim Book Store

MUSLIM BOOK STORE __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ So, there I was, walking through the new mall, when I saw that there was a “Muslim Book Store.” I was wondering what exactly was in a “Muslim book store” so I went on in. I was wandering around taking a look and the clerk stopped me asked if he could help me – I imagine I didn’t look like his normal clientele. So I asked for a copy of the UK Immigration Policy Book regarding Muslims. The Clerk said, “Piss off, get out, and stay out !” I said, “Yes, that's the one. Do you have that in paperback?”

Australian passports and more.

Going overseas no matter where you will require a passport, if it is a foreign or British passport you will have to have a valid Visa for your return to Australia. If your passport has expired, you will be required to apply for a new one, and this may be achieved by going on line for the info. Here is the problem., IT WiLL TAKE 9 WEEKS before it arrives back from merry England.. However if you are like some of my sons who are Brit Born and have not moved from Aus since their arrival in 1971 and have not become naturalized, not only will you have the previous problem but another denying you an Aus passport, which means a six month Wait to become a Aus Citizen after your application. The application for an Aus passport will take around two weeks and cost half as much as a Brit passport. There are concessions for the aged and infirm.. In the past there have been anomalies where sportsmen like Kepplar Wessells a springbok from Suid Afrika was allowed to play c

"I Believe its a coming."

Three strangers strike up a conversation in the airport lounge in Bozeman, Montana, awaiting their flights. One is an American Indian, passing thru from Lame Deer. Another is a cowboy on his way to Billings for a livestock show. And the third is a fundamentalist Arab student from the Middle East, newly arrived at Montana State University. Their discussion drifts to their diverse cultures. Soon, the two Westerners learn that the Arab is a devout, radical Muslim and the conversation falls into an uneasy lull. The cowboy leans back in his chair, crosses his boots on a magazine table and tips his big sweat-stained hat forward over his face. The wind outside is blowing tumbleweeds around and the old windsock is flapping, but still no plane comes. Finally, the American Indian clears h

Spoonerisms. What is Your Favourite?

Professor Spooner after having delivered his speech regarding the retirement of the college Dean.. said  "Raise your glasses  ladies and gentlemen., I now propose a toast to our Queer Dean".   There have been many faux pas  in the past , some real political clangers and such, which one is your favourite?  BTW The Rev W Spooner was the  dean of  New College at Oxford university around the mid 19th cent. a pasty faced weired looking bloke.  Go on ... Have a go. Vest.... back later.

Saving your Life.

                                            CPR ON YOURSELF........................(different!!) 1 Let's say it's 7.25pm and you're going home (alone of course) after an unusually hard day on the job. 2 You're really tired, upset and frustrated. 3 Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up in to your jaw. You are only about five miles from the hospital nearest your home. 4 Unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far. 5 You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself. 6 HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE? Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness. 7 However, these victims can hel

Birthdays... History... and Un Birthdays

     Today in Most of Australia  The Queen of the Commonwealth's Birthday will be celebrated Chronologically this elderly old crone lord bless her royal socks  will turn 89 years and 48 days of age. Her royal highness Aunt Betty will share her Birth year  with such notables as Marilyn Monroe June 1, 1926, Fidel Castro Aug 13- 1926  And David Attenborough May 8 1926, Also an old geezer named Vest ; Yours truly was born (yes born) On July 16-1926, Gorgeous Marilyn was pronounced deceased on Aug 4 -1962 the day I was posted and arrived in 'Fragrant Harbour H/K back in 1962.      However, it was on this day the ninth day of June in  632 the year of our lord that Mohammed the founder of the Islamic religion Died and  is currently cavorting with numerous virgins in that big Mosque in the heavens, but it was ten years earlier that Big Mo took flight from Mecca on July 16  622, which formed the foundation day for the Islamic Religion.( I sometimes wonder if the world would be a bett

Religeous Tolerance.

Subject: Tolerance 101  "I am truly perplexed that so many of my friends are against another mosque being built in Sydney. I think it should be the goal of every Australian to be tolerant regardless of their religious beliefs. Thus the mosque should be allowed, in an effort to promote tolerance." “That is why I also propose that two nightclubs be opened next door to the mosque, thereby promoting tolerance from within the mosque. We could call one of the clubs, which would be gay, 'The Turban Cowboy' and the other, a topless bar, would be called 'You Mecca Me Hot'." “Next door should be a butcher shop that specializes in pork, and adjacent to that an open-pit barbecue pork restaurant, called 'Iraq of Ribs'." “Across the street there could be a lingerie store called &quo

Yes I am still here. Post 1297.

          I have been a trifle lax in posting lately due to a more complex lifestyle being thrust upon myself and others in our home. Gardening is now nearly non existent and the forty bucks spent on a four weekly call for mowing 560 sq metres of lawn ; er grass & weeds is good news for my back pain( Anyhow ; I wonder how many 89 year olds mow their lawns.).          My early morning read, the Daily Telegraph, has the usual last ten pages or more and the centre pages stuffed with Thugby League Bilge and Crap. Recently all of the blue NSW thingy splattering my daily read came to a soul shattering end when the Maroons from Joe bonkers banana land alias the land of the great ugly cane toad land and the NSW  mob of bone crunchers clashed yesterday for an hour and a half,  the result being 11 and 10, The local bunch of overweight ugly tattooed mutton heads are saying the refs favoured the ugly cane toads, for their loss, Most of these gormless footy guys their facial grimaces display

Yes I am still here.. Post 19

The clever Indonesian Drug smuggler

A couple or so years ago I wrote about the Indonesian drug smuggler who was incarcerated in Sydney silverwater jail. the bloke in question was awarded seven years in the slammer. however, his good behaviour and having learned English while in jail  gave him the good fortune of privileged day release ,whereupon he was able to earn approx 500 dollars a week after tax . after paying the prison authorities their share and a few bucks for personal comforts this guy was able to send home more than two hundred bucks per week to his tribe in Indonesia,  after several years his tribe had finalised the purchase of their family home with the donated dosh and lived happily ever after. it was also suggested  by his tribe he should extend his jail time. It was easy to understand why, because the judge who jailed the Corby person was only paid an annual salary equal to Aus$12,000-00 per annum.. It does not require much brain power to work that out. Vale Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran,and all the

The Drug Dealers of Budgewoi.

Budgewoi on the NSW Central Coast in Australia  would be described as a normally quiet beach side town/village  with a  majority of elderly or retired persons. Budgewoi has a  twin parade of shops and businesses covering all the requirements of our community of around 3,000 souls. This included until recently two Chemist shops.; one at the rear parade and the other facing  the front near scenic drive the main thoroughfare. In the main most of these businesses  display a easy on the eye unobtrusive frontage.  However, not any more Well yank my doodle its a dandy not only am fed up with Crap American Films or Movies without captions and cheap non musical sounds drowning the non English verbals like "Barrb the Carp's Jarb is ter darb in rarbers and lark em in de Fart, Gard demmit.Yesterday I stopped by to purchase the weekly medications and Lo and behold before my disbelieving eyes there was this gaudy pink yellow anf blue coloured Asiatic looking frontage displaying the words T

Channel Seven news, "Get it right".

There are no battleships in tonight's news at 630pm. They are WARSHIPS. The last Commonwealth or British Battleship that was a warship of Battleship class to fire an Angry Shot was the 40,000 ton Battleship HMS King George V in August 1945 during the war in the Pacific.. It was scrapped 57 years ago.....Les Bowyer Budgewoi Ex KGV. BTW , it would be like calling a submarine  a battleship. A battleship is a large armoured warship with a main battery consisting of heavy calibre guns. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries the battleship was the most powerful type of warship, and a ... Wikipedia . " Get it'


An Engineer could not find a job, so he opens a clinic, and puts a sign outside that says "Get treatment for $50, If not cured get back $100." A Doctor thinks this is a good opportunity to show up the Engineer and earn a quick $100. And so he visits the clinic. Doctor: I have lost my sense of taste. Engineer: Nurse , bring the medicine from box No 22 and place 3 drops in the patient's mouth. Patient (Doctor): Spits out the medicine and says "This is not medicine, it's petroleum". Engineer: Congratulations. You have your taste back. That will be $50. Doctor gets annoyed, and returns after several days to recover his money. Doctor : I have lost my memory and can't remember a thing. Engineer : Nurse , bring medicine from box No 22 and put 3 drops in the patient's  mouth  Doctor: "This medicine is for the sense of taste" protests the Doctor. Engineer : Congratula
An Engineer could not find a job, so he opens a clinic, and puts a sign outside that says "Get treatment for $50, If not cured get back $100." A Doctor thinks this is a good opportunity to show up the Engineer and earn a quick $100. And so he visits the clinic. Doctor: I have lost my sense of taste. Engineer: Nurse , bring the medicine from box No 22 and place 3 drops in the patient's mouth. Patient (Doctor): Spits out the medicine and says "This is not medicine, it's gasoline". Engineer: Congratulations. You have your taste back. That will be $50. Doctor gets annoyed, and returns after several days to recover his money. Doctor : I have lost my memory and can't remember a thing. Engineer : Nurse , bring medicine from box No 22 and put 3 drops in the patient's mouth. Doctor: "This medicine is for the sense of taste" protests the Doctor. Engineer : Congra