Saturday, November 25, 2017

The 'Strayan Constitution

Lemme see if I have this right.

An Australian politician born in Australia to English parents is deemed to be a dual citizen.

Under our Constitution, a politician cannot have allegiance to a foreign power.  He/she must resign or the High Court will deem them ineligible.

So they must renounce their dual citizenship, stand for election, and if elected they must swear allegiance to the Queen before they can take their seat in parliament.

How fucked up is that?

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Time has passed since my last post.

I have been busy putting the finishing touches to my ebook.

If you want a copy, just send me an email and I'll send it to you in both ebook format and pdf.  You will be requested to send a donation to a Veteran's charity, but that is optional.

I had help from two other Vietnam Veterans, Bob Whittaker and Dave Murphy whom I met for the first time this week.

We met through the wonders of the internet.  Bob was the one who got me motivated to write my story about my experiences in the Army and Vietnam about 7 years ago and Dave was a recent acquaintance who volunteered to edit my book and to put it in ebook format.

I tried a few book publishers but with no interest.  I tried to explain to them that my book is different to other war memoirs in that my story is told with humour.  My guess is they knocked me back because there are too many photos of me in the book, but when you is as good lookin' as me why not flaunt it? 😂😂😂

We Vietnam veterans are a funny lot.  When I met Dave he said I was fat. I responded that his cancer ridden body was ugly and skinny; and he had no hair.  I didn't quite hear what Bob said when we first met, but I'm sure I heard the 'ugly' word.


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

1962 XL Falcon

I bought this car in 2104 for $14,500 and flew to Melbourne to pick it up.

I sold it to a bloke in Tweed Heads a few months back for the same money as I paid for it.  He recently had it for sale on Ebay for $34,000.  Dunno if it sold though.  He did some work on the car.  Resprayed the top probably because it had a fair bit of orange peel, and redid the chrome.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Outback a snack for the fabulous Ford Territory

2015 Ford Territory AWD Diesel

We bin out and about

Mad Max 2 Museum at Silverton

Menindee first town on the Darling River

Sculptures Broken Hill

Swan family swimming from the Darling River to the Murray River

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The fabulous 2001 AUII Ford Fairlane Sportsman

Friday, June 10, 2016

Looks like the rain is finally starting to clear after about a week of showers.

We are expecting a nice frost in the morning.

 This is our front 'fence'

Looking NE from our deck.  The church is about a mile away.  Picture taken with Canon EOS40D with 300mm lens

Thursday, June 9, 2016

I dug out my old DSLR camera which I haven't used for about a year.

The amount of birds around is what motivated me to get it outa the bottom draw.

Ii is a Canon EOS 40D about 10 years old now, but still plenty of life left in the old girl.

The last time I used it was to see if I can take pictures of the stars. I took a couple of shots, checked them out on the camera's screen, saw that they were hopeless; and packed it away.

This is one of them

As you can see, there is nothing to see 

I loaded it onto the computer where I have Photoshop Elements.  I do recall setting the camera up for the maximum setting - biggest picture and finest detail plus RAW.

The program immediately open PE in RAW mode which hadn't seen before.  It has a number of adjustments that could be made to the image, including an 'auto' button.  I hit that and this is what happened.

Magic eh?

But wait, there's more.

Near the Southern Cross is the Coal Sack nebulae which not many people have seen.  It is visible to the naked eye however not in the cities and towns.

Here is a 3 minutes exposure

You can imagine my delight.  These images are blurred but show the potential by experimenting with camera settings, exposure times and a bit of imagination.

Stay tuned for more stuff as I hone my night picture taking skills.

About 45 years ago I took this picture at Circular Quay.