Category Archives: General Musings

Origin football

Odds set….NSW complacent….roll on next game

Men’s Health

 

 

 

Last June I had an incident that had me in Emergency.  The incident proved benign but the nurses weighed me and as a result of that shock I went to my GP and he sent me to a Dietician and an Exercise Physiologist.

The result so far are shown in the IPhone graphic below…When I resigned from the Army I weighed 100 kilos and had for twenty odd years previous.  When I left the Army I had just been posted out of the Regiment in the West so there was little fat at that weight.  My target is to get back to the 100 kilos.

 

The dietician is so petite that the doctor’s wife told me she shouldn’t be allowed out in public as she shamed virtually every other woman.  I told the Dietician the base line was I should be able to drink my two or three large flat whites per day made with real milk (I did come from a dairy farm after all)  and should a social event occur, like most Friday, nights I would still have a beer or rum.

You can’t be anal if you want to maintain a long term program.

Portion control was the answer, eating nothing more than would fit in a small Royal Doulton sweet dish and eating something every couple of hours to restart my metabolism.

Fruit instead of pies, no coffee milk and plenty of salads.

All that plus the motivating effect of having the crap scared out of me by the scales at Emergency has worked.

The Exercise Physiologist had the biggest impact.  I wrote a testimonial for his website;

As a highly-trained Exercise Specialist, Luke has a strong anatomical knowledge, has learnt the moves and drills, but to motivate people to change their attitudes to life is a rare skill and Luke has it in spades. Luke has changed my attitude and if you think yours needs changing then you need to talk to him.

A Personal Trainer has a TAFE Certificate; Exercise Physiologist have a degree and they know the body - they are the professionals in the game.

This post is not about “Look at me – I’ve lost all this weight!” but more a case of the dangers of letting yourself go and the subsequent need to recover.  If I hadn’t lost the plot in the first place I wouldn’t have had to go through this regime.

The lesson to us older guys, and even young ones, is if you have arrived at a bad situation then do some thing about it.  The sooner you recognize the need,  the better the outcome.

See your doctor, find a dietician, go to the gym, find an Exercise Physiologist and restart your life!

If you live in Brisbane, click on the graphic above – I recommend them, not because this is a paid advertisement, it isn’t, but because I believe professionals like Luke at Restart give us a chance to get back where we should be.

If you live elsewhere see your Doctor and follow the path I did.

It works!

Elections

I detect a breath of fresh air wafting across the Bass Straight as Tasmanians have at last seemingly recognized the damage the Greens have done to their state.

The Liberals recorded a 12 per cent swing to take 51 per cent of statewide vote to give them power in Tasmania but in South Australia the Liberals cant win with 53.5 % of the vote

Apparently, according to Shorten, the South Australia result is because the locals don’t trust Tony Abbott.

Let’s be really clear. Federal issues did play a role in the last couple of weeks of that state election and South Australians don’t trust Tony Abbott, and there’ll be a lot of South Australian Liberals who’ll be ruing his intervention.

But no such matter exists in Tasmania.  There is no mention of the Taswegians not trusting Shorten or the Greens.

I would rather think that the Libs didn’t run a very good campaign and they are hard put to beat the gerrymander anyway.

Such & Brock, the two SA Indies, have stated that they will follow their electorate wishes and as both their electorates voted overwhelmingly for a change of government thats what they should do. Of course, it’s highly unlikely that they will, given the very nature of independants.

One of the two federal independents who propped up Julia Gillard’s minority government, Tony Windsor, warned the two South Australian independents that they should brace for a public backlash to the anticipated hung parliament. “They’ll be blamed for everything that goes wrong,” he said.

Only if they do what you did Tony and go against the wishes of their electorates.

The Libs are slightly bouyed today by the ongoing counting and a possible hint of an attitude adjustment in the case of the Independents but I still hold feint hope.

Time will tell as the postal vote count continues.

More from the Adelaide Now

Lend Lease project on fire

Lend Lease project Barrangaroo in Sydney is on fire.

Barangaroo area is being redeveloped as a residential and retail hub, with plans for a high-rollers’ casino owned by billionaire James Packer.

Lend Lease’s shares dropped 3 per cent after the fire broke out

Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union assistant state secretary Rob Kera said workers were upset about the blaze.

“We conducted a full audit of the evacuation procedure on this site. To say it was an absolute disgrace is an understatement,” he said.

“The men at this point and time are pretty upset, they are pretty devastated.”

I smell a rat…Lend Lease….CFMEU…Royal Commission into Unions.

Could it be the CFMEU reminding Lend Lease how easy it is to stuff them around should the company spill their guts at the RC.

Just saying.

Gunslinger extraodinaire

Wyatt Earp eat your heart out.  This guy claims to be the fastest gun slinger in the world and I wouldn’t dispute it.

Worth watching …the man is very, very fast.  Makes my attempts at Browning 9ml shootouts very ordinary.

Missionary in trouble in North Korea

An Australian missionary being detained in North Korea left Christian pamphlets in a Buddhist temple, his travel companion says.

Which is a pretty dumb thing to do in a communist country, particularly North Korea.

His wife says;

Now, “I know he’s courageous and he’s in God’s hands,’’ Ms Short said in an interview at the offices of the Christian publishing company the couple run.

Ah, such faith, but unfortunately the missionary isn’t in God’s hands at all. He is in the hands of Kim Jon-un. and that’s an entirely different matter.  Not only does Kim Jon-un actually exist but he is quite likely cranky at anything Australian.

Only yesterday, listening to the ABC, I noted Michael Kirby getting headlines for his UN report accusing  North Korea of crimes against humanity.

Kirby has a point but as usual, considering his left wing attitudes, his belief in the UN and its power is misplaced.  He was talking of Kim Jon-un being fronted to the courts for crimes against humanity.  Yeah, well good luck with that one Michael – all the report will achieve in the immediate future will be to raise Kim Jon-un’s ire and paranoia.

Of course, a connection between Kirby’s report and the arrest of a silly old missionary may well just be conjecture on my part but the North Koreans are a weird lot and and just to be sure, if I was an Australian of any calling in North Korea, I’d lay low for a bit.

Unfortunately for the silly old missionery there is a precedence set in North Korea. Last year, American missionary Kenneth Bae was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour after being accused of committing hostile acts in North Korea.

Good luck mate.

 

Buffalo going back home

AUSTRALIA’S live animal export industry has taken a new turn, with the first ever shipment of buffalo heading to Vietnam from the Northern Territory.

The (NT) government says it will also develop opportunities for Indigenous communities to harvest wild buffalo from herds on Aboriginal land. An original shipment of 222 domesticated buffalo will be joined by another 600 next week, and 1500 more in April when the wet season eases. Australian officials will travel to Vietnam in a fortnight to ensure that animal welfare conditions are being met.

This ticks all the boxes; income for the state, income for the enterprise and income for our indigenous mates, therefore animal activists will be all over it as they send covert cameramen to Vietnam to film buffalo being processed.

Thankfully, when the activist films show on Australian TV, the current adult government wont be closing the industry down like that fool of a man Ludwig who ruined the live cattle export business, affecting thousands of people, based on a TV show.

The enterprise can progress and money can now be invested with some sense of security.

I don’t particularly like buffalo as when I was a young tacker in Vietnam, whenever we came across buffalo in the field they would attack us, I guess because we smelt different to the Vietnamese.

Bad lifestyle choice by the buffalo as part of the different smell was made up of weaponry….heavy weaponry….and a lot of it!

Their ABC

It started with the Navy being accused of using profane language, then kicking and punching, then shooting at the boats and then finally torture by burning.

ABC MD Scott

“I don’t think there should be any attempt to somehow suggest that because the ABC raises those allegations, the ABC are advocates for those allegations — that the ABC has acted as judge and jury on those allegations. We have raised them because they are serious, they are important and they raise questions that need to be answered, and we have put those questions.”

So, as I understand Scott, the ABC can cite as news any allegation and present it in such a manner as to be truth.  Later, when it becomes clear it isn’t true then the ABC thinks it’s reasonable to ignore facts and keep on citing the allegations as if they were still true.

Not surprisingly, this approach is only applied if the allegations reflect poorly on the Abbott government and it’s three aspects of normalizing Australia.  Boat people, Carbon Tax and relations with Indonesia.

Paul Sheehan in The Age;

But the ABC has been worse than dull. It chose to knowingly damage Australia’s relationship with Indonesia by publishing Edward Snowden’s leaks of Australian spying in Indonesia. It then chose to knowingly damage Australia’s reputation in Asia by running for an entire week with accusations of torture by Australian navy personnel, despite not having a shred of corroborating evidence, and despite a super-abundant pattern of false claims made by asylum seekers who have destroyed documents, scuttled ships and claimed abuse…

Allegations by desperate boat people are run for a whole week without corroboration but harking back to allegations against Gillard by Union officials and lawyers, corroborated by affadavits, stat decs and police investigations, the ABC chose to not cover them. 

EXPECT astonishment from the ABC’s vast national audience when the federal government places trade-union slush funds front-and-centre of a major inquiry in the New Year.

The rusted-on viewers and listeners will be bewildered because the taxpayer-funded state-owned broadcaster has imposed a regimen of strict censorship on the key element in the inquiry – the misuse of money from the AWU association which was established with the assistance of legal advice from former Prime Minister Julia Gillard when she was a partner in the Victorian Labor law firm Slater & Gordon.

Those who don’t take their news solely from the ABC would be well aware that the Victorian police are conducting a major inquiry into Ms Gillard’s role in the establishment of the Australian Workers’ Union Workplace Reform Association by her then boyfriend, Bruce Wilson and his AWU mate Ralph Blewitt in 1992.

Early last week, The Australian newspaper revealed that Fair Work Commissioner and former AWU boss Ian Cambridge has given sworn evidence of “gross irregularities” in the union slush fund that Ms Gillard advised on.

Not good enough Scott and it’s not good enough to blame News Corp, they are just doing what you should be doing, verifying whether there is any truth in the allegations, and they have found the entire beat up very questionable.

I’m moving into drones

40b516376810eee714f4600ca3107099_largeGary, my mate in South Australia is a Radio Controll model plane nutter and I’ve long been interested myself.  I have small chopper that I  practice on but I found it too difficult.  Like…start up….lift off…crash into ground…start up….lift off…crash into ground…repeat several times…go to hobby shop and buy more blades then start up….lift off…crash into ground…repeat several more times.

Monotonous…Frustrating.

I felt I needed to have a real flying licence endorsed for Blackhawk to be able to fly but technology has stepped in, in the form of a pocket drone.

Start up…fly!   Much better – I can now concentrate on photos and videos of my bush 4WD expeditions rather than the actual flying.  Take your hand off the stick and it hovers;  battery almost flat and it returns to base.  With a “Follow Me” mode it will be easy to film driving the old Rangie up steep inclines and across rivers.  Great videos to further bore  my kids and friends.

It’s all about software.

Advanced software and systems with autopilot and “follow me” mode

  • State of the art flight controls, algorithms and connectivity
  • APM compatible flight controller 6-axis accelerometers, 3 axis gyroscopes, barometric sensor (altitude)
  • Integrated onboard autopilot Flight planning with Google Maps
  • Fly by GPS waypoints
  • “Follow Me” mode (requires mobile device with GPS)
  • Altitude Hold
  • Return to home (RTH)
  • Headfree mode (orientation independent flying)
  • Load/Save and repeat/replay flight missions
  • Real-time flight data
  • Artificial Horizon
  • Altitude Heading indicator
  • GPS signal strength
  • PC, Mac and Linux compatible
  • Mission Planner or QGroundControl Compatible
  • Android compatible (tablet and phone)
  • iOS compatibility coming soon

Available in late April in the US I look forward to another great challenge – controlling drones.

More here if you are interested

Two laws

A “deeply ashamed” judge who was drink driving when she struck a cyclist in Adelaide has been banned from sentencing drunk offenders.

Justice Anne Bampton, 51, appeared in the Adelaide magistrates court today and was fined $1300 and disqualified from driving for eight months 14 days.

I’m a JP (Qualified) in the state of Queensland and if I get done for drink driving I am deregistered.

“It appears one law for the legal fraternity, and another for the average person”

Not good enough.

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