Meanwhile...back in Australia

Very general discussion about absolutely anything at all, go wildly off topic and chuck stuff about. Chit-chat. Witty banter. Crash air-planes. Bring your own "lemonade"

Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 18 Jul 2018, 12:05

Sizzling Sausages wrote:Cuteness alert!
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-18/c ... n/10007978


Very, very cute :love:
RAAF Spitfire Girl
Wing commander
Wing commander
 
Posts: 3945
Images: 100
Joined: 19 Apr 2013, 21:49
Location: South East Queensland, Australia.
Reading last: The Corners of the Globe (Robert Goddard)
Reading now: Enemy Coast Ahead
Reading next: Still a Tough decision!!
My top chap: Biggles, Biggles, and Biggles
Aircraft: Spitfire
Random: Walking Hadrian's Wall May 2017

Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby CaptWilks » 20 Jul 2018, 02:42

What a sweetheart!

https://www.magnt.net.au/sweetheart-crocodile

As people say, only in the Territory.
CaptWilks
Flying officer
Flying officer
 
Posts: 497
Joined: 25 Apr 2013, 01:42
Location: Darwin, NT, Australia
My top chap: Bertie

Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby Kismet » 20 Jul 2018, 12:12

That's a great story!
'Major Bigglesworth' said Von Stalhein coldly, 'there are times when I seriously wonder if you were created by the devil just to annoy me.'
User avatar
Kismet
Air vice marshal
Air vice marshal
 
Posts: 25637
Images: 112
Joined: 28 Aug 2013, 21:10
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
Reading last: fantasy on Kindle Unlimited
Reading now: Patricia Wentworth
My top chap: Biggles
Starsign: Capricorn

Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby kylie_koyote » 20 Jul 2018, 15:47

Wow! That's enormous!
"For goodness sake stop that Yankee drawl, or you'll have us all doing it before you've finished."
"OK baby - sorry - I mean, righto."
"That's better."
User avatar
kylie_koyote
Air commodore
Air commodore
 
Posts: 11992
Images: 456
Joined: 06 Dec 2013, 19:32
Location: Northeast USA
Reading last: Tumult in the Clouds
Reading now: Time & Chance
Reading next: so many choices...
My top chap: Ginger
Aircraft: Spitfire

Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby CaptWilks » 20 Jul 2018, 22:52

kylie_koyote wrote:Wow! That's enormous!


Yes, stand next to it in the museum and you will understand why in "man v croc", the croc wins. Inexperienced people have no idea how fast these huge beasts can move. Fortunately, large ones are removed from the harbour and areas around the city but that is "removed when they are seen".
CaptWilks
Flying officer
Flying officer
 
Posts: 497
Joined: 25 Apr 2013, 01:42
Location: Darwin, NT, Australia
My top chap: Bertie

Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby kylie_koyote » 30 Jul 2018, 14:12

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/30/australi ... index.html

The headline made me laugh, although the situation is certainly no laughing matter! Poor things.
"For goodness sake stop that Yankee drawl, or you'll have us all doing it before you've finished."
"OK baby - sorry - I mean, righto."
"That's better."
User avatar
kylie_koyote
Air commodore
Air commodore
 
Posts: 11992
Images: 456
Joined: 06 Dec 2013, 19:32
Location: Northeast USA
Reading last: Tumult in the Clouds
Reading now: Time & Chance
Reading next: so many choices...
My top chap: Ginger
Aircraft: Spitfire

Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 31 Jul 2018, 22:26

It's a good article, k_k. Thanks for sharing. I think the seriousness of the drought is only just starting to catch the nation's attention. My heart just bleeds for our farmers and graziers.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/drought/
RAAF Spitfire Girl
Wing commander
Wing commander
 
Posts: 3945
Images: 100
Joined: 19 Apr 2013, 21:49
Location: South East Queensland, Australia.
Reading last: The Corners of the Globe (Robert Goddard)
Reading now: Enemy Coast Ahead
Reading next: Still a Tough decision!!
My top chap: Biggles, Biggles, and Biggles
Aircraft: Spitfire
Random: Walking Hadrian's Wall May 2017

Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby Spitfire666 » 01 Aug 2018, 07:41

RAAF Spitfire Girl wrote:It's a good article, k_k. Thanks for sharing. I think the seriousness of the drought is only just starting to catch the nation's attention. My heart just bleeds for our farmers and graziers.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/drought/

This is really dreadfull. I remember a picture showing that in our last big heatwave (1976) just the UK was affected, but this time almost the whole globe was coloured red.
If there's one thing certain in this uncertain world it is that Algy won't go home without us.

http://wejas.org.uk
User avatar
Spitfire666
Site Orderly
Site Orderly
 
Posts: 3172
Images: 37
Joined: 18 Apr 2013, 12:45
Location: London

Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 01 Aug 2018, 08:26

RAAF Spitfire Girl wrote:It's a good article, k_k. Thanks for sharing. I think the seriousness of the drought is only just starting to catch the nation's attention. My heart just bleeds for our farmers and graziers.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/drought/


Yes, the drought is a shocking thing, & some are even wondering if the devastation of the lands where grass has always grown is going to be a permanent situation. Very dire for those dedicated families living on the land, who have provided food to Australians for generations.
They've been working together for so long that each seems to know by a sort of telepathy when another is in trouble. One never seems to get them together. Get one & the others come after him. To give the devil his due they make a formidable team.
User avatar
OzBiggles1963
Wing commander
Wing commander
 
Posts: 4705
Images: 292
Joined: 12 Jun 2013, 10:15
Location: Brisbane. Australia.
Reading last: Ginger Lacey: Fighter Pilot
Reading now: Danger UXB; The Little Prince
Reading next: History Of The Luftwaffe [1936-1945]
My top chap: J.C. Bigglesworth MC, DFC, DSO
Starsign: Scorpio
Aircraft: Supermarine Spitfire
Random: "Live long and prosper."

Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby Kismet » 01 Aug 2018, 11:24

A very sad situation for all involved.
'Major Bigglesworth' said Von Stalhein coldly, 'there are times when I seriously wonder if you were created by the devil just to annoy me.'
User avatar
Kismet
Air vice marshal
Air vice marshal
 
Posts: 25637
Images: 112
Joined: 28 Aug 2013, 21:10
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
Reading last: fantasy on Kindle Unlimited
Reading now: Patricia Wentworth
My top chap: Biggles
Starsign: Capricorn

Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby CaptWilks » 02 Aug 2018, 08:25

Dorothea MacKeller:

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown land for me!

Australia has always been variable, away from the moderating influence of the coast.
CaptWilks
Flying officer
Flying officer
 
Posts: 497
Joined: 25 Apr 2013, 01:42
Location: Darwin, NT, Australia
My top chap: Bertie

Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby CaptWilks » 02 Aug 2018, 08:34

Core of my heart, my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When, sick at heart, around us
We see the cattle die
But then the grey clouds gather,
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The steady soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the rainbow gold,
For flood and fire and famine
She pays us back threefold.
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze ...

An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land
All you who have not loved her,
You will not understand
though Earth holds many splendours,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown country
My homing thoughts will fly.
CaptWilks
Flying officer
Flying officer
 
Posts: 497
Joined: 25 Apr 2013, 01:42
Location: Darwin, NT, Australia
My top chap: Bertie

Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby Spitfire666 » 02 Aug 2018, 09:01

Thanks CaptWilks, these are lovely.
If there's one thing certain in this uncertain world it is that Algy won't go home without us.

http://wejas.org.uk
User avatar
Spitfire666
Site Orderly
Site Orderly
 
Posts: 3172
Images: 37
Joined: 18 Apr 2013, 12:45
Location: London

Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby CaptWilks » 02 Aug 2018, 09:21

I left off the first verse,I think.

https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/my-country/

I do like it, a lot.

It really captures the Australian landscape better than anything else I have read.

"An opal-hearted country,"

That's wonderful because opals are only found in the desert in the centre of Australia.
CaptWilks
Flying officer
Flying officer
 
Posts: 497
Joined: 25 Apr 2013, 01:42
Location: Darwin, NT, Australia
My top chap: Bertie

Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby Tracer » 02 Aug 2018, 09:35

Superb.
pilots who had done a long tour and had that thousand-yard stare W. E. Johns
Tracer
Squadron leader
Squadron leader
 
Posts: 2275
Joined: 12 Dec 2013, 19:59

Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby Wanderer » 02 Aug 2018, 13:13

Its one of the most iconic Australian poems, yet most people only recall the second verse.
(Raymond) "'It's the early bird that catches the worm, you know,'
'... Not always. Sometimes he catches a slug—in the back of the neck,' contradicted Biggles.
User avatar
Wanderer
Flight lieutenant
Flight lieutenant
 
Posts: 678
Images: 11
Joined: 24 Apr 2016, 15:35
Location: Australia

Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby Sizzling Sausages » 17 Aug 2018, 06:36

Yep - the drought has made the cliché the reality.
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/nation ... 4zy4o.html
User avatar
Sizzling Sausages
Flight lieutenant
Flight lieutenant
 
Posts: 1308
Images: 40
Joined: 23 Apr 2013, 10:15
Location: Northern NSW, Australia
Reading now: Alistair MacLean - Circus

Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby kylie_koyote » 17 Aug 2018, 14:59

Sizzling Sausages wrote:Yep - the drought has made the cliché the reality.
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/nation ... 4zy4o.html



Wow that’s a LOT of kangaroos!
"For goodness sake stop that Yankee drawl, or you'll have us all doing it before you've finished."
"OK baby - sorry - I mean, righto."
"That's better."
User avatar
kylie_koyote
Air commodore
Air commodore
 
Posts: 11992
Images: 456
Joined: 06 Dec 2013, 19:32
Location: Northeast USA
Reading last: Tumult in the Clouds
Reading now: Time & Chance
Reading next: so many choices...
My top chap: Ginger
Aircraft: Spitfire

Re: Meanwhile...back in Australia

Postby Kismet » 17 Aug 2018, 18:23

Like the clip.
'Major Bigglesworth' said Von Stalhein coldly, 'there are times when I seriously wonder if you were created by the devil just to annoy me.'
User avatar
Kismet
Air vice marshal
Air vice marshal
 
Posts: 25637
Images: 112
Joined: 28 Aug 2013, 21:10
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
Reading last: fantasy on Kindle Unlimited
Reading now: Patricia Wentworth
My top chap: Biggles
Starsign: Capricorn

Previous

Return to Pilots Mess

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest