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An older lady gets pulled over for speeding.. Older Woman: Is there a problem, Officer Officer: Ma'am, you were speeding. Older Woman: Oh, I see. Officer: Can I see your license please? Older Woman: I'd give it to you but I don't have one. Officer: Don't have one? Older Woman: Lost it, 4 years ago for drunk driving. Officer: I see...Can I see your vehicle registration papers please. Older Woman: I can't do that. Officer: Why not? Older Woman: I stole this car. Officer: Stole it? Older Woman: Yes, and I killed and hacked up the owner. Officer: You what?... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2017 at Top Birds & Everyfing
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Ok... how much for happiness? Not much actually! There is a lot of scope for happiness in an image such as this. Walking along the beach, sand on the toes, playing with the dog and the soothing sound of waves lapping on the beach. Watching the sunset and how it colours the sky, the clouds and the sea. Promenading along the jetty, netting for Blue Swimmer-crabs or just watching. All this is put on for us for free. Warren Buffett could come down to Henley Beach to discover the sunset but he can't afford it! He's too busy keeping his... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Top Birds & Everyfing
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.kfmv.snee;vmnSD;VMS:DVM;emv;sdmv;SJ:vm"WC,;SMDVLa;lclACV'jepvhpqEJVD qmdpqkEOFJwlevjam This is Henley Beach Jetty. On warm autumn evenings the great unwashed flock down to the seaside towns of Adelaide to watch the sunsets... camera's at the ready. Jetty's are a feature of coastal Adelaide. Once upon a time they were used for boats but now they are for fishing and people strolling along and watching the sea... including the seagull on the post... It's not hard to see why... Adelaide's beaches are shielded from the might of the Southern Ocean by Kangaroo Island which lies across the entrance to the St Vincent Gulf or Gulf St Vincent... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at Top Birds & Everyfing
Cyclone Cook bearing down on New Zealand Cyclone Cook heading for New Zealand during Easter is kind of scary. In 1968 while I was on my pilots course at RNZAF Wigram two of the pilots were "chopped" as it was called in those days and sent home. Both were from the North Island and went on the Wahine which is the way cadets used to travel to and from the North & South Islands back then. Our course went down to Lyttelton to farewell them on the night sailing on the evening of Tuesday 9th April. I wrote in my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Top Birds & Everyfing
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City Beach... ... and looking south towards the steel works. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Top Birds & Everyfing
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Flagstaff Hill otherwise known as Stockade Point or Signal Hill. The "Gentlemen's Pool" on the Blue Mile at Wollongong. Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Top Birds & Everyfing
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This image of Sydney brings together two symbols of a summer's day in Sydney...rain clouds and too many people... ... and I thought they had banned live animal exports... ... or am I being sardonically cynical... talking about being cynical; I can't hold a candle to some... H. L Menken said about politics; "Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods."... ... Ambrose Bierce is a man after my own heart because he said: "An egotist is a person of low taste-more interested in himself than in me.".... ... but I'll tip my hat to Dorothy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Top Birds & Everyfing
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I have a fascination with sea shells. Such simple creatures that can produce such complex and coherent structures. They are all homes; some mobile, some fixed but everyone perfectly suited to the use of the individual species. The are also built to grow as the occupant grows; some are discarded and then re-inhabited by another animal. They take the materials that surround them to built them, no waste but all individually crafted into a idiosyncratic model. We have a lot to learn from these low energy dependent homes that are all so intricately patterned and coloured. It's not surprising children... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Top Birds & Everyfing
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Old boats have classic lines that modern boats lack... I like the simple functional and yet very sturdy design that can handle the seas that the east coast experience. Wollongong harbour was dug out by convicts to provide a safe haven along the south coast from Sydney where natural navigable harbours were few. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at Top Birds & Everyfing
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Aviation Historical Aircraft Society Convair 440 about to do a ground run at Wollongong Airport. This Convair was built over 60 years ago in 1954 as a C-131 military transport, and its long history includes service with the US Air Force and Bolivian airline, Lineas Aereas Canedo. In recent years it was operated by South Africa’s luxury travel company, Rovos Rail to ferry passengers to Victoria Falls where they would join a train for the return journey. It was with Rovos that the aircraft was fitted out with its luxurious leather and walnut interior. The Convair is beautifully presented in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at Top Birds & Everyfing
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A pair of Masked Lapwings made a bad choice to lay their eggs... ... and here is one of them complaining loudly because we are close to their nesting site... ... and this is what all the bellyaching is all about... four olive eggs ... where they are. On the Milton Helipad at Ulladulla on the south coast of NSW. The nest is right under the tail of the helicopter. Stupid birds... don't they know it's a helicopter pad? Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Top Birds & Everyfing
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Air NZ must surely be the only airline that has their aircraft painted black.... at Sydney Airport! Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Top Birds & Everyfing
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So what if a P3 arrived... the black cat Catalina did a few circuits as well... ... and a turbine engine (let alone four of them) just can't get the same tonality and resonance as a radial on take-off... ... and a Beech 18, well just parked there on the grass. These aircraft used to carry passengers (Catalina's still hold the world record for longest time for a passenger flight - the double sunrise)... anyway passengers were people. No lining up for security checks, meals consisted of real food, entertainment was looking out the window, pilots were characters and were... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at Top Birds & Everyfing
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It's a close kept secret but a RAAF P3 Orion maritime surveillance aircraft has landed at Wollongong Airport. The secret is; apparently divulged by ultra secret sources; that it is bound for the HARS fleet of ancient aircraft. I used to fly in the RNZAF P3's which mean't flying at low level over the ocean for hours on end looking for submarines... which show's how ancient I am... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at Top Birds & Everyfing
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Three Hooded Plovers seen at Seacliff Beach, South Australia this morning. Very unusual to have waders on this beach although I have seen one Hooded here before years ago. We have had huge storms lately with very strong winds which usually brings a few unusual sightings. Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at Top Birds & Everyfing
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When we go to KL we stay at he Saujana Golf and Country Club close to the old international airport at Subang. It's very relaxing and we are well looked after. It has multiple pools, restaurants, spa, gym, monkeys, birdlife, golf club, tennis courts and tropical gardens and lawns. It's like the old colonial Malaya. I come here so often that the staff look after me so well... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at Top Birds & Everyfing
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Flying into Singapore Sunday on approach to Runway 02 L, looking down at the coast of Indonesia and there are at least 10 jack-up rigs sitting idle and oil is heading south again under $40 a barrel. Maybe they could be used for drilling for coconut oil as coconut is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at Top Birds & Everyfing Bird Tours
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After weeks of storms and high seas that have washed away thousands of cubic metres of sand from the beaches; Adelaide's weather had a calm lull last evening. The wind dropped and the sea became mirror calm. A layer of altocumulus cloud lit up as the sun went down as people and their dogs took advantage of a stunning sunset. The cold winds are back again this morning and more rain is coming... the best winter rains for years. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at Top Birds & Everyfing
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I've long had a fascination with mail boxes... In the bush it's unlikely the Mail-o will come past on his Honda 90 to places like Mt Ive Station which is up north in the heart of the Gawler Ranges 250 km on a dirt road from Iron Knob and 300 km from Port Augusta, South Australia. That's why you have a submarine for a mail box... PMB 16, Port Augusta. Me and my mate called into Mt Ive Station for the night on the way to a working-bee at Hiltaba Station for Nature Foundation SA. Mt Ive Station from the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Top Birds & Everyfing
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Unlike earlier in the year when you could barely see the end of the street, schools were closed and policemen were wearing masks, the air in South East Asia, in the Singapore and Malaysia area, is as clear as it's been since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution... The Indonesian Archipelago seen from the air on the way to Singapore. Strange as it seems people in planes have actually seen the ground below instead of feeling like being suspended in a fishbowl of hazy smoke filled smog and it is only as the wheels are about to touch down on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Top Birds & Everyfing
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A line of cloud lay just above the western horizon as we walked along the beach this evening... Mother's Day, 2016... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at Top Birds & Everyfing
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A huge pile of seagrass on the beach at Seacliff. We've had strong winds lately and the seagrass has piled up higher than ever seen before all along the Adelaide coastal beaches. Now, notice I have called this mass of sea vegetation seagrass not seaweed. Plants from the sea have a bad public image because we label the whole lot "weed". I can't actually help myself because unless I make a conscious effort to say seagrass or kelp I automatically call seaweed... seaweed. So next time you are about to make a belittling, pejorative, derogatory, unflattering and scurrilous reference to... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2016 at Top Birds & Everyfing
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Organ pipes are found in may places around the world and the ancient volcanic rocks at the top of the Eyre Peninsular is one of them. Mt Ive Station inland from Iron Knob... one of the most decrepit abandoned looking towns in Australia... is a good place to start. Mt Ive station has a private road to Lake Gairdner ($30.00 fee) with a turn off along the floor of a valley on a rough stoney track across a bit of a washout to a parking area where there is a short walk up to where the Organ Pipes sit at... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Top Birds & Everyfing
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Lake Gairdner. A panorama of 180° from the south west around to the North East. Lake Gairdner is 100 miles long... 160 km... of dry salt lake... flat and hard enough to race cars and motorbikes. Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at Top Birds & Everyfing
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Some of the most striking flora of the New Zealand bush grows on the trunks of tree ferns or punga's as they are known in the Land of the Long White Cloud... and are quite small... however... ... this impressive Redwood, introduced from North America into NZ thrives equally well. Both these images shot at Mangatoi Station. Related articles Sailing solo from Lanzarote to the land of the long white cloud Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at Top Birds & Everyfing