Wednesday, December 21, 2011

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Sydney Boat Rentals based in Parramatta and Silverwater now offer 6hp Hire tinnies for only $79 a Day!

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Half cabins and cruisers coming soon for hire!

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Supplied with all safety equipment and trailer.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

My random read of the day

A little piece of history of Sydney History :

Kidman & Mayoh's Shipyard at Kissing Point

The Commonwealth Government Line

Kidman & Mayoh's shipyard at Kissing Point
on the Parramatta River, NSW, around 1919

In 1916 the Australian government formed the Commonwealth Government Line of Steamers. The first ships of the Line were a number of former British tramp-steamers and a collection of German and Austrian vessels acquired by Australia at the outbreak of WWI through Prize Law. These ships were used to carry part of Australia's exports of wheat and wool to Europe and the United States. As Allied shipping losses mounted during the war and as demands on shipping increased for the purposes of war and general trade the government embarked in 1917 on a program of shipbuilding.

By July 1918 it had signed contracts for the construction of a small number of steel ships. At the same time it contracted for the building of 24 wooden ships: 12 schooners to be built by Hughes, Martin & Washington in Sydney and the Western Australian Shipbuilding Co in Perth; and 12 barquentines to be built by the Wallace Power Boat Co and the firm of Messrs Kidman & Mayoh, both in Sydney.

Kidman and Mayoh's Shipyard

Unlike the other firms contracted by the Commonwealth, Kidman & Mayoh were not shipbuilders. Sid Kidman was a prominent South Australian pastoralist popularly known as the 'cattle king'. The brothers Arthur and Joseph Mayoh were engineers who had come to Australia from England around 1909 and had been involved in the construction of Sydney's underground railway. Kidman & Mayoh leased part of the Cleves Estate at Kissing Point on the Parramatta River. Included in the lease was a large stone house called Cleves, built in the 1840s and for many years the home of Charles Blaxland.

Within a short time slipways had been laid and a timber mill and blacksmiths' shop had been established. By December 1918 one keel had been laid. But the end of the war in November 1918 meant that the need for wooden ships was seen to be over. The government's contracts with Hughes, Martin & Washington and Wallace Power Boat Co were cancelled with due compensation paid. In August 1919 Kidman & Mayoh's contract was varied, reducing the number of ships to be constructed by them from six to two.

The ships were built using timber brought down from the north coast of New South Wales. Hundreds of men, among them champion axeman Charlie Murrill, were employed felling and squaring heavy timber including ironbark for the keels, turpentine for sheathing and ti-tree 'knees'.

'Bush carpenters' from the north coast came down to work in the shipyard, assisting the skilled shipwrights whose labour was in short supply at that time. Some local Putney people got jobs as blacksmiths and labourers.

Looking down on the hulls of the 'Braeside' and the 'Burnside'
January 1920

The 'Braeside' and the 'Burnside'

Early in 1920 the Australian trading company Burns Philp made an offer to the government to buy the two ships being built at Kissing Point. The offer was conditional on the ships receiving a seaworthiness certificate from a Lloyd's surveyor. Burns Philp assigned the names Braeside and Burnside to the hulls and the Braeside was launched at Kissing Point in April 1920. The Sydney Mail reported that she was "the largest wooden ship ever built in Australia", would be rigged as a five masted barquentine and "engaged in the island trade, principally for the direct transit of copra to Great Britain and America."

Some damage was done to the Braeside on launching due to an insufficient depth of water. Other problems quickly became apparent. Built with a sag of 9" before launching it was found that while afloat she had developed a hog of 23". In other words, the ship was now bent upwards at the midship point to the extent of nearly 2 feet.

In July the Lloyd's surveyor refused to issue a first-class classification to the Braeside. Burns Philp withdrew from the contract and the government resumed responsibility for the ships. Kidman & Mayoh borrowed money from the government to cover the men's wages and took Burns Philip to court over non-payment for work done. By October Kidman & Mayoh were seeking to be relieved of the contract, citing their lack of experience in building ships, high costs and a scarcity of local, suitable timber. They asked the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works to investigate the affair. A saga of litigation followed.

The naval architect, the foreman shipwright, riggers, strikers, blacksmiths, all gave evidence before the Committee. Accusations were made of false fastenings and dummy bolts. When the Committee's report was tabled in April 1921 the government cancelled its contract and began legal proceedings against Kidman & Mayoh. Kidman & Mayoh in turn took legal action against the government. They lost.

Kidman & Mayoh dissolved their partnership in July 1922. The Burnside was finally sold to the Union Box & Timber Company of Annandale who stripped accessible portions of the structure, including the decking. The hull was rendered worthless to other salvagers by the existence of 80 tons of iron bolts and in September 1923 what remained of the ship was burnt on the stocks.

In December 1923 the Braeside was towed outside Sydney Heads and set on fire. It burned through the night. Sid Kidman lost many thousands of pounds on the ship but is reported to have said that his biggest regret was that the wonderful work of the superb axemen of the north coast forests, their enthusiasm, craftsmanship and loyalty, all went for nothing.


Monday, July 4, 2011

What is all about?

Lately some very authentic but somewhat dubiuos banner ads have been appearing on website around town lately, for, or the Australian Interior Authority.

It states new laws and to report suspiciuos persons under the btter australia act ect ect..

Its seems to be viral hype for a new product in my opinon but there are no contact details and little google / web links..


Registry details for the website point to Draffcb, a wmarketing company in melbourne.. The registrant is an account manager there.....starting to look more like attempted viral hype than an actual movement.

 Eds note: Love the american eagle in the logo lol

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The throw away society of Australia - A 10 year old commodore for $500

Yep, its come to this.. A 10 thousand dollar car for only $500..but how? On answer - moronic government policy in thic country that now makes it illegal to re-register a written off car, whether its was written off for safety or financial reasons. Often when a car is in an accident, and it would cost say $8000 to fix a $12000 car, the insurer will elect to simply write the car off in the interest of ease on the customer.

These vehicles would then be assesed, and generally sold off at auction houses to mechanics and auto shops for repair.However under new laws enacted this year, these vehicles must now be sold for parts only, and the chassis cannot be registed, even if there is nothing wrong with the car but a broken sump, even thou its now fixed.

Take this example,. a 1999 Holden Commodore wagon, auto air con, a highly sought after model, now being sold for $800..

.A perfectly good car, a chariot in comparison to some vehicles on the road in many couintries, sold being literally destroyed, thrown away at some ones loss all becuase the idiots that create and pass policy in this country make more money than they have sense. Oh and our fahn-tarstic prime minister Julia.

Australia for Republic Now!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Queensland firefighters called on to help move obese patients as ambulance officers struggle

QUEENSLAND firefighters are increasingly being called on to help move heavyweight patients as ambulance officers struggle to cope with the obesity epidemic. 

QLD Ambulances have been adapted to handle increasingly overweight patients.

The Queensland Ambulance Service recently added three new supersized ambulances and 139 "stair chairs" to help paramedics avoid injury.

Despite that, firefighters helped move obese or disabled patients more than five times a week in the ten months from July 2010 to April 2011.

The rate of assistance has jumped by one-third compared with the previous year, partly because ambulance officers were not prepared to risk injury while lifting grossly overweight patients.
In 2009, a north Queensland paramedic sued the QAS for more than $700,000 for injuries he suffered when moving a 120kg patient from a stretcher into the back of an ambulance.
Although the level of assistance provided by firefighters was a small proportion of their workload, John Oliver, of the United Firefighters Union, said it could take them away from other duties.
"It does become grating after a while. The firies' role in the community is fighting fires and rescuing people," he said.
"It really is the ambulance (officers') role. A firie will always help an ambo because that's what we do, but if it's their role, they should be doing their role."

Mr Oliver said that until recently, firefighters' main function when helping with such jobs was "clearing a path" for ambulance officers to remove obese patients, which could include knocking down doors or walls or even removing a roof for a crane-lift.

In August, 2009, firefighters organised a crane to extract a 300kg man from his apartment in Brisbane's Walter Taylor Bridge after he suffered an asthma attack and ambulance officers were unable to carry him down the stairwell.

Assisting with lifts to minimise injuries to paramedics simply "transferred the risk" to firefighters, Mr Oliver said.
"People are getting bigger, there's no doubt about it," he said.

A Department of Emergency Services spokeswoman said it was departmental policy for firefighters and ambulance officers to help each other to "ensure the best possible public safety outcome".

"The level of assistance provided by either agency is dependent on a number of factors, including other requests to respond to immediate emergency situations and the extent of training received by officers to respond to the incident," the spokeswoman said.

Jeanette Temperley, from the ambulance union United Voice, said she would raise the issue with delegates.
The union has previously raised concerns about physical injuries suffered by its members as a result of heavy lifting jobs.

Toy tiger triggers major police alert in England

Tiger hunt
The toy tiger that caused a panic. Picture: Hampshire Police 

A LIFE-size toy tiger caused chaos in Britain when panicked villagers called the cops after they spotted what they thought was a man-eating beast in a field. 
Armed officers and a police helicopter were sent out to catch the white tiger in Hedge End, in the south of England, The Sun reports.

Specialist staff from nearby Marwell Zoo also attended to advise and potentially tranquilise the wild animal.
A nearby golf course was evacuated and plans were put in place to close the nearby M27 motorway if necessary in case the tiger moved in that direction.

But as police officers carefully approached the "wild animal" they realised it was not moving and the helicopter crew, using thermal imaging equipment, realised there was no heat source coming from it.
A spokeswoman for the force said: "After a brief stalk through the Hedge End savannah, the officer realised the tiger was not moving and the air support using their cameras realised there was a lack of heat source.
"The tiger then rolled over in the down draft and it was at that point it became obvious it was a stuffed life-size toy.

"The CCTV footage convinced us all we were dealing with a real tiger."

NY Woman Finds other peoples items in father's remains

A GRIEVING daughter was horrified to find a bizarre bunch of garbage in her father's ashes, including ballpoint-pen springs, glass shards, metal staples and a half-melted crucifix her dad didn't even own.
"There was no explanation. My thought was, 'Is this my dad? If this stuff isn't him - then who is it?'" said daughter Jennie Spooner. "It was definitely surreal."

Ms Spooner found the inhuman remains after she began carrying out her father's last wish, sprinkling his ashes at his favorite places across the city and Long Island, the New York Post reported.

Harry Spooner, a commercial artist, died last October at the age of 79 from pneumonia and an infection.
Among the trash were pieces of bone, the unburned whisks of a dust broom, ballpoint-pen springs, glass shards, metal staples and a half-melted crucifix.

"My heart was pounding. I said, 'What the heck is that? A spring?' It flipped me out. I called the funeral home and told them, 'I just found springs in my dad's ashes,' " she said.

When Ms Spooner demanded an explanation from the director of the Joseph Slinger-Hasgill Funeral Home in Amityville, a spokesman said other debris from previous cremations probably found its way into the ashes, which was the responsibility of the crematorium.

"The guy said to me, 'Oh, maybe he had a spring in his pocket,'" she said.
Ms Spooner then called the state, and now the Division of Cemeteries is investigating. She is also considering a lawsuit against the funeral home.
Both the funeral home and the Long Island Cremation declined comment.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Kronic party moved to new venue

A mass party for users of the synthetic cannabis Kronic that was due to kick off tonight at a State Government-funded arts venue will be held at a new location.

After an announcement earlier today that The Bakery had been closed for 24 hours in the interest of public safety by the Police Liquor Enforcement Unit a Facebook page informed partygoers that the event would be held at the Civic Hotel in Inglewood.

The "Kronic Blowout" party now known as the "Say No to Illegal and Legal Drugs Concert" is due to end one minute before the ban on cannabinoids comes into effect but is touted as a "non-Kronic" party.
Premier Colin Barnett today blasted as inappropriate the “Kronic Blowout’ gig at Northbridge’s The Bakery.
He said Arts Minister John Day was writing to the operators of the publicly funded venue to detail his outrage at the move to host a party which encouraged people to smoke Kronic up until it become illegal at midnight.
“I think that is highly inappropriate,” Mr Barnett said. “Artrage is an organisation that is given State Government funding.
“The Minister for Arts has today written to Artrage and pointed out that it is inappropriate that a venue that they manage should be used for this.
“In no way should any organisation, particularly one that receives Government funding, either condone encourage or facilitate drug use.
“I would hope that they reconsider their decision to hold this event.
“When you receive Government funding with it goes some mutual obligations and responsibilities.
“This is irresponsible and the Government has no tolerance for this behaviour.”
Mr Barnett said he had expected police at the gig.

“I would be very surprised if the police are not there,” he said.
The thumb nosing at the Barnett Government, which introduced regulations on Monday to outlaw the synthetic cannabinoid, came yesterday after the makers of Kronic said on their website a new "Aussie Gold" formula had been released to be sold legally in WA.

Joel Voyage, who runs a non- registered "hobby business" Voyage Promotions, promoted the Kronic Blowout gig at Northbridge venue The Bakery on social networking site Facebook.
Mr Voyage said the gig was a comment on a "ridiculous situation" driven by Government and media fear mongering.

"This is a simple night at the pub welcoming prohibition and anyone attending is adult and entirely capable of making their own decisions," he said by email.

The flyer for the show - headlined by WA reggae outfit Sunshine Brothers - advertises a performance from DJ Krolin Barnett and offers a prize for the biggest Kronic spliff rolled on the night.

Despite the show taking a pot-shot at politicians who hold its purse strings, Artrage chief executive Marcus Canning said it would not stop the gig. "Our standard policy is that artists are entitled to express their views in whatever way they want as long as it is legal and does not put others at risk of harm," he said.
"As such, we do not censor works or the marketing of works by independent promoters and artists at the venue unless they are illegal." But Bakery backers Western Power and the State Government did not share Mr Canning’s view.

The Kronic Australia website says Aussie Gold is "legal in all Australian States, including WA", as of June 14.
Mental Health Minister Helen Morton said if the new product had any of the seven illegal chemicals in Kronic, users would be prosecuted. A mechanism to ban all new products was being explored.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Plague of ravenous mice eat farmer John Gregory's pigs

Pigs in oil
Saving his bacon: John Gregory covers his pigs in engine oil to protect them from mice. Picture: Sunday Mail

WHEN South Australian farmer John Gregory entered his piggery he could not believe what he saw - mice attacking his pigs. 

Since he first saw them dining out on his prized stock he has been at his wit's end about how to get rid of them.

Now, as a desperate last resort, he is covering his pigs at a farm property in Wynarka, 130km east of Adelaide, in engine oil to protect them from the mice, with the rodents apparently turned off by the taste.
"The mouse problem got really bad in April," Mr Gregory said.

"We went away in the school holidays and when we came back we drove up the driveway and it looked like the ground was moving - there were hundreds of thousands of them."
Mr Gregory, 50, said he put engine oil on his 15 pigs to protect them from the sun about once a month.

"But now I oil them every week, because the mice have run out of food and they're just eating anything, so they were climbing up on the pigs and chewing them," he said.

"The oil stops them eating the pigs because they don't like the taste."

And with mouse bait so expensive, he said farmers were resorting to home recipes to kill the vermin, which had multiplied to plague proportions because of summer rain producing great crops - ideal mouse food.
"Being farmers we're always trying to do things cheap," Gregory said. "I mix icing sugar and cement. The icing sugar attracts the mice, they eat it and then the cement clogs them up."

Cruel hunters try to kill bears in Sweden with blood-soaked mattress

CRUEL hunters have been accused of attempting to kill bears in Sweden by fooling them into eating a blood-soaked mattress, causing them a slow death from starvation.
Police at Norrbotten in northern Sweden said the horrific plan emerged after the blood-soaked bedding, apparently intended as bait, was found in the forests outside of Pajala, The Local reports.
"According to what we know, if a bear eats this then it would not be able to eat anything else and die of starvation," said Erik Kummu at Norrbotten police.
He added, "One can question the faculties of someone who is so cruel as to cause an animal such suffering which could continue for several weeks."
Police are considering the case as attempted aggravated criminal hunting and aggravated animal cruelty.

Man sells 'worthless' painting by Russian artist Ivan Aivazovsky for more than $1m

A RUSSIAN painting considered worthless by its owner, a former lumberjack who almost donated it to charity, sold for $1.1 million at a Swedish auction. The painting, which had been left to the man by his wife and was hanging on his wall for almost a decade, turned out to be an 1858 work by Russian master Ivan Aivazovsky entitled "The Battle of Bomarsund", reported The Local yesterday.

The Local reported the unidentified elderly man, a onetime lumberjack who earned his education through correspondence courses, was downsizing to a new home and sent a small Stockholm auction house several boxes of unwanted goods, along with a large canvas.

On a note he had written, "Will you accept these things? Sell what you can and leave the rest to the Red Cross!"

The painting was put up for auction on the internet with a starting price in the $1,200-$1500 range, but when activity around the painting exceeded expectations, the head of the auction house decided to seek expert advice.
Enter the Uppsala Auction House, known for selling a number of Russian objects, which in turn contacted its own specialists.

When the painting was authenticated as a genuine work by the Russian master, Knut Knutson of the auction house, went to see the owner in person to deliver the news that the expected price would be a bit higher than originally thought.

Knutson, who has traveled the country as part of the Swedish version of "Antiques Roadshow," began by saying, "We are thinking of a starting price of five or six... " he told The Local, and the owner interrupted him saying "surely, you don't mean five or six hundred thousand (kronor) do you?"

When Knutson replied, "No, actually I mean five or six million…", the atmosphere in the room turned "electric," he said.