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Re: In the beginning…

Postby kurupetos » Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:10 pm

Were you a messenger chicken? :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: In the beginning…

Postby Paphitis » Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:58 am

Get Real! wrote:
Paphitis wrote:It’s a real shame you never experienced Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Radelaide.


:? Well it’s not like Perth is too far off…

https://www.hogsbreath.com.au/wp-conten ... th-big.jpg

See that tall triangular one in the middle… that was the R&I bank tower and I used to work there… up and down those lifts all day! :lol:


I never mentioned Perth for that reason. Perth is a very isolated city. I don’t like Perth for that reason.

But to be fair, Perth is a very beatiful city too and probably one of the best cities in the world. Great beaches in Perth. Also down south you got the surf beaches of Margaret River, Esperance, Albany and so forth. Not to mention the wineries which are among the best in the world. Up north you got Monkey Mia, Shark Bay, Coral Bay and the Ningaloo Reef, and Broome. Amazing coastline.

I’ve seen the entire coastline of the WA coast close up. Every inch of it. It’s amazing.

You should of had a look at Melbourne, Radelaide, Sydney and Brisbane before you went to Cyprus Get Real. Also Darwin, Gold Coast, Sunchine Coast, Coffs, central coast, Canberra and of course Hobart and Tasmania which is truly exotic.

Melbourne is very European and cultured. Sydney is very Las Vegas and probably the most beatiful city in the world according to many people. Adelaide is like Melbourne but in a smaller scale. Brisbane is also known as Brisvegas. Gold Coast is Australia’s signature post card around the world.

Canberra is a new city that was built to be the Capital and is kind of based on Washington. It’s on its own administratively as it is in The Australian Capital Territory. Worthwhile visiting because of the way it is laid out with a massive Australian Parliament House. It is about the size of Larnaca Airport and most of it is underground. Across from that is the Old Parliament and in between are the War Museums and Memorials as well as the unknown soldier. That is something to see with all the wars Australia has had.

Then all the Embassies are something to behold as well.
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Re: In the beginning…

Postby Londonrake » Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:19 am

I went to Canberra a couple of times with the RAAF. People there didn’t seem to ask what you did but which department you worked in. It’s almost entirely government.

Great Museum, as I recall.
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Re: In the beginning…

Postby Paphitis » Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:30 am

Londonrake wrote:I went to Canberra a couple of times with the RAAF. People there didn’t seem to ask what you did but which department you worked in. It’s almost entirely government.

Great Museum, as I recall.


Yes that’s right! Canberra is just comprised mainly of Public Servants, Government Officials, Politicians, and Defence.

It’s where BBJ is based which is the PMs plane. Also the VIP squadron and quite often a few F-18s, and the KC-10s.

It’s where everything is, so just about everyone works for a Government Department or Military etc etc

It’s also where the HQ is for the Federal Police, ASIO, Defence Signals etc etc.

Speaking of RAAF Fairbairn and Edinburgh, all airfields are being upgraded and rebuilt from scratch costing some 200 Billion Dollars. If you add that to our Defence Expenditure, we are approaching USA levels and exceed the UK.

You won’t recognise RAAF Edinburgh anymore from the last time you were there. A lot of new Defence Contractors everywhere as well such as Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, BAE etc etc. Some other US, Israeli and French companies as well getting ready for the Submarines which is a massive contract so the DSTO has doubled in size. French Subs going to be built in Adelaide where the Collins Class were built.

I was at RAAF Williamtown (Newcastle) last November. It’s dual use. Whilst I was on the civil Apron, 30 F-18 and Super F-18 took off one after the other because they were closing the runway at Midnight because of all the Runway works. They were doing semi afterburner as well. They were relocating to RAAF Amberley and Richmond. I had 40 minutes to get out myself or be stranded there.
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Re: In the beginning…

Postby Londonrake » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:12 am

That makes me feel my age. I visited the shipbuilders near Adelaide when the first Collins were being constructed. :( 8)
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Re: In the beginning…

Postby Paphitis » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:20 am

Londonrake wrote:I went to Canberra a couple of times with the RAAF. People there didn’t seem to ask what you did but which department you worked in. It’s almost entirely government.

Great Museum, as I recall.


At the moment they are parking P-8s at Air Movements. They don’t have enough apron space and they got another P-8 delivery this month. They don’t know where to put them. :lol:

They might need to send a few to Japan for you know who’s benefit! :lol:
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Re: In the beginning…

Postby Paphitis » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:24 am

Londonrake wrote:That makes me feel my age. I visited the shipbuilders near Adelaide when the first Collins were being constructed. :( 8)


Yeh well those yards are now building the Air Warfare Destroyers and next to that they will be building 12 French Submarines that cost 4.5 Billion per boat. Government has the chequered book out spending like crazy.

P-3s will all be retired by mid this year. Aprons and Runways are being strengthened and upgraded. They are also doing a 300 m extension.
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Re: In the beginning…

Postby Robin Hood » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:06 pm

Paphitis:
Yes that’s right! Canberra is just comprised mainly of Public Servants, Government Officials, Politicians, and Defence.

It’s where BBJ is based which is the PMs plane. Also the VIP squadron and quite often a few F-18s, and the KC-10s.

It’s where everything is, so just about everyone works for a Government Department or Military etc etc

RH: It’s called SOCIALISM !!!!! The Government looks after you and yours from cradle to grave and you do what they tell you to do ! :roll:

It’s also where the HQ is for the Federal Police, ASIO, Defence Signals etc etc.

Speaking of RAAF Fairbairn and Edinburgh, all airfields are being upgraded and rebuilt from scratch costing some 200 Billion Dollars. If you add that to our Defence Expenditure, we are approaching USA levels and exceed the UK.

You won’t recognise RAAF Edinburgh anymore from the last time you were there. A lot of new Defence Contractors everywhere as well such as Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, BAE etc etc. Some other US, Israeli and French companies as well getting ready for the Submarines which is a massive contract so the DSTO has doubled in size. French Subs going to be built in Adelaide where the Collins Class were built.

I was at RAAF Williamtown (Newcastle) last November. It’s dual use. Whilst I was on the civil Apron, 30 F-18 and Super F-18 took off one after the other because they were closing the runway at Midnight because of all the Runway works. They were doing semi afterburner as well. They were relocating to RAAF Amberley and Richmond. I had 40 minutes to get out myself or be stranded there.
At the moment they are parking P-8s at Air Movements. They don’t have enough apron space and they got another P-8 delivery this month. They don’t know where to put them.

They might need to send a few to Japan for you know who’s benefit!
Yeh well those yards are now building the Air Warfare Destroyers and next to that they will be building 12 French Submarines that cost 4.5 Billion per boat. Government has the chequered book out spending like crazy.

P-3s will all be retired by mid this year. Aprons and Runways are being strengthened and upgraded. They are also doing a 300 m extension.


I know this is a stupid question but; Apart from a wonderful demonstration of socialism in action ...... exactly who are the Australians defending themselves from? Who are you so afraid of? And there’s poor old ‘Rocket man’ who gets continually threatened by you and all your buddies with all this very expensive and destructive hardware and yet you expect him to get rid of his defence against you? :o

Maybe ..... just maybe, after what happened to his country in 1950 he, unlike you, has a lot to be afraid of? But of course you won’t recognise that at all!

I know of someone who sells insurance and can provide cover for alien attacks and asteroid/meteor impact ...... maybe he should open an office in Australia ........... you seem to have plenty of money to spend on military ‘toys-for-the-boys’? But the Americans won’t let you have your own nuclear weapons ..... why is that? :wink: :lol: :lol:
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Re: In the beginning…

Postby Paphitis » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:55 pm

Londonrake wrote:That makes me feel my age. I visited the shipbuilders near Adelaide when the first Collins were being constructed. :( 8)


You are young at heart mate.

If you ever feel like going down memory lane and come out to Oz, then give me a call.
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Re: In the beginning…

Postby Londonrake » Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:45 am

Paphitis wrote:
Londonrake wrote:That makes me feel my age. I visited the shipbuilders near Adelaide when the first Collins were being constructed. :( 8)


You are young at heart mate.

If you ever feel like going down memory lane and come out to Oz, then give me a call.


Cheers.

I’ve probably been to Sydney a dozen times and agree, it’s a fantastic city. Stayed in the Shangrila on a few occasions. All the rooms are on the harbour side and our facing wall was almost entirely glass. Amazing view out over the opera house/bridge.

A brother had a big, 8 bedroom house in the Adelaide suburbs north of Aldgate for years. It was a converted hotel. Alboury Manor (?). He also had a penthouse in what must be one of the few high risers in the city centre. All sold up now.

I got to Brisbane and up to Cairns. Drove up the east side Canberra to Nowra a couple of times, Just scratched the surface of the country though really. We used to fly down from Hong Kong to Adelaide. After coasting in over Darwin it was something like another 4 hours flight time before landing IIRC. Most of it the GAFA of course (Great Australian F**** All :lol: )

I’d like to do a few months there. Perhaps cover another ten percent. :lol:
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