Commemoration day Chile

Each year Chile Chile celebrates its independence day on the 18th of September, the day following the country celebrates its Armed Forces day or Commemoration day.

This day incorporates a parade where all the various Forces and units are displayed in a parade that lasts up to four hours.

I was fortunate to be in Chile in 2009 and witnessed the parade, a beautiful display of colourful uniforms and highly trained participants.

Not only is the Armed forces on parade, but many uniformed personnel from various Government departments, the Carabinerie, or as we know, Police were parading, various female units with precision marching. There were olden vehicles parading as well as many bands.

The military horse display with drummers astride the horses was spectacular, the beating of the drums on horseback was much like a trumpet call to battle.

The military search and rescue unit was fantastic, with their snow camouflaged uniforms, skis instead of rifles, and their Saint Bernard dogs with little barrels around their necks, made me realise that there was still a need for this unit in the snow capped Cordillera del los Andes.

The aircraft flyover was spectacular, ancient planes and choppers through to the modern crafts.

Overall a very great display of this small countries power and strength.

I want to share these pics with you that I rediscovered whilst going through my albums.



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Posted by on September 7, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Rhonda Lee

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Rhonda Lee

The Prettiest Girl

You Could Ever See

Full Body And Round

And Stacked To The Hilt

I Rode Her For Months

Through The Calmest Nights

And Weathered Her Days

Of Driving Passion

Together We Sought

The Bounty

From Her Briny Depths

Beneath Her Sturdy Body

She Would Sway

And Roll To And Fro

She Glided

And Carried Me

With Ease

Over The Creamy White Waves

I Rode That Girl

Through Her Highs

And Lows

All Hands Upon

Her Graceful Form

We All Took Turns

Weathering Her Storms

She Rode With All

My Rhonda Lee

In Search Of The Bounty

Her Beauty Sought

Beneath The Stars

And Moonlight Dim

But In The Morning

Sun And Tides

Her Engines Would Begin

And She Would Hum

All Hands Would Ride

My Rhonda Lee

The Rhonda Lee Was A Shark Boat

And I Had Many Adventures On Her

When Long Line Fishing

This Is Just A Memory

Of My Days On The Shark Boat

Fishing The Waters Between Tasmania And Victoria

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Posted by on September 7, 2014 in Uncategorized



Vietnam Nostalgia

Greetings my friends.

Many years ago back in 1971 I was serving with the Australian Army Training Team in South Vietnam.

I found myself based on a small island off the coast of South Vietnam, called Lon Son Island.

My role there was as a Medical Advisor, and also a part of a team that became renowned for its role

in Australian Military history, for its role as the most highly decorated Australian Unit to have served in Vietnam.

Now the purpose of my post I would like to explain.

Sometime in the year of 1971, I found myself stranded in Nui Dat, Nui Dat was the base of all Australians in Vietnam, my little home town at that time of the war, was a little island called Lon Son, my home was actually an old French fort.

Somewhere in the mists of time, I got stranded at Nui Dat with no means to get back home to my little island off the coast.

With Australian ingenuity I decided to thumb a ride, much like a hitchhiker, I stood at the end of the tarmac, full pack, webbing and all accessories, shoulder holster, Armalite rifle and other paraphanalia of war.

Planes were taking off non stop , Choppers were taking off non stop, in actual fact history shows that out off Vietnam, a plane was landing and taking off every three minutes.

I watched as the planes departed, all on combat missions, all I wanted was a simple taxi lift back to my little island.

Out of the sky swooped the smallest helicopter I had ever seen, it was like a blown up ballon, it was a Bell Huey Chopper.

The pilot loaded me on board, a big American guy who had control of the Skies.

He asked me where I was goings and said no worries, it was on his way home.

A bubble helicopter with a great American Skypilot, was an experience.

He landed me back on Lon Son Island and assured me of any future help.

To this day that great man doesnt know how he helped me out, to this day this great man doesnt know the future my life would have on Lon Son Island.

He helped me when I needed it.

I would like to track down this great American chopper pilot and thank him for his assistance during this time.

Unfortunatley I have no way of tracking him down.

My good friend on WordPress, Gp suggested this blog.

The only way of finding my American friend is through the identification on his Chopper.

I attach some pictures of that time and the Chopper number plate, who knows, maybe somebody can fit the jig saw together.

Thank Gp

Aussie Emu

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Posted by on September 6, 2014 in Uncategorized


Aussie Emu Updates

Greetings my friends, I have been quiet on WordPress lately, taking time out to travel and enjoy the world.

I love the fun in travelling, every moment is a new experience, the feel of the wind flowing through the car as we cross some of the great Australian roads.

Open spaces with native trees, red earth soil and the occasional kangaroo and Emu crossing the roads in front of us.

We do a number of trips every few months now, from the cold mountain high countries to the oceans of South Australia.

Our next trip in a few weeks is off to Coober Pedy in South Australia, this town is renowned for the best Opals in the world, being an opal mining town, the houses are primarily built underground due to the heat of the desert, when you drive into the town it seems like something out of an alien movie, nothing but a landscape of TV aerials covering the landscape.

After some opal mining we are heading up to Ayers Rock, the centre of Australia, Ayers rock is normally known as Uluru in Aboriginal language, it is the biggest rock in Australia and hold great spiritual meaning and power for the Aboriginals.

So much for the first part of my blog, now I will change the subject completely, now I want to talk about Garlic. Yes the humble Garlic boys and girls.

I enjoy cooking and garlic plays a major part in all my dishes, it has great medicinal qualities, havent seen a dentist or a vampire in years since using it.

The problem with garlic is getting the skin off it, painstakingly peeling each clove and dicing it up.

Well I dont normally post other peoples culinary hints but in this case I make it an exception.

This video showed me how to skin garlic in virtually 20 seconds, I call it defrocking the garlic.

This method does actually work and is quite amazing, give it a try and it will save you much time if your a garlic lover.

Aussie Emu signing off

Stay well and keep smiling


Posted by on August 21, 2014 in Uncategorized


Cant Remember What This Was

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Posted by on August 3, 2014 in Uncategorized


Spirit Emu

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Baiame,the creator Spirit Emu,left the

earth after its creation to reside as a

dark shape in the Milky Way.The emu

is inextricably linked with the wide

grasslands of Australia, the landscape

managed by Aboriginals.The fate of

the emu, people and grain are locked in

step because for Aboriginal people the

economy and the spirit are inseparable.

Eauropeans stare at the stars but

Aboriginal people see the spaces in

between where the Spirit Emu resides


Posted by on July 20, 2014 in Uncategorized


Dance Me To The End Of Time—-Leonard Cohen


Posted by on July 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

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