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Red Eye.


If you take a lot of photos you’ll notice that some people, and some lighting conditions, are perfect breeding grounds for the devilish “red-eye”.


Rather than wearing garlic around your neck and carrying a wooden stake, all you have to do to stop this is use the “red-eye reduction” facility on your camera – but!!, how does it work????? It’s simple really.


Wide-open pupils, whether by nature or stimulated by low light conditions, allow the camera's flash to bounce off the blood vessels at the back of the eye and leave your friends looking like they're possessed. Your camera's red-eye-reduction flash setting emits a preflash that causes your subjects' pupils to constrict and help prevent the flash associated with the taking of the photo from bouncing off the blood vessels at the back of the eyes.


Isn’t that clever!!


18 RMT.


This is the official RAAF photo of 18 RMT which was an air course, and which went through Laverton early in 1968. Nothing special about that you say, well no, except, this photo caused quite a stir.



After the photo was taken the photographer from CPE counted up the faces in the photo and came up with 26 which was funny as there was only 25 blokes on the course. So they matched names to faces and found they had an unknown stow-away.


Arthur Woods, (arrowed) who was a cook at Laverton, just happened to be in uniform and talking to his mate Don Gilbert (4th from left, front row) when the blokes were told to line up for the photo – so, being a good disciplined airman, Arty did what he was told, he lined up – and got his photo taken. As you can see from Arty’s face, he thought it a great joke, as did nearly all the blokes on 18, but Mr RAAF didn’t. The Super Sleuths were put on the job and about a week later they identified Arty who was charged and given 14 days CB for his troubles.


As it does, time has wiped the memory cells partially clean and neither Woodsy nor Don was able to put a name to all the faces, those that have surfaced are: 

Back row L-R No 3 - Bernard Grob, Middle row L-R: No 2 - Colin Stephens, No 3 - Arthur Woods, No 5 - Kevin Dunlop, Front Row L-R: No 1 - John Joiner, No 2 - Curly Powell, No 3 - Geoff Blunt, No 4 - Don Gilbert, No 5 - Danny Crane, No 9 - Geoff Brown and  No 10 - Tony ??

Can anyone put some names to the rest of the faces??



Red meat is not bad for you - fuzzy green meat is bad for you.  Nana V.



Geoff Collins.


Born in 1926, Geoff Collins first played first grade football with the Melbourne football club (The Demons) in 1948, and was given heritage number 680 with the club. In his first year in senior football, he played half back flank, and that year the Demons made the finals with Essendon (the Bombers). The first finals game was a draw, (the first ever drawn finals game) so they played it again the following week, and this time the Demons were triumphant 13.11.89 to 7.8.50 in front of 52,226 people.


Geoff was made captain of the team in 1954 and played under the legendary coach, Norm Smith along side another legend of the game, Ron Barassi. In total, he played 88 games for Melbourne in years 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, and was captain in the losing 1954 Grand Final side. He is mentioned in Melbourne FC’s top 150 players. He missed the 1953 season while on armed service in Korea. 



What’s the youngest you can die of “Old Age?”



During the Korean conflict, Geoff Collins, was a Sergeant Meteor pilot with 77 Sqn, based at Kimpo and his aircraft had a life-sized demon emblazoned on its fuselage. The photo (left) of A77-207 was Geoff’s aircraft and the demon can be seen just forward of the legs of the bloke standing on the wing.


It is uncertain as to what happened to this aircraft, some records say it was originally accepted by the RAAF in 1951, went to Korea and after there it went to 38Sqn Comms Flight and was destroyed by a missile at Woomera in 1971. Another source says it was de-commissioned in 1967 and is currently preserved at RAAF Edinburgh however this could be another aircraft painted with 207’s identity.



A fool and his money - can throw one hell of a party.  Nana V.




A popular hobby among pilots of 77 Sqn, during the conflict, was to build and fly model aircraft. Geoff Collins is seen here, kneeling with hat on, working on the engine of a model Bearcat.


We only have skimpy details on Geoff Collins, we know nothing of his Air Force career, when he joined or when he was discharged.


If you know, please pass on the info so we can pass it onto others.



A Catholic priest and a rabbi are sitting next to each other on an aeroplane. After a while the priest turns to the rabbi and asks, "Is it still a requirement of your faith that you not eat pork?" The rabbi responds, "Yes, that is still one of our beliefs." The priest then asks, "Have you ever eaten pork?" To which the rabbi replies, "Yes, on one occasion I did succumb to temptation and tasted a ham sandwich." The priest nodded in understanding and went on with his reading. A while later, the rabbi asked the priest, "Father, is it still a requirement of your church that you remain celibate?" The priest replied, "Yes, that is still very much a part of our faith." The rabbi then asked him, "Father, have you ever fallen to the temptations of the flesh?" The priest replied, "Yes, rabbi, on one occasion I was weak and broke with my faith." The rabbi nodded understandingly. He was silent for a few minutes, and then he said, "Sure beats a ham sandwich though, doesn't it?"



He then recalled the world's first miniature (tape) recorder that he had recently seen at a trade fair, and suddenly he could visualize such a recorder placed in all aircraft, continually recording voices and instrument readings and able to be recovered after a crash.




Great truths about life that little children have learned:

*     If your sister hits you, never hit her back. They always catch the second person.
*     Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.


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