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Ted McEvoy

Out in the shed with Ted.


Ted McEvoy.


Blood Clots/Stroke.


What is a stroke?


A stroke, or cerebrovascular accident (CVA), occurs when blood supply to part of the brain is disrupted, causing brain cells to die. When blood flow to the brain is impaired, oxygen and glucose cannot be delivered to the brain.


What causes a stroke?


The blockage of an artery in the brain by a clot (thrombosis) is the most common cause of a stroke. The part of the brain that is supplied by the clotted blood vessel is then deprived of blood and oxygen. As a result, the cells of that part of the brain die. Typically, a clot forms in a small blood vessel within the brain that has been previously narrowed due to a variety of factors.


Blood clot

Another type of stroke may occur when a blood clot or a piece of atherosclerotic plaque (cholesterol and calcium deposits on the wall of the inside of the heart or artery) breaks loose, travels through open arteries, and lodges in an artery of the brain. When this happens, the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the brain is blocked and a stroke occurs.

Typical example.

During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. 

They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, she went about enjoying herself the for rest of the evening 

Her husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00 pm she passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps she would be with us today. Blood clot

Recognizine a Stroke. 

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage while people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. 

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions: 

STROKE:    Remember the 1st Three Letters.... S.T.R.

S      * Ask the individual to SMILE. 
T      * Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE  (i.e. It is sunny out today.) 
R      * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS. 

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call the emergency number "000" immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher. 

Doctors say there is now a fourth sign to indicate a person has suffered a stroke, as them to "Stick out Your Tongue". 

If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke. 


A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke... totally. The biggest problem is getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours. 

When in doubt, don't muck about, ring 000.





If you are in receipt of a DVA pension, with effect from the 20th March, 2010, you will have noticed an increase in your fortnightly payment. The old and the new figures are below:


Old and New Pension rates





Attached is a letter from Ken Maguire, a Perth based specialist rheumatologist, who has been looking after DVA patient’s joint problems for many years. We were recently warned about this but thought it was referring only to Medicare patients, not ALL DVA Cardholders.


As is obvious from the letter, it's up to us to make the appropriate representation. You can read the letter HERE





As this is a family orientated magazine, we can't discuss sex in these pages, it has to be in a sealed section - if you want to learn some very interesting facts about sex - click HERE.  (Don't rush now!!!)



Australian Servicemen/women deaths in Vietnam.


Barry Hampson  is a serving Major in the Australian Army who has been promoted up through the ranks. He is a Military historian based in Canberra and has set himself the task of writing a book detailing the lives and circumstances of the death of every Australian killed in Vietnam. 

 Back Beach Hospital, Vung Tau

He strikes me as a very straight down the line sort of bloke and I am sure that he will achieve what he has set out to do 


I am passing this on with the thought that you may wish to contribute on behalf of any of your mates who didn’t make it. 


Part of it is verbally filling out the profile of what the bloke was like, what were his personal traits, civvy life etc etc effectively a word picture of the bloke beyond the statistical. 


If you are interested, Barry has a website at  www.barryhampson.com, his email is bazz662@bigpond.com and his mobile is 0424 750 943. 



Do not call!!


Mobile phone numbers have now gone public – this means all mobile phone numbers have been released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive telemarketing calls – nearly always at the most inappropriate time.


If you do not want to be rung, log onto the Federal Gov’t link below and enter all your phone numbers (to a maximum of 10) online. This will stop calls from people trying to sell you stuff, but unfortunately, it does not stop calls from certain public interest organisations such as charities, religious organisations, educational institutions and political parties – but when you think about it,  that’s just about everyone…


It may take up to 30 days for telemarketing agencies to recognise your registration and stop calling your number and if you still receive calls after the 30 days you can lodge a complaint.


To register, click HERE


Research has shown that 9 out of 10 men prefer women with big boobs.

The 10th bloke prefers the other 9 blokes.


The Beatles


If you're a Beatles fan, and who wasn't at one stage, then you're in luck. Click HERE



Changes to DVA Cards.


All Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) Repatriation Health Cards (DVA Cards) are due to expire during 2010. From March 2010, DVA will begin reissuing all cards. As part of this reissue, there will be some improvements made to the cards.


All eligible veterans, war widows/widowers and dependants will be issued with a new card, however, it is important to realise that the changes will not reduce or change current eligibility to hold a DVA Card.

DVA Logo

The changes being made to the cards are to:


a.         increase veteran access to services;

b.         improve provider satisfaction; and

c.         tighten the security of the cards.


The magnetic stripe on the cards will soon contain the following information:


a.         Card holder’s full name;

b.         Card holder’s file number;

c.         The card type; and

d.         The Card’s expiry date.


This change is expected to improve provider satisfaction, as this will enable providers to swipe DVA cards in the same way Medicare or Private Health Fund Cards are currently utilised. By improving the claiming experience for the providers it increases the likelihood of providers accepting DVA cards.


All eligible clients living overseas will be issued with a DVA card for the first time. This will remove the need for veterans to contact DVA to receive a "letter of authority" when receiving medical treatment within Australia. Entitlement to treatment overseas is limited to veterans that have an accepted disability/disabilities and DVA funds treatment of those accepted disabilities only. This process for receiving treatment while overseas will not change.


All DVA cards will have micro-printing and a DVA registered hologram added as security features. The micro-printing and hologram are added security features to ensure non entitled persons cannot reproduce a card.


The reissue of all cards is due to commence in March 2010, this process is expected to take 6 weeks to complete. More information can be accessed HERE


Gold Card holdersDVA Gold Card


Holders of a Gold Card (the Repatriation Health Card - For All Conditions) are entitled to the full range of health care services at DVA's expense including medical, dental and optical care, within Australia. They are also entitled to aids and appliances to help them, for example, to remain in their home.


See: Gold card


White Card holders

 DVA White card

Holders of a White Card (the Repatriation Health Card – For Specific Conditions) are entitled to the full range of health care services at DVA expense but only in respect of those disabilities or illnesses accepted as service-related. A White Card may also be issued for treatment for non-service related cancer, pulmonary tuberculosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, clinical depressions or severe anxiety disorders, or the symptoms of unidentifiable conditions (Gulf War veterans only), without the need to submit claim for payment for a disability compensation payment.


See: White card

Orange Card holders

 DVA Orange card

Orange Repatriation pharmaceutical benefits cards are issued to Commonwealth and allied veterans and mariners who:


  • have qualifying service from World War I or II and

  • are aged 70 or over and

  • have been resident in Australia for 10 years or more.


See: Orange card




 VW Beetle


If you’ve got an old VW beetle, and need to change the belt that drives the generator, there’s a real easy way to do it. Click HERE.



Take your heart for a walk.


Heart Foundation Walking is a network of free community-based walking groups that aims to increase participation in regular physical activity. Volunteer Walk Organisers lead walking groups, offering an enjoyable, Heart Foundationsocial and supportive physical activity option for people within their local community. Aiming to combat the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease, including physical inactivity, Heart Foundation Walking has nearly 15,000 registered walkers across Australia.


Groups cater for a variety of ages and fitness levels, making it suitable for both beginners and regular walkers. Groups generally meet once or twice a week and walk distances that fit in with the groups abilities and goals.


Mrs Mandy Bridgman, Volunteer Walk Organiser, said the program is the perfect way for people of all ages to enjoy fitness at no cost. I think it is great that the Heart Foundation is promoting healthy, free exercise. Anyone can do it regardless of weight, age or physical fitness.


Walking group

Dr Lyn Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of the National Heart Foundation said that walking plays an important role In preventing and managing chronic disease. “Participating in regular walks can help you become healthier and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by helping to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels,” said Dr Roberts. “Walking in groups allows you to be social and active at the same time”.


Heart Foundation Walking has the added bonus of helping you to stay motivated by providing you with regular incentives when you reach milestones such as 25, 50 and 100 walks.


Department of Health Logo

To join or start a group, or for more information about Heart Foundation Walking call 1300 36 27 87 or visit the web site HERE.


Heart Foundation Walking is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Health and Ageing.






The definitive explanation of MARKETING. This will clear up any confusion ...

 Marketing woman

You're a woman and you see a handsome man at a party.

You go up to him and say, "I'm fantastic in bed."

That's Direct Marketing.


You're at a party with a bunch of friends and see a handsome man.

One of your friends goes up to him and pointing at you says, "She's fantastic in bed."

That's Advertising.


You see a handsome man at a party.

You go up to him and get his telephone number. The next day you call him and say, "Hi, I'm fantastic in bed."

That's Telemarketing.


You see a man at a party, you straighten your dress. You walk up to him and pour him a drink.

You say, "May I," and reach up to straighten his tie, brushing your breast lightly against his arm... And then you say, "By the way, I'm fantastic in bed."

That's Public Relations.


You're at a party and see a handsome man.

He walks up to you and says, I hear you're fantastic in bed."

That's Brand Recognition.


You're at a party and see a handsome man.

He fancies you, but you talk him into going home with your friend.

That's a Sales Representation.


Your friend can't satisfy him so she calls you.

That's Technical Support.


You're on your way to a party when you realize that there could be handsome men in all these houses you're passing. So you climb onto the roof of one situated towards the centre and shout at the top of your lungs, "I'm fantastic in bed!"

That's Junk Mail.


There - I hope you now have a complete understanding of Marketing.


C130A - stripped, at RAAF Laveton




What a sad ending for a grand old lady, I’ve worked on and flown in this old girl, what a shame to see it in such a state..




Early Days of the U2.


If you've ever worked on aircraft, or are interested in aircraft, these pictures of the early U-2 aircraft should beU2 aircraft interesting to you. You will need PowerPoint.


The base where these photos were taken is now called Area 51. Back about the time this was happening it was Watertown. The old air taxi was a C-54/118, Douglas DC4 Skymaster, or what was commonly called the “oil leaker”. It flew back and forth to Nellis AFB in Vegas.  Click HERE  (It's a big file and will take a little while to download)




Global Warming


Recently there was a huge rally to protest against Global Warming – there were some very angry people – click HERE to see the mood.





What your Labor Government can do for you.


Remember what Kevin 07 said about ex-service personnel before the last election?? Well this appears to be the final instalment of fairness and any recognition of the "unique nature of military service"

 Aust Gov't DFRDB Logo

Recently a retired Colonel Palmer, who was an ex-RAEME, wrote to Lindsay Tanner, the minister for Finance and De-regulation, concerning the irregularities with DFRB/DFRD. Colonel Palmer is currently employed at a major University so we can assume his letter would have been well put together.


This is the response he got from the MINISTER


There is a very good website dedicated to Military Superannuation, if it affects you, you should have a look, you can find it HERE.



Governance of Australian Government Superannuation Schemes Bill 2010.


If you rely on your DFRB/DFRDB super to maintain your current life style, you should be aware there are some changes in the wind that could affect you. Click HERE to see the letter from David K Jamison AM who is the National President of the Defence Force Welfare Association




E-Bay.EBay logo


Does anyone know how to cancel a bid on E-Bay? I put in a bid for a "Mickey Mouse Outfit" and now it seems I am only six minutes away from owning the Collingwood Football Club!!!



Role Models.


These days kids don’t seem to have the same sort of Role Models that we had. When we were kids, the boys' role models were clean living upright wholesome citizens that always put Queen and country first and always helped old ladies cross the road. The girls had role models that were movie stars who could cook, always wore clothes and crocheted small rugs. NoDiana Dorst today, these days Role Models have bits of metals sticking through parts of their bodies that were meant to be metal free, and either play golf or nick hand-bags off old ladies.


Do you remember who your role model was when you were a kid?? Someone has invented a Role Model inquisitator which is supposed to be fail safe. It always comes up with the right answer. Take the small maths quiz following and it will reveal who was your role model when you were young and fancy free.


1.                  Pick your favourite number between 1-9

2.                  Multiply that number by 3.

3.                  Add 3 to that number

4.                  Then again Multiply by 3

5.                  You'll get a 2 digit number....

6.                  Add the digits together.


Now, remembering the final number, click HERE and the name opposite your answer was your role model – never fails.




A visitor’s guide to driving in Western Australia


For those who live on the right hand side of Australia, and for those that live outside of Australia, over here we drive right hand drive cars and drive on the left hand side of the road. SO!!!  If you live on the right hand side of OZ and want to come over, change your money, hop on a plane and in only a few short hours you'll be here.


In WA, we have an unwritten road code, therefore, it is suggested that you discard your official copy so diligently obtained and studied prior to your visit. The following rules apply to the WA roads, not in any particular order of importance.


1.                  The correct overtaking lane is the left hand lane. The right hand lane is reserved for sightseeing, making mobile phone calls, and looking for street signs. If someone behind you puts on their high beam when you are in the right hand lane, they do not want to overtake, but, in fact, are trying to give you more light in which to read your street directory. We in the west are so considerate like that.

 Perth tunnel

2.                  Tunnels are a big novelty here, despite probably being commonplace where you come from. As a result, you are expected to reduce speed considerably on entering our very own tunnel so you have more time to appreciate the engineering and architecture of this magnificent structure, which is far better than anything in your hometown.


3.                  In WA, it is illegal to use a hand held mobile phone while you are driving. Please do not let that stop you, your call is important to us. However, we all recognise the inherent danger in using these devices while driving, so it is recommended that whilst using a mobile, please move to the right lane and reduce speed to ensure you can still respond in a timely manner to any change in road conditions.


4.                  Roundabouts are something we have never really got used to. To avoid any confusion, please do not indicate at all, as any indication is confusing. Should you not be to sure who has right of way, feel free to stop in the middle of the roundabout to give way to your left. This is also a great gesture of courtesy, and should anyone toot their horn, it is in appreciation of your courtesy. Likewise, a vertical finger is a wave of “welcome to Perth”.


5.                  On many of our country roads there are overtaking lanes to allow drivers to overtake slower vehicles on sections where it would otherwise be difficult or impossible to do so. You should be mindful of the fact that speed is our biggest killer and you therefore have a moral obligation to drive at least 20kph below the speed limit on the single lane sections, and accelerate to whatever speed is necessary to prohibit those reckless drivers in our midst from overtaking. They are a danger to the community at large and who knows how many lives you will save by such a small contribution as this.


6.                  Traffic lights are a modern method of regulating the flow of traffic but have the effect of causing vehicles to travel in packs. Therefore, the appropriate method to reduce this effect is to wait until the vehicle in front of you is a reasonable distance from you before you move away from the lights. Ten car lengths or more is considered appropriate. Do not accelerate quickly away from the lights, as this will make you stand out as a tourist.


7.                  Merging of two lanes into one has its dangers. The obvious way to reduce these dangers is to reduce your speed prior to attempting a merging manoeuvre. While you may be used to merging one for one, this simply does not work here and you should try to stay as close to the car in front to ensure you don’t lose your place in the queue.



Follow these simple rules and you are ensured of a pleasant stay in our beautiful state without standing out from the crowd as just another tourist. Enjoy your stay





I pulled into the crowded parking lot at the local shopping centre and rolled down the car windows to make sureLabrador pup my Labrador pup had fresh air.


She was stretched full-out on the back seat and I wanted to impress upon her that she must remain there.


I walked to the curb backward, pointing my finger at the car and saying emphatically, now you stay. Do you hear me?' 'Stay! Stay!'


The driver of a nearby car, a pretty blonde young lady, gave me a strange look and said, 'Why don't you just put it in Park??




Tools Explained.Drill Press



A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.



Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, "Oh, sh*t!"



A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.



Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters.



An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.

 Vice grips


One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle. It transforms human energy into crooked, unpredictable cuts, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes.



Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. Versatile, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.


OXY-ACETYLENE TORCH: Used almost entirely for igniting various flammable objects in your shop. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub out of which you want to remove a bearing race. Alternate use (with beer) making high explosive sound out of balloons, trash bags, and Styrofoam cups.



A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity.



Used for lowering an automobile to the ground trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper.



A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut good aluminium sheet into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash can after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge.


TWO-TON ENGINE HOIST: Phillips head screw driver

A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of everything you forgot to disconnect.



Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or can be used to remove oil filters but can also be used to strip out Phillips screw heads.



A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws.



A tool used to crumple and bend the surrounding metal on an expensive project.



A tool used to make hoses too short. Ball Pein hammer



Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts - adjacent to the object you are trying to hit. The hammer is also the best tool ever invented to create blood blisters and to smash thumbs.



Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered to your front door; works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines, refund cheques, and rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for removing blood from your fingers.



Designed to double the number of sockets and spanners in your tool box.



Designed to round off metric bolt heads.



A powerful inspiring saw that is designed to "kick back " leaving a racing stripe on your forehead.



Thick heavy cables with clamps to remove the smoke from an alternator. Also very good at creating pretty sparks to help you light up your work area



After starting a new diet, I altered my drive to work to avoid passing my favourite bakery. I accidentally drove past the bakery this morning and as I approached, there in the window were a host of goodies. I felt this was no accident, so I prayed, "Lord, it's up to you, if you want me to have any of those delicious goodies, create a parking place for me directly in front of the bakery." And sure enough, on the eighth time around the block, there it was!

"God is good!"


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