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Old 2nd Feb 2021, 09:50
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Old 2nd Feb 2021, 09:56
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Originally Posted by Pinky the pilot View Post
Which are very likely the exact words used by one of The Pinky household's cats used only last Friday week when he came upon this long brown thing wriggling around a Neighbour's back yard!

I got him to the Vets in time thankfully, as the Eastern Brown Snake is one of the deadlier ones here in Australia.

He is home now and apparently none the worse for wear. A bit quieter though. And we are $1,300 poorer!
No doubt if you presented the bill to the Cat, despite being, thankfully, fortunate having just taken on the second most venomous snake in the world ( c/o Google ) you would still get the usual " And ? " response
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Old 2nd Feb 2021, 22:29
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you would still get the usual " And ? " response
Roger that!

And that Cat just hopped up onto my desk, walked across the keyboard, sniffed at my mug of Coffee and then strolled off!
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Old 3rd Feb 2021, 01:54
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Oh heck Pinky you must have been terrified for him. How lucky that you actually knew what had happened and were able to get him to the vet as opposed to finding him hours later!

Krystal ... I would not dream of getting on the wrong side of this cat. Back in the early days when I first brought him home as an older rescue cat, I had several fangings from him, two of which were quite serious. One incident (for which I still have not worked out the trigger) saw him wake up from a sleep on my bed and when I reached over to stroke him, I sustained four serious bites on my arm in the space of about two seconds. Luckily I had the presence of mind to not move at all or the consequences could have been worse as he was holding on with his claws at the same time. He isn't a snuggly/cuddly cat at all but loves to be stroked, scratched and brushed so interactions are strictly on his terms. He won't tolerate being picked up so any visits to the vet involve a very quick scoop and dump into the carrier. He is definitely Mr. Personality though ... fronts up automatically at 7 o'clock every evening for his heart meds, sits on the bench and meows at me to get on with it! The other morning he led me with many meows and backward looks to his litter tray which I had neglected to clean up that morning. (Usually done each morning and night.)
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Old 3rd Feb 2021, 02:31
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How lucky that you actually knew what had happened and were able to get him to the vet as opposed to finding him hours later!
I knew instantly what had happened as soon as I found him Bluey, as our other Cat suffered the same problem last Summer. Thankfully he survived as well (They are both from the same litter BTW) Named Sammy and Smudges. They are now both far wiser I hope. I have since Snake-proofed the property as best as possible, but the property over the back fence one house down has an uncleared jungle for a back garden and that is where the 'wrigglies' are!

The Owner flatly refuses to acknowledge that he has a snake problem as he'e 'never seen one.' He does however have 'Sleepy lizards' and also believes the OWT that if you have 'sleepies' you will not have snakes! That is simply not true!

We also have seen Sleepy lizards in our back yard. Two Brown Snakes as well! One was removed by a Snake catcher at a cost of $50. As for the second, I 'aint sayin!! (It is illegal to kill Snakes.)
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Old 3rd Feb 2021, 03:59
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... and also believes the OWT that if you have 'sleepies' you will not have snakes!
Bit like the old story that if you see dolphins in the water there are no sharks nearby. Yeah, right! As far as "never seen one" goes, that's entirely likely. Snakes will almost always avoid humans by moving away as soon as the footsteps are detected. Your neighbour seems to be a little short on education where snakes are concerned.
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Old 3rd Feb 2021, 06:09
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Originally Posted by BlueDiamond View Post
Oh heck Pinky you must have been terrified for him. How lucky that you actually knew what had happened and were able to get him to the vet as opposed to finding him hours later!

Krystal ... I would not dream of getting on the wrong side of this cat. Back in the early days when I first brought him home as an older rescue cat, I had several fangings from him, two of which were quite serious. One incident (for which I still have not worked out the trigger) saw him wake up from a sleep on my bed and when I reached over to stroke him, I sustained four serious bites on my arm in the space of about two seconds. Luckily I had the presence of mind to not move at all or the consequences could have been worse as he was holding on with his claws at the same time. He isn't a snuggly/cuddly cat at all but loves to be stroked, scratched and brushed so interactions are strictly on his terms. He won't tolerate being picked up so any visits to the vet involve a very quick scoop and dump into the carrier. He is definitely Mr. Personality though ... fronts up automatically at 7 o'clock every evening for his heart meds, sits on the bench and meows at me to get on with it! The other morning he led me with many meows and backward looks to his litter tray which I had neglected to clean up that morning. (Usually done each morning and night.)
Bluey....I am not unfamiliar with this philosophy.....it has to be said our routines have, with hindsight, been carefully orchestrated by madam " never knowingly disadvantaged " plus more than capable of expressing her sentiments if the expectations are not met......I do have a soft spot for the ratbag however.....

However, the serious bit, Hope all is well with you in this respect....

Perth bushfire: Evacuations as dozens of homes destroyed - BBC News
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Old 3rd Feb 2021, 08:16
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I am safe thank you Krystal. I'm well to the south west by about 45Km and the fire is travelling in the opposite direction although we did get some fine ash yesterday blown on the wind. It is an enormous and devastating fire which is rapidly-moving and out of control. Much of the area is hilly and difficult terrain where it is impossible to fight and even Pearce Airbase where all the firefighting aircraft are refuelling and reloading is now completely within the fire zone although not yet in the "too late to leave" area.



The red area indicates active fire and the black shaded area within the red is where it would now be deadly to try to leave. The yellow is the "watch and act" area where things could get nasty very quickly and the blue area indicates where there is no immediate threat but the fire is travelling in that direction. I'm just across the river from where you see the word "Perth" so I'm well out of the way. The red active fire zone is about 50Km across. More than 70 homes have been destroyed but thankfully there has been no loss of human life. For domestic, farm and wild animals the story is not so good.
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Old 3rd Feb 2021, 10:10
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Here is something you never want to read

'are advised it is too late to leave. You need to shelter in place and actively defend' 🤢.

But how do you read this if the fire has taken out the infrastructure and phone masts?
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Old 3rd Feb 2021, 14:17
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Thanks for the map and coverage Bluey....puts matters in perspective rather than a news report but, as you say, whilst no human fatalities it's sadly a different proposition for wild life.

As for the wx over here, enter madam, a lady whom I have mentioned before in her capacity as a "weather pweesenter "......a couple of days ago, madam, in all seriousness, informed us that fronts were difficult to see and predict !.....thus far, she's fine on warm and cold, but, has yet to mention occluded....the hand wafts it's way over this complication you understand...however, it's possible she's never actually looked skywards when it comes to fronts.

Credit where it's due however, she did say that, when warm air meets cold air, even mentioned the leading edge ! then snow could appear. All this in an outside broadcast attired in a "spot the designer label fashion show "......
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Old 3rd Feb 2021, 15:52
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Photo sent by a friend of the family (Ex Pat) works in Perth and lives about 7 miles north of the centre.

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Old 3rd Feb 2021, 17:42
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I have a batch of about twenty Rupert Annuals from the seventies and have tried selling them on-line but there are no takers. It's a pity as I'll have to throw them out and they're all in "as new" condition.
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Old 3rd Feb 2021, 20:02
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Blacksheep, charity shop might like 'em...

Towards the end of my company's existence, a large batch of stored boxes full documents were returned to us for review and likely destruction. These included a dozen or so Janes All the World's Aircraft from the late 60s to about 1979 - used by my airfield pavements and facilities colleagues for weights, dimensions, etc... The guy doing the review offered them to me rather than destroy them - I'd no space to keep them but couldn't bear to see them destroyed either. My boss and I decided to put them on Ebay and thought we'd get at least 10 an edition which we'd put towards a Christmas meal with our colleagues. No interest at all which saddened me....

Boss fella did eventually managed to offload them on ebay a year or so later as a job lot for 25 plus about the same for the courier - we saved on the courier costs as the Office Manager was part of our Christmas dinner cabal and "forgot" to recoup the costs, so 50 paid for a few bottles of house red and white!
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Old 3rd Feb 2021, 20:15
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Physical books are a real downer at the moment. Even charity shops are groaning with them, and won't take more.

... which is just the thing you say before a market takes off, and people make millions.
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Old 4th Feb 2021, 00:07
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The library I used from age 7 or so (Fraser-Hickson Institute. est. 1870) had a Children's library as a separate section (full scale, whole floor).
At 14 (I think) you moved up to the main library for a $5 fee. (one-off lifetime) and had access to everything including the invaluable Reference Library.
That said, a library might like the annuals.
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Old 4th Feb 2021, 03:25
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Bluey, I was at Pearce in 77-79 when the base was out in the boonies. Then the developers bought cheap land next to the base and built houses on it, and then complained about the noise. Duh. So now the houses are perhaps going to be grateful that they are next door to the firebombers.
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Old 4th Feb 2021, 03:27
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Spooky pic there WB627! Air quality is being a real problem for asthmatics and anyone else with lung-function difficulties. 500 firefighters on the ground now and aircraft overhead all doing their best to contain a fire that now has a perimeter in excess of 160Km. At least it's a bit cooler today for our firies but we are now having some pretty strong winds for them to cope with.

From the newsroom.
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Old 4th Feb 2021, 05:14
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Fingers crossed up here all will be well...
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Old 4th Feb 2021, 06:00
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Originally Posted by meadowrun View Post
The library I used from age 7 or so (Fraser-Hickson Institute. est. 1870) had a Children's library as a separate section (full scale, whole floor).
At 14 (I think) you moved up to the main library for a $5 fee. (one-off lifetime) and had access to everything including the invaluable Reference Library.
That said, a library might like the annuals.
Sounds very similar to my own really, minus the transfer fee. This age discrimination was, I assure you, zealously enforced. Whilst no transfer fee was applied, one did note, that, with an equally zealous dedication when a "fine " was levied for being 0.01 secs overdue with returning books, this could vary depending on which lemon sucking, sour faced harridan and associate of the Krays was collecting it.

Customer service was not really evident in this era you understands.
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Old 5th Feb 2021, 05:39
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Bluey, I was at Pearce in 77-79 when the base was out in the boonies. Then the developers bought cheap land next to the base and built houses on it, and then complained about the noise. Duh.
Ascend Charlie, it was (and still is) the same story for all those expensive suburbs that sprang up around Jandakot which is one of the busiest general aviation airports in Australia. People bought their land there, built their houses ... and then complained about the noise, even going so far as to demand that the airport be "moved further out." Yeah, riiiiight! I'm on a couple of the approach/departure routes for both Perth International and Jandakot and often see the Flying Doctor and the rescue choppers going almost overhead as well as the commercial traffic which goes over between 3 and 4 thousand feet ... but then, unlike many others, I really enjoy that!

Were you there when they had the old "Emu Airlines" mock-up 747 over on the back blocks for counter-terrorist and other training?

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