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Wednesday, 13 July 2011
Tarli Karng 1999
Topic: Australia

Russ and Frank check out the snow photo TaliKarng990.jpg

   Wal always wanted to go to Tali Karng and check out the fishing. Two hours in Four out. It's a bit of a hill. All started well till we got to the split in the track. Frank, Russ and I looked at the weather and decided short route. The rest went the scenic way. It started to snow (it was September),then it really started to snow. As we got lower it became constant heavy rain. Up on the scenic route the track disappeared, to be replaced buy a foot of snow. Fortunately they where walking along a ridge,unfortunately it turned into a blizzard. Down at the lake we brewed up and played cards in the tent, up the top they battled there way down hill through the bush. By the time they arrived it was just about dark, we cooked dinner, and most of them just crashed straight into bed cold and wet. The night was a shocker with gale force winds, luckily we had camped in a sheltered corner, only falling trees to worry about. I slept like a log. By the next morning it had cleared up a bit, Wal went fishing, but with the wild weather nothing was biting. Bacon and eggs followed by a four hour slog up the hill. Wal's never been back.


For the rest of the images go here

A bit more info click ParkWeb

Posted by bondrj at 1:29 AM NZT
Updated: Sunday, 14 February 2016 3:35 PM EADT
Wednesday, 22 June 2011
Cheese's 50th
Topic: Undefined
A couple of cancelled Tiger flights was not enough to stop us headding to the Sunshine coast for a Five Iron and Cheeses birthday. Good fun was had by all. "Some more so than others"

Posted by bondrj at 2:15 AM NZT
Updated: Sunday, 14 February 2016 3:36 PM EADT
Thursday, 16 June 2011
The Old Stuff
Topic: Undefined
Link to the old letters which can be found here

Posted by bondrj at 9:37 PM NZT
Updated: Sunday, 14 February 2016 3:36 PM EADT
Thursday, 9 June 2011
Topic: Australia
Gleeny pier photo DSCF2206.jpg


  The Naaa Naaaa Naaa sound woke me up. It wasn't the quite peep peep  that gently rocks you awake but the harsh version that reminds you that you've have failed to  respond to the first minute of hints. Like most mornings I wake up and think where the hell am I meant to be. This morning my head seems to be a little bit more sluggish than usual. That right . I was drinking  red wine last night. My mate closed a big deal and we all went to a restaurant after the usual pub session at the Palace. I'm sure I didn't eat enough. Pub ? Today must be Saturday. Shit I'm meant to be at the airport.
    Every now and then , on a whim I decide my life is to boring, jump on the net and have a fare booking frenzy. Some times it rebounds on me. I don't really need to be going  to Adelaide. I've got a cat delivery run to Newcastle next weekend, 50th in noosa the week after, and a mountain of dirty washing that's been there so long its evolving into it's own life form. But I'm off to Adelaide. It;s almost an oxymoron. I'm bored so I'm going to Adelaide, reputedly the most boring place in Australia. I  don't know so I decided to check it out. On a Whim.  Quick shower to feel a bit more human. Feed dogs, cat, look for drivers license and Q club card, I'm sure it was here last time. Backpack, things I think I need. Car. Go.
    Long term parking at Melbourne airport. The most expensive bit of paddock in the world. Forty nine dollars to leave your car here for 24.00000124.000001 hours. I hate Maquarie Bank. I even hated them when I owned shares in them. Now I just hate them when I come to the Car Park at the Airport. Airfare Thirty five bucks, car park, your first born.
    Quick coffee,board, pull out the book. I'm surrounded by a rock band. The all  have access tags hanging off their bags for some music festival or something. Keith Moon would have been drinking vodka and snorting coke off the hostie while having wild sex in the loo ( which I'm beside). These guys sleep the entire fight. What has happened to the youth of today. I'm on Qantas so I get an ANZAC biscuit with a use by date of 2047 and a crap coffee. They should hand out little hammers so I can try to eat the biscuit, but then again I'm sure they wouldn't allow them through security. No telling what a rock band could do with a couple of those things if they ever woke up. The books  good , Killing time in Iraq by Colby Buzzell, maybe just the thing I need to burn of the hangover, and prepare me for a bit of action.
    My friend meets me at the airport. Where straight off to the members at the races. I have  my decent pair of pants and shoes on, that are normally reserved for weddings and funerals. Her bloke has a horse in the first at 10.45. It's 10.10 so he's left and we catch a cab. I feel right at home. The driver dosent speak English and he has no idea where the race track is. There is a GPS on the dash but it may as well be a rock as" look it up on the gps" produces a blank stare. We find ANZAC highway them drive straight past the entrance to the course, have to do an Illegal u turn, then mount the curb to get back to the stand.
Who says I don't support boat people. We catch up with Charlottes friend in the mounting yard.  Kissnfire looks like a good beast, and it,s number 4, so I head off to the bookies to part with the rest of the $50 leftover from the cab fare, while they head of to the members. It's it's first run' a Maiden handicap. I get 4 to 1. In the members there is a group of blokes with Barry who are hardened punters, where almost the only group here. It's 10.45, I'm on my second schooner and there about to jump. Kissnfire runs just behind the leader and pulls clear of the rest till the turn, when the jockey throws it into reverse and it finishes last by a length. Time for another beer. We punt on the next couple of races till I've lost another $50. Closest I came to a win was a horse that through it's jockey before the start of the race and got out through the front of the gate before the start . Twenty minutes after the finish they post the results. No Scratchings. Because my horse left through the front of the barrier it was a starter. I lose another tener. Not that I care, by this time I'm on my sixth schooner.

    Charlotte and I head off to Glenelg on the tram for a late lunch after a walk on the pier to clear our heads. Chicken KEV, and a red followed by a chilli hot chocolate. Back to town for a wander and to try for some tickets for a show. The cabaret festival is on. We are trying to get tickets to a burlesque show, but the place has a show on already so we cant go in . We leave our number a head back to drop off my bag.  We call the venue, it's sold out. They call us we have a table. Barry rocks up, his luck improved after we left and he's made a small profit on the punting so we head off for cocktails. The shows great, lots of good looking girls with not much on singing and dancing to themes from Bond movies. There an amateur troupe almost like a club, there is only one guy, a effeminate asian bloke, who does the last number. He gets down to his jocks and looks very happy to see us. At the end of his number the hand goes down the jocks and he pulls out a large pistol in line with the James Bond Theme. The girls go wild, the guys not so much. By this time where pretty much cocktailed out so we head home. Barry bumps into some old mates so it's in to the pub  for another couple of beers. I end up talking to a 87 year old bomber pilot who is one of the guys father. He tells us the story of flying into Hamburg after the war and getting told off by one of the germans after he took the wrong turn on the runway. "Haven't you been here before" says the Kraut. Only once says the pilot but it was dark and I didn't land. I'm trashed bed time.
    Next morning we wander down the street for breaky. Thank God I'm with a local. Nothing is open and there is no one around. We find a place and have a great breakfast  with the lot. We then wander down to the Hilton to get a cab for me to go to the airport. A band is playing for the Carbon tax rally in Vic square, the music blaring for blocks in every direction. I think they've dropped the neutron bomb there is no one else around apart from the lowest forms of life. Cockroaches, Mueso's, Taxi drivers, and ME.
    Gate 50. It seems like a big number. I wander to the end of the terminal(gate 26), downstairs, then out onto the tarmac. Shit Qantas still have things with fans on them. The  flights nearly empty, just me and a couple of sleeping mueso's. I pull out "Killing Time" and wait for the biscuit.
Pics here.

Posted by bondrj at 1:02 AM NZT
Updated: Sunday, 14 February 2016 3:37 PM EADT
Monday, 16 May 2011
A spot of camping or riding May 28/29 2011

Hi all, we're having a weekend at my brother Russell's block at the beautiful Turton's Creek area in a few weeks time and you're invited.


You have a few options.


1/ Arrive Sat morning and help get the spa fired up, camp oven going and/or bring your deck chair and paper and enjoy the serenity of the bush.


2/ Come with me on a 70k bike ride along part of the Grand Ridge Rd from Warragul Station or if you're not feeling so energetic I've also arranged for a local to give you a lift to the top of the ridge so you only have 40k of mostly downhill!


My plans:



Bring your mountain/hybrid bike for a departure from Warragul Train Station at 9.15am.


Ride south through Ellinbank about 15k to Seaview and the start of the Grand Ridge Rd. Then past Mt Worth State Park to Hallston (approx 15k) for Morning Tea around 11.30am. Here's where we'll meet the 40k group which I will give separate instructions too.


Depart by 12 for a 25k ride to Mirboo North arriving around 1.30pm. Lunch either at Bakery (doesn't have it's own website but you get the idea) or Grand Ridge Brewery and Restaurant.


Depart by 3pm for approx 15k ride to Bondie’s block arriving around 4pm.


4-6pm Spa on arrival.


7pm dinner



Mountain bike rides round the local forestry tracks or maybe up to Gunyah Junction to see the Springboard Treeℑ=0 or Mirboo Nth - Boolara rail trail. or of course just relax.

We can then drop people off in Morwell  for train back to Bairnsdale and drive back to Melb.


Email me if you're interested and I'll give you further details and instructions.



Please pass onto anyone else you think may be interested.


Posted by bondrj at 1:03 AM NZT
Updated: Monday, 16 May 2011 1:10 AM NZT
Monday, 9 May 2011
Mountain Biking
Mads has just updated his biking websire if anyone is intresred it's here, but if your really intrped he,s looking for volunteers to go Mountain biking in upper Mustang. Cheers 007

Posted by bondrj at 12:30 AM NZT
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Proof. The sun really was shining
Topic: Europe

Thanks to Dave, Sian, Amanda, and Tim(even though we didnt quite catch up) for a good couple of days in London and the surronds. Had a great time. A lot of it seemed  to be in pubs or their gardens.

If you want more click the pic

Posted by bondrj at 12:01 AM NZT
Updated: Sunday, 14 February 2016 3:37 PM EADT
Friday, 8 April 2011
Miracle in London
Topic: Europe
Greenwich and the Docklands photo March20011962.jpg


   Terminal 1 Heath row. The oldest terminal in the worlds least loved airport. Back to London. Sure the travelators don't work and dark lights hang out of the ceiling, giving it that will the last person to leave please turn off lights look, but what the heck. The plane  was on time, we  didn't circle endlessly until we ran out of fuel and crashed, that's a good day here. The bus to Twickenham only had one door working ( bad luck if you have a pram), a broken ticket machine( whoopee free travel), and the heating stuck on full.

      None of this matters though because today a wonderful rare event has occurred. Summer has arrived. I've been to London many times, Hell I've even lived here, but I don't think I've ever seen a day as nice as this. Women are in there summer dresses, the beer gardens are full of blokes in there high vis and toffs scoffing G and T's. In the future this will be referred to as the glorious Summer of 2011. Got to make the most of it I'm off to get another beer.


Tally Ho   007


PS. I don't think the heating in the bus was stuck on I just think they don't have an off switch.

Posted by bondrj at 3:00 PM NZT
Updated: Sunday, 14 February 2016 3:38 PM EADT
An Irish Wedding
Topic: Undefined
Photos from the big day go here

Posted by bondrj at 5:04 AM NZT
Updated: Sunday, 14 February 2016 3:38 PM EADT
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Mumbai Madness
Topic: East Asia







Lots of Indian's

Bombay airport ( almost as bad as Heathrow)



Cheap Shirts

British Airways Lounge (where I'm writing this)

Pros-cons*days = .5 (damm I overstayed)

Posted by bondrj at 6:13 PM NZT
Updated: Sunday, 14 February 2016 3:39 PM EADT

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