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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Wulstan Tempest

Ok now I will tell you a little about Wulstan Tempest yeah I know you are thinking who the hell was Wulstan Tempest well he was the guy who shot down Heinrich Mathy during the First World War.

He received the DSO for his actions, I will tell you more about what the DSO is in a later post.

At about 11.45 pm on the 2nd January 1916 Second Lieutenant Wulstan J. Tempest was approximately two hours into his patrol. A large portion of this time had been spent in climbing to bring his BE2c plane to its patrolling height of about 14,500 feet - over two and a half miles high. From this height he saw several of the searchlights to the North of London - about fifteen miles away - converge upon one distant, silvery, cigar-shaped object.

Tempest, of course, knew exactly what he was looking at, and headed towards the Zeppelin at top speed. He was not the only part of London's air-defence to have been jolted into action that night - by the time he got closer to the Zeppelin he found himself flying through large amounts of anti-aircraft fire as more and more batteries began firing at the airship.

Tempest closed with the airship and dived at it, firing a burst from his machine-gun as he approached, and another burst into the underside of the L31 as he passed below. His gun was loaded with a mixture of tracer, incendiary and ordinary ammunition, so he could see that he was hitting his target, but nothing happened.

Tempest got into position under the tail of the ship and fired a long burst as he flew along its length. He saw the envelope begin to glow from the inside like "a giant chinese-lantern" and then flames began to spurt out of the forward end and almost at once, it seemed, the Zeppelin began to fall.

He was soon promoted to Major and served with 100 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, operating night-bombers on the Western Front, eventually commanding the unit until June 1918. He left the RAF in 1921 and died in 1966.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

First World War Airships and Bombers

The first world war was also a war of firsts during the war we saw the first tanks, the first WMD's, the first Submarines and the first airplanes used in war.

I will talk about all of these over the next week or two I will start with the first “Blitz” when we hear the word “Blitz” we think of the bombing of London in 1940 but the first Blitz took place in 1915 when Germany bombed England to try and get them to quit the war.

The Germans didn't use airplanes they had airships called Zeppelins they were invented by a man named Zeppelin, in fact his name was Count Ferdinand Von Zeppelin.

The most famous German airship commander was Heinrich Mathy who was born in 1883 and died in an attack during the first blitz on the 2nd January 1916, his death had a serious affect on other German airship personal.

In fact he was one of the very few Germans whose name was known in not only Germany households but in Britain households as well. He was feared as the most daring and audacious of all the Zeppelin raiders.

During the airship attacks 557 people died and there was like 1,300 people injured. However the demise of the airships didn't mean the end of bombing attacks on Britain.

After the Zeppelin came the Gotha bomber it was a heavy bomber used by the Germans it faster and bigger it came along 6 months after the last Zeppelin raid and the results were deadly they targeted only civilians in the raids.

On the 13th June 1917 14 German planes attack London it was the deadliest bombing attack on London they dropped bombs on homes causing hundreds of casualties then they dropped bombs onto a primary school. A 110pound bomb landed on classroom of 5yr olds, 18 children are killed and 30 more injured, in total 162 were killed and 426 injured by 10,000 pounds of bombs being dropped.

Germany thought the air raids would break the British people but they were wrong and the British people accepted the bombing and moved on.

I know you maybe wondering why I haven't mentioned Manfred Albrecht Freiherr Von Richthofen aka the Red Barron who was a German Fighter Pilot with the Imperial German Army Air Service during the First World War he was considered the to ace of the war, being officially credited with 80 air combat victories but he was not involved with the Blitz as far as I could find out.

The war would only last another 6 months.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Good Morning a little about Jessica's Car and my Mum's Health

Good morning all what a day I had yesterday I spent it doing nothing much at all I read some blogs in the morning then I spent the rest of the day just watching telly and doing nothing much at all. It was nice Tim is in Sydney working he left at 3am yesterday (Saturday) morning and will be back this afternoon sometime or maybe it is sometime tonight.

Today I have Kathy and the girls and Jessica and Leo here for lunch, why well because on Friday Tim had taken Jessica's car to work so he could take it to the mechanic that cost $302 anyway he didn't get home from work till after 6pm so Jessica wanted me to take her home, why she couldn't take her work car home I don't know but for some reason she didn't want to.

Oh yeah and her car is still back firing and not just when you accelerator but as you drive along it was so bad that I don't want to drive it it. Tim said that it needs leads and something replaced and may a coil whatever that is.

So on Friday when I drop her off at home she asks me if I would drive her car down so she can have her car to get her back here tomorrow so she can go to work. So since I don't want to drive her car I have asked Kathy if she would go down and pick her and Leo up and bring them back here.

I told Kathy that is she did this for me I would make crumbed steak and chips for lunch as like her dad and me she loves her crumbed steak, I also offered to give her fuel money but she said she didn't need anything for fuel. I am very happy that I don't have to drive Jessica's car. So thank you Kathy-Lee my precious first born daughter for going and getting her.

Other news my mum who never gets sick has been very sick since last Wednesday but did it stop her going to do some shopping on Friday morning no she went and did her shopping and then went home back to bed, and mum has to be really sick for her to go back to bed but she has been spending a lot of time in bed since last Wednesday or she has been laying on the lounge watching telly as she gets tired and sore laying in bed too much.

Oh yeah Sydney-May has at long last moved into another car seat she was in the same car seat from birth and she is now 4 ½ years old.

Well that is it for this post

Friday, 22 August 2014

Five Things Friday...............this week we have a theme

Here we are at Friday again, hell it comes around fast doesn't it or is it just me........................anyway here is my five things for this Friday

Dress for your age

Dress for your size

Leggings/tights are not pants, wear a long top or skirt/dress over them please

Make up should not need a hammer and chisel to be removed.

Bra's were invented for a reason, wear one...........

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

A Family Update

Damn it is cold again today, I am so over all this cold weather I think the cold weather is part of the reason that my back is hurting so much.

Jessica is much better still not 100% but she is out of bed and sitting in the loungeroom playing with her phone and complaining about how loud I have the telly.

Didn't go to see nanna today as mum is not well and that is rare, it is not often that my mum is unwell.

This morning Leo slept in we had to wake him up at 8am to get ready for school, we leave the house by 8.30 although today it was nearly 8.40am when we left the house. After taking Leo to school I had to go and get fresh bread and nasal spray for Kathy and take it out to her, she is at work today and was having trouble breathing.

Speaking of Kathy she is not happy with herself at the moment I got a text from her the other day complaining about her weight she said her work pants don't fit and she has no idea how to stop eating the foods she likes as she has no self control I told her she is like her mum and nanna we all battle without weight from our late 20's.

Jessica said she will be going back to her place tonight she has been here since Sunday night and it will be good to have room in my bed again. Tim was saying that Leo was a right bed hog last night, usually it is me that Leo is sleeping close to and hugging during the night but last night it was Tim. I don't know if I will feel like have Leo Friday night or not I guess I will decide on Friday.

Yesterday Natasha rang me and asked if I would go over and stay with Blain while she went to the shops, he was sent home sick from school and she needed to get him some medicine and then later in the afternoon she rings and wants to know if I have $10 I can give her for food. I say give her as there is no way I would get it back and to be honest I wouldn't ask for it back that is just not me.

Kelli is doing better she is putting pressure on her toes now when she fell over she had Daemon in her arms so when she fell she made sure she fell in a way that he wouldn't hit his head which is why she damaged the tendons in her ankle. She says that Jono has been amazing helping with cooking, cleaning and taking care of Daemon and her.

My niece Kirsty and nephew Vaughan turn 24 today so a big happy birthday to them. 

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Some People Make Me Mad Then.............. I Think

Good morning all, it is another cold and wet day here and I have Jessica asleep in the spare room again why this time you wonder well she is sick has been since Sunday night. She has a rotten headache and no voice and all over feeling like death warmed up, she is here so I can help her with Leo and she can sleep a lot and not worry about what he is getting into.

Now on last Friday while I was out shopping I overheard a couple of people talking behind me in the checkout line nothing new there but what they where saying at first got me mad as but when I came home I was watching a show about WW11 it is about Hitler's Henchmen and I thought in some ways these people I overheard where right.

What did these people say, well I will tell you they were saying how suicide was the cowards way out this made me mad because well because suicide is not the cowards way out it is sad and terrible when someone takes their own life.

However, all those Nazi's who topped themselves at the end of WW11 instead of sticking around and answering for their crimes they were indeed cowards.

What do others think?

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Pain, Pain and a bit more Pain

Another day another lot of pain, yes I am still in pain a lot of pain, although yesterday I was ok at times as I took one of Jessica's strong anti-inflammatory pain relief tablets and that helped a lot thankfully Jessica gave me a second tablet which I took last night before going to bed which meant the first half of the night I slept ok but from about 3am I was in pain again and the second part of the night I didn't sleep that well at all. I have rubbed some deep heat into my back as I am out of Voltaren.

This morning Jessica rang and wanted me to go and pick Leo up as she is sick but I don't feel up to it, I am still in a bloody lot of pain so had to tell her no I didn't feel up to doing it. She may not have been happy with me for saying no but I know she will get over it.

Yesterday I was out shopping at Kmart and if it wasn't for the anti-inflammatory pain relief I wouldn't have coped as well as I did but what sucked was that it was a wasted trip they didn't have what I was looking for. I am trying to find some knee length bike pants or leggings to wear under a dress, of course they had them but not in my size.

Also yesterday I took Leo to the shops before I drove him home to get a toy as I had promised him I would get a toy for him and forgot on Friday but as it turned out for some reason the store I went to had the toy he wanted reduced by 50% so he got two of them instead and that made him happy.

Now a little about my sweetheart “Kelli” on Friday she had a fall while picking Blain up from school and had to be taken to hospital via ambulance. She was in so much pain that she had to have to shots of morphine at the school it was thought that she might had broken her ankle but as it turned out she hadn't. She just had tendon damage and was told she would be in pain for a few weeks and to go home to rest the foot not easy to do when you have a two year old to look after.

Jono thankfully dropped everything and asked his boss for time off work to go to her side, he had to borrow a car and head out to the school were she was and then he went to the hospital with her after arranging for his mum to watch Blain and Sue to watch Daemon.

Now when she fell my sister Sandra rang me to tell me she had fallen, she had received a phone call from her step-son Zac's mother (Sara) telling her that her niece had fallen over and was in a lot of pain and that an ambulance had been called. Sara stayed with Kelli along with a teacher and a couple of other people till she was taken to hospital via the ambulance. I can't thank these people enough for all their kindness.