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I went up in the Swan blimp about 30 years ago, how fun..

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actually saw that one flying over for a few hours at Oran Park,I think it was the second last ever V8 supercars racing there before they bulldozed it:(.It had the VE Commodore advertising on the side!...

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Yea was up this way a few years ago,

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Is that Bondy's old one, it used to be stored in its purpose built hanger near me, used to see it a fair bit years ago as it set off to wherever it was going. You could hear it too

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You mean the Holden one, or the Swan one I mentioned? The Swan one was Bondy's (not sure about the Holden one). The Swan one was over the road from me, I saw it take off and land heaps of times. It wasn't in a hangar, just at the local Airport..

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The Swan one, it would spend time in a hanger between Schofields and Quakers Hill. Can't recall seeing the Holden branded one, I thought it might've been reskined, or printed over the old Swan one

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I could hear it to it had a twin carb 186 with extractors in it..:-D

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Check this out guys:
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I got in contact with Gary back then. I should get onto him, see if he's got one flying at the moment. He promised me a free ride anytime..!

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I've never been in one but would love to,yeah ya should give him a reminder.I remember one being parked up at Bankstown Airport years ago it was a very large one to but I don't think it had any advertising on it at the time!..

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Yeah it was grouse, amazing floating silently over the Melbourne skyline. We actually went over my house and where I worked in a nursery at the time. I've got it all on Super8 fillum. One day I'll get it onto video, then when I get more cleverer I'll put it onto DVD. Then onto the internet..
The sky's the limit (Dad-joke)
How's the hip?

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haha,I like the Dad joke,My internet access went out last night so I couldn't reply.:(.Yeah that would be cool,there's a photography shop here that puts old films to DVD maybe try one of them.The hip is getting better thanks mate,muscle tear is healing and joint settling down now,1 more week off work,I've found out I don't have to have an operation on it(good news)but still have to have the hernia operation down the track!..:(

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..the hip is better, and no op needed.

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Took a turn for the worse the last few days,excrutiating pain going through painkillers.Seen the surgeon today the hernia is not to bad atm but a hip replacement is needed asap...:(
Gotta do what I gotta do now mate!..:)

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that's not good...is it worth getting another opinion ?- quite invasive so some reasonable recovery time needed..all depends on how bad your joint is...all the best anyway mate...

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Andrew

He's one of the most respected and senior surgeons up here and very good practically everyone in the area knows of him,so does my wife she's a nurse.I've been off work for 4 weeks now doing it my GPs and Physios way and nothing,I've had enough of it.The other day when I replied to Tim was a good day on medication but I have had a run now of very bad ones,can't even walk straight.I'm thinking of getting a cortisone shot tomorrow because I cant surf, cant work and I've only got about 2 weeks sickies left.For the recovery time from the OP I'll have to use my long service and whatever holidays I have accrued:(...
I have had a cortisone shot in my elbow 6 odd years ago and it's great now but I do know the risks involved!...Thanks mate for the well wishes!...:)

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can imagine the frustration re having your mobility affected...maybe give the cortisone a go...it might buy you some time and get you moving again...sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't...I've buggered up a few joints esp knees and shoulders from a lot of very heavy weight lifting in my 20s and 30s...cortisone has never done the trick for me but some have had good results...bugger about your leave...I've been in Defence for ages so have a stack of sick leave piled away....but they are real good if you have a legitimate need and you have run out they will usually cover you...

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I couldn't get the cortisone shot because they won't give you one deep into the hip,on the outer hip yes they will.I've been taking meds for it and just pushing through any pain for now,I was lucky enough to get into see the surgeon in 6 weeks time if it wasn't for a good letter from my doctor I'de be waiting until mid July !...
Still no work and surfing though:(

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there was a write up in our weekend paper here in SA regarding Doctor's esp surgeons charging fees well in excess of what the AMA recommends any they published a list of prices you should pay a hip replacement is $3921.61, medicare pays $1317.80...private health can pay some or all of the gap - but not more....but if your Dr charges more because he feels like it - then you pay...used to have a friend who was a Dr and he was one of the biggest crooks I ever knew...the AMA was encouraging people to shop around because higher fees were simply a gouge and couldn't be justified...the surgeons are saying don't point the finger at us.. the anesthetists are the biggest scoundrels lol...I reckon orthodontists are - having had 3 kids all supposedly needing braces...but their teeth look fine to me...$20 grand later...arrrggghhh...actually I shouldn't complain that's nothing compared to my former wife...:-)

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I know all to well about former wives..:(
Yeah I did hear that news to about surgeons!..
I asked the secretary of the surgeon who I have a consultation in May, roughly ballpark how much the operation would cost for my hip replacement"$30.000" these days and that's not including Physio and painkillers that you need after the Op!....:-o
In saying that in the words of Daz's(TripleD) wife"There's a lot more people worse off than me"I'm alive and happy that's all that matters,plus I can still drive my Old Holden!..:)

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Just imagine what a Mickey Mouse FC/FE ute that 30K + could by ya.

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don't remind me because if this didn't happen that's what I was planning on doing in the not to distant future.I have to look at the waiting period to get the operation done as apposed to paying for it myself,either way it's going to cost me:(...

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Geez, not good big guy. Sorry I can't help with any advice. Just get on the waiting-list roundabout ASAP I spose. Good luck.

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Yeah just got to take each day as it comes,yeah Andrew very frustrating not being able to do anything without pain but hopefully it might work tomorrow,I really don't have much to lose by trying it because I can't get through a work day now.Hey Tim maybe a dozen of your Homies will fix me up?..:)Thanks mate!...

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Glade to hear your on the mend mate, and no operation for now.
Take it easy my friend and as i say "stay safe my friend"

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very much fellas,much appreciated.Just cant wait to return to surfing now,5 weeks out:( I need my saltwater intake,haha!...:)

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Found a couple of pics guys. First one is us taking off in the Swan Blimp, you can see a chopper hovering below us. The arrow points to the house I was living in at the time.
Second pic shows over Heatherton Vic. The arrow points to the nursery where I was working at the time, right next door to Oakliegh drive in (long gone). It's all housing there now.
We should have an oldholden slide night..!! I'll bring the slides, you guys bring the Beef Jerky and pistachios (salted of course)..!

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That would have been excellent going in that around your area,I've been in a lot of planes in my time even flew over the Grand Canyon,it's a great feeling!...

Slide night,yep I'll bring the jerky!...:)

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Would've been grouse Al. Half y'luck..

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I did an American trip when I was about 20!...
All over California,Mexico,Hawaii.Yeah the one over the Canyon was with an ex air force pilot and he was slightly dipping down into the canyons and flying up the rock walls not real sharp turns though,I loved it!...

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Everything would've been in black & white..!
But sounds like it was a great trip.

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Nah we had colour photos back then believe it or not but I haven't got any of them,it was with an ex misses at the time and I don't know what she ever did with them,haven't seen her in about 30 odd years!...I had a car accident in my HQ at the time and she got injured and claimed on my third party insurance,she got enough money to take us both to America for 2 weeks,spending money and some!..

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