Stop bloody letting him out then!

March 30, 2009

He will never ever contribute anything to our society and hes a sociapathic killer just waiting to go off again.

I’m sick to bloody death of hearing about this being his “last chance”. Last chance all gone dumass, say goodbye to the world.

Welcome to Camp Marius

March 29, 2009

Welcome to the worlds smallest Roman marching camp, Camp Marius.


If the Roman army had had this sort of machinery they never would have evacuated Waldgimers and we would have skipped two world wars.


And look at those nice clear fire zones for the ballistae, no sneaking up on my camp thank you very much!


I’m thinking of springing for a gateway with a firing platform as well, but thats a latter consideration. I’ll be going with the caltrop style of defence rather than the pallisade stake system. Pics when I get round to it.

65 years ago today;

March 24, 2009

The following men took part in a mass breakout from Stalag Luft III in what is now known as The Great Escape. All were subsequently recaptured and murdered at the orders of Hitler as a warning to other POW’s not to attempt to escape. Which many duely ignored.

J5233 F/L Henry J Birkland, Canadian, born 16-Aug-17, 72 Sqdn, (shot down 7-Nov-41, Spitfire Vb, W3367)
61053 F/L E Gordon Brettell DFC, British, born 19-Mar-15, 133 (Eagle) Sqdn (shot down 26-Sep-42, Spitfire IX),
43932 F/L Lester G Bull DFC, British, born 7-Nov-16, 109 Sqdn (shot down 5/6-Nov-41, Wellington IC, T2565)
90120 S/L Roger J Bushell, British, born 30-Aug-10, 92 Sqdn (shot down 23-May-40, Spitfire I, N3194)
39024 F/L Michael J Casey, British, born 19-Feb-18, 57 Sqdn (shot down 16-Oct-39, Blenheim I, L1141)
400364 S/L James Catanach DFC, Australian, born 28-Nov-21, 455 Sqdn (crash landed in Norway, 6-Sep-42, Hampden I AT109)
413380 F/L Arnold G Christiansen, New Zealander, 26 Sqdn, born 8-Apr-21, PoW 20-Aug-42
122441 F/O Dennis H Cochran, British, born 13-Aug-21, 10 OTU, PoW 9-Nov-42
39305 S/L Ian K P Cross DFC, British, born 4-Apr-18, 103 Sqdn (shot down 12-Feb-42, Wellington IC, Z8714 PM:N)
378 Lt Halldor Espelid, Norwegian, born 6-Oct-20, 33 Sqdn, PoW 27-Aug-42,
42745 F/L Brian H Evans, British, born 14-Feb-20, 49 Sqdn (shot down 6-Dec-40, Hampden I, P4404 EA:R)
742 Lt Nils Fugelsang, Norwegian, 339 Sqdn, PoW 2-May-43
103275 Lt Johannes S Gouws, South African, born 13-Aug-19, 40 Sqdn SAAF, PoW 9-Apr-42
45148 F/L William J Grisman, British, born 30-Aug-14, 109 Sqdn, (believed shot down 5/6-Nov-41, Wellington IC, T2565)
60340 F/L Alastair D M Gunn, British, born 27-Sep-19, 1 PRU, PoW 5-Mar-42
403281 F/L Albert H Hake, Australian, born 30-Jun-16, 72 Sqdn, PoW 28-Dec-41
50896 F/L Charles P Hall, British, born 25-Jul-18, 1 PRU, PoW 28-Dec-41
42124 F/L Anthony R H Hayter, British, born 20-May-20, 148 Sqdn, PoW 24-Apr-42
44177 F/L Edgar S Humphreys, British, born 5-Dec-14, 107 Sqdn (shot down 19-Dec-40, Blenheim IV, T1860)
J10177 F/L Gordon A Kidder, Canadian, born 9-Dec-14, 156 Sqdn (shot down 13/14-Oct-42, Wellington III, BJ775)
402364 F/L Reginald V Kierath, Australian, born 20-Feb-15, 450 Sqdn, PoW 23-Apr-43
P0109 Maj Antoni Kiewnarski, Polish, born 26-Jan-1899, 305 Sqdn (shot down 28-Aug-42, Wellington X, Z1245)
39103 S/L Thomas G Kirby-Green, British, born 28-Feb-18, 40 Sqdn (shot down 16/17-Oct-41, Wellington IC, Z8862 BL:B)
P0243 F/O Wlodzimierz Kolanowski, Polish, born 11-Aug-13, 301 Sqdn (shot down 8-Nov-42, Wellington IV, Z1277 GR:Z)
P0237 F/O Stanislaw Z Krol, Polish, born 22-Mar-16, 74 Sqdn (shot down 2-Jul-41, Spitfire Vb, W3263)
J1631 Patrick W Langford, Canadian, born 4-Nov-19, 16 OTU, (shot down 28/29-Jul-42, Wellington IC, R1450)
46462 F/L Thomas B Leigh, Australian in RAF, born 11-Feb-19, 76 Sqdn (shot down 5/6-Aug-41, Halifax I, L9516),
89375 F/L James L R Long, British, born 21-Feb-15, 9 Sqdn (shot down 27-Mar-41, Wellington IA, R1335 WS:K)
95691 2/Lt Clement A N McGarr, South African, born 24-Nov-17, 2 Sqdn SAAF, PoW 6-Oct-41
J5312 F/L George E McGill, Canadian, born 14-Apr-18, 103 Sqdn. (baled out of a damaged Wellington R1192 10/11-Jan-42 over Germany, on an operation to Wilhelmshaven. The Wellington managed to limp back to Elsham Wolds.)
89580 F/L Romas Marcinkus, Lithuanian, born 22-Jul-10, 1 Sqdn
103586 F/L Harold J Milford, British, born 16-Aug-14, 226 Sqdn, PoW 22-Sep-42
P0913 F/O Jerzy Tomasc Mondschein, Polish, born 18-Mar-09, 304 Sqdn (shot down 8-Nov-41, Wellington IC, R1215)
P0740 F/O Kazimierz Pawluk, Polish, born 1-Jul-06, 305 Sqdn (shot down 29-Mar-42, Wellington II, W5567 SM:M)
87693 F/L Henri A Picard Croix de Guerre, Belgian, born 17-Apr-16, 350 Sqdn, PoW 2-Sep-42
402894 F/O John P P Pohe, New Zealander, born 10-Dec-21, 51 Sqdn (shot down 22/23-Sep-41, Halifax II, JN901)  Also known by his Maori name of Porokoru Patapu.
30649 Sous-Lt Bernard W M Scheidhauer, French, born 28-Aug-21, 131 Sqdn, PoW 18-Nov-42
213 P/O Sotiris Skanzikas, Greek, born 6-Aug-21, 336 Sqdn, PoW 23-Jul-43
47341 Rupert J Stevens, South African, born 21-Feb-19, 12 Sqdn SAAF, PoW 14-Nov-41
130452 F/O Robert C Stewart, British, born 7-Jul-11, 77 Sqdn (shot down 26/27-Apr-43, Halifax II, DT796)
107520 F/L John G Stower, British, born 15-Sep-16, 142 Sqdn (shot down 16/17-Nov-42, Wellington III, BK278, QT:C)
123026 F/L Denys O Street, British, born 1-Apr-22, 207 Sqdn (shot down 29/30-Mar-43, Lancaster I, EM:O)
37658 F/L Cyril D Swain, British, born 15-Dec-11, 105 Sqdn (shot down 28-Nov-40, Blenheim IV, T1893)
P0375 F/O Pawel Whilem Tobolski, Polish, born 21-Mar-06, 301 Sqdn (shot down 25/26-Jun-42, Wellington IV, GR:A)
82532 F/L Ernst Valenta, Czech, born 25-Oct-12, 311 Sqdn (shot down 6-Feb-41, Wellington IC, L7842 KX:T)
73022 F/L Gilbert W Walenn, British, born 24-Feb-16, 25 OTU, PoW 11-Sep-41
J6144 F/L James C Wernham, Canadian, born 15-Jan-17, 405 Sqdn (shot down 8/9-Jun-42, Halifax II, W7708 LQ:H)
J7234 F/L George W Wiley, Canadian, born 24-Jan-22, 112 Sqdn, PoW 12-Mar-43
40652 S/L John E A Williams DFC, Australian, born 6-May-19, 450 Sqdn, PoW 31-Oct-42
106173 F/L John F Williams, British, born 7-Jul-17, 107 Sqdn (shot down 27-Apr-42, Boston III)

Note: Although no Americans actually took part in the escape itself many had taken part in the digging of the three tunnels. The Americans were all relocated to a sperate compund shortly before the escape. Critisism of a having an American lead actor in the film while technically accurate is not entirely fair. It would have been easier if Hollywood had stuck to history but thats never been their strong suit.

Well that was interesting.

March 16, 2009

Ever had to present a risk management plan to an organisation that just had a death from an activity that also had an RMP?

Public Service Message!

March 16, 2009

This site is 100% Pauline Hanson free! You may eat and drink free from the fear of seeing her naked and exposed form here.

And as a side note I would like to say that publishing photos of what people got up to in the privacy of their youthful stupidity for political purposes is a really pathetic thing to do and all those that do so have earned my contempt. Including David Phylis Farrar. For shame sir, have you considered there are things in you past best left off the internet as well?

Current Project.

March 11, 2009

Hopefully a quick one. This is a 200mm ballista. So named because its 200mm long, or 12th scale. Its the first of 27 models for display at the museum later this year and will be used in the presentation I deliver to the powers that be there next week.


All wood parts are rimu and the metalwork is all precision cut brass. Depending on the production costs it may become a kitset model, an ancient version of the popular brass and wood Civil war connon that people have.  I’ve chosen 12th scale because although it makes a fairly small model at this end the lithobolos and trebuchet are both over a meter long and getting quite large.

As always feel free to help the projects along with a donation.


And you can now dowload my rubber band powered table top ballista for free.  The plan. The instructions.

Ok who wants to be a super hero?

March 11, 2009

Featherston Library is holding out for a hero after thieves broke in overnight Sunday and stole a laptop containing crucial data for next summer’s ECREAD-N reading programme.

Featherston is a really small town in the southern Wairarapa, many of the street names are from WWI generals, the names on the cenotaph are the names of families still living there. It was host to a POW camp during WWII and a number of the men served as guards there. They were from my regiment and I even met one a few years back who told me a hilarious story about the one Japanese who escaped but found the climate so miserable he tried to beak back in and was wounded but a shot to the buttocks for his efforts. In short Featherston is one of those tiny towns that has contributed much to building New Zealand and recieced little in return.

They don’t have money – hell who does these days – but the library does a really great job and is a hub of the small community. Penny and the staff run programs like this all the time and the lost of this laptop is going to have a serious impact on a lot of kids. As always in any group there are those who see themselves as being special and like to take from everyone else while contributing nothing.

Penny in her usual un-PC manner describes it well: “The bastards stole my laptop, which was brand spanking new and purchased with precious summer reading programme funds.” They are unlikely to be able to get funding for a replacement and even if they did it will take time. So if you can spare the price of a laptop and want to do something that will have a disprotionally positive impact for you dollar consider getting anew laptop for the Featherston library.