The Thread about Nothing....

Discussion in 'Australia and New Zealand' started by Hitchy, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. cheetahmk7

    cheetahmk7 Well-Known Member

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    I too had some exposure to fast boats in that era. We used to live at Swan Hill and got involved with the ski racing crowd out at Lake Boga. We raced for 6 or 7 years and went to all of the National Titles. They were a fun time going to places like Perth, Barmera, Sommerset Dam, Wyangal Dam each Summer. I started out quite well picking up three State Titles in a row, but unlike my opponents, I failed to hit puberty until Year 11. A few of my peers ended up with some nasty injuries such as nerve damage to their shoulder that meant they lost the use of their arm, so I'm glad that I left the sport when I did. Interestingly there are quite a few ski racers that ended up road cycling.

    The black boat in this video was the one that I skied behind. By this stage it had a 510 ci BBC that put out 1200 hp.

     
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  2. Wilchemy

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    The dead arm is the classic ski racer injury is it not?
     
  3. cheetahmk7

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    It would happen to someone every few years. They started using arm straps after that.

    Deaths are now pretty common. They seem to happen most years.

    We had a member of the boat club at Lake Boga die when I was a child. The steering cable on his outboard broke and the driver didn’t have his helmet and jacket on. He bashed his head and slowly bled to death with the boat idling around in circles whilst everyone was at the boat club’s presentation night which was being held at the driver’s motel. We were sharing the table with his kids and I recall when the children were pulled aside to be told the news. It was horrible.
     
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    Pork crackling is notorious for destroying fillings - I have two crowns courtesy of pork crackling
     
  5. bbp

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    Even after my upbringing I still liked fast boats, and ended up involved with Grafton Bridge to Bridge teams. I was good at reversing boat trailers. One of my best mates at the time was facing backwards looking at the skiers and got knocked unconscious by a seagull in the back of his helmet at a very high speed. Can't remember how high and no point conjecturing, definitely 100kmh but maybe much much, as in 60% higher, maybe even in mph, can't remember, but yeah those things were FAST. Blood and guts and unconscious blokes and fucking feathers everywhere.
     
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    Knots. At least 100 of them.
     
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    90 to 100 knots. As I don't really recall 100 knots was something of a ceiling if you had two skiers off the back?
     
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    Yeah 170kmh or 105mph or 90something knots including the turnaround over 108km with two skiers. It was fast.
     
  10. cheetahmk7

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    I only ever recall mph being used to describe speed. I recall a friend of mine had a pretty nasty fall and was taken to the hospital. At the hospital, the doctor asked her how fast she was going and she said 100 mph. ''You mean 100 km/h'' said the doctor, ''No 100 mph'' said my friend. This conversation repeated itself a few times, so the doctor made the incorrect assumption that my friend was experiencing a concussion.
     
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    DPF on Honor Blackman too.
     
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    classic, if I recall you are partial to some Black Crowes...dunno if you have seen this yet?

     
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    "I must be dreaming"
     
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    Thanks Wilchemy, I had seen that one. Chris can still belt it out. The greedy pair of cnuts really only got back together for money and from what I’ve read the tour is doing shit, struggling to even half fill the venues, and that was pre Coronavirus.

    You need to check this one out.


    And this one. Can’t even begin to say how good they were in this. Just watch the first song if you can’t be arsed watching the whole thing. There is more rock and roll in the first four minutes than the world has experienced in the last twenty years.
     
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    She was totally gorgeous.
     
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    Good times. I had a carer over for dinner tonight. It was good.
    I sent him home with a Coles bag so he could pretend he'd been shopping.
     
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    There was my first Covid Facetime gig too. With my favourite ever bass player, and his partner.
    And yeah I'm a Teams player now.
    Actually I think I might just like the new online world better than the real one. Sometimes.
     
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