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Monday, 28 December 2009


A long journey

This all started early in 1976.A few months before the Guatemalans who claimed Belize(then British Honduras) for there own,threatened to invade the country.So we sent out 4 harriers and 4 puma helicopters as support for the army garrison stationed in Belize.

I was stationed at a large supply depot in the middle of England i was part of a tactical refueling wing. I had not long been married and my son was only 3 months old,when i was told that i had to go to Belize. So i packed my things, and said a tearful goodbye to my wife and sons and we drove down tho lyneham to board a Hercule's transport aircraft. The Hercules is a propeller driven aircraft so it was going to be a long uncomfortable journey.The cargo is down the middle and you have these horrible webbing type seats down the side.

The first stop over was in Gander in Newfoundland Canada, which was a relief cause most of us smoked and because there was dangerous air cargo on board you could not have a fag. The other thing was that the temperature was -20 degrees Celsius and we only had tropical gear with us. So it was a mad dash to the air terminal before certain parts of the male anatomy froze and dropped off.

The next part of the journey was to Nassau in the Bahamas and this was the worst. I don't know if anybody believes in the Bermuda triangle theories,but i am almost certain we flew through it. We hit this really bad weather and the aircraft was shaking and vibrating like hell and then we seemed to drop like a stone before regaining control. Everybody was airsick including some of the crew. There was only one toilet on-board and that was one of these small chemical ones. So that was overflowing. The pilot said it was the worst weather he had ever seen.

So by the grace of God we eventually made it to Nassau,but as soon as the rear ramp was dropped the heat was overwhelming and it made the stench even worse. So we had to clean the inside of the aircraft out before we could get a refreshing shower ourselves. We had to go round Cuba to get to Belize but that leg of the journey was as smooth as a baby's bottom,but i never ever want to fly through weather like that again in my life.
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Wednesday, 14 October 2009


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When winter arrives in the Northern hemisphere, we really need the time to think of winter survival techniques. How many drivers on side roads,snowmobile rs, x country skiers,or occupants of small planes have been trained.Not to many i can tell you that. When it gets down to minus 30 degrees(F) (-35C) and small parts of the lower male anatomy start to drop off then you know you have a problem and not at Houston.

However even the most inexperienced of us,if they follow a few tips can get through and survive with all fingers and toes and lower male body parts intact. The three main factors are Shelter,water,and warmth.You may have a car break down or accident,take a wrong turn and end up in the middle of bl**dy nowhere that makes an overnight camp essential,or even a planned camping trip could go tits up before your eyes.

Always try to wear at least three layers of clothing, i now its a sod if you need a p*ss or a sh*T, but it allows you to adjust your dress so you are always just warm enough, but not so warm as to start sweating. Because sweat can be a killer as it starts to freeze and lowers the body core then hypothermia sets in and then you are in deep sh*t. If a trip is planned or not make out a check list and always tick off the items before you set off on your travels. Here are a few examples.
  • Lighter or waterproof matches or flint and steel
  • A good knife and an ice saw
  • Snow shovel and spade
  • Blankets and a first aid kit
  • Cotton wool balls soaked in lighter fluid (quick fire start )
  • Container for holding water and some sort of primus stove plus some food
A snow shelter should be a priority before nightfall arrives. The easiest snow shelter is a snow trench. Dig down about three feet ,shoulder width and a little longer than your body side. Just double that if there are two of you for extra body warmth,piling the snow on the windward side to make a wind break. If the snow isn't deep enough, then dig to the ground and scoop up snow to provide a wall. Dont  forget that snow is a better insulator than a tent. Lay down some spruce leaves for the flooring and some branches over the top of the hole makes it waterproof Bevelling the trench from the narrow opening adds more sleep space and the smaller opening makes less heat loss. Rocks or trees can provide protection from the wind so bear this in mind when chosing a site to build your new small country cottage ha! Do not construct a shelter against metal ie: your car its insulation value is nil cause metal draws in heat.

Fire should be the next priority. Dig out a small area for the fire with a shelf for sitting. Should be deep enough that when sitting your head is out of the wind. Always gather more kindling  and good dry pieces of wood than you think you need,cause if the weather goes bl**dy tits up ,then mateys you are going to need it. The fire will help prevent hypothermia and dry your clothes but it wont stop dehydration. If there is a river or stream nearby then great,if not then you have to melt the snow. Dont eat it straight from the ground or the yellow stuff where you have just had a p*ss. If you dont have a container  then snow wrapped in cloth and placed near the fire will melt and soak the cloth,which you can suck like an ice lolly to get the water.

I hope this has been some help to you out there i am no expert and i am sure you can find more info elswhere. So please take care and be safe out there.