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About Draig

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  • Birthday 10/25/1961


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    Widower with two Boys
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  1. Hi All, Congradulations to Noel and Greg for making APOD. :welldone: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html Cheers Colin
  2. Sir Roger Penrose

    Sorry you missed out Tony, But the real upsetting part is that the lecture didn't start till 7.30pm instead of the 7.00pm that it was supposed to start. Cheers Colin
  3. Hi All, For those who couldn't make it, who where unable to make it, you all missed out on an excellent lecture by Sir Roger Penrose at UWA last night. His different "Crazy" (his words not mine) theory of time before - and after - the Big Bang is remarkable. He made his subject so enjoyable to listen to and so easy to understand. Just don't ask me to repeat it :Chessy_Smile: By the way, it his birthday today so if he happens to read this - happy 76th Birthday. Cheers Colin
  4. Night Scene

    Thanks Mick Cheers Colin
  5. NGC6188croped

    Hi Phil, Lovely image well done :welldone: Cheers Colin
  6. Hi Ray, Great idea. :thumbsupmate: We lucky ones with broadband keep forgetting about those unfortunate ones without. Cheers Colin
  7. Natal Curry Contest Hi All this is a long one but read it through anyway. NATAL CURRY CONTEST If you can read this whole story without laughing then there's no Hope for you. I was crying by the end. Note: Please take time to read this slowly. For those of you who have lived in Natal, you know how typical this is. They actually have a Curry Cook-off about June/July. It takes up a major portion of a parking lot at the Royal Show in PMB. Judge #3 was an inexperienced food critic named Frank, who was visiting From America. Frank: "Recently, I was honoured to be selected as a judge at a Curry Cook-off. The original person called in sick at the last moment and I happened to be standing there at the judge's table asking for directions to the Beer Garden when the call came in. I was assured by the other two judges (Natal Indians) that the curry wouldn't be all that spicy and, besides, they told me I could have free beer during the tasting, so I accepted". Here are the scorecard notes from the event: CURRY # 1 - SEELAN'S MANIAC MONSTER TOMATO CURRY... Judge # 1 -- A little too heavy on the tomato. Amusing kick. Judge # 2 -- Nice smooth tomato flavour. Very mild. Judge # 3 (Frank) -- Holy ****, what the hell is this stuff? You could remove dried paint from your driveway. Took me two beers to put the flames out. I hope that's the worst one. These people are crazy. CHILI #2 - PHOENIX BBQ CHICKEN CURRY... Judge # 1 -- Smoky, with a hint of chicken. Slight chilli tang. Judge # 2 -- Exciting BBQ flavour, needs more peppers to be taken seriously. Judge # 3 -- Keep this out of the reach of children. I'm not sure what I'm supposed to taste besides pain. I had to wave off two people who Wanted to give me the Heimlich manoeuvre! They had to rush in more beer When they saw the look on my face. CURRY # 3 - SHAMILA'S FAMOUS "BURN DOWN THE GARAGE" CURRY... Judge # 1 -- Excellent firehouse curry. Great kick. Judge # 2 -- A bit salty, good use of chilli peppers. Judge # 3 -- Call 911. I've located a uranium's pill. My nose feels like I have been snorting Drain Cleaner. Everyone knows the routine by now. Get me more beer before I ignite. Barmaid pounded me on the back, now my backbone is in the front part of my chest. I'm getting pissed from all the beer. CHILI # 4 - BABOO'S BLACK MAGIC BEAN CURRY... Judge # 1 -- Black bean curry with almost no spice. Disappointing. Judge # 2 -- Hint of lime in the black beans. Good side dish for fish or other mild foods, not much of a curry. Judge # 3 -- I felt something scraping across my tongue, but was unable to taste it. Is it possible to burn out taste buds? Shareen, the beer maid, was standing behind me with fresh refills. That 200kg woman is starting to look HOT...just like this nuclear waste I'm eating! Is chilli an aphrodisiac? CHILI # 5 LALL'S LEGAL LIP REMOVER... Judge # 1 -- Meaty, strong curry. Cayenne peppers freshly ground, adding considerable kick. Very impressive. Judge # 2 -- Average beef curry, could use more tomato. Must admit the chilli peppers make a strong statement. Judge # 3 -- My ears are ringing, sweat is pouring off my forehead and I can no longer focus my eyes. I farted and four people behind me needed paramedics. The contestant seemed offended when I told her that her chilli had given me brain damage. Shareen saved my tongue from bleeding by pouring beer directly on it from the pitcher. I wonder if I'm burning my lips off. It really pisses me off that the other judges asked me to stop screaming. Screw them. CHILI # 6 - VERISHNEE'S VEGETARIAN VARIETY... Judge # 1 -- Thin yet bold vegetarian variety curry. Good balance of spices and peppers. Judge # 2 -- The best yet. Aggressive use of peppers, onions, and garlic. Superb. Judge # 3 -- My intestines are now a straight pipe filled with gaseous, sulphuric flames. I am definitely going to **** myself if I fart and I'm worried it will eat through the chair. No one seems inclined to stand behind me except that Shareen. Can't feel my lips anymore. I need to wipe my ass with a snow cone ice-cream. CHILI # 7 - SELINA'S "MOTHER-IN-LAW'S-TONGUE" CURRY... Judge # 1 -- A mediocre curry with too much reliance on canned peppers. Judge # 2 -- Ho hum, tastes as if the chef literally threw in a can of chilli peppers at the last moment. (I should take note at this stage that I am worried about Judge # 3. He appears to be in a bit of distress as he is cursing uncontrollably). Judge # 3 -- You could put a grenade in my mouth, pull the pin, and I wouldn't feel a thing. I've lost sight in one eye, and the world sounds like it is made of rushing water. My shirt is covered with curry which slid unnoticed out of my mouth. My pants are full of lava to match my shirt. At least, during the autopsy, they'll know what killed me. I've decided to stop breathing- it's too painful. Screw it; I'm not getting any oxygen anyway. If I need air I'll just suck it in through the 4-inch hole in my stomach. CHILI # 8 - NAIDOO'S TOENAIL CURLING CURRY... Judge # 1 -- The perfect ending. This is a nice blend curry. Not too bold but spicy enough to declare its existence. Judge # 2 -- This final entry is a good, balanced curry. Neither mild nor hot. Sorry to see that most of it was lost when Judge #3 farted, passed out, fell over and pulled the curry pot down on top of himself. Not sure if he's going to make it. Poor man, wonder how he'd have reacted to really hot curry? Judge # 3 - No Report. Cheers Colin
  8. Lagoon Nebula

    Hi Shevill, Thanks to you and Pat for posting those links. It helps explain a lot - though I will need to read them a few times to get them to stay in my head :duh: . I know Ray has been planning a "How To" section for us - so maybe if we keep pestering him he will get around to it :Chessy_Smile:. I know that we have a lot of members who could contribute to such a page. Cheers Colin P.S. Whilst driballing along like that I forgot to say what a fantastic shot Pat
  9. Lrgb Ngc6188 Stl-11000m

    Hi Phill, Congradulations on a lovely shot. :welldone: Thanks for showing it to us. Cheers Colin
  10. Hi Ray, Lovely sunset shots. I know what you mean by the dark skies though, that's what keeps attracting me back to Mt Magnet. I think that this time I should have gone further north - like Mt Augustus :Chessy_Smile: Cheers Colin
  11. Night Scene

    Hi All, Thanks. I could have picked up the scope for this weekend, but the new focuser won't be here till next week. So I decieded to leave it at the shop till then. Hopefully we will have good weather for the new moon, and even better weather for the 25th. Cheers Colin
  12. AC Adapter?

    hi Patrick, Great links. Cheers Colin
  13. Night Scene

    Hi All, I thought I would post another image from my disatorous trip Mt Magnet. This one I just mounted the camera directly to the top of the scope and took a one secound exposure of Venus, Regulus, Saturn and the front of my Telescope. [ATTACH]946[/ATTACH] As you can see it was still twilight. Cheers, and thanks for looking, Colin
  14. Ngc6188 Ha Stl-11000m

    HI Phil, Looks amazing so far. :welldone: Looking forward to seeing the final image. Cheers Colin
  15. Modified DSLR Images

    HI Shevill, Looks like you have been keeping yourself busy :Chessy_Smile: . Great work. CHeers Colin