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21 September 2018

1976 - 2nd Year High School

My parents managed to persuade my school to keep me with my original year so I didn't lose one.  I started the year on crutches then walking sticks before being able to walk unaided. That brought me to the attention of everyone, staff and students (the good the bad and ugly)

I couldn't do sport anymore, no physical impact allowed on the hip and after a few sessions in the library I started to hang around the Music block, leading to my lifelong involvement with performance.

I was young and with the first pair of built up shoes drawing the wrong attention I didn't get a second pair and took up the variation in leg length in my spine. I'm an inch short on the left.

Be Excellent to Each Other and See You at the Big One!


07 September 2018

Later in 1975.

A fortnight before my birthday I make my first hospital stay since infancy and get put into traction to dislocate my left hip without trauma prior to Mr Binns operating in installing the larger two fixture in the photos.

I don't have photos of my cast but here a diagram.

And that is how I spent four months of the year before they cut me out and operated a week later installing the three other fixtures in that configuration and then discharged on Christmas Eve.   

Be Excellent to Each Other and See You at the Big One!


04 September 2018


Started well, High School wasn't as traumatic as the movies tell you and that's where I discovered music, my music.

Then my knee started to hurt again.

Dr couldn't find anything but the pain got worse. Back then a lot of doctors still thought they knew it all and our local GP belittled my Mum as neurotic and I was a hypochondriac.

Eventually he gave us a referral and like modern times we had to wait for an appointment. My smooth talking father got us in months earlier. That was a lucky turn because by then I could barely walk.

Mr Binns (Fred) informed us after a very brief examination that I was going to hospital for an operation on my HIP!

Be Excellent to Each Other and See You at the Big One!


03 September 2018

It begins

The prequel in 1974 saw me diagnosed with Osgood Schlatters Disease.

Osgood-Schlatter disease is a common cause of knee pain in growing adolescents. It is an inflammation of the area just below the knee where the tendon from the kneecap (patellar tendon) attaches to the shinbone (tibia).

 Osgood-Schlatter disease most often occurs during growth spurts, when bones, muscles, tendons, and other structures are changing rapidly. Because physical activity puts additional stress on bones and muscles, children who participate in athletics — especially running and jumping sports - are at an increased risk for this condition.

However, less active adolescents may also experience this problem. In most cases of Osgood-Schlatter disease, simple measures like rest, over-the-counter medication, and stretching and strengthening exercises will relieve pain and allow a return to daily activities.

All I know is, I took a course of little red pills and and got on with grade 6 and eventually getting back to playing hockey (which could have contributed to it) at school and thinking of new year approaching and High School.

Be Excellent to Each Other and See You at the Big One!


31 August 2018

What's Up?

It's been five years since the move from Sydney to Temora. 

Never have we looked back and thought we made a mistake. 

Some things have not got better with the move. That being my arthritic hip. 

Things are starting to move toward having that fixed and I think that is a journey I can post about. 

If you read this, be willing to view medical images, they will be mine, posted by me. You have been warned of possible offensive content do not complain, it's my story. 

So 'Why do I walk so badly?'

You are looking at an image taken at the beginning of the month. You don't need to have any experience with anatomy to see that these two hips look different. 

My new GP, who ordered these after Tracy came with me when I went for my annual appointment, sent a text that night asking how I managed to walk, let alone operate in the profession I do with this!

Next post will go back to 1975 where it first began. 

Be Excellent to Each Other and See You at the Big One! 


12 November 2014

The first year done!

Hello is anybody out there?

Greetings if you are but ultimately this blog was just somewhere for me to arrange my thoughts other than the blog my wife started for us that quickly became about her craftwork.

So here are the stats for the first year in regional Australia.

This indicates only that I was present at the scene I make no allowance for what role I may have been undertaking and is the same as when I kept daily records in the biggest city in Australia at the busiest station of caseload per Officer.

Metro for one year on average - 1100 incidents

Regional one year - 500 incidents


Be Excellent to Each Other and See You at the Big One! 


12 October 2013

Is this our slice of heaven?

Fair Dinkum, the hardest thing I've ever done.

Bought a property at auction.
The tension.
The machinations.
The thought of going into debt late in life, doesn't matter about having plenty of secure collateral your still taking expensive money from a bank and they're nearly all crooks.

But I am now the proud husband of a very happy wife because of this

Nth Front entrance

Zoom in, that's all our property and you can see the house and shed

Last three are wife's cave

Oh and this is my cave

Bikes, cars and furniture belong to the previous owners but we might follow their style.

What do you think, did we buy well? 

Be Excellent to Each Other and See You at the Big One!