QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY REGIMENT

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August 2013
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Volume 25 Number 3

          August 2013

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President's Report

 

 

Since the last newsletter the Association has not had much activity but in the near future many significant activities will occur.

 

Firstly the Annual General Meeting and Dinner will be held at the United Services Club on Friday 6 September 2013 at 1900 for 1930 hours. The night is a very relaxed dinner during which the necessary activity for the conduct of an Annual General Meeting occurs. At the end of the dinner we look forward to a brief update of the status of the Regiment given by the Commanding Officer. The cost of the dinner is $80. If you wish to attend please go to the notice about the dinner in this newsletter and email Peter Morton your attendance. Payment can be made by electronic means or payment is accepted on the night. As usual the old executive management committee will stand down from their positions and a new committee will be formed (President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Membership Secretary/Website Manager, History Manager, Newsletter Editor, Committee members.) Should you be prepared to be available for any of the positions please let me know and I will make the necessary arrangements for your nomination to be go forth.

 

We must congratulate John Byrne for his service to the legal profession when he received an honour in the Queens Birthday Awards. Also to Paul Smith on his appointment as a District Judge in the District in Rockhampton.

 

On 10 August the Association will present prizes for military excellence to the recent graduates from the RMC course. When one looks at history, QUR graduates have gained the honour of the highest marks in the courses in more than their share of times. It proves what we all know of the quality of the candidates and the excellent training and administrating given by the Regiment. Again the Association will present the book “The Fighting Ninth” by Major Clarrie Wrench as the awards.

I have received information from the Regiment that a combined Officers /Sergeants Regimental Dine In Night is being planned for 12 October 2013 - more to follow.

You will probably be bored with me constantly speaking of the history of QUR. Recently Ian Bunce, Garry Collins and myself met with Major Luke Hughes, 2IC QUR and Major Ray Janowicz to discuss the organization of the items of historical significance of QUR. At that meeting we resolved to work with QUR to display as many items of history in the display cabinets in the depot. Additionally we will work to finish the copying of our history documents to electronic medium.  At the AGM in 2012 the Association voted to be responsible for the preservation any records, photos or history of the units – OCTU and RURQ (QAC). Brian Venz and Colin Ahern have also volunteered their time to assist in this project.

  

I look forward to catching up with you at the AGM/Dinner on Friday the 7th September at the United Service Club.

 

 

 

CO's Report August 2013

 

 

As of the 1st of August QUR will enter a new phase of growth and expanded responsibility.  On this date QUR will begin to assume command of most of the pre-Initial Employment Training (IET) soldiers of 11 Brigade.   This initiative has the aim of both improving the throughput/retention of trainees and allowing 11 Brigade unit commanders to focus of the collective training outcomes required under PLAN BEERSHEBA. 

 

QUR will be responsible for the preparation and training of all 11 Brigade enlistees prior to attendance at Army Recruit Training Centre.  After completing ARTC trainees allocated to Arms Corps will remain with QUR until completion of the Combat Arms Module.  RAINF trainees (being the most numerous) will remain with QUR until completion of the RAINF Module 2 at which point they will graduate into their posted battalion. 

 

To manage this task QUR has grown to include a Brigade Induction Cell in both Brisbane and Townsville.  These cells will be responsible for over 300 soldiers across Queensland.  This will be a significant challenge for QUR but represents a strong endorsement of our capability and professionalism.

 

QUR Officer Cadets continue to perform strongly on the national Training Blocks.  This month 11 QUR members were commissioned at RMC on the completion of their final Training Block.   Notably LT David Jones (NQ – posted to 31/42 RQR) won the Sword of Honour and LT Simon Freestone (Brisbane – posted to 2CER) won the Physical Training prize.  Also, OCDT Chris Rawlinson was Student of Merit on Training Block 2 held in July. I would like to congratulate all of the new LT and wish them well in their careers.

 

The next year will see an important upgrade of the ARES courses in the Army All Corps Officer Training Continuum (ACOTC).  The First Appointment Course (FAC), the Grade 3 courses and the Grade 2 courses will all transition to new packages that are closely aligned with the equivalent ARA courses.  These important changes will take considerable effort and focus to implement but will result in many benefits for ARES officers.

 

I look forward to attending the QURA functions later in the year and hope that many of you are available to attend our Regimental Dinner in October.

Scientia ac Labore

Mark Armstrong
Lieutenant Colonel
Commanding Officer
Queensland University Regiment

 

 

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QURA AGM - 6 Sept 2013

 

The Annual General Meeting for the QUR Association will be held at the United Service Club, Wickham Terrace, Brisbane on the evening of Friday 6 September 2013 at 1900 for 1930 hours.   

 

If you know of any former members of QUR that have been part of QURA or might like to join, please invite them along to the Dinner/AGM.

 

The cost for the evening will be $80 - Includes pre-dinner drinks with a 3 course meal with wine and port.

 

RSVP 3rd Sep 2013


EMAIL reply to the membership Registrar
(Peter Morton ).

Name: ________________________________________________________________
 

  • I will be attending the Association’s Annual General Meeting Dinner to be held at the United Service Club, Wickham Terrace, Brisbane on the evening of Friday 6 September 2013 at 1900 for 1930 hours.

I understand that from 3 September 2013 should I later find that I cannot attend, I will be liable to pay for the function.

  •  I regret that I am unable to attend.  Please tender my apology.
     

For members with internet banking, a payment of $80.00 may be made direct to the QURA Bank Account.


Details are BSB 064 129, Account 0090 4500, Account Name QUR Association Inc. 

Please ensure your name is supplied in the payment details.

 

If you wish to pay by cash or cheque, please pay on the night.
 

 

 

NOW IS YOUR CHANCE!!

ADD A BIT OF NEW BLOOD TO OUR AGEING EXECUTIVE,
NOMINATE TO BE A PART OF THE QURA MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

 

Fill out the Committee Nomination form (Click here) and email to Peter Morton

 

 

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Correspondence from Members

 

Listed below is some of the correspondence received since the last Newsletter.  These emails are reproduced here for entertainment and also to keep members informed of other members movements, etc.

 

Please note:  QURA receives emails/letters from time to time requesting contact details of members.  The current policy is if a fellow member requests contact with another member, the contact details are given without contacting the relevant member. 

Where contact is requested by a non-member, the contact is referred to the individual member to follow up the contact if they so desire.

 

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From:- Donna-Lee Greaves

 

To:- Peter Morton


Subject:-  re QURA News

Dear Peter,

 

Many thanks for the update and congratulations to John. Unfortunately I am unable to get away from Canberra to attend the Brisbane events.

 

By the way, I have just been granted a Compulsory Age Retirement (CRA) extension until the end of 2014 (and Army is suggesting even beyond that, but I think my good wife will have other ideas!) so I will continue to serve on at AHQ for a while longer. We are hoping to retire to Queensland, probably around the Brisbane area (our son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren live in Brisbane).

 

Regards,

 

Rob VanDyk

R.W. VAN DYK

Major

SO2

Army Headquarters

R1-3-A012

Russell Offices

Canberra, ACT 2610

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From:- Bruce Davis

To:- Trevor Luttrell

Subject:-   It's too late - the future is here - DRONES...Top Gun in the 21st century

 

Top Gun in the 21st century:

Test pilots left standing on deck as they launch new 'stealth' plane from an aircraft carrier for the first time... using handheld consoles.  The Northrop Grumman X-47B is the first drone designed to take off and land from an aircraft carrierThat means it can be deployed across the world without the need for foreign airfields to operate it is also the first drone able to fly itself using AI, sparking fears its human controllers could lose control of it

 

The U.S. Navy launched an unmanned, autonomous aircraft the size of a fighter jet from a warship for the first time today, a development that could herald the end of Top Gun-style piloted air combat missions.

The X-47B drone is the first designed to operate an aircraft carrier, which allows it to be used around the world without needing permission to take off from airfields in other countries.

But there are concerns about the legality of what has been dubbed America 's 'covert drone war'. Strikes cause widespread civilian deaths and operate with only limited oversight, critics say.

 

Controllers: Northrop Grumman test pilots, Dave Lorenz, centre, and Bruce McFadden, left, prepare to launch the new X-47B off the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush off the coast of Virginia this morning. They issue orders to the autonomous drone using their forearm-mounted Control Display Units seen in this picture


 

Ready to go: Flight crews give the X-47B's controllers a signal to launch. The drone is the first to operate from an aircraft carrier, which allows it to be deployed around the world with no need for permission to use airfields in other countries - increasingly difficult given the condemnation of the U.S. governments use of drone strikes


 

Lift off: The drone takes off from the end of the George H.W. Bush's flight deck. The X-47B is able to operate totally using artificial intelligence in its on-board computers which merely need to be set objectives by the drone's human operators. Critics have warned the technology is a step towards the development of 'killer robots'

 

Aside from its ability to operate from aircraft carriers, another big difference between the X-47B and previous drones is that it does not need to be piloted by remote control.

Instead, it is controlled by a forearm-mounted box called the Control Display Unit which sends orders to an on-board computer which is able to use artificial intelligence to think for itself, plotting course corrections and charting new directions.

The unmanned drone will be set an objective by a human operator, for example a target to look at or bomb, and then it will navigate its way there using technology such as GPS, autopilot and collision avoidance sensors.

Critics have warned the introduction of such AI into military weapons systems is a step towards the development of autonomous 'killer robots'. Navy officials say the drone will give them around-the-clock intelligence, surveillance and targeting capabilities.

 

Success: The prototype X-47B took off successfully this morning and made two low approaches to the ship before heading back toward land

 

Prototype: The test aircraft isn't intended for operational use; instead, the military is using the information it gathers to develop the drone program

 

The prototype X-47B took off successfully this morning from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush in the Atlantic Ocean off Virginia and made two low approaches to the ship before heading back toward land.

The test aircraft, which has been designed and built by the weapons maker Northrop Grumman, isn't intended for operational use; instead, the military is using the information it gathers during these demonstrations to develop the drone program.

The Navy already operates two other unmanned aircraft: the small, low cost ScanEagle, which does not carry weapons; and the Fire Scout, which is armed but built more like a helicopter.

 

Awesome: Reporters wearing U.S. Navy-issued protective gear peer up as the X-47B makes a pass over the deck of the George H. W. Bush in the clear morning skies

 

Advanced: The X-47B can reach an altitude of more than 40,000ft, has a range of more than 2,100 nautical miles and can reach high subsonic speeds, claims the navy

 

Fully autonomous: Mr Lorenz, Northrop Grumman's deck operator, drives an X-47B using his arm-mounted controller. It is fully autonomous in flight, relying on computer programs to tell it where it to go unless a mission operator needs to step in. The Pentagon has promised that it needs human intervention in order to open fire


 

Both the military and the CIA use armed Predator and Reaper drones in surveillance and strike operations around the world. But while the military uses them routinely alongside troops in Afghanistan and other warzones, the spy agency has conducted frequent strikes in countries in which the U.S. is not officially at war.

Over the past 11 years in Yemen , 333 people have been reported killed, including 47 civilians, among them two children, in confirmed U.S. drone strikes, according to figures collated by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

A suspected 96 further drone attacks in the Middle East country have killed as many as 445, including 50 civilians and ten children.

In Somalia over the past six years, as many as 27 have been reported killed by drones, with up to 15 of those reported as being civilian bystanders.

And in the border regions of Pakistan, where the U.S. has carried out the most covert drone strikes, as many as 3,533 people, including 884 civilians (197 of whom were children), have been reported killed by CIA drone strikes over the past nine years - triggering sharp criticism from the government there.

Although the drone attacks were started under the Bush administration in 2004, they have been stepped up enormously under President Obama. Obama's top counter-terrorism adviser, John Brennan, has argued the U.S. has the right to unilaterally strike terrorists anywhere in the world.

'Because we are engaged in an armed conflict with al- Qaeda, the United States takes the legal position that, in accordance with international law, we have the authority to take action against al-Qaeda and its associated forces,'he told a conference at Harvard Law School last year.

'The United States does not view our authority to use military force against al-Qaeda as being restricted solely to "hot" battlefields like Afghanistan .'

 

Rise of the machines: Critics like the pressure group Human Rights Watch have warned the introduction of AI into military weapons systems is a step towards the development of autonomous 'killer robots'. Navy officials say the drone will give them around-the-clock intelligence, surveillance and targeting capabilities

 

Human Rights Watch has called for a pre-emptive ban on the development and use of any unmanned systems that carry weapons and are able to select and engage targets with no human intervention. There are increasing fears that human scientists could one day lose control of computer-based artificial intelligence systems

 

The X-47B can reach an altitude of more than 40,000ft, has a range of more than 2,100 nautical miles and can reach high subsonic speeds, according to the navy.

It is fully autonomous in flight, relying on computer programs to tell it where it to go unless a mission operator needs to step in. That differs from other drones used by the military, which are more often piloted from remote locations.

'For us, the question is where do you draw line? We're saying you need to draw the line when you have a fully autonomous system that is weaponised. We're saying you must have meaningful human control over key battlefield decisions of who lives and who dies. That should not be left up to the weapons system itself.'

 

Steve Goose, director of the arms division at Human Rights Watch

It is not yet clear whether the drone will be able to open fire without explicit authorisation from its controller. The Pentagon last November vowed that no robot weapon would be able to decide when to attack humans.

That promise came as Human Rights Watch issued a warning that autonomous 'killer robots' could find their way onto battlefields within 20 years, or even sooner.

The group has called for a pre-emptive ban on the development and use of any unmanned systems that carry weapons and are able to select and engage targets with no human intervention.

That possibility is particularly alarming in light of increasing fears that human scientists could one day lose control of computer-based artificial intelligence systems. Cambridge University has even opened a centre where leading academics will study the existential threat that out-of-control robots could potentially pose to humanity.

Today's tests show the trend toward greater autonomy 'is not one that is going to be stopped,' said Steve Goose, director of the arms division at Human Rights Watch.

'For us, the question is where do you draw line? We're saying you need to draw the line when you have a fully autonomous system that is weaponised,' he said.

'We're saying you must have meaningful human control over key battlefield decisions of who lives and who dies. That should not be left up to the weapons system itself.'


 

An X-47B drone taxis in front of an F/A18 fighter plane as it is prepared for take off: The aircraft is as yet not equipped with military hardware, but is designed for ample space to accommodate bombs and surveillance equipment. Eliminating the need for life-support equipment frees up the room for two 2,000lb bomb bays


 

Space saver: The X-47B has a wingspan of more than 62 feet - wider than that of an F/A-18 Super Hornet - so they must be folded up to conserve space at sea


 

Sailors move the X-47B into position on the George H. W. Bush's flight deck prior to its test flight today: Before the drones can become commonplace the military has to prove they can operate in the harsh conditions aboard a sea-borne aircraft carrier. The aircraft used a steam catapult to launch, just like a traditional Navy war plane


 

The aircraft is as yet not equipped with military hardware, but is designed for ample space to accommodate bombs and surveillance equipment. Not having a pilot eliminated the need for much of the life support equipment and other essentials that humans need to survive at high altitudes, giving it the space for up to two 2,000lb bombs.

Before the drones can become commonplace, however, the military has to prove they can operate in the harsh conditions aboard an aircraft carrier at sea.

The aircraft used a steam catapult to launch, just like a traditional Navy warplane does.

While the tailless plane has not yet landed on the aircraft carrier, the Navy plans to conduct those tests soon. Landing on a moving aircraft carrier is considered one of the most difficult challenges Navy pilots face.

 

An X-47B is lifted on an aircraft elevator to the carrier's deck: While the tailless plane has not yet landed on the aircraft carrier, the Navy plans to conduct those tests soon. Landing on a moving aircraft carrier is considered one of the most difficult challenges Navy pilots face

 

Nearly there: Earlier this month, the Navy successfully conducted a landing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland where the X-47B used a tailhook on the aircraft to catch a cable and suddenly stop, just as planes landing on carriers have to do

 

'These are exciting times for the Navy as we are truly doing something that has never been done before - something I never imagined could be done during my 29-year naval career,' said Rear Admiral Mat Winter, the Navy's program executive officer for unmanned aviation and strike weapons, in blog post published yesterday.

Following the test launch, the plane made a series of approaches toward the aircraft carrier before landing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland .

Earlier this month, the Navy successfully conducted a landing at that air station where the X-47B used a tailhook on the aircraft to catch a cable and suddenly stop, just as planes landing on carriers have to do.

In the 2014 fiscal year, the Navy plans to demonstrate that the X-47B can be refuelled in flight.

The program cost is $1.4billion over eight years. A planned variant of the craft, the X-47C will have a larger payload provision of 10,000lbs and a wingspan of 172ft.

 

DEATH FROM ABOVE: THE TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS OF THE U.S. NAVY'S LATEST STEALTH DRONE

 

                       Design: Tailless, cranked-kite

                       Wingspan: 62ft

                       Length: 32ft

                       Max Altitude: >40,000ft

                       Speed: High subsonic

                       Max Unrefuelled Range: >2,100 nautical miles

                       Max Unrefuelled Flight Time: >6 hours

                       Take-off Weight: 44,000lbs

                       Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220U]

                       Twin Weapons Bays: 4,500lbs payload

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From:- Trevor Luttrell

 

To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-   When insults had class

       

These outstanding insults are from an era before the English language got boiled down to four letter words:

     A member of Parliament to Disraeli: "Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease."

    "That depends, Sir," said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies or your mistress."

     "He had delusions of adequacy."

    - Walter Kerr

    "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."

    - Winston Churchill

     "I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure."

    - Clarence Darrow

     "He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary."

    - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).

     "Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it."

    - Moses Hadas

     "I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it."

    - Mark Twain

     "He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.."

    - Oscar Wilde

     "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one."

    - George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

     "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second ....if there is one."

    - Winston Churchill, in response.

     "I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here."

    - Stephen Bishop

     "He is a self-made man and worships his creator."

    - John Bright

     "I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial."

    - Irvin S. Cobb

     "He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others."

    - Samuel Johnson

     "He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up."

    - Paul Keating

     "In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily."

    - Charles, Count Talleyrand

     "He loves nature in spite of what it did to him."

    - Forrest Tucker

     "Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?"

    - Mark Twain

     "His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork."

    - Mae West

    "Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."

    - Oscar Wilde

     "He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts...for support rather than illumination."

    - Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

     "He has Van Gogh's ear for music."

    - Billy Wilder

     "I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it."

    - Groucho Marx.

 

 

 

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From:- Joel Barnett

 

To:- Peter Morton

 

Subject:-  Re QUR Birthday All Ranks Function

Dear Peter

 

I will be unable to attend the function on 4 May 13. I was in hospital on 19 Mar 13 to have microsurgery and removal of a polyp from the bowel. A decsion was made on the theatre table as the polyp was too deep to open me up. 

 

An advanced quite large tumour was removed as well as 25 lymph nodes, 14 of which were active. I have colon cancer and am to start chemo therapy asap.

 

I have been feeling a bit poorly for a while and have an answer. I am quite confident about the chemo. The day before my surgery I walked 5 km and trimmed a tree with an axe, and my recovery has been good, although I have a mild infection of the wound.

 

best wishes 

Joel

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From:- Bruce Davis

 

To:- Trevor Luttrell

 

Subject:-  Great Answer


 

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From:- Bruce Davis

 

To:- Trevor Luttrell

 

Subject:-  Philosophy of Amiguity

 

The Philosophy of Ambiguity

FOR THOSE WHO LOVE THE PHILOSOPHY OF AMBIGUITY, AS WELL AS THE  IDIOSYNCRASIES OF ENGLISH:

 


1. DON'T SWEAT THE PETTY THINGS AND DON'T PET THE SWEATY THINGS.

2.
 ONE TEQUILA, TWO TEQUILA, THREE TEQUILA, FLOOR.

3.
 ATHEISM IS A NON-PROPHET ORGANIZATION.

4.
 IF MAN EVOLVED FROM MONKEYS AND APES, WHY DO WE STILL HAVE MONKEYS AND APES?

5.
 THE MAIN REASON THAT SANTA IS SO JOLLY IS BECAUSE HE KNOWS WHERE ALL THE BAD GIRLS LIVE.

6.
 I WENT TO A BOOKSTORE AND ASKED THE SALESWOMAN, "WHERE'S THE SELF- HELP SECTION?" SHE SAID IF SHE TOLD ME, IT WOULD DEFEAT THE PURPOSE.

7.
 WHAT IF THERE WERE NO HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS?

8.
 IF A DEAF CHILD SIGNS SWEAR WORDS, DOES HIS MOTHER WASH HIS HANDS WITH SOAP?

9. 
IF SOMEONE WITH MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES THREATENS TO KILL HIMSELF, IS IT CONSIDERED A HOSTAGE SITUATION?

10.
 IS THERE ANOTHER WORD FOR SYNONYM?

11.
 WHERE DO FOREST RANGERS GO TO "GET AWAY FROM IT ALL?" 

12.
 WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU SEE AN ENDANGERED ANIMAL EATING AN ENDANGERED PLANT?

13.
 IF A PARSLEY FARMER IS SUED, CAN THEY GARNISH HIS WAGES?

14.
 WOULD A FLY WITHOUT WINGS BE CALLED A WALK?

15.
 WHY DO THEY LOCK GAS STATION BATHROOMS? ARE THEY AFRAID SOMEONE WILL CLEAN THEM? 

16.
 IF A TURTLE DOESN'T HAVE A SHELL, IS HE HOMELESS OR NAKED?

17.
 CAN VEGETARIANS EAT ANIMAL CRACKERS?

18.
 IF THE POLICE ARREST A MIME, DO THEY TELL HIM HE HAS THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT?

19.
 WHY DO THEY PUT BRAILLE ON THE DRIVE-THROUGH BANK MACHINES?

20.
 HOW DO THEY GET DEER TO CROSS THE ROAD ONLY AT THOSE YELLOW ROAD SIGNS?

21.
 WHAT WAS THE BEST THING BEFORE SLICED BREAD?

22.
 ONE NICE THING ABOUT EGOTISTS: THEY DON'T TALK ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE.

23.
 DOES THE LITTLE MERMAID WEAR AN ALGEBRA?

24.
 DO INFANTS ENJOY INFANCY AS MUCH AS ADULTS ENJOY ADULTERY?

25.
 HOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE A CIVIL WAR?

26.
 IF ONE SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMER DROWNS, DO THE REST DROWN TOO?

27.
 IF YOU ATE BOTH PASTA AND ANTIPASTO, WOULD YOU STILL BE HUNGRY?

28.
 IF YOU TRY TO FAIL, AND SUCCEED, WHICH HAVE YOU DONE?

29.
 WHOSE CRUEL IDEA WAS IT FOR THE WORD 'LISP' TO HAVE 'S' IN IT?

 31. WHY IS IT CALLED TOURIST SEASON IF WE CAN'T SHOOT AT THEM?

32.
 WHY IS THERE AN EXPIRATION DATE ON SOUR CREAM?  

33.
  IF YOU SPIN AN ORIENTAL PERSON IN A CIRCLE THREE TIMES, DO THEY BECOME DISORIENTED?

34.
 CAN AN ATHEIST GET INSURANCE AGAINST ACTS OF GOD ?



 

 

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War Quotes

 

The practical value of history is to throw the film of the past through the material projector of the present onto the screen of the future.

Basil Liddell Hart 1895-1970

 

Every battle has a turning point when the slack water of uncertainty becomes the ebb tide of defeat or the flood water of victory.

Charles Turner Joy 1895-1956

 

Revolutionary war is an antitoxin which not only eliminates the enemy’s poison but also purges us of our own filth.

Mao Tse Tung 1893-1976

 

Perhaps there is nothing in the whole of creation which knows the meaning of peace.

Ugo Betti 1892-1953

 

One must not judge everyone in the world by his qualities as a soldier: otherwise we should have no civilization.

Erwin Rommel 1891-1944.

 

He who would live must fight. He who does not wish to fight in this world, where permanent struggle is the law of life, has not the right to exist.

Adolf Hitler 1889-1945

 

The greatest commander is he whose intuitions most nearly happen.

Thomas Lawrence 1888-1935

 

You cannot organize civilization around the core of militarism and at the same time expect reason to control human destinies.

Franklin D Roosevelt 1882-1945

 

During war we imprison the rights of man.

Jean Giraudoux 1882-1945

 

Put a man in a hole, and a good battery on a hill behind him, and he will beat off three times his number, even if he is not a very good soldier.

Theodore Lyman 1869.

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Things to Think About

 

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. Benjamin Franklin


Do eskimo dancers ever get cold feet?


If someone invented instant water, what would you add?


If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.


It was such a lovely day I thought it was a pity to get up.
W Somerset Maugham 1874-1965


You’d be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap.
Dolly Parton


Autobiography is an unrivaled vehicle for telling the truth about other people.
Philip Guedalla 1889-1944

 

If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple of payments.

 

If you want a committed man, look in a mental hospital.

 

Would you call a baby born in a house of ill repute - a brothel sprout?

 

If I am a nobody and nobody is perfect, does that mean I’m perfect?

 

A jury consists of twelve people chosen to decide who has the best lawyer.

 

Old photographers never die, they just stop developing.

 

Procrastinate, now!

 

“Waiter, what’s the best dish in the place?” “The blonde at table three, sir”.

 

My wife cooks for fun. For food we go to restaurants.

 

Monty used to be an all round athlete. Now, as you notice, he’s just all round.

 

You can always tell the happy motor cyclist by the insects on his teeth.

 

I’d give my right arm to be ambidextrous.

 

The easiest way to teach children the value of money is to borrow some from them.

 

The surest way to destroy your enemies is to make them your friends.

 

We keep on making history because we don’t learn from it.

 

Merv took his dog to the flea circus and the mutt stole the show.

 

Advice is a dangerous gift; be cautious about giving and receiving it.


You will never hit your thumb with a hammer if you hold the hammer with both hands.


The cemeteries are full of people who thought the world couldn’t get along with them.


Monogomy: leave a lot to be desired.


Listening: Silent flattery.


Letter bombs: Post mortems.


Insomnia: Nothing to lose sleep over.


Idolise; Eyes that refuse to look at anything.


We finally figured out how to stop Granny biting her nails. We made her keep her boots on.


“Have you lived all of your life in this village?” “Not yet”

 

The rich man gives small tips because he doesn’t want anyone to know he’s rich, while the poor man gives big tips because he doesn’t want anyone to know he’s poor.

 

The Legal Fraternity
Sitting in a room around a table with a hundred dollars in the middle of it are an expensive lawyer, a cheap lawyer and the tooth fairy. Suddenly the light goes off for five seconds, and when it comes on again the hundred dollars has disappeared. Who took it?
The expensive lawyer. The other two are just figments of your imagination.
 
Changing Light Bulbs
Q - How many magicians does it take to change a light bulb?
A - Into what?

Do unto others before the bastards do it to you.

 

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Quotes

 

 

Why are there flotation devices under seats in airplanes instead of parachutes?

Nick Featherman

 

I drink too much. Last time I gave a urine sample there was an olive in it.

Rodney Dangerfield

 

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900

 

The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.

Erma Bombeck

 

The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything.

Walter Bagehot, 1826-1877

 

I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.

Zsa Zsa Gabor

 

Idleness is not doing nothing. Idleness is being free to do anything.

Floyd Dell

 

We think in generalities, but we live in detail.

Alfred North Whitehead. (1861-1947)

 

There is no cure for birth or death except to try and enjoy the interval.

George Santayana (1863-1952)

 

People who feel well are sick people neglecting themselves.

Jules Romains

 

Attention to health is life’s greatest hindrance.

Plato

 

The only solid and lasting peace between a man and his wife is doubtless a separation.

Earl of Chesterfield (1694-19560

 

Somehow I can’t take seriously an anti-technology diatribe written on a word processor.

Anonymous

 

 

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FUNCTIONS - 2013

 

Back to the Regiment                           Tuesday 26 February 2013 - QUR hosted Function  (Walcott St) 
Anzac Day                                             Thursday 25 April 2013 - 0615Hrs

                                                                   (Catafalque party only at Sylvan Rd, Toowong - no after service breakfast at QUR)
All Ranks Buffet Dinner                      Celebration of QUR 65th Birthday -

                                                                    (Includes partners - QUR Parade Ground - Early May date to be confirmed)

Officers/SNCO Regimental Dinner     Saturday 12 October 2013

AGM                                                    Friday 6 September 2013 - ( 1900Hrs for 1930Hrs)
Christmas Function                             Thursday 12 December 2013 - 1730Hrs (Victory Hotel)

 

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MEMBERSHIP DUES - PAYMENT REMINDER

 

Please check the Members Page to ensure that your membership is current.

If you pay your membership fees on a year by year basis

payment is now due for 2013

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO PERUSE THE Members Page AND CHECK THE ENTRIES WITH AN ADDRESS FLAG OF `N`.  WE HAVE LOST CONTACT WITH THESE MEMBERS AND REQUIRE EITHER AN EMAIL ADDRESS OR POSTAL ADDRESS TO RE-ESTABLISH CONTACT

Membership status codes are:

 

Annual dues are $10 however a 10 year paid-up membership is available for $70.  

Cheques should be forwarded to:

The Treasurer

QUR Association

24 Walcott Street,

St Lucia 4067

For those members with internet banking, payments may be made direct to the QURA Bank Account.

Details are BSB 064 129, Account 0090 4500, Account Name QUR Association Inc

Please ensure your name is supplied in the payment details.

 

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EMAIL ADDRESSES

The Executive Committee encourages all members to provide a current email address to allow quick and easy communication of important notifications and reminders of upcoming events. 

If you know of any ex-members of QUR who are not in the association, please contact the Membership Registrar (Peter Morton) with any contact details that you have.

THE ASSOCIATION WILL ONLY CONTINUE TO EXIST BY RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS

For members wishing to provide a new email address, please send an email to Sectretary  to ensure your address is received and entered onto our contact list.

 

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HISTORY OF QUR

Have you considered purchasing a copy of the History of QUR magnificently complied and edited by Paul Smith?

It contains 128 pages of stories, photographs and has a coloured badged cover.

          COST :            $15 per copy.

What about a CD containing over 100 images of the history of the Regiment.

COST :            $10 per copy.

Why not treat yourself to a copy or buy copies for your friends.  These are collectors items so don't miss out.

How to purchase copies:

Ring                        Trevor Luttrell      0437 442 964

Email                    Historian

Send your payment to:

The Treasurer, QUR Association, 24 Walcott Street, St Lucia Q 4067.

For those members with internet banking, payments may be made direct to the QURA Bank Account.

Details are BSB 064 129, Account 0090 4500, Account Name QUR Association Inc

Please ensure your name is supplied in the payment details.

 

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Association Office Bearers

 

  • SMEMB - Special Member (no fees)

  • LMEMB - Life Member (no fees)

  • PUOM - Paid Up Ordinary member (no fees but can transfer to 10 year membership for $50)

  • NEW - New member (no membership fees received as yet)

  • 2014 - 201? membership fees paid to year indicated

  • 199? - 2012 membership fees due for 2013

Position Name Bus Hrs A/Hrs Email
President Trevor Luttrell 0437 442 964 3345 2754 President
Vice President Col Ahern 0409 616 922 3278 1862  
Secretary/Treasurer Bruce Davis 0402 768 142 3878 2920 Treasurer
Membership Secretary Peter Morton 3114 2010 0419 484 736 M/ship Secretary
         
Committee Members       Executive
  Greg Adams 3264 5544 0418 744 678  
  Garry Collins   3359 5993  
  Judy Costello      
  David Ross 3227 6974 0402 904 204  

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