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Title: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 04, 2014, 12:04:33 pm
Ok die mannetjie het geklim.

Mods kan hom maar skuif as dit nie die regte plek is om die trip te deel nie
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Vis Arend on September 04, 2014, 12:13:13 pm
 :thumleft:  Gaan hy so bietjie werk daai kant?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 04, 2014, 12:16:01 pm
Ja, spanleier en medic vir die jaar.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Offshore on September 04, 2014, 12:24:57 pm
Ou Tom Het groot Klokke. :eek7:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 04, 2014, 12:26:58 pm
En mooi rooikoppie   :peepwall: :pot:

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: troos on September 04, 2014, 12:28:06 pm
Eks stink jaloers. Was op 'n stadium in my lewe ook daar......  O0

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 04, 2014, 12:32:17 pm
Sal more weer gaan as ek kan.

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Kykdaar on September 04, 2014, 12:36:58 pm
Hy gaan n bietjie  :puke_r:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Draadwerk on September 04, 2014, 12:41:42 pm
Ek gaan hierdie thread nou ignoreer verder, want my hart is geel van jaloesie. Dammit !!! As ek net kon...
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 04, 2014, 12:43:58 pm
Ek gaan hierdie thread nou ignoreer verder, want my hart is geel van jaloesie. Dammit !!! As ek net kon...

Word 'n medic... nie 'n ginikoloog  :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tommy Transalp on September 04, 2014, 12:44:14 pm
Eish! ... a year is a long time!... but then, if you are a batchelor, it shouldn't be too bad? I did a stint of off-shore stuff when I was in the air-force 30 -odd years ago as Radio operator... but only for 3 months!

God Speed Tom! :thumleft: Stay in touch boet!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on September 04, 2014, 01:01:44 pm
Ek gaan hierdie thread nou ignoreer verder, want my hart is geel van jaloesie. Dammit !!! As ek net kon...

Word 'n medic... nie 'n ginikoloog  :imaposer:

 :spitcoffee:

Dit lyk asof dit 'n heerlike avontuur gaan wees.  Geniet dit. 
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mikie on September 04, 2014, 01:13:07 pm
Man I look forward to reading a bit of his adventures and maybe seeing more of the red head
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 04, 2014, 01:36:27 pm
 :thumleft: oppad diep water toe! Tugboat nou gehaak!

Totsiens Suid Afrika!!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 04, 2014, 01:43:52 pm
Moenie worry nie, jy kan dalk net Zuma se begrafnis mis...as jy terugkom is al die corruption nog steeds hier.  :peepwall:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Howie-WP on September 04, 2014, 01:44:16 pm
Just heard the horn sound ....can see you guys from our office. Lekker trip and more pics of the hotties  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: COLES on September 04, 2014, 03:11:20 pm

Great adventure thank u for sharing
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Post by: silvrav on September 04, 2014, 04:06:33 pm
Watching with interest....and nice sleeping quarters. better then what we had on the Naval ships.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Marvin on September 04, 2014, 04:12:45 pm
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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: alanB on September 04, 2014, 05:25:19 pm
Looking forward to hearing more.  Would love to do this one day  :thumleft:
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Post by: luv2ride on September 04, 2014, 05:42:17 pm
Subscribe :sip:
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Post by: DikZol on September 04, 2014, 05:50:49 pm
Sterkte TVB!! 
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Post by: boere on September 04, 2014, 06:00:24 pm
Geniet meneer :3some:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Jakkals on September 04, 2014, 06:41:34 pm
Ag nee, daar gaan my GP Spy nou oor die water,

Wie gaan nou vir my spy oor hoe daai sening genaamd Woody my en sy dogter se erfgeld mors,  :patch: :imaposer: :imaposer:


Sterkte TVB, geniet dit en hou ons op hoogte van saake,  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Laban on September 04, 2014, 07:07:34 pm


...geniet Tom... ;)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Snafu on September 04, 2014, 07:32:16 pm
Sal more weer gaan as ek kan.



Woody, verskoon dat ek vra, maar dit is 'n ouderdom ding. Jy ken nie dalk vir Chris Lambrechts nie? :)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 05, 2014, 07:00:23 am
Naam klink bekend, maar ek kan nie dink ek het hom al raakgeloop nie.
Wie is hy ?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: trackSHUN on September 05, 2014, 07:31:05 am
Bon voyage & Bon mission, Tom.

It was great meeting you [unfortunately only the once] at Ultracity coffee break.
I must admit being a bit jealous - our humdrum routine lives need an adventure now & then ...

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Snafu on September 05, 2014, 08:47:59 am
Naam klink bekend, maar ek kan nie dink ek het hom al raakgeloop nie.
Wie is hy ?

Het , paar trips gedoen Gough to asook suidpool. Seil nou wereld vol
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 05, 2014, 09:16:52 am
Ek het net Marion gedoen, maar ek het die naam al iewers gehoor.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Groenie on September 05, 2014, 09:28:10 am
Geniet dit Tom! Ek wou dit doen toe ek 'n laaitie was, maar het nooit daarby uit gekom nie.....
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 05, 2014, 10:15:43 am
Was my droom om rond 1984 te gaan... ook nooit dit gemaak nie want vroulief het my gevra om te trou in 1984....  :peepwall: :imaposer:
Eendag in 2006 nadat ons 5 jaar in Holland gewerk het en toe in Sabie gaan 'aftree'  sien ek die advertensie.
Die koerantjie net so na die vrou se kant gedraai.  Sy het gelees en haar antwoord was.... my lief, as jy nog wil gaan doen aansoek..... What a lady..... of sy wou bietjie rus en vrede vir 'n jaar gehad het... :imaposer:

Ek is toe weg eiland toe met 'n seun in Matriek, dogter in standerd 8 en 'n pensionvreter in kleuterskool.

Wat 'n ervaring en ondervinding.  Jy kan 20 000 fotos en videos vir mense wys en hulle vertel hoe great dit was, maar as jy TUSSEN 400 000 pare pikkewyne staan is dit net ANDERS...
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 05, 2014, 12:18:19 pm
The team and some non team members .. :peepwall:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Groenie on September 05, 2014, 02:14:56 pm
Daai rooikoppie gaan 'n harde tyd hê. Ek hoop sy's nie die enigste chick nie. Manne gaan honger raak na so paar weke
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 05, 2014, 04:02:19 pm
Sy is ordentlik soos ek
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Dorsland on September 05, 2014, 07:22:18 pm
Ek sien daai kortetjie wat so 'n lekker tan het wat so agter TVB se linkerskouer is, beloer hom al lekker.  Kan daai kamerdeure sluit Woody?  :peepwall:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 05, 2014, 07:56:58 pm
Nee :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 05, 2014, 08:57:39 pm
 :peepwall:

Hey watch dit!  :eek7:

 :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Dorsland on September 06, 2014, 11:24:29 am
Ek sien jy hurk al klaar om tot op haar vlak te daal  >:D :peepwall:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: JMOL on September 06, 2014, 01:25:38 pm
 :spitcoffee:

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: whitedelight on September 06, 2014, 03:00:22 pm
Wow long stint, I was under the impression the stays were shorter. Either way hope you have a good time.
 I am keen to try and still get to Tristan ,my folks spent a while there and my brother and sister were born there.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 06, 2014, 06:49:36 pm
Wow long stint, I was under the impression the stays were shorter. Either way hope you have a good time.
 I am keen to try and still get to Tristan ,my folks spent a while there and my brother and sister were born there.

A Tourist return trip to Tristan da Cunha and back (3 wEeks later) will set you back R9 000 and its like a hotel nowadays. However, the Island work on Sterling and you will have to neg a place to stay for 3 weeks+. You will also have to book a year in advance as there are only a number of seats available and the Tristanians obviously get priority. On this trip I have identified around 6 tourists and 3 of them already had connections to the Island. The 2 sisters both in there 50's are going down to see where there father met his second wife (Tristanian) and their half sister unfortunately died years back on the way to CT on the ship. Their father was an old and famous captain, still alive but retired.
Many interesting stories.
We had a big swell throughout the day and lost sat internet, its back now but I see the sea is gradually picking up now.....huge swells but this ship handles it better in a way than the old Aghulhas. Not a lot of side ways roll but more (afrikaans) 'wipplank' . Significantly wider and longer than the old ship, I got lost already a few times and do love to spent time on the Piip deck (aft deck). Tomorrow I will spent some time on the monkey deck as we will (should) start seeing some wandering Albatrosses and more sealife. Saw a huge dolphyn pit today and yesterday 2 whales
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 07, 2014, 11:50:46 am
Fantastic these day's.... Internet on the ship...
Here he is on his way... nice calm seas looks like.

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 07, 2014, 12:11:36 pm
Ja internet is baie stadig en onmoontlik om n foto te laai, maar whatsapp stuur n foto redelik maklik en dan gooi Woody1 hom hier vir ons! :) Baie dankie
Gisteraand bietjie slegte sideways swell gehad en was amper 'groen' maar vandag weer heel 'a ok'! Pragtige dag. More begin die lesings op die skip, environmental, boot wash cermony ens. Ook Helicopter breefings en bietjie beplanning. Man dis lekker, die hellicoper operations, load and backloading is nogal intens maar baie spesiaal. Regte ou skool dissipline, min margin for error
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: chopperpilot on September 07, 2014, 02:57:39 pm
TVB

Lig ons/my bietjie in oor die helikopter operasie! Maatskappy, tipe helikopter en bemanning.


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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 07, 2014, 06:10:30 pm
TVB

Lig ons/my bietjie in oor die helikopter operasie! Maatskappy, tipe helikopter en bemanning.


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We used the old SA airforce prior 1995. Shotly after that got privatised but still used ex SAA pilots like legendary Martin and Andre stoebel. They used Pumas in the old days and the chopper would not fit into the helicopter hanger and got strapped to the heli dec, blades removed to be installed a day prior arrival at the islands or Arctic. The firs company if my memory serves me right to start with helicopter operations was CHC (Canadian helicopter company) and they only used 2 x Bell 212's (diff between 210 used in vietnam and 212 is an extra motor and more lifting capacity - 1,3 tons to a max if you get constand wind of 1.8 but that was pushing the limits at around 110 persent)

The bell 210 fitted in the hangars on the ship x 2 without removing the rotor blades.

Then we got Titan aviation and they used the Comoff. It has no tail rotor and 2 huge counter rotating rotor blades. Heavy on fuel and was strapped to the deck. Removed the blades as well. Max lifting capacity was 5000 tons but it was very unpopular by the huge down draft and burned a lot of fuel. It was slinging 2 x contauners at a time and the guys was a bit more under pressure, what made matters worse was a very tight german manager who was about to go on pension but never got that far and always pushed for another expedition. He was however good and old school and I actually got to like him in a way. Maybe becauise I was ex military as well.

Then to my supprise as I was waiting for Titans huge Comoff to land on the ship (it was used by the Russians to launch torpidos in the sea) I got informed that another company took over and that we are back on track with 2 x bell 212's. I was almost jumping up and down from exitement as I really am keen on these choppers. You don't need that long sling and of course the best or one of the best flight engineers of all times, the legendary John Brittain was on board...yeah!!! We also done the famous yacht rescue together back in 2007 and I was so happy to see the old bugger I wasn't sure should I hug him or salute the huge bugger!!

So ye, we are sorted and one hell of a crew. Except for John Britton and Angelo (the ground signaler) I don't know any other by name and haert yet but we will soon strat with meetings and I am obviously working with them in close relation/operation as I will be the groundsman doing the signalling on the Island making sure every container lands at the right store/kitchen/workshop to be unpacked. Each container has got a name/number which we then will correspond on the list and confirm palcement. Some stuff get rather slinged in webbing like the new John Deere generator I believe.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 07, 2014, 07:06:53 pm
Oh, forgot to mention: STARLITE is the new company, and I will report in due course about their performance with a couple of pictures although It might take a while. You guys will have to wait maybe a few weeks. Woody1 was also team leader and he will confirm that there is a lot of pressure on the TL during the take over. Now I also got a reputation of being the most successfull snoek fisherman and already everyone is putting a lot of pressure on me for supplying fresh snoek for 40 people once a week on the island as well. I will see long days, but you will not hear any complains as I am working for a good salary for a change and out in heaven. This is the break I have been praying for, and this is going to be one hell of a good year in my history of existance :)

Thanks for all of you out there and please, next year when we finally anchor back in SA we need to meet for a beer with a couple of dogs before I make my way inland. For now I don't even want to think about going back....I just want to tackle this expedition and make the most out of it. I will concider writing a book this year as well, not that I would regard myself as a writer at all but who knows ???
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Post by: dieseldawie on September 07, 2014, 07:19:17 pm
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Post by: Casting from Turd on September 08, 2014, 06:20:40 am
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Post by: 1ougat on September 08, 2014, 06:31:28 am
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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: chopperpilot on September 08, 2014, 08:04:18 am
Dankie vir al die info!

Ons wag in spanning op die volgende Hoofstuk!



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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Gremlin on September 09, 2014, 07:17:40 am
Hello tvb! My wife isabelle says hello.. Her oceanography team are onboard.. But she remembers you and cameron from the 2007cowie dancer yacht rescue!! Have a great year at gough and sort the island out.. She will be onboard next year to pick you up!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: BFG on September 09, 2014, 09:55:07 am
What an adventure. All the best for the year ahead :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: DirtCopper on September 09, 2014, 10:54:54 am
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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Jacobsroodt on September 09, 2014, 11:39:39 am
En nou moet ek hier op droe land op kantoor sit en wag vir die volgende update! :snorting:
Jy's reg - dit is die kans van 'n lewe!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Sláinte Mhaith on September 09, 2014, 11:46:15 am
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Post by: AJALP on September 09, 2014, 12:47:44 pm
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Post by: TVB on September 09, 2014, 01:36:14 pm
Helicopter Safety briefing and dry drills....I am exited yes I am!! :)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tommy Transalp on September 09, 2014, 02:05:06 pm
Very interesting reading Tom!... how cold does it get there? Can the chopper still fly when it gets too cold? I reckon the wind must be a factor as well...?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Alsdad on September 09, 2014, 03:01:20 pm
Wow! Adventure of note!

Thanks for sharing with us normal working Plebs!  ;)  Going to be following this fred with keen interest.

Enjoy and all the best!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 09, 2014, 03:54:54 pm
Very interesting reading Tom!... how cold does it get there? Can the chopper still fly when it gets too cold? I reckon the wind must be a factor as well...?

Gough is not really very cold. Only in Winter and up in the mountains where 3 expedition members already died due to exposure.

Helicopters dont like too much wind and they dont like gusts which is common, so we got great pilots to compesate. Steady wind always welcome as that helps with the lift and cold weather actually good with regards to air density.

The rain is a challange as well as high seas. Very hard to land on the aft if the swell is more than 3 meters.

All in all a few challanges like the diesel pump from ship to shore. I will update in due course but we use fire hoses (65mm) floating on the sea water and we pump 300 000 liter in roughly 6 hours

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: DCR on September 09, 2014, 04:10:06 pm
Interesting stuff!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 10, 2014, 02:55:16 pm
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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 10, 2014, 03:00:14 pm
Is julle al op Tristan ?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 10, 2014, 03:01:48 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 10, 2014, 03:56:37 pm
Yes we got here at 3 am and started to fly passangers over at 8am. We are offloading now and should start sailing first light tomorrow to Inaccesable Island where we will drop reacerchers with 3 week food supply with hellicopter and then sail down past Nightingale to Gough. Friday morning we Should reach Gough and I will fly over as part of the inspection crew. We will do the inspection and other formalities and then fly the rest of the team over and the take over personnel which makes a total of close to 40 ....hectic 3 weeks lies ahead with rope work around the cliffs to try and eradicate alien plant species etc. After that 3 weeks life at Gough should start! :)
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Post by: Jondu on September 10, 2014, 04:36:32 pm
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Post by: JMOL on September 10, 2014, 08:58:59 pm
Now that is another kind of job . . .  :deal:

Not pushing a pen around like me.  ;D

Very interesting.  Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Martyn on September 11, 2014, 05:36:27 am
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Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on September 11, 2014, 09:44:05 am
Baie interessant TVB ..............  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 11, 2014, 10:01:19 am
Lyk my julle kon nie die keer afklim en bietjie rondloop op Tristan nie... Pity
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 11, 2014, 10:58:52 am
Lyk my julle kon nie die keer afklim en bietjie rondloop op Tristan nie... Pity

Nope, unfortunately always someone to spoil the fun and slowly traditions are fading. There were liability issues, flying hours....etc. Since the reverant got his leg between the rope ladder of the ship and got injured the passanger barge was stopped. Now the issue is flying hours and when we organised a trip on the barge it was turned down due to liability so we were promised that on the return trip we'll be able to get off and even spent a night if we wanted to. The whole team wants that Teistan stamp in their passports so I know they will be true to their word next year. I would love to put my feet down on Tristan da Cunha again and to walk through the historic town of 'Edenburg of the seven seas'

Woke up last nigh, stormy weather. We will not be able to offload some more cargo, swell is way to high. So we will soon sail to Nightinghale only 30km away from Tristan. Interesting fact, Tristan, Nightingale and Inaccesable Islands were never linked. The seabed at deepest is 10 000M deep between Tristan and Nightingale. The South Atlantic ocean is the deepest in the world. We have picked up sensors on the way that was measuring sea temp, sea stream speed and direction and water samples at 4500 up to 5600m deep!

The sealife is something real special as we have seen varios dolphins, pots up to a 100 and also 'blue shark' and flying fish (wow) as well as various whales. The birdlife so far: giant petroll, tristan Albatross, Molly's (yellow nose albatross) as well as my favourate 'Sooty Albatross' and obviously Scuas and I was lucky to spot some 'Kingbird' (Noddy). Have not seen many shearwaters but they will entertain us on gough though!

Quite like the Rockhopper penguins as well :) and not too crazy about the Tropicalis fur seals....too aggresive when I fis ;)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: dirtyXT on September 11, 2014, 11:51:23 am
 :thumleft: ok so im going to live through you vicariously from now on! keep us up to date!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: BLK on September 11, 2014, 12:09:29 pm
Thks for the updates,appreciate the news

go well  :)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 11, 2014, 02:02:01 pm
We have just reached Inaccesable Island. We will now put two birdlife reacerches down on the island with hellicopter along with 3 young men from Tristan da Cunha island to help take care of them, catch and prepare fresh fish and 3 weeks later the SA Agulhas will come and pick them up again on the return trip
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: DCR on September 11, 2014, 02:06:29 pm
Interesting fact, Tristan, Nightingale and Inaccesable Islands were never linked. The seabed at deepest is 10 000M deep between Tristan and Nightingale. The South Atlantic ocean is the deepest in the world. We have picked up sensors on the way that was measuring sea temp, sea stream speed and direction and water samples at 4500 up to 5600m deep!

Wow, those islands are very, very high peaks then!

(http://www.dewaldreynecke.net/wilddogimages/islandpeaks.jpeg)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 11, 2014, 04:32:57 pm
Yes very deep indeed, it's an Atlantic ridge hot spot. Waters around 4000m deep plus

We are now lying next to 'Honeymoon Island' or rather Nightingale. Honeymoon Island because the Tristanians went here on Honeymoon after marrying for a week or two. Unfortunately the tradition died as the longboats also died a still death with the arrival of ribs and outboard motors

I need to go up to the Monkey deck now to do some 'spotting' of seabirds etc. Oh man, this is Heaven I'm sure!!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: alanB on September 11, 2014, 04:57:43 pm
Lucky bugger!

Please keep posting, would so like to do this, really enjoying watching things progress like this  :thumleft:
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Post by: Herklaas on September 11, 2014, 05:07:40 pm
 :sip: Thanks, ek like dit, en sal op check. :3some:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 11, 2014, 06:06:06 pm
If you can zoom in, unfortunately only cellphone picture and would love to sent or post proper pictures from the Island as many things happened today. Anyway, the huts should be visible as well as the famous landing rock. We could not fly, briefly left the deck and landed again. The winds are just to strong and buffeting against the island making dangerous flying conditions. We used a ruber duck, got great photos but on the slr camera. Will catch up while at Gough after take over
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 11, 2014, 07:08:50 pm
Ok let me see if I can post a couple from my computer :thumleft:
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Post by: TVB on September 11, 2014, 07:20:13 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Garfield on September 11, 2014, 07:26:24 pm
Mens kan op jou gesig sien jy is gelukkig daar Tom  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Jakkals on September 11, 2014, 07:27:23 pm
Baie nice TVB, ek kan my net in dink watse belewenis en ondervinding dit moet wees, soos met alle foto's dink ek nie dit veregverdig die werklikheid nie,

Enjoy en dankie dat jy dit met ons deel.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 11, 2014, 07:45:49 pm
 :bueller:
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Post by: chopperpilot on September 11, 2014, 07:58:11 pm
Lyk asof jou vlieeniers van hul toerusting van die SA Lugmag saam gebring het! Lyk soos 'n vlieghelm waarop nagsigtoerusting gemonteer kan word. Vlieghandskoene blyk ook van dieselfde bron te kom!

Nice pics!

Ons beny jou! Geniet dit TVB!


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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 11, 2014, 07:58:38 pm
 8)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 11, 2014, 08:06:27 pm
 :thumleft: Dankie manne, ek kan ongelukkig nie elkeen nou individeel andwoord.

We are experiencing high seas now, swell really huge as well as wind. Luckily heading into the waves enroot to Gough. Another 18 hours we should be at Gough.

We still have the boot wash ceremony tomorrow morning to get rid of alien seeds etc.

I am on the inspection flight to take off 8am sharp  :laughing4:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Groenie on September 12, 2014, 08:28:55 am
Thanx Tom!

Ek check hierdie thread elke oggend. Moerse jaloers.
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Post by: oldmannorman on September 12, 2014, 09:33:46 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 12, 2014, 11:27:50 am
 :thumleft: thanks for all the interest guys, appreciate.
We did not have much of a sleep last night, side swell of 7 meters which slowed us down considerably. We are doing only 10 knots instead of 16 cruize and even up to 21 on flat seas.
I might be a bit off the radar for a while because of the take over, which is like said hectic.
We can see the Islan right here in front now in the mist, about 5 km's.
Quite excited and sure will sleep like a baby tonight on Gough if all goes smooth
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: ktmmer on September 12, 2014, 11:32:28 am
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Post by: TVB on September 12, 2014, 01:22:22 pm
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 12, 2014, 01:24:08 pm
En toe raak ek DORS
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 12, 2014, 02:10:35 pm
En toe raak ek DORS

I don't have a lot of alcohol even this year around. Sometimes good for a ship to lie in the dry docks!
Got a few bottles of wine, that's it. The whole team actually not heavy drinkers.
I'll be a year younger netxt year when I leave this Island behind!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 12, 2014, 02:18:22 pm
Mooi ek is nog steeds trots op jou
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Jacobsroodt on September 12, 2014, 04:27:42 pm
As julle eers aan wal is: Is daar 'n paar manne wat 'n bier sal moet drink terwyl hulle op hulle kop staan? :peepwall:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: BLK on September 12, 2014, 06:17:27 pm
Awesome stuff,thks.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 12, 2014, 08:07:02 pm
Nice be be on our beloved Island and have a glimps of the Agulhas 11 which was home for the past 9 days :)
Yes, wifi in the house but now......a lot of work to do first!!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 12, 2014, 08:11:34 pm
Kom jy more Houtwerk skou toe.... http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=132906.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=132906.0)

 :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 12, 2014, 11:24:42 pm
As julle eers aan wal is: Is daar 'n paar manne wat 'n bier sal moet drink terwyl hulle op hulle kop staan? :peepwall:

 :peepwall: Ek sal aar die initiation saam my span den vir spanbou jong  :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: alanB on September 14, 2014, 09:02:03 pm
Article on IOL about removing of that invasive weed  Sagina http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/environment/weeding-with-a-wonderful-view-1.1750218#.VBXkWcKSz84 (http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/environment/weeding-with-a-wonderful-view-1.1750218#.VBXkWcKSz84)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 14, 2014, 10:08:38 pm
We have done the frozens today ... pehew, hard work but man am I proud of my teams performance!! They have worked not stop under pressure for 2 hours to get the old stuff out, the walk in freezer rooms clean and packed the new frozens so nice, sorted and everything. What a great team this G60!!  :thumleft: Here is picture where I unhooked the one load and hooking up the 'backload' (old expired stuff')
Tomorrow well pump diesel if the sea allow and I will try my hand at some snoek while down there
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 20, 2014, 07:03:11 pm
We have Been without internet for a couple of days. Not allowed to do bigger photos than this....will clog the system. However, better than nothing and will give you an idea of some of the stuff like food store now packed, diesel pumped, how close the SA Agulhas 11 anchor to the shore etc
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 20, 2014, 07:09:35 pm
Also done rope rescue training today with my team  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 20, 2014, 07:46:08 pm
Julle is amper op julle eie..... Lekker man..!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 20, 2014, 08:23:34 pm
Julle is amper op julle eie..... Lekker man..!

Die skip sal more terug wees van die boy run (more aand) en die take over funksie is 23e, braai dag is die 24e en dan backload ons die 28e. Die gaste en ou span los ons die 29e en dan is ons op ons eie!!  :laughing4:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 21, 2014, 07:58:52 am
29ste is die PARADISE !!!!! :laughing4:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Jacobsroodt on September 22, 2014, 03:34:09 pm
Ek sien niks het verander weergewys nie. 3 seisoene in een dag (dis nog nie somer nie☺).
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 24, 2014, 05:52:53 pm
Initiation not only the team but also to first time visitors on the island (take over personnel)
Wet bulb temp was -4 degrees (aanvoelbare temp)  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 24, 2014, 06:07:38 pm
And here I have signed over from the old team and delivering a rather funny speech by the looks of it  :imaposer:

.....and then I had 4 crayfish tails for supper with some calamari  :drif:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 24, 2014, 06:25:51 pm
Ja jy ken die DRILL... Sny al daai hare af vir die geleendheid.... niks so erg soos pikkewyn stront in jou hare nie.

Gaan jy vasbyt en alles laat groei vir die jaar ?

My eerste aand en na 31 weke   :imaposer:

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Jakkals on September 24, 2014, 06:50:21 pm
Ja jy ken die DRILL... Sny al daai hare af vir die geleendheid.... niks so erg soos pikkewyn stront in jou hare nie.

Gaan jy vasbyt en alles laat groei vir die jaar ?

My eerste aand en na 31 weke   :imaposer:



Eeste foto trek erg Natalie, tweede een na Ghatsi Gubik,,,,,,,,, snaaks watse gedaante verwisseling 'n Brakpanner kan ondergaan.  :peepwall: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 24, 2014, 06:58:35 pm
Ek soek nog die foto van 52 weke. :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 24, 2014, 07:03:50 pm
 :thumleft: Neewat ek het al 2 x hare gelos, hou nie daarvan.  Die keer net die baard laat gaan in lengte, as ek terugkom kan ek kersvader speel
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Jakkals on September 24, 2014, 07:10:37 pm
Ek soek nog die foto van 52 weke. :imaposer:

Woody, ek dink hierdie is een helse ondervinding en ek kan sien jy herleef jouself weer daarin, vir ons wat nie daar was nie is dit great om die thread te kan lees al sal ons nie dit kan ondervind soos jy nie.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Jakkals on September 24, 2014, 07:12:58 pm
:thumleft: Neewat ek het al 2 x hare gelos, hou nie daarvan.  Die keer net die baard laat gaan in lengte, as ek terugkom kan ek kersvader speel

Hel, dit lyk lekker Tvb, weet nie of dit al genoem was nie maar vir hoe lank bly julle daar ?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 24, 2014, 07:14:30 pm
Soos jy daar se Jaco. Ons kan julle fotos en videos wys, maar dis nie dieselfde nie.
As ek ooit weer die geleendheid sou kry sal ek weer gaan.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 24, 2014, 07:50:46 pm
:thumleft: Neewat ek het al 2 x hare gelos, hou nie daarvan.  Die keer net die baard laat gaan in lengte, as ek terugkom kan ek kersvader speel

Hel, dit lyk lekker Tvb, weet nie of dit al genoem was nie maar vir hoe lank bly julle daar ?

13 Maande mater, maar dit gaan baie gou verby!  :thumleft:
Ek mis nie eers bike ry hier nie. Het n oordosis van bike ry gekry by ER24 en sal 'My fiets' download elke maand en hier my dors les en weer spoed vang vir volg jaar as ek terug is. Dan gaan daai Transalp weer lekker draf!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Jacobsroodt on September 26, 2014, 11:52:47 am
Lyk my julle manne het 'n paar ontgroeningspraktyke bygekry :pot:. In '95 was dit nog rustig.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 27, 2014, 07:53:58 pm
Lyk my julle manne het 'n paar ontgroeningspraktyke bygekry :pot:. In '95 was dit nog rustig.

Jip, hy het gegroei  :patch:

Vandag se backloading:
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Post by: TVB on September 27, 2014, 07:57:36 pm
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Post by: TVB on September 27, 2014, 08:09:49 pm
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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 27, 2014, 08:17:54 pm
 :bueller: Ek was baie gelukkig om op die helikoptervlug om die eiland te kon kom. Noem dit maar net op die regte tyd op die regte plek! Wow.....ek is bevoorreg! :laughing4:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 27, 2014, 08:20:04 pm
Laaste enetjie!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 28, 2014, 07:40:22 am
Perfekte weer vir die begin van 'n PERFEKTE jaar.   :laughing4:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Jakkals on September 28, 2014, 08:22:00 am
Perfekte weer vir die begin van 'n PERFEKTE jaar.   :laughing4:

As ek dit so kyk wil dit vir my voorkom dat hulle daar beter weer het as wat ons tans hier in die Suid Kaap het.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 28, 2014, 08:35:17 am
Nee onthou als wat die kaap tref tref ons 2 dae vroer! Ook in groter intensie....ons het 3 dae terug tot sneeu gehad, ongewoond vir die tyd van die jaar met temp van -4 grade en groot winde. Tans is daar n lekker hoog druk. Ons gaan nou 'big base skivi' doen en dan vlieg cabin luggage en mense oor. 12 uur vandag begin ons 'lewe" :)
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Post by: woody1 on September 28, 2014, 08:44:37 am
Ja stuur daai klomp PLAKERS huistoe.... dis nou jou BASE.  :pot:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Jakkals on September 28, 2014, 09:40:42 am
Nee onthou als wat die kaap tref tref ons 2 dae vroer! Ook in groter intensie....ons het 3 dae terug tot sneeu gehad, ongewoond vir die tyd van die jaar met temp van -4 grade en groot winde. Tans is daar n lekker hoog druk. Ons gaan nou 'big base skivi' doen en dan vlieg cabin luggage en mense oor. 12 uur vandag begin ons 'lewe" :)

Ok, so as jou teorie reg is gaan ons 'n lekker week hê as ek so na jou kortmou hemp kyk,  maar as jy teen Woensdag weer 'n jas dra dan weet ek ons gaan k@k weer hê die naweek.  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:


Spot nou oor dit, maar dit is regtig een ding wat my af sit van die Kaap, ek is 'n Laeveld klong en kan maar net nie vat kry aan die Kaapse weer nie, as dit sommer is en dit is warm is dit great en die dae is lekker lank maar dit gaan net te gou verby, die Laevelders kry nou al lekker warm en ons sit nog in die koue.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 28, 2014, 05:19:22 pm
Nee onthou als wat die kaap tref tref ons 2 dae vroer! Ook in groter intensie....ons het 3 dae terug tot sneeu gehad, ongewoond vir die tyd van die jaar met temp van -4 grade en groot winde. Tans is daar n lekker hoog druk. Ons gaan nou 'big base skivi' doen en dan vlieg cabin luggage en mense oor. 12 uur vandag begin ons 'lewe" :)

Ok, so as jou teorie reg is gaan ons 'n lekker week hê as ek so na jou kortmou hemp kyk,  maar as jy teen Woensdag weer 'n jas dra dan weet ek ons gaan k@k weer hê die naweek.  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:


Spot nou oor dit, maar dit is regtig een ding wat my af sit van die Kaap, ek is 'n Laeveld klong en kan maar net nie vat kry aan die Kaapse weer nie, as dit sommer is en dit is warm is dit great en die dae is lekker lank maar dit gaan net te gou verby, die Laevelders kry nou al lekker warm en ons sit nog in die koue.

Mater dis veronderstel om s te werk mits die storm himself uitwoed voor hy die Kaap tref!

Ek is soooo bly! Ons is alleen, hier is n paar fotos van die finale gebeure! Van 44 na 9 wat oorbly vir die jaar, voel soos survivor South Atlantic  :imaposer:

ps: Ek is nie n baaidjie mense nie, ek dra kort moue en sal n baaidjie oorweeg as wind chill factor so sub zero raak  :thumleft:

Dis my hele span daai...ek neem die foto ;D
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 30, 2014, 01:04:49 am
Ek was amoer in die k@k oor die 2 flairs  :peepwall:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 30, 2014, 01:08:00 am
En toe besluit ek vanmiddag om n lyn nat te maak, en alhoewel die water baie donker was en toestande nie so gunstig kry ek 2 snoeke (2 moes ek laat gaan want groter as so 4-5kg kan ek nie optrek, lyn sal breek en ek was alleen, kan nie 'rope gaf alleen gebruik nie)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Vis Arend on September 30, 2014, 01:12:38 am
Mooi man, snoek braai of gaan jy rook?    :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 30, 2014, 01:15:47 am
Ek radio toe 'snoek loop' en Werner kom af, maar met die het snoek 'kla geloop'

Ek leer hom toe vining om 5 Fingers te vang en los hom alleen agter met n radio om my kook skivi te doen.

Later kom hy op boontoe met n baie groter weergawe van die 5 finger as die een.

Na ons span se eerste vergadering beloof ek hul toe om maar more aand weer te bederf met n kook skivi en vir hulle snoek te braai asook Werner se 5 finger.  :peepwall: Ok....eintlik het David aangebied om die vis te braai en ek sal maar kyk dat dit mooi loop  :imaposer:

Nou reken die klomp my 2 snoeke is te min, hul wil behoorlik proe  :patch: , sal maar sien....ek het die snoek koppe in n kreef trap gesit en in die see gegooi, miskien sal ek maar gaan kreef trek more en kyk of ek nog n snoek vir die vrate kan kry  ;D
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 30, 2014, 01:23:43 am
Mooi man, snoek braai of gaan jy rook?    :thumleft:



Ek moet eers n roker bou, hier is nie een nie maar ek het darem n hele sak vol 'oak shavings' en n hele bin vol vervalde rooibos tee :3some: . Ek sal beide prober sodra ek n roker gebou het. Vir nou sal ons eers braai op die ou Transvaalse manier die een (span het gevra) en dan een op die 'houtbaai manier' - ek het in die Kaap 'houtbaai snoek speserye gekoop en daar ook gehoor dat hul die snoek eers bietjie growwe sout gooi en 'wind droog en dan braai! So as ek nou n derde een op die rooster kan gooi more dan doen ek n plein 'sout en peper' soos ek van hom hou. Die Transvaal snoek is nou natuurlik die appelkoos konfyt en botter metode :lol8:
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Vis Arend on September 30, 2014, 01:32:01 am
 :drif:  Hoe lus maak jy my nou vir kreef en snoek.  Geniet dit.   :thumleft:

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 30, 2014, 01:41:59 am
:drif:  Hoe lus maak jy my nou vir kreef en snoek.  Geniet dit.   :thumleft:



Janee ek verkies snoek en kreef bo a Tbone steak of rump. Het baie hier op die eiland maar ek bly maar lief vir my seekos.  :laughing4:

Ek hoop om tenminste 5+ kreef more oggend te trek, Sukkel soms net met die 'traps' want onthou ek gooi in van die kant af. Ek was nie baie gelukkig met hoe ver/diep my 'trap' geval het vanmiddag maar dis my eerste probeerslag in 6 jaar.....wie weet, miskien kry ek n paar........en eish  :patch: , ek het nie vergeet hoe seer daai groot krewe se sterte n mens kan 'klap' nie!  :o

Sal fotos pos sodra die front weer uitbeweeg, een oppad in en dan reen dit en wyl dit reen is daar GEEN internet nie  :dousing:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Vis Arend on September 30, 2014, 01:55:18 am
Kreef is koning.  Ons het so jaar lank in Luderitz gebly en nooit 'n tekort aan kreef gehad nie.  Ons het kreef vir voorgereg, hoofgereg en nagereg gehad.   :biggrin:

Ook gesukkel om kreef van die kant te vang met die kreef nette.  Wat ons later gedoen het was om 'n stuk bloudraad in 'n sirkel te vou, limpets deur geryg en aan die vislyn vas te maak.  So het ons die aas afgesak die water in.  Jy voel dan wanneer die kreef vreet, dan het ons die lyn stadig gelig tot hy amper die water breek, dan 'n vinnige pluk en siedaar.  Van die grootste krewe so uitgetrek.  'n Sykous met aas in werk ook lekker, want die kreef sit so half en half vas aan die sykous. 
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on September 30, 2014, 03:12:02 am
Kreef is koning.  Ons het so jaar lank in Luderitz gebly en nooit 'n tekort aan kreef gehad nie.  Ons het kreef vir voorgereg, hoofgereg en nagereg gehad.   :biggrin:

Ook gesukkel om kreef van die kant te vang met die kreef nette.  Wat ons later gedoen het was om 'n stuk bloudraad in 'n sirkel te vou, limpets deur geryg en aan die vislyn vas te maak.  So het ons die aas afgesak die water in.  Jy voel dan wanneer die kreef vreet, dan het ons die lyn stadig gelig tot hy amper die water breek, dan 'n vinnige pluk en siedaar.  Van die grootste krewe so uitgetrek.  'n Sykous met aas in werk ook lekker, want die kreef sit so half en half vas aan die sykous. 

Baie dankie vir die raad!  :thumleft: Ek gaan eers kyk of ek regkom met die tradisionele 'Crayfish pods' ,aar sou dit die keer sukkel gaan ek die sirkel metode prober. Ongelukkig geen sykouse maar ek hoor n lemoensakkie kan ook werk....(nie dat ek lemoen sakkies het  :imaposer: ) Sal maar moet improvise soos die ingelsman se!  :)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 30, 2014, 06:26:20 am
Ek sien jy lyk gelukkig.... jy moes net al die 'VERVALDE' flares uitgesoek het en laat waai het toe die skippie vertrek het..... daar was BAIE op Marion en ons het die skippie amper in 'n rookwolk laat verdwyn...  :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: alanB on September 30, 2014, 07:13:49 pm
En toe besluit ek vanmiddag om n lyn nat te maak, en alhoewel die water baie donker was en toestande nie so gunstig kry ek 2 snoeke (2 moes ek laat gaan want groter as so 4-5kg kan ek nie optrek, lyn sal breek en ek was alleen, kan nie 'rope gaf alleen gebruik nie)

Nice catch!  :thumleft:

What do you catch those with, bait or lures?

BTW been following your progress steadily, really looks like such a nice adventure.

Is anyone on the island going to post a newsletter?  Always enjoy reading those.  You get a great sense of team dynamics and characters and stuff from those.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 03, 2014, 01:27:50 am
En toe besluit ek vanmiddag om n lyn nat te maak, en alhoewel die water baie donker was en toestande nie so gunstig kry ek 2 snoeke (2 moes ek laat gaan want groter as so 4-5kg kan ek nie optrek, lyn sal breek en ek was alleen, kan nie 'rope gaf alleen gebruik nie)

Nice catch!  :thumleft:

What do you catch those with, bait or lures?

BTW been following your progress steadily, really looks like such a nice adventure.

Is anyone on the island going to post a newsletter?  Always enjoy reading those.  You get a great sense of team dynamics and characters and stuff from those.

Hi Alan

Yes there will be a Gough Bunting (Monthly Newsletter) and the challenge is to get it to SA as our internet is really bad. We even get days and weeks of not connection (still to come during raining Winter months). I have suggested today that we mail the bunting page by page and someone can combine the newsletter in SA once a month and the sent to all the e mails of interested parties.


I caught the snoek on Halco Max fishing lures. I have had great success last time around on them and my record still stands for 12 snoek during take over in 30 minutes from the shore with a fishing reel.

We also catch them later the year on life bait like real small five fingers on a float or macarell type of bait fish

I have also started to do a bit of crawfishing but the consecutive cold fronts has put an end to that and I only managed 1 thus far
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 03, 2014, 01:48:58 am
The Edinburg is fishing right in front of our base! Made radio contact with capt Clarens today..legend! 

I only got this 1 crayfish in my trap and a lot of reef fish :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 03, 2014, 01:50:28 am
Ek sien jy lyk gelukkig.... jy moes net al die 'VERVALDE' flares uitgesoek het en laat waai het toe die skippie vertrek het..... daar was BAIE op Marion en ons het die skippie amper in 'n rookwolk laat verdwyn...  :imaposer:

Daai 2 wat ek uitgeskiet het verval eers volg jaar April  :peepwall:
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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on October 03, 2014, 06:19:16 am
 :imaposer:

Ek dog die internette is nou al LAAAAANKAL uitgesort op die eilande, of is dit net SANAE wat weer voorkeur geniet.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Offshore on October 03, 2014, 09:45:31 am
Ek hoop jy het 'n lekker Vis Stok saamgevat Tom.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 05, 2014, 06:59:52 pm
:imaposer:

Ek dog die internette is nou al LAAAAANKAL uitgesort op die eilande, of is dit net SANAE wat weer voorkeur geniet.

Ja meneer, SANAE sin loop soos stroop en selfs Marion is 'ok erig' maar ons s'n is pateties......as dit reen is daar niks koms en dit reen gemideld 22 dae per maand hier. Ons radio man is terig op sy pos as n 'operateur' en hy wissel maar tussen HAM en werk  :imaposer:

Any one interested to contact us by HF: dAVID IS THE OPERATOR: Call sign ZD9A on channel 14.320   If you want to talk to me, ask for Tom, I would gladly talk to any HAM Operators
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 05, 2014, 07:03:15 pm
Ek hoop jy het 'n lekker Vis Stok saamgevat Tom.

My vriend, ek het 3 stoke gebring en dan een 'terug geclaim' wat ek hier gelos het vir die spanne 6 jaar gelede met katrol maar smaak my hulle het eenmaal prober, lyn opgedonder en stok opgehang  :imaposer: Pas skoongemaak en in droogkamer gesit. Glo my, ek het die naweek my gat afgewerk en nou eers kom sit met n glas wyn, as dit more mooiweer is gaan ek snoek seermaak; diekeer met ligte gerei  ;D
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Offshore on October 05, 2014, 07:16:24 pm
Lekker Tom, jy gaan lekker baljaar. Gooi Pics van jou Visse. :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Catchy on October 06, 2014, 07:56:26 pm
Hey Tom,

Today I had a call from " Oom Fritz" in Pretoria for some Halco lures for his friend on Gough Island, I just knew it had to be you.  :thumleft: Anyway, we doing our best to get the lures to you asap.  Happy fishing!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: JC on October 06, 2014, 09:18:00 pm
wat gebruik julle vir braai: hout/charcoal?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: MK on October 06, 2014, 09:21:44 pm
Jimmel hierdie threat lees so lekker soos 'n M&B. Ek gaan elke aand kom inloer vir die nuutste post. Hoe bevoorreg is julle nie om so geleentheid mee te maak nie. Voorspoed vir die jaar en moenie ophou post nie.   :sip:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 07, 2014, 05:23:06 pm
Hey Tom,

Today I had a call from " Oom Fritz" in Pretoria for some Halco lures for his friend on Gough Island, I just knew it had to be you.  :thumleft: Anyway, we doing our best to get the lures to you asap.  Happy fishing!

Wow, small world!! Fritz has been a friend and fishing instructor for many a year to me! Thank you so much!!  :laughing4: :thumleft:

I got this crayfish today.....and every one in the team is like; 'you going to eat that"??? More for me  :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 07, 2014, 05:26:23 pm
wat gebruik julle vir braai: hout/charcoal?

Ons het charcoal gekry, maar moet maar versugtig want n jaar is lank en ons hou baie van braai!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 07, 2014, 05:34:37 pm
Jimmel hierdie threat lees so lekker soos 'n M&B. Ek gaan elke aand kom inloer vir die nuutste post. Hoe bevoorreg is julle nie om so geleentheid mee te maak nie. Voorspoed vir die jaar en moenie ophou post nie.   :sip:

Baie dankie, ek voel geeerd en nederig deur almal se belangstelling!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: trevorwb on October 07, 2014, 06:37:08 pm
I wish I had a job like that.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on October 07, 2014, 07:45:24 pm
Ek gaan nie meer hier kyk nie.... ek is DIKBEK.... :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 08, 2014, 05:51:32 pm
Ek het toe maar oe toegeknyp en ipv 10 x lures (Halco Max_die beste lure op die mark na my mening want ek het tot Tuna in die Suidkus op diepsee gekry en die ander manne se stoke was stil asook shad van die kant af) 20 gekoop by Fritz Anglers paradise. Fritz net gelag en gese toemaar hy het extra bestel ek kan maar koop  :imaposer: Die man ken my te goed. Ons is vriende sedert 1990 toe hy nog sy winkel in Vanderhoff weg pta tuine gehad het. Een van die brandweermanne se vrouens het by hom gewerk, sy is later tragies oorlede in n motor ongeluk as ek reg onthou. Elkgeval....Fritz is n yster, kort van draad maar sout van die aarde. N Enduit pel vir my. So ja, hy maak n pakkie op soos ons hier gesels, en my dogter sal ook nog ietsie gaan inwurm in die pakkie voor die corier dit afvat Kaap toe waar dit van n ander vriend se huis na capt Clarens sal gaan. Kaptein van die wit skip genaamd die Edinburg.   :thumleft: Daarna sal die kaptein my roep op n mooi dag vroeg in November en dan sal die vissers bootjies hier onder na 'crane point gaan' waar die operateur my 40+ eter sal sak om te ontvang  :) n Pakkie wat n roadtrip gaan doen van oor die 2000km, n seevart (waarskynlik storms in die roaring 40's) van oor die 3000km en dan n klein boootjie die laaste 300meter. Man daai dag neem ek n foto en pos hom hier dat jul kan sien!  :deal: :thumleft:

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Offshore on October 08, 2014, 06:01:35 pm
So het elke Job maar sy beserings  ;D,bly jy geniet jou Seekos  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: 1ougat on October 09, 2014, 07:25:46 am
Ek het toe maar oe toegeknyp en ipv 10 x lures (Halco Max_die beste lure op die mark na my mening want ek het tot Tuna in die Suidkus op diepsee gekry en die ander manne se stoke was stil asook shad van die kant af) 20 gekoop by Fritz Anglers paradise. Fritz net gelag en gese toemaar hy het extra bestel ek kan maar koop  :imaposer: Die man ken my te goed. Ons is vriende sedert 1990 toe hy nog sy winkel in Vanderhoff weg pta tuine gehad het. Een van die brandweermanne se vrouens het by hom gewerk, sy is later tragies oorlede in n motor ongeluk as ek reg onthou. Elkgeval....Fritz is n yster, kort van draad maar sout van die aarde. N Enduit pel vir my. So ja, hy maak n pakkie op soos ons hier gesels, en my dogter sal ook nog ietsie gaan inwurm in die pakkie voor die corier dit afvat Kaap toe waar dit van n ander vriend se huis na capt Clarens sal gaan. Kaptein van die wit skip genaamd die Edinburg.   :thumleft: Daarna sal die kaptein my roep op n mooi dag vroeg in November en dan sal die vissers bootjies hier onder na 'crane point gaan' waar die operateur my 40+ eter sal sak om te ontvang  :) n Pakkie wat n roadtrip gaan doen van oor die 2000km, n seevart (waarskynlik storms in die roaring 40's) van oor die 3000km en dan n klein boootjie die laaste 300meter. Man daai dag neem ek n foto en pos hom hier dat jul kan sien!  :deal: :thumleft:



Hoe gereeld doen daar bote aan by die eiland? Gedog dit is net een keer n jaar ?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Jacobsroodt on October 09, 2014, 10:46:38 am
Met 1995 se oorname het ons gaan snoek trek by gat skuins onder die basis. Dit was die eerste (en laaste) keer in my lewe dat ek snoek van die land af gevang het. Dit het min of meer so gewerk:
1. werp jou lure so ver oor die water as wat jy kan.
2. neem 'n toutrek posisie in
3. katrol die handlyn in so vinnig as wat jy kan - gebruik liefs 'n handskoen want
4. dit voel skielik of die hoek aan 'n rots gehak het, maar dan moet jy eers trek want
5. 'n snoek het gedink dis kos, en teen 'n spoed aan die lure gehap - nou probeer hy terughou
6. trek! so hard jy kan. Deur die water sien jy 'n snoek wat 2m sirkels in die water maak soos hy veg teen die lyn.
7. Hys die snoek teen die rotse uit
8. Breek die snoek se nek deur met jou gumboot op die kop te staan. En gebruik 'n handskoen! Anders kry jy nooit die hoek uit die bek nie, eerder 'n graat deur jou hand!
9. Herhaal die proses vir nog 'n vangs.

Ek het so gelag. Een van die nuwe SA helpers van Gauteng het nie die deng verstaan nie. Al wat hy kon vang was jacopewers  :imaposer: Trek broer, trek het nie gehelp nie.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 09, 2014, 10:25:01 pm
Ek het toe maar oe toegeknyp en ipv 10 x lures (Halco Max_die beste lure op die mark na my mening want ek het tot Tuna in die Suidkus op diepsee gekry en die ander manne se stoke was stil asook shad van die kant af) 20 gekoop by Fritz Anglers paradise. Fritz net gelag en gese toemaar hy het extra bestel ek kan maar koop  :imaposer: Die man ken my te goed. Ons is vriende sedert 1990 toe hy nog sy winkel in Vanderhoff weg pta tuine gehad het. Een van die brandweermanne se vrouens het by hom gewerk, sy is later tragies oorlede in n motor ongeluk as ek reg onthou. Elkgeval....Fritz is n yster, kort van draad maar sout van die aarde. N Enduit pel vir my. So ja, hy maak n pakkie op soos ons hier gesels, en my dogter sal ook nog ietsie gaan inwurm in die pakkie voor die corier dit afvat Kaap toe waar dit van n ander vriend se huis na capt Clarens sal gaan. Kaptein van die wit skip genaamd die Edinburg.   :thumleft: Daarna sal die kaptein my roep op n mooi dag vroeg in November en dan sal die vissers bootjies hier onder na 'crane point gaan' waar die operateur my 40+ eter sal sak om te ontvang  :) n Pakkie wat n roadtrip gaan doen van oor die 2000km, n seevart (waarskynlik storms in die roaring 40's) van oor die 3000km en dan n klein boootjie die laaste 300meter. Man daai dag neem ek n foto en pos hom hier dat jul kan sien!  :deal: :thumleft:



Hoe gereeld doen daar bote aan by die eiland? Gedog dit is net een keer n jaar ?

Die Edinburgh kom 3 x per jaar. Sy wasnou hier tydens die take over en het 4 dae na die Aguls geseil het gevolg. Ek dink  was lank voor die Aguhas 2 in die Kaap wa die Agulhas 2 moes eers cargo vlieg na Nightigale eiland om Tristanmense wat nou daar n 2e huisie of eerder hut wil osit) en daarna 3 dae by Tristan om nog 150 loads af te laai voor hul terug ge'idle het na Kaapstad. Die problem met die groot skepe s dat hul baie diesel brand en die kapteins kry slae by 'Smith amandla marine". So  dis n geval van 'slow sailing all the way'

Di e Edinburgh kom dan hier ongeveer die 10e November vir so 3 weke en dan kom sy weer Laat Janury as ek reg onthou tot middle February.

Sy het hr eie crayfish fabriek aan boord en die manne maal. Ek praateereens onder korreksie maar die daaglikese running cost is nader aan R30K n dag. So dinkvir julself hoekom is die crayfish so bleddie duur! Ek vreetie goed vir ontbyt :) :drif:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 09, 2014, 10:30:00 pm
Met 1995 se oorname het ons gaan snoek trek by gat skuins onder die basis. Dit was die eerste (en laaste) keer in my lewe dat ek snoek van die land af gevang het. Dit het min of meer so gewerk:
1. werp jou lure so ver oor die water as wat jy kan.
2. neem 'n toutrek posisie in
3. katrol die handlyn in so vinnig as wat jy kan - gebruik liefs 'n handskoen want
4. dit voel skielik of die hoek aan 'n rots gehak het, maar dan moet jy eers trek want
5. 'n snoek het gedink dis kos, en teen 'n spoed aan die lure gehap - nou probeer hy terughou
6. trek! so hard jy kan. Deur die water sien jy 'n snoek wat 2m sirkels in die water maak soos hy veg teen die lyn.
7. Hys die snoek teen die rotse uit
8. Breek die snoek se nek deur met jou gumboot op die kop te staan. En gebruik 'n handskoen! Anders kry jy nooit die hoek uit die bek nie, eerder 'n graat deur jou hand!
9. Herhaal die proses vir nog 'n vangs.

Ek het so gelag. Een van die nuwe SA helpers van Gauteng het nie die deng verstaan nie. Al wat hy kon vang was jacopewers  :imaposer: Trek broer, trek het nie gehelp nie.

Presies net so!  :imaposer:

Ek genieook handlyn so af en toe maar dis lekkerder gevoel op stok en katrol. Ek et vaiddag gou in my etenstyd 3 snoek met stok gevang maar die 3e bogger het my ore aangesit en is vort met my 'lure'  :imaposer: Dit was  bulletjie, baie lyn gevat en toe die diepduik trick hier langs die kant. Net toe e die sliding gaf gereed het breek sy die lyn (teen lava rotse deurgeskuur)  :patch:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 09, 2014, 10:36:04 pm
Hier is di eerste knap:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on October 10, 2014, 08:11:35 am
Daai SMILE se alles.  'n relaxed ou Tom.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: oldmannorman on October 10, 2014, 08:48:24 am
 :sip:     Enjoying the tag along.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Jacobsroodt on October 16, 2014, 11:01:46 am

Presies net so!  :imaposer:

Ek genieook handlyn so af en toe maar dis lekkerder gevoel op stok en katrol. Ek et vaiddag gou in my etenstyd 3 snoek met stok gevang maar die 3e bogger het my ore aangesit en is vort met my 'lure'  :imaposer: Dit was  bulletjie, baie lyn gevat en toe die diepduik trick hier langs die kant. Net toe e die sliding gaf gereed het breek sy die lyn (teen lava rotse deurgeskuur)  :patch:

Daardie snoek swem homself seker nou moeg aan agter die vissie voor hom wat net nie wil naderkom nie☺
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 17, 2014, 11:51:59 am

Presies net so!  :imaposer:

Ek genieook handlyn so af en toe maar dis lekkerder gevoel op stok en katrol. Ek et vaiddag gou in my etenstyd 3 snoek met stok gevang maar die 3e bogger het my ore aangesit en is vort met my 'lure'  :imaposer: Dit was  bulletjie, baie lyn gevat en toe die diepduik trick hier langs die kant. Net toe e die sliding gaf gereed het breek sy die lyn (teen lava rotse deurgeskuur)  :patch:

Daardie snoek swem homself seker nou moeg aan agter die vissie voor hom wat net nie wil naderkom nie☺

 :imaposer:  Net so!!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 17, 2014, 11:56:13 am
 ;D
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 17, 2014, 11:58:39 am
 :)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on October 17, 2014, 11:59:27 am
Wat is daai ?  Sooties
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 17, 2014, 12:01:12 pm
Ek kon nie baboon rock kry nie  :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on October 17, 2014, 12:01:55 pm
Dive bomber... die bliksems is nie bang nie
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 17, 2014, 12:02:58 pm
Wat is daai ?  Sooties

Yellow nose Albatross - Bekend as 'Molly'

(Baie dieselde as die 'Grey headed albatross' wat ons op Marion gehad het :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on October 17, 2014, 12:05:17 pm
Ah.. dis wat ek aan gedink het.

Passop maar vir daai Skua's
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 17, 2014, 12:05:40 pm
Dive bomber... die bliksems is nie bang nie

Ja Scua is seker die harde seevoel - ek het n foto van n baba, gou oplaai
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 17, 2014, 12:08:31 pm
 :o
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 17, 2014, 12:48:22 pm
 :)

Was going through my album this morning and realized I havent been down to the penguin colony yet.
One more photo during take over of the chopper doing sling work and another clear picture from the base and shoreline
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 20, 2014, 10:19:56 pm
 :spitcoffee:

Marion 63 en Gough 54
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Vis Arend on October 21, 2014, 07:14:36 am
Is dit teen die wet om te skeer op die eilande?   :lol8:   
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mikie on October 21, 2014, 07:39:41 am
Thats a lot of very hairy folks, very Ginger too  :peepwall:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Wooly Bugger on October 21, 2014, 12:51:14 pm
nice peechars, Tom!
what camera do you have?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 22, 2014, 03:52:33 pm
Is dit teen die wet om te skeer op die eilande?   :lol8:   

Tradisie om die eerste keer die hare te laat groei, maar ek nou moeg vir die boskasie storie en die jaar hou ek baard lank maar hare netjies en kort soos ek daarvan hou  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 22, 2014, 03:54:23 pm
nice peechars, Tom!
what camera do you have?

I am using a Nikon 3100. Just a basic Slr but seems I got the settings now more or less under control
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Wooly Bugger on October 22, 2014, 04:15:01 pm
nice peechars, Tom!
what camera do you have?

I am using a Nikon 3100. Just a basic Slr but seems I got the settings now more or less under control

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 27, 2014, 11:28:31 pm
I have been doing a bit of penguin counting, assisted the fieldworkers as we always did on Marion with either seal weighing, penguin weigh and counting and even went through penguin diet samples.

Here are some pictures:

Kobus hier is jou Sootie Albatross!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 27, 2014, 11:33:41 pm
Must say tumble down beach is one of the most beautiful I have ever set on. You got to be physically strong enough to go down there in order to be able to get back up again as you can only use your legs sort of to rest. About 30meters of rope climbing with your arms

Here is a few more pictures, even a Sea Elephant!

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 27, 2014, 11:43:25 pm
 :thumleft: Die ou lyk soos n ou biker  :peepwall:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 28, 2014, 12:17:16 am
One great Island - real great to be here!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 28, 2014, 12:20:39 am
Ok nou is dit slaaptyd  :hello:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on October 28, 2014, 11:58:24 am
@TVB

"Die ou lyk soos n ou biker "

 :imaposer:  Ja, veral met die Helmet-hare. 
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on October 28, 2014, 01:52:07 pm
@TVB

"Die ou lyk soos n ou biker "

 :imaposer:  Ja, veral met die Helmet-hare.  

Ek stem 'Mev Vis Arend', ons moet dalk iemand kry on n bike in te edit onder daai Pikewyn  :imaposer:
Die Pikewyne lyk so quite  cute soos teddy beere, maar hulle is lekker geniepsig en kan mens soms stukkend byt!  :o

PS: Edit misspell  :)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Rodlau on November 02, 2014, 12:47:45 pm
Hi. I am absolutely fascinated by this island. Are there perlemoen there?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 02, 2014, 02:59:43 pm
Hi. I am absolutely fascinated by this island. Are there perlemoen there?

Yes it is quite an interesting place! Perlemoen I'm sure must be here, although we are not allowed to dive anymore so researchers will eventually over a period of time make more discoveries as there has been a French team of divers here some recent years back and they have discovered a lot of unnamed species..... This is like virgin waters and only the ship by name the 'Edinburgh is allowed to fish here 3 x a year for crayfish and line fish and they mostly target 'bluefish' which is one hell of a bonus to catch from the shore. I still need mine and I will keep trying! Still a bit too much work now and I haven't spent nearly as much time as I would have wanted fishing, but soon I trust that will change.

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 02, 2014, 03:06:05 pm
We had our first Birthday for the year and I had to cater for it. What we did in the beginning of the expedition was to put all the names in a hat and to draw one; You are then responsible to cater, to make a present etc. That includes the cake and the theme! Great fun and high spirits!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Rodlau on November 06, 2014, 10:32:03 pm
You have had enough jollying, fishing and eating Kreef.  How about some more pictures and some more details/info on the island.   :pot:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 06, 2014, 11:59:25 pm
Rodlau you have made a good point  :thumleft: I will update as soon as I had some time again to go out with the field workers on a trip. I have been rather busy with reports and had to do some fault finding on one of our generators as well as a cold room. Things can easily or rather quickly change here and some lazy days can quickly be changed and filled with a bit of drama with regards to maintenance work.

We are also expecting the Edinburgh (ship) here in a weeks time with a few guests from Tristan da Cunha Island. They are comming to assist us with the satellite communication system, and to also do a bit of their own research and also delivering some parts for us so that we can get that generator up and running again. We only have 3 generators, 2 x 120kva and 1 x 150kva backup unit. Not good if you need to make use of a backup unit so early into the expedition but we will get it sorted.

Once the 'dust settles' I will update again with a bit more info on the island and nice 'fresh' photos!  :)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on November 07, 2014, 07:37:32 am
'KYK' daai generator reg...  :pot: :peepwall:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Jacobsroodt on November 07, 2014, 09:32:35 am
Must say tumble down beach is one of the most beautiful I have ever set on. You got to be physically strong enough to go down there in order to be able to get back up again as you can only use your legs sort of to rest. About 30meters of rope climbing with your arms

Here is a few more pictures, even a Sea Elephant!

Die strandjie is 'n wonderlike plek. Ek is saam met Marthan Bester daar af om genetiese materiaal van robbe te kry. 'n Sirkeltjie se vel en vleis uit die voorfin se sagte vleisies... Moet net nie dat hulle jou raakhap terwyl jy hulle aan die stert laat hang nie - hou hulle maar ver van die lyf af☺.
Gelukkig is die graspolle stewig geanker - jy kan maar trap en vashou - hulle gaan nerens nie.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 07, 2014, 02:51:48 pm
'KYK' daai generator reg...  :pot: :peepwall:


 :spitcoffee: Arme Oompie', miskien moet ek hom mail en vra waar ek moet 'kyk'  ;D
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 07, 2014, 02:55:59 pm
Must say tumble down beach is one of the most beautiful I have ever set on. You got to be physically strong enough to go down there in order to be able to get back up again as you can only use your legs sort of to rest. About 30meters of rope climbing with your arms

Here is a few more pictures, even a Sea Elephant!

Die strandjie is 'n wonderlike plek. Ek is saam met Marthan Bester daar af om genetiese materiaal van robbe te kry. 'n Sirkeltjie se vel en vleis uit die voorfin se sagte vleisies... Moet net nie dat hulle jou raakhap terwyl jy hulle aan die stert laat hang nie - hou hulle maar ver van die lyf af☺.
Gelukkig is die graspolle stewig geanker - jy kan maar trap en vashou - hulle gaan nerens nie.

Regtig n besondere strandjie en die prof is net so n 'yaster' van n mens! Hy het respek verdien deur: 'lead by example'
Ouderdom is egter n bliksem en dit begin nou wys, so ook wys dit aan John Cooper....wie ken en onthou nog vir John Cooper?
Se wat mens wil, hy kan n pyn en n half wees op enige dag want die woord groen word totaal verkrag maar die man het ook ongelooflike goeie werk gedoen en is steeds op spoed!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Rodlau on November 17, 2014, 06:39:38 pm
I guess that the generator is buggered good and proper, cause there been no communication for 10 whole days.  :pot:

A pity cause I was looking forward to a few photos of bird life, flora and maybe a snoek or two.

Looks like our tax money is being earned by the folks down there, and it not one great big jol.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Herklaas on November 17, 2014, 08:21:48 pm
You have had enough jollying, fishing and eating Kreef.  How about some more pictures and some more details/info on the island.   :pot:

 :sip: Ja nee TVB, jy het 'n ding begin, die manne/ anties gaan jou besig hou, hulle is nuuskierig en jy sal moet supply. :3some:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 17, 2014, 11:00:40 pm
I guess that the generator is buggered good and proper, cause there been no communication for 10 whole days.  :pot:

A pity cause I was looking forward to a few photos of bird life, flora and maybe a snoek or two.

Looks like our tax money is being earned by the folks down there, and it not one great big jol.

 :spitcoffee: Ok ok, I got a couple of nice pictures to share!

This is the Gough Bunting, you will find it nowhere else in the World. Unbelievable to know she only exists on a remote island in the middle of the South Atlantic! Isn't she stunning?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 17, 2014, 11:08:22 pm
You have had enough jollying, fishing and eating Kreef.  How about some more pictures and some more details/info on the island.   :pot:

 :sip: Ja nee TVB, jy het 'n ding begin, die manne/ anties gaan jou besig hou, hulle is nuuskierig en jy sal moet supply. :3some:

Ind die k@k: De AG Visser  :imaposer:

This is my favourate, the Kergeulen Tern and also known as the 'King Bird' around Tristan Da Cunha Island.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: KiLRoy on November 17, 2014, 11:09:00 pm
Beautiful and amazing to think :thumleft:
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Post by: TVB on November 17, 2014, 11:13:28 pm
This is known as the 'Nodi' but I don't have more info on it being a medic, I will however try to get more info from the fieldworkers and update at some stage!
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Post by: TVB on November 17, 2014, 11:17:28 pm
One of the great predators, they are visious and will even take other birds on in flight!

Skua!!  :laughing4:

Look how the mom (or dad) is hugging this one. They are very difficult to know apart...even the scientists struggle to know male from female
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 17, 2014, 11:25:10 pm
Beautiful and amazing to think :thumleft:

Indeed!  :thumleft:

Lastly the stunning Yellow nose Albatross. I will soon go up the Mountain to photograph the Tristan Albatross which is very similar to the Wandering Albatross! They are HUGE!!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 17, 2014, 11:39:23 pm
To end this with a bang! I have cought this 2 x giant yellow tail at Tristan Da Cunha Island from the SA Agulhas in October 2009 with a 55kg breaking strain hand line!  :laughing4:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 17, 2014, 11:43:31 pm
The Edinburgh will be here tomorrow late afternoon with parts for our generator, new water trap and filters etc. A couple of us are also expecting some parcels - we had the opportunity to buy some stuff for our self and I got some fishing lures etc! Can't wait and will as soon as possible update with photos as this is also quite interesting in 'how we do it' (use the crane etc)

Cheers for now!  :thumleft: :)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: DirtyHarry on November 18, 2014, 01:34:14 am
Sounds like a great adventure. I hope you are enjoying every minute.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: BlueBull2007 on November 18, 2014, 02:08:51 am
This is my favourate, the Kergeulen Tern and also known as the 'King Bird' around Tristan Da Cunha Island.

I have seen these birds here on the Pacific coast of South America too.

Great to see you having a good time Tom. You´re looking very happy too! :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on November 18, 2014, 07:44:04 am
Jy post die mooiste fotos, dankie.

Die babatjie wag ge-hug word is baie spesiaal.  Dit maak mens se hart sommer warm. 
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Offshore on November 18, 2014, 08:03:22 am
Lekker Tom. Daai laaste Foto van die Geelsterte is 'n wenner!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: MickeyT on November 18, 2014, 09:22:29 am
Hierdie avontuur van julle nou net raakgelees  :drif: :drif:

Kan nie wag vir die volgende post nie!  Sterkte daar en geniet!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mr Zog on November 18, 2014, 12:30:57 pm
Lekker Tom  :thumleft:


when you said you were going to post pics of birds I of course thought that you had taken pics of the female members of the team  :peepwall:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 18, 2014, 04:42:28 pm
Lekker Tom  :thumleft:


when you said you were going to post pics of birds I of course thought that you had taken pics of the female members of the team  :peepwall:

 :spitcoffee: Funny man  :)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on November 18, 2014, 06:22:02 pm
Tom gaan Manon Ossevoort haar trip daar naby julle begin?

http://www.myfarmlife.com/first-gear/massey-to-the-south-pole-part-ii/ (http://www.myfarmlife.com/first-gear/massey-to-the-south-pole-part-ii/)

http://blog.agcocorp.com/tag/manon-ossevoort/ (http://blog.agcocorp.com/tag/manon-ossevoort/)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 18, 2014, 06:53:14 pm
Tom gaan Manon Ossevoort haar trip daar naby julle begin?

http://www.myfarmlife.com/first-gear/massey-to-the-south-pole-part-ii/ (http://www.myfarmlife.com/first-gear/massey-to-the-south-pole-part-ii/)

http://blog.agcocorp.com/tag/manon-ossevoort/ (http://blog.agcocorp.com/tag/manon-ossevoort/)

Hallo Chris

Ek het juis die anderdag n artikel raakgelees op 'iol motoring.za' en gewonder wat die trip besonderhede sal wees.
Die SA Agulhas 2 vertrek juis as ek dit reg het in die omgewing van die 2e Desember na Antarctica toe.
Sover het ek egter nog niks gehoor nie en moet se ons sit natuurlik heeltemal 'off course' van die skeepsroete.
Die vraag is dan eerder vanwaar sy sal begin en ek glo nie dit sal van die Suid Afrikaanse Arctic basis wees nie aangesien ons nie meer gebruik maak van die Camof helikopter wat 5 ton kan lig en sodoende n trekker aan wal kan bring en ons mag ooknie meer n 'ramp in the Ice wall of edge' maak nie.
Ek dink dus sy sal op n ander ekspedisie wees
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on November 18, 2014, 07:00:55 pm
Reken die manne met die dik brille by Massey het gou gespring vir die idee aangesien hulle masjienerie aan Sir Edmund H ook verskaf het
lank terug.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Rodlau on November 18, 2014, 11:03:16 pm
Thanks very much. Your photos are outstanding. I often wonder how those land based birds got there in the first place.

Are there any indigenous land animals there such as mammals, reptiles and insects.  I guess you got to be very careful that you don't import horrors like poisonous goggas and the like. After the cat buggerup of a few years ago I suppose things are strict.

Do you guys have any pets, watch dogs not necessary I suppose, but what about say a budgie. 

Is all your electricity generator sourced or do you have solar or wind power.

I really don't know how you can concentrate on work with such prestine fishing conditions.  One can only dream, so I will make the most of Rust de Winter dam.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 19, 2014, 01:53:48 am
Thanks very much. Your photos are outstanding. I often wonder how those land based birds got there in the first place.

Are there any indigenous land animals there such as mammals, reptiles and insects.  I guess you got to be very careful that you don't import horrors like poisonous goggas and the like. After the cat buggerup of a few years ago I suppose things are strict.

Do you guys have any pets, watch dogs not necessary I suppose, but what about say a budgie. 

Is all your electricity generator sourced or do you have solar or wind power.

I really don't know how you can concentrate on work with such prestine fishing conditions.  One can only dream, so I will make the most of Rust de Winter dam.

There are luckily no reptiles - not that I dislike them but on a remote site like this the last thing you need is a bite from a poisoness snake!  :o
There is no indigenous land animals but a few insects although nothing extraordinary. Only and unfortunately flies (I can not recall that we had any flies at Marion Island but Kobus can correct me here) and just one spider species which is not poisoness and actually very scares. What makes Gough quite unique is that it do get quite cold here with snow (although not nearly as much snow as on Marion) but the summer (Summer just started and it will get cold around March again) can be warm - we had 19 degrees yesterday and it was close to 100% in humidity! We should see Summer temperatures up to 26 degree Celsius. There are very little insects here, and they are hard to spot as well.

We have unfortunately introduced an alien plant by the name sagina from Marion Island, and big money was already spent and they are still working hard to eradicate it. We have even a dedicated team member just fighting sagina and also doing rope work with herbicides (abseil to get to the plants) in a desperate attempt to get rid of this. 

The last day on the ship before we get flown over is a boot washing ceremony where all velcro and boots and clothing get inspected and washed to get rid of seeds etc. Al containers get treated by aerosol poison just to prevent any insects or eggs on the Island.

No pets allowed, not even a fur seal. There was years back a seal by the name of 'spotty' on Marion Island, till one team member tried to play with the 'wrong Spotty' and got bitten badly! The Environmental rules are extreme and one can easily get banned from all future projects if you step out of line. That is why I still need to be strong for another 1 and a half week before I will be allowed to fish again due to quarantined area that has been treated with herbicides.

The cat buggerup at Marion was quite stupid. It was introduced to get the mouse plaque under control. Why will a cat catch a mouse if it can just eat seabirds and penguin babies? Took them years and SA Special forces to cull the wild ones that could not be trapped.

The generation of electricity is lifting a lot of eyebrows as all the sub arctic Islands are still running only on diesel generators. There have been proposed models of wind generators etc and my year on Marion Woody1 (Kobus) and I got flown to a site to remove a damaged wind generator which was burned completely out as the gusts are just too strong. The other challenge is the birds that got caught by the blades......so I know the French on Kergeulen Island and other have been experimenting with various ideas, but there are still no answer on 'clean or green energy'. Not enough sunshine also for solar system, especially during Winter when it rain upto 22 days a month. 

I have received my parcel today from the Edinburgh and there was even a couple of circle hooks which I will try on the mighty Blue fish which we just cant land as they either come loose, break the line on the rocks etc. I have been fishing for many years but that is one species I would like to catch! Also the Whit Steenbra (different to the ones we know on the West coast especially in Namibia) and also the 'funny fish'. I will try to scan and post a photo at some stage.

Thanks to all for the interest in Gough Island!
Cheers
Tom :thumleft:

PS: Nothing wrong with Rust de Winter dam! I would like to do some fishing there one day when I'm back!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Offshore on November 19, 2014, 08:08:28 am
The Bluefish you are talking about, is it Shad?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 19, 2014, 12:23:35 pm
The Bluefish you are talking about, is it Shad?

No, it is also called Southern Butterfish if I am not mistaken. It is rather big, although they hardly grow longer than a meter they are huge and a small one is considered 10kg. I have seen a couple in the 20kg+ range but not from the shore though, as they favor water deeper than 80 meter
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Doringboom on November 19, 2014, 02:55:03 pm
Hallo Tom!

Baie dankie vir jou beskrywings van julle eilandlewe en veral vir jou mooi en interessante foto's :thumleft:

Groete

(Die V-Strom loop nog punt-in-die-wind :ricky: Hy het 2 weke gelede sy 1000km diens gehad en hy is nou reg vir 'n langpad. Ek hoop om vir my Kersfees-en-Nuwejaar verloffie die Pretoria - Upington - Pretoria pad te vat met hom!)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: m0lt3n on November 19, 2014, 03:27:12 pm
lekker thread die TVB. Dankie dat jy jou ervarings en kennis en fotos deel
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 19, 2014, 04:47:28 pm
lekker thread die TVB. Dankie dat jy jou ervarings en kennis en fotos deel

Jy is welkom mater!

Here a couple of pics quickly taken yesterday when the Edinburgh arrived!

Look how close to the Island this big ships can anchor in the second photo, ok the photo is not taken from the shore but its less than 50m!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 19, 2014, 04:53:46 pm
We got nice pressies from Tristan da Cunha Island. Some home made wool beanies, some fruit cakes, banana bread and home made crisps as well (beats our well known chips in SA for sure) I also got 18 beers from a friend on Tristan, and each got a field guide

My parcel from Fritz anglers paradise in Pretoria (with some extras from my kids) also arrived after a journey of over 5000km!
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Post by: TVB on November 19, 2014, 04:58:59 pm
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 19, 2014, 05:01:18 pm
All for now!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: DRAZIL on November 19, 2014, 05:16:56 pm
enjoying this :thumleft: especially the angling  :thumleft: :thumleft:
thanks
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 19, 2014, 06:17:12 pm
Just wanted to add a picture of the waterfall that is quite close to our home, nice pool to swim during the warmer part of the year!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: BlueBull2007 on November 20, 2014, 04:53:30 am
Any caves on the island? Looks like there is some great kloofing.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Rodlau on November 20, 2014, 07:34:43 am
Thanks for all the info.  I really do, and I am sure a lot of others, appreciate the trouble you have taken so far.

  I really am pleased to hear about the extreme caution taken to keep the island "original".  pity the RSA population don't do the same with plastic bags and cool drink cans. 

Those circle hooks are brilliant. Hope you put them to good use.

There must be some killer wind down there to wreck a wind turbine. Those turbines in the North Sea take a beating. Seems crazy not to use wind turbines, batteries, etc for electricity, but then I suppose you need lots of Amps to keep all the goodies going.

Keep putting up the photos. By the time you get back you will probably think the Karoo is is the moon by way of vegetation.

Now I'm off to a client and to tackle the traffic. I bet you missing the taxis.   :D
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: DawieNel on November 20, 2014, 08:57:09 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: oldmannorman on November 20, 2014, 11:52:48 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 20, 2014, 12:56:49 pm
Any caves on the island? Looks like there is some great kloofing.

Quite a lot and there are several thousands of birds that breeds in burrows or in the caves. The bird go by the name of: 'pryon's' and they are making the most beautiful sounds (spooky) during the night. The caves are however with good reason out of bound for any other than the field workers (biologists) who are trained to enter and to preserve - very dangerous are there is huge drop offs etc.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Jacobsroodt on November 20, 2014, 01:09:51 pm
Hier is 'n boek wat jy moet lees om die invloed van vreemde spesies te verstaan. Dit vertel onder andere hoe erdwurms wat onwetend na Amerika geneem is die koers van die wereld vir altyd verander het. Jy kan die audioboek as torrent van die internet aflaai.

http://www.amazon.com/1493-Uncovering-World-Columbus-Created-ebook/dp/B004G606EY (http://www.amazon.com/1493-Uncovering-World-Columbus-Created-ebook/dp/B004G606EY)

From the author of 1491—the best-selling study of the pre-Columbian Americas—a deeply engaging new history of the most momentous biological event since the death of the dinosaurs.

More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed radically different suites of plants and animals. When Christopher Columbus set foot in the Americas, he ended that separation at a stroke. Driven by the economic goal of establishing trade with China, he accidentally set off an ecological convulsion as European vessels carried thousands of species to new homes across the oceans.

The Columbian Exchange, as researchers call it, is the reason there are tomatoes in Italy, oranges in Florida, chocolates in Switzerland, and chili peppers in Thailand. More important, creatures the colonists knew nothing about hitched along for the ride. Earthworms, mosquitoes, and cockroaches; honeybees, dandelions, and African grasses; bacteria, fungi, and viruses; rats of every description—all of them rushed like eager tourists into lands that had never seen their like before, changing lives and landscapes across the planet.

Eight decades after Columbus, a Spaniard named Legazpi succeeded where Columbus had failed. He sailed west to establish continual trade with China, then the richest, most powerful country in the world. In Manila, a city Legazpi founded, silver from the Americas, mined by African and Indian slaves, was sold to Asians in return for silk for Europeans. It was the first time that goods and people from every corner of the globe were connected in a single worldwide exchange. Much as Columbus created a new world biologically, Legazpi and the Spanish empire he served created a new world economically.

As Charles C. Mann shows, the Columbian Exchange underlies much of subsequent human history. Presenting the latest research by ecologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians, Mann shows how the creation of this worldwide network of ecological and economic exchange fostered the rise of Europe, devastated imperial China, convulsed Africa, and for two centuries made Mexico City—where Asia, Europe, and the new frontier of the Americas dynamically interacted—the center of the world. In such encounters, he uncovers the germ of today’s fiercest political disputes, from immigration to trade policy to culture wars.

In 1493, Charles Mann gives us an eye-opening scientific interpretation of our past, unequaled in its authority and fascination.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 20, 2014, 01:35:54 pm
A very good read Jacobsroodt, the one scientist here is actually sharing a lot of this info with us as she is in charge of the sagina eradication project this year. Yes the world was changed once and forever as the great discoverers went on their missions. Imagine what Africa would be like today if it wasn't for colonization. The Pigmies in the formare Zaire (Congo) ( Pigmies I refer to as little short people and also known as the Effe people [afrikaans:stamnaam] ) would still been haunting elephant with their asegai and mashettis and the rain forest of Uganda would still have excised just like the neighboring Congo's forest is vanishing. No Cariba or Cahora bassa....a lot of things would have been different. But man is the meanest predator walking earth and ever so selfish - even in little ways.

Got almost carried away! thanks for posting this Jacobsroodt  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 20, 2014, 02:57:17 pm
Thanks for all the info.  I really do, and I am sure a lot of others, appreciate the trouble you have taken so far.

  I really am pleased to hear about the extreme caution taken to keep the island "original".  pity the RSA population don't do the same with plastic bags and cool drink cans. 

Those circle hooks are brilliant. Hope you put them to good use.

There must be some killer wind down there to wreck a wind turbine. Those turbines in the North Sea take a beating. Seems crazy not to use wind turbines, batteries, etc for electricity, but then I suppose you need lots of Amps to keep all the goodies going.

Keep putting up the photos. By the time you get back you will probably think the Karoo is is the moon by way of vegetation.

Now I'm off to a client and to tackle the traffic. I bet you missing the taxis.   :D

The wind is not constant but we have gusts sometimes in excess of 200km/h. However, there is now build in technology to prevent this from happening with the new generation wind turbines but problems are:
a) Gough is a British Island and the SA Government will not invest on British turf.
b) Gough is a world Heritage site and part of that a few rules that can't be changed eg: 'No permanent structures is allowed to be erected other than on already the exciting foundation/platform - to add here, the base is in a sad state - completely bad condition and there is no conclusion yet as to when and if this base will be replaced any time soon. The are other possibilities of generating electricity as well but then they reason that they cant put permanent structures on or they will need for instance battery packs etc and the battery argument especially with regards to disposal is ongoing all over the 'green show'
c) If you change from the simple tried and tested diesel generator to something else you sit with a new dilemma: Marion Island was always just a relatively small maintenance team but ever since the new modern base was build the team has grown and an additional electrician and electrical engineer now added to the team and they cant even keep up as PWD needs to do maintenance and has already asked now for extended time to sort out a few niggles. The PWD team is public works and they is contracted to do maintenance over or during takeover periods.
Now bigger team means more money on salary and the extras per person such as food per year, clothes (currently your outfit will cost the tax payer R20K for just the clothing and there are 3 expeditions: Marion, Gough and Antarctica)
BUT: Apart from this also additional training required to train the exhibitionists before they can board the ship! Also train 3 x teams a year and hardly youll see someone like me returning to do another trip especially to the same Island simply because of family life.

There are more to this, but I trust you get the point
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 21, 2014, 12:01:42 am
Ok the scientists are busy with night birding and they got a nice Prion which they have measured up just now.
Bill size, wings etc
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on November 24, 2014, 03:15:10 pm
Great reading this. I have wanted to visit the Southern Ocean Islands for a long time.
Enjoy your stay, and keep warm.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 24, 2014, 06:42:59 pm
Great reading this. I have wanted to visit the Southern Ocean Islands for a long time.
Enjoy your stay, and keep warm.

Thanks Doc! It is still not too late to apply for a voyage doctor and just come down on the ship for a month return trip!!
I am sure they will conciser you - biggest issues are people that get sea sic on the ship and maybe suturing up a wound
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on November 24, 2014, 09:20:48 pm
Thanks. Sea sick? I can take lots of paper bags, some needles and thread, may I give them your name as a referee?

Sounds good and perhaps I shall do that.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 25, 2014, 12:13:30 am
Thanks. Sea sick? I can take lots of paper bags, some needles and thread, may I give them your name as a referee?

Sounds good and perhaps I shall do that.

Doc, once you have recovered pm me and I can give you all the contact details. The well known dr Green (TV Shows and Radio) is the doc to work through. A very pleasant man, passionate about the program and he has also done take over trips and still do. Age is not an issue, only a fair level of fitness as far as I know. Who knows, you might still sail the South Atlantic!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on November 25, 2014, 07:59:07 am
I shall do that, thank you.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on November 25, 2014, 11:24:53 am
One of the great predators, they are visious and will even take other birds on in flight!

Skua!!  :laughing4:

Look how the mom (or dad) is hugging this one. They are very difficult to know apart...even the scientists struggle to know male from female

That skua seems to be sitting on a cycad (broodboom)?

Nice experience which you seem to be use to, Tom.  I know that South Africa has a lease agreement regarding Gough and part of our commitment is to do the run to Tristan.  That is one of the reasons why they get preferential treatment.  Many years ago when I started in Foreign Affairs I was the desk officer dealing with, among others, Antarctica which included the islands.  All your activities brong back fond memories.  Ironically, my dealings with Antarctica took me much further north than I ever travelled south (visited Svalbard during an Antarctic Treaty meeting in Norway with the officials from the Antarctic management team).  Anything green and ecological are very high on the agenda of these programmes and the countries are doing their best to out do each other.  It is also a matter of prestige, apart from the scientific reasons.

Enjoy your stay and with all those yellow tails and snoek you will have no shortage of omega 3 fatty acids.  Good for the ticker...
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 25, 2014, 02:16:38 pm
One of the great predators, they are visious and will even take other birds on in flight!

Skua!!  :laughing4:

Look how the mom (or dad) is hugging this one. They are very difficult to know apart...even the scientists struggle to know male from female

That skua seems to be sitting on a cycad (broodboom)?

Nice experience which you seem to be use to, Tom.  I know that South Africa has a lease agreement regarding Gough and part of our commitment is to do the run to Tristan.  That is one of the reasons why they get preferential treatment.  Many years ago when I started in Foreign Affairs I was the desk officer dealing with, among others, Antarctica which included the islands.  All your activities brong back fond memories.  Ironically, my dealings with Antarctica took me much further north than I ever travelled south (visited Svalbard during an Antarctic Treaty meeting in Norway with the officials from the Antarctic management team).  Anything green and ecological are very high on the agenda of these programmes and the countries are doing their best to out do each other.  It is also a matter of prestige, apart from the scientific reasons.

Enjoy your stay and with all those yellow tails and snoek you will have no shortage of omega 3 fatty acids.  Good for the ticker...

Hello Copernicus

It is indeed a cicad; 'Blechnum palmiforme bog fern'  :thumleft:

Yes the original lease between SA and Tristand was a peppercorn a year, but the bookkeepers found it difficult and then the agreement of the assistance to haul cargo on the SA Agulhas as well as passangers to and through SA.

Indeed a very interesting history and you know what I said after reaching Tristan da Cunha Island in 2008 and then a few days later Gough Island? I said; 'No I have lived'
I felt so contend and everything was just sort of complete. However, one mans Paradise is the next man hell as many hate and regret signing up. That is however people who just cant deal with isolation. Come to think of it; no cars, taxis, trucks or bikes, no strangers, no shops and no rush.......what you can't do today can wait for tomorrow (except now your work which really is not that hard - takeovers and month ends are a bit rough, but the rest is just plain sailing)
Clean air, breathtaking scenery....fishing if you love doing that like me (only on Gough though)

Not all Moonlight and Roses though!
The only challenge (and quite a burden) can be team members which are not 'team players'. Now take this from me; every team will at least have one that either try to make life difficult for the team or that will withdraw. No matter how hard they try to filter this out and try to prevent this from happening you will always have that 'one' and then the challenge of 'that one spreading his venom to another team member'
Being a team leader you have to be strong, very neutral and open minded. Slow to react in a judgement and if you ever feel the need of reporting  any misbehavior you can type out the e-mail but 'sleep over it' before you hit the send button.  It is just a lot harder to deal with conflict and poor discipline on the remote site. The isolation takes its toll on the team members as well, some have serious behavioral change over the extend of the expedition.

If I can change one thing today to help the Department of Environmental affairs I would help them to draw up an all new alcohol policy as this is the root of most uncomfortable issues on the remote site. Alcohol tend to give some people (speaking in general) a lot of courage to speak their minds and to do stupid things. The other thorn in the flesh is 'old team members' who have done an expedition or two and who think they are the hardcore (shit) of the past expeditions. They will then offer 'advice' to youngsters or first time team members and even worse stay in contact throughout the year on e-mail or phone and instigate from outside.

Just think of it; you put 9 team members from different backgrounds (Provinces, cultures and ethnic) in a team and leave them in isolation for 12 months. The whole journey adds up to be 13 months including time on the ship. You will therefore always get regardless of how good a team leader you might have been a 'a group within the team' that will become like brothers. Years later you will still have contact with the once that bonded within the team, and others will just fade away.

Why do I share this today? Just to give you the bigger picture. Someone out there on the forum might be interested in applying for a trip, but it is important to know that there are also a number of hurdles along the way!

However, I love it although this is probably my last trip because of my love for Africa. I need to get a job somewhere up there.....a bonus would be Uganda :)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on November 25, 2014, 03:52:09 pm
So true, Tom, so true.  You find the negative influences everywhere.  Perhaps not as exciting as yours but my career takes me to different places every few years and every time there are people, while living a life of relative comfort, who always find fault with their host country and cannot wait to return to South Africa.  And all the time they are busy complaining and with negative speak.  I guess that is life.

But your break with civilization must be very satisfying.  The island, the sea, nature and the birds.  It sounds like total bliss.  It is what I do for holiday so please enjoy.  Back in days Antarctica and the islands had extentions which I could dial from the office.  Family members could speak to their loved ones in isolation by calling a Pretoria number.  How it works nowadays, I don't know, but I know the extention does not exist anymore.  It was scrapped (sadly) when VOIP came in.  Speaking of Africa, before France I was in Kenya which was wonderful for biking (and living in general).  I am not so sure now with the terrorist threats but I guess - some somebody else mentioned earlier - elke job het sy beserings!  Anyway, that phone system served all our embassies in Africa as well and we still had it while I was there 2005-10.  I think it was dismantled 2008 or 2009.  Not sure.  We could do all our business via those lines without any costs.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 25, 2014, 07:29:37 pm
So true, Tom, so true.  You find the negative influences everywhere.  Perhaps not as exciting as yours but my career takes me to different places every few years and every time there are people, while living a life of relative comfort, who always find fault with their host country and cannot wait to return to South Africa.  And all the time they are busy complaining and with negative speak.  I guess that is life.

But your break with civilization must be very satisfying.  The island, the sea, nature and the birds.  It sounds like total bliss.  It is what I do for holiday so please enjoy.  Back in days Antarctica and the islands had extentions which I could dial from the office.  Family members could speak to their loved ones in isolation by calling a Pretoria number.  How it works nowadays, I don't know, but I know the extention does not exist anymore.  It was scrapped (sadly) when VOIP came in.  Speaking of Africa, before France I was in Kenya which was wonderful for biking (and living in general).  I am not so sure now with the terrorist threats but I guess - some somebody else mentioned earlier - elke job het sy beserings!  Anyway, that phone system served all our embassies in Africa as well and we still had it while I was there 2005-10.  I think it was dismantled 2008 or 2009.  Not sure.  We could do all our business via those lines without any costs.  :thumleft:

We are actually lucky with regards to telephone calls. That very system was great as you mentioned, but they have still managed a very good compromise. Don't ask me how exactly its working nowadays but not too much different. We still have direct line to Cape Town office (only dial the last 4 numbers of an extension) and then the families now dial a Cape Town number to speak to us. We also just pay as if 'Cape Town' call so the CT families have it nice and cheap. I don't particularly like telephones and try to ignore it as much as possible. Whatsapp is my preferred means of communication with my kids and friends.

I have also worked in Kenya but in the North; Marsabit and Turkana - Locichar and surrounds. I have worked for ARDAN Africa and really enjoyed but then my wife unfortunately got sick of waiting and trade me in on a younger model.  :) ARDAN's management thought I needed time to get over the divorce, sent me home and then they also got over me  :imaposer:  :dousing:

Sadly I heard last week that ARDAN is also no more, taken over by a British company called Atlas. I was told (it was a family business) that Mike and Tracey and their kids came to live in CT, and his mom and sister decided to stay behind in Nairobi. They got n lovely place just next to the Game park close to the airport. Giraffe park or something. Mike is a good man, he will get back on his feet agai - ex Zim and over 10 years citizen in Kenya. ARDAN was growing to quickly and I saw this coming....pity.

We are on the same wavelength when it comes to sea, fresh air and the bird and seals.....it truly is awesome and I am grateful to be here. It is just too long but they can't make it shorter and I can understand this. A return trip on the Agulhas 2 to and through any of the 2 Islands or Antarctica works out roughly 5 million bucks. Training of the team, sourcing of the team members and food and medical supplies, mechanical etc. It is one hell of an operation! Like Kobus (Woody1) said right in the beginning of this thread: 'I will do it again in a heartbeat'

Cheers for now!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: BlueBull2007 on November 25, 2014, 07:37:51 pm
Copernicus, where are you based now? I´m moving to Spain next month.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: spoedvark on November 25, 2014, 10:06:37 pm
Wow! What a life experience for you!

Thanks for sharing!

SPOED  :snorting:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on November 25, 2014, 11:35:34 pm
Copernicus, where are you based now? I´m moving to Spain next month.
Paris  :biggrin: Not as good as Gough in terms of nature but not a bad break for four years.  :thumleft:
Have you had enough of the Andes?  I want to do a few passes in the Alps this coming summer, starting with Stelvio.  But there are plenty.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 26, 2014, 12:32:38 am
Copernicus, where are you based now? I´m moving to Spain next month.
Paris  :biggrin: Not as good as Gough in terms of nature but not a bad break for four years.  :thumleft:
Have you had enough of the Andes?  I want to do a few passes in the Alps this coming summer, starting with Stelvio.  But there are plenty.

Wow, now you got my attention! The passes in the Alps are just awesome and the quality of the roads amazing. I hope you will be doing a RR!

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on November 26, 2014, 01:09:06 pm
I will do my best but at this stage I am still waiting for delivery of the bike...
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 26, 2014, 08:50:41 pm
Ok back on the Island

Shearwater on her nest, a Tropicalus fur seal entertaining us

Note the Shearwater breeds in burrows
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 26, 2014, 08:56:35 pm
I have also got a nice pic on the arctic tern although I could not ajust camera settings in time (still nice)

Werner caught a Klipfish
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 26, 2014, 09:00:12 pm
And then we had to go down with the crane in the personnel carrier to deliver parcels with lab samples that needs to go back to SA.
Quite amazing to see the island like this! Very high as well!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 26, 2014, 09:02:19 pm
And the last 2  :)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on November 26, 2014, 10:55:05 pm
Very interesting all the birds.  Are they also very tame, not afraid of humans?  I know on some of these remote islands the birds have so long remained without the presence of predators that they are almost without any fear of humans.  What is like on Gough?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 26, 2014, 11:44:14 pm
Very interesting all the birds.  Are they also very tame, not afraid of humans?  I know on some of these remote islands the birds have so long remained without the presence of predators that they are almost without any fear of humans.  What is like on Gough?

Just like you said, they are very tame and have no fear of human at all! (or not that we know of!)

The ones you see there in the water are real scavengers, they are called GP's (Giant Petroll)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Rodlau on November 27, 2014, 08:42:11 am
What all do you guys do down there?  Do you check/investigate fauna and flora, earthworms and the like. What about weather forecasting or is that now all satellite work?   Why is it important to have teams there?  Those places fascinate me.  But I guess I would want to do extensive research using a fishing rod. This weekend I am off to Sterkfontein Dam to do some research on the yellows.  ;D
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on November 27, 2014, 08:47:28 am
Do you have any safety harness on when you get hoisted by the crane. That looks like a long drop, with cold water at the bottom. No flotation either!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 27, 2014, 12:40:40 pm
What all do you guys do down there?  Do you check/investigate fauna and flora, earthworms and the like. What about weather forecasting or is that now all satellite work?   Why is it important to have teams there?  Those places fascinate me.  But I guess I would want to do extensive research using a fishing rod. This weekend I am off to Sterkfontein Dam to do some research on the yellows.  ;D

Main reason for being here is to man the meteorological station.
Although a great deal of these stations are automated satellite stations  and although they deploy yearly 'weather boys' which float in the Southern Ocean and sent data via satellite it is still important to do 'upper air' readings. This is by means of a hydrogen filled balloon and transponder.

Secondly it is quite important to do some scientific and biological research on the Island. Little is known about the endemic birds, the other sea birds and very important information recorded here recently by attaching little gps transmitters on the Yellow Nose Albatross. We have discovered now where their main source of food is, and that thy fly all the way up to a spot in the sea around the Southern part of Namibia - that will take them only 2-3 weeks!
Also the effect of global warming, and then diet samples to see how the birds/penguins adapt etc.

For me part of base personnel: I need to maintain food and other rations, keep everybody fairly healthy and motivated, make sure everybody do their work and submit reports/data etc on time.

I must admit, I do love my fishing and this is like virgin waters as we even catch snoek from the rocks. However, the alien plant (sagina) has put a brake (uncomfortable but necessary)  on fishing and these spots where we are aloud to fish from is constantly in quarantine as the herbicide need to make a seal or barrier etc. I therefore did not spent much time at all thus far next to the water due to this and not likely going to change but I will make use of all the days when they are busy spraying and that we are aloud in.

Interesting is that the penguins will sometimes scare all the fish away, and they will chase our fishing lures but they will never take the bait! We would have loved to do squid jigging because the stomach content of the penguins shows they are mainly feeding on squid, but just to dangerous from the rocks on a remote site as you need to do it overnight.

Hope you catch a nice Yellow!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 27, 2014, 01:01:39 pm
Do you have any safety harness on when you get hoisted by the crane. That looks like a long drop, with cold water at the bottom. No flotation either!

Hi doc, no we do not use safety harness and is actually supposed to stand or sit inside the personnel carrier with the webbing guarding your back.

The carrier itself is actually a flotation device as it has a double compartment tube inflated at the bottom but this is a different model now with a couple of balls in a circle at the base. This carrier get replaced every year and comes with a certificate where the breaking strain of the lines/webbing etc was tested, flotation and so on.

The reason why we chose to stand: it was almost completely wind still (you don't get that often here) and we have heard of things going wrong in the past where the swell caught the guys down at the ocean and they got caught in the webbing and had a close shave.
Then we had the 3 power boats in the sea below the crane waiting for us.
In the unlikely event of the crane breaking down we will have to consider jumping down into the ocean to be picked up by the powerboats.
We do have life vests as well and maybe not a bad idea to put them on next time around.
I must however ad that should I ever have to jump I would prefer to do it without a life vest as I have done offshore survival course and we had to jump from quite a high platform into the water. There is a way which the tough us to jump with the vest but it is very difficult to keep upright and enter the water straight. I would much rather prefer a flotation device already in the water and jumping into the water without.
Should anything go wrong and an investigation launched I will be in trouble for not standing or sitting inside the carrier.
I think this is probably one of the highest in use on all the islands at over 30 meters!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: oldmannorman on November 27, 2014, 04:20:43 pm
Following this thread is becoming an addiction. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 27, 2014, 05:00:16 pm
Following this thread is becoming an addiction. Thanks for sharing.

That is a compliment, thanks and I will try my best to post and update on a regular basis.
Just very busy now with month end reports!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on November 27, 2014, 05:26:19 pm
Following this thread is becoming an addiction. Thanks for sharing.

That is a compliment, thanks and I will try my best to post and update on a regular basis.
Just very busy now with month end reports!

Well... I hope you are not going to use work as an excuse too much!  ;D

About your fishing activities - are you only allowed to fish in certain areas or is it a matter of accessability.  It seems as if it is not easy to reach the water.  Is that the case all around the island or only where the base is located?  What other catch is available apart from snoek and blouvis?  I like snoek but I am not so sure if I have to eat it every time I have fish...  Anything white and firm like kingklip of hake available as linefish?

Let us know when you get that smoker going...  Hoe water my bek nou.. :drif:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 27, 2014, 05:55:46 pm
Following this thread is becoming an addiction. Thanks for sharing.

That is a compliment, thanks and I will try my best to post and update on a regular basis.
Just very busy now with month end reports!

Well... I hope you are not going to use work as an excuse too much!  ;D

About your fishing activities - are you only allowed to fish in certain areas or is it a matter of accessability.  It seems as if it is not easy to reach the water.  Is that the case all around the island or only where the base is located?  What other catch is available apart from snoek and blouvis?  I like snoek but I am not so sure if I have to eat it every time I have fish...  Anything white and firm like kingklip of hake available as linefish?

Let us know when you get that smoker going...  Hoe water my bek nou.. :drif:

 :spitcoffee:

It is very difficult to get to the water around the Island, and impossible (other than rope access) in most cases.
Because the alien plant was spread by boots carrying seeds to 'snoekgat' (the best fishing spot on the island) we are not allowed to catch fish either at 'Dieselpoint' or 'Snoekgat' Which is a bit of a frustration as there are other locations which looks promising for fishing.
I don't want to break any rules either because I really want to see the eradication process to be successful.

We also take more measures to prevent the spread of seeds. Al of us have a dedicated 'sagina' pair of boots and we use that boots only in infested areas. We also wash the boots in salt water as sagina seeds dies in salt.
We use another pair of boots outside infested areas.

The fish are indeed and unfortunately limited to a small variety:
1) Snoek
2) false Jacopever
3) Soldier
4) Wreckfish (very hard to land - strong fighter and stripped my line once before from the rockface out!)
5) Southern horse mackeral (small and I sometimes use them for lifebait for snoek)
6) fife fingers (good editable fish and easy to catch - I love to braai them in butter in a pan)
7) Striped trumpeter (just cant get one on the line)
8) klipfish
9) Southern butterfish (bluefish)
10) Broadnose sevengill shark
11) Shortfin Maco shark
12) Blue shark
13) Tristan lobster
14) Octopus and squid

Snoek is the most rewarding, bluefish the best taste. Jaco pever too easy to catch and annoying and Five fingers fairly easy to catch and good in eating although a love or hate taste (I would compare it with Galjoen)

 :)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Rodlau on November 27, 2014, 06:01:23 pm
Thanks for all the info. So you can never be to far away to dodge the usual month end reporting crap. I know reporting is necessary for controls, but I have seen, tho years ago, PWD reporting forms. Is it still lots of trivia?

With those high winds how far is the balloon from the island when it reaches the altitude required?   Do they eventually pop at extreme altitude and fall back to earth?   

I think when you started this "RR" you never thought of the interest it would generate or how busy it would keep you
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on November 27, 2014, 11:32:53 pm
Thx for the comprehensive feedback, Tom.  It seems as if you have as many rules in place that control life on the island as we have in ordinary society.  But with that view every day when you wake up I guess it is still worth it over and over.

I will keep reading here and asking questions.  You only have another 12 months to go so good luck there.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: DawieNel on November 28, 2014, 08:59:58 am
Very interesting and informative reading....   :sip:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 28, 2014, 11:47:28 am
Thanks for all the info. So you can never be to far away to dodge the usual month end reporting crap. I know reporting is necessary for controls, but I have seen, tho years ago, PWD reporting forms. Is it still lots of trivia?

With those high winds how far is the balloon from the island when it reaches the altitude required?   Do they eventually pop at extreme altitude and fall back to earth?   

I think when you started this "RR" you never thought of the interest it would generate or how busy it would keep you

When I used to work on a UN contract I always said the administration is bigger than the cause as we spent hours and hours behind computer screens, modifying standing operational procedures and in the end the productivity on the ground was less than half of what was achievable.
It is not that big on the islands though, it is only over month ends as well as 'stock take' which happen to be now and then around May next year when we will submit orders for the relief team again. It is however a bit of pressure when you are the team leader to get all the members to hand in on time and then to go through the reports doing anything from spell checks to confirming the facts/data etc. Not really that bad, I make it sound worse than it really is. Today I need to unpack the cold rooms, do a stock take and repack and then include into my report. 

The winds definitely have an effect on the weather balloon but it forms part of the data which is sent back to the launch station via a little instrument called a radiosonde. Temp readings, pressure (very important) and gps as well as the altitude etc and they can go up to 100 000feet or 30 000m roughly.

Yes they pop, sometimes a bit too early and then they need to sent another one. The radiosonde will fall back to earth (very small device) and normally at sea. There are over 800 upper air stations around the world and this forms a very important part of the data capturing and in the end weather forecasts.

I will post some pictures at some stage of the whole procedure and I will ask the meteorologist to launch the balloon myself just for the fun!

Yes I never thought that there will be so many people interested in this tread and I will do my best to keep it nice and informative with many pictures!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: JC on November 28, 2014, 02:06:51 pm

Yes I never thought that there will be so many people interested in this tread and I will do my best to keep it nice and informative with many pictures!  :thumleft:

dit lees beter as die Rapport  :thumleft:

moenie nou ophou nie
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 29, 2014, 11:44:01 am

Yes I never thought that there will be so many people interested in this tread and I will do my best to keep it nice and informative with many pictures!  :thumleft:

dit lees beter as die Rapport  :thumleft:

moenie nou ophou nie

Baie dankie, ek waardeer!  :thumleft:

I am making progress with the stock take - I just need to unpack the meat cold room tody, count, mark, clean and repack.
All the month end reports are finished now, I am just waiting for the diesel mechanic as he need to do dip readings on the diesel tanks on the last day of the month and then I can submit! Wow.....then finally I'll have some time to get down to diesel point' for some fishing as the quarantine is lifted on condition that I take herbicide with me and spray my footsteps as I exit. All in order to eliminate the spread of the alien segina plant!

A few more photos from the personnel carrier taken by Chris with his Go Pro

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 29, 2014, 11:49:29 am
Ok  I am off to the cold room now!  :thumleft:

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on November 29, 2014, 10:06:13 pm
Some very nice picture there in the last two posts, Tom.   :thumleft:
Those birds seem to be waiting for something.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 29, 2014, 10:15:03 pm
Some very nice picture there in the last two posts, Tom.   :thumleft:
Those birds seem to be waiting for something.

Thanks, yes Chris used his Go pro, what a great camera especially for videos!

The GP's (Giant petrol's) are scavengers and they are big opportunists.
Very intelligent and also patient.
They will always trail the fisherman as they know that at some stage a fish will be caught and cleaned or smaller fish with no market value like Jaco pevers will be thrown back.
A lot of these fish will not make it due to the speed they are brought up and once the bubble is visible in the mouth they are doomed. So the GP's will just scoop them up!
They can smell death and will always be first to arrive at a dead seal!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on November 30, 2014, 09:20:24 am
Tom, why do you need to do stock taking?

I understand a check that all the supplies have been landed from the ship, and that food has to be checked for spoiling before cooking, but there must be very little scope for shrinkage on the Island. The food would be checked each day as it is issued anyway.
Even if some of the food goes walkies, there can be no resupply until the next ship arrives.

This seems ( from here ) to be unnecessary work, wasting time when you could be doing more important thigs like fishing or photography.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Welsh on November 30, 2014, 01:38:12 pm
Because the accounting procedure says so...... Count the beans .....
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 30, 2014, 02:37:19 pm
Because the accounting procedure says so...... Count the beans .....

Yes indeed! Doc I don't know how to quote yours as well as Welsh's posts but in short; I could not have said it better!
Now I also could have thumb sucked the numbers as I do keep record of the monthly usage and I may be slightly out (which would not really mattered at all) but I am just disciplined to the extend where I will rather go though the pains and do the job as required.
I must however say, it was quite hectic and put me under pressure as there was a number of thing that needed my assistance and input this past month! When you think of a blue Monday, November was sort of a 30 day long 'blue Monday' but we got through it.

December should be a real great month. Most things are sorted and finally all the team members know what is expected of them and I can see that they are now beginning to take initiative and not just run straight to me or the deputy.

I hope to do a bit of fishing this week but the last two days we had a nasty Southern arctic wind which cooled the Island down and made the sea choppy. I will therefore focus on grass cutting till the conditions stabilize and I also won't ever take a change to go fishing with a swell more than 2 meters.

Will keep you posted but in the meantime; here is a pick taken of me in 2006 while doing upper air on Marion Island!

Bey for now!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on November 30, 2014, 03:58:35 pm
That balloon looks nicely round, even at ground level!
It must make a nice bang when it bursts.

Big Highveld thunderstorm brewing here. Do you get much lightning on the Southern Ocean Islands? Do the Islands have similar weather, or is each unique?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on November 30, 2014, 06:06:59 pm
That balloon looks nicely round, even at ground level!
It must make a nice bang when it bursts.

Big Highveld thunderstorm brewing here. Do you get much lightning on the Southern Ocean Islands? Do the Islands have similar weather, or is each unique?

Never heard or seen a thunderstorm down on the Southern Islands doc, and will report if it ever happen but definitely not common.

Marion Island has a very moody weather pattern,  4 seasons a day throughout the year guaranteed.

Gough is only moody during the Winter and it will rain on average 22 days a month. Little snow down the base and ice and snow on the mountain.  Very cold up there and 2 expedition members died due to exposure up there some years back.

The only thing Marion and Gough got in common is the regular stormy gusting winds of up to 200km/h
Gough is on average much warmer than Marion throughout the year
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on December 01, 2014, 05:12:55 pm
Good place to try kite fishing? You may need a strong cord.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on December 01, 2014, 07:10:51 pm
Good place to try kite fishing? You may need a strong cord.

Doc now you are talking, but it is against the rules. If we were allowed to do kite fishing I am sure we would have caught huge blue fish and even other sport fish from the shore.

I am however happy with what we are allowed to do, the only pain is the quarantine periods when we are not allowed at the fishing sports :patch:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: OOOOMS on December 01, 2014, 08:17:35 pm
Dankie Tom, ekt nou lekker saamgelees en geleer  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on December 01, 2014, 08:52:19 pm
Dankie Tom, ekt nou lekker saamgelees en geleer  :thumleft:

Bly jy het hom geniet OOOOMS!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mr Zog on December 02, 2014, 10:15:34 am
Tom, I'm still reading all the posts you make here :thumleft:

It looks moerofa interesting, and once you get into the daily routine time flies. But I would definitely try harder to make a plan to fish more often. Its not like you will easily get the opportunity to fish off that island again when your year is over. And I know how much you enjoy fishing...  :drif:

Maybe you can get a permanent agreement with the Salina control people to spray your footsteps so you can go fish more often?

I know that its so important to get your mind off the work side of things when away on contract, even if its just for a little bit.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on December 02, 2014, 02:46:57 pm
Tom, I'm still reading all the posts you make here :thumleft:

It looks moerofa interesting, and once you get into the daily routine time flies. But I would definitely try harder to make a plan to fish more often. Its not like you will easily get the opportunity to fish off that island again when your year is over. And I know how much you enjoy fishing...  :drif:

Maybe you can get a permanent agreement with the Salina control people to spray your footsteps so you can go fish more often?

I know that its so important to get your mind off the work side of things when away on contract, even if its just for a little bit.

I agree and have managed to make good friend with them as I am helping them a lot to make their task easier as well.

I have already asked the environmental officer if I can have my own little pump spray with herbicide's in order to spray my foot steps on the way out as well as to spray any plants that I see.

At the moment we still have terrible weather, temperatures near 0 degrees and pressure still dropping with stormy winds. The Edinburgh has decided to leave a week earlier to the Northern Islands and to transfer his catch to the 'Baltic trader' and he will then only catch around Nightingale for the last stretch of his voyage.

I hope the weather will stabilize by the weekend, anything g from Friday so that I can get to try my luck on a bluefish!! The captain sent me a whole box of octopus for bait!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Offshore on December 02, 2014, 03:10:59 pm
Tom, I am a bit confused.I don't know Bluefish and when I Google it, then Shad comes up.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluefish (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluefish)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on December 02, 2014, 03:19:34 pm
Tom, I am a bit confused.I don't know Bluefish and when I Google it, then Shad comes up.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluefish (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluefish)


Ok no worries mate, bluefish is: Southern Butterfish
The same as a Kingbird which is: Arctic tern

You got to keep in mind that Tristan da Cunha Island was inhabited centuries ago to prevent a rescue mission from the South to get get to St Helena Island to rescue Napoleon. Scottish soldiers were put there on watch, and that is where the story starts. They did not have any scientist and gave names to the fish and birds, like even the Wanderer Albatross became the 'Tristan Albatross' and the Yellow nose albatross the 'Molly'

Out of respect to them who has been here long before graduated biologists most names was also recorded and uses officially but not all like in this case the blue fish although it is known by all modern fisherman in these waters as well as the bluefish!  

ps: edit for misspell
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: LappiesLabuschagne on December 02, 2014, 03:56:04 pm
WOW TVB! Jy is baie bevoorreg!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on December 02, 2014, 04:09:15 pm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antarctic_butterfish (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antarctic_butterfish)


The Antarctic butterfish, bluenose warehou, deepsea trevally, blue eye trevalla, bluenose sea bass, or deep sea trevalla, Hyperoglyphe antarctica, is a medusafish of the family Centrolophidae found in all the southern oceans, at depths of between 40 and 1,500 m. Its length is up to about 140 cm, with a maximum published weight of 60 kg.

Antarctic butterfish have a dark blue body above and lighter blue below with large eyes (another name for this fish is big eye). Larger individuals have a bronze sheen along the flanks.

They can grow to 1.4 m in length and over 50 kg in weight. Studies have shown that fish between 62 and 72 cm are mature and range in age between 8–12 years respectively. Mature females can produce between 2 million and 11 million eggs prior to spawning.

Blue eye mainly feed on the tunicate Pyrosoma atlantica. However they will feed on a range of fish, molluscs, squid and crustaceans, they are also cannibalistic.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Offshore on December 02, 2014, 04:29:01 pm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antarctic_butterfish (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antarctic_butterfish)


The Antarctic butterfish, bluenose warehou, deepsea trevally, blue eye trevalla, bluenose sea bass, or deep sea trevalla, Hyperoglyphe antarctica, is a medusafish of the family Centrolophidae found in all the southern oceans, at depths of between 40 and 1,500 m. Its length is up to about 140 cm, with a maximum published weight of 60 kg.

Antarctic butterfish have a dark blue body above and lighter blue below with large eyes (another name for this fish is big eye). Larger individuals have a bronze sheen along the flanks.

They can grow to 1.4 m in length and over 50 kg in weight. Studies have shown that fish between 62 and 72 cm are mature and range in age between 8–12 years respectively. Mature females can produce between 2 million and 11 million eggs prior to spawning.

Blue eye mainly feed on the tunicate Pyrosoma atlantica. However they will feed on a range of fish, molluscs, squid and crustaceans, they are also cannibalistic.
Dankie Tom. :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on December 02, 2014, 04:43:52 pm
TVB .............. jou vertellings is vir my soos my oggend koerant ................ As ek dit nie kry in die oggend nie dan voel my dag sommer leeg ................ Baie dankie vir die deel van jou ervaringe en doen en late daar op Gough ...........  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on December 02, 2014, 04:48:18 pm
Baie dankie Oom Fourie, Lappies en die ander manne wat dit geniet!

Ek waardeer julle terugvoer!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on December 03, 2014, 10:07:09 am
Lekker weer daar by julle op die oomblik..

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on December 03, 2014, 01:31:01 pm
Lekker weer daar by julle op die oomblik..



Erg.....mense raak amper seesiek soos die winde die gebou ruk en wieg! Internet meer af as aan tans ook!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on December 03, 2014, 01:42:24 pm
Die huis WIEG.... op Marion Eiland het die Sandton Gang ook af en toe gewieg...... :peepwall: :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on December 03, 2014, 01:59:09 pm
Die huis WIEG.... op Marion Eiland het die Sandton Gang ook af en toe gewieg...... :peepwall: :imaposer:

Ek het n valid verskoning....ek was nog jonk  :peepwall: :peepwall:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on December 03, 2014, 02:17:50 pm
Jonk en jeukerig... :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mr Zog on December 03, 2014, 02:50:55 pm
Moenie worrie nie.


Worrie net as die hele eiland begin wieg...  :lol8:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on December 03, 2014, 03:46:39 pm
Ek WAS baie geworry.

Marion Eiland is soos 'n Mushroom se hulle.
Die vulkaniese rots het so 'n pilaar gevorm en die lava het uitgekook en oorgeloop en die eiland gevorm.
As ons nog bietjie langer gebly het het daai pilaar van die eiland dalk gekraak... :peepwall:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mr Zog on December 03, 2014, 03:54:40 pm
Ek WAS baie geworry.

Marion Eiland is soos 'n Mushroom se hulle.
Die vulkaniese rots het so 'n pilaar gevorm en die lava het uitgekook en oorgeloop en die eiland gevorm.
As ons nog bietjie langer gebly het het daai pilaar van die eiland dalk gekraak... :peepwall:

Of die eiland het gesink soos dit pilaar ingestamp word  :peepwall:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on December 03, 2014, 03:56:15 pm
 :biggrin:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on December 03, 2014, 04:23:22 pm
Ek WAS baie geworry.

Marion Eiland is soos 'n Mushroom se hulle.
Die vulkaniese rots het so 'n pilaar gevorm en die lava het uitgekook en oorgeloop en die eiland gevorm.
As ons nog bietjie langer gebly het het daai pilaar van die eiland dalk gekraak... :peepwall:

Of die eiland het gesink soos dit pilaar ingestamp word  :peepwall:  :imaposer:

Ok ok, guilty as charged...here is a photo or 2  ;)

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on December 03, 2014, 04:28:02 pm
Here Kobus was flown out to the field to do some work on the solar repeater station.....I can't remember, did we break it down that year Woody1???

And second photo our pilot; The late Cameron Dalziel - RIP My friend

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on December 03, 2014, 04:39:41 pm
We worked on Marion though  :)

Cornelia with a Wanderer albatross and another albatross with a chic and third picture Cornelia with King penguins on Ships cove beach
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on December 03, 2014, 04:44:15 pm
We did some elephant seal weighing and we did some tests to see what the penguins were eating

..................and then there was time for a swim in 5 degree Celsius water!!

Marion Island sure was a great experience!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on December 03, 2014, 04:47:34 pm
One last one, counting and some observations!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on December 03, 2014, 05:06:05 pm
Ai ai lekker ou dae... Handsome ou daai op die foto's met die lang hare.  :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on December 03, 2014, 05:07:52 pm
Ai ai lekker ou dae... Handsome ou daai op die foto's met die lang hare.  :imaposer:

Dankie  ;D
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on December 03, 2014, 05:38:30 pm
Daai foto op die rekenaar toe jy die ballon opgestuur het is van die Metkassies wat geneem is op my verjaarsdag partytjie.
Hier is die MAL groep aliens...

Omdat daar GEEN bome groei op Marion nie het ons dryfhout opgetel en 'n Kersboom gemaak.
Wonder of hy nog bestaan.... dis mos amper weer daai tyd.

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on December 03, 2014, 07:38:45 pm
Nope....unfortunately that tree was raided by another team to make gifts from the planks. All those driftwood was either oak or teak that formed part of the construction of Norwegian sealer ships. Back then ships were made from wood, and men from steel!  :deal:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: OOOOMS on December 04, 2014, 07:40:39 am
Sjoe, as ek so na die foto's van die kuslyn kyk herinner dit my aan die Angola se kus, net met die groen goed  :thumleft: Baie mooi !
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: oldmannorman on December 04, 2014, 08:02:44 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on December 04, 2014, 04:04:02 pm
Dit is darem 'n mooi albatros daai.  Lyk amper so groot soos 'n gans.  Is hulle gevaarlik?  Ek sien sy hou sy snawel so mooi vas...

Translation:

Fine specimen that albatros you have there.  It looks about the size of a goose.  Are they dangerous?  I see she is holding its beak quite carefully...
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TVB on December 04, 2014, 07:41:30 pm
Dit is darem 'n mooi albatros daai.  Lyk amper so groot soos 'n gans.  Is hulle gevaarlik?  Ek sien sy hou sy snawel so mooi vas...

Yes very dangerous. They look so cuddly bud that beak is the only line of defense and I once had to suture the piece between the thumb and finger together of one of the bird biologists! One got to scrub the wound first because these birds eat squid and fish and the don't floss  :)

You got to  approach, and gently but firmly grab the beak and then lift. We used to weigh them, we also nursed some injuries obtained behind long line trolling vessels.

The can also not just take off and fly, the need to have wind and will then turn into the wind and start running and open the wings and soar. They can also run on water which is very impressive to see!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on December 10, 2014, 11:12:01 pm
Why so quiet, Thom?  Working on the Christmas lunch menu or did the wind blow your comms away?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Gypsybaron on December 11, 2014, 12:17:34 am
Nope - his internet time is being logged now - the web is only for "official business"
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Gypsybaron on December 11, 2014, 12:25:46 am
And if he doesn't comply, he'll have to swim back :biggrin: :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on December 11, 2014, 08:06:31 am
Sort seker die dronk kinders uit... :peepwall:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: travelAnt on December 12, 2014, 12:01:04 pm
Heng,Thom dit is n interressante thread.n Mens leef jou so in die gebeurtelikhede in,
dat n ou skoon jaloers is op die voorreg wat jy het om daar te wees.
Baie dankie vir al die inligting.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: ClemS on December 12, 2014, 02:00:31 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Rodlau on December 13, 2014, 11:48:38 am
According to the weather sites it is blowing near gale force winds today. That rules out the fishing and the generator is now fixed.  That means it must be some reports he must be writing for HQ.  he would NEVER keep us waiting in such suspense for so long..............or would he?    :pot:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on December 13, 2014, 01:15:34 pm
They blocked his access to W/D's.  Internet access is limited on the islands and should only be used for work they say.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Rodlau on December 13, 2014, 11:05:17 pm
Schiester bastards fly first class or hire planes for flights around the world.   Not to mention the money pissed against the wall due to gross incompetence in the Divani fiasco.   I wonder how much the total amount of the tax (VAT, excise duties, levies included) the WD fraternity has paid this fiscal year?  How much can be used?  10GB per year?   
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: KiLRoy on December 14, 2014, 09:38:41 pm
They blocked his access to W/D's.  Internet access is limited on the islands and should only be used for work they say.

Jeez, thats narrow minded. Normally organisations like this will pay for advertising to promote what they are doing. Such 70s thinking.  Farking stone age thinking. Blocking the internet for what it is so good at doing - connecting people....  Brain dead thinking.

Can we 'las' a few bob to buy them some bandwidth ffs?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: DawieNel on December 15, 2014, 01:37:04 pm
They blocked his access to W/D's.  Internet access is limited on the islands and should only be used for work they say.

Sulke @#$*'s  :xxbah: >:(
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mr Zog on December 15, 2014, 01:47:03 pm
They blocked his internet, only for "work-related" business. What a bunch of twatwaffles  :xxbah:

Do they have any idea how it can affect someone psychologically, sitting on a pimple in an endless sea, and not having access to friends, family, etc via the net?

Jissis they are futup  :xxbah:  :eek7:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Rodlau on December 16, 2014, 12:23:24 am
If anybody has access to him please let him know how we all feel. I hope he is keeping a diary. This will be a reort of note
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on December 16, 2014, 07:53:25 am
Try looking him up on FACEBOOK.  He is battling to get Facebook access all the time, but he is trying his best.

Tom Mc Sherry Pretoria.

Hy is daar af en toe.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mr Zog on December 16, 2014, 08:32:04 am
Woody, is there nobody that you can contact to try and get his internet opened again? Some old contact that you may still know from your days out there?

Or maybe just post the details of the twat who made the kak decision, then we can all spam him/her to get it changed  :pot:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on December 16, 2014, 08:36:43 am
No sorry.

I used to deal with a guy that was doing the technical setup on the old V-Sat system back then.
He has left and is working on the oil platforms now I think.

They fall under DEAT... Dep. of Environmental Affairs.... maybe spam them.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Ras on December 16, 2014, 07:13:12 pm
From Tom himself

The Sattelite system works as follows: 3 bases: Antarctica, Marion Island and Gough Island. When she ship sails she get a percentage (now it's divided between 4 instead of one) The ship has just reached Antarctica (today the 16th) and will remain in Arctic waters deploying weather boys and off loading as well as back loading up until mid January when she is expected to dock in CT closer to the end of January. Unlike the slow connection (I can't access anything anymore as all is timing out) our own 'Ibuck' system is now breaking down and overheating to the extend where we had no internet at all. We have a replacement model but it is not plug a play and we can not get it to work as the cable to connect to the control unit is wrong! We managed to make up a new one and now we don't have a password and need to contact the service provider via e mail or satellite phone. At this stage I have connected the Ibuck to run inside a bar fridge and it runs for a minite or 2, cuts and so it goes...on and off 24/7. Despite this we have realized that the generator is cooked (the alternator part that generate electricity) and we will run on the remaining 2 for the rest of the year and I don't foresee issues whit that as we service every 10 days and alternates between the 2 machines. The refrigerator units is however still hassling an tomorrow I will start working on them. At this stage running on a spare unit (compressor unit) which also gives faulty codes. Gough is a great Island, but the challenges is keeping me away from the fish water as well as the social media. So if/when we do get the satellite system sorted will I try at some stage to 1: take a break and do some fishing, 2: try to catch up with friends. The bandwidth' thing is also an old standing rule which I amongst others has "stretched' a little and maybe coming from me a bit to far. I can't be a hypocrite by telling the team members we are not allowed to be on all these web pages, you tube etc and then get stuck on them myself. I have therefore (just to force the communication policy of the DEA on myself and not to trespass) asked a Mod to lock my account till I am back next year October and if you still remember that there was a thread and a little spot in the World called 'Gough Island' I would update it for you all. Best Regards and happy holidays! Tom


Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: halfjob on September 07, 2015, 05:36:38 pm
anyone had any news from Tom? he must be due back soonish?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: dual on September 07, 2015, 05:46:05 pm
'n Post van Tom van gister - hoop dit dra sy goedkeuring weg

"Skip kom nou Saterdag hier aan as die Heer wil, en dan is dit n hectic 3 week oorhandiging en ons sal aandoen by Tristan da Cunha eiland vir 2 dae. Ons behoort 8 Oktober terug te wees in die Kaap"
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: halfjob on September 07, 2015, 07:26:22 pm
thanks dual, just caught up on his fb page  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: KiLRoy on September 07, 2015, 07:50:31 pm
Jeez, i missed my Gough Island fix.

Nearly home Tom :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: T Rex on September 07, 2015, 08:18:11 pm
'n Post van Tom van gister - hoop dit dra sy goedkeuring weg

"Skip kom nou Saterdag hier aan as die Heer wil, en dan is dit n hectic 3 week oorhandiging en ons sal aandoen by Tristan da Cunha eiland vir 2 dae. Ons behoort 8 Oktober terug te wees in die Kaap"

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: halfjob on September 07, 2015, 08:28:07 pm
Jeez, i missed my Gough Island fix
yeah me too  ;D
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Skaiidawg on December 30, 2015, 02:49:34 pm
This thread is waiting for you to be updated, Tom.  ;D
Title: Re:
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 30, 2015, 03:51:57 pm
Hmmmm......maybe I should update it yes😃😆😅

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Title: Re:
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 01, 2016, 09:48:10 pm
Ps.....Gough Island is the most beautiful place on earth for me but way to lonely. Yes I am a bachelor and sort of a loner but that island gives New meaning to loneliness! !! To share a remote island with only 7 other team members for a year, and half of them are always out on the move or on night shift. ....eina. comming back from Gough is the worst part......to find work again and to become 'normal' again..... :) But we were very privalaged to be there.  I have been on Gough for 2 expeditions and would probably go again but it is time to say goodbye and fair well now.... I have joined the NSRI now voluntarily on Harties now (yes I was also surprised to find NSRI inland) and looking for work......day in and day out. My New Year was lonely because I decided to study for an upcoming course, and still on the job hunt but it will come soon and I will be happy to update. I will update this thread with a bit of island fotos, takeover news etc at some stage. Happy New year to all!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: halfjob on January 01, 2016, 10:09:42 pm
aaahh it lives  :laughing4: looking forward to it Tom  :deal:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: trackSHUN on January 04, 2016, 11:35:38 am
It's true - TVB is back among us !!!!

*** WELCOME ***

Looking forward to your "trip report" Tom .... 
Title: Re:
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 05, 2016, 05:05:59 pm
Thanks mate, just a bit hectic studying for a short course to better my changes for another contract.  Once all calm I will update :)

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 24, 2016, 10:05:54 pm
It has been a while since I have posted in this thread. I have actually deleted my old 'TVB' account, and later 're registered' as Hillman which was changed into my current 'Tom van Brits'. Old account was opened while I was on Gough Island in 2008/9 (G54) and when I went down again I actually decided one day after another 'uitkak' about the bandwith that we use to rather stay out of trouble and set a good example as an expedition leader. So I knew the only way to prevent me from logging on was to to rather delete the account and focus on a good time on the island catching fish, and doing some work ;) Our internet issues somehow recovered later, the culprit being a fried IBUCK - hence the re-registration.

I do hold the official record of the biggest fish ever caught from the shore, and believe it on hand line!



Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 24, 2016, 10:13:34 pm
I am flying down on Tuesday for an interview, position: 'Medical orderly' Gough 62

So I decided to post you guys a couple of pictures but now my internet dongle gives me hassles.
I am buy the way now 9 months without work...Gough 60 was my last paying job, and I am running on reserves of my savings. If I do not get this position....well I guess I should stay positive and hope to revive this thread with the continuous 3rd Gough expedition of TVB if there is interest. This time around I shall put in more effort and regular postings. Just a few pictures (if my internet cooperates of our backloading of expired frozens. I love helicopter work although they scare me, I have many flying hours ranging from demining medic, PSD security and medic - search and rescue in choppers but although they are great in saving lives I am always half scared to fly .....but I am still around and taking into account how many hours I have spent in them it should be concidered safe...ish
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 24, 2016, 10:17:55 pm
Here I am standing on the monkey deck of the SA Agulhas 2 at Tristan da Cunha island on the way down - 2014 September

Edenburg of the seven seas is the name of the town - less than 300 permanent residents - I love these humble people
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 24, 2016, 10:20:00 pm
And here I am doing the ground checks and play the signal man for the helicopter at the end of take over as it is about to leave - only to return 12 months later.

Goodnight :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Patrol on June 24, 2016, 10:31:59 pm
Good luck with the interview we know that the outcome will be positive...and we look forward to another awesome update  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 24, 2016, 10:41:11 pm
Good luck with the interview we know that the outcome will be positive...and we look forward to another awesome update  :thumleft:
Thanks mate, I need it badly and love this islsnd a lot. Tiny it is, only a 1000m at higest peaks from the seabed, and 6,5km wide on avg, and just short of 14 kilometers.
However, these islands are the peaks of mountains in the sea, the South Atlantic ridge.
Sea is the deapest here, 4000m plus, so imagine this uge  mountain range!

No permanent residents, so actually uninhabited although the meteorogical station is manned now for 61years by South Africans.
Tristan da Cunha is the most remote inhabited island, I love that place a lot.


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Post by: Dorsland on June 25, 2016, 04:02:48 am
Sterkte ou Tom, laat weet hoe dit gaan maar ek glo jy sal die werk kry. Daai eilande is jou kos.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: VaalBaas on June 25, 2016, 06:15:38 am
Jissou ou maat. Dit is nou sleg van die droogte van werk op die stadium en ek glo en hoop dat die een die een is. Wat ek wel benei van  julle ouens is die feit dat julle so baie plekke sien en beleef. Dit sal darem maar interessant en lekker wees om van die plekke kan besoek.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on June 25, 2016, 06:49:39 am
Vat my saam.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on June 25, 2016, 07:31:48 am
Enjoy the Island, and keep warm.
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Post by: Tom van Brits on June 25, 2016, 08:53:07 am
Sterkte ou Tom, laat weet hoe dit gaan maar ek glo jy sal die werk kry. Daai eilande is jou kos.
Dankie Johan, ek hoop van harte. Ek is bitter passievol oor die eilande, die seil op die skip is besonders en vernaam die aandoen by Tristan da Cunha eiland. Dis n lang ekspedisie maar dis wat ek nodig het om finansieel my kop bo water te kry.  Dis nie groot salarisse nie (staatsdiens) maar dis goed genoeg by verre vir my en mens kry jou kos en klere sommer ook verniet vir die jaar.

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Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 25, 2016, 09:03:54 am
Jissou ou maat. Dit is nou sleg van die droogte van werk op die stadium en ek glo en hoop dat die een die een is. Wat ek wel benei van  julle ouens is die feit dat julle so baie plekke sien en beleef. Dit sal darem maar interessant en lekker wees om van die plekke kan besoek.
Vaalbaas baie dankie, ja dis meer voorreg as n 'berg'.
Behalwe dat ek die werk nou nodig het om weer 'op te staan' het ek n baie groot liefde soos reeds gemeld vir die see en eilande.
Ek is juis (geen jammergat storie, ek is happy) n aangenome kind, en agv van probleme uit my kinderjare (kom ons blameer die gene :)  ) is ek terug kinderhuis toe as n tiener nadat ek vele maal van die huis weggeloop het. Ek het as kind juis n week deurgebring in veilige bewaring deur die kinderhof beskik in Graaf Reinette se klip polisie selle :)  :)  So ek is sommer n WD skollie. Daarna kinderhuis en daar het my oe oopgegaan. Skielik het ek die musiek van Pink floyed se musiek gevisialiseer en rebels geraak oor die wors masjien wereld stelsel. Ek het my voorgeneem dat ek in n beroep sal kom waar ek kan dien, maar ook uit kan kom en die Wereld kan sien. Om jou n idee te gee, die eilande is so besonders dat as ek baie geld reeds gehad het ek sommer verniet daar sou werk. Dit kan egter n tronk wees, ek see alryd een man se hel is n ander se hemel.
Jy kies om gelukkig te wees en om nie n drol in die deinkwater te wees nie.

Al wat my vang met tye, Gough het n bitter klein span. Of 8 of 9 vir n jaar ekspedisie....manne dis eensaam, maar sie keer vat ek n guitaar saam en gaan ek ook begin skryf aan my boek. Ek het baie om te deel, en doen dit met liefde


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Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 25, 2016, 09:06:55 am
Vat my saam.
As jy kon saamgaan Woody1, was dit nou waaragtig lekker want ons sou soveel projekte aanpak en klaarmaak in daai werkswinkel! Ek het laaste ekspedisie self braaier gesweis, catwalks vervaardig om nie meer in modder te staan en braai. Ek het gewonder hoe hulle na 60 ekpedisies steeds ok was met seker kakkies en daai basis n behoorlike regsrug gegee.

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Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 25, 2016, 09:12:38 am
Enjoy the Island, and keep warm.
Thanks Doc, you are positive as always but please do remember I Am still going for the interview and there are apparently more old islanders. We are competing here for one position....we are all old friends which makes it a lot harder but like said, I am all in and positive and hope to break the food news soon on this thread.

 

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Offshore on June 25, 2016, 09:33:17 am
 Hoop jy kry die Job Tom. Sterkte.
Ps, dit is 'n mooi Vis!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: frankmac on June 25, 2016, 09:57:51 am
Tom, ons hou duim vas. Jy het destyds in Kenia vir my die WD link gegee en nou sukkel ek om weg te bly
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 25, 2016, 10:08:19 am
Hoop jy kry die Job Tom. Sterkte.
Ps, dit is 'n mooi Vis!
Dankie mater, ja ek moet vir jou se ek is normaalweg n sport hengelaar en release meeste van my vangste, maar die blouvis is volop in die water en n gesogde eetvis. Skoon dik fillet, gee grate in daai dik fillet en n baie ryk smaak. Ek het met n 8kg blouvis n span van 9 twee keer aandete verskaf saam met kreef en artapel wedges. Kreef is so volop, sal weer fotos opsit van bv die kreef en snoek wat ek van die kant af vang. Dis al vars kos wat ons vir die jaar kon kry, en ek was die enigste hengelaar in die span.... ek kla nie, dis vet pret

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Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 25, 2016, 10:09:32 am
Tom, ons hou duim vas. Jy het destyds in Kenia vir my die WD link gegee en nou sukkel ek om weg te bly
Jis ou maat ek onthou dit!! Mooi naweek

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Bundu on June 25, 2016, 12:28:08 pm
I am flying down on Tuesday for an interview, position: 'Medical orderly' Gough 62

So I decided to post you guys a couple of pictures but now my internet dongle gives me hassles.
I am buy the way now 9 months without work...Gough 60 was my last paying job, and I am running on reserves of my savings. If I do not get this position....well I guess I should stay positive and hope to revive this thread with the continuous 3rd Gough expedition of TVB if there is interest. This time around I shall put in more effort and regular postings. Just a few pictures (if my internet cooperates of our backloading of expired frozens. I love helicopter work although they scare me, I have many flying hours ranging from demining medic, PSD security and medic - search and rescue in choppers but although they are great in saving lives I am always half scared to fly .....but I am still around and taking into account how many hours I have spent in them it should be concidered safe...ish

Ai Tom ek hoop regtig jy kry die job! Sterkte met die onderhoud!  :thumleft:
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Post by: Tom van Brits on June 25, 2016, 02:04:14 pm
Dankie Bundu

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TrailBlazer on June 25, 2016, 04:50:33 pm
Strongs Tom and here's hoping for all the best in your interview.

 :o  :o that fish is big... and it looks like you were on a mountaineering "uitstappie" when you caught it, judging by the ropes around the rock outcropping
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 25, 2016, 05:12:58 pm
Strongs Tom and here's hoping for all the best in your interview.

 :o  :o that fish is big... and it looks like you were on a mountaineering "uitstappie" when you caught it, judging by the ropes around the rock outcropping
Yes mate only to get to the kevel from where you can fish is an expedirion on it's own. You need go down a 20meter rope ladder, over some rocks and down another rockface via rope ladder. Then around a pool in the lava rocks and down another couple meters holding onto a rope. Then you are on a rockfase about 10/12 meters above sea level. The late Joe Roos lost his life wile fishing from there back in 1989 when a freak wave washed him off the rocks. No les than 5 expeditionists has died on Gough. Most due to exposure in the mountains doing field work. It is a smal island but vegetation is dense and fog daily as well as rain. Easy to get lost, and burn up all your energy. Shoukd you fall down a cave (there are many with vegetaruin over them) you gone. The island is not accesable from shore other than helicopter or the famous crane and personnel carier

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 25, 2016, 06:35:23 pm
This is what you see when you approach Tristan da Cunha Island

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 25, 2016, 06:48:57 pm
And then the village become visible in the distance

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Look at the distant right, the islands name is Inaccessible and the one not visible at this stage is Nightingale.

Nightingale is where the Tristanians go for leave, that typical weekend away. They have small huts on the island.
Inaccessible is not inhabited.

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Here you can see the harbor which was relocated after the last volcanic eruption 1961 which was a big turning point in the islands history.
You can read more about it here: http://www.tristandc.com/history1961-1963.php (http://www.tristandc.com/history1961-1963.php)

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The Island has got a post office, 2 churches (Protestant and Catholic) , a tourism store now located in the post office, a general dealer, agriculture store and a supermarket but more like a 'plaas dorp' supermarket in our point of referance

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My attempt on a panoramic, I am not a good photographer unfortunately
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: oldmannorman on June 25, 2016, 06:56:30 pm
Maybe show your fishing prowess plus fotos in your interview, and the job will be yours.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 25, 2016, 06:57:10 pm
Mense dit is bitter baie mooi hier!!

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Nightingale%20Island%2027_zps4hscdupu.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Nightingale%20Island%2027_zps4hscdupu.jpg.html)

Elderly people and mom and children get flown over and the men take the zodiac

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And then the offloading starts

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And I stand on the monkey deck and supervise and hope nobody gets injured

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 25, 2016, 07:01:51 pm
Maybe show your fishing prowess plus fotos in your interview, and the job will be yours.  :thumleft:

They are very much aware of the fact that I have a lucky hand at fishing  :laughing4:

Hope it helps though!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 25, 2016, 07:10:14 pm
And then we sailed to Nightingale Island (not far, can not recall the total distance but it was only an hours sailing) to drop a team of biologists to do some scientific work for the 3 week takeover duration on Gough. Ship pick them up on the return, but we faced some choppy water there.A nasty swell prevented the landing by Zodiac so they used the chopper...and that chopper shouts dollars every time the twin turbine of the bell 212 fires up

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(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Nightingale%20Island%2063_zps5esl0qiz.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Nightingale%20Island%2063_zps5esl0qiz.jpg.html)

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Nightingale%20Island%2060_zpsmmqjlm9z.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Nightingale%20Island%2060_zpsmmqjlm9z.jpg.html)

The huts (shacks) on Nightingale island

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(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Nightingale%20Island%2035_zpslkcngjsf.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Nightingale%20Island%2035_zpslkcngjsf.jpg.html)

These waterfalls are common thing on all these islands

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(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Nightingale%20Island%20102_zpsvrqsa0xg.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Nightingale%20Island%20102_zpsvrqsa0xg.jpg.html)

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Nightingale%20Island%2096_zpsmomlzzqw.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Nightingale%20Island%2096_zpsmomlzzqw.jpg.html)

That is the famous landing rock on Nightingale

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 25, 2016, 07:12:08 pm
And this is one of the best photos I have taken during the takeover shortly after arrival on Gough Island

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Gough%20-%20first%20days%2037_zpsh2bswdpb.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Gough%20-%20first%20days%2037_zpsh2bswdpb.jpg.html)

Ja the horizon bla bla.....I don't care, it is a lovely pic if only to me  ;D
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 25, 2016, 07:17:21 pm
Ok remember I am still jobless....If I use all my data now I am in trouble later on  :peepwall:
So here are the last couple of pics, shortly after our arrival at Gough Island.
I did not take pictures as we arrived simply because I was the expedition leader and had a lot to do, I was on the inspection flight and there was no time for hoyti toiti ladida

We have an alien plant by name sagina (not a tipo, I checked) and the rope work is part of the eradication program

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Training on knots and rope work

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Ok this is it for now - Goodnight  :thumleft:

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: T Rex on June 25, 2016, 10:37:35 pm
Dankie vir die deel Tom ... ek kan doen met n lang tyd weg van mense .... :-\

Hoop jy kry die Job , ....ons dink aan jou  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 26, 2016, 08:19:30 am
Dankie vir die deel Tom ... ek kan doen met n lang tyd weg van mense .... :-\

Hoop jy kry die Job , ....ons dink aan jou  :thumleft:
Baie dankie mater, ek hoop ook hard.....ek het n inkomste brood nodig. Ek ken daai basis hoek tot kant en het baie om te bied as hulle ny n kans wil gee

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 26, 2016, 04:03:27 pm
Like said nothing comes onto the island other than by chopper during takeover. The crane is always a risk factor, and therefore only used when the chopper is not available.

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/DSC_0052_zpszvhui32g.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/DSC_0052_zpszvhui32g.jpg.html)

This is actually the personnel carrier which we use on the crane, and it gets replaced yearly with a refurbished one with a safety certificate

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/DSC_0055_zpsdbfpq8ks.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/DSC_0055_zpsdbfpq8ks.jpg.html)

A selfie

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/DSC_0044_zpsputiv4pz.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/DSC_0044_zpsputiv4pz.jpg.html)

Back goes the old one - I am always involved with the helicopter work myself, normally as the ground signaler but sometimes up or un hooking, especially when we fly double slings. I am a little bit of a control freak when it comes to safety issues....easier sometimes to DIY other than telling someone else what you need. However, I also do like to teach the new guys but choose safer terrain as Gough is rather tight placing other than on Marion where one have space to maneuver

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/DSC_0038_zpsj7yk7xtv.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/DSC_0038_zpsj7yk7xtv.jpg.html)

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/DSC_0037_zpso1yz0d5d.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/DSC_0037_zpso1yz0d5d.jpg.html)

Bell 212 must have 2 pilots nowadays (was not like that a few years ago on Marion) and the flight engineer which is the air spotter - so the max weight (lifting) has been rediced to 1,1 ton but there must be moderate wind, otherwise she can only lift 900kg

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/DSC_0020_zpsdmhsmb3r.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/DSC_0020_zpsdmhsmb3r.jpg.html)

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/DSC_0007_zps6d8i6xyx.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/DSC_0007_zps6d8i6xyx.jpg.html)

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/DSC_0005_zpsalolrlu8.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/DSC_0005_zpsalolrlu8.jpg.html)

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 26, 2016, 04:09:20 pm
I was fortunate to be chosen to do the round island 'Yellow nose Albatross count'

Here we are fitting go pros to the Harley Davidson of the sky

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%203_zpsre2jy4ax.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%203_zpsre2jy4ax.jpg.html)

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%204_zpsc4bttkaw.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%204_zpsc4bttkaw.jpg.html)

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%208_zpskf4b02qt.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%208_zpskf4b02qt.jpg.html)

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%2021_zpst7wxxjis.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%2021_zpst7wxxjis.jpg.html)

There are a lot of little islands around the main island, everyone has got a name. I was also fortunate to do a round island by zodiac, I can recall most of them names but do not find it useful to post here other than the pictures.

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%2021_zpst7wxxjis.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%2021_zpst7wxxjis.jpg.html)

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%2028_zpsaeymcaai.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%2028_zpsaeymcaai.jpg.html)

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%2033_zps75bqhccb.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%2033_zps75bqhccb.jpg.html)

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 26, 2016, 04:13:27 pm
(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%2036_zpsgacocu9e.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%2036_zpsgacocu9e.jpg.html)

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%2041_zpsdijo6hws.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%2041_zpsdijo6hws.jpg.html)

Saddle island  :)

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%2058_zpsid8e1cee.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%2058_zpsid8e1cee.jpg.html)

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%2093_zps5dujjx3q.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%2093_zps5dujjx3q.jpg.html)

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%20101_zpsi2virp6a.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%20101_zpsi2virp6a.jpg.html)

I think this one is called Lots wife'

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%20112_zpsvkcjptp0.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%20112_zpsvkcjptp0.jpg.html)

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%20116_zpsaako5qck.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%20116_zpsaako5qck.jpg.html)

The admirals

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%20140_zps5cteb9fp.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%20140_zps5cteb9fp.jpg.html)

Church rock
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(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%20213_zpsjfyksbwx.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Round%20Island%20chopper%2027%20Sept%202014%20213_zpsjfyksbwx.jpg.html)

And we landed safely after I took my final pick of the flight - Gough Base
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: BMWPE on June 26, 2016, 04:28:27 pm
 :thumleft:
thanks for sharing
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 26, 2016, 08:01:40 pm
I just love the Yellow nose (Molly) Albatross - also endangered species now

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/13%20Oct%20%206_zps2l7smvra.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/13%20Oct%20%206_zps2l7smvra.jpg.html)

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/13%20Oct%20%2017_zpszlwsbjbj.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/13%20Oct%20%2017_zpszlwsbjbj.jpg.html)

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/13%20Oct%20%2021_zpsnafsulmg.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/13%20Oct%20%2021_zpsnafsulmg.jpg.html)

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/13%20Oct%20%2022_zpsfiyanp5c.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/13%20Oct%20%2022_zpsfiyanp5c.jpg.html)

You only see them during breeding season, they stay out on the ocean and do not come back to land. The go sit on the water like ducks and cannot fly if there is no wind, they turn into the wind like a plain and run on the water and take off!

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/13%20Oct%20%2027_zpsy24zltr4.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/13%20Oct%20%2027_zpsy24zltr4.jpg.html)

These are Scua chics, they are very hardy and good yearly breeders. They are real tough seabirds and prey on live and dead birds, penguin chics and mice....well they do eat literally anything!

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/13%20Oct%20%2047_zpsifkb0ctv.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/13%20Oct%20%2047_zpsifkb0ctv.jpg.html)

There is talk about a so called 'baboon rock' on the island, never came across it though

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/DSC_0080_zpsaq20ftlt.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/DSC_0080_zpsaq20ftlt.jpg.html)

Elephant seal, they can dive extremely deep and hold their breath for hours....under correction 4 hours. I will need to check up on this but it is definitely close if not right

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/DSC_0086_zpsapuwnvo6.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/DSC_0086_zpsapuwnvo6.jpg.html)

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/DSC_0095_zpsmxjaenqf.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/DSC_0095_zpsmxjaenqf.jpg.html)

And the Rockhopper penguins....cocky little bastards

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/IMG_1928_zpsclrjxtwh.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/IMG_1928_zpsclrjxtwh.jpg.html)
(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/IMG_1926_zpsmzls3987.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/IMG_1926_zpsmzls3987.jpg.html)

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/IMG_1923_zps0dony8nc.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/IMG_1923_zps0dony8nc.jpg.html)

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/IMG_1921_zpsspher2pv.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/IMG_1921_zpsspher2pv.jpg.html)

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/IMG_1919_zpskkm63h8p.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/IMG_1919_zpskkm63h8p.jpg.html)

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/IMG_1918_zpsgazkjxod.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/IMG_1918_zpsgazkjxod.jpg.html)

(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/IMG_1914_zpszsajmejz.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/IMG_1914_zpszsajmejz.jpg.html)


Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Offshore on June 26, 2016, 08:09:05 pm
Awesome Tom.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Bundu on June 26, 2016, 08:47:53 pm
ai Tom ek kan sien jy ken van en love dit -ek hoop regtig jy kry weer die kontrak - it's only fair!  :deal:
laat weet ons asb na Dinsdag?
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 26, 2016, 09:25:57 pm
ai Tom ek kan sien jy ken van en love dit -ek hoop regtig jy kry weer die kontrak - it's only fair!  :deal:
laat weet ons asb na Dinsdag?
Ek sal virseker  vir  julle laat weet, hoewel ek dink hulle sal my eers stuur vir die full medical wat natuurlik dan baie goeie aanduiding sal wees van of ek deurgaan na die finale keuring. Ek kannie op hierdie stadium enige negatiewe gedagtes toelaat nie, so ek  gaan hom nou tegemoet asof die  werk myne is!

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Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 26, 2016, 09:26:30 pm
Awesome Tom.  :thumleft:
Thanks mate!

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Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Bundu on June 26, 2016, 09:47:44 pm
ai Tom ek kan sien jy ken van en love dit -ek hoop regtig jy kry weer die kontrak - it's only fair!  :deal:
laat weet ons asb na Dinsdag?
Ek sal virseker  vir  julle laat weet, hoewel ek dink hulle sal my eers stuur vir die full medical wat natuurlik dan baie goeie aanduiding sal wees van of ek deurgaan na die finale keuring. Ek kannie op hierdie stadium enige negatiewe gedagtes toelaat nie, so ek  gaan hom nou tegemoet asof die  werk myne is!

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natuurlik! jy moet self glo jy's die beste kandidaat  :thumleft:
Title: Re:
Post by: Dorsland on June 27, 2016, 03:51:34 am
Dankie vir al die interessante fotos Tom. Jou lewe is 'n avontuur tot dusver.  Is daai chopper jockeys SAAF?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: oldmannorman on June 27, 2016, 08:49:07 am
Awesome  :sip:
Title: Re: Re:
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 27, 2016, 09:16:05 am
Dankie vir al die interessante fotos Tom. Jou lewe is 'n avontuur tot dusver.  Is daai chopper jockeys SAAF?
Hallo Johan, nee die SAAF jockeys se kontrak het tot n einde gekom in die vroe 2000's. Daaena het COC (Canadian helicopter company), Titan aviation en nou Starlight om die kontrak meegeding.
Wat lekker was van COC is dat hul ex SAAF bemanning gebruik het, groot name in die bedryf en wat n voorreg om saam hul te kon werk.
Titan het stelselmatig meer jong bloed ingekry en ek het myself so bietjies bietjie bedinges met een jong windgat wat toe later in Sudan in die Nyl rivier neergekom het maar gelukkig vir die jong cowboy geen beserings opgedoen.

En toe Strarlite, wat n aangename verassing. Hulle het ook n jong crew maar die veiligheid is baie opgeskerp oa 2 pilots ipv 1 op n chopper en altyd een van hul eie grondmanning op die eiland ook.

Ek moet wel se dat daar 2 pilots is wat die presicion flying verstaan, maar daar was n ander een wat die gebou se karakter verander het en met containers teen basis gebots het en die manne van PWD moes vinnig herstelwerk kom doen. Hier het jy nie n goeie pilot nodig nie, maar n briljante een. Jy moet jou srorie ken want die wind gust en jy vlieg vrag. Die nargain for error is klein, vernaam n skip landing wyl die wind gust en daar n swell is.

Nie te min, die manne vlieg goed

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: FrancoisTz on June 27, 2016, 09:37:31 am
Hoop werklik hierdie een is die einde van jou droogte Tom.
Title: Re: Re:
Post by: Dorsland on June 27, 2016, 12:25:26 pm

Hallo Johan, nee die SAAF jockeys se kontrak het tot n einde gekom in die vroe 2000's. Daaena het COC (Canadian helicopter company), Titan aviation en nou Starlight om die kontrak meegeding.

Ek kan goed dink daai manne moet hulle vlieg ken.  'n Chopper in kwaai rukwinde met 'n vrag is nie jou maat nie.
Title: Re: Re:
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 27, 2016, 06:26:35 pm

Hallo Johan, nee die SAAF jockeys se kontrak het tot n einde gekom in die vroe 2000's. Daaena het COC (Canadian helicopter company), Titan aviation en nou Starlight om die kontrak meegeding.

Ek kan goed dink daai manne moet hulle vlieg ken.  'n Chopper in kwaai rukwinde met 'n vrag is nie jou maat nie.

Ja en daai vrag hang aan n lang kabel onder die downwash van die rotors!
Die manne ken.....nog net een geval en niemand beseer in al die jare sedert hulle privaat is.
Op Marion eiland gelukkig in n dik sagte 'mire' hard geland.
Almal het van die toneel af weggestap en die helikopter is gelig dieselfde dag as ek reg onthou.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 27, 2016, 06:37:14 pm
Hoop werklik hierdie een is die einde van jou droogte Tom.

My vriend ek hoop en glo so!

Ek moes vanmiddag baie swaar my trots sluk en vriende bel wat nie te ver woon vra om n mooi baaidjie te leen vir more....maar ek het nie reggekom nie.
Ek is toe dorp toe en na ure se soektog van al die winkes wat moontlik baaidjies mag he, is ek toe gehope vir R700.

Die mense het seker gedink daar is fout met die omie, ek het aangepas en weer opgehang en n goedkoper baaidjie gaan soek. Weer deur al die winkels maar toe seker n uur later daai een gaan afhaal en betaal.

Hoewel die mense van Antarktika en eilande my ken kan ek nie daar instap met n polofleece of derglik nie, HR en die direkteur en dokter gaan daar wees en ek moet op my beste lyk en voorkom. Dis nie lekker as mens jou sente so moet begin omdraai nie maar ek het steeds so baie om voor dankbaar te wees  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: VaalBaas on June 28, 2016, 05:00:30 am
Hou baie styf duime vas vir jou onderhoud vandag.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: corne.l on June 28, 2016, 07:03:19 am
Sterkte Tom!

Jy sal goed doen vandag.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: 1ougat on June 28, 2016, 08:25:09 am
Sterke vir vandag ... as ek daar bo was kon jy my baadjie kom leen het  :thumleft:
Title: Re:
Post by: Dorsland on June 28, 2016, 08:31:39 am
Ek sien jou sommer al daar op Gough Tom. Laat weet sodra jy weet. Sterkte ou maat.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: FrancoisTz on June 28, 2016, 08:36:16 am
Goed, ons wag om die goeie nuus te hoor.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Wooly Bugger on June 28, 2016, 08:52:34 am
Skitterende fotos, Tom!  :thumleft:
Ek hoop en vertrou alles sal goed afloop vandag.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TrailBlazer on June 28, 2016, 09:02:40 am
Wishing you all the best Tom
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on June 28, 2016, 11:07:02 am
Skitterende fotos, Tom!  :thumleft:
Ek hoop en vertrou alles sal goed afloop vandag.



Tom,
You should publish a book of photographs of whatever islands you get to. Not much money for the first couple, but gets profitable once your name gets known.
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Post by: Tom van Brits on June 28, 2016, 03:24:21 pm
Thanks to all the kind comments, I really do appreciate all the support! I am happy with the interview, some questions were rather tough but I never felt uneasy. Some interviews you walk away from thinkin 'I should have said this or that' but not this one. I always felt in control and I can not think of 1 thing I would have changed. They did remind me that I face strong competition, felf strange but good and honest to wish Sherwin luck as well. That who I am....so now the waiting game...I really really am hopeful!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: FrancoisTz on June 28, 2016, 03:27:20 pm
Bakgat Tom, ons hou duime saam met jou.
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 28, 2016, 03:28:32 pm
Skitterende fotos, Tom!  :thumleft:
Ek hoop en vertrou alles sal goed afloop vandag.



Tom,
You should publish a book of photographs of whatever islands you get to. Not much money for the first couple, but gets profitable once your name gets known.
Hi doc, we are not allowed unfortunately. It is in the contract but I am planning on asking permition through the right channels (RSPB) and the administrator of Tristan da Chuna island

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 28, 2016, 03:30:17 pm
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There she is.....what a lovely Ice breaker ;D

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 28, 2016, 08:42:35 pm
The hard part now, waiting..... :sip:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on June 28, 2016, 09:00:44 pm
Hoe lank?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geel Kat on June 28, 2016, 09:07:12 pm
Mater ek hop die werk uit vir jou.

As jy ooit in Melkbos is laat weet my asseblief, hier is altyd 'n bed en plek by die tafel oop in die huis.
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 28, 2016, 09:34:35 pm
Mater ek hop die werk uit vir jou.

As jy ooit in Melkbos is laat weet my asseblief, hier is altyd 'n bed en plek by die tafel oop in die huis.
Baie dankie mater, ek waardeer opreg!

Woody1 hulle kon my  nie n definitiewe andwoord gee nie, die HR dame het gese as die paneel n besluit gemaak het gaan altwee se kwalufikasies weer geverivieer word en hulle maak ook seker by die HPCSA (health profesions council) of daar nie al n klag teen mens was of hang, dan gaan hulle die 2 verwysings vra om weer daardie vrae te andwoord (jy is my een verwysing) en daarna vol medies en sielkundige screening. Dan eers sal hul kan se - sy reken 2 weke plus.
Die onderhoud was ongelooflik profesioneel soos lank terug, en daar het n independant 'reserver' ingesit wat  gladnie praat en die  paneel letterlik dophou en seker maak alles verloop regverdig, geen bevoordeling vir enige kandidaat.
Ek  wat almal  altyd probeer help het vir die  maat van my voorgestel aan die DEA, hy is pas terug van Marion af en ek het him aanbeveel omdat hy  regtig goed is. Ek het nooit voorsien dat hy  my direkte kompetisie sou word en  meeding vir dieselfde pos.
Dis wie ek is, lief mense en help waar ek kan....en vandag sit ons toe langs mekaar en wens mdkasr voorspoed toe.... :)

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Duster on June 29, 2016, 05:18:21 pm
Tom, ons bly saam met jou positief en vertrou dat jy geholpe sal word.  Sterkte!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 29, 2016, 07:37:34 pm
Just an update: Both of us competing for the same position is going together on Friday to do our full medical examination in Pretoria.

We shall continue in good spirit and I still hope that I will be chosen as the medical orderly for Gough 62 regardless the long recruiting process.
I really wants this, and so does my competition....but I need to focus and stay on tract.
Thanks for all the words of encouragement!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on June 29, 2016, 07:58:12 pm
Jis, ons druk ons duime vas dat jy die joppie sal kry. Sterkte met die gewag.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 30, 2016, 11:00:39 am
Jis, ons druk ons duime vas dat jy die joppie sal kry. Sterkte met die gewag.

Baie dankie en vir almal wat saam met my hoop het; hoop is geloof!
Vandag baie water drink en more nog n stappie of tree verder neem.  :)
Ek gaan maar nog n paar fotos met julle deel, hier kom hy:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 30, 2016, 11:15:35 am
Now for a VERY interesting fact

Little is known about the under water world around Gough Island, because of it's remoteness.
So the British - Remember it is a British Island rented to the SA Government for 1 x peppercorn a year till recently and now there are just some agreement to carry a certain amount of cargo for the Tristanians onboard the SA Agulhas and to make cabins available for the people of Tristan that needs to go to CT on the return trip for specialist consultations etc. It is not free but a very fair price is negotiated.

2 years back the British decided to sent a team (small team of 2) navy research divers down on the Edinburgh ship with a zodiac, accompanied by a few Tristanians to assist - also 2 divers by the name of Rodney and Norman Glass - both good friends, as well as Normans father by name 'James Glass' (head and director of Tristain fisheries)

They came down with the Edinburgh while fishing for Lobster around Gough, and I decided to treat my team - obviously depending on if the Administrator would aloud. He did however, a very nice and fair gentleman by name Alex. The deal was a round island trip in the zodiac while they continue diving and then drop us off at various beaches which on some people has to record never sit foot!

So I grabbed my little waterproof camera and unfortunately 2 team members declined. The girl was afraid of highs and did not want to go down the 40 meter crane and the Radio man volunteered to stay in the base. The deal was that in return I would host them (the diving team) for an overnight party/braai South African style - I think it was a rather good deal would you agree?  :laughing4: ;D

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 30, 2016, 11:19:05 am
Now have a proper look at the picture above and you will realize why we need to make use of a crane or helicopter to come ashore.
Also why going down to fish is an adventure in it's own!
And lastly....why you can feel very secure as people (pirates maybe  :ricky: ) can't just give us a surprised visit.
I know the island very well and did identify 2 landing spot where you can (with great effort) work your way up the to the base
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 30, 2016, 11:23:23 am
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Now words can describe the beauty of this island

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We stopped at these guys powerboat asking about their success rate - and like always tons of success, although I can not help to wonder for how many years the lobster will be around in these huge numbers if they are getting trapped on the 3 yearly visits but it is however closely monitored by the environmental powers to be

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Rodney is one hell of a good coxswain, as are most Tristanians
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 30, 2016, 11:36:34 am
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Water on the North west was so clear on the day, at some point in time I was lying flat on my stomach looking into the water and spotted the biggest fish.....I regret at the time not having my line and bait with me as I really wanted to catch a bluefish (Arctic Deepwater Trevalia )

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Chris and Michelle is a couple, they were biologists reaching the bird live in my tea, the other 'birder' Werner was also on the Zodiac with us

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Left rear is the Administrator of Tristan da Cunha Island - a keen adventurer as well

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Many of these waterfalls around although it was Summer with less rainfall

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 30, 2016, 11:39:24 am
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Isn't it beautiful?!!!

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If I recall correct; this is Lot's wife :)

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 30, 2016, 11:43:19 am
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Many 'hole in the wall' little islands, here we boated through one and the depth was around 9 meter

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We came ashore because the divers needed an 2 hour dive on the North and the weather was favorable


Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 30, 2016, 11:45:25 am
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I just enjoyed myself like a teen age boy would have!

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Lovely Rockhopper penguins with Lot's wife in the background

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 30, 2016, 11:48:22 am
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I like them attitude!

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Fur seal babies in the front and some GP's (Giant Petrel) Which is the South Islands vultures

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I quenched my thirst at this fall - sweet water

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 30, 2016, 11:53:20 am
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Them Tropicalus fur seals love the water - babies though
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 30, 2016, 11:54:18 am
More to come...internet issues  :)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Offshore on June 30, 2016, 12:05:45 pm
Tom you are very fortunate to be able to work on these fabulous Islands. The beauty boggles the Mind.
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 30, 2016, 02:02:50 pm
Tom you are very fortunate to be able to work on these fabulous Islands. The beauty boggles the Mind.
Yes it does, I was very fortunate to have worked on these islands. It was and never is easy to make it through the recrutement proses, I have introduced a number of expeditionists throughout the years but very few was lucky to have gone through.

I shall update with more photos which include the highligt of my last expedition - swimming with seals in a fresh water pool under a waterfall.

Freezing but only 4 people has ever been in the 'deep Glen's pool and only 1 without a dry suit (me) We could not find any record of any SA expedition member that has ever done this ....and the deep Glen one of the places on Gough that was visited by only a lucky handful....just a few names, of which never made it to the fall and pool due to the hundreds of adult fur seals.

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 30, 2016, 02:57:07 pm
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Now this is sort of Gough's miracle bird! It is called the Gough Bunting, and it is endemic to Gough Island!It is still a juvenile as the adult bird is green. I shall post more picture of them once I discover and upload on photobucket.

The professors has got different views of how such a little bird could make it to the island, breed and populate.

Keep in mind, this little bird feeds on seeds and is not like the other small bird species 'sea birds'.....I don't think they will ever have the answer and I love it when nature through a curve ball at the scientists ;D

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This is the Island vulture - Giant Petrel and referred to by the Tristanians as stinkers' They also have webbed feet and land on the water, run and take off on the water and is also dependent on wind for continued flight



Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: FrancoisTz on June 30, 2016, 03:02:30 pm
Hi Tom, sterkete vir more. Hoop nie daar is te veel ou been breuke wat op die X-strale verskyn nie.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 30, 2016, 03:09:28 pm
PS: That is blood in the face of the GP, they stick their heads right into a dead seals carcass and first to chow is the liver  :eek7:

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There in the distance it Church rock

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My favorite fall on the Northern side of the Island

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Baby Tropicalis fur seal
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They are finished diving and We proceed to the 'Deep Glen'

Look at the little inflatable that we tow - we used it to land on the various beeches

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Photo of the fall in the 'Deep Glen'. It is very narrow and almost like a cave but most of the way is is 'just' open above and some places not and slightly dark. Hundreds of fur seals and we had to navigate through them which is rather...uhm...challanging  ;D They are not very aggresive but they do not like it if you are between them and they sea...and that is where we were! The Deep Glen is almost (I would say) a 100meters in and then this fall right at the back into a pool. Now this was rather COLD  :lol8: :imaposer:

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Charlie (Navy diver) bailed out with his dry suit.....COLD!! But Tom is taking a shower  :imaposer:

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 30, 2016, 03:18:09 pm
Hi Tom, sterkete vir more. Hoop nie daar is te veel ou been breuke wat op die X-strale verskyn nie.

There is an old ankle fracture; obtained injury back in 2003 when hooking my parachute a bit aggressive on a warm day at Wonderboom Pretoria...but it mended very well and it has not prevented me from going to the islands.

I do not think there is any health issues, not even dental. Eye test should be good as well, I only use reading glasses.

Dankie mater - ek vat dit stappie vir stappie!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: DawieNel on June 30, 2016, 06:20:07 pm
Baie mooi en mooi foto's ook - kan sien hoekom jy wil terug gaan...
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 30, 2016, 06:43:42 pm
Baie mooi en mooi foto's ook - kan sien hoekom jy wil terug gaan...
Dis waar, maar ek moet byvoeg dat ek al 9 maande werkloos is en dat Gough die beste deur is wat moontlik kan oopgaan!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: NoRush on June 30, 2016, 08:23:39 pm
Hi Tom, ek volg al n rukkie die thread van jou. Dis stunning daar, en kan sien elke minuut werd. Sterkte vir onderhoud
sal bid en saam vertrou dat die deur vir jou is.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 30, 2016, 08:39:58 pm
Hi Tom, ek volg al n rukkie die thread van jou. Dis stunning daar, en kan sien elke minuut werd. Sterkte vir onderhoud
sal bid en saam vertrou dat die deur vir jou is.

Baie dankie mater, ek waardeer! Stappie vir stappie!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 30, 2016, 08:47:59 pm
(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Gough%20round%20Island%2014%20Feb%2015%20161_zpsieuehgju.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Gough%20round%20Island%2014%20Feb%2015%20161_zpsieuehgju.jpg.html)

This is close to the Deep Glen, these old monsters came out on the beach - very teritorial and during mating season you can witness real cruel fights among the male 'beach masters'

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Elephant seals are truly amazing creatures!

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Ou snotneus  :laughing4:

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Think this little island is called 'bird island but maybe penguin island', I'll have to check

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On the way to the Edinburgh we spotted this Atlantic black brow albatross

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We boarded the Edinburgh an spent some time with captain Clarens - legend man!!  :thumleft:

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: oldmannorman on July 01, 2016, 09:00:01 am
Awesome pics. Hope your outcome is successful.
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 01, 2016, 11:48:25 am
Awesome pics. Hope your outcome is successful.
Thanks, I am busy with my full medical. Only need to do chest X Rays, the rest was all good! Stress ECG was real good, lung function as well. Dental also, so it is one step closer. The recruitment process is a mission of sort but all nescesary. The haed part is to compete with a guy with a good tract recort but such is life :) There is a change and that is good enough for me

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 02, 2016, 10:47:55 am
The next couple of pictures was taken on the Edinburgh

The Edinburgh is the former 'Heckler' - the is a myth that it is 'bad luck' to have a ship re-named and also if you take on crew with an crooked eye (is dit die regte Engels van skeel?)
However; I have seen both on the Edinburgh and the ship, shipping company and crew is going from strength to strength  :thumleft:

If you know something about the sea you will realize that the Southern Ocean is the deepest and the 40's are renowned for the gale force storms. That's why it is known as the 'roaring 40's!

Captain Clarens comes from a time when ships were made from wood, and men from steel....enough said!

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Captain Clarens October to my left in the far corner of the bridge.
This man has seen stormy weather, and dealt with many challanges ranging from the loss of crews in powerboats, sea rescue and so much more.
He is a man well respected by me - and best of all, he (really) does not need to work but he has got a passion for the ship and the open water
Salute!

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This photo was taken at the 'Admirals' near the base at Quest bay

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Look at the view from the Edinburgh!

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The fishing factory in the Edinburgh pack ready for the export market: Lobster (crayfish) Blue fish, and octopus



     
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Bundu on July 02, 2016, 11:14:29 am
Tom ek het nou bietjie op Google maps gaan kyk en sien die eiland is 91km2 groot - ek het gedink dis kleiner...

Wat is die grootste suiwer land lewende diere daar?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 02, 2016, 11:25:30 am
Tom ek het nou bietjie op Google maps gaan kyk en sien die eiland is 91km2 groot - ek het gedink dis kleiner...

Wat is die grootste suiwer land lewende diere daar?

Bundu die eiland is so net kort van 14 km en het n breedste punt van so om en by 6.5km

Daar is nie permanente land lewende diere nie, hoewel die Troipcalus pels robbe en die Olifant robbe die enigte 'mammals' is wat die eiland besoek en as tuiste sien (landelike tuiste) en baie tyd daar spandeer as ook teel en rus, vernaam as hulle molt (ou hare afgooi en nuwe truitjie aantrek)

Verder is dit die 'Tristan Albatross' wat dieselfde grootte is as die Wandering Albatross en dan die GP's (Giant petrels of soos die Tristan mense hul roep; 'stinkers', Dan die Northern Rockhopper penguins en dan die derduisende ander variasies van Prions wat in burrows bly, die pragtibe Arctic turns wat ook die kingbird genoem word deur die Tristan mense asook die Noddy (pragtige klein see voel) en dan die Skuas! Daar is nog meer maar ek gee net n samevatting van die meest algemene....en die hoogtepunt vir laaste - my gunsteling is die Sootie Albatross en dan die meeste mense se gunstelung is die Yellow nose Albatross, ook genoem die Molly deur die Tristanians

Hoop ek het jou vraag geandwoord?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 02, 2016, 11:31:18 am
(http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac196/TVB_photo/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Trip%20to%20the%20Glen%2011%20Feb%2015%20105_zpslbk1zue3.jpg) (http://s899.photobucket.com/user/TVB_photo/media/Gough%20Island%202014%202015/Trip%20to%20the%20Glen%2011%20Feb%2015%20105_zpslbk1zue3.jpg.html)

I found this photos just now, so relieve that I have got it!

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I have a great deal of respect for you Captain Clarens October

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Nothing goes to waste in the factory

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Bundu on July 02, 2016, 11:31:49 am
thanks Tom  :thumleft:
so daar is nie muise/rotte/hase/beavers nie?
Moet julle enige voorsorg tref om nie sulke diere te introduce per ongeluk nie?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 02, 2016, 11:44:06 am
We have also visited the 'Glen' - the only place identified on Gough where you can land with a RIP and then work your way inland
I have identified 2 more sport but it is for the more adventurous at heart - I have used both as proof that it is possible but however not recommendable except the one at Sealers beech
The other one at Snokgat is rather daring but Vincent Rademeyer (we were together on Gough 2008/9) has accompanied me on this one - he is exceptional fit and can climb rocks like a monkey  :imaposer:

The Glen was visited various time and is rich in history. The first record landing was made in the 16hundreds and in the 18hundreds various landings by various crews including diamond prospectors, seal harvesting and even guano collectors. All of these operations failed due to the tough conditions on the islands - these island as beautiful as they are are very dangerous and many lives including those of 5 SA expeditionists was lost not to mention the fishermen etc.

We have used the Zodiac to come close and then this little RIP to make the landings

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View from the Glen

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GP running on the water to take of
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I discovered this 1835 Engraved rock that was not yet seen or made mention thereof in any book that I have read about the island. I have sent the picture to the Antarctic history fb site for there information

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I love the little Moorhen - chicken - non flyers - this is also a juvenile

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Adult at the back







 
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 02, 2016, 11:51:33 am
thanks Tom  :thumleft:
so daar is nie muise/rotte/hase/beavers nie?
Moet julle enige voorsorg tref om nie sulke diere te introduce per ongeluk nie?

Mater daar is k@k baie muise en vreet die voels lewendig. n Albatross  kan homself nie regtig op land beskerm nie.
Die kuikens word lewendig van onder opgevreet asok die Pryons en baie ander van die voel spesies in die burrows.

Die muise is (dink ons) ge- introduce deur die 'Sealers' en hulle is nou effe groter maar dieselfde spesie as die Noorwee huis muis'

Ek was ook betrokke in een van vele proewe om te kyk wat die muise eet, wat hulle afskrik ens. Sover is dit net naeltjie olie wat hulle nie van hou nie.....die navorsing gaan voort en hulle behoort voort te gaan sodra daar befondsing is met airdrops - pellets wat net muise en nie voels doodmaak.

Die eerste een is pas afgehandel op die 'Antipodes' eiland en ek is seker die bioloee hou nou n valkoog op die uitwerking - sukses hoop ek saam met hulle. As daar net 5 muise oorbly is dit binnet 5 jaar weer n pes

Daar is geen ander mammals nie
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Bundu on July 02, 2016, 11:55:51 am
baie interessant en jou kennis is impressive, dankie  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 02, 2016, 12:04:45 pm
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Driftwood all over the show

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Engravings of first teams when SA got involved and erected the first hut and Meteorological station

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The yellow sand caught the attention of diamond prospectors

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Ou vetgatte  :imaposer:

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Old sealers caves and the old base foundations above

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James Glass - Tristan head of fisheries
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The 2 UK Research divers having a jol in our bar

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And Captain Clarens brought us some supplies from SA - Refrigerators (chest) x 2 and some other stuff

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40 meters at higest point - trusting the cable and the personnel carier - if you fall you are crayfish dinner  :imaposer:
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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 02, 2016, 12:17:14 pm
I was the only keen angler and the team loved my fresh fish offerings which was rater frequent!

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On lighter tackle this 5 fingers is a lot of fun to catch!

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Werner and David taking a break - there is nothing that can 'ride' on the island, we either carry by hand or cart around

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Man I love the look of a Northern Rockhopper!

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Snoek - Throughout the year from the rocks

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And lobster for breakfast  ;D

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Small snoek but I prefer them to the bigger ones

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Tristan's zodiac is a lot of fun

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This picture was taken by an old expeditionist - his name Edgar Carl Harber, of the hut in the Glen

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I was so happy, I was so glad to finally sit foot on the famous Glen!

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Very old scanned picture also taken by Edgar back in the day

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Here we say goodbey to the powerboat crew after off loading - that shortly after left for Cape Town

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Our jumping photo at the Glen - Michelle insist








Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on July 02, 2016, 02:52:39 pm
Eish hoe mis ek die eiland
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: alanB on July 02, 2016, 04:02:39 pm
Tom, after following your initial start to your adventure, I wrote a book about you!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01C1SAEWC (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01C1SAEWC)

Well sort of. The main character is basically someone like you, which reflects how much I envy you.

I haven't had time to go through your report yet, I want to take my time a savour the whole thing.

Thank you very sharing you experiences.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: XT JOE on July 02, 2016, 04:09:02 pm
Beautiful place- thanks for sharing
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 02, 2016, 10:48:35 pm
Tom, after following your initial start to your adventure, I wrote a book about you!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01C1SAEWC (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01C1SAEWC)

Well sort of. The main character is basically someone like you, which reflects how much I envy you.

I haven't had time to go through your report yet, I want to take my time a savour the whole thing.

Thank you very sharing you experiences.
Thank you so much Alan, I am humbled.

I have so many untold stories which people keep asking me to share.....one day I"ll write a book....

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Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: alanB on July 03, 2016, 12:16:11 pm
Tom, after following your initial start to your adventure, I wrote a book about you!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01C1SAEWC (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01C1SAEWC)

Well sort of. The main character is basically someone like you, which reflects how much I envy you.

I haven't had time to go through your report yet, I want to take my time a savour the whole thing.

Thank you very sharing you experiences.
Thank you so much Alan, I am humbled.

I have so many untold stories which people keep asking me to share.....one day I"ll write a book....

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You should try, its actually not as hard as it might seem, especially with modern epublishing. Just very time consuming, which means if you do a bit here and then a bit there, it takes a very long time to complete. So the the sooner you start the better.

I actually enjoyed the basic writing, because once the story started forming I wanted to see how it would turn out.  The hard part is the editing at the end. My English is shocking and I tend to leave out little words like "the" "to" etc, which I just don't notice no matter how many times I re-read the bloody thing. Fixing that was a real pain in the ass. Luckily one of the readers who enjoyed one of the first drafts of the book offered to edit it, she made a huge difference. We're about one third through the final pass (she's done two quick passes through already to fix the really obvious errors, we are now on the final "philosophical" stuff).  Its quite fun IMO.

I'm also eight chapter into the sequel...but as usual its very slow going writing after hours in my spare time, or the small hours of the morning when I cant sleep.

If you are serious, you should just start jotting stuff down, it doesn't matter if its not coherent at first, because trust me, you will be reviewing every single paragraph repeatedly later on. Just start dumping your thoughts onto paper whenever the urge takes you.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: alanB on July 03, 2016, 01:39:06 pm
Just finished reading this from the beginning.

I really wish you well in you job application  :thumleft:

That island is just amazing!

Something about the pristine untouched remoteness, that is very attractive!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 03, 2016, 07:03:37 pm
Just finished reading this from the beginning.

I really wish you well in you job application  :thumleft:

That island is just amazing!

Something about the pristine untouched remoteness, that is very attractive!


Thanks Alan, I need to take your advice and just start writing! So many stories, especially my life in Africa, the DRC and other places.

The South Island on the Mid Atlantic ridge....so special and magical!!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: dirtyXT on July 04, 2016, 07:50:57 am
fantastic, must be magical stepping onto a pretty much undiscovered land, and those rocks. i would shit myself and be transported to 1910 immediatley, must provoke your imagination stukkened! thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 05, 2016, 03:40:20 pm
fantastic, must be magical stepping onto a pretty much undiscovered land, and those rocks. i would shit myself and be transported to 1910 immediatley, must provoke your imagination stukkened! thanks for sharing.

Yes is is magical and the 'time travel' feels even further back.....like the 1600's!

I am struggling a bit today with my 'mood', I was positive and already started packing 1 plastic tope which I plan to put on the bike and deliver it straight to our allocated 'team shipping container' - regardless weather I get expedition leader or not, I will take lead with certain tasks like making sure the team's personal stuff is packed and noted correctly stowed in the correct shipping containers. I can also make use of a courier service to sent my tope bin down but what will it end up costing me! Arounf 40kg....I shall rather tie it onto the rear seat and the only kak is that the Honda's refuel cap is under the rear seat but I will work around that.

However; an old friend just told me that word hit the floor at the public works department with regards to our position, and that I should keep my options (what options  :peepwall: ) open. I don't know if they know something which I don't know yet.....but there is always hope. Not always easy but I shall do my best to get my mood up and all positive again. If this door does not open.....well needles to say; then I will feel a lot of pressure and sweat in the neck  :o
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: ButtSlider on July 05, 2016, 04:26:43 pm
Good luck Tom. Stay positive.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Dorsland on July 05, 2016, 05:21:32 pm
Neewat Tom, moet jou nie aan los praatjies steur nie.  Daai posisie is nog oop en jou kanse is baie goed.  Wat sêg hulle in Ingils: "It's not over until the fat lady sings".
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Philemon on July 08, 2016, 10:24:05 am
Eenige nuus Tom.

Ons wag in spanning om te hoor.

 :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 10, 2016, 12:05:21 pm
Eenige nuus Tom.

Ons wag in spanning om te hoor.

 :thumleft: :thumleft:
Niks ou maat....niks. Ek is nou 9 maande sonder werk. Dis bitter hard en kan net bly hoop.

Ek is gepak, een medium trommel die keer vs 2 grotes van laaste ekspedisies. Kan net die nodigste aankoop.

Moes noual koop want ek moet gereed wees op kort kennis..

trommel bevat die volgende vir interesantheid:
1: 12 × 180mg koekies seep
2: 10 x deodorant
3: 10 x buisies tandepasta
4: skeermes met 9 lemme
5: 20 × plat plastiese leers met deurskynende sakkies vir my mediese leers (eie voorkeer om georganiaeerd te lewe)
6: Paar big penne en nota boekies
7: Slenterdrag: gilbert rugby broeke en paar T hemde, waterdigte skoene
8: hengelgerei: 4 tolle lyn, 2 katrole, genoeg sinkers, handlyn, hoeke en verakeidenheid lepels vir snoek asook ander kunsaas.
9: Haar knipper / Wahl home basic
10. 4 verimark shogun messe en slyper
11: 2 x verimark vergrootglas met ked liggies.
12: batterye
13: side cutter, long nose, splitring tang, sker
14: Teflon pan en plastiek spaan, 3 x cocktail opskep tabgetjies.
15: Espresso ketektjie
16: visvang lip landing tool.
17: koffee mug
18. Mini tripot en monopot

In my hand bagasie vir die skip gaan n sak vol klere wat ek dra op skip, n laptop en ipad en selfoon.

Miskien gaan ek n guitar vat, ek het onlangs begin leer speel. Baie basies maar baie stimilerend.

Ons bly positief


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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Bundu on July 10, 2016, 12:22:29 pm
ek hou stewig duimvas vir jou Tom  :thumleft:

wanneer vertrek die skip?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: KiLRoy on July 10, 2016, 12:31:19 pm
Wat kan jy gebruik vir sat data connection.  Ek is seker baie honde sal bydrae om daaglikse updates te kry.  Die lot was mos vol kak laas keer met jou data gebruik?
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 10, 2016, 02:15:09 pm
ek hou stewig duimvas vir jou Tom  :thumleft:

wanneer vertrek die skip?
Dankie mater, die 8e Sept as ek reg is.


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Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 10, 2016, 02:20:01 pm
Wat kan jy gebruik vir sat data connection.  Ek is seker baie honde sal bydrae om daaglikse updates te kry.  Die lot was mos vol kak laas keer met jou data gebruik?
Ek gaan kyk na opsies, sover ek weet werk Iridium Suid.

.........en ja hulle is weer bitter streng met data, daar is net 1 skottel wat ontvang en stuur en dis n 512mb sateliet lyn. Hulle beperk data nou net tot whatsapp wat deur  die wireless routers werk, en outlook vir e posse.

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Offshore on July 10, 2016, 04:44:23 pm
Ek hou ook Duim vas Tom. Sterkte.
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 10, 2016, 05:58:37 pm
Ek hou ook Duim vas Tom. Sterkte.
Dankie mater.....ek sal julle onmidekik laat weet hier wanneer ek weet!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 14, 2016, 03:04:28 pm
This eclips photo was taken by Chantal van Staden. She was our deputy leader G54

I somehow feel positive, the interviews for the whole team should be finalised next week and we should all know soon after. Probably during the last week of July. Team training should start 15 August but specialist training the first.

What helps, I have done it all and they will probably ask me to work on the orders and packaging there of in shipping containers
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Bundu on July 14, 2016, 04:28:30 pm
WOW!  :o

ek kan amper nie glo daai foto is nie ge-shop nie  :drif:
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 14, 2016, 05:06:38 pm
WOW!  :o

ek kan amper nie glo daai foto is nie ge-shop nie  :drif:
Mater daar was n eclipse in 2008/9. Sy was baie terleurgesteld oor due wolke maar dis maar gewoonlik bewolk op Gough. Reenval is verskriklik hoog en beteken of gaan eendag die einde van die eilande beteken as daar nie weer n vulkaniese uitbarsting gaan kom nie. Die  hie reenval veroorsaak meer as 20 groot watervalle om die eiland en so die erosie. Elke keer sien ons dat dele val, nou die laaste keer n hele dee van die pikkewyn kolonie toegeval. Hartseer maar dis die eilande. Nie te min, Chantal Steyn (nooiensvan) en nou Van Staden is n profesionele fotograaf en was ons kominukasie ingeneur. Sy is n regte gekwalifiseerde ingeneur maar het net in Abtartica en Gough gepraktiseer as een en sedert dien n pro fotograaf

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: NoRush on July 15, 2016, 06:15:35 pm
Sterkte daar Tom vir jou om te wag in spanning. Ek het al die RR van jou op eilande gelees en wow is al wat ek kan se.
Ek hoop dis jou beskore om weer daar te toer. Aan een kant moet dit voedsel vir die siel wees en op snykant
kan die eensaamheid jou platdruk. Dis regtig jammer oor die kommunikasie beperking... Sterkte, hou jou in gebed. 
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 15, 2016, 07:02:32 pm
Sterkte daar Tom vir jou om te wag in spanning. Ek het al die RR van jou op eilande gelees en wow is al wat ek kan se.
Ek hoop dis jou beskore om weer daar te toer. Aan een kant moet dit voedsel vir die siel wees en op snykant
kan die eensaamheid jou platdruk. Dis regtig jammer oor die kommunikasie beperking... Sterkte, hou jou in gebed. 
Baie dankie vir die mooi boodskappie!

Ek besef vandag meer as ooit tevore dat dit n bitter groot voorreg is om n ekspedisie te doen op een van hierdie SANAP eilande! Ja dis nie alles maanskyn en rose nie, maar dis n voorreg wat geen geld kan koop. Of jy kwalifiseer en word gekies, of nie. Ek brand van hoop maar moet maar vasbyt en wag.....een dag op n slag



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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Rodlau on July 16, 2016, 10:52:40 pm
Wishing you luck Tom.  I really enjoyed your previous trip.
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 17, 2016, 11:12:24 am
Wishing you luck Tom.  I really enjoyed your previous trip.
Thanks Rodlau, I am planning to get a lot more involved with field work this time around which should make an interesring read and series of pictures!
Wishing you luck Tom.  I really enjoyed your previous trip.


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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: KiLRoy on July 17, 2016, 11:42:35 am
I would like to think that after they decide on the expedition leaders, that person must be involved in the selection of the crew?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 17, 2016, 01:46:15 pm
I would like to think that after they decide on the expedition leaders, that person must be involved in the selection of the crew?

Yes and it would make perfect sense to me as well, but unfortunately they don't.

The leader was till recent years decided on when the team was sent for the psychological evaluation.

The whole team participated in various challenges, some tasks were done individually and most within team.

They would give you things to do (in my opinion) to sometimes annoy you, like having to make a drawing with crayons of your 'happy place'.

There is however method behind the madness I suppose, as you probably got tested if you are willing to go through some extremes which you do not like but still be able to control yourself and stay disciplined. The biggest test here was however to see weather you can perform in a team of newly found friendships - remember they did this on the very first or second day of team training.

I think the main thing here was then while giving hard tasks to the team; to see who will come forward and take lead naturally and come up with sensible solutions to the problems at hand.

They have always played games with the team outside, but it was always 'a new game', for example: 'we have a rugby ball but you are not allowed to touch it with your hands, divide yourself in two teams and between this two road cones is the goals and same on the other side of the field. It then start off rather disorganized and the teams identifies issues like where is the lines....when is the ball out? And boundaries will then be set. after an hour of play all will review and realized that it was essential to put up boundaries for the game - the same principal in any team work. Not team can function on an expedition without proper boundaries!  :deal:

So this is how the natural leaders would come forward out of a series of tests. However, when a team leader has proved himself and especially like in my case (And please, all who knows me know that I am a humble man so I am not boosting here) on two expeditions as leader it almost go without saying that you will be elected as leader again. You will recall that in my case on G60 we had challenges with the refrigeration plant and if the ship would have to sail down with expertise to fix it would have cost the tax payers over R4milion at the time. I got advice from a friend I made here and I managed (as medic) to replace a compressor without having to suck a vacuum - it is rather difficult because if you do make a mistake the unit will not run. I had a very stressed and troublesome time because all eyes and hope was in our team to fix this. The team assisted as good as they could, but in the end the plant was saved by distance advice from an old WD friend and a retired refrigeration technician who used to work for the NDWP (Government public works)

The biggest issue in a small team is to prevent the team from splitting up in smaller groups. I can if there is more interest in how one prevent this from happening (or how I did it) continue to share.

I am however not sure if I am going through, we are two candidates competing for one position. Soon someone will have to make a call, even if they have to draw the name blindfolded out of a hat  :) . I really hope that it will be my name  :laughing4: .

If I don't go through I might have to do the same as Mr Zog (what a good Paramedic he was!) although just in SA. Maybe ride code 11 trucks, do steel and handyman work which I am willing to do but I do love my work so much that I just need to keep trying and stay positive!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Philemon on July 26, 2016, 10:41:35 am
Tom

We are still holding thumbs for you. :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Any news yet?

Philemon
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 26, 2016, 11:44:02 am
Tom

We are still holding thumbs for you. :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Any news yet?

Philemon
My friend please keep holding then thumbs!
I should know by Friday, as I can not see them waiting any longer.
Sherwin (old friend and opposition) has been phoning me..he is also hoping and both of us think that it is rather difficult for the DEA oceans and coast to make a pick....however, ship sails the 8th of September and a lot of training and work need to be done before that!

I trust hopefully that I shall update this thread on Friday with Good news!!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 28, 2016, 09:48:10 pm
I need some advice please - should I make a new thread elsewhere to maybe get more input?

I have not heard yet, but neither has my opposition which gives me somehow a lot of hope because the department know me and they know I am loyal and can work under pressure. Yes there will be pressure because the ship is sailing currently on another research operation with Oceanographers. It is going to be hectic once Gough 62 takes shape as there will be limited time and no space for mistakes.

That brings me to the following challenges, should I get the job what can you guys recommend?

1: Brits and Cape town is roughly 1800km apart, and I have done it previously in one day.....but I am older and more responsible now. Where can I overnight at a reasonable price?

2: I need to pay my own accommodation in Cape town....I only know Zebra backpackers as I do not need any luxuries. Any cheaper (and safe) options?

If they do appoint me, it should be real soon....the first week in August. That means I need accommodation for roughly 5-6 weeks

I would appreciate any advice

 
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on July 29, 2016, 06:21:50 am

The biggest issue in a small team is to prevent the team from splitting up in smaller groups. I can if there is more interest in how one prevent this from happening (or how I did it) continue to share.

I would be very interested in this, and other principles of leadership in difficult environments. Perhaps this could grow into a scholarly paper in a psychological journal?
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 29, 2016, 08:23:53 am

The biggest issue in a small team is to prevent the team from splitting up in smaller groups. I can if there is more interest in how one prevent this from happening (or how I did it) continue to share.

I would be very interested in this, and other principles of leadership in difficult environments. Perhaps this could grow into a scholarly paper in a psychological journal?
Thanks doc, unfortunately there is no model that we could refer to and every leader do what he thinks is right. Quite often do we see teams returning from the remote sites split up into smaller groeps and some members completely withdrawn and on their own. One of the medical doctors who was a regular on take overs decided to do a year on SANAE (SA Arctic base) He actually wrote a paper that year on the infuencial behavior of remote site team members and I need to dig and see if I can get hold of it again. The environmental climate also has a huge influence on team members. If or when a team sometimes split is not nesceserly a sighn of bad leadership, as long as the team can still function under 1 leadership. You do get easy going expeditionists and you get a variety of team members struggling to adapt esoecially in the very beginning of the year once the ship sails and leave you in total isolation. The thought of knowing that you can not go back, not even if a loved one dies and the reality thereoff strikes some people hard.

However, I shall at some stage post more about this behavioral characteristics and what I found to work and to keep the balance. Kobus (Woody1) here on the forum was ny role model when I was on my first expedition and he made a lasting impresion on me. The biggest quality I have learned from him that is so important on the remote site, is to resolve any issues quick and effectively and to be absolutely back to normal the next day.  It is also essential to the rest of the team to wittness that you hold no grudges after any conflict.

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on July 29, 2016, 09:47:09 am
Thank's Tom.  Glad I did something good in my life.  I had a great team apart from somebody that had to be removed.
Was it not for that person I would not have met you as you came in as his replacement on very short notice.

Sterkte my maat.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: WheelieDog on July 29, 2016, 11:54:57 am
Hey TVB, just logging in to wish you luck today.

 I was hoping you had some good news to share already but it seems they are still keeping you (and all of us) in suspense!

My father was a member of the first SANAE expedition to Antartica. He was the only member to stay behind and thus over wintered twice. He has also spent time on Marion and Gough Islands. Your adventures therefore have a very special meaning to me and I trust you will be going back.

Waiting patiently for the good news :sip:
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 29, 2016, 12:33:41 pm
Hey TVB, just logging in to wish you luck today.

 I was hoping you had some good news to share already but it seems they are still keeping you (and all of us) in suspense!

My father was a member of the first SANAE expedition to Antartica. He was the only member to stay behind and thus over wintered twice. He has also spent time on Marion and Gough Islands. Your adventures therefore have a very special meaning to me and I trust you will be going back.

Waiting patiently for the good news :sip:
Thanks Wheelie dog, your father is then one of the legends of the SANAE 1 base... man that was a time when men were still hard as nails! However, Kobus Steyn has also done a double expedition on SNAE 2. He has also been humble wrt the expeditions he dit on SANAE, Gough and Marion so I looked through the old team pictures. I think under correction a total of 9. He has never done an expedition in one of the new bases like SANAE 3 and the new Marion base....neither did I. The guys who have been to both old and modern bases were rather not happy as they say the new bases are 'clinical'. The old bases like still the current old base on Gough is still hard core. It is like you step back in time, and there is a lot of manual labor involved to keep that heartbeat going! I just love it, but I am not in any means agains the new bases and would love to do another expedition some time on Marion to see for myself how it has changed. Needless to say, as you guys know me by now I am rather passionate and can't wait! Thought I would hear from them today, and got everything ready to take on the long road to CT... Maybe I hear from them on Monday, and I will post here right away!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Offshore on July 29, 2016, 12:43:11 pm
Damn it Tom those Gents are taking their Time hey?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Bundu on July 29, 2016, 12:58:55 pm
I need some advice please - should I make a new thread elsewhere to maybe get more input?

I have not heard yet, but neither has my opposition which gives me somehow a lot of hope because the department know me and they know I am loyal and can work under pressure. Yes there will be pressure because the ship is sailing currently on another research operation with Oceanographers. It is going to be hectic once Gough 62 takes shape as there will be limited time and no space for mistakes.

That brings me to the following challenges, should I get the job what can you guys recommend?

1: Brits and Cape town is roughly 1800km apart, and I have done it previously in one day.....but I am older and more responsible now. Where can I overnight at a reasonable price?

2: I need to pay my own accommodation in Cape town....I only know Zebra backpackers as I do not need any luxuries. Any cheaper (and safe) options?

If they do appoint me, it should be real soon....the first week in August. That means I need accommodation for roughly 5-6 weeks


I would appreciate any advice

 

Tom I would think, as soon as you hear that you have been selected, open a new thread (or use this one) with your time lines and requirements and I'm sure many that have enjoyed this thread will jump in and help you with advice and possibly other things you need  :thumleft:

good luck! still hoping you are selected!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 29, 2016, 01:00:01 pm
Damn it Tom those Gents are taking their Time hey?
Yes they are in no rush, I would have loved some feedback but alas....nothing yet. :)

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on July 29, 2016, 02:20:10 pm
Tom het die werk !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4:

Geluk my maat.  Die beste man het die job gekry.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: oldmannorman on July 29, 2016, 02:30:13 pm
Baie geluk. Now for a new chapter.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Offshore on July 29, 2016, 02:38:10 pm
Veels geluk Tom! :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: corne.l on July 29, 2016, 02:48:06 pm
YEEEEHAAAAAAA!!!!

Great stuff Tom ... nou begin die volgende adventure!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: WheelieDog on July 29, 2016, 02:50:57 pm
Bliksem, that's wonderful news!!!!

Congratulations TVB, about time your luck changed :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: desertfox on July 29, 2016, 02:57:52 pm
Yes Tom bly jy het toe werk gekry!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on July 29, 2016, 03:03:10 pm
GREAT!!!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: ButtSlider on July 29, 2016, 03:07:12 pm
AWESOME  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

 :wav:

Well done Tom.

I think the beers are now going to flow. . . . . . .after the tears  :laughing4:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: FrancoisTz on July 29, 2016, 03:15:57 pm
Baie bly, gaan vanaand 'n ekstra whisky op jou drink.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: DawieNel on July 29, 2016, 03:21:36 pm
 :thumleft: :biggrin:

Goeie nuus ...

 :bounce: :compress:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Draadwerk on July 29, 2016, 03:40:38 pm
Wow Tom. Ek is soooooo bly en soooooo verlig vir jou part. Het hierdie thread elke dag gekyk en saam gehoop en gebid maar wou niks Post nie.

Baie baie baie geluk en mag dit net mooi dinge vir jou inhou 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😊😊😊😊
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Philemon on July 29, 2016, 03:59:05 pm
Tom

This is fantastic news.  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

You have such a following here now that you are going to have to keep us all informed on a regular basis.

We are all going to be logging in to read about your adventures.

All good things come to those who wait.    :3some:

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on July 29, 2016, 04:40:20 pm
Jis, BAIE, BAIE GELUK.  Draadwerk het die woorde so uit my mond gevat.   Ek is onsettend bly vir jou.

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on July 29, 2016, 05:01:39 pm
Baie geluk Tom :thumleft:
Hoop jou kamera se lens is gepolish vir mooi fotos neem vir ons.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 29, 2016, 05:10:40 pm
Wow yes I have received the call at 14H06, and when I saw the 021 number I immediately knew this is the Department of Environmental affairs Oceans and Coast!

My heart was racing and I was shaking....the lady said: 'Hello can I please speak to Tom Mc Sherry'', I said: 'Mam please tell me you have got good news for me..' Lady: 'Congratulations, you were chosen to go to Gough island as the medical orderly of Gough 62, do you accept?' Me: ' YES YES YES I DO!!  :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4:  Thank you so much, you have made my day and this is a life changing event for me!' Lady; 'Welcome aboard Tom, please sign you e mailed letter of acceptance and I see you soon in Cape Town!' Me: Thanks, see you soon!! :angel7: :angel8:

To all my Wild Dog friends, your support is invaluable - it means so much and when days were dark your guys was here for me as friends. This forum was discovered by me back in 2009 when I joined while I was on Gough Island the first time around.

I immediately called my one lady friend (not girlfriend - I am single) as she is very special and we share a lot, and then Kobus (Woody 1) as I have a lot of respect for him and we are good friends since 2006 - 63rd expedition to Marion Island. He knew I was going to busy for the next couple of hours on whatsapp and fb to let the family and close friends know so he decided to make that special announcement!

Thanks to Kobus and each and every message that I have received here, there are now to many to reply to individually but I have great appreciation!! :thumleft:

I shall do my best to update this thread on a regular basis, and should I not have access for some reason I'll sent photos and short updates via whatsapp to Kobus to post like I did last time around on the ship.

I do not know the team, infact; I don't know anything other than my own appointment at this stage! The next step is me phoning the DEA on Monday morning, asking them when they want me to start working. Put the date on the letter of appointment and e-mail it through, pack my bike and ride down. I think they would want me to start asap at the East Pierre building, and they also know I need 2 days to ride down. I might be starting later the week, maybe Thursday (I hope) as it will give me some time to ride down over 2 days. I can do it in one day and have done it before, but I do not want to take any changes and it is colder weather.

Anyway, thanks so much once again!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: T Rex on July 29, 2016, 05:34:39 pm
Tom ek is baie bly vir jou  :thumleft: :thumleft:

Dit is duidelik jou passie en verdien dit 1000 maal :thumleft:

Sterkte met die voorbereidings en hou ons op hoogte .
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: DirtRebell on July 29, 2016, 05:56:37 pm
Whoop whoop!!! Baie geluk.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: BMWPE on July 29, 2016, 06:05:26 pm
Fantastic news  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Bundu on July 29, 2016, 06:23:55 pm
baie geluk Tom!  :thumleft:

dis nice as nice mense 'n gelukkie strike  :)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Rooies on July 29, 2016, 06:28:47 pm
Tom, baie geluk! Vanaand se whiskey toast ek op jou! ( en een op Bie se Crystal)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 29, 2016, 07:15:44 pm
What a humbling experience, thanks to all!!  :3some:

I am also on a glass of red tonight  :blob6: :blob9:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: skydiver on July 29, 2016, 07:41:07 pm
Ek is bly jy het goeie nuus gekry Tom
Vannaand kan jy rustig slaap.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Fransw on July 29, 2016, 07:58:41 pm
Baie geluk Tom. Ek was in 2004/5 ook gekies om Marion toe te gaan om met die weer behulpsaam te wees, maar moes dit toe van die hand wys a.g.v. persoonlike redes. Tot vandag toe spyt!

Geniet dit en hou ons op hoogte.. :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 29, 2016, 09:05:59 pm
Baie geluk Tom. Ek was in 2004/5 ook gekies om Marion toe te gaan om met die weer behulpsaam te wees, maar moes dit toe van die hand wys a.g.v. persoonlike redes. Tot vandag toe spyt!

Geniet dit en hou ons op hoogte.. :thumleft:

Unfortunately you will not get a second change, and I can only imagine that you regret but life goes on mate. Make the best of it and I shall keep you guys posted, every step of the way!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 29, 2016, 09:12:46 pm
I am keeping this in English as I have received requests by some members to please stick to English as the google translation is not accurate  :imaposer:

I would love everyone to read and understand and follow AND Participate in this thread!!

You guys and girls can also befriend me on fb, my name is Tom Mc Sherry and my profile picture looks like this:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 29, 2016, 09:14:53 pm
The above picture was taken in 2008 on Tristan da Cunha Island.....I am still like that.....Ye ok ok...a bit more grey....ish!  :peepwall:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Kykdaar on July 29, 2016, 09:25:33 pm
Great news :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Fudge on July 29, 2016, 09:31:21 pm
 :wav:
Title: Re:
Post by: Wheelman on July 29, 2016, 10:10:51 pm
So very pleased for you Tom. Take care. 

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Ri on July 29, 2016, 10:51:53 pm

Congratulations on this wonderful news! I'm envious, it sounds and looks like the most amazing experience ever :biggrin:

Looking forward to all the interesting news and beautiful photos to follow  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Rodlau on July 29, 2016, 11:39:30 pm
Congratulations Tom.  Must be one hell of a relief and load off your mind.  Looking forwars to sharing your adventures.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mr Zog on July 30, 2016, 02:44:40 am
Woody said it; the BEST man git the job.

Well done buddy. We look forward to at least a weekly report from the island...  :deal:  :thumleft:
Title: Re:
Post by: MoJo JoJo on July 30, 2016, 04:27:00 am
Congrats. Started following the thread earlier this week.

My mothers's cousin, Fanie Grobler died on Gough during a snowstorm, think it was in the late 70's...

All the best and good luck

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: KiLRoy on July 30, 2016, 06:18:45 am
Congrats Tom, now plse tell us what you need ito sat connectivity.  This time we want to stay connected O0 :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on July 30, 2016, 07:33:31 am
Zog do a daily update report from USA.
Tom will do a daily update from Gough.
Woody will do a daily update from BRAKPAN !!!!  :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: KiLRoy on July 30, 2016, 07:55:38 am
Fark woody, this time we must get proper connectivity in place for Tom's updates.  Those are just special.  What would we typically need?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on July 30, 2016, 07:59:47 am
To have his own up/downlink is possible but VERY expensive.

http://www.groundcontrol.com/BGAN.htm (http://www.groundcontrol.com/BGAN.htm)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: KiLRoy on July 30, 2016, 08:03:52 am
To have his own up/downlink is possible but VERY expensive.

http://www.groundcontrol.com/BGAN.htm (http://www.groundcontrol.com/BGAN.htm)

Is it possible to use the station's infrastructure but on his own data package?  Rent options?  How expensive?  ;D.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Gee S on July 30, 2016, 08:56:39 am
Congrats and good luck Tom! I hope that you will enjoi every moment!

One can get an Irrisat device that can be used to get internet and wheather updates. Some round the world sailing guys use that as theit main means of staying in touch but it cannot make phone calls. I have no idea what the data or the device costs.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: NoRush on July 30, 2016, 09:57:01 am
Baie geluk TVB, my dag is gemaak. Sien uit (hopelik) na jou updates vanaf die eiland.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 30, 2016, 09:58:38 am
Firts time in months I had a good nights sleep! Thanks to all for the replies, great to see so many hapoy with me!

Kilroy I really appreciate your willingness to help get something wrt communication but I will be able to stay connected. The Began portable is just way too expencive! The satelite system is rather simple on Gough, and there is not a seperate dish for rx and tx. It is a 512mb system, and a team of 9 share it plus the weather data must transmit every hour. The main concern they had was that the weather SA file do not go through in time to help complete the synoptic cards etc.

The DEA is well aware of the problems we face and they have a new Sat nav company who will work on an upgraded system. However, although there is now a budged in place ro start there is only 1 x voyage to Gough with the SA Agulhass 2 and the cost is in excess of 4 milion a trip. Then the space and avaability. The Edinburgh is also coming down 2 x shortly after the SA Agulhas 2 left to fish commurcially around the island. They stay is normally only 5 days as the waters are so rich they catch the qwota and leafe. The DEA sometimes do make use of the vessel to ship something down but the last visit is early Feb and then nothing till the SA Agalhas 2 arrives in September and all hell break loose with the take over.

These other personal satelite systems are just way to expensive. I should be ok and must just take care that the wild dog forum does not pop up to be one of the bigger data users on the island. I shall keep an eye and even turn setting off not to see pictures sometimes. Photobucket was blocked and image shack, I could therefore not use a host to upload pictures.

However, I will stay connected even if it means that I can not see pictures and as we are allowed to whatsapp (communication policy) I can at worst case scenario make the pictures smaller and whatsapp it to Woody1 for upload. I can then commend and still participate in the stories and discussion.

Like said there is a budged now to up the system but it is probably going to take 3 years to up the system on Marion, SANAE and Gough due to the remoteness.

I will definately stay connected!

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Title: Re: Re:
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 30, 2016, 10:03:19 am
Congrats. Started following the thread earlier this week.

My mothers's cousin, Fanie Grobler died on Gough during a snowstorm, think it was in the late 70's...

All the best and good luck

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Yes mate 5 expedition members alone has died on Gough. None on Marion and under correction 4 on SANA. The weather is rather challanging at times....wind speed in excess of 180km/h and more. It changes very quickly! There is various crosses to mark these sad events on Gough.


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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: KiLRoy on July 30, 2016, 10:04:09 am
What are the options though?  And cost? Seems the iridium sat phone with data is the best option?  Wonder what the costs are?
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 30, 2016, 10:21:32 am
What are the options though?  And cost? Seems the iridium sat phone with data is the best option?  Wonder what the costs are?
I will look into this and sent a few mails and see what they come up with. Iridium is rhe best system down South supoorted by there own sat system. Thurya is North

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: 1ougat on July 30, 2016, 10:31:35 am
Tom  :thumleft:

Dit wys maar weer "Good things do happen to those who wait "

Baie geluk en geniet dit .

Comms gewys - die equipment is relatief goedkoop en beskikbaar dit is die Sattelite time wat duur is . Dink 20Meg vir R16000  ??? -

SO kry n sponsor  :biggrin:


Title: Re:
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 30, 2016, 08:23:54 pm
I have met Bensien today, he bought the 661 braces (I bought it years ago to ride mx but never got so far) and the money will come in handy now. We met at Cameleon brow house near Harties and man did I enjoy! Ben and his other half treated me with beer and pizza. I have met the best people on this forum!!

Tomorrow I shall 're pack'. I am going to take a bigger steel container as I want to take a couple of extra things to make my life a bit easier. Simple things like plastic containers for things like left over food. One have the tendancy to take too much stuff, but one can't buy anything down there. You got to go prepared.

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: windswept on July 30, 2016, 09:08:12 pm
Are you going to go to CT via the N1 (Bloem) or Kimberley?
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 30, 2016, 11:11:44 pm
Are you going to go to CT via the N1 (Bloem) or Kimberley?
I usually take the  N1, but it does not really matter. I think it is more or less the same distance? Shall have a look on the map

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Title: Re: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 30, 2016, 11:44:40 pm
Are you going to go to CT via the N1 (Bloem) or Kimberley?
I usually take the  N1, but it does not really matter. I think it is more or less the same distance? Shall have a look on the map

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I just had a  look, can go either way  the distance is almost the same. It  is roughly 1500km from Brits. I have an option to sleep over in Graaff Reinete. 900km day one and 700 km day 2. I was offeted accomodation in Hout bay, the lone sailor Matt Chauvel anchored at Gough and I gave him time to repair his vessel. He stayed 16 days with our team on Gough Island and once he reached Cape Town he bought a house in Hout bay. He has offered me a room and I have gladly agreed to  stay with  him and commute daily to East pierre which  is about 30  min.

Slowly but surely everything is comming together. I have always served as an Emergency medical worker and fireman and loved to  give and help people. I have  never expected anything in return. My late dad used to say; if your ass was'nt one with your body you would have given  it away' I never  gave anything in the  hope of recieving in return  but now I have experienced how it feels to stand on the recieving end, and like I said esrlier ....it is a humbling experience. Unemployment makes one feel empty, depressed and you even loose some self confidance. Good to be  'back'  :D



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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on July 31, 2016, 07:26:36 am
Thats my boy. :thumleft: 
Difficult to stay positive sometimes, but one has to work through it.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: VaalBaas on July 31, 2016, 08:36:59 am
Vir weke en dae lees ek elke dag die thread en so wragtag mis ek die groot dag

Baie bly saaam met jou Tom. Jou droom is werklikheid. Nou vir die finale pak ek regmaak om te gaan

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Oubones on July 31, 2016, 08:55:46 pm
Bly vir jou!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: alanB on July 31, 2016, 11:50:42 pm
Well done Tom, very glad for you  :thumleft: O0
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: trackSHUN on August 01, 2016, 07:30:12 am
Great news Tom - the next adventure in the series ...

Looking forward to reading your daily [or at least weekly] reports !!!  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 01, 2016, 12:13:10 pm
Thanks to all once again!!

I am riding down to CT tomorrow. Think I shall do it in one go as there is just so many things to do and little time!! Shall keep you all updated. I am starting on Thursday the 4th wich means I'll get sally on the 15th. At least one payday before we sail!! I am flying up for my daughters wedding over the weekend of the 27th. Looking so much forward to this expedition and my daughters wedding!!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on August 01, 2016, 12:34:43 pm
Veilig ry en trek maar warm aan.  Dis flippen koud daar buite  :ricky:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Buff on August 01, 2016, 01:49:22 pm
Great news Tom. I've been following this thread with great interest and I'm really glad you got the nod. Looking forward to some awesome photos again soon  :thumleft: Safe travels.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geel Kat on August 01, 2016, 02:26:36 pm
Veilig ry Tom.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Gérrard on August 01, 2016, 03:16:53 pm
Moes eers gou opvang om te sien wat dan nou hier aangaan. Mooi so Tom  :thumleft:
Title: Re:
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 01, 2016, 10:05:39 pm
Thanks to all for the replies, I read and appreciate each and every comment!! I am repeating myself but I am humbled, it is a good feeling and I value all the friendship!!

I think the hard part is going to be between 4am an 10am, but it is only 6 hours. I do not have heated grips or hand guards nor winter gloves. I shall stop often as the tank on the NC is rather small. 14 litres which can take me safely to avg 350km on a tank. I shall do regular fuel stops.

My boss is really a nice guy, I have never worked under him and he still remember me 10 years back on the sea rescue off Marion. He was still young and I think his first voyage. When I asked him today how late I should report on Thursday he just said; 'it's your first day, not much to do yet as we are awaiting suppliers, come in at any time during the morning'

Yes we all know very well that as soon as the deliveries come all hell break loose and we will burn midnight oil to get the 'red lady loaded'

Goodnight an I shall do an update at some stage during the day to show my progress. Now off to bath and bed

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: zetman on August 01, 2016, 10:11:38 pm
Yes yes baie bly vir jou ou maat

Hier is n tip v di koue hande jy moet nog iewers latex handskoene he ne?

Trek dit bo oor jou handskoene aan werk baie goed om koue te help keer

Cheers ou maat en veilige trip
Z
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 02, 2016, 09:19:06 am
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Bloem.. bitter koud

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Doringboom on August 02, 2016, 10:09:59 am
Hallo Tom,

Ek is saam met almal hier baie bly dat geluk weer aan jou kant is! Veilig ry  :ricky: en sterkte met al die voorbereidings vir julle vaart na die uithoek van die aarde. Dankie vir al jou foto’s en vertellings hier op die Forum – ek hou dit met belangstelling dop! Baie groete :thumleft:

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: ClemS on August 02, 2016, 10:23:58 am
Tom!  :thumleft: :thumleft: :blob10:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geel Kat on August 02, 2016, 10:29:30 am
Laat weet as jy hier is en lus is vir 'n bier, en ook as jy enigiets nodig het terwyl jy hier is.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: DawieNel on August 02, 2016, 10:41:58 am
Mooi ry  :thumleft: :ricky:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on August 02, 2016, 11:16:37 am
Seker weer dik gevreet by daai Wimpy.  :ricky:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Gérrard on August 02, 2016, 12:10:22 pm
Veilig ry Tom.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Ri on August 02, 2016, 12:25:54 pm
Laat weet as jy hier is en lus is vir 'n bier, en ook as jy enigiets nodig het terwyl jy hier is.

Ja, wanneer/waar is die Bon Voyage party? :biggrin: :occasion18: 
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 03, 2016, 12:06:47 am
I am sleeping over in Wellington, 1600km in 16 hours. That NC used just over 60 liters of fuel. I got cold, and had to ride in the dark in the morbing and night....and got soaky wet in a rainstorm in Worchester. But I enjoyed the trip, a lot!

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Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 03, 2016, 12:10:10 am
Laat weet as jy hier is en lus is vir 'n bier, en ook as jy enigiets nodig het terwyl jy hier is.

Ja, wanneer/waar is die Bon Voyage party? :biggrin: :occasion18: 
Klink na n plan!!

Give me a couple of days to find my feet at work and see how everything goes wrt a get together!

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Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 03, 2016, 08:20:24 am
Seker weer dik gevreet by daai Wimpy.  :ricky:
Daai Wimpy is n bargain!! R34 vir n vol ontbyt. Hulle MEGA koffie het my laat ophou bewe :)

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Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 03, 2016, 10:19:55 pm
Yes yes baie bly vir jou ou maat

Hier is n tip v di koue hande jy moet nog iewers latex handskoene he ne?

Trek dit bo oor jou handskoene aan werk baie goed om koue te help keer

Cheers ou maat en veilige trip
Z
Ek het jou raad te laat gelees mater, ek het maar net vasgebyt. Sal maar Winter handskoene moet koop vir die terugtog binnekort!

Tomorrow my first working day, I can't wait!


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Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Ri on August 04, 2016, 12:07:16 am
Ek het jou raad te laat gelees mater, ek het maar net vasgebyt. Sal maar Winter handskoene moet koop vir die terugtog binnekort!

Tomorrow my first working day, I can't wait!


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Very well done and congratulations on rejoining the tax payers of SA  :biggrin:
Is the SA Agulhas parked at the V&A? Can we come ogle it? Years ago I worked on the 18th floor of Triangle House, I loved watching the tug boats bring in huge ships.

Enjoy your first day of work today  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 04, 2016, 11:16:32 am
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The SA Agulhas is here but undortunately I can't take people aboard...very strict. Lot of stuff to, the team leader is the radio technician starting on Monday

What a good feeling to work again!!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Africa_Sam on August 04, 2016, 11:30:53 am
Tom - jy het 'n PM...
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 04, 2016, 10:52:16 pm
This was a rather hectic day, ship is sailing on the 1st September!! (Not 8)

So much to do!! I was asked to train a new upcoming leader, and It feels good to share and coach without having the responcability for a change. To be responsable for a teams health is enough pressure already not to mention the food rations. I am happy, all feels good at this stage....and yes I will have to burn a bit of midnight oil soon but once we set sail I shall get change to rest .... hopefully bot high seas and motion sick parients :)  :)

Thanks for the pm Sam, see you next week!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mr Zog on August 05, 2016, 03:14:12 am
Awesome Tom.

You need to start a new thread for this Gough visit...  :deal:

Sommer start with how the planning and rations work out...  :sip:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Duster on August 05, 2016, 06:31:55 am
Yo great Tom, hoop jy gaan 'n ongelooflike tyd hê en dat jy geseën sal wees in die take wat jy gaan uitvoer.  En moenie vergeet om dit te geniet nie.....!!! :biggrin:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 05, 2016, 12:02:40 pm
Awesome Tom.

You need to start a new thread for this Gough visit...  :deal:

Sommer start with how the planning and rations work out...  :sip:

Hi Gary

I shall do my best to update and 'catch up', this thread is actually well known and many people told me they have subscribed which makes it maybe better to contunue here...?

Things are rather hectic at this stage - I am the only team member at this stage at the office and I ged an information overload.
So glad it is not my first time for I would have been real stressed out!
The nice thing is that people actually appreciate my imput, even asking me what I would suggest.
Every expedition have challanges of her own, in this case we are running behind schedule as the appointments were done rather late.
Individual team training is now the priority, the diesel mac went for training on how to opperate the crane and get certification.
Then he shall get training on refrigeration units, as we always do get our challanges there - I shall elaborate at a later stage why.
The most important now; the shipping containers gets pressured washed with chemicals and this is the first step to prevent the introduction of alien plants (seeds) and species like other insects.

I shall take and upload more photos soon
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 05, 2016, 12:03:06 pm
Yo great Tom, hoop jy gaan 'n ongelooflike tyd hê en dat jy geseën sal wees in die take wat jy gaan uitvoer.  En moenie vergeet om dit te geniet nie.....!!! :biggrin:

Thanks guys!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 05, 2016, 12:20:14 pm
I am having a challange - I need to desighn a team emblem

I have tried on the free internet emblem maker sites but no luck

Any one out there that knows how to make one?

It must be in the island shape and the only lettering on it must be GOUGH 62

Anyone out there that can create susch a emblem?



Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: zetman on August 05, 2016, 01:48:23 pm
Hello ou maat bly jy aan die gang en weer positief


 stuur vir XChallenge aka Dino n pm oor die emblem
glo hy sal jou kan help met die design

groete
Z
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 05, 2016, 02:27:29 pm
Hello ou maat bly jy aan die gang en weer positief


 stuur vir XChallenge aka Dino n pm oor die emblem
glo hy sal jou kan help met die design

groete
Z

Thans Zet, I have seen real nice designs through the years like for example our G54 emblem, but the more fancy and colors and detail the more expensive the prints. It is always hard on the team members at the preparation as you need to prioritise what you are going to procure for the year - there is a change (only on Gough) to recieve a parcell later via the Edinburgh on the early Feb crawfish trip.

However, most have limited budgets and ask what I suggest they take other than chlothing and personnal items like shampoo etc.
I always suggest the following as priority:

1) The best camera you can affort, a bridge camera is a good choice like the Lumix FZ200
2) Labtop
3) Phone and spare phone with whatsapp and fb app
4) Hair clipper (if you do not intent to follow the tradition)
5) For Gough only: Fishing gear and tackle if you intend to fish
6) Hobby making tools/equipment

I am not a radio amateur and we do get requests - I only learned too late how it works and that one actually get money for the hobby once you do answer calls from remote sites like Gough island. One of the previous radio amateurs made good money while on Marion and later on Gough.


Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 08, 2016, 08:00:14 am
Between Houtbaai and Greenpoint on the way to DEA passed a terrible scene...young man lying dead in the road. Think he was on a bicycle....many people use the road for cycling. So sad...hit by a car

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: zetman on August 08, 2016, 09:32:59 am
Ai jong jy moet veilig wees en kyk uit vir die karre en jongmense asb  :patch:
Gooi fotos as jy kan ... :ricky:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 08, 2016, 03:57:53 pm
Greenpoint Lighthouse this morning
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 10, 2016, 10:00:17 am
Good morning WD's

At this stage I am training the team leader wrt team leader duties, I am goibg as his deputy. He is a very pleasant guy and he has what it takes to lead an expedition.

We are busy with the rations, wet and dry at this stage.

Rather hectic but all good

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: FrancoisTz on August 10, 2016, 10:17:17 am
Still happy for you!!!! :laughing4:
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 10, 2016, 10:51:24 am
Still happy for you!!!! :laughing4:
Thanks mate!

I made a note to myself never to complain about work, as the value of being employed is just so much. Yes it is only a 13 month cobtract but at this stage I am not thinking at the end. I am thinking 'now'



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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on August 10, 2016, 11:07:33 am
You must now use this time on the Island to your advantage.
You love cooking and baking.


Get yourself sorted and bake all sorts of breads, pastries and lekker things.

Come back and open a BAKERY... not these shitty placed that uses the pre-mix rubbish that tastes like nothing.

I mean REAL BREAD.
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 10, 2016, 01:24:42 pm
You must now use this time on the Island to your advantage.
You love cooking and baking.


Get yourself sorted and bake all sorts of breads, pastries and lekker things.

Come back and open a BAKERY... not these shitty placed that uses the pre-mix rubbish that tastes like nothing.

I mean REAL BREAD.
Yes good advice and taken! It can fill the gap between unemployment and who knows....might have to start a future thread; 'Tom's bakery' :)  :)

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on August 10, 2016, 01:26:20 pm
Got to find a good spot where people will appreciate good bread... not BRITS..  :peepwall: :pot: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 10, 2016, 09:45:06 pm
Got to find a good spot where people will appreciate good bread... not BRITS..  :peepwall: :pot: :imaposer:
Sies Woody1 :)  :)

I really am going to brush up on my baking skills this year as I want to become a proper baker as well. But I am goibg to write a book about ekspeditions....and I hope it will work

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: VaalBaas on August 10, 2016, 09:49:10 pm
Jou skryfstyl sal werk, wel EK dink so. So laat waai :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on August 11, 2016, 06:21:10 am
Sal ook nie help 'n Bakkery op Gouda oop te maak nie....

Brakpan kan dalk werk !  :imaposer:

Ek bedoel maar net. :thumleft:
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Post by: VaalBaas on August 11, 2016, 06:24:19 am
Wat bedoel mnr dan nou? Hier was een

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Fransw on August 11, 2016, 06:34:01 am
Hi Tom, when are you leaving for Cough. Sorry if I missed it on the thread..
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Post by: woody1 on August 11, 2016, 06:47:36 am
Wat bedoel mnr dan nou? Hier was een

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WAS is die key woord !  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 11, 2016, 10:48:38 am
Hi Tom, when are you leaving for Cough. Sorry if I missed it on the thread..
Ship is sailing on the 1st of September!

Official team training starts on Monday, in the meantime I am helping the expedition leader to get into the program. So much to do and I am looking forward to share this at a later stage when things calm a bit

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 12, 2016, 08:29:11 am
I bit cold and wet today, but still a very nice commute all the way from Houtbay.

Dual has visited me yeasterday, we managed to have a quick tour on the SA Agulhas 2 and we went all the way up to the Monkey deck.

Since I have upgraded Tapa talk it does not allow me to upload photos anymore  :-[

Today we have the final preparations before team training starts (witht the complete team) on Moday
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 12, 2016, 09:31:26 am
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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 12, 2016, 09:33:00 am
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On the monkey deck of the SA Agulhas 2

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 12, 2016, 09:34:58 am
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This Google earth photo is so clear, it shows the skivvi hole near the fuel tanks which we use ro dunp the excess food. It is connected with a cave to the ocean

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on August 12, 2016, 09:45:09 am
Nice.
It sounds as if you are very positive about this trip - I ( ?all of us ) wish you well.
Pity that we cannot all give you a rousing farewell in person.
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 12, 2016, 10:10:18 am
Nice.
It sounds as if you are very positive about this trip - I ( ?all of us ) wish you well.
Pity that we cannot all give you a rousing farewell in person.
Yes I am positive doc, it was not easy to get 'in' but seems they so value experience. Gough is NOT an easy going expedition, never was. It is challanging and hard at times. The base is old and weatherd and in need of replacement but the funds is the issue being a Brittish island. The fact that it is a world herritage site is great but makes the rules wrt replacing the base and adding any structure is just very challanging. I shall post more at some stage wrt the regularions and challanges

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on August 12, 2016, 11:29:56 am
Congrats, Tom.  And everything of the best for you down south.  I look forward to the pictures of big fishes at the end of your tackle.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: DirkB on August 12, 2016, 12:24:12 pm
Baie geluk Tom, baie bly jy't die aanstelling gekry :3some:
Sterkte met die ekspedisie en ons wag in spanning vir jou vertellinge en foto's  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 12, 2016, 12:52:20 pm
Thanks guys, my intention is to update this thread and make it an interestibg read to the WD's once we settle on the island. Photos of all the events...  yes and I am a very keen angler and hope to better my record of 24kg Bluedish from the shore!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Fransw on August 12, 2016, 01:13:06 pm
Enjoy Tom!

Yes its a very tough expedition, that's why only some fit the profile..

Who is the stranger with the grey beard? It can't be you! :snorting:
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 12, 2016, 02:04:12 pm
Enjoy Tom!

Yes its a very tough expedition, that's why only some fit the profile..

Who is the stranger with the grey beard? It can't be you! :snorting:
Nah....some higlights for a dress up party :) :)

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 12, 2016, 07:25:57 pm
I am not going to mention any name but today a met another Wilddog in Capetown Bellvile.

He has read the thread and decided to sponsor me with PROPER top quality Alpine Star Winter gloves. I was out of work for quite some time now as you all know, and coming down my hands were freezing especially through the Free State. I still need to ride back for my daughters wedding and then fly down again. At least I know I will have dry and warm hands on the return trip!!

Thank you so much yet again, I really do appreciate!!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 13, 2016, 08:11:09 am
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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: VaalBaas on August 13, 2016, 10:02:11 am
Nice  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Offshore on August 13, 2016, 12:19:08 pm
Thanks guys, my intention is to update this thread and make it an interestibg read to the WD's once we settle on the island. Photos of all the events...  yes and I am a very keen angler and hope to better my record of 24kg Bluedish from the shore!

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Looking forward to the Pics of the Fish. Well done and good Luck Tom!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Ri on August 13, 2016, 02:07:25 pm
Those gloves are really nice!

How's the planning coming for the Bon Voyage get together?  :deal:
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 13, 2016, 04:25:53 pm
Those gloves are really nice!

How's the planning coming for the Bon Voyage get together?  :deal:
Ri as soon as I get the team traing schedule and the dates that I need ro be back in CT after my daughters wedding I let you all know. It should be the last week before the ship sail. Very limited free time unfortunately!

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Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Ri on August 13, 2016, 07:14:39 pm
Those gloves are really nice!

How's the planning coming for the Bon Voyage get together?  :deal:
Ri as soon as I get the team traing schedule and the dates that I need ro be back in CT after my daughters wedding I let you all know. It should be the last week before the ship sail. Very limited free time unfortunately!

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If it's going to be a hassle, don't worry about it. As you say, limited time, and the job is priority now.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 13, 2016, 10:38:08 pm
Those gloves are really nice!

How's the planning coming for the Bon Voyage get together?  :deal:
Ri as soon as I get the team traing schedule and the dates that I need ro be back in CT after my daughters wedding I let you all know. It should be the last week before the ship sail. Very limited free time unfortunately!

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If it's going to be a hassle, don't worry about it. As you say, limited time, and the job is priority now.  :thumleft:
Would realy like to do it. Give me some time I will come back to you all but it is most probably going to be a weekday

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 15, 2016, 09:32:17 pm
Today I have met the rest of the team. The 3 x Brittish field assistents are really nice, made a good first impression. The 3 x Meteorologists also ok, although they were somehow not properly informed and prepared. I do not say this in a negative light, but people seems to react to an atvertisment andbthe salary sounds fair and the image of a tropical island and sundowners on a deck. The one girl was really not happy when I told her she will not be able to follow her fav soapies nor would she be able to listen radio...not even stream or be able to do Skype video calls. Came as a shock and eye opener.

For those who still does not know; this is a real hardcore remote site expedition.

Ri unfortunately there will be no time for going away meet and drinks but maybe on my return next year we can plan on a WD welcome....?

I am leaving next week Thursday with my bike to Colesburg and then Pretoria, sleep over at a friend and the next day she acompany me to my daughters wedding in Brits (27 th)

I only fly down on the 31st and sail the next morning!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Gee S on August 15, 2016, 10:22:16 pm
Hi Tom, If you fly from OR Tambo give me a call when you get there. I work there and if time allows We can maybe drink a quick coffee. I will PM you my number.

Alfred
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 16, 2016, 11:36:00 am
Hi Tom, If you fly from OR Tambo give me a call when you get there. I work there and if time allows We can maybe drink a quick coffee. I will PM you my number.

Alfred
Pity I'll miss you, I fly from Lanseria on the 31st at 7:55. Another time mate!

We have just done our dental for flurensics at Simons town navy. It is for identifying should something go wrong.

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: landieman on August 16, 2016, 01:24:23 pm
how did i miss this thread!!!!!!!!well done on getting rehired Tom,lots of pics please.at least we can live vicariously through you
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Ri on August 16, 2016, 01:29:42 pm
Today I have met the rest of the team. The 3 x Brittish field assistents are really nice, made a good first impression. The 3 x Meteorologists also ok, although they were somehow not properly informed and prepared. I do not say this in a negative light, but people seems to react to an atvertisment andbthe salary sounds fair and the image of a tropical island and sundowners on a deck. The one girl was really not happy when I told her she will not be able to follow her fav soapies nor would she be able to listen radio...not even stream or be able to do Skype video calls. Came as a shock and eye opener.

For those who still does not know; this is a real hardcore remote site expedition.

Ri unfortunately there will be no time for going away meet and drinks but maybe on my return next year we can plan on a WD welcome....?

I am leaving next week Thursday with my bike to Colesburg and then Pretoria, sleep over at a friend and the next day she acompany me to my daughters wedding in Brits (27 th)

I only fly down on the 31st and sail the next morning!

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You'd think there was no way to check the working conditions before you accept a job...  :eek7:

You seem to be cutting it close, hope it all works out. I'm in Kuilsrivier near CTI airport so if things go bit fruit shaped on the 31st, welcome to give me a shout.

And most importantly - enjoy the wedding!!  :biggrin:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 16, 2016, 04:22:44 pm
I am indeed cutting it close.....I was all worked up today (first day in a while and I am such a calm person)
No issues though.....it is just the pressure and little time to deal with everything. People are not getting back to me and I have a lot to do....quite a couple of deadlines to meet. Although I can work under pressure it gets at me when others can't and miss their deadlines which result in more stress. Once rhat ship sails I shal kick out my boots and catch my breath :)

Rest assure there shall be lots of pics on this thread...via me if possible or via Woody1 but the thread is alive and well :)

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 17, 2016, 09:51:22 am
Today is 'Team dynamics', must say quite some fun as the team get to complete tasks and learn a lot about each other. So important phase of the team training.

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 17, 2016, 08:49:27 pm
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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: VaalBaas on August 17, 2016, 08:57:27 pm
 :thumleft:  mooi
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: NoRush on August 18, 2016, 02:19:04 am
Pragtige foto van Kaap, hardcore is maar n eina beskrywing van waar sy haarself gaan vind op die eiland. Ek sal graag eendag so iets wil beleef
maar ek sal jou volg aangesien my lewe op ander wentelbaan is. Sterkte.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 18, 2016, 11:16:00 am
Busy with fire industrial training in Parow....have not seen Jack Parow yet  ;D

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on August 19, 2016, 09:32:33 am
Geniet.  En groete vir Henry Valentine - as hy nog daar is...
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on August 19, 2016, 09:34:26 am
Henry is lankal al weg.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on August 19, 2016, 10:27:43 am
Thanks.  I guess then there is nobody left that I knew.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on August 19, 2016, 10:28:23 am
Susan in Pretoria  :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on August 19, 2016, 11:48:27 am
Sorry, ek onthou net vir Amelia  ;D
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on August 19, 2016, 12:36:51 pm
Pervert !!!!! :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on August 19, 2016, 03:12:19 pm
Pervert !!!!! :imaposer:

 :imaposer: En arme Tom moet een van die dae op die skip klim.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on August 19, 2016, 05:59:56 pm
Hy het mos 2 hande :peepwall:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on August 19, 2016, 10:30:28 pm
 :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 20, 2016, 08:06:32 am
Sies, hierdie is n gesins thread 😂😃

Henry Valintyne is in his same office but he has moved departments. He is now one of the Oceans and Coast advisors.

Nish is director, very pleasant guy with great peoples sklils.

Yesterday completed fire industrial training. I got 92 persent but keep in mind....old fireman.

Things are starting to take shape....slow bit sure. Biggest team ever in hisrory of Gough. 10 in total!

I am living on the shil from tomorrow onwards

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Melody visiting, we got lucky and did a SA Agulhas tour

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The bridge is so modern!

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We even went for a hike with Matt the Famous French sailor

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: landieman on August 21, 2016, 09:54:02 am
very nice.worked in the harbour for about 3 years,one of the best views of the mountain
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 21, 2016, 01:52:00 pm
Yesterday Matt took Melody and me on a hike up Table mountain, and then off to the Royal yacht club. Were had lunch on the yacht and enjoyed it just so much. Early morning had to take Melody to catch her plane back home. I went to Matt, said my thanks and goodbeye's and left with all my stuff for the SA Agulhas 2. Now living anboard. Thursday while the team do cooking I'll be leaving for Brits on a 2 day bike trip. Saturday my daughter's wedding

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Melody (Matrone) with Oscar the sailor dog

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Melody, Matt and me having lunch on the yacht

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at the helm...Tom the wanna be sailor

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Friends 4 ever....I am blessed beyond. No earthly reaches but I am surrounded by the best people. I am humbled to know so many good people....and even on WD's I have met people like real time angels

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on August 21, 2016, 02:28:22 pm
Really spoiled... But you deserve it.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on August 21, 2016, 05:34:00 pm
Ai Tom, geniet dit!

I have been following your adventures since we were neighbours at the North West Bash.

En laat die fotos van daai visse kom!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 21, 2016, 07:05:32 pm
Thanks Woody1 and Copernicus!

Yes I was spoiled to bits the last couple of days, but it goes with a lot of appreciation!

I shall most certainly take lots and lots of pictures on the island, rest assured....and there might be a 'special edition' on this thread this year as I am planning on a real big adventure on the island never done before.

However, I keep this for a suprize!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 22, 2016, 10:14:53 am
Firstaid in the workplace today and tomorrow 😃

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mr Zog on August 22, 2016, 12:34:14 pm
You should pass that easy enough  :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: zetman on August 22, 2016, 12:45:51 pm
 :laughing4: Hoop so hy is mos n Paramedic
Tom Lekker om jou weer besig te sien ou maat
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 22, 2016, 12:49:49 pm
You should pass that easy enough  :imaposer:
Gary if they want to tell me cpr is 15/1 and .......ok wrong thread to rant. Why the DEA pay big money for an outdated.....let me stop right here :(

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Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 22, 2016, 12:50:22 pm
:laughing4: Hoop so hy is mos n Paramedic
Tom Lekker om jou weer besig te sien ou maat
Thanks Zet!!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 22, 2016, 12:50:51 pm
Our logo:

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on August 22, 2016, 01:08:17 pm
Mooi. :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: zetman on August 22, 2016, 04:30:46 pm
 :biggrin: Tjoon hulle kak Tom jy ken mos darm van die klas van goed  :laughing4:
Love die Logo dis goed gedoen wie het dit toe ontwerp vir julle?
Julle darm n beter groep mense as die vorige keer?
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 22, 2016, 04:32:29 pm
:biggrin: Tjoon hulle kak Tom jy ken mos darm van die klas van goed  :laughing4:

Julle darm n beter groep mense as die vorige keer?
Om die ewewig nie te versteur moet daar altyd een probleemkind wees. Ons het een ja, maar touch wood....die span lyk goed gebalanseer :)

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 23, 2016, 10:22:56 am
I am putting a lot of pressure on the instructor to finish early. We only have until tomorrow to get personal things into the hold of the ship and we need to go to Makro to procure all our liquir and cold drink for the year. Budged is limited, I am not a big drinker but would love some wine and beers for special events like birthdays. So I hope we can leave at 2pm which should give us a fair amount of time to make it back to the ship by 6.

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: landieman on August 23, 2016, 01:30:55 pm
done yet with the course?booze waits for no man
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 23, 2016, 05:03:48 pm
done yet with the course?booze waits for no man
Yes mate we get sponsored each R2000 For drinks. You can either buy booze or cold drink with it or a combination. The whole team went together to Makro in 2 cars as we were done with the course by 13H30. I was a bit hard on the instructor but he was in the end also happy to have a short day. So we decided to use our R2000's each and I went straight to the du Toits kloof wine shelf. If this was not sponsored I would have been in the 'dry docks' for the next couple of months which is just fine with me. However, now the team is sorted and tomorrow we shall go down to our allocated shipping containers and pack.

Thursday morning I shall hit the road all the way to (at least) Colesberg

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 23, 2016, 05:06:23 pm
Since the ship has got washing mashines and dryers I am going to do all my laundry now, I am just riding back in biker gear. All my sruff will remain on rhe ship in our 4 man cabin

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 23, 2016, 07:57:16 pm
This was my view from the SA Agulhas dining facility tonight. It is on the 4th floor

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Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TrailBlazer on August 24, 2016, 04:53:15 am
Hi Tom, If you fly from OR Tambo give me a call when you get there. I work there and if time allows We can maybe drink a quick coffee. I will PM you my number.

Alfred
Pity I'll miss you, I fly from Lanseria on the 31st at 7:55. Another time mate!

We have just done our dental for flurensics at Simons town navy. It is for identifying should something go wrong.

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Are you flying the Green Machine (463)... or Orange?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Buffel B on August 24, 2016, 07:01:04 am
Good Luck Tom !!!
Title: Re: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 24, 2016, 03:55:43 pm
Hi Tom, If you fly from OR Tambo give me a call when you get there. I work there and if time allows We can maybe drink a quick coffee. I will PM you my number.

Alfred
Pity I'll miss you, I fly from Lanseria on the 31st at 7:55. Another time mate!

We have just done our dental for flurensics at Simons town navy. It is for identifying should something go wrong.

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Are you flying the Green Machine (463)... or Orange?
Flight was moved earlier for no aparant reason even after I have asked them not to make it earlier than 8 am. I guess I have to be thankful that it is paid for, and not coming from my pocket.

SA2133 at 6H30 from Lanseria Airport to CT.

Not sure which service it is...

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 24, 2016, 04:07:38 pm
I am exausted but rather proud on myself. I have not qualified for various jobs because I am apparently too old. 47 is for some reason considered as old in the emergency services. Well I would rather let an old fart take care of me when I experience trauma as he surely must have years of experience right? But no it is all about the image today, Netcare and ER like the look of youngsers in uniforms wirh ocley sunglasses.

So we had to pack 3 x ship containers and I was working non stop throughout the day day encouraging the rest. What seemed to be n mountain was done in a couple of hours......and I never took a break but did sent the girls on break and they never returned (probably fell asleep in their cabin on the ship)

This WD is maybe not a puppy any more but he sure has got a lot of stamina and drive left!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on August 24, 2016, 04:11:26 pm
Gaan kyk of die girls OK is..... :pot: :peepwall: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TrailBlazer on August 24, 2016, 07:16:02 pm
Hi Tom, If you fly from OR Tambo give me a call when you get there. I work there and if time allows We can maybe drink a quick coffee. I will PM you my number.

Alfred
Pity I'll miss you, I fly from Lanseria on the 31st at 7:55. Another time mate!

We have just done our dental for flurensics at Simons town navy. It is for identifying should something go wrong.

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Are you flying the Green Machine (463)... or Orange?
Flight was moved earlier for no aparant reason even after I have asked them not to make it earlier than 8 am. I guess I have to be thankful that it is paid for, and not coming from my pocket.

SA2133 at 6H30 from Lanseria Airport to CT.

Not sure which service it is...

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OK... thanks Tom. I was going to chat to the crew to ask if you could sit up front on the Green Machine, and have a last look at Cape Town from the air. Unfortunately I have no pull with SA.

Good luck and all the best
Title: Re: Re: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 24, 2016, 08:11:28 pm
Hi Tom, If you fly from OR Tambo give me a call when you get there. I work there and if time allows We can maybe drink a quick coffee. I will PM you my number.

Alfred
Pity I'll miss you, I fly from Lanseria on the 31st at 7:55. Another time mate!

We have just done our dental for flurensics at Simons town navy. It is for identifying should something go wrong.

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Are you flying the Green Machine (463)... or Orange?
Flight was moved earlier for no aparant reason even after I have asked them not to make it earlier than 8 am. I guess I have to be thankful that it is paid for, and not coming from my pocket.

SA2133 at 6H30 from Lanseria Airport to CT.

Not sure which service it is...

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OK... thanks Tom. I was going to chat to the crew to ask if you could sit up front on the Green Machine, and have a last look at Cape Town from the air. Unfortunately I have no pull with SA.

Good luck and all the best
You are a very kind man, pity it is not the 'green machine' :(  Thanks anyway mate, appreciate

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 25, 2016, 08:40:35 pm
Home sweet home. Decided to push through and safe the money for BB rather for something more important. Fouteen and a half hours, hell yes this NC is a good bike!!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on August 25, 2016, 08:50:21 pm
Mooi man.
Lekker slaap
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 25, 2016, 09:10:02 pm
Mooi man.
Lekker slaap
Selde dankie

Sy was vandag bietjie dors, wind was rof want panniers was ook op hoewel leeg, en my hand was ywerig op die oor....overall fuel was R930.

22.3km/liter algehele avg vir die trip

Ek love die Honda stukkend!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Beebop on August 25, 2016, 09:13:30 pm
Thats good going Tom.
Last Friday I did BigBay to Pretoria East with a trailer
15 hrs door to door and I only managed 10,06km/l   :biggrin:
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 25, 2016, 09:38:26 pm
Thats good going Tom.
Last Friday I did BigBay to Pretoria East with a trailer
15 hrs door to door and I only managed 10,06km/l   :biggrin:
Ouch, that is double the NC so I have got no reason to moan :)

So happy I did push, what an advantage to have another day 'free'. Hope to spent some time with my son. He has almost completed his first year as Millwright and hope he will be placed soon to start his practical and earn appy salary. My daughter is busy with her wedding, so I shall only see her on the big day!

The rest of the team is doing cooking classes at Pick a pay school of cooking

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on August 25, 2016, 10:07:18 pm
I hope the wedding went well, Tom?

And that budget for the booze is a fraction of what I can remember n the days of the Antarctic trips.  And what happened to the tables of chocolates and other sweets?  Do they still sponsor that?

I guess PC crept in everywhere.

Maar sterkte.  Ek kyk die kalender vir die 1ste.  Hoe laat seil die skip?
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 25, 2016, 10:51:43 pm
I hope the wedding went well, Tom?

And that budget for the booze is a fraction of what I can remember n the days of the Antarctic trips.  And what happened to the tables of chocolates and other sweets?  Do they still sponsor that?

I guess PC crept in everywhere.

Maar sterkte.  Ek kyk die kalender vir die 1ste.  Hoe laat seil die skip?
The wedding is comming Saturday 27th!! I trust it shall be great Copernicus!

Yes the booze used to be tax free also but no more. We are not aloud to use the ship chalndres any longer. But it's ok, there has been too many alcohol related issues on the islands of recent so a little less is not a bad idea these days...

The Gov has cut back on all the 'cream'....those tables is a distant memory but in all fairness, the supplies are good. Take in mind I can get fresh lobster from the sea all year.

We need to be at the ship ready for boarding at 9 am on the 1st Sept but we shall probably only sail at around 12-2pm

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Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on August 26, 2016, 09:52:35 am
I hope the wedding went well, Tom?

And that budget for the booze is a fraction of what I can remember n the days of the Antarctic trips.  And what happened to the tables of chocolates and other sweets?  Do they still sponsor that?

I guess PC crept in everywhere.

Maar sterkte.  Ek kyk die kalender vir die 1ste.  Hoe laat seil die skip?
The wedding is comming Saturday 27th!! I trust it shall be great Copernicus!

Yes the booze used to be tax free also but no more. We are not aloud to use the ship chalndres any longer. But it's ok, there has been too many alcohol related issues on the islands of recent so a little less is not a bad idea these days...

The Gov has cut back on all the 'cream'....those tables is a distant memory but in all fairness, the supplies are good. Take in mind I can get fresh lobster from the sea all year.

We need to be at the ship ready for boarding at 9 am on the 1st Sept but we shall probably only sail at around 12-2pm

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Apologies for the wrong date.  :-[

But everything of the best for the bride and groom too.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: landieman on August 26, 2016, 02:39:35 pm
family time before deployment is always the best,enjoy Tom  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 26, 2016, 03:05:16 pm
Thanks to all, and yes I have had a great morning together with my son. We went to the barber and got the hair inline for the wedding and went shoping for some stuff short on my list.

Rest of the day alone and also need tgis time to reflect and get my life here sorted

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 26, 2016, 03:08:03 pm
Was also too late to make a backup par of glasses. Whent to Clicks and got a pair of +3 so reading glasses. I would be just fine to suture wounds and read should anything happens to my prescription spects

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: ButtSlider on August 26, 2016, 04:07:19 pm
Jeeeesh, can imagine you've got to plan for any occurrence.

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Philemon on August 26, 2016, 05:24:22 pm
Hey Tom

Exciting times for you.

It's a pity that you don't become a radio ham. That would really add some excitement to your time there.

I have been following you path and look forward to your journey.

Enjoy the family time.

 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 26, 2016, 06:50:22 pm
Yes Buttslider, no second changes!!

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Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 26, 2016, 06:54:27 pm
Hey Tom

Exciting times for you.

It's a pity that you don't become a radio ham. That would really add some excitement to your time there.

I have been following you path and look forward to your journey.

Enjoy the family time.

 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Mate unfortunately i do not have the money for the radio. All previous operators has brought their own radios as the DEA does not allow the use of their equipment. I wanted to as the exam is prety straight forward. So many interest in people all over the world but time and money was not on my side. I used ro sit with David when he did his contacts

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mr Zog on August 27, 2016, 01:28:11 pm
Geniet die troue vandag Tom. Lekker naweek by die huis. Veilig terugreis Kaap toe volgende week.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 27, 2016, 01:49:43 pm
Geniet die troue vandag Tom. Lekker naweek by die huis. Veilig terugreis Kaap toe volgende week.  :thumleft:
Dankie Gary! Groete  tuis

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Kortbroek on August 27, 2016, 08:41:01 pm
Sien nou die thread. Seker julle hou tans lekker makietie by daai troue.

Die eilande klink na 'n lekker storie. Het hele paar vriende wat op beide Gough en Marion was.

Ek was af Sanae toe en verder suid vir Navorsing twee jaar terug. Ongelooflikke ervaring. Die DEA ouens kan maar net 'n bietjie moeilik wees om mee te werk i.t.v hoe hulle beplan en probleme oplos, Nish en Shiraan inkluis al is hulle beide nice ouens.

Maar geniet die trip, Jou 2'de nou soos ek dit verstaan?
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 27, 2016, 10:16:01 pm
Sien nou die thread. Seker julle hou tans lekker makietie by daai troue.

Die eilande klink na 'n lekker storie. Het hele paar vriende wat op beide Gough en Marion was.

Ek was af Sanae toe en verder suid vir Navorsing twee jaar terug. Ongelooflikke ervaring. Die DEA ouens kan maar net 'n bietjie moeilik wees om mee te werk i.t.v hoe hulle beplan en probleme oplos, Nish en Shiraan inkluis al is hulle beide nice ouens.

Maar geniet die trip, Jou 2'de nou soos ek dit verstaan?
Ek sekondeer

My 4e mater. 1 Marion en 3 Gough

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 27, 2016, 10:19:31 pm
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My kind is nou getroud

N lang lewe met chroniese asthma maar sy bly haar pappa se liefling dogter!

Geluk Gregory en Nicolene Pretorius (nooiens van: Mc Sherry) Mag julle liefde en Voorspoed smaak!!

Dit was n prag troue!!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Sprocketbek on August 27, 2016, 10:27:51 pm
Baie geluk!
'n Groot dag!
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Post by: Draadwerk on August 27, 2016, 11:56:08 pm
Geluk julle twee en ook aan jou Tom. Kinders by dosyne....😃


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Post by: Kortbroek on August 28, 2016, 12:09:46 am
Ek sekondeer

My 4e mater. 1 Marion en 3 Gough

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Jis nee maar dan ken jy die storie beter as die res van ons. Baie geluk met jou kroos se huwelik.
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Post by: Tom van Brits on August 28, 2016, 07:09:36 am
Dankie julle!

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So bly als het mooi uitgewerk. Hulle het die trou datum geskuif van Oktober na Aug om my nuwe werk te akomodeer

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Post by: Offshore on August 28, 2016, 10:05:02 am
Veels Geluk Tom!
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 28, 2016, 06:23:36 pm
Veels Geluk Tom!
Baie dankie!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 28, 2016, 06:31:59 pm
Today I attended a show by Jakkie Louw on behalf of Leanie du Toit Stapelberg for fund raizing. Leanie has got cancer and had a total mastectony, but the cancer is in the hormones and it has spread and she is now stage 4. It breaks my heart, I have taken care of her for a while. Moved in with her and did post op wound care. I have a soft spot for this girl, and has shed many tears but seems she is loosing the fight (my opinion only)

Her medical aid is drained and we as friends just can not support her financially for all the care she still needs. Today Jakkie Louw held a concert in his time for her for free. I estimate that there was maybe R8k + from ticket sales.

Jakkie Louw has got my respect!!

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Leanie in the middle and my best friend Melody to the left

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Post by: Tom van Brits on August 28, 2016, 06:32:41 pm
Sorry I do not know how one turn these photos right way up

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Ri on August 28, 2016, 09:14:27 pm
Dankie julle!

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So bly als het mooi uitgewerk. Hulle het die trou datum geskuif van Oktober na Aug om my nuwe werk te akomodeer

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Jou dogter is pragtig - beautiful glimlag :D

Wow, om 'n hele troue met 2 maande te vervroeg...! RESPEK!!!   :eek7:
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Post by: Tom van Brits on August 28, 2016, 10:18:28 pm
Dankie Ri!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 30, 2016, 10:21:15 pm
Bike is parked....she will be resting for the next 13 months. Served me well, 18000km in 10 months. This bike had been one of the best decitions I have ever made in life.
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Flying to CT early morn

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Post by: zetman on August 30, 2016, 10:37:04 pm
Goeie werk sterkte ou maat geniet die trip en soetwees :lol8:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: windswept on August 30, 2016, 10:45:16 pm
Lekker man, and all the best for your stay down in the outer edges of this planet, Mother Earth. :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on August 30, 2016, 11:06:21 pm
More is dit laaste dag op droee grond vir 'n rukkie.

Sterkte en laat die nuus kom! :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: TrailBlazer on August 31, 2016, 06:56:40 am
Strongs Tom.. safe travels and enjoy
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Post by: woody1 on August 31, 2016, 07:04:58 am
My Tjom Tom is op VAKANSIE !!!! :laughing4:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 31, 2016, 09:30:35 am
;D  Nouja ek is op die skip in ons kajuit. Ek sien nie die ander manne hier nie. Hulle travel seker nog. Sal nou maar gaan aanmeld vir diens, en n dik vel vinnig groei. So naby voor die skip vertrek is alles deadlines en almal is tense....mens sien net diep plooie op die gesigte.

Sorry no time to retipe in English (forgot)

Time for the 'rush hours' and last minite histeria(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160831/561287f8fe3cea38ba57eb6faf719a5d.jpg)



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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: 1ougat on August 31, 2016, 09:43:14 am
Het die beddens nie m "Lee Cloth " nie
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Post by: Ri on August 31, 2016, 11:37:09 am

Safe sailing, happy hunting and fishing, and make us jealous with gorgeous photos and lyrical writing  :sip: :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: T Rex on August 31, 2016, 06:57:08 pm
Tom , jy het lank gewag vir hierdie trip. Enjoy dit ten volle  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: skydiver on August 31, 2016, 08:06:52 pm
Bon Voyage Tom
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Post by: VaalBaas on August 31, 2016, 09:29:59 pm
Al die voorspoed wat jy nodige het om die ene die beste een te maak.

Geniet :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 31, 2016, 09:42:23 pm
Het die beddens nie m "Lee Cloth " nie
The SA Agulhas 2 is not rolling as much as the other more old fasuoned flat bottom ships. She is rather stable, I am on the 6th floor (las time as well) and Bridge on 8th. The rolling gets worse the higher you go. The old Agulhas had those long polished redish isles and we were always tilting heavily to some extend! This ship is really a piece of art, and I shall try to get you guys photos of the moonpool ans oceanographic tools in action!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 31, 2016, 09:45:06 pm
Thanks to all, I am out on my feet....tyred. been working till bow and need to start with problem solving at 6 am....more at a later stage on that. I think we shall be delayed and maybe leave port only late afternoon

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Post by: Offshore on August 31, 2016, 09:59:54 pm
Bon Voyage Tom, gooi 'n paar Fodies van die Brug en Engineroom, spesifiek van die Motor en sy Turbo.
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 31, 2016, 10:16:37 pm
Bon Voyage Tom, gooi 'n paar Fodies van die Brug en Engineroom, spesifiek van die Motor en sy Turbo.
4 x diesel electric motors.....
i shall post a couple of days into the voyage....at the moment the tention is rather uhm ..mad! The amount of work that goes into a project like this is just (again) 'mad'. Deadlines...panic's, no time for hoyti toiti :) :) I am done, lights out!!

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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 31, 2016, 11:33:58 pm
Bon Voyage Tom, gooi 'n paar Fodies van die Brug en Engineroom, spesifiek van die Motor en sy Turbo.
4 x diesel electric motors.....
i shall post a couple of days into the voyage....at the moment the tention is rather uhm ..mad! The amount of work that goes into a project like this is just (again) 'mad'. Deadlines...panic's, no time for hoyti toiti :) :) I am done, lights out!!

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Hi Tom geniet die adventure
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mr Zog on September 01, 2016, 12:49:41 am
Veilig ry Tom.

n Wonderlike jaar daar op die eiland, mag die gesondheid van al die bemanningslede you verveel.

Mag die vis enorm wees, en die byte gou kom!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 01, 2016, 06:59:57 am
So jy het vir my laas gelieg toe jy gese het die skippie het 2 x Yamaha XT1200 motors in. :imaposer:

Amper daar.  As daai skippie eers aan die seil is dan het julle so 'n paar luilekker dae....tot die takeover weer begin. :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 01, 2016, 08:56:59 am
Thanks to all!! A couple of challanges before we sail but I am sure we have success!!

I shall sent photos too Woody1 to upload from the ship

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Post by: Tom van Brits on September 01, 2016, 08:59:27 am
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Treat myself to a junk food breakfast aand then off to the suppliers of medication....round 3 😅😂

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Post by: Copernicus on September 01, 2016, 08:59:55 am
Veilige reis Tom.  En ek hoop nie jy het iets vergeet nie  :o
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Post by: Geriatrix on September 01, 2016, 09:25:50 am
All the best for your trip!
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Post by: Tom van Brits on September 01, 2016, 01:02:32 pm
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Last minite rush....we should sail at around 14H00

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 01, 2016, 01:42:52 pm
Lock and loaded....daar gaat julle
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Post by: Tom van Brits on September 01, 2016, 01:58:24 pm
Lock and loaded....daar gaat julle
The first mate told me that once he get the call he give the engine room (chief engineer) the call and then it takes another 2 houra foe the engines ro be ready. I see she is now blowing the engine smoke....so we are behind but not long now. Thanks to all the nice wishes and I shall do my best to share and keep the thread alive.

Woody1 shall probably do updates hete as the wifi on the ship (380mb line) is not up to it

Cheers to all my WD friends!!

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Post by: Tom van Brits on September 01, 2016, 02:01:41 pm
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They run just like a plane test, look at the upwell behind the aft deck

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Post by: ButtSlider on September 01, 2016, 02:03:02 pm
Cheers Tom.

Have a lekker trip.

Keep safe. . . . .and sane.
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Post by: slicknick on September 01, 2016, 02:11:14 pm
veilige reis Tom :thumleft:
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Post by: Philemon on September 01, 2016, 02:22:28 pm
Cheers Tom

Have a fantastic time.

Next time you go we can communicate by radio.   :thumleft: :thumleft:

Graham
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Post by: Buffel B on September 01, 2016, 02:25:03 pm
Geniet dit Tom !!
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Post by: woody1 on September 01, 2016, 02:42:51 pm
Tom just remember I will be away from my computer this weekend...Starting tomorrow morning.
But will catch up on Sunday night if there is any pictures to be added.
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Post by: DawieNel on September 01, 2016, 02:44:12 pm
Stywe seile en lyne  ;)
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Post by: Tom van Brits on September 01, 2016, 02:52:28 pm
Thanks everyone!!

Dankie Dankie Dankie!!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: KiLRoy on September 01, 2016, 03:03:37 pm
 bon voyage - post many pics plse :thumleft:
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Post by: alanB on September 01, 2016, 03:33:48 pm
Good luck Tom :thumleft:
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Post by: Tom van Brits on September 01, 2016, 05:07:23 pm
Thanks to all and especially Ri that came to wave goodbey!!(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160901/679b8b3246210ccd2f99a93df668d074.jpg)

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Post by: Copernicus on September 01, 2016, 10:30:44 pm
En daar begin sy nuwe avontuur.  What a few weeks!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Ri on September 02, 2016, 12:41:42 am
Map said Two Oceans was 3 km from our offices, and I thought, how long could it take? So with an estimated 15 minutes left till the tug hooks the SA Agulhas II, I started the slog down Buitengracht. Mercifully downhill all the way. As I reached the dry docks with burning feet and calves thanks to completely inappropriate shoes, there was another (prayed for, hehe) delay in taking off. My pain wasn't in vain!

And there she was...

I might as well have strolled, LOL, because the ship finally started pulling away at around 17:00, into a beautiful sunset and a swelling ocean.

In the first few photos, the dark spot at the top of the ladder to the quay is Tom. Friendly security allowed me to stand closer a few steps, as my camera's zoom is pitiful, LOL!

And there he goes, sailing off into the sunset ... :D
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Post by: Ri on September 02, 2016, 12:46:00 am

It's hard to describe what it feels like seeing such a majestic ship sail out of the harbour. I cannot imagine what it must feel like being on it! But I was happy I wasn't, because there were huge swells outside the harbour and the ship started to roll from side to side.

It turned left as it neared Robben Island, and started sailing along the horizon, into the most beautiful sunset.
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Post by: VaalBaas on September 02, 2016, 03:59:05 am
This is a lekker story. :thumleft:

Thanks for the visuals Ri. Very lekker to see him go  off on the next holiday ;D

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Post by: Tom van Brits on September 02, 2016, 07:16:22 am
Ri it is the first time ever that someone made an effort of waving me goodbey! Thanks I appreciate your effort and I am looking forward to see the pictures you captured and posted here. The net is way to slow to open it. I shall ooen it on the island at sone stage abd add to my album. We had a great night, I was overly tired abd slept like a baby. Touch wood....the see is rather kalmish.
I hole to update once we reach Tristan da Cunha in a couple days time!! :)

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Post by: landieman on September 02, 2016, 08:10:19 am
enjoy the deployment Tom,thanks for the very cool pics Ri
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Post by: Ri on September 02, 2016, 09:08:05 am

Here are some of Tom's photos, while we 5 five days for him to reach Tristan da Cunha  :sip:

1. Tugboat
2. Ship reversing away from quay and nose (starboard? port? aft? wtf?) swinging around towards open seas.
3. Harbour wall to the left. (Locked :( )
4. Heading slightly to the right of Robben Island
5. View of Table Mountain from the ship
6. Going.... going...
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: zetman on September 02, 2016, 09:31:23 am
 :biggrin: Lekker julle
Aiman hoop nie jy raak seesiek nie Mr T
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 02, 2016, 12:43:15 pm
Thanks Ri!

I can not see or access any pictures, whatsapp is bot even sending pictures any more. Bandwith just allow for tex.

Zettie I have got some salt in the veins, long long time ago my anchestors must have been explorers on the oceans....i loooove ships and the open oceans. I am also passionate about the 'mountains in the sea', like Tristan and Gough!! I do take cyclizine 50mg only every 12 hours for the first 2 days untill my sea legs kick in. Half the people on the ship is sick as we speak and the sea is rather calmish

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 03, 2016, 01:10:35 pm
We are making good progress and should reach Tristan da Cunha island by 07H00 Tuesday morning



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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on September 03, 2016, 03:28:44 pm
When are you going to try your new fishing tackle over the side?  If I remember correctly, you caught something on you previous journey down?
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Post by: Tom van Brits on September 03, 2016, 03:55:42 pm
When are you going to try your new fishing tackle over the side?  If I remember correctly, you caught something on you previous journey down?
Correct I have caught 2 x giant yellow tails at Tristan in 2009 from the SA Agulhas. 16kg and the other just over 20. The Captain is keen on us fishing at Tristan after helikopter procedures and I shall probably join in if there is enough deck space. I am however looking forward to Gough Islands fishing after the ship has left and the cryziness of take over is gone.....early morn before work fishing from the rocks. Hoping to hook into a very decent yellow tail at Gough. Not caught before from te rocks but they are present in the Summer....maybe I will be one of the first to hook and land one at Gough. Even to better my rekort bluenose would be rather great!

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Post by: Copernicus on September 03, 2016, 06:39:51 pm
 :thumleft: :thumleft:

Ons wag dan maar.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: luv2ride on September 04, 2016, 06:33:16 am
Lekker trip Tom, enjoy :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 04, 2016, 09:14:36 am
Dankie julle!!

I have never ever in my life experienced the South Atlantic this flat .... we are just gliding on this pretty 'red lady'. What a masterpiece....piece of art....she is called the SA Agulhas 2

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: VaalBaas on September 04, 2016, 09:19:00 am
Kan my nie indink hoe wyd jy kan sien nie . Was nog nooit op die see nie, maar die Karoo is vir my mooi as mens die dae en nagte so kan sien aankom is nie verte.
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Post by: Tom van Brits on September 04, 2016, 11:05:56 am
Kan my nie indink hoe wyd jy kan sien nie . Was nog nooit op die see nie, maar die Karoo is vir my mooi as mens die dae en nagte so kan sien aankom is nie verte.
Dis ongelooflik om net water on jou te he, Hemels mooi! Ek lief die karoo bitter baie egter en wil as ek terugkom iewers gaan bly vir n rukkie in die Karoo. My gees het n Karoo dors vir lank al. Dis n ander mooi!

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Post by: KiLRoy on September 04, 2016, 12:12:29 pm
Hey Tom, plse take some pics of the onboard accomodations - bunks, heads, galley etc
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Post by: Tom van Brits on September 04, 2016, 01:24:40 pm
Hey Tom, plse take some pics of the onboard accomodations - bunks, heads, galley etc
Will do, and then upload from the island. The ship internet is just too slow, 90 passangers and 40 crew chows up all the internet :)

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Post by: Tom van Brits on September 04, 2016, 11:25:19 pm
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Post by: Tom van Brits on September 04, 2016, 11:27:11 pm
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Post by: Tom van Brits on September 04, 2016, 11:29:08 pm
Sooòo beautiful :)

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: VaalBaas on September 05, 2016, 03:53:04 am
Inderdaad :thumleft:
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Post by: woody1 on September 05, 2016, 07:19:47 am
Lekker op sie skippie... Mooi fotos
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Post by: Copernicus on September 05, 2016, 10:51:52 am
Very nice, Tom.  The water looks very calm.  Fortunately it is not the roaring forties.  :thumleft:
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Post by: Tom van Brits on September 05, 2016, 12:35:09 pm
Very nice, Tom.  The water looks very calm.  Fortunately it is not the roaring forties.  :thumleft:
Got the eta wrong for Tristan....Wednesday morning. I am board .... not much to do other than the compulsory presentations like helicopter safety and environmental issues.

Sitting in the lounge talking to the Tristanians....great people with the most interesting stories. My story feels 'small' while I am with them :)

I will have to share at sone stage some of the stories (history) I heard today....made my jaw drop

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Post by: woody1 on September 05, 2016, 01:19:34 pm
Good info for your books  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: alanB on September 05, 2016, 07:31:45 pm
Tom why don't you try put together a couple of short stories while you are on the island?
Just get started. It doesn't matter how rough it is to start with just get a concept together and start typing.
Electronic publishing via Amazon is dead simple. I can help you if you want.

The real work is actually getting it all neat after you have a draft. But to do that you first have to have a draft!

A friend of mine has a mate who happened to run the New Yok marathon with this nice guy met along the way. At the end he asked the guy's name turned out it was Stephen King the author. My mates friend asked advice on how to write a book. The answer was "bum glue". Ie s
Just sit down and type!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 06, 2016, 10:51:49 am
AlanB thanks for the advise! I need to write that book and hope to get the untold srories (so many) out there to the general public.

You know how I became an adventurer?

We was given a book in our grade 5 Afrikaans class to read called 'Danda op Oudeur'....he run away from home and was my hero...I did the same and could not help myself anymore...I used every opperturnety to explore and was a troubled child. 😀😂😃

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Ri on September 06, 2016, 11:31:33 am
Tom why don't you try put together a couple of short stories while you are on the island?
Just get started. It doesn't matter how rough it is to start with just get a concept together and start typing.
Electronic publishing via Amazon is dead simple. I can help you if you want.

The real work is actually getting it all neat after you have a draft. But to do that you first have to have a draft!

A friend of mine has a mate who happened to run the New Yok marathon with this nice guy met along the way. At the end he asked the guy's name turned out it was Stephen King the author. My mates friend asked advice on how to write a book. The answer was "bum glue". Ie s
Just sit down and type!

Short stories sound like a great way to get started on writing!   :deal:

I think I can help with neatness...  :sip:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 06, 2016, 11:37:50 am
Thanks Ri, once I am on the go I shall appreciate any help. Even with spelling and tenses. I intent to do this in English for more readers. Since finding work became so challanging I might have to try and market to get some income. Hope I will get a publisher interested in my work!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 06, 2016, 11:38:10 am
Thanks Ri, once I am on the go I shall appreciate any help. Even with spelling and tenses. I intent to do this in English for more readers. Since finding work became so challanging I might have to try and market to get some income. Hope I will get a publisher interested in my work!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 06, 2016, 11:38:32 am
Thanks Ri, once I am on the go I shall appreciate any help. Even with spelling and tenses. I intent to do this in English for more readers. Since finding work became so challanging I might have to try and market to get some income. Hope I will get a publisher interested in my work!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Welsh on September 06, 2016, 01:10:17 pm
Bosman style short stories, would make a nice book. 😎
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 07, 2016, 11:16:57 am
So they arrived at Tristan da Cunha.

Having problems opening up his WD.  Asked me to post these 2 pictures.

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 07, 2016, 06:54:30 pm
All the cargo off including 1 x Colt bakkie.

Winter down here....the wind chill did not allow the mercury past 15degree C mark today!

6 day on the ship now and it shows....I got cabin fever as I do not get to work on the ship and most areas are restricted. I am looking so much forward to Gough and once we landed I shall do a quick walk to the waterfall and back to get my 'fix'

 8)  😃

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Ri on September 09, 2016, 09:36:30 am
Some photos taken the past 2 days:

Unloading cargo at Tristan da Cunha. There are about 260 people living on the island.

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Apparently the ice cap on Tristan's volcano is seldom visible, but high winds swept the clouds away and there is it! ;D

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Helicopter waiting to place scientists all over for their field research, but wind too high for flight. There are 4 pilots and 2 Bell 212 helicopters on board
Once the scientists are placed, they can sail to Inaccessible Island

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A portrait on the boat, based on the Arctic expeditions of Cpt James Cook and James Shackleton.

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Uninhabited Nightingale Island in the distance. Apparently this is where Tristanites go for honeymoon.

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Today they should catch sight of Gough Island.


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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 09, 2016, 07:37:59 pm
Thanks Ri appreciate!!

We are safely on Gough and we have flown off a conciderable amount of cargo

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That small space (upper bunk) is my bed for the next 3 weeks. Part of being an expeditionist....not always a comft lifesryle

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SA and Tristan flag



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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 09, 2016, 07:47:01 pm
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It is still Winter on Gough

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My Clinic

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Red lady

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Flying over

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Home...

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The historical Glen - the origional landing and where sealers, diamond prospectors and scientists used to stay.

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 09, 2016, 09:58:19 pm
Lekker man. Geniet die chaos vir die paar weke
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: landieman on September 11, 2016, 09:21:00 am
very cool  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 13, 2016, 12:51:49 pm
We have successfuly pumped the years diesek for the diesel generators. Green power does not work here... we go up to 22 days at times without sunshine and wind turbines kill the already indemnic bird species....water turbine a no go as it is a world heritage site and no more fixed structures allowed. We are unpacking and stocking the shelves. Food store is packed and now the clinic. A lot of work and 2 weeks before the ship leaves. I can't wait for this take over madness to be over. Too many people in a confined space.....drives me mad!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 13, 2016, 01:00:30 pm
Vasbyt... vakansie is om die draai. 
Jy doen seker weer te veel vir daai spanleier... :pot: :peepwall:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: FrancoisTz on September 13, 2016, 01:02:12 pm
You'll survive just fine Tom, you are a strong boy. Enjoy it.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: 0012 on September 13, 2016, 02:15:58 pm
Awesome kiekies, baie chilly daar!

Hoe hou julle die rotte uit die spens? n jaar se supplies neem seker n paar rakke se spasie op!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 13, 2016, 02:40:27 pm
Meeste goed is blikkies en dan word ander kos in swart TOTE Bins gebere.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: 0012 on September 13, 2016, 03:25:08 pm
 :thumleft:

great, dis n goeie idee! So hou mens als uit, miere en weavels ook, nie net rotte nie  ;D
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 13, 2016, 04:03:18 pm
Correct like Woody says and I also use water traps. I catch on avg about 20 mouse a week in the food store and always need to make sure ny tote bins are sealed as you always get lazy members not sealing the containers. I have a bad habit of working to hard..  i am very hard on myself and had to administer a voktaren injection earlier to help me through the day....muscle spasm and i have a lot of abrations and even a badly swollen right hand. The work is very physical ....hellicopter dropped a container in the field when he lost liftin power (wind) and I had to re hook once he has burned more fuel. Had to literally dive out of his way when the attempt failed but eventually we have succeeded.

All fun and games, but I need to take care of myself now....today and tomorrow is medical equipment. We even had a meeting late last night...21h30. Once the ship leave everything should quiet down and hope to catch snoek before the penguins breed. They are chasing after my lures and too afraid to hook one. Then only fishing with bait. I have enough octopuss for bait though. Got some from the Edinburgh (ship)

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 13, 2016, 05:39:35 pm
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Just to show how close the ship come to the shore while pumping diesl

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Always rainbows here

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My old team G60 has made this welcome sign

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We braai every Wednesday and Saturday for the 44 take over pax on base



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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on September 13, 2016, 11:01:17 pm
Tom, I am back at your story writing...  I guess you may have contact with most of the Antarctica and islands people - past and present.  Can't you do the story of the cassavac of Jan Hattingh some years ago when he fractured his leg on Antarctica?  It is right up your ally with the first aid and so and when I heard the story, it was told as one of the longest (in kilometers) cassavacs in history with many things going right at the right time and showing some great spirit of cooperation among countries (as it has always been in Antarctic context).  But I guess I should not be to prescriptive.  It is just a suggestion.

Nie te veel vlys eet nie.  Daai viste wag!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 14, 2016, 11:18:23 pm
Yes I also know Struan's ankle fracture story of SANAE 4 during take over....and the sad day when late Johan Jamneck died in a crevas while doing absailing in Antarctica. We were here on Gough when it happened and got the  sad news ....and then also the late Dewalt's skidoo accident. Gough has taken the most causulties and lifes though... :(

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mr Zog on September 15, 2016, 01:45:51 am
Tom, what is the time difference between Gough and SA?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Bundu on September 15, 2016, 07:28:23 am
Tom, what is the time difference between Gough and SA?
I think they're on GMT, so 2 hours behind SA
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 15, 2016, 08:11:16 pm
Tom, what is the time difference between Gough and SA?
I think they're on GMT, so 2 hours behind SA
Correct GMT

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Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mr Zog on September 16, 2016, 02:41:36 am
Tom, what is the time difference between Gough and SA?
I think they're on GMT, so 2 hours behind SA
Correct GMT

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Cool. Thanks. So currently 5 hours ahead of me in the Eastern USA...   :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 16, 2016, 10:09:35 am
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Very windy and should rain soon..big'ish one!!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 16, 2016, 10:33:36 am
So ek was reg... Stuur daai weerkassies sommer met die skippie terug huistoe.  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 16, 2016, 10:46:34 am
So ek was reg... Stuur daai weerkassies sommer met die skippie terug huistoe.  :imaposer:
Yes and the have argued that it shall pass North West of us with no rain :) 
Looking at the sat image ckeaely shows a low pressure with lots of rain and wind!!

Thaks Woody1, your site is more reliable.

Now they tell me it is their data that get sent out and they do not do the forecasts...maybe yes but never ignore the sat image. Tunnel vission in any occupation is dangerous :)

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 16, 2016, 11:15:00 am
Vanaand kom julle GROOT reen.
Hulle praat twak dink ek.
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 17, 2016, 01:40:53 pm
Vanaand kom julle GROOT reen.
Hulle praat twak dink ek.
We nearly washed away....it was hard rain and high winds. The gusts was swinging the base at times but I was so tyred I just felt asleep every time. I am just bruses and do not even recall how I got them all. Today we are doing rope resque training as we have a field team doing high angke work in the sagina eradication program (alien plant) I shall also do some work on the lines for moral support as the entire field team is British this year put here by the RSPB



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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 17, 2016, 06:45:32 pm
Swem Jannie swem  :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 17, 2016, 10:24:21 pm
Is en bly lekker.....ja ja ek het n passie vir die werk!!!

passion for the work.....


I would have loved to be an consultant for the DEA but they are not (VERY UNFORTUNATELY) Interested at all     ........

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Buffel B on September 18, 2016, 09:02:23 am
Hi Tom. Dankie vir al die info wat jy ons gee oor alles en nogmaals op die eiland.
Sterkte en geniet - jou "passie" is great.
Groete
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: oldmannorman on September 18, 2016, 09:17:00 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 18, 2016, 09:55:42 pm
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A pic of the high angle work we did

Thanks for the feedback, glad you guys enjoy what I share!

I was off this afternoon and rather tyred. I decided I am going to ly down and whatch a movie on the laptop but then the chef needed something from the food store. I walked down and found 4 guys on the way to diesel cove to fish. They asked me to join and I got the chef his stuff and went down the 2 x rope ladders with my rod and some artificial lures.

After an hour we realised there is no snoek and we put hooks on and used octopus as bait. I must have caught 20 or more Jacopevers and 3 five fingers. Lost one on the rocks. then hooked into a kelp bed and lost a decent lengh of line and I called the day. The rest of the guys followed back up to base and all smelly (fish) walked into a base with no water.

The Ndwd guys replaced all the water tanks and were waiting for the water level to pick up. So I could not get clean to lie down and therefore decided to work. I made space for the frozen goods so tomorrow morning after base skivvi (cleaning) we will fly and pack our years supply of frozen goods.

Now I am fighting to fall asleep in the chair. Going to take a shower and read book till I can't keep them eyes open bo more

Goodnight :)

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Post by: Tom van Brits on September 18, 2016, 09:57:11 pm
Ps...if someone can please help to rotate the photo I'll be glad

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Post by: Mr Zog on September 19, 2016, 03:42:12 am
Ps...if someone can please help to rotate the photo I'll be glad

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fokit  :patch:

I tried to rotate it, but failed. Sorrie tjom  :sip:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 19, 2016, 07:09:53 am
So ?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 19, 2016, 05:02:30 pm
Thanks Woody

Today we did the frozens....the 'big day'. Everything went smoothly but my back is off now :)  :)  real hard work transfering the frozens from the sugar bags to the refrigerators!!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on September 19, 2016, 05:20:53 pm
So
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Post by: Tom van Brits on September 19, 2016, 07:19:16 pm
Dankie Woody!! :)

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 19, 2016, 07:43:12 pm
I have just done my 22 pushups for Fireman Ptsd awareness on Gough island. I was challanged by Neels Kruger and then challanged Hennie Pretorius to continue in good spirit

I am not ashamed to admit that I suffer from Ptsd, but it did not get me under....infact, it made me a more sensitive emergency care rescuer

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Wes on September 20, 2016, 12:22:34 pm
Hi Tom ,
Just a question on Alien Plants .
Did they arrive with early settlers/visitors
Are they from birds bring them in
Are they from regular expeditions ( in spite of your very best efforts )

Did i hear of  a nearby island that is totally protected from visitors only allowing very small groups of researchers in on highly controlled  manner.

Thanks , really enjoy reading your contributions
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 20, 2016, 07:03:35 pm
Hi Tom ,
Just a question on Alien Plants .
Did they arrive with early settlers/visitors
Are they from birds bring them in
Are they from regular expeditions ( in spite of your very best efforts )

Did i hear of  a nearby island that is totally protected from visitors only allowing very small groups of researchers in on highly controlled  manner.

Thanks , really enjoy reading your contributions
Hi Wes

The allien plant by name Sagina was spread from Marion island to Gough  via the shipping containers. It is an extremely tough little plant and thrive in this cobditions. I was involved on 2 previous expeditions already to help eradicate it. We use herbicites, hand and prevention of further spread by quaranrine areas. We have boot wash cermony on the ships poopdeck and more like to use only G maeked containers for Gough and ut gets pressure washed in CT as I have shown them that the sagina is growing all around the DEA's offices now in the East Pierre as well. What makes it hard is the challabging landscape of Gough....believe you me it is not easy and Prince Edward said on his visit to Gough as a young man that Gough will make out a good training ground for special forces as the terain is rather challabging. So much so that the island got a bad nick name by some early visitors (expeditionists on diamond prospecting, sealers and even guano) as 'Death island'. Quite a few has lost their lives here incliding shipwreck sailors and fisherman.

The island you refering to is Prinse Edward...next to Marion. Only a hand selected few get to visit normally every 4th year briefly (one or 2 day trip) It is ajacent Marion and with little human interferance.

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Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 20, 2016, 07:04:38 pm
Hi Tom ,
Just a question on Alien Plants .
Did they arrive with early settlers/visitors
Are they from birds bring them in
Are they from regular expeditions ( in spite of your very best efforts )

Did i hear of  a nearby island that is totally protected from visitors only allowing very small groups of researchers in on highly controlled  manner.

Thanks , really enjoy reading your contributions
Hi Wes

The allien plant by name Sagina was spread from Marion island to Gough  via the shipping containers. It is an extremely tough little plant and thrive in this cobditions. I was involved on 2 previous expeditions already to help eradicate it. We use herbicites, hand and prevention of further spread by quaranrine areas. We have boot wash cermony on the ships poopdeck and more like to use only G maeked containers for Gough and ut gets pressure washed in CT as I have shown them that the sagina is growing all around the DEA's offices now in the East Pierre as well. What makes it hard is the challabging landscape of Gough....believe you me it is not easy and Prince Edward said on his visit to Gough as a young man that Gough will make out a good training ground for special forces as the terain is rather challabging. So much so that the island got a bad nick name by some early visitors (expeditionists on diamond prospecting, sealers and even guano) as 'Death island'. Quite a few has lost their lives here including shipwreck sailors and fisherman.

The island you refering to is Prinse Edward...next to Marion. Only a hand selected few get to visit normally every 4th year briefly (one or 2 day trip) It is ajacent Marion and with little human interferance.

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Wes on September 21, 2016, 04:52:39 pm
Thanks Tom , keep the reports coming and whatever you do 'Stay safe on Death Island'
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Bundu on September 21, 2016, 05:04:43 pm
hey Tom, good to see you are settling in  :thumleft:

Maybe a stupid question, but who 'owns' Gough island? Britain? Do you need a passport/Visa when you travel there and back to SA?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mr Zog on September 26, 2016, 12:14:23 pm
Tom, lewe julle nog?  :sip:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: zetman on September 26, 2016, 03:21:42 pm
Hy leef nog ja  :deal:
Sien op Facebook hulle braai   MR Z
Sal probeer die fotos laai hier ok
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on September 26, 2016, 05:42:54 pm
hey Tom, good to see you are settling in  :thumleft:

Maybe a stupid question, but who 'owns' Gough island? Britain? Do you need a passport/Visa when you travel there and back to SA?

Gough is on lease from the UK to South Africa.  There are some terms, which include providing space, within limits, for people and goods between Tristan and Cape Town.  There is more to it but it is so long ago that I last saw it in writing that I don't remember much.

Passport?  Mmm... I think they will want to see it if you go ashore on Tristan but I am not sure if they allow that.  Normally the teams stay on the ship.  I think they need permission from the Governor to come ashore, or something like that.  Tom will know.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Bundu on September 26, 2016, 08:17:39 pm
hey Tom, good to see you are settling in  :thumleft:

Maybe a stupid question, but who 'owns' Gough island? Britain? Do you need a passport/Visa when you travel there and back to SA?

Gough is on lease from the UK to South Africa.  There are some terms, which include providing space, within limits, for people and goods between Tristan and Cape Town.  There is more to it but it is so long ago that I last saw it in writing that I don't remember much.

Passport?  Mmm... I think they will want to see it if you go ashore on Tristan but I am not sure if they allow that.  Normally the teams stay on the ship.  I think they need permission from the Governor to come ashore, or something like that.  Tom will know.
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Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 26, 2016, 11:15:45 pm
hey Tom, good to see you are settling in  :thumleft:

Maybe a stupid question, but who 'owns' Gough island? Britain? Do you need a passport/Visa when you travel there and back to SA?

Gough is on lease from the UK to South Africa.  There are some terms, which include providing space, within limits, for people and goods between Tristan and Cape Town.  There is more to it but it is so long ago that I last saw it in writing that I don't remember much.

Passport?  Mmm... I think they will want to see it if you go ashore on Tristan but I am not sure if they allow that.  Normally the teams stay on the ship.  I think they need permission from the Governor to come ashore, or something like that.  Tom will know.
We need to be stamped out by SA customs but we never enter anywhere.....we just return and get staped back. Uk lease agreement like said and it is a pepercorn a year although it has grown into an agreement to take cargo and passangers to and through Tristan.

The Administrator of Tristan wellcome us at Tristan without passports and we visit the potato fields/patches and the tourism shop to buy some stamps and other stuff like Teistan beanies.

We have had huge storms already.. .and the ship has finally left!! We are on our own...all 10 of us

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: zetman on September 26, 2016, 11:20:13 pm
Hey tjoma nou ka jy gan visvang en rondloop  :lol8:
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Post by: Tom van Brits on September 27, 2016, 12:17:34 am
Hey tjoma nou ka jy gan visvang en rondloop  :lol8:
Kannie wag nie mater! Vir eers n klomp werk om op datum te kry!



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Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on September 27, 2016, 09:24:41 pm
Hey tjoma nou ka jy gan visvang en rondloop  :lol8:
Kannie wag nie mater! Vir eers n klomp werk om op datum te kry!



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Tom, ek hoop om ons op datum te hou beskou jy ook as werk  ;D :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 28, 2016, 12:51:01 am
Ek sal my bes probeer om gereeld te post....sukkel my dood met die netwerk om n simpel reply te los!!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on September 28, 2016, 06:04:19 pm
Ja-nee.  Ek kan sien jy is op Gough.  Bietjie verder Suid en die foto was onderstebo  ;D
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: corne.l on September 29, 2016, 06:36:46 am
Ja-nee.  Ek kan sien jy is op Gough.  Bietjie verder Suid en die foto was onderstebo  ;D

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 29, 2016, 09:13:38 am
My lobster dinner for the team

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 30, 2016, 05:00:25 pm
The Baltic trader and Edinburgh. The catch of the Edinburgh being transfered to the Baltic


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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 30, 2016, 05:03:35 pm
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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 30, 2016, 06:05:48 pm
It is a very late Winter, we are still getting poundered by low presurre systems. The snoek is not even on the bite as the water temp is only at around 11.5 degrees.

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 30, 2016, 10:33:19 pm
1 Tristan da Cunha Panoramic
2 Nightingale, Middle Island, Stoltenhof and in the far background Inascesable Island
3 Gough Panoramic
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 30, 2016, 10:37:01 pm
1 Ice cap on Tristan da Cunha
2 Rainbow over the Agulhas while sailing down to Tristan
3 Anothe Ice cap photos
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 30, 2016, 10:50:21 pm
All photos of Nightingale island, also known to the Tristanians as Honey moon island as it was a tradition to take your bride over to Nightingale and live in the small huts for a while. Now the huts are used by families for a 'vacation - normally fishing' as this is the best fish waters on this ridge by a mile! Note the famous landing rock in the front where the longboats was landed and hauled to safety. The big house was recently build and funded by the RSPB for the biologists
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 30, 2016, 11:02:44 pm
1 Southern Wright whale at Nightingale
2 Sootie Albatross at Gough - I am very pleased with this photo as I have worked hard to get this shot - good on my novest photography standards
3 Yellow nose Albatross in flight
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 30, 2016, 11:07:18 pm
Gough - first sight
Church rock at Gough - Many sea stacks around the island
One of many waterfalls around the island
Penguin Island - Gough

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 30, 2016, 11:26:16 pm
1 The Deep Glen - Amazingly beautiful inside as there is a stunning fall and pool where I have swam with the seals before
2 The Glen - Original landing and where sealers, diamond prospectors and the first meteorological base was
3 The Arch in front of the Glen
4 Gough base - the photo quality is bad as we have arrived on a very cold cloudy and misty day - most moist cleared but still hazy pictures..
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 30, 2016, 11:31:28 pm
And there she goes - see you in 12 months time SA Agulhas 2 !

 :thumleft:

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 30, 2016, 11:47:17 pm
Have a good look at the Glen photo. The sealers caves - same as on Marion Island although thousands of miles apart which leave the idea that it was possibly the same Norwegian crew.

Hacks tooth is also visible as well as the yellow stone wall which caught the eye of the diamond prospectors.... 

There are many engraved stones or rather boulders in the Glen and I have came upon one which was completely inland and not seen by many. Only 2 photographs of that boulder that we know of and one was taken by me. When I took the photo I never realized that it is or was not seen by many other exhibitionists and it became a discussion on a fb page. I shall spent some more time in the Glen this year but it is very hard to reach from inland...a couple hours of hike. Rather tough and coming back to the base even more challenging but worth the sweat - although I got another plan of getting there....watch this space  :)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mr Zog on October 01, 2016, 02:30:41 am
Awesome pics Tom. Stunning...  :drif:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: luv2ride on October 01, 2016, 05:24:36 am
Wow, some nice photos. :thumleft:
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Post by: Dorsland on October 01, 2016, 06:11:18 am
Hel Tom, dis 'n belewenis om so te kan werk. Bitter interessant.  Ek haal die storie in, trek nou eers by begin Augustus en lyk my daar het baie gebeur.  Lees lekker.

Ek is seker iemand het al gevra, so jammer as ek nou weer vra: watse kamera gebruik jy?
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Post by: Tom van Brits on October 01, 2016, 09:08:35 am
Hel Tom, dis 'n belewenis om so te kan werk. Bitter interessant.  Ek haal die storie in, trek nou eers by begin Augustus en lyk my daar het baie gebeur.  Lees lekker.

Ek is seker iemand het al gevra, so jammer as ek nou weer vra: watse kamera gebruik jy?
Baie dankie Johan!

Ek gebruik n Panasonic Lumix FZ70. Ek wou baie graag eerder n beter lens koop vir my Nikon dslr - dis n ou 3100 maar die foto kwaliteit is aansienlik beter daar. Ongelukkig was dit te duur en het ek die Lumix vir n goeie prys gekry by Makro vir R4000.

n Goeie lens (lense waarna ek gekyk het) was so by die R9000+. Tog dink ek ek sou dalk beter kon doen met selfs n 50mm prime lens en dan my 60mm makro wat ek reeds het. Mens weet nooit en vir my voel dit soos n skoolgeld uitstappie op kamera front.

Nou voel ek wel verlig dat julle ouens se die fotos lyk goed. . Baie verlig en sal net voortbou en meer leer oor die regte verstellings. Ek dink die kamera het redelik meer potensiaal....dis nou ek self wat moet opskerp :)  :)



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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 01, 2016, 05:24:21 pm
Got a couple of pictures today of the Yellow nose Albatross and Northern Rockhopper penguins
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 01, 2016, 05:26:31 pm
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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 01, 2016, 05:29:24 pm
Rockhoppers
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 01, 2016, 05:41:27 pm
The Photos above from the Yellow nose albatross and the Rockhopper penguins was taken with my old and outdated Nikon 3100 camera with a 60mm macro lens.

The next few was taken today also with the Panasonic FZ70 Bridge camera. AlanB Gave me advise on a setting and it made a very good difference!

1 Seal beach and look at the power boat in the distance
2 60 x optical zoom and look at the powerboat!

3 Yellow Nose
4 Loving Northern Rockhoppers
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: BMWPE on October 01, 2016, 05:44:42 pm
very nice pics  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 01, 2016, 05:55:15 pm
Thanks BMWPE

1 Tpopicalus seal
2 Skua (Note the bird)
3 Rockhopper
4 Lot of moss (not sure if it is also called moss in English?) on the trees and structures

Thats All! :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 01, 2016, 06:03:54 pm
PS: None of my photos was photoshoped - I do not even own a photo editing tool.
It was just made smaller.
Photo bucket and image shack is blocked - so I had to upload straight to the forum - reduced size

Last 3 also with the FZ70

Note the rope to get access to the beach - If you can not pull yourself up with your arms you will not be able to come ashore the island. This is the easiest access from the sea to the base, but the Glen where the origional base was is just perfect except for the meteorological date, hence the current location of the base

Good luck to the Springboks - hope to get a whatsapp update as we have not tv or radio - net too slow for streaming
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: landieman on October 01, 2016, 07:04:58 pm
very cool Tom  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on October 01, 2016, 07:56:36 pm
Fotos is so mooi ek ruik daai pikkewyn stront.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Bundu on October 01, 2016, 08:17:29 pm
wow!  :o
daai is National Geographic gehalte!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: zetman on October 01, 2016, 10:32:41 pm
Bokke het gewen  :biggrin:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 02, 2016, 04:54:35 am
Dankie julle maar glo my daar is BAIE ruimte vir verbetering!

Ek het nou spesiaal midernag wakker geword om internet toegang te he sodat ek meer kan leer van kamera settings. Xpat en AlanB coach my so bietjie en ek waardeer die hulp geweldig. Dis baie vervullend om beter kwaliteit fotos te kan deel vernaam omdat dit nie n algemene plek van besoek is nie. Hierdie Suid See eilande en diere is besonders mooi en anders.

Baie bly die bokke het gewen! Ek hoor die manne se Morne is 'terug' op vorm. Hoogtyd en hoop dit bly so!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mr Zog on October 04, 2016, 02:40:28 am
Mods!

Can we make this a "sticky" so we don't sukkel to find it?

Please?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: oldmannorman on October 04, 2016, 07:59:44 am
Awesome footage. Was wondering why the chopper took off while the ship was leaving ?
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 04, 2016, 09:05:00 am
Awesome footage. Was wondering why the chopper took off while the ship was leaving ?
That was the last flight actually landing. It is not uncomon to take of or land on the moving vessel although they prefer the ship stationary especiall in big swell like they had on the day of 4.5 meters. Take a look at the one photo where the aft is so high that the belley is visable. The last flight with the team onboard usially involves a fly by depending on fly hours left. The dco permitted and the team was entertained with a flight to around church rock and back.

the helli deck is very big.....it is actually huge compared to the SA Agulhas (this being the SA Agulhas 2)

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 04, 2016, 09:43:21 am
Since the ship has left a week ago already and the eta is the 6th of October in CT I can now share sometging that almost put an end to my expedition:

I broke my hand during take over...I heard the sound it made when it happend and I felf the loss of power immideatly. We were busy with offloading and I was at the end of the line packing.

Now what we usually do is if we get a box that has broken we warn the next guy in the chain so he doesnt drop the contents or when it is all of a sudden much heavier than the previous ones. However, this guy did not warn me and I did not brace myself for a heavier box. I was packing and as he pass the box I fell forward trying to hold on and my hand caught between the pilar of the shelf and the box but it continued through.

I knew that if I report it I stand a change to be sent back. The medic of the old team would have stayed for another 2 months and went back on the Edinburgh on which a relief medic would have come.

So the hand was swelling and although it was a cold day I was sweating but I decided not to show. Once the swelling was there the pain was almost gone and I conrinued work every day without medical care as the doctor was living in the clinic attending to take over personnel. I was too busy with other team stuff and rations as the medic also run the food for the year. By the way a famous and excellent dr who runs a tv show also. Dr Darren Green...great guy.

Just before the ship sailed he noticed it. I was mostly now working with cloves and hiding the discolored and swollen hand.

So doc Green noticed the hand and examined it....he could clearly feel the new calis formasion (cement that join fractures) and just could not believe that I just kept my cool. So no need for any treatment in the end and I am ok.

2: I was unoficially apointed as the deputy expedition leader. The DEA has always paid us extra money for this responsibility. After tax R900pm extra (what I got last year more being the leader) Not a lot but something.

However, as I still had no doc in hand and working much harder dealing with a bit of team politics as well and constantly advising the TL the 'contract' to appoint me as Deputy arrived. It was made clear that there is NO financial benefit. I decided that I already have so much work that I do not want to take on a title with responsibilities without any benefit to me other than status.

I declined and did not sign. The DCO was very understanding and had to call the team together for a vote. The team voted the electrician in who accepted....good guy (has done one expedition to Antarctica)

So now I am in the bacground, working hard at this stage to get ahead to have some time (make time) to be able to assist field workers on the scientific work which I just love and I also want to have time to fish and to take photos (new hobby)

All for now although a lot more ro share!



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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 04, 2016, 09:43:32 am
Since the ship has left a week ago already and the eta is the 6th of October in CT I can now share sometging that almost put an end to my expedition:

I broke my hand during take over...I heard the sound it made when it happend and I felf the loss of power immideatly. We were busy with offloading and I was at the end of the line packing.

Now what we usually do is if we get a box that has broken we warn the next guy in the chain so he doesnt drop the contents or when it is all of a sudden much heavier than the previous ones. However, this guy did not warn me and I did not brace myself for a heavier box. I was packing and as he pass the box I fell forward trying to hold on and my hand caught between the pilar of the shelf and the box but it continued through.

I knew that if I report it I stand a change to be sent back. The medic of the old team would have stayed for another 2 months and went back on the Edinburgh on which a relief medic would have come.

So the hand was swelling and although it was a cold day I was sweating but I decided not to show. Once the swelling was there the pain was almost gone and I conrinued work every day without medical care as the doctor was living in the clinic attending to take over personnel. I was too busy with other team stuff and rations as the medic also run the food for the year. By the way a famous and excellent dr who runs a tv show also. Dr Darren Green...great guy.

Just before the ship sailed he noticed it. I was mostly now working with cloves and hiding the discolored and swollen hand.

So doc Green noticed the hand and examined it....he could clearly feel the new calis formasion (cement that join fractures) and just could not believe that I just kept my cool. So no need for any treatment in the end and I am ok.

2: I was unoficially apointed as the deputy expedition leader. The DEA has always paid us extra money for this responsibility. After tax R900pm extra (what I got last year more being the leader) Not a lot but something.

However, as I still had no doc in hand and working much harder dealing with a bit of team politics as well and constantly advising the TL the 'contract' to appoint me as Deputy arrived. It was made clear that there is NO financial benefit. I decided that I already have so much work that I do not want to take on a title with responsibilities without any benefit to me other than status.

I declined and did not sign. The DCO was very understanding and had to call the team together for a vote. The team voted the electrician in who accepted....good guy (has done one expedition to Antarctica)

So now I am in the bacground, working hard at this stage to get ahead to have some time (make time) to be able to assist field workers on the scientific work which I just love and I also want to have time to fish and to take photos (new hobby)

All for now although a lot more ro share!



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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on October 04, 2016, 09:50:56 am
So deeg knie is ook uit... hoop jy herstel 100% en gou ook.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Takashi on October 04, 2016, 09:51:26 am
Hope the hand does not pain you too much.

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 04, 2016, 10:08:51 am
Thanks guys, it still hurts but it is okish.

Yes I would love to bake rolls for the team as all they eat is defrosted bread but no way I can bake at this stage (weet nie wat is deeg knie in Engels )

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on October 04, 2016, 10:13:51 am
Flour Fighting...
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mr Zog on October 04, 2016, 12:20:12 pm
Kneading dough. :thumleft:

Good stuff Tom. Show them what our generation iis made from. Tougher stuff  :deal:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Skaiidawg on October 04, 2016, 02:46:47 pm
Kneading dough. :thumleft:

Good stuff Tom. Show them what our generation iis made from. Tougher stuff  :deal:

More like tougherer :biggrin:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 04, 2016, 02:57:53 pm
Kneading dough. :thumleft:

Good stuff Tom. Show them what our generation iis made from. Tougher stuff  :deal:

More like tougherer :biggrin:

 :imaposer: I have seen that add on tv before the expedition

We do not have tv here wich is a blessing in disguise, only thing I miss is radio and since the satelite radio service provider in SA went belly up there is just no way .... streaming can't work, the net is tooooo sloww  :(
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: lj111 on October 04, 2016, 04:24:13 pm
Thanks for sharing :thumleft:
 :sip:
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Moon on October 04, 2016, 10:45:01 pm
Rockhoppers
They look like Boris Johnson !!
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 04, 2016, 10:55:49 pm
Rockhoppers
They look like Boris Johnson !!

And they have got his attitude as well   :deal:
Title: Re: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Moon on October 04, 2016, 10:57:55 pm
Rockhoppers
They look like Boris Johnson !!

And they have got his attitude as well   :deal:
Haha... great pics... thanks
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 05, 2016, 11:18:38 pm
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We got a 6 burner gas stove and a very smart elektric steam oven this take over. I have ordered a new iven in 2009 and it is finally here  ;D

My day start at 6 with my espresso maker

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on October 06, 2016, 06:58:09 am
Lekker.  kort nou net lekker vars gebak! :peepwall: :pot: :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: pietas on October 06, 2016, 07:29:40 am
Tom, hoe meer ek na jou fotos kyk, hoe meer besef ek wat se ongelooflike plek dit is. Jy is bevoorreg om dit te kan ervaar. En hou aan om sulke mooi fotos te neem. Ten minste sit jou onderwerpe lekker stil wanneer jy hulle afneem. Sterkte met die hand

En nou is ek lus vir koffie  :sip:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 06, 2016, 08:36:35 am
Pietas dis inderdaad n voorreg. Vir my n dubbel....Gough was my laaste werk en 10 naande later my eerste geleentheid weer.

Ek gaan virseker bou op my amateur fotografie. Xpat het besluit om vir my te help met 'hardeware' om daardie talent (as mens dit so kan noem ) te help ontwikkel.

Hoewel baie vd voels stilsit doen baie nie, daar is heelwat kleiner spesies wat ek gaan afneem. Moet wel se dat mens baie kan doen om jou foto n wow oomblik te maak deur gedult, die regte kennis en verstellings.

Woody1 hou op.....jy weet ek brand om ietsie vars te bak!  :(

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 06, 2016, 08:36:37 am
Pietas dis inderdaad n voorreg. Vir my n dubbel....Gough was my laaste werk en 10 naande later my eerste geleentheid weer.

Ek gaan virseker bou op my amateur fotografie. Xpat het besluit om vir my te help met 'hardeware' om daardie talent (as mens dit so kan noem ) te help ontwikkel.

Hoewel baie vd voels stilsit doen baie nie, daar is heelwat kleiner spesies wat ek gaan afneem. Moet wel se dat mens baie kan doen om jou foto n wow oomblik te maak deur gedult, die regte kennis en verstellings.

Woody1 hou op.....jy weet ek brand om ietsie vars te bak!  :(

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on October 06, 2016, 04:50:24 pm


http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/special-breed-of-sa-researchers-monitor-climate-change-on-sub-antarctic-islands-20161006 (http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/special-breed-of-sa-researchers-monitor-climate-change-on-sub-antarctic-islands-20161006)

'Special breed' of SA researchers monitor climate change on sub-Antarctic islands
2016-10-06 15:19
Jenna Etheridge, News24

Cape Town - Over 2 000km from the sunny shores of South Africa, local researchers are patiently recording and bearing witness to what are suspected to be the effects of climate change.

South African teams are deployed to Gough Island and Marion Island for more than a year at a time. These two sub-Antarctic islands, south-west and south-east of Africa, are cold, wet and remote.

They house a number of protected seabirds and mammals, as well as bases for weather and research data collection.

Environmental Affairs Deputy DG of oceans and coasts, Dr Monde Mayekiso, said it took a special breed of person to live there.

"I really commend people who go there and stay for 14 months. They are curious and adventurous," he told News24 after the latest expedition team returned to Cape Town from Gough Island on Thursday morning.

They had collected a number of insights over the years.

At Marion Island, there appeared to be a change in the water temperature and the way animals conducted themselves.

"Seabirds at Marion are foraging further and further than before," he said, with a furrow in his brow.

"Their body condition is not as good as it was in the past and even their reproductive success has gone down."

They were beginning to see the impact of what they thought might be the impacts of environmental change.

Mayekiso noted that they had to monitor these environments for many years to pick up trends.

On Thursday morning, the SA Agulhas II brought home the 61st expedition team to spend time in isolation on Gough.

They were congratulated for their contributions.


'It’s an amazing experience'

A relief voyage, carrying food, supplies and people, takes five days to travel the 2 700km journey from Cape Town.

The relief team spent six weeks on the island. Part of their job was to maintain the base.

Sazi Gugushe, from public works, was part of this team and was responsible for logistics.

His wife Charlotte, also in the public works department, waited patiently for him to disembark.

"He’s been doing these trips for more than eight years," she said, as their young children milled around her legs.

"It’s an amazing experience. I normally tell the kids he is going to do maintenance. They watch him and know how to fix things in the house."

Lilitha, 8, Sazi Junior, 5, and Akeelah, 3, buzzed about impatiently and fiddled with their warm jackets.

Charlotte smiled at them and said: "We missed him so much."
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 06, 2016, 06:35:20 pm
True....the geo locators/tranaponders on the seabirds shows us that they need to go out very fare theae days ro get food. However, we are not convinced that it is due to global warming as over fishing and other environmental factors also plays a roll. It is a shame that many spokes person never really spent time with us in thks environment for real first hand experience. However there is so many people working with passion together here prioritising the data and sea bird and seal recearch. Great to get some media cover.

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 06, 2016, 06:44:50 pm
Special breed...makes me smile also. Sorry not negative but more than 50 persent do it for a 'job' and people adapt very well in life. I do not see that special breed but just ordinary humans

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mr Zog on October 12, 2016, 12:11:35 am
Is your internet fubar?

Or is your typing hand giving you kak?


Why we not hear anything?

Kom boetie. Ons wag.  :sip:  :lol8:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on October 12, 2016, 06:26:31 am
Talked to him on Watsapp yesterday.

Doing paperwork....... seker in die kleinhuisie.  :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 12, 2016, 02:45:31 pm
Is your internet fubar?

Or is your typing hand giving you kak?


Why we not hear anything?

Kom boetie. Ons wag.  :sip:  :lol8:

 :peepwall: Hand is okish but sore since all the swelling is gone with a nasty hard knob under the skin.
However, I am doing my work like Woody1 says.....lots and lots of paperwork as I am not just the medic but the wanna be pharmacist and controlling the food store and cold rooms. It is my cooking skivvi today and I hae managed to knee dough for 15 minutes (2kg) with one hand and it is rising rather well. I am making vetkoek and oxtail for supper.

The delivery of the medical supplies happen the day (night) before the ship has sailed and I had to work till late, and then the last literally a couple of hours before we sailed. So I was issued a hand full of papers and had to do all the checks on the Island but obviously it does not make sense to unpack the 'new supplies' till near end of take over because one would like to get rid of as many stock as possible. So the doctor was seeing most of the medical cases during takeover while I was involved more with the helicopter work, food rations and some restoration of the base.

Look this base is in a very sorry state...it's way past it life expectancy (10years + over already) and although I hate the word 'challenge' as I believe that most lazy people use it as an excuse not to do their work we are seriously 'challenged' by the condition of this base and unfortunately I do not see a new base popping but soon as there is politics keeping this base to be patched up and on a yearly basis the technical team of the public works will come and put some lipstick on her and declare her good for another year....but one day (and I hope it is not in my year) the base might just blow out her last breath....

There are so any differnet versions of what might happen to Gough but we were warned not to puplish anything with regards to the project that might be sensitive and as this is a public forum I shall refrain from the politics. Last time around I was left in deep water by requests from 2 x wild dog members about friendly energy on the base and I thought I was doing a good deed by sharing some info but....It bit me hard, and I have as result been on the 'red carpet' and would therefore be careful to what I share. On that note (for those who are wondering now) We have tried and tested hydro electrical (ask Woody1) and it did not work. We had engineers 'on the ground'. We have tried wind generators and it did not work. Firstly we had bird strikes by indigenous species which we can not afford and secondly with the storms - although there is build in brake systems etc the one wind generator burned out. It is extreme weather down here - trust me if you have not been here it is unthinkable what it is really like. And there is no such thing as a bird friendly wind electric generator - we are talking seabirds here which fly and get killed into the dark building and ship and any out of place structure....so with this I am not going to start a new debate on this as it has had consequences on my career.

Back to the work - I needed to pack and seal all the expired medication with a comprehensive list - the other medic (outgoing) was sick and the doc was busy so I was alone doing this task. Then I stocked the shelves and checked against 2 x medical suppliers all the medical stock received. I found rather a number of items said to be dispensed but not in the shipment and we have taken it up with the supplier who acknowledged and is doing a re supply which I should get on the Edinburgh when she comes in Nov.

I had to shelf all the stuff and decided what I am keeping and what I am sending back. I rather hold onto more stuff than sending it back regretting it..every single thing (even a bandage) has got an expiry date but sometimes it is still usable and the only thing I am strict about is medication especially IV (Intra venous and Intra muscular medication)

So I am currently busy with a comprehensive stock list including the different expiry dates, and then in between still get called regularly for help at some ongoing projects but it will quit down at some point in time. The confusing part about medication is that they do not work on the generic names which is easy, but the old and excising lists as well as those of the suppliers still go by 'funny company owned drug names - an easy example is Paracetamoll which is now 'painamoll' Most you can just figure or by having a quick glance at the active ingredients but believe me not all that easy (keep in mind I am a medic - not a pharmacist or doctor)

Why do I need to update and change the lists? Simply because 'no medical' people are in charge of the orders, and they can't help to get very confused so I am now going but the names their current suppliers are using in order to smooth out the process for their next orders so that it can be on time and not last minute stressful moments. If I had family or friends this year to come and say goodbye I would not have been able to spent time with them because of this last minute madness. I am not blaming anybody but I identified the shortcoming and I am now working on that in order to smooth out the operations.

Ok so time to check on that oxtail pot and then continue with my list. After the medical is done _ somtime this week, I need to get my ass down to the foodstore and get tht also up to date. Then hopefully better weather and some fishing!! Can't wait to get some decent snoek on the line! :laughing4:

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: alanB on October 13, 2016, 07:17:38 pm
https://earth.nullschool.net/ (https://earth.nullschool.net/)

article here http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20161013-this-map-will-show-you-the-windiest-place-on-earth-right-now (http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20161013-this-map-will-show-you-the-windiest-place-on-earth-right-now)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: T Rex on October 13, 2016, 08:06:52 pm
Dankie vir die terugvoer Tom  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 13, 2016, 08:10:23 pm
Dankie vir die terugvoer Tom  :thumleft:
Als reg mater. Hoop om julle binnekort weer vars positiewe nuus te kan gee!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Oubones on October 13, 2016, 10:39:36 pm
Dankie vir die deel, ek vind dit baie insiggewend
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 13, 2016, 11:24:35 pm
https://earth.nullschool.net/ (https://earth.nullschool.net/)

article here http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20161013-this-map-will-show-you-the-windiest-place-on-earth-right-now (http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20161013-this-map-will-show-you-the-windiest-place-on-earth-right-now)

Thanks Alan that will give the WD's a good idea. We are using windity which is also giving forecasts, wind, swell - direction of swell and more but most of the time (like now) the internet is too slow and i do not have access. Wanted to put down a link but easy to find on Google.

Oubones dis n plesier van my kan af - groete :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on October 14, 2016, 07:24:56 am
The expiry date on medical equipment is mainly for commercial and legal purposes. The tetracycline group of antibiotics may be some of the few drugs that become dangerous when they get old, but even that is possibly wrong.
The USA Army has done a lot of research and some of their results are online so use Dr Google. They save billions of dollars by extending the shelf life of most drugs and almost all equipment and disposables.


You are correct about the use of trade names being a pain in the neck, especially with drugs that are mixed together. The makers decide to change the recipe and mess everything up, and the mix can be different in different countries.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 14, 2016, 11:14:42 am
The expiry date on medical equipment is mainly for commercial and legal purposes. The tetracycline group of antibiotics may be some of the few drugs that become dangerous when they get old, but even that is possibly wrong.
The USA Army has done a lot of research and some of their results are online so use Dr Google. They save billions of dollars by extending the shelf life of most drugs and almost all equipment and disposables.


You are correct about the use of trade names being a pain in the neck, especially with drugs that are mixed together. The makers decide to change the recipe and mess everything up, and the mix can be different in different countries.

Yes doc it IS a real pain - but like you suggested 'dr google'. I do not want to break the seal to get to the insert drug pamphlet so I have learned that most answers is available on google wrt this.

I do believe you wrt the extended shelf lines in ARMY medicine as they always on out visits dispensed out of big containers and just printed a new label on the familiar amber colored bottles with the white cap.  Legally I try to cover myself as far as possible because I am practicing the medicine part under a doctors name. Hence the training before we can come down, and I need to consult with him over the phone when I do have complicated cases but must say the team selection is rather good medical wise although you always do get the 'slip through' but I am comfortable with what I do. In the end expeditions like this just not justify more medical personnel and they make it clear to every expeditionist of what the medical backup is (only medic and if needed ship CASEVAC in 5 days one way)

After all a remote site expeditions and I think the 'special breed of people of the journalist' rather refer to people that can take a leap outside a comfort zone knowing that they will have to deal with life a bit differently than the security and back up of the cities with hospitals and medical professionals. It seems (real shame) that the selection is not done in the way it is supposed to be (in my view) as we do not have teams with all out expeditionists (adventurers) anymore. There is a few people in the team that has got no intention to get mud on the boots and is happy to spent their free time watching series and movies or whatever else they prefer to do. Literally housebound for a year....and when we have activities like for instance seal pup weighing and more they have a right to say NO. This put a lot of strain on the field biologists and I can just not think why someone would not go out and engage in activities like this!! 10 years back on Marion when Woody1 was out leader the team did everything together! Same with my 2008/9 expedition on Gough.....last one I managed to get the team without a single exception to dine together every night although it was already much harder to get them involved in out door activities. I am afraid change is NOT always good but I have to accept that things has changed and it is not likely to go back to the old style of active team dynamics we once seen down here.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on October 16, 2016, 06:44:32 pm
Hi Tom,  it is Sunday here and I know you guys have a daily routine and scarcely think about the day of the week.  Anyway, enjoy your day and I think about you regularly and I am still not sure what you prefer - a regular job on 'civvy street' or out there in the middle of the Atlantic.  But I see on the wind map that you may be in the middle of a doldrum today and it could be nice weather.  But I am estimating so could be wrong.

Maar ek hoop die lyne word al reggemaak en dat die snoeke loop!

Groete daar en beste vir jou.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 16, 2016, 08:28:36 pm
Hi Tom,  it is Sunday here and I know you guys have a daily routine and scarcely think about the day of the week.  Anyway, enjoy your day and I think about you regularly and I am still not sure what you prefer - a regular job on 'civvy street' or out there in the middle of the Atlantic.  But I see on the wind map that you may be in the middle of a doldrum today and it could be nice weather.  But I am estimating so could be wrong.

Maar ek hoop die lyne word al reggemaak en dat die snoeke loop!

Groete daar en beste vir jou.

Hello buddy. To be honest (real honest) I have preferred this lifestyle particularly when I was younger and hope I new about it earlier, or at least that I do (did) qualify for it at an earlier stage of my life. Unfortunately I was always worried about long term security and it took years and a broken romantic relationship to get me out of the borders of good old South Africa.

Although I am (always have been) an adventurer by heart and a bit of a free spirit (not the hippie type) I have come to the age where I would have preferred something more 'normal'. I have 'grown up' a bit now, it took me a while but I would honestly prefer a good job back in SA. Preferably out of the EMS (Emergency medical services) as I feel I am sort of past my sell by date to work 12 hour shifts and to chase after accidents, murder and robbery victims and so on....

My hope (dream) at this stage is to get a job back in SA and I shall still keep up my Health professions licence as a back up being able to help people like for instance when I ride to work and find an accident scene or maybe biking and get to help a fellow injured rider. If I drop my licence I would not legally be able to do any advanced techniques say for instance to put up a drip to stabilize a trauma patient.

I do not have any other qualifications but I have a lot of skills, I can do welding, basic pluming and a lot of DIY projects and I have grown up on a plot doing vegetable farming and a bit of milk cows. Later in life stayed for years on a citrus farm near Wolhuterskop and got to know a bit about citrus. I was given a small piece of land to work and got a good green bean business going but unfortunately had to move when I went to Pretoria EMS.

So who knows, maybe I can get a job on a farm, a guesthouse or something else. I can't see myself in this 'contract....between contracts...contract..between. I am getting older now and do not have anything to fall back unto, the last is to become a burden for my kids. I have done my best to help and equip both. My daughter is married now, my son should soon start working as an apprentice millwright. Now I need to take care of myself - so it is a looong answer to your question. Yes I love Gough, I used to love Africa and I even enjoyed working in Afg and Iraq years back. Now I would just like to find a place where I can sort of settle, and sometimes have time to ride my bike as well.

WRT the weather, we are having big gusts and rain, rather miserable weather and apparently we need to brace ourselves on Tuesday....

I have done some fishing yesterday, I have infact fished for 4 hours but did not get snoek. The swell was however from the South and the water temp was only 10.5 degrees. We are having a very late Winter and I am hopeful that I will get snoek soon. I did bring back home 2 x real big five fingers and 2 x Jaco pevers. I braaied one on the coals and it was just delicious. Some team members begged the other which I gladly handed out for their enjoyment.

Groete mater!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on October 16, 2016, 09:53:32 pm
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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 17, 2016, 01:15:01 am
I am relieved to report that my broken hand has mended without complications. It is still a bit sensitive but I caught a couple of reef fish without any issues. Seems the fresh air is doing me some real favors :)

Tomorrow is base cleaning skivvi fron 8am til around 10. We are working in 5 x 2 men teams and every week you move to a new erea. I am on bathrooms tonorrow. The bad one is kitchen but it is good team activity to work together and up the standard. Just them musick is killing me.....remember I am the only old member....rest are in their early 20s up to mid 30's. But its bearable....only just. Sometimes i get evil thoughts of drowning them speakers but i knoe i wont ;)  :)

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on October 17, 2016, 07:00:38 am
Welcome to the "CLUB"  :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on October 17, 2016, 07:09:05 am
I am relieved to report that my broken hand has mended without complications. It is still a bit sensitive but I caught a couple of reef fish without any issues. Seems the fresh air is doing me some real favors :)

Tomorrow is base cleaning skivvi fron 8am til around 10. We are working in 5 x 2 men teams and every week you move to a new erea. I am on bathrooms tonorrow. The bad one is kitchen but it is good team activity to work together and up the standard. Just them musick is killing me.....remember I am the only old member....rest are in their early 20s up to mid 30's. But its bearable....only just. Sometimes i get evil thoughts of drowning them speakers but i knoe i wont ;)  :)

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 >:D doen dit  >:D  :spitcoffee:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on October 17, 2016, 07:48:53 am
Ek het die kragdrade KORT agter die amplifier afgesny op Marion.  Hulle was bietjie kwaad gewees vir my.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on October 17, 2016, 10:17:23 am
Sometimes i get evil thoughts of drowning them speakers but i knoe i wont   

Doef Doef kak of RAP crap?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 17, 2016, 11:03:24 am
Sometimes i get evil thoughts of drowning them speakers but i knoe i wont   

Doef Doef kak of RAP crap?

n Bietjie van beide....of eerder BAIE TE VEEL van beide  :patch:

You got to grow a thick skin to survive sometimes...  :-[
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mr Zog on October 18, 2016, 03:24:33 am
As niemand kyk nie, dan gooi jy n Steve of n Bles op...   :pot:  :peepwall:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on October 18, 2016, 05:51:58 am
I am told that a good dose of clear lacquer sprayed onto the speaker cone destroys the tone and makes it unpleasant to listen to.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Sláinte Mhaith on October 18, 2016, 08:30:18 am
Yes doc it IS a real pain - but like you suggested 'dr google'. I do not want to break the seal to get to the insert drug pamphlet so I have learned that most answers is available on google wrt this.

Personally use this site often.  Package inserts (http://home.intekom.com/pharm/)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 18, 2016, 05:19:10 pm
I am told that a good dose of clear lacquer sprayed onto the speaker cone destroys the tone and makes it unpleasant to listen to.

I have had a lot of evil thoughts to destroy the speakers doc, and I would have....but since I have an escape to either my room or the clinic I have decided to let them be....

I am a very quiet person, and seems this might go down as the most lonely year ever in my life but it shall definitely also go down as one of my best. I have a lot of things to do this year, apart from photography I also decided to write a book and I have started yesterday! Slow going but I am sure I'll find enough free time to finish it off in a year!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 18, 2016, 05:20:11 pm
Yes doc it IS a real pain - but like you suggested 'dr google'. I do not want to break the seal to get to the insert drug pamphlet so I have learned that most answers is available on google wrt this.

Personally use this site often.  Package inserts (http://home.intekom.com/pharm/)

Thanks I also got it in the end, helps a lot!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 18, 2016, 05:20:53 pm
As niemand kyk nie, dan gooi jy n Steve of n Bles op...   :pot:  :peepwall:  :imaposer:

 :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on October 18, 2016, 06:41:08 pm
N Bles cd in masjien met superglue op deurtjie......dan bly hy binne. :laughing4:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mr Zog on October 19, 2016, 03:54:19 am
N Bles cd in masjien met superglue op deurtjie......dan bly hy binne. :laughing4:

Nee fok. Na die 2e rondte dan blaas ek self die amp op, en moer die speakers by die krans af  :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Ri on October 20, 2016, 11:39:34 am
N Bles cd in masjien met superglue op deurtjie......dan bly hy binne. :laughing4:

Nee fok. Na die 2e rondte track dan blaas ek self die amp op, en moer die speakers by die krans af  :imaposer:

Fixed that for you  :laughing4:  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 20, 2016, 02:49:36 pm
I need some fresh air as I have diagnosed myself now with cabin fever.....I can no longer sit in front of a computer and count pills....

Tomorrow come rain come shine, I am off to Goney dale. The hike up the mountain should take about 3,5 hours as I am not that young any anymore. I plan to spent around 2 hours on top and then return. It should take me roughly 3 hours down as I need to negotiate mountain streams and muddy soggy sections.

Looking forward to this and planning to take a couple of nice pictures as well. Only going to take one camera with the micro lens (going without a backpack) to try and get some good pictures of the Tristan Albatross chicks before they leave the island which is any time soon now.

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on October 20, 2016, 03:03:00 pm
Lekker loop ou toppie.  :3some:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 21, 2016, 07:04:04 pm
7 hours out, 6 of them hiking....I need a lot of rest before I even consider having a look at my photos :) Must say, hiking alone on one of the most remote places (if not the most remote) in the world is special beyond.

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 24, 2016, 01:32:08 pm
The hike was hard but rewarding, so much that I am already planning the next one but that is going to be a rather different one....I have not many fears but I am claustrophobiac and there is several caves where 'Pryons' are breeding.....I am (Yes I am  :peepwall: ) planning on a cave (proper) visit. Pryons are seabirds, they are endangered because they are soft targets for mice on the island. The mouse infestation is alarmingly high and the British (RSPV) is planning to do the eradication program in 2 years time. I have been singled out among some other who knows Gough fairly good to give advise for the Kivi team that will do the eradication in 2019 at a cost of (under correction) 6 million British pound

So here are a couple of pictures I have decided to share, and rather proud at my progress with the camera 8)



Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Xpat on October 24, 2016, 01:36:01 pm
The photos are great Tom! :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 24, 2016, 01:45:33 pm
The photos are great Tom! :thumleft:

Thanks Xpat!  :thumleft: Still a lot to learn bit it is getting better

The Skuas are now breeding, as well as the Yellow nose Albies (Albatross) and the Skuas can get rather aggresive as they try to defend their eggs!
However, I was not even that close (not that they do worri) as the Scua is like a foxterrier dog, I thinks it is much bigger and stronger.....got a heart of a lion!  :laughing4:

Next photo is of a Gough Bunting and I had only 2 seconds to shoot. My aperture was a little to wide for this shot and I ended up getting a bit more of the grass in the foreground in focus but it still did not come out bad.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 24, 2016, 01:55:19 pm
The Next photo of the beautiful yellow nose albatross.....yes I know I have posted a few already but they are truly amazing creatures and I think rather photogenic!

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 24, 2016, 05:46:28 pm
1: Baboon rock - the baboon with the best view in the world!

2: The vegetation changes from almost subtropical too Sub Arctic with very soggy spongy mire on top of the Mountains - high winds and sub zero!

3: The field assistants camp in these tents

4: The waterfall at 'Swemgat' - Some Afrikaans names stick to the island. Some was changed, likewise on Marion Islands.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Philemon on October 24, 2016, 05:48:05 pm
Hey meneer.

The pics are great.

Try play your cards right so that you need to be there in 2019 to help with getting rid of the mice.

Looking forward to the pics of your next trip - to and also into "the caves"
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 24, 2016, 05:54:43 pm
1st 3 Pictures give you an idea of the vegetation (rather dense) and the 4th is a lovely action photo I got at 'bachelors valley' - we think (not sure) that these skuas are actually bachelors and sort of flog together
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 24, 2016, 06:05:09 pm
And the real reason I went up there - to catch the Tristan Albatross fledglings!!

As far as I know the largest flying Albatross - They as similar that the Wandering Albatross - infact, biologists can not know them apart other by blood samples.

Yes the chics looks ugly I know....but look at the last one, she is about ready to fly and is practicing her wings in the wind doing groundwork just like the para-glider guys do before the first flight!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 24, 2016, 06:22:56 pm
Hey meneer.

The pics are great.

Try play your cards right so that you need to be there in 2019 to help with getting rid of the mice.

Looking forward to the pics of your next trip - to and also into "the caves"

Thanks Philemon!  :thumleft:

Keith ,the Neu Zeeland project manager/planner of the mice eradication program has already asked me several questions. Even things like how big our SA Standard fuel drums is as they will make use of helicopters around the clock to do the pellet drops. (He was revering to the 200liter drums) which they will be using, and I was able to answer many more questions relevant to the Island. There is huge planning, there need to be a 'safe area where the endemic birds will be caged and so much more like another helicopter LZ and even a helicopter hanger (temp) where the flight engineers can do their work.

I have no idea (yet) where to next, and all I know is that I need to be very (extremely) careful with my money and save every bit I can.
This time I am not going to make it my work (24/7) to find work - I really did!
This time I am going to do anything, weather it is driving code 10/11 trucks or doing maintenance work...anything, and I will then look for work in my 'free time'.
I was under a lot of growing pressure and it was very uncomfy, so this time I am going to do things a bit differently.

Who knows, Keith might approach me for work in 2019 when they do the mice eradication, if I am at that stage available I will come down without hesitation
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on October 24, 2016, 06:46:04 pm
Beautiful photographs!!
Main trouble is that there are not enough of them.

Thank you.
When is your book going to be published?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: KiLRoy on October 24, 2016, 09:12:41 pm
210l drums Tom :thumleft:

Work on 900 high and 600 diameter. - think its 880 x 570
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 24, 2016, 10:19:49 pm
Hello doc, thanks I am relieved that the people seems to like the photos.
Believe me it did not start off too well but with a bit of coaching here on WD's (different thread) I have managed to come to understand the basics which has made a huge difference. I am very patient and the 'bachelor skua' photo was a reward, and the 'Bunting' a bonus!
The is going to be much more photos, and I will need to put a folder on my laptop for 'the book'.

Doc I have no idea even how to go about to publish a book. I am going to find out though, the internet connection is just so slow and even phone calls (going through the same satellite dish) is frustrating.
I shall keep all the 'material and book info in a folder and once I return see if I can find a publisher who might be interested in what I have.

I am also busy writing a book, the first attempt and the aim is to cover and share info on remote site expeditions. I face the same challenges to get this book published. First of all, it is in English and the editing alone I have heard is rather pricey (I was told R17K) but I will not be discouraged at this stage by anything. I have the time, so I need to make use of it and who knows......
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 24, 2016, 10:42:52 pm
210l drums Tom :thumleft:

Work on 900 high and 600 diameter. - think its 880 x 570

Thanks I'll sent him another e-mail to confirm.  :thumleft:  I can recall we still referred to them back in the Army as 44 gallon drums and even on Gough the empty ones get cut in halve to make a 'braai'. Not that they last that long here, everything just rust to pieces in a matter of months.

2 years back I have welded a very nice 'braai' using 25mm squire tubing. Today I have carried it down to the workshop to sand/de rust and paint red oxide when I have some time. It is in a terrible state.

Keith is very resourceful, definitely the right man for the job as even the endangered birds breeding time was/is taken into consideration for the precise timing when the mouse eradication should start. He has got a very successful reference wrt pest eradication (as you can not call it ''pest control') on the remote site especially on islands.

 
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: zetman on October 25, 2016, 04:08:21 pm
 :sip: Wonder of da nog Katte is op Marion  :laughing4:

Ga julle mousetraps bou met die 210 Dromme ?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on October 25, 2016, 05:01:39 pm
Tom is there any open water on the island? If one leave a flock of sheep there would they survive with the open water?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 25, 2016, 05:45:15 pm
:sip: Wonder of da nog Katte is op Marion  :laughing4:

Ga julle mousetraps bou met die 210 Dromme ?

Nope, the Cat hunters completed their work successfully on Marion Island - ex special force SADF men armed with shotguns and .22 caliber guns - also cat trap's

The idea of introducing cats is regarded as idiotic in scientists eyes today, but it was actually at the time a brilliant idea was it not for one flaw - the cats were sterelised in order not to reproduce but unfortunately the vet (maybe team) did not get it properly done and months after they were introduced they started to breed and multiply.

At first the cats were fed on mice, so it was their preferred meal even before they got shipped to the island. Unfortunately they soon learned that birds on nests and penguin chicks was easier to catch and by reproducing they soon were not interested in feeding on mice anymore.

The 210 liter drums is used by the Helicopter contractors to ship the helicopter fuel to the island, once at the island it will be flown over to the 'refueling spot', probably to both helicopter LZ's

The eradication will be performed by airdrops of millions of tiny pellets that we have run tests on in previous years (since 2008) to determine which flavor the mice prefer. Endless mouse trails were run to finally get to the stage where the program director is currently at.

Hope this is a success - but judging from Keith Springer's track record and the team of dedicated biologists and workers it will be Zet  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 25, 2016, 06:08:13 pm
Tom is there any open water on the island? If one leave a flock of sheep there would they survive with the open water?

Chris there is open water and even 'hidden caves' but despite this the Tristanians has left a flog of sheep on Gough years back, as the first concessions was given for fishing for lobster around Gough Island.

The sheep was breeding very well, there was not many losses and they never got sick according to what I was told. It was a story of success except for the main reason why it was not decided to continue: Accessibility! Chris to hike on the island is real tough, the vegetation and mud, exposed roots and then the mires! You got to lift your feet very high when you walk and I am still sore since my mountain hike last Friday which is already 4 days ago! Normally I will take 1 or 2 days to recover from a normal South African mountain hike with a bigger backpack even!

The second reason was the taste of the sheep, because as we know sheep taste is dictated on the food they eat - and it is horrible!
Back in 2008 I have asked the environmental officer from Tristan if he could sent us a sheep as we wanted to put it on the spit.
There was an old and rather nice agreement between the islands, the team was trading with the Tristanians for what they have and normally it was potatoes.
Now unfortunately the tradition has died to reasons I do not wish to discuss.
We then received the sheep already split and ready to go unto the 'spit braai'. We were the only team ever to have done such a thing!
If you would fancy a photo I will upload?
The sheep tasted (reminded us all) like a Marion Island mire!! Pok Chris it taste terrible, and how do I know the taste of a Marion Mire? Because all of us (including Woody1 - don't let him tell you otherwise  :imaposer: ) ended up crawling through these Mires at times - it is deep soggy vegetation like sponges and it stinks like rotten plant roots and old water....probably because that it is!
Paul has done his best to give it flavor but in the end only one thing worked.....the whole team got pissed  :peepwall: and out intoxicated taste buds did not recognize the shitty sheep......Now the Tristan people did not know any better up until they have started earning better money (pounds) and got the taste of Karoo lamb....so the sheep is still breeding successfully on Tristan but the younger generation does not seem to be into the meat anymore.
I have learned with some of the left oevers we had from that braai was to 'overcook it in the oven afterwords, so I am sure there must be some good Tristan recipes  as we have even recieved cakes from Trevors wife which was absolutely delicious. The woman on Tristan CAN cook and the can do the best knitwear which just reminds me!......they are using the wool of the sheep, export and spin and once back they make exclusive knitwear which is on their website for sale 

They used to spin their own wool and apparently there is one old lady still doing it but it is easier now to ship - less time consuming and maybe a consistent good product
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: BlueBull2007 on October 25, 2016, 06:38:24 pm
Very interesting stuff! Thank you Tom. Glad you are well.

When you get back plse ping me and I can get you onto some publishers. My old lady is helping a medic friend of mine publish his experiences in Angola. Its been a tough journey but we can point you in the right direction for sure. For now, just keep adding your posts and photos to a folder and who knows what it could -become?? :deal:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 25, 2016, 07:00:23 pm
Very interesting stuff! Thank you Tom. Glad you are well.

When you get back plse ping me and I can get you onto some publishers. My old lady is helping a medic friend of mine publish his experiences in Angola. Its been a tough journey but we can point you in the right direction for sure. For now, just keep adding your posts and photos to a folder and who knows what it could -become?? :deal:

Appreciate Neil, I shall follow your advice and make contact as soon as I am back. Who knows what it could become like you said!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 25, 2016, 07:10:31 pm
I have decided to post the photos of 2008's sheep braai and island Jacuzzi in any way  :o

1: Tristan sheep on the spit

2: The Jacuzzi

3: Some of us was 'done' as for in welldone  :imaposer: before the meat  :peepwall:

If I have a look at this picture of 8 years back I just can't believe how I have aged...did not even recognized myself (front left) on first glance.
I suppose the 2 years in Afghanistan was a bit stressful.....and maybe all the time in Turkana (Kenya) and Ethiopian sun. I was always working outside in the sun, always the 'field medic'. The year work on the seismic lines was hard on the body, I doubled up as a 'line checker' and had to replace geophones and faulty seismic cables. Still, I had a good life despite ending up 'alone' and jobless at times. A lot of good has happened in my life, there are so many good people out there that I sometimes refuse to see the badies  :laughing4:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 25, 2016, 07:47:31 pm
It is not wrong, it is inevitable that one will have your favorite teams of all times.....and no team will ever come close to M63 and G54 in my book.

M - Marion
G - Gough

It's like thinking back remembering that one bike you should not have sold  :imaposer:

Nice to share my experience from a team members point of view with the team. Good to see how some of them appreciate simple hints and tips like today; we only get radiated eggs and it goes 'vrot' soon after take over. The eggs are radiated because they are afraid of Neu Castle disease or any other - prevention is better than cure. So what I did today was to use zip log bags, breaking the eggs putting 4 in each bag and then freeze it. Later I put all the flattened frozen bags of eggs in one bigger bag, and now every time I need to bake a cake or maybe make pancake or what ever I just defrost a bag with 4 eggs.

We do have egg white and egg yellow powder here but we cannot get a recipe to make it to work for lets say scramble eggs. Any help would be appreciated if anyone out there have experience with egg powder? I cannot find an old army chef to teach us how....I know the SADF used to use this product



Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on October 25, 2016, 09:21:24 pm
Daai eiers op die eiland is die pits.
Ek geniet nou nog vars gebakte eiers en probeer opmaak vie daai 14 maande eierloos.
Ander ding wat ek nou nog waardeer is hoender MET bene.
Ek kan nie n bleek hoender filet in die oe kyk nie.
As ons n gebakte hoeder maak by die huis word hy opgekerf.
Die familie kry die MOOI stukke en al die karkas bene kom in my bord en ek suig elke beentjie skoon.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: WheelieDog on October 26, 2016, 01:37:09 pm
Hey TVB, I'm still following along, silently ;)

Maybe this will help you make breakfast. It looks like the trick is to really 'klits' air into the powdered eggs. Shamelessy copied from the internet, I haven't touched egg powder or bully beef since I klaared out. :P

hings to know about making scrambled eggs from egg powder
1.  Add water and whip air into the powdered whole eggs before scrambling or adding to a fritatta. This makes the taste and texture like fresh eggs. (you do not need to do this for recipes where the egg is added to a baked good like cookie)
2. When you reconstitute powdered eggs they are a watery consistency, and these do NOT have the gelatinous texture that fresh eggs have.
3.  When you are cooking the eggs they do not look right. They color is a little to orange and the texture is all wrong. Never fear it will work. As the eggs cook they become the correct color and texture.


Okay so here is how:

Mix eggs very well. I use an immersion blender
Perfect Scrambled Eggs made from Powdered Eggs-Make 8 scrambled eggs
1 cup dried whole eggs
2 tablespoons dry milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup water

Place all ingredinets into a 4 cup Pyrex glass measuring cup (or similar).  Beat mixture for 3 minutes or until completely dissolved and frothy. (I use my immersion blender.  And when I say beat I really do mean it. You are NOT mixing to combine. You are beating the eggs until they are all of the way dissloved and the are NO lumps.  Then you are beating some more.  By beating the egg mixture for a few minutes you are incorporating air into the eggs, this help the texture turn out right).  Add 1 Tablespoon cooking oil to a large skillet.  Over medium heat heat oil.  Add the egg mixture to the hot oil. Cook eggs using medium low heat, stiring continuously until dry and crumbly.

Eggs frying in pan.           

Add ins:
Cheese (Freeze Dried)
Bacon (TVP)
Sausage (freeze Dried or TVP)
Onion (Freeze Dried)
Green Onions
Spinich (okay so I am the only one who likes this) (Freeze Dried)
Green Peppers (Freeze Dried)




Perfect Scrambled Eggs
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Read more: http://www.cookingwithmyfoodstorage.com/2011/01/perfect-scrambled-eggs-made-from.html#ixzz4OBp6qsEK
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 26, 2016, 02:08:58 pm
WheelieDog Thanks so much for this!

Seems the magic lies in the 'beating to introduce air', and then a bit of milk powder!
I can't loose anything by trying some more, thanks and I shall let you guys know if it has worked!

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: WheelieDog on October 26, 2016, 02:27:37 pm
I hope it works, we can't have you stealing the albatross eggs!

I usually add some grated cheese to my scrambled egg mixture before it goes into the pan. It melts and gives a much richer taste and texture. Don't overcook, take it off the heat before all the moisture has evaporated.

And of course use a bit of butter (if you have) in the pan, oil is for engines, not cooking....
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 26, 2016, 02:34:03 pm
I hope it works, we can't have you stealing the albatross eggs!

I usually add some grated cheese to my scrambled egg mixture before it goes into the pan. It melts and gives a much richer taste and texture. Don't overcook, take it off the heat before all the moisture has evaporated.

And of course use a bit of butter (if you have) in the pan, oil is for engines, not cooking....

 :spitcoffee:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 28, 2016, 05:56:49 pm
It is almost month end which has put a sudden stop to my planning of going out to the 'Prion Caves'.  :patch:

The weather is also a bit miserable, not to bad but just enough that one would try and fin an excuse to stay put behind the computer getting the admin done.

I wanted to bake something nice today, it is sort of a 'weekend thing' for me to be able to bake something nice, but the hand takes a bit longer to heal than I have hoped for. It works, but it does not like any pressure. The Edinburgh has left CT this morning and they say we should see her in 10 days time. She first need to offload cargo at Tristan and get some fishing done around Tristan before she can head the last 400miles South to us
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 28, 2016, 06:26:33 pm
This pictures was sent to me from Errol to confirm she is on the way!

Sent from my SM-J500F using Tapatalk

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: lpj on October 28, 2016, 07:12:46 pm
Howzit Tom,

Just saw now that you were in the same team as Dries and Chantal. Dries is an old acquaintance of mine from varsity days and I met Chantal first time when they relieved as on SANAE in 2006.

Really enjoy your updates here, just makes one a bit jealous...

Good luck and stay safe.

Cheers.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 28, 2016, 07:56:25 pm
Howzit Tom,

Just saw now that you were in the same team as Dries and Chantal. Dries is an old acquaintance of mine from varsity days and I met Chantal first time when they relieved as on SANAE in 2006.

Really enjoy your updates here, just makes one a bit jealous...

Good luck and stay safe.

Cheers.

Yes buddy Dries is solid, and his wife Chantal. They got engaged here on the island in 2009, and I have a lot of time for both of them.
You should also then know my great friend Vincent Rademeyer - he was our diesel technician and he has spent the year on SANAE with Dries and Chantal. Infact, Vincent is currently in Antarctica on his 3rd overwintering, he has also done Gough and Marion. 5 x expeditions but I still think that Kobus Steyn holds the record with 9 x expeditions
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: lpj on October 28, 2016, 08:14:57 pm
Only had the 2 months of take-over to get to know the new team (and those two months were a bit of haze), but I remember Vincent well, a very cool customer.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 28, 2016, 11:08:48 pm
Only had the 2 months of take-over to get to know the new team (and those two months were a bit of haze), but I remember Vincent well, a very cool customer.

Mate you should see Vincent on a XR500! He always visits me in Brits and brings his XR500 and some 2 stroke Yamaha with on his bakkie, and then we go down to the dried river beds downtown.....That man (humble as is) CAN ride a bike!

Funny how this SANAP thing gets into your blood.....many people has made a comeback years after their first expedition. I would not mind going to the Ice but unfortunately as paramadeic the furthest South I'll go is Buvet Island.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 03, 2016, 10:15:55 pm
Back in 2008 on my first visit to Gough I organised with Captain Clarens to sent me a couple of lobster pots.
In 2014 I was suprised to still find 2 here. However this year there was none left as the guys will go down, catch fish to bait it up and throw it in the water only to forget about it. The mood of the South Atlantic changes very quickly and she takes the pot with the current to deep water and the rope will snap like a match stick.

I have organized a couple again, captain has sent me 6 traps and I am yet to start catching as the sea just would not allow me.

This photos from 2008. 2014 I was the only crawfish eater in the team and the captain decided to spoil me with 5 x boxes of 60 tails. I never even got through it, and he did re-supply me again on the last voyage which I then kept for the take over. This time around it is a different story as 10 out of 10 in the team loves lobster....but only 1 out of 10 will make the effort to catch. But ok I understand, the field assistants are too busy and the base personnel is not fisherman. So in a way I enjoy this as this will be my escape to have a bit of 'me time'.

Some golden oldies 8 years back :thumleft:

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 03, 2016, 10:20:08 pm
And then Vince jumped in with my little waterproof camera (which is still working) and got these shots

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 03, 2016, 10:24:34 pm
And here is the Gough Lobster!!  :drif:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: zetman on November 03, 2016, 10:24:59 pm
Nice fotos Tom
hoop nie die Rob steel baie snoek nie  :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 03, 2016, 10:31:09 pm
Nice fotos Tom
hoop nie die Rob steel baie snoek nie  :imaposer:

According to the 'scat samples' the fur seals do not feed on snoek at all buddy. All fish has got earbones (otolith), and that is like the rings of a tree. It can tell you how old the fish was, how big and what type of fish! Basically the identity of a fish! So by getting diet samples from penguins and scat samples from seals the biologists can actually tell on what type of fish they are feeding!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on November 04, 2016, 07:47:16 am
Sjoe hoe honger raak ek nou
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: zetman on November 04, 2016, 09:52:52 am
 :patch: Ha ha Tom ek sien hoe loer daai Rob vi jou vissies wat spartel aan jou hoek

daai oranje see spinnekoppe  lyk lekker
mooi fotos en goeie herinneringe vr eendag op die ouetehuis se stoep stories  :o
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 06, 2016, 09:37:44 pm
I have decided today to go out and take some pictures, and had a very nice hike up the waterline from base.
I did not go all the way to the 'dam' (just a small pool in the river where our drinking and all base waters come from) as was my intention, because the clouds were coming in and I was worried for water on the camera.

Here are some pictures;

1 & 2, Gough Moorhen

3 - 60x zoom - picture of a leak in the waterline (at a joint)

4. Bridge over the river - this structure is lasting rather well as it is rather old!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 06, 2016, 09:44:16 pm
1.Helicopter pad and Gough Base

2. Skua also at 60 x zoom

3. Mom and dad with their 2 chicks!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 06, 2016, 09:51:53 pm
Yes a PROUD Skua family and dad did all to protect them!

I was within a good distance, not to really cause any disturbance but these Skuas are fearless. The one kept on flying straight at me, missing me by inches. Therefore the nickname 'dive bombers' on these islands  :bueller:

I did my thing and left at quickly not to cause any angina or heart attacks  :peepwall:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 06, 2016, 09:57:46 pm
1 & 2 Yellow Nose Albatross in black and white

.....3 & 4 the same species making use of the wind to just pass a bit of time

That's it for today!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on November 07, 2016, 07:05:21 am
As always, beautiful photographs.
Thank you.

You and Gary must get together to publish a book or ten.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on November 07, 2016, 07:06:04 am
Lekker man.  Ek hou van daai brug  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 07, 2016, 08:24:55 am
As always, beautiful photographs.
Thank you.

You and Gary must get together to publish a book or ten.

Too much distance between us for a get together unfortunately Doc, but I am definitely working on mine. Slow going, very slow....but it is finally off the ground!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 07, 2016, 08:33:17 am
Lekker man.  Ek hou van daai brug  :thumleft:

Bridge over 'troubled waters'  :imaposer: That river can get 'moody' at times.....and she can run dry for un-comfy long periods during the Summer!

Build in the days (can hardly believe there was a time like this) when people came down to the islands to 'build, rebuild and were focused at task'
Politics was unheard of, everyone was task orientated.
Anyway, there are still some who is rather passionate about the 'Mountains in the Sea' and I am positive that there is a future wrt science and biological work down here!
I trust that the good work will continue in good spirit, and although change is sometimes good one never let go of the focus and passion that drives projects down here!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on November 07, 2016, 09:28:14 am
As soon as you are back in the electronic world you are a computer screen apart.

http://internetbookpublishingsecrets.com
http://www.toptenreviews.com/services/home/best-online-book-publishing-companies/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_publishing

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 11, 2016, 06:26:58 pm
Today is one of those 'grey hazy' days, everything is colorless and definitely not a day where you would grab you camera for some photography.
However, as we need to do practice runs with the crane for training in order to be smooth on the controls when the visitors arrive we decided to make use of the flat sea and almost no wind and do our test runs. It went without incident and I managed to take the dslr camera and get a couple of shots from my 'spotting post'. Unfortunately could not get my camera's shutter speed up quickly when a little arctic tern made his appearance. I did however manage to get a couple of pictures just to give you the idea of what we do, and keep in mind the crane operator works blind. That is why I insist on a 'spotter with a radio' and a guy in the personnel carrier with a radio as backup. Sometimes the swell is 5 meters and we still need to make use of the opperturnety to get scientists ashore. It is really high (over 30meters) and one feels rather small when you realize you are hanging on one steel cable above the water.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 11, 2016, 06:32:39 pm
And here is the little Arctic tern. Also commonly referred to by the Tristanian people as the 'King-bird' because of the 'crown'  :)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on November 11, 2016, 07:41:58 pm
Lyk heelwat hoer as Marion se kraan.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 11, 2016, 09:57:29 pm
Lyk heelwat hoer as Marion se kraan.

From sea level to yip 35 meters! Same height as a 10 story building.  :o
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 16, 2016, 03:30:21 pm
Monday morning the captain of the Edinburgh made a call on marine channel 16 to announce his arrival.

He has asked us to move quick as they need to start fishing. These guys do not play, they work hard for their money!

So we went down to the crane point and I act as the spotter. We recieved 2 x sugar bags with all our stuff.

I could not wait because Martin and Ri has sent me a parcel ....and I had an idea what was inside but I was also wrong as they have exceeded my expectations by far sending me a lot more! That box was huge and from Martin (Xpat) I got a new DSLR Camera, wide angle lens, general lens with low F stop of 2.8, and a lovely 300mm lens. Even a very funky mini tripot and other bits all neatly packed in a 'Lowerpro' camera rucksack!! They value is real high, both in rand and cent but much higher the value that it add to my life and experience here on Gough Island. No words can justify but thanks again Xpat, I really do appreciate this!!

I have asked Ri to get me a couple of bike magazines (love reading) and a few chocolates. She ended up sending me lots of magazines, lots of chocolates, other cool books and as a bonus cream soda/Soda stream syrup (I miss cream soda), a bottle of Merlot and even some more chocolates! Ri I was (am) stunned and you have also taken delivery of the camera bag, my bags from ChrisL from Dustriders (in person!) and packed everything, organised everything and delivered it to Errol at the DEA in Cape Town. Truly amazing, no words again can justify how I appreciate this but Thank you so much!!

I have made real good friends here on WD's, genuine people, and a very humbling experience. I really do appreciate you all, thank you!

I have only a cellphone picture of the 'nice goodies' once unpacked but will give you a clear idea!!


 
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 16, 2016, 03:36:27 pm
1. I tested the one lens in the clinic last night, the 17/55mm and love the DOF obtained from it! Sharp lens and also a show off of my(our  :peepwall: ) nice bedside patient monitor!

2. Gough Bunting is a very small endemic bird, and not easy to photograph. I was lucky to get this shot yesterday with the new Nikon camera and 300mm lens just as I have given up and made my way back to base!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on November 16, 2016, 03:46:28 pm
Wonderful presents!
I have no doubt that you will use them well.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on November 16, 2016, 03:55:43 pm
Very nice.. well done you two.  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Nou gaan jy daai muis stront op 'n myl kan afneem met daai tools. :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 16, 2016, 04:13:53 pm
I have also put the camera and 300mm lens to test on the flying Sootie Albatross, and came up with these pictures.

They are very fast flying birds, and one needs to be quick! I Love the wing shape of these Albatrosses and the way they manage to change it in flight!

Hard to choose a favorite bird here as the great shear-waters is also beautiful and just returned from their fattening trip to breed. The egg take a while to develop so they come to the island, mate and then return to the sea only to return in hundreds (maybe thousands) to breed in the burrows! Unfortunately not a picture of one yet.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on November 16, 2016, 04:16:50 pm
Nou kan jy daai boeke wat jy gaan skryf VOL mooi foties maak my maat.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 16, 2016, 04:27:26 pm
Nou kan jy daai boeke wat jy gaan skryf VOL mooi foties maak my maat.

Dit is die plan!!  :thumleft:

I am planning as most of you already know to write 2 books. I am busy with No 1 which is 'the story' (True life story)

The second one will be about 'Remote site expeditions/work' with a lot of coverage on the Islands.

The third one I am planning is a 'coffee table book', and this is where the photos will do the talking.

I can already see an improvement in my pictures.....I have just compared it with pictures taken on the previous expedition and could not help smiling. Fact is; in the world of photography you do need good equipment to get a consistent good range of pictures!

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on November 16, 2016, 05:38:11 pm
Just make backups of all the pictures. :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Ri on November 16, 2016, 07:32:16 pm
Just make backups of all the pictures. :thumleft:

I was thinking we need to send Tom a portable harddrive so he can store all those images. Harddrives of a few TB are becoming almost affordable, and with the size of those images, Tom's going to need proper storage.

According to the schedule there's one more fishing expedition to Gough Island around January, and then nothing until they're fetched end of 2017. Any hardware vendors around?  ;D :lamer: 
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: eberhard on November 16, 2016, 08:22:51 pm
Ek het vandag eers op hiedie fred afgekom. Ek is verstom en baie jammer dat ek dit nie vroeër al raakgelees het nie. Ek geniet dit moerse.

Dankie.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 17, 2016, 12:23:23 am
Just make backups of all the pictures. :thumleft:

I was thinking we need to send Tom a portable harddrive so he can store all those images. Harddrives of a few TB are becoming almost affordable, and with the size of those images, Tom's going to need proper storage.

According to the schedule there's one more fishing expedition to Gough Island around January, and then nothing until they're fetched end of 2017. Any hardware vendors around?  ;D :lamer:

I will cover that Ri, I need to keep an eye on Makro specials for those TB Hard drives. I was advised to also keep the files in RAW of the real good pictures as they can be edited to bring out a bit more colour and detail! My priority is to progress on the photographic skills and to make use of every opperturnety because you do not get a second change. Once the fledglings are ready to fly the breeding pairs will only return a year later. Albatross pair breed only once every 2 years, but luckily they do alternate at least. I need to get up the mountain soon to photograph the Tristan Albatross before they leave for good! There are only a hand full of fledglings left!

@eberhard welkom hier!

I got a couple more pictures this afternoon of the little Arctic Terns:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 17, 2016, 12:32:14 am
I was on my way to Seal beach but it was getting late with rather dark shadows as it is on the Eastern side of the island.
I will need to rather go down one morning over the weekend, as I need to go down to the Penguins.
Apparently they have started hatching now, and the seals have also come ashore to breed - 'Tropicalus fur seals'.
Once I get a change I will update the thread with some news on the Northern Rockhoppers and Fur seals!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Oubones on November 17, 2016, 04:38:45 am
Tom, thanks for giving me insight into a world unknown to me!
It is an honour to be able to share your experiences and insight!
It is interesting to compare the experiences of the different people working out of the country!
Your pics are very good and I am sure your books are going to be as good!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on November 17, 2016, 05:42:33 am
Tom, there are many photography courses on the Internet, often without any fees. Is your connection good enough for you to do them?


Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: pietas on November 17, 2016, 07:04:26 am
Mooi fotos, Tom
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Ri on November 17, 2016, 10:06:45 am
Tom, there are many photography courses on the Internet, often without any fees. Is your connection good enough for you to do them?

Head on over to the "To Bridge or DSLR" fred  :deal:

Tom will be able to present a photography course when he comes back :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on November 17, 2016, 10:32:39 am
I am sure that Tom can already teach the professionals a lot about photography under difficult conditions.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 17, 2016, 11:57:07 am
Tom, there are many photography courses on the Internet, often without any fees. Is your connection good enough for you to do them?
Hello doc! Yes unfortunately I can not open any videos or photo host sites like photo bucket, but in general the internet is working on an avg sunshine day. The minute there is a strorm brewing and cloud cover; we are down.

I find it very hard to upload my pictures en have to copy my comments and keep trying. On avg my posts will fo througj by rhe 3rd or 4th try but its ok! Fact is the site is not blocked and I can keep this thread alive!!

Martin and Alan (Xpat and AlanB) has given me loads of pointers and advice which I field test and post photos for comnents. I am shooting on full manual mode as it brings more out of a camera than the basic auto pre set values. Lighting can be very challanging here and the speed of the bird....the glare of the water an white feathers and exposure is hard to get right. I was advise to under expose as that is mostly fixable compared to over exposure which is in 99persent of the time a lost case. My newest mistake was not to take into account the dark shaddows and bad light late afternoon in the Eastern side which is where the base is situated.

I am getting there but can by no means at this stage make me out as a 'photographer' yet! There is a lot to learn but it is rewarding as I can see a slow but constant grow into the right direction. Now with the correct gear on hand there is no excuses but to make a success!!


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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Xpat on November 17, 2016, 03:01:13 pm
Tom, I have posted this on the other thread, but thought you might have missed, so I will post it here as well - I think it can make your life much easier in terms of tracking of fast moving birds (or anything fast moving - e.g. seals if there is such a thing as fast moving seal). Please have a look not only on the D7100 crop mode, but also different continuous tracking modes you can use - basically read the article at the end to get max out of the camera for action photos:

D7100 has 1.3x crop mode for shooting, that will give you additional reach of 100 mm on the 300 mm (by cropping the image providing smaller resolution - i.e. exactly the same as if you crop it in computer) - i.e. about 600 mm in FF terms. More importantly, the big advantage is that in this mode the focus points for continuous shooting cover the whole viewing area in the viewfinder and hence support much better the continuous high speed shooting. Here is better explanation:

http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d7100/features01.htm (http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d7100/features01.htm)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: eberhard on November 17, 2016, 08:52:25 pm
Ek het 'n ou geken wat op die eilande (Marion en Gough asook Antarktika) was as mediese offisier. Dit was so +- 1996 - 1999. Hy het my dikwels gebel in die oggend ure, so rondom 02h00, want dan het hy 'n lyn gehad om te bel. Ek het dit geniet om hom soms te vra hoe lyk die pikkewyne, is hy al lus vir hulle. Dan vloek hy my vir twee minute lank.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 17, 2016, 10:04:23 pm
Ek het 'n ou geken wat op die eilande (Marion en Gough asook Antarktika) was as mediese offisier. Dit was so +- 1996 - 1999. Hy het my dikwels gebel in die oggend ure, so rondom 02h00, want dan het hy 'n lyn gehad om te bel. Ek het dit geniet om hom soms te vra hoe lyk die pikkewyne, is hy al lus vir hulle. Dan vloek hy my vir twee minute lank.

 :imaposer:  :imaposer:  Here is a list of all the overwintering teams:

http://www.sanap.ac.za/sanap_gough/gough_teams.html

It has unfortunately stopped at Gough 55  :'( as there is no more interest in keeping the site updated.

I was here on Gough 54 Leader and Medic
Gough 60 Leader/Medic
Gough 62 Medic

Marion 63 Medic

You can look for him on one of the 'team photos' of the relevant years!

(Ek probeer meestal in Engels andwoord want baie mense het gevra ek moet so maak sodat hulle ook kan volg mater!  :thumleft: ) 
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 17, 2016, 10:11:38 pm
Tom, I have posted this on the other thread, but thought you might have missed, so I will post it here as well - I think it can make your life much easier in terms of tracking of fast moving birds (or anything fast moving - e.g. seals if there is such a thing as fast moving seal). Please have a look not only on the D7100 crop mode, but also different continuous tracking modes you can use - basically read the article at the end to get max out of the camera for action photos:

D7100 has 1.3x crop mode for shooting, that will give you additional reach of 100 mm on the 300 mm (by cropping the image providing smaller resolution - i.e. exactly the same as if you crop it in computer) - i.e. about 600 mm in FF terms. More importantly, the big advantage is that in this mode the focus points for continuous shooting cover the whole viewing area in the viewfinder and hence support much better the continuous high speed shooting. Here is better explanation:

http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d7100/features01.htm (http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d7100/features01.htm)

Thanks Martin that setting is very good news because I can get closer, better focus and tracking! Since I have started shooting in both Jpeg and RAW it will even help more as I see there is much more detail in RAW! I will definitely give it a go on the crop setting. :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 17, 2016, 10:17:02 pm
I went down to seal beach in my lunch time (extended) and really enjoyed walking among the seals.
They are a bit cocky because it is breeding season and there are a couple of mails who challenged me but you can simply clap your hands and rise in order to look 'BIG'.
The Penguins are so cute.....love them Rockhoppers to bits!!

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Xpat on November 17, 2016, 10:37:36 pm
Tom, I have posted this on the other thread, but thought you might have missed, so I will post it here as well - I think it can make your life much easier in terms of tracking of fast moving birds (or anything fast moving - e.g. seals if there is such a thing as fast moving seal). Please have a look not only on the D7100 crop mode, but also different continuous tracking modes you can use - basically read the article at the end to get max out of the camera for action photos:

D7100 has 1.3x crop mode for shooting, that will give you additional reach of 100 mm on the 300 mm (by cropping the image providing smaller resolution - i.e. exactly the same as if you crop it in computer) - i.e. about 600 mm in FF terms. More importantly, the big advantage is that in this mode the focus points for continuous shooting cover the whole viewing area in the viewfinder and hence support much better the continuous high speed shooting. Here is better explanation:

http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d7100/features01.htm (http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d7100/features01.htm)

Thanks Martin that setting is very good news because I can get closer, better focus and tracking! Since I have started shooting in both Jpeg and RAW it will even help more as I see there is much more detail in RAW! I will definitely give it a go on the crop setting. :thumleft:

I found out there is a little catch - not a show stopper but there is tradeoff between number of shots you can take per second (FPS) and the quality of of photo setting (JPEG, RAW, both). Unsurprisingly, camera can take fastest FPS only with JPEGs activated (they are smaller files than RAW). I will explain in more detail in the other thread as these technicalities do not belong here.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 18, 2016, 12:05:24 am
1: This little guy was begging for more food without any success

2: On a warm day like today the Penguins like to open the wings in the breeze

3: Now this is one angry looking Rockhopper!

4 & 5: Tropicalus fur seals
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on November 18, 2016, 06:55:09 am
Weet nie hoe 'n mens BORED kan raak op die Eilande nie.  Soveel te sien soveel te doen. :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: eberhard on November 18, 2016, 07:50:38 am
Ek het hom gespoor - g42. Dankie.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on November 18, 2016, 02:36:53 pm
Jis, Tom, jou fotos is mooi!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 18, 2016, 03:36:35 pm
Weet nie hoe 'n mens BORED kan raak op die Eilande nie.  Soveel te sien soveel te doen. :thumleft:

Ek stem, hier is BAIE om te doen!!

I am one of those who always put pressure on myself and therefore have full working day, every day and even over weekends sometimes as I do not want to wait for Monday to do some outstanding tasks. I suppose it is called loyalty....always been this way.

Then there is so much to do! You can take hikes in various directions and photograph the bird, seals and landscape, you can go down to either 'diesel point' or 'snoekgat' to fish....you can do DIY jobs in the 'brown store' or if games like pool and table tennis is your way, even darts ...wel it's there. There is also a library with books, there is a projector where you can watch movies or you can (when the internet plays along) surf the net. Yes MANY sites are blocked and I had to ask very nicely not to lock the WD site. I need to do uploads conservative and sometimes (mostly) I choose the option to block pictures and only when I really feel like an RR and the net is at speed will I open it. Also when I want to have a look at threads which interest me like the 'garage and rebuild' section, but yes I manage it well without getting into trouble.

I can recall how the teams took pride in baking nice things, and I recall when you (Woody1) made croissants on Marion. At that point in time I did not even realize that the baking will grow on me and that I will one day also bake croissants, vetkoek and rolls for the team! I can recall many good things of my time on Marion Island and good times on Gough Island as well! It comes down to what you want to make out of it! Many go back after a year, not knowing the difference between a 'Giant petrel' and an 'Albatross'. I can ID some of them, when the scientists still think it over.....like the day I have ID'd a black brow Albatross and the rest thought it to be a 'Grey headed'. Just because I pay attention, listen to people and learn.

Yes not all moonlight and roses, I do have a bump or two in the road but don't we always have challenges in live wherever we go?  The biggest one is being lonely, as the team is young and I do not take to the loud and weird music. They are from a different era and live a different style of life which is good. One need to adapt and although I do not withdraw from team activities I do spent over 90% of the time completely alone. Everyone has got his/her duties and responsibilities, and it is only a 10 man team with night shift on the meteorological side as well. It is way too early to start worrying about 'where to next', as we still have 11 months ahead, but I just hope it is going to be 'less lonely'!!  :imaposer:



Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 18, 2016, 03:44:16 pm
Ek het hom gespoor - g42. Dankie.

Mooi!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 18, 2016, 04:18:23 pm
Jis, Tom, jou fotos is mooi!  :thumleft:

Dankie baie!  :thumleft:

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 18, 2016, 04:26:25 pm
The Rockhopper penguins has got very big feet, even the young!!

Big 'Happy feet' family!  :walk:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 19, 2016, 12:45:38 am
The Edinburgh still fishing around the island, I think they should be here for another week.
Lobster catch is good this season!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: KiLRoy on November 19, 2016, 06:46:49 am
Tom, what do you eat in general.  Especially wrt veg and fruit?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 19, 2016, 05:49:19 pm
Tom, what do you eat in general.  Especially wrt veg and fruit?

@KiLRoy we do not get any fresh fruit of vegetables here for the duration of the expedition. We are not allowed to plant anything, no seeds or anything from the ship allowed that is regarded as 'fresh fruit of vegetables' because it can carry disease and disturb the balance of the ecosystem on the island according to the scientists. There is a lot of different opinions wrt this but it is not likely to ever change.

We have brought all our food in containers (the orange ones - see attached photo) and it is basically canned fruit like Guava halves, peach and grapefruit and fruit cocktail (in sugar syrup) and then we have bully beef, chicken breyani, picknic ham, chick peas, green peas, green beans, baked beans, sweet corn, whole corn, mixed veggies - all tinned stuff. We have every spice you can think of, breakfast cereals, long-life milk, frozen cheese and a good variety of frozen meat and fish and also potato chips (frozen) and potato Wedges and a small amount of frozen vegetables like stir fry and country mix. Also some frozen pies.

The only thing fresh is lobster and fish which I catch from the sea, and it is rather easy as you will hardly ever return to base empty handed. We also have loads of cake flour, butter, dry yeast and baking powder, cacao and other stuff to bake bread, cakes and more.

It is not bad at all, we have more than enough food and if you love meat this is the place to be! Yes we miss the fresh stuff, but one can make due without it for a year and I have enough vitamin C tablets to supply the team. I am taking 1000mg every day which helps.

Title: Re: Re:
Post by: eberhard on November 22, 2016, 09:17:25 am

Daaena het COC (Canadian helicopter company), Titan aviation en nou Starlight om die kontrak meegeding.
Wat lekker was van COC is dat hul ex SAAF bemanning gebruik het, groot name in die bedryf en wat n voorreg om saam hul te kon werk.
Titan het stelselmatig meer jong bloed ingekry en ek het myself so bietjies bietjie bedinges met een jong windgat wat toe later in Sudan in die Nyl rivier neergekom het maar gelukkig vir die jong cowboy geen beserings opgedoen.

En toe Strarlite, wat n aangename verassing. Hulle het ook n jong crew maar die veiligheid is baie opgeskerp oa 2 pilots ipv 1 op n chopper en altyd een van hul eie grondmanning op die eiland ook.

Ek moet wel se dat daar 2 pilots is wat die presicion flying verstaan, maar daar was n ander een wat die gebou se karakter verander het en met containers teen basis gebots het en die manne van PWD moes vinnig herstelwerk kom doen. Hier het jy nie n goeie pilot nodig nie, maar n briljante een. Jy moet jou srorie ken want die wind gust en jy vlieg vrag. Die nargain for error is klein, vernaam n skip landing wyl die wind gust en daar n swell is.

Nie te min, die manne vlieg goed


My suster het vir hulle gevlieg tot onlangs. Ek twyfel of sy by die eilande was, sy het meer noord see (olieplatforms) gevlieg.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Rodlau on November 25, 2016, 09:50:59 pm
Tom, your photos are outstanding  What are you backing up to?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 27, 2016, 02:35:55 pm
Thanks Rodlau! I am not backing up currently, but have 2 16gig memory sticks and will put my best selection of photos on there till January when I will hopefully be able to buy and ship down a terabyte hd on the National Geographic voyage that will visit Tristan, Nightingale and Gough island. I can unfortunately not upload to a cloud as everything is blocked or just too slow. I can also not manage to post pictures any more and keep on reducing the image size. I am not sure what has changed but I have tried to post/reply here for 3 days already without success. Lets see if this go through! I can not even sent and receive whatsapp voice messages which is rather frustrating. Lets see if I gets this posted!

Some of my photos are not good but then it tells a story so I will keep on posting regardless (if the net will only allow  :eek7: )
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Buffel B on November 27, 2016, 07:10:09 pm
Dankie en sterkte Tom. Geniet dit en ons almal dink aan jou --- wat 'n ervaring ??
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Dorsland on November 27, 2016, 08:01:27 pm
Neewat, 'n jaar sonder waatlemoen? Ek sou dit nie hou nie.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 28, 2016, 11:17:42 am
Love his wife and after the long cermony off to the ocean and returned with a little fish for his love! Arctic terns are awesome bids!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 28, 2016, 11:25:01 am
The Arctic terns nests are just to difficult to access and do studies on them. The life high up on mostly unaccessable clives and lava rock fases.
I think I am the only one ever to have witnessed the mating and the gentleman behavior of the male, as well as photographing the tiny egg on Gough Island!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 28, 2016, 11:27:35 am
The photo above of the 3 x arctic terns: They male and female are both chasing an intruder away!
No time here for a love afair! :deal:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 28, 2016, 11:31:06 am
This skua baby is now almost 5 weeks old

His parents are very protective over him!

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 28, 2016, 11:35:20 am
This Yellow Nose Albatross was not happy with my visit although I was rather far away with the 300mm Nikor lens!
So I try not to distress them too much and did my thing with 'pre dialed settings' which was spot on for the moment I think.

I kind of like it, what do you guys and girls think?

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on November 28, 2016, 11:36:59 am
Is daar ook van daai Blou Oog Kormerante daar.  Hulle is vir my net so mooi.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 28, 2016, 11:40:45 am
I also saw a couple of them soaring above and could not resist a few shots.
Very hard to get them flying birds in focus as I am doing everything I have learned - single continious tracking focus and still very hard to get good quality shots.
I can't wait for National Geographic's visit in January to learn what the real secret is....

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 28, 2016, 11:43:43 am
And just 2 more photos of the fauna and flora...ok I make it 3 :)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 28, 2016, 11:54:47 am
Is daar ook van daai Blou Oog Kormerante daar.  Hulle is vir my net so mooi.

No Woody1 unfortunately no Imperial shag (also known as blue eye shag and was known by us as 'Crozet shag' as it was introdused to us on Marion)

If memory serves me right I have taken these photos in 2007 while out with Cornelia doing a penguin count at 'ships cove'
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 28, 2016, 11:56:13 am
PS: They are also known as 'King Cormorant'
Talk about a bird with an identity cricis!!  :o
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on November 28, 2016, 11:57:28 am
 :laughing4:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: WheelieDog on November 28, 2016, 12:51:23 pm
Thanks for another update Tom, I understand it's not easy so it's greatly appreciated.

Your pictures have noticeably improved, you are certainly well advanced along the learning curve :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 28, 2016, 12:59:44 pm
Thanks for another update Tom, I understand it's not easy so it's greatly appreciated.

Your pictures have noticeably improved, you are certainly well advanced along the learning curve :thumleft:

Thanks 'WheelieDog'  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on November 28, 2016, 02:42:33 pm
Tom, I think that your new camera has "3D" focus tracking - try that for birds.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Dorsland on November 28, 2016, 04:16:37 pm
Pragtige voëls en plantlewe Tom.  Dit moet 'n absolute fees wees om dit te kan beleef.  As jy volgende keer 'n ou soek om jou driepoot of iets te dra, ek kan help.  :biggrin:

Mens raak hartseer as jy dink dat sulke ongeskonde plekke al hoe minder raak op die aardbol  :(
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 28, 2016, 05:59:08 pm
Pragtige voëls en plantlewe Tom.  Dit moet 'n absolute fees wees om dit te kan beleef.  As jy volgende keer 'n ou soek om jou driepoot of iets te dra, ek kan help.  :biggrin:

Mens raak hartseer as jy dink dat sulke ongeskonde plekke al hoe minder raak op die aardbol  :(

Dankie Johan! Ja dit is geluukkig n wereld erfenis gebied en met geen toerusme en baie streng reels behoort dit mooi bewaar te bly!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Xpat on November 28, 2016, 06:26:08 pm
Tom, I think that your new camera has "3D" focus tracking - try that for birds.

+1

I didn't investigate it closer, but I believe that is the mode specifically designed for tracking fast moving subjects.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 28, 2016, 06:54:28 pm
Tom, I think that your new camera has "3D" focus tracking - try that for birds.

+1

I didn't investigate it closer, but I believe that is the mode specifically designed for tracking fast moving subjects.

Thanks doc and Martin - tried everything. Googled and tried every possible setting - I do get the 'odd' good one but I think it is a matter of exercise and patience. The problem with the birds is, they are real fast flyers and they constantly change direction and it is not possible to predict the correct change of direction if that makes sense. I think I do get it right, it is better already and I make it sound worse.....I just need to get more practice and remember they can not fly when there is no wind, and that wind is sometimes miserable weather with rain. That is paradise to them but the last thing I want to do is risk the precious camera equipment! I do need more practice on locking onto them and then the exposure as I am already shooting at speeds of 1/1500up to 1//2000 SS. I am almost always then at 300mm telephoto end with the biggest aperture allowed of 5.6 so all I have left to play with is the ISO. This is where the National Geo pro photographers should be able to assist on their arrival (Well....I hope the video people will be 'pro photographers' as well)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on November 28, 2016, 06:58:24 pm
Tom, so far your results are wonderful. Any improvement would be even more impressive!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: BMWPE on November 28, 2016, 07:08:25 pm
Must confess I prefer looking at birds ( girls ) on bicycles ( thanks Edgy )

But your pictures and updates are awesome keep it up  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 29, 2016, 09:01:45 pm
Thanks to all, but yes it can actually improve and after studying last night on the net and camera manual I could not wait to get a change to try everything out again. Unfortunately quite a miserable day and I had to choose a 'better weather window' but made it to crane point.

On my way (very slippery) to my 'spot' I all at once came to an halt as I could not believe my own eyes! A Gough Bunting was eating seeds and I slowly started shooting (camera was now set on continuous tracking and would not focus where I wanted it to focus and I had to make slow movements and adjust. It was a very 'grey weather day, bad light but I have managed the following and am happy
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 29, 2016, 09:48:18 pm
And then the Sootie Albatross just came and landed like 4 meters away on the cliff!!

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 29, 2016, 09:58:12 pm
And then the Edinburgh left.....she shall only be back sometime in February although they should leave Cape Town already in the second week of January.
First taking cargo to Tristan da Cunha Island, then fish at Nightingale and thereafter down to Gough Island!

There is a galeforce storm according to windity heading our way, and the Captain said he would rather be chased by the storm than be in it! It should reach us sometime late tomorrow and continue through to Thursday. Does not look like a lot of rain, just wind which should be at around 33m/sec according to our current charts but that changes soon once the storm comes in. It should (the way I read it) not affect us much on the Island, but any sea going vessels might have a choppy ride and have to change course for a day or 2!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on November 30, 2016, 06:58:01 am
NOU maak jy mooi foties.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on November 30, 2016, 07:01:19 am
Beautiful photographs!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: WheelieDog on November 30, 2016, 11:23:46 am
Ja nee, you can almost reach out and touch those birds.

Well done :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Enjoy the stormy weather, it's a show that nature is putting on in 3D just for you guys!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: frankmac on November 30, 2016, 12:27:11 pm
Keep it up, Tom. :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: zetman on November 30, 2016, 01:26:41 pm
http://maroelamedia.co.za/nuus/sa-nuus/die-prag-natuurfotos-wen/

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on November 30, 2016, 01:52:36 pm
Ja maar Gough is nie 'n SANPARK nie man. :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: zetman on November 30, 2016, 02:59:13 pm
 :spitcoffee: Ja ma Tom like van fotos en die is mooi fotos  :deal:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 30, 2016, 04:07:32 pm
Thanks, glad I can share this with experience with you all!  :thumleft:

I have also received a wide angle lens in the parcel from Xpat, but did not get to use it all that much yet as I was too busy 'chasing birds' with the 300mm lens.
Today 'month end' which means reports and I do 2: Food and medical.

It is raining and I did decide for my tea break to grab to tripot and see if I can get a good 'rainy weather' photo out the front door of the base. My attempts did not look impressive and I decided to do my first attempt on an HDR (Which is not well loved by pro photographers as it is seen like a short path) but nevertheless, I gave it a go and despite heavy wind and rain and a rather 'grey' day, it came out fine. This is at the widest angle the lens allow which is 10mm but in 35mm terms in DX it comes down to still an impressive 16mm field of view. The distance between the crane which is visible and Richmond hill is rather huge! I can already see the benefit of having this lens without the need to 'stitch panoramic s' and get a good exposure!

 
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: zetman on November 30, 2016, 04:47:12 pm
 :laughing4: Wow Tom jy moet vir die mense n gras snyer vra jong  :ricky:

HDR lyk goed ek is nie mal oor die HDR Kleure nie ma dit dien seker n doel
jy vorder mooi met die fotos goeie werk jy kan volgne jaar n Pro Fotograaf raak as jy terug is in ZA
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Xpat on November 30, 2016, 04:56:48 pm
I'm not sure Expert photographers necessarily look down on HDR - it is a valid photographic tool and if used skillfully will result in great images. It was me (and I'm not Expert by any means) who was talking it down a bit in the Photographic thread. And even I see its benefits if it is used skillfully and with consideration and there are tons of great HDR pics out there. I just consider it a cheap cheat when it is used willy-nilly in order to turn mediocre unremarkable images into an LSD trip - that is cheap and gets old quickly.

However in your image above I believe it is not overdone and it served its purpose well to bring out more colors of what I assume was pretty much scene of low light grayness. But it came at cost - check the weird halo artifact along the vertical scaffolding pipes on the left of the image.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 30, 2016, 10:31:14 pm
:laughing4: Wow Tom jy moet vir die mense n gras snyer vra jong  :ricky:

HDR lyk goed ek is nie mal oor die HDR Kleure nie ma dit dien seker n doel
jy vorder mooi met die fotos goeie werk jy kan volgne jaar n Pro Fotograaf raak as jy terug is in ZA

Hey buddy I'll answer in English for everyone to understand  :)

Yes I was also puzzled about HDR as the colour enhancement sometimes just looked completely unreal and therefore I was not crazy about it as well. However, in my quest to learn more about the camera settings (wow there are so many options and all that info gets dialed into only 1 result = photograph!!) I thought why not give the HDR a go. Now that was easier said than done, as the HDR setting is grey'd out and I needed to figure how to get it to work! However when I finally did I faced a new problem, the camera would not focus as I think the rain was now interfering with the actual focus! Once again (I was now under pressure as I needed to submit my reports before the meeting at 15H00) I decided to try 'mirror up' as that also prevent camera shake....and it then focused and worked.
The colours are infarct not unrealistic in this photo! This is actually how it looks except for the funny glaze from the scaffolding like Xpat is pointing out! The wonder is though, it was extremely 'grey' and dull outside and I can kick my bud for not posting a 'normal setting' photo as well :( for comparison but that would have been more relevant in the photographic board where the guys are advising us a bit! The green you see above is the actual green of this island in Summer!

Zet uhm.... no 'pro photographer' is a term which many claims, as you can only have a look on facebook (and sometimes even on WD's  :peepwall: ) and you'll notice that every other 'photographer' has got a signature or water mark like; 'Koos photography'
I have found that most 'real' photographers and by that I mean enthusiasts or pro are more humble than them with them 'self-owned' title! .....I actually find it hilarious  :imaposer:

I do know you mean it from the heart though, and I appreciate that you do see potential but it is a long way to take consistent good pictures and to earn the title as pro! I love the various photographic threads and especially the 'birds of SA' - Now there are some real pro photos! It is also a very expensive learning curve for those who do take photography as a career! For example; my son went to collage to study 'millwright', and it cost me just over R60k for his classroom money and another R12K for his toolbox with all relevant tools and we did not go for the top-shelf tools.....we bought avg.
I also had to pay his car insurance, his petrol and his pocket money. I was feeling sorry for him (for real) as he had no money to join the guys for a beer on weekends but he knew his dad was going through a hard time looking for work, and he did not put extra pressure on me as he knew I was in a corner. All in all his studies was R100k.

I know a guy who's daughter is studying photography, and only her first year equipment (some bought secondhand) worked out a R100K!! Not class, not pocket money...nothing extra!

I hope that I will be able to capture enough good quality pictures to be able to publish a coffee table book about Gough sometime next year. I am also like mentioned earlier working on a book with regards to working on remote sites. Who knows what might come of it!

On another note; we are still having rain but the wind has calmed a bit for now, the sea is quite high and I am glad I am not at this stage on a ship in the South Atlantic!! If weather permits I'll post a pic tomorrow on what I mean by 'high seas' - remember this is the roaring 40's!!  :laughing4:

   

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Knucklhead on December 01, 2016, 12:58:44 pm
great thread, great pics thanks TVB  :sip:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 01, 2016, 04:42:32 pm
Pleasure! Always nice to get reply's here as you oke's are my friends!  :thumleft:

The team is small, and I am considered to be the 'old man'  and 'party pooper' among other things  :imaposer: Thing is; I cannot take risks as the medic (only medic) on a remote site expedition like this. I have used my 'pre-deployment' allowance to buy some wine but one also need to keep the respect of the team wrt my profession. I also do not know whereto next, and who knows....one bridge I cannot afford and don't want to burn is the 'Island' bridge. I therefore do not social all that much with the team as when the liquor flows and the 'rap music distorts' I come and hide in my room or clinic and browse the net and 'kuier' on wild dogs!

Here are some maps and distances:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 01, 2016, 05:00:42 pm
Here is the base layout - it is no secret and also available on their website.
It is a research base and no secrets here...not that I know of!  :peepwall:

I live in both red dot' areas - either my room or in the clinic

Also a photo of the team - 3 British scientists as well: David stands behind Em (couple) and Phil next to me.

Sakhile Leader/radio and communication tech left front, behind him Elias the senior meteorologist, next to Em sits Kunji and Nokwe the junior meteorologists, Charles the Electrisien is sitting, behind him me, and in the middle Chuna our diesel mechanic.

Now you all got a better idea of where the island is, and how the base layout looks as well as the team.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Philemon on December 01, 2016, 06:48:40 pm
Thanks Tom for the layout of the base and people.

I see the radio office in the corner.  nudge . :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Thanks for all the pics - they are great and help us a lot to understand your conditions.

Keep it up.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 03, 2016, 07:09:19 pm
Philemon I should ave done that radio amateur course....too late now but you never know what the future might bring. If I ever come down again I will definately do the HAM licence and get the equipment as there are so many people who want to make contact with Gough~!

I have been out having a look at the newborn Yellow nose Albatross chicks! The birds are rather clumsy on land and can easily injure the chics, I have not get pictures that satisfied my 'photographic hobby' but it is nevertheless better to have 'some photos than none at all'

I was so afraid that I might spook the adults that I did not get to concentrate enough on what I was doing and it looked ok on the screen.
Stiil, so sweet to see the Alby chics!!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 03, 2016, 07:15:59 pm
The Gough Moorhen is rather wild and although there are a couple around the house they tend to be rather camera shy! While sitting and waiting for the Albatross to show of her chic (which took really long) this Moorhen came and jumped on an empty Albatross nest and pose for a few shots  :)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 03, 2016, 07:38:30 pm
The highlight of the day was the 'Noddy on the nest!
I knew of the pair that always breeds at the prion cave and I tried my best to get a shot of the bird without spooking him/her from the nest!
This is a very rare sight as the nests are very hard to locate and very hard to get a picture of them.
I was in such a hurry to go out in the field that I forgot to take my torch to Prion cave. To enter the cave without a light source is looking for trouble....so I did not enter and returned to base.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 04, 2016, 09:12:09 pm
The Rain almost caught me in the field today, but I managed to go for a nice walk!

Skua was once again on guard at the baby! They are great parents.


Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 04, 2016, 09:18:56 pm
Angry bird just because of this little one!!  :laughing4:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: VaalBaas on December 04, 2016, 09:28:57 pm
Bie mooi fotos mater. Dankie vir die deel :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: VaalBaas on December 04, 2016, 09:30:46 pm
 :lol8: Kan nogal dink daai basis raak te klein as die musiek (daai soort) begin pomp. Sterkte :biggrin:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 04, 2016, 09:47:30 pm
:lol8: Kan nogal dink daai basis raak te klein as die musiek (daai soort) begin pomp. Sterkte :biggrin:

Jy weet dan VaalBaas!!  :peepwall:  :peepwall:  :dousing:

 :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Oubones on December 05, 2016, 04:59:40 am
Dankie vir die inligting en mooi foto's!
Ja, dit moet seker moeilik wees as dit raserig raak in so beperkte area!
Sterkte!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on December 06, 2016, 06:31:52 pm
Tom, jy trek so van een interessante job na die ander.  Ek het nou die dag weer gelees oor jou de-mining dinge in Afrika en elders.  Ek neem aan die eiland is stiller as landmine  :peepwall:

Laas wat jy op die eiland was oor hierdie tyd het ek 'n opmerking gemaak dat jy stil geraak het omdat jy seker met die Kers spyskaart doenig was - min wetende dat julle internet toe ingeperk is.  Ek hoop ons sal darem hierdie jaar vir jou Kersgroete hier kan laat.

Mooi fotos - soos altyd.  Groete daar en geniet jou tyd.  Ek post nie elke dag nie maar kyk darem so weekliks wat is aan die gang.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 06, 2016, 07:15:41 pm
Tom, jy trek so van een interessante job na die ander.  Ek het nou die dag weer gelees oor jou de-mining dinge in Afrika en elders.  Ek neem aan die eiland is stiller as landmine  :peepwall:

Laas wat jy op die eiland was oor hierdie tyd het ek 'n opmerking gemaak dat jy stil geraak het omdat jy seker met die Kers spyskaart doenig was - min wetende dat julle internet toe ingeperk is.  Ek hoop ons sal darem hierdie jaar vir jou Kersgroete hier kan laat.

Mooi fotos - soos altyd.  Groete daar en geniet jou tyd.  Ek post nie elke dag nie maar kyk darem so weekliks wat is aan die gang.

Dankie mater, ek verstaan almal is nie groot op die 'reply' funksie nie en dit is 100%

Ek is maar net baie aktief deesdae, meer as gewoonlik sou ek se op die forum want dinge is maar stil. Ja daar is die agtergrond geraas van die 'rap musiek' ens, maar ek is baie alleen hier. Die enigste ou wat n potensiele vriend kan wees en n paar belangstellings deel oa fotografie is op sy eie musie of saam sy Britse landgenote. So ek kom soek maar hier geselskap, spreekwoordelik gestel en lees van almal se doenighede en kry sommer die jongste nuus van oral oor!

Ek was weer aangespreek oor die forum (hulle kan my aktiwiteite monitor wat bandwydte aangaan) maar toe ek verduidelik wat dit vir my beteken en dat ek selde maar ooit iets anders as e-posse oopmaak het hulle dit aanvaar en my laat begaan. Ek sal steeds nie buitensporig raak nie, en maak dus seker dat ek al my fotos klein maak voor oplaai ens.

Wat interessante werk aan betref; ja ek is bevoorreg en hoop om weer vorentoe iewers op te eindig waar ek lekker kan werk......ek kan ongelukkig nie kies maar was die keuse myne het ek weer demining in Afrika gekies, en housekeeping remote site camp manager as n tweede opsie. Paar dinge wat teen my tel egter, so net die Vader alleen weet waar ek myself volgende sal bevind.

Baie groete aan al my vriende hier!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 07, 2016, 09:03:34 pm
1. That sea-stack was connected and there was a ladder going all the way down to sea level.
The crane operator used to control the crane from that side where he had a clear view of the boat and barges at water level.

2 - 3 I just love these Antarctic terns and have loads of photos - they have awesome characteristic, diving into the water surfacing with fish and then feeding it to the partner.

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 07, 2016, 09:08:30 pm
1: Giant Petrel in flight and to the left a Yellow-nose albatross

2: Sooty Albatross

3: Yellow-nose

4: The sea was rather choppy earlier and is now calming after 'near galeforce storm'

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mr Zog on December 08, 2016, 03:24:18 am
Hey Tom,

Some days I wish for the serenity of your island.

But then I remember the "music"  that you are forced to endure, and I rather put up with my little boss and big boss over here.  :pot: :peepwall:



At least you have the option to head outdoors and take the stunning pics you do. Keep them coming, its almost like we are there with you!
 
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: OomD on December 08, 2016, 07:23:21 am
Ek self reply ook nie baie op hierdie (of enige) thread nie, maar ek moet sê ek geniet dit en lees gereeld jou updates. Die kaart van die eiland, en gebou planne is interresant, dankie! Dit bring mens nogal nader aan daai wereld.

Hierdie thread van jou, en Mr Zog se Amerikaanse kaskenades is 2 threads wat sterk deel is van my WD interaksie. Doen so voort!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: oldmannorman on December 08, 2016, 08:07:33 am
Ek self reply ook nie baie op hierdie (of enige) thread nie, maar ek moet sê ek geniet dit en lees gereeld jou updates. Die kaart van die eiland, en gebou planne is interresant, dankie! Dit bring mens nogal nader aan daai wereld.

Hierdie thread van jou, en Mr Zog se Amerikaanse kaskenades is 2 threads wat sterk deel is van my WD interaksie. Doen so voort!
+1 in both languages.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 08, 2016, 04:56:36 pm
Ek self reply ook nie baie op hierdie (of enige) thread nie, maar ek moet sê ek geniet dit en lees gereeld jou updates. Die kaart van die eiland, en gebou planne is interresant, dankie! Dit bring mens nogal nader aan daai wereld.

Hierdie thread van jou, en Mr Zog se Amerikaanse kaskenades is 2 threads wat sterk deel is van my WD interaksie. Doen so voort!
+1 in both languages.

Thanks Mr Zog, OomD, oldmannorman and everyone else for reading and following the thread and sometimes a 'quick hello', I really appreciate it and keep an eye on the number of views on the photos to know weather people are in fact enjoying my postings. It is clear that the photos and some info on our lifestyle and the island is popular enough to keep the wheels rolling! I do not expect too much replies, I just enjoy sharing like said as not many are fortunate to put their life on hold and come down for just over a year.

Woody1 was one fortunate guy who came down as a married man and returned to his wife - still happily married. Not many marriages can survive a remote-site career and I have seen so many relations shipwrecked because of distance - yes my own as well.

It is not always nice to be single, and I did not become single by choice but it does help my type of work and lifestyle. It was actually always very hard for me to be 'alone', I just really felt the need to share my life with someone special but one can only give your heart so many times before you make a decision to walk alone.
I have (again  :peepwall: ) interrupted myself and lead the simple 'thanks' which was my intention upon reply into a dragged out conversation about 'personalities'  :imaposer:

Well in any way, lovely place to be - one of the best placed to be in the World if you love Seabirds and Seals and virgin nature and 'RAP played on distortion level in the base'.....ok I only love the first part an NOT the Rap music  :deal: if you can call it music. I must admit that it is better these days as I have officially asked in the last meeting that we should be more considerate with regards to our personal lifestyle. Touch wood'....so far so good!

I have been asked if I would conciser coming down again after this year, marking my 4th Island expedition currently by various people. The answer is yes, especially if I could go to Marion again. Unfortunately things keep changing and if the one doctor which is overseeing our medics gets it his way the medics time will soon end on the islands. Medics cannot get dispensing licenses, and on the Africa and Middle East/East contracts we were always working 'under' a doctors name which was mostly not present and mostly we did not ever even meet this 'doctor' although he was real and on the payroll. The SA Medical law is of such nature that a medic can not get a dispensing license as we are not officially trained and accredited to dispense medications such as for example antibiotics. We were always trained like before the island contrast you needed to train x-rays, medications, dental and more which was not covered by the medic protocols. The doctors now have a problem (understandably) with regards to liability in case something goes wrong.

What can they legally do to correct this? Professional nurses can do a dispensing course and be licensed, and they would prefer to get 'trauma nurses' in order to cover the gap that the medic will leave. This is not yet in place, but the concerns and recommendations was raised and it seems that it does not ONLY effect the islands but also remote site contracts in Africa and other areas.

What will happen to medics like me? Most of them has already left the service (Mr Zog was higher qualified than I am, and even he has left and the choice was not only because of immigration I believe but having to work away from home to earn a decent living - maybe not even decent but fair..)
The others which does not really have something to fall back onto (like me) is playing the game desperately to find new contracts.
My approach is to find work for my 'non working between contracts' friends in the hope that they will remember me - unfortunately the selfishness of people does not make this a guarantee as I have sadly learned but I still do help - I was offered a job on a remote site now a month ago which I applied for a year ago! Finally there opens a position and I helped an old medic friend....he is going through!
If there is one career without any shortage of personnel, it is paramedics on all different levels - and popular and cheaper to use is some Eastern medics which is also trained and registered on the American/Canadian protocols.

For now I still got work and I do not live by wishing my live away - I am here for the moment and it is great to be here regardless.
Hope to post some interesting stuff in January when National Geographic visits!!  :laughing4:
 
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on December 08, 2016, 06:49:58 pm
Sterkte Tom en geniet elke oomblik in daai paradys.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 09, 2016, 12:07:29 am
As you all know the sole purpose for us South Africans being here is to man a weather observation station - more pro term: Meteorological station

I must however admit that I do not know all that much about the weather science. I can however 'read' the sea, understand the wind and what happens and when you can expect to get what type of fish and if they will be close to the shore or not for instance. Just because I had a passion for the sea and loved fishing to bits. I am for some reason not that much into fishing this year although I came prepared. I have quite a lot of fishing gear and decided to pack way too much for this expedition.
The team keeps nagging me to catch snoek, but if it is not work that is keeping me busy it is non favorable sea conditions or it is my new found hobby which I find way more rewarding than fishing - it is photography!

Since this is a meteorological station I will share a picture and 'googled information' with regards to the 'sunshine meter' which measure direct and sharp sunlight in a day. As you can clearly observe from my picture; there was no sharp sunlight today. It works like a magnifying glass and burns the paper - every hour is marked out on a special calibrated type of paper, the following with compliments from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campbell%E2%80%93Stokes_recorder

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Campbell–Stokes recorder (sometimes called a Stokes sphere) is a kind of sunshine recorder. It was invented by John Francis Campbell in 1853 and modified in 1879 by Sir George Gabriel Stokes. The original design by Campbell consisted of a glass sphere set into a wooden bowl with the sun burning a trace on the bowl. Stokes's refinement was to make the housing out of metal and to have a card holder set behind the sphere.

The unit is designed to record the hours of bright sunshine which will burn a hole through the card.


A Campbell–Stokes sunshine recorder
This basic unit is still in use today with very little change.

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Oubones on December 09, 2016, 04:38:56 am
Tom, Thanks for your sharing!
Regards to the qualifications, it seems as if it is a problem all over the world that liabilities and insurance is causing problems for people who have been doing jobs for a long time!
Yes, it is true that we get stabbed in the back when helping others a lot of the time!
But , like Mr Zog, I have a lot of faith in you!
You will keep your head up!
Your photo's are great!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 09, 2016, 02:09:22 pm
Tom, Thanks for your sharing!
Regards to the qualifications, it seems as if it is a problem all over the world that liabilities and insurance is causing problems for people who have been doing jobs for a long time!
Yes, it is true that we get stabbed in the back when helping others a lot of the time!
But , like Mr Zog, I have a lot of faith in you!
You will keep your head up!
Your photo's are great!

Thanks Oubones  :thumleft:

Everything will work out in the end!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Ri on December 09, 2016, 02:56:29 pm
Tom, Thanks for your sharing!
Regards to the qualifications, it seems as if it is a problem all over the world that liabilities and insurance is causing problems for people who have been doing jobs for a long time!
Yes, it is true that we get stabbed in the back when helping others a lot of the time!
But , like Mr Zog, I have a lot of faith in you!
You will keep your head up!
Your photo's are great!

Thanks Oubones  :thumleft:

Everything will work out in the end!

Now if only there was some way to translate all your years of medical and trauma experience into a trauma nursing degree or diploma...  :deal:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 09, 2016, 05:02:22 pm
Tom, Thanks for your sharing!
Regards to the qualifications, it seems as if it is a problem all over the world that liabilities and insurance is causing problems for people who have been doing jobs for a long time!
Yes, it is true that we get stabbed in the back when helping others a lot of the time!
But , like Mr Zog, I have a lot of faith in you!
You will keep your head up!
Your photo's are great!

Thanks Oubones  :thumleft:

Everything will work out in the end!

Now if only there was some way to translate all your years of medical and trauma experience into a trauma nursing degree or diploma...  :deal:

Unfortunately there is no way Ri, I am allowed to work in hospitals ER's as a 'Staff nurse' which I did for many years in my time off for extra money. It is however not allowed anymore as they have decided now to fill these position. However, there is unfortunately no bridging course available from one medical profession to another. I would have loved that, as I have always enjoyed helping people and taking care of them especially elderly patients.

I might look into the idea of advertising next year to go take care of people that are say for instance terminally ill, although I also need to survive and be able to make a living and will need a fair income. It is a shame that the whole world revolves around money, but sadly true and I am in no position to work for free unless I give up my live (In other words cancel my personal medical aid, cancel my retirement fund which I started way too lat at 40 a few years back, and give up the rest of my personal belongings like my flat which is my own)

Time will tell.

I am cooking today for the team and my menu for supper is:
Jasmine rice
pork chop (and for the moslem guy a fillet beef)
pork banger
Brussels sprouts
salt carrot/potato mash

I had to go down to the store in light rain to get some rice, and because I do not want to damage my nice camera took the bridge just in case I see something nice.
Got a few meters down and crane point and the rain (very light rain) stopped and I could capture a photo of a Gough Bunting (2 different birds) and an Arctic tern. I left a few minutes later and made my way up the slippery rocks thinking that I should pay more attention to my personal safety.
Here are the pictures although not as sharp and good as the Nikon dslr produce:



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Post by: Tom van Brits on December 11, 2016, 12:46:27 am
The Gough Bunting - I have mentioned this before but it is just amazing. This little seed eating bird is endemic to Gough Island!
How did it get here in the first place? Many theories but it is just amazing - for weeks I have trailed them to try and capture these shots of an adult and finally!!

 
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Post by: Tom van Brits on December 11, 2016, 01:00:38 am
Yes I was just enjoying the moment and took as many photographs as this bird allowed me in his short visit, probably 20 meters away!

The last pic is of a Sooty Albatross - the first Sooty chicks were spotted yesterday but I do not want to disturb them at this stage as they all live on the clives and if they get a fright and fly off the Skuas will just take the baby within seconds!
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Post by: woody1 on December 11, 2016, 07:34:01 am
Lyk my maar na nog n MOSSIE  :imaposer:
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Post by: Tom van Brits on December 11, 2016, 10:04:39 am
Lyk my maar na nog n MOSSIE  :imaposer:

Ek stem :imaposer: maar steeds ongelooflik om te dink hy is hier!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Fransw on December 11, 2016, 10:21:07 am
Lyk my maar na nog n MOSSIE  :imaposer:

Ek stem :imaposer: maar steeds ongelooflik om te dink hy is hier!

Beide daardie "mossie" se pote is gering!? Wie was dit? :patch:
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Post by: Tom van Brits on December 11, 2016, 12:59:38 pm
Lyk my maar na nog n MOSSIE  :imaposer:

Ek stem :imaposer: maar steeds ongelooflik om te dink hy is hier!

Beide daardie "mossie" se pote is gering!? Wie was dit? :patch:

 :bueller:  I'll answer in English:

Both bands tell a story: The one band has got the number which is logged on the international database with all relevant data that has been observed during the bird was captured and handled and released again.
The colored band is to identify the bird from which 'colony' he/she came as they are (so it seems) territorial even though on a very tiny island.

I cannot stress enough how small this island really is - and that is why I am stunned that we have a seed eating bird on Gough which is truly endemic as it was observed during the very first visit that man has put feet on Gough!

Not a pokken mossie  :deal:  :patch:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Ou Toppie on December 11, 2016, 05:27:57 pm
Hi Tom,

I see that mossie of yours is on the critically endangered list as from 2008 due to the mouse problem on the island.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gough_finch

Did they manage to solve the problem? If I recall correctly they brought in cats and then the cats then became a problem again.

I've been on the island yesterday with Google maps but it took some time to found your base tucked away on the eastern side of the island. That is some serious rough terrain and for sure not biker friendly. ;D

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 11, 2016, 07:23:05 pm
Hi Tom,

I see that mossie of yours is on the critically endangered list as from 2008 due to the mouse problem on the island.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gough_finch

Did they manage to solve the problem? If I recall correctly they brought in cats and then the cats then became a problem again.

I've been on the island yesterday with Google maps but it took some time to found your base tucked away on the eastern side of the island. That is some serious rough terrain and for sure not biker friendly. ;D

Hello Ou Toppie!

Yes people have actually asked me why the base is not visible on Google earth but since our internet is so slow I could not really understand because I have no access. At least now I know what the issue is, as we are almost 'hiding between 2 hills on the East!

The Gough Bunting is in fact even more endangered (I was here 2008/9 and also 13/14 & 16-17)
The cats were introduced to Marion Island and yes they became a pest unfortunately because they would now feed on the birds instead of mice!  :eek7:

The mouse irradication problem on Gough will depending on funds (charity mainly raised by the RSPB) go ahead in 2019 on Gough. There is already a project leader by name Keith Springer (very experienced and capable Kivi) appointed and he has spent the take over here and had a few sessions with me where he picked my brain on the planning. Mine more relevant to medical backup but also with regards to South African standards on for example a oil drum used for fuel storage (the 210l drums) and other info. I have mentioned it sometime earlier in the thread as well - an extra heli pad will be build, many temporary bird cages for the Buntings and Moorhen and the eradication program will be an intense couple of weeks where thy will do daily pellet drops by helicopter. The aim is to keep 2 x helicopters in the air and every squire needs to be covered but there are computer models and Keith has also directed one eradication program successfully quite recently on a remote site island although I can not recall the name...I think 'antipodes but not 100% sure.

The big issue now is to raise the money needed for the project and I am not going to put the figure down that was quoted to me but we are talking a couple million British pounds (yes) 

With regards to the 'rough terrain'......it is really really rough. One can not walk 50 pases without falling at least once and falling is part of the daily routine. Come to think of it; since I love photographing so much these days I might want to photograph the typical 'paths' and terrain as it might actually be entertaining. We have many ladders and ropes on strategic points to assist the field workers in the daily bird colony checks!

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Post by: Xpat on December 11, 2016, 07:37:25 pm
Tom, the base is perfectly visible on googlemaps - this is not even highest resolution - I didn't go full zoom to be able to capture whole base including heliport. I cam count containers and stuff on your base:

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Post by: Tom van Brits on December 11, 2016, 07:48:47 pm
Thanks @Xpat ! This is actually a great picture and I have quickly made some markings on it:
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Post by: Xpat on December 11, 2016, 07:53:35 pm
Well, if it is any help here is close up. Unfortunatelly the imagery is taken in the shade of cloud so it is not very sharp, because of the noice in the image. The areas under direct sun are much sharper.

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Post by: Tom van Brits on December 11, 2016, 07:58:31 pm
Yellow: It marks my photographic spot where I go to shoot the Antarctic terns and flying birds: Albatross and other seabirds
Red: Shows the typical flight pattern of the Sooty and Yellow Nose Albatross as they do (what I belief) ridge soaring closer to land before they go 'out' to deep sea again.
Blue indicates the terrain down to 'Diesel cove' where I (we) do most of our fishing - the cross indicates where the late Jo Roos was washed from the rocks and drowned in 1988 - never recovered remains
Green is a hole (lava) connected to the sea and we dump all our left over food there and also the waste food
Orange marks the best fishing spot called 'snoekgat' - but it is a lot of effort to get there especially to carry 12 x snoek back - lesson learned in 2008 already - catch only 2 or 3 for the house and return.
The 3 x grey blocks indicate from where I work. The one with the yellow line is my clinic, next to it my dental clininc and next to it my room from where I am now communicating. I do however sleep in the clinic - I am a light sleeper and do it because of music/noise.

Any questions from around the base from anyone with regards to the aerial view can be answered now easily by me with a colored mark.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Fransw on December 11, 2016, 08:01:31 pm
Well, if it is any help here is close up. Unfortunatelly the imagery is taken in the shade of cloud so it is not very sharp, because of the noice in the image. The areas under direct sun are much sharper.

Hey ek sien die pokken mossie!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 11, 2016, 08:09:04 pm
Gough is a volcanic Island. It is basically just the mount top of a huge Mountain range like the Alps - The Mid Atlantic ridge.
If there is no eruptions again (No activity whatsoever on Gough measured) the Island will eventually after many years fall back into the sea.
There is an Island in the Tristan group which is referred to as the 'missing nabour' - I cannot recall whereabout it was, but is is gone after as the erosion due to rain and the highs seas wash and erode the Island back into the sea. It might take thousands of years but we have land slides ever so often on Gough - like for instance the sea stack where I do my bird pictures - it was connected to the main Island till mid 90's and one morning the arch collapsed.
Already in 3 visits I have seen parts of the island going missing, so it is actually happening faster than one would anticipate.
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Post by: Tom van Brits on December 11, 2016, 08:10:45 pm
Well, if it is any help here is close up. Unfortunatelly the imagery is taken in the shade of cloud so it is not very sharp, because of the noice in the image. The areas under direct sun are much sharper.

Hey ek sien die pokken mossie!

 :spitcoffee: :imaposer: :imaposer:
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Post by: Tom van Brits on December 13, 2016, 10:29:36 pm
We have had terrible weather, wind and heavy rain for hours ongoing. I woke up and it was a beautiful day and I wanted to go fishing and photographing, as I really crave for something 'fresh' to eat other than canned or frozen food!

However, remember I said I am impulsive?  :peepwall:  :peepwall:

On my way down I had to walk past the flammable store where the bush cutter is stored, and I saw the grass in the backyard was really long and since I have already started cleaning up the courtyard I decided let me just 'look see' if the bush cutter will start. I filled the fuel tank and it started on the second pull - so no fishing and no photographing for the day. My back hurts a bit so I had my 75mg Voltaren  :patch: but it looks neat now. I have also cut around the cold rooms and behind my clinic and the living quarters. I am a little dissapointed.....but I am not here as leader or deputy leader. The cutting of grass was always a team exercise, and although I am impulse and just started working no-one offered help, not even a glass of water. Only the 3 x field biologists were busy, the rest of team (especially the technical team) had nothing planned for the day. I don't understand this, but luckily it did not upset me - it was just disappointing. Around the dinner table I mentioned that everyone can now enjoy Christmas and New Year in a more tidy arrangement since the grass it cut and I am almost done. The only reaction I got was a concern from the diesel mechanic who wanted to know if I have drained the petrol and cleaned the machine when I put it back this afternoon  :imaposer:
It seems we do not share the same sentiment, but I like the grass cut and the facilities clean and tidy. Tomorrow I am going to sand and varnish the wooden table/seater at the braai area

Here is a pick that I took from the rooftop tonight at sunset - and just too late for the proper sunset again!
We are not alowed to cut the grass infront (seaside) of the base due to the thread of spreading the alien plant 'sagina'. I have also used 2 x 15liter herbisite today in that area to get the grass/vegetation a bit under control. Should look better in 2 weeks time already!
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Post by: woody1 on December 14, 2016, 06:53:41 am
I will rather say nothing.  :pot:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Shaun500 on December 14, 2016, 07:46:41 am
I see a Stevenson's screen lurking in the second photo.  Do they have more than one weather station on the island?
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Post by: Tom van Brits on December 14, 2016, 11:42:38 am
I see a Stevenson's screen lurking in the second photo.  Do they have more than one weather station on the island?

Correct - We also do sea temp, cloud observation and then the 'upper-air'

No only the one, and I am not entirely sure why not more and even 'automated weather stations' as well but they do however go on a yearly 'weather boy' run where many of these are deployed and sent various data wrt sea stream, temp and swell.

The SA Agulhas 2 will in fact sail this week from our SA Antarctica base (not exactly base as the base is build inland - SANAE 1V) but from the ice-wall to South Georgia to deploy weather-boy's

The weather station was moved to this location about 50 years ago to get more precise weather data as the original base in the Glen was 'to protected' and limited some essential data. Not only wrt weather but also the biological science on especially the bird species.

There is talk (has been for a long time already) that the meteorological base or tasks should be moved to Tristan da Cunha Island and that there should just be an automated station left behind here on Gough. However, although this makes a lot of sense there are contractual agreements and the pro's is by far more than the con's to rather keep this base 'running'. Illegal fishing and destroying the Eco system here is probably the no 1 motivation to keep the base operational. 
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Post by: Tom van Brits on December 14, 2016, 08:24:40 pm
Like I have said earlier; to go anywhere on the island takes some effort as the terrain is wet, muddy and slippery and lot's of holes and lava tunnels - even caves. Landslides is in the order of the day when it rains or shortly afterwards. The easiest place to fish from is diesel point and it is basically down to 'e-base' (emergency base) and then through to the first rope ladder, then over a rather solid terrain (soil on-top of lava) and then down anther rope ladder. Then a more slippery type of lava (I think it is toffee lava) and navigate your way around a little pond and then down rather slippery lava rocks again to the 'point'. I must admit with a red face  :-[ that I did return empty handed. I was just not at luck today and decided to take photos instead. Here are a couple:

1: We use this rope and pulley system to get the larger fish like snoek back up again. Phil is visible spraying sagina (alien plant)
2 &3 The first ladder

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Post by: Tom van Brits on December 14, 2016, 08:27:42 pm
1&2 The second ladder
3 The last stretch around the second pool
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Post by: Tom van Brits on December 14, 2016, 08:30:17 pm
1&2 I cannot believe my Luck - highlight of the day: a Shearwater bird!!

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Post by: Tom van Brits on December 14, 2016, 08:32:29 pm
1&2 Yellow-nose Albatross

3 Sooty Albatross
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Post by: Tom van Brits on December 14, 2016, 08:36:56 pm
1 Penguin - there were many in the water today - Rockhopper penguin

2&3 Antarctic tern

4 The terns and Noddy's discovered a school of macarell and had a feast!

And that's it for now!
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Post by: woody1 on December 15, 2016, 06:47:03 am
A good camera makes a big difference. :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Shaun500 on December 15, 2016, 07:31:01 am
I see a Stevenson's screen lurking in the second photo.  Do they have more than one weather station on the island?

Correct - We also do sea temp, cloud observation and then the 'upper-air'

No only the one, and I am not entirely sure why not more and even 'automated weather stations' as well but they do however go on a yearly 'weather boy' run where many of these are deployed and sent various data wrt sea stream, temp and swell.

The SA Agulhas 2 will in fact sail this week from our SA Antarctica base (not exactly base as the base is build inland - SANAE 1V) but from the ice-wall to South Georgia to deploy weather-boy's

The weather station was moved to this location about 50 years ago to get more precise weather data as the original base in the Glen was 'to protected' and limited some essential data. Not only wrt weather but also the biological science on especially the bird species.

There is talk (has been for a long time already) that the meteorological base or tasks should be moved to Tristan da Cunha Island and that there should just be an automated station left behind here on Gough. However, although this makes a lot of sense there are contractual agreements and the pro's is by far more than the con's to rather keep this base 'running'. Illegal fishing and destroying the Eco system here is probably the no 1 motivation to keep the base operational.
Thank you for the amazing insight.  This is a fascinating place.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 15, 2016, 12:24:58 pm
A good camera makes a big difference. :thumleft:
Huge difference, I prefer the taking of photos now over fishing. Rather funny cause I will quickly put down the fishing rod to rather capture a photo :)   More satisfied to eat a 'box' hake but having pictures of these beautiful seabirds and island!

Sent from my SM-J500F using Tapatalk

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Post by: Ou Toppie on December 16, 2016, 09:41:45 am
Hi Tom, I love this thread and your photos do most of the talking for me. Your photos were good all the time but with the new equipment, you can see a remarkable improvement.

Ok, couple of questions.

There is quite a few youtube videos on the net. In one of them they sort of mentioned that they will not be surprised to wake up one morning and find the crane in the sea. I thought is is just an exaggeration but then you also mentioned that there are a lot of landslides and that the rock is everything but solid. Hopefully you do have a plan B in case it really happen.

Can you take a picture of the soil there? Never seen weathered volcanic rock myself and in my mind it must be a coarse dark granular structure.  Or is it fine powdery stuff since you mention it is slippery when wet? Just curious.

How do you go about your camera protection from rain and falls there? Whenever I go on an outing (bike riding, mountain climbing etc), I always leave my dslr at home and make do with the mik and druk simply because I am afraid of damaging it. Your ladder ways and slippery underfoot conditions will surely lead to a bump here and there.

Ok, enough of my stupid questions. Enjoy and keep posting those pics.

 
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 16, 2016, 11:06:30 pm
Hi Tom, I love this thread and your photos do most of the talking for me. Your photos were good all the time but with the new equipment, you can see a remarkable improvement.

Ok, couple of questions.

There is quite a few youtube videos on the net. In one of them they sort of mentioned that they will not be surprised to wake up one morning and find the crane in the sea. I thought is is just an exaggeration but then you also mentioned that there are a lot of landslides and that the rock is everything but solid. Hopefully you do have a plan B in case it really happen.

Can you take a picture of the soil there? Never seen weathered volcanic rock myself and in my mind it must be a coarse dark granular structure.  Or is it fine powdery stuff since you mention it is slippery when wet? Just curious.

How do you go about your camera protection from rain and falls there? Whenever I go on an outing (bike riding, mountain climbing etc), I always leave my dslr at home and make do with the mik and druk simply because I am afraid of damaging it. Your ladder ways and slippery underfoot conditions will surely lead to a bump here and there.

Ok, enough of my stupid questions. Enjoy and keep posting those pics.

Hello Ou Toppie, thank you so much for the kind remark with regards to my improving photographic skills. Like you said this is since I have been sponsored new gear by Xpat on the forum and he is still advising me on the side every time I run into a situation. There is more people sharing advice on the photographic board like AlanB as well, so I still learn a lot from them. Sometimes I feel really 'dumb' as I do not know how to get a shot but they are patient with me.

With regards to camera protection: I have only recently (think a week back) learned that the camera bag which came with the camera and lenses has got a raincoat in sort of a secret pouch at the bottom. I still would not feel comfortable to take the gear out when I see there is a good change of rain, but feel happy now to know that in the event of rain I can just done the rain-cover of the bag. I actually did buy a 'dry bag' for the island hikes to protect the gear, but that is not as users friendly as it takes for ever to get to everything and the moment might be gone by the time I am ready to take the shot.

However, the terrain is rough and the weather changes very quickly and can catch you out which happened and as result 3 expedition members already died due to exposure on the Island. None in recent years, but when I do go up the Mountain I need to take the dry bag and put some survival stuff like a tin of condensed milk and fruit bars, water, warm clothing and some bandages and essential stuff and also then my camera equipment which I will be selective and take only the body with 2 lenses.

I did not know about the Youtube videos about the island and am surprised to here that there are any!  It is against the policy that we have signed and agreed on, but on the other had why not? It is not a secret military institution....it is only a meteorological and scientific base. They did however not exaggerated as the area is indeed filled with cracks like many other place on the island and one just always hope that if it ever does happen nobody would be involved.

I shall definitely take close up pictures of the soil and the different lava formations, but it is only the lava 'ash' that is granulated and sandy on lower levels like at the Glen where the first base was located. There is some 'yellow sandstone' visible. The lava up here is hard, and although it is coarse at places the slippery parts is actually very smooth like almost 'polished' surface. The lava is however also eroding in a strange way, and I assume it was the 'bubbles and maybe ash combination' which is now visible in the  attached picture. There is many holes where we can put a rope through for anchorage to make it a bit safer for us - basically 'guide ropes'. The lava around the eroded parts is almost like ceramic, very much the same - hard and strong!

1: Here the erosion is visible and what you see here is very hard solid rock.
2 and 3 - just images to give you an idea of what the coastline look like for most of the part - there are not any easy ascecable beaches but when you do get your way to a beach it is marked by builders and no sand. I have not seen any black lava sand beaches here but will post after the National Geographic visit on weather I was able to locate any such beach on the round island trip by RIB.
3: a Photo a took at the Glen 2 years back of the 'yellow sand' at the historical sealers caves
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Ou Toppie on December 17, 2016, 06:06:14 pm
Hi Tom, thanks a lot for the pics and the explanation. Those lava rock formations I've seen before. The funny thing is that in northern Namibia (Tsumeb area) you get similar rocks with that sharp edges but that area is limestone and not lava. I'm no expert but it fascinates me to see these rock formations. That bottom pic looks like sedimentary layers with sandstone. Wish somebody can explain it to me.

I can post the links to YouTube for you but will it be ok here? There is a 3 part series taken from the Bell 212 helicopter in Sept 2014. Amazing footage and that gives one a good idea how rough the terrain really are.

Do you get clear days or nights where it will be possible to shoot the moon? Shooting the moon is what forced me to abandon the auto setting on the camera and somehow I always end up taking pics of the moon every full moon. A little bit "met die maan gepla" if you ask me but I can imagine a pic of the moon setting over the peaks on the island will be a one of a kind pic in your album. 
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Xpat on December 17, 2016, 06:43:56 pm
I'm sure Tom wouldn't mind the videos - why would he?

Here is a video giving tour of the base on Gough:

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Post by: Xpat on December 17, 2016, 06:50:39 pm
And in this one I believe you can see for a second or two Tom at 3:31 in the basket hanging off the crane:

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Xpat on December 17, 2016, 06:58:11 pm
As Tom cannot see the youtube videos on the island, here is a screenshot from the second video of him and some chick in the basket:

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on December 17, 2016, 08:27:35 pm
Tom, tell the people about the importance of the blinds on every window.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: frankmac on December 17, 2016, 08:34:47 pm
Ooooh, scandals at last
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 18, 2016, 12:13:02 am
 :peepwall: :peepwall: Caught red-handed on youtube  :bueller:  :imaposer: :imaposer:

It's a shame I cannot the the videos! Haha...did not even know I featured in a youtube vid  :imaposer:

That crane is rather scary, I can actually recall the day when the shot was taken (or vid)
We were sending and receiving the last stuff to/from the Edinburgh for/from Tristan da Cunha island.

You guys are very welcome to post whatever you can find on this thread! Any questions is welcome, and I will try my best to give a true-full answer.

Thanks for posting the screenshot Xpat ....I look Veeeery funny with my Tristan beany  :o  :imaposer:
 
Ou Toppie

The moon is on my 'to do' list, I have gathered some information a while ago already and is just waiting for a 'safe' day to give it a go! I do however not want to risk it in the wind, I did the other night and the tripod with camera almost got blown over.....nearly got a heart attack! So I will be a bot more patient...

Interesting what you say with regards to Tsumeb. I have been there about 27years ago if memory serves me well, but although I have always had a love for rocks and formations (ecology stuff) I never noticed at the time, maybe because I did not know all to much about the islands. I did know about Tristan da Chuna but not Gough or Marion. I wish I could have told you more about the lava and the formations......and apologies but I need to correct myself: The lava is actually course with a sandy grain mostly on top wherever you go, and the surfaces which looked 'polished' is actually also course and sandy to touch albeit very hard. I was actually suprized when I learned that some parts looks 'polished' but is grainy to touch. Even with my hand knuckles I managed to get 'sound' in some areas which gives you that relation to ceramic. It is however VERY SLIPPERY when wet - as I have learned today (again a nasty fall  :patch: ) I went down to see if I could have another go on a few photos which I wanted to improve on, but since it was overcast and rain imminent I decided to take the old dslr camera and one of the new lenses. I also took the fishing equipment, just a rod and spinner to see if I could have had any luck as the snoek is not keen on taking bait this year with the huge schools of Macarell - they just have so much food that they would not easily be fooled by an artificial lure.
The rain got me on the way down and I quickly put the camera away and started spinning for Snoek.

Almost immediately got a hard pull on the lure only to see it is the penguins fooling around. I think they are to clever to be caught as I have seen them so many times chasing after the lures and 'bumping' it but never taking it. After a while I started risking my lure and let it sink deeper - the danger being that it can get tangled in the kelp and no way to get it out - it breaks and I loose an expensive R130 lure. The second time I let the lure sink deep I got a snoek but it managed to come loose. A few casts later and I was on again, although I could feel it is not a big one. I managed to land it and continued as snoek with stop biting very quickly. The next snoek bit my lure literally in pieces....the first time ever I have seen a snoek managed to break a 'halco max' lure! I should have hold on to it to show people, but since snoek is sometimes easy to catch once they go on the bit and I think is not too bothered about the action but rather reflection which this lure still had I cast it out once more only to get hooked up in help ...  :patch: :eek7: Lost my broken lure (feel I can kick my own ass as I would have loved to show people how the lure looked with bite marks and cracked open!!)

I then scratched round in my bag, had a tomato cocktail col-drink and found one very small hook and sinker. Decided to cut the Snoek open and used it intestines as bait. I caught another 3 beautiful bream type (Five fingers) fish and at least did not come back home empty handed this time around. I did however made a big mistake when I took the pictures of the fish. I left (forgot) the camera on manual focus (was trying something) and without my glases did not see everything is out of focus  :-[  :peepwall: Here is one picture of the 'small snoek', and it was cooked and I also made an Afghani bread to go with it. Delicious.

woody1

Thanks Woody1; 'All the rooms, and each and every window has got a black roll-down blind' Even on the SA Agulhas 2 you will find that all the windows has got blinds and all exterior lights gets switched off. Where not possible (like certain areas on ship) the lights get tinted red and/or get dimmed. This is to prevent bird strikes! The sea birds are unfortunately for some reason affected by artificial light (electrical lights and not natural like fire - braai fire as well) and although there are a few theories none is yet confirmed as to why. When the biologists do night birding, they will out in the open field deliberately use the torches to get the birds down on the ground. It is actually very sad, but we see numerous bird strikes and it gets much worse when it is misty. They also tend to fly into the masts of the weather services and aerials and stuff. The wind speed meter needs new impeller blades every so often due to bird strikes. Normally the birds have a survival rate of I would guess near 50% as most are just stunned but ok after a while. The problem is the skuas, they are heartless predators and will just feed on the poor 'petrol or shearwater or even pryon'. These poor birds are not only failing to up in numbers due to the mice infestation but unfortunately also to some degree by the human element....

Sorry for the lack of photos today, but here is the little snoek!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on December 18, 2016, 07:15:02 am
One minute of fun for all of you on the Island:


https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DwcAKhLUtbpM&data=01%7C01%7Cccm-l%40list.pitt.edu%7Cbb7af0a303e24718937f08d425de35b4%7C9ef9f489e0a04eeb87cc3a526112fd0d%7C1&sdata=t1HPKQQGmCoPmz1bMwIxXXQAx7kFtRWIqHFqnB0pL9c%3D&reserved=0
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 18, 2016, 02:37:14 pm
Webpage inavailable... :( Sorry doc I have no idea what this post is about.  Not many pages we can open fron here. Apparebtky somethibg to do with the time it takes to comnunicate and set up a secure link which mosrly fails.

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on December 18, 2016, 05:29:08 pm
Just a nice Christmas card.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 21, 2016, 05:55:14 pm
Just a nice Christmas card.

Thanks Doc, appreciate that!  :thumleft:

I don't know weather this is going to load but let me just have a try. The internet is absolutely terrible and I have to refresh up to 3 x and sometimes without success to just simply read a thread. The tablet is not working as it does not like the 'pulsating' internet we are having. I went down to take some pictures a couple of days back (think 3 days back) and decided to show you guys where my favourite paparazzi spot is. I have used the Nikon 3100 dslr camera with the wide angle lens to get met fit in the picture  :peepwall: and lets see if the rest loads as well:

1: Huge mammal
2: Another mammal  :imaposer:
3: Sooty Albatross and chick
4: Sooty Alby in discussion  8)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: frankmac on December 21, 2016, 05:58:11 pm
Lovely sharp pics, Tom
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 21, 2016, 06:32:28 pm
Lovely sharp pics, Tom

Thanks Frank!  :thumleft:

I hope my like last as I really want to share a couple more:

1&2: A Prion!! Now this is probably one of the most difficult birds to spot during daylight, not even to mention how hard it is to get a clear photo as they fly and changes direction like a Mig 23!!
3: A Brown Noddy - although they are easy to spot they are also very fast flyers constantly changing direction and I get the idea that they do shy away from human where most of the other seabirds seems to not noticing humans...I might be wrong but just my observation
4: A classic where the Brown Noddy and Antarctic tern cross fly - the 2 species are apparently related (family in bird world  :deal: )
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 21, 2016, 07:03:20 pm
I can't see if my previous post has loaded or not (one with the Prion-bird) but since 'reply' did work again let me sent off the last in the hope it does upload:

1: Rockhopper Penguins chasing a school of Macarell

2: This was rather far and in the shade - but this poor Tropicalus seal has lost the fight on the beach and was hoping to lick his wounds onle to eventually got knocked off by a big wave  :-[ :P

3: Sooty Albatross coming in for landing - landing gear out and flaring  :laughing4:

4: These Antarctic terns love them fish!

5: I still need to perfect my 'rope ladder photo'....this still does not do it for me  >:(

That's it for today (really hope this post upload)

I have also build a 'braai' (barbeque) for the team 2 years back but upon my return found it in a very bad condition. Unfortunately no-one cared to sand and re-paint it and it was going South. I have asked in the team if anyone would be interested in helping me to get it ready for New Year but just got blank stares  :imaposer: :lamer:
Today I sanded it, first with a wire brush and then with sand paper. I then welded in flat bar footings so that it can stand more solid on the catwalk (which I also happen to build with the help of team mates 2 years ago) I also welded in some flat bar supports to make it a bit more steady. Then I painted it with a great product. It is some kind of a rust'buster (I will have a look on the container) and when you paint this over rusted metal (although I have sanded it, it is still rusted) there is a chemical process and the rust turns black or purple in colour! So tomorrow I am going to spray it with a can, since there are a couple of 'half used' spray cans and many full ones. I have not taken before photos (should have) but will take some 'after' pictures. at least I know this braai will serve our team as well as the follow up (Gough 63) if not taken care off. If they do take care of it, it should last for a couple more years to come.....I hope.

Always nice and rewarding when you can make something from scratch, or restore something. Not all of us share the same sentiment, but it gives me some satisfaction to 'make things'  :)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Xpat on December 21, 2016, 07:31:05 pm
Yes, your pictures loaded fine Tom. Did you start croping on those flying birds?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 21, 2016, 08:19:38 pm
Yes, your pictures loaded fine Tom. Did you start croping on those flying birds?

It took me forever to reach the 'reply' page with a post function  >:( It just opens up halfway!

Yes Xpat, I did start cropping and it makes a significant difference! Most of the birds were taken 'far out' and after cropping the image file is still 2mb +.
I can probably crop even closer before I need to resize for upload here  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Xpat on December 21, 2016, 08:30:48 pm
Are you allowed to go for a proper hike on the island? Maybe even sleeping out in a tent like field biologist over a weekend? I understand that you need to be careful as they need you there as medic, but going out can provide for nice new scenery.

On those videos there are very nice vistas up in the mountains, that should be explored properly.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 22, 2016, 01:24:28 am
Are you allowed to go for a proper hike on the island? Maybe even sleeping out in a tent like field biologist over a weekend? I understand that you need to be careful as they need you there as medic, but going out can provide for nice new scenery.

On those videos there are very nice vistas up in the mountains, that should be explored properly.
Nope...it is expected of me to be at the base and I am only allowed day walks/hike. It takes me 3 hours to reach the top of the mountain which is called Goney dale, and then to the Rowets about another hour. Going back is not as expected faster, it is downhill but te terain slow one down with mud and burrows and dense vegetation.

I have told the team tonight at dinner that I want to hike to the Rowets all the way to waterfall camp en need to sleep 2 nights in the mountains. I did not get any response and the subject was just quickly changed. I know if I ask permision no one will grant it, but if I just notify everyone and do it it should be ok. After te Nat-geo visit I shall just wait for a good weather window and go. The one scientist said after supper that I can use his spare tent, so I got at least one guy that support my eagerness for a proper hike in the mountains!

The medic is unfortunately a 'base personnel' apointment, and I have tried to argue my way around it.....I have tried every angle but unfortunately Gough is concidered 'rough and unsafe' terrain and 'what if' sonething happens to the medic. Then there is also the cost of a CASEVAC - 5million rand. So I will do that hike, but it will be a calculated risk that I'll take. I have never been past the Eastern Rowetts and would really love to do that hike.

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on December 22, 2016, 06:39:25 am
Enjoy the walk, but be careful.
Do you carry a radio for communication with the base?

Think of this competition when you take photographs:

https://vimff.org/post/photo-competition/
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on December 22, 2016, 07:19:52 am
Safe walk....just watch out for that beached seal with the shorts and sneakers.

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Ri on December 22, 2016, 10:16:50 am
Safe walk....just watch out for that beached seal with the shorts and sneakers.

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 22, 2016, 10:07:13 pm
Enjoy the walk, but be careful.
Do you carry a radio for communication with the base?

Think of this competition when you take photographs:

https://vimff.org/post/photo-competition/
Only simplex doc; line of sight. That gives me 2.5hours of communication. No Sat telephone and no Gps locators. We had Gps locators (can't recall the name of the service providers now) but the contract was not renieved. I got to be careful (just as Zog) not to have verbal diaree which can land me in trouble. I am afteral with all the shortfalls of the project VERY grateful to be employed for 13 months at least. Since Gough Island is a world heritage site there is no fixed instalations off the current footprint allowed nowhere on the island. The rules are very strict and we are not even allowed to put more safety ropes or a hang bridge over the river for safety. You can therefore find yourself in a situation where you are trapped for hours or days on the 'other side' of base. It has happened before and team members had to walk back up the mountain to camp till the water level was low for a safe passage. This is one exveption where health and safety is not calling the shots, but where the conservation of a world heritage site carry the brass on the shoulder. It is all good and acceptable but in my humble opinion 2 x sat phones for field teams would not interfere (cannot interfere) and does not cost that much as you just need airtime to phone in an emergency. There is a satphone in the base though which may not leave the radio room to call CT if the comms is doen. The 2 way HF radio schetch between us and CT every Friday fell away....there is not even a radio in the CT office anymore. I dont know what the reason might be.... There is supposed to be a radio call between us and Tristan every Friday. Read 'supposed'. All in all once again great to be here and I am enjoying the photography more and more by the day. My hike in the moubtains would probably be sometime after middle January but I will take care.

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 22, 2016, 10:14:37 pm
Safe walk....just watch out for that beached seal with the shorts and sneakers.

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 :laughing4:
  That is a new species here....spotted for a third year on Gough :)

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Philemon on December 24, 2016, 07:23:22 am
Tom

I wish that you have a blessed and peaceful Christmas on Gough.

Thank you for all your wonderful posts and also the pics that you keep sending us.

Are you going to have the traditional meal or a lekker braai?

Play some lekker boeremusiek or are you saving that for new year. That will certainly get the cobwebs out of their ears.

Cheers and once again Merry Christmas to you. :)

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Oubones on December 24, 2016, 09:08:39 am
Tom

I wish that you have a blessed and peaceful Christmas on Gough.

Thank you for all your wonderful posts and also the pics that you keep sending us.

Are you going to have the traditional meal of a lekker braai?

Play some lekker boeremusiek or are you saving that for new year. That will certainly get the cobwebs out of their ears.

Cheers and once again Merry Christmas to you. :)
Could not put it better!
Thanks for sharing with us!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2016, 11:47:59 am
Tom

I wish that you have a blessed and peaceful Christmas on Gough.

Thank you for all your wonderful posts and also the pics that you keep sending us.

Are you going to have the traditional meal of a lekker braai?

Play some lekker boeremusiek or are you saving that for new year. That will certainly get the cobwebs out of their ears.

Cheers and once again Merry Christmas to you. :)
Could not put it better!
Thanks for sharing with us!
Thank you so much Philemon and Oubones! Appreciate and the same beutiful wishes to you and yours from Gough!!

I am going to be on my own tomorrow and will have a braai on the now restored braai. I just need to go down to the workshop and weld a grid on which the coals can bed. I don't want to waste charcoal by having to use to much for good heat so made a plan to elevate the coals since I braai mostly alone. there are some frozen christmas puddings an I am going to defrost one now and make a bit of custard tomorrow to go with that. We have had terrible weather....hope it is better atleast or I'll have to braai on the little electric. Would also probably end up going for a walk somewhere with the camera :)

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2016, 02:04:09 pm
There is a low pressure system and I am not sure what it is going to do; most probably rain which might result in the loss of comms.

I would therefore like to make use of the opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Be careful and Safe out there please!

Cheers
Tom :) 
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on December 24, 2016, 02:12:17 pm
Geseënde Kersfees en voorspoed vir 2017, ou maat. Wees versigtig so op jou eie daar in die berge.

So wie gaan die Kersete maak as jy go walkabout?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 24, 2016, 06:47:03 pm
Geseënde Kersfees en voorspoed vir 2017, ou maat. Wees versigtig so op jou eie daar in die berge.

So wie gaan die Kersete maak as jy go walkabout?
I'll make an exception and answer this one in my mother language becaue I miss speaking it :)

Dankie mater! Ek gaan maar net kyk wat maak die weer en dan my dag beplan. Ek het die braaier nou klaar en opgedra. Die span kon nie tot n kompromie kom oor n kersete en so is daar besluit dat elkeen doen soos hy goeddink. Ek sal sekerlik as die weer dit toelaat gaan stap met die kamera en langs die see gaan sit en droom. Later opkom as ek honger is en n vuurtjie maak en iets braai. Ek verneem dat die jongmense wil musiek maak en partydjie hou. Die een Brit waarmee ek besonder goed oor die weg kom gaan werk asof net nog n dag. Die Britte het n boom wel opgemaak en koek gebak. Die Britse dame het 'gluton free' koeke gebak en die een koek breek toe in stukke. Ek vra toe om aseblief nie weg te gooi want ek sal n trifel kan maak daarmee. Sy het gese dis n goeie plan en aangebied om self die trifel te maak. Daar is eens niks wat ek dan verder kan doen om die klomp te verras nie. Inderdaad n unieke Kersdag vir my. Ek sal indien die internet nog werk selfs maar op WD's op n stadium kom blaai vir 'geselskap' :)  Hier is werklik goeie mense

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on December 24, 2016, 07:26:46 pm
Geseende Kersfees Tom.

Ons wag vir the prente!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Ou Toppie on December 25, 2016, 08:14:34 am
Tom,

Geseende Kersfees vir jou daar. Jy moet daai braai geniet.  As ek jou vorige posts lees klink dit asof die teamleader nie veel doen om die span bymekaar te hou nie. Either way, jou eie geselskap is honderd maal beter as iemand met wie jy nie common ground het nie.

Is die weer normaal vir die tyd van die jaar? Jy noem dat snoek nog skaars is. Terwyl jy nou op die topic is van self die braai bou (en herstel), wat verhoed jou om n eenvoudige roker te bou vir daai groot snoeke wat jy nog gaan vang? Ek het by die vissermanne geleer om "sun dry" te eet. Dit is n snoek wat snags op die boot uitgehang word om te droog en bedags koel gehou word. Snoekbiltong is seker die beter woord. Volgens hulle kan jy dit net op die see maak. Ek is maar dom met seekos en vis dinge maar ek kan jou se dit kom enige tyd net so n kortkop agter n vet stuk biltong.

Nou toe, geniet jou dag en neem nog n klomp mooi fotos.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on December 25, 2016, 12:48:43 pm
Mmm... trifle.  The quintessential South African Christmas pudding with jelly, cake, custard, cream, nuts and cherries... :drif:  Bietjie brannas ook.  Ai.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 25, 2016, 03:33:38 pm
Tom,

Geseende Kersfees vir jou daar. Jy moet daai braai geniet.  As ek jou vorige posts lees klink dit asof die teamleader nie veel doen om die span bymekaar te hou nie. Either way, jou eie geselskap is honderd maal beter as iemand met wie jy nie common ground het nie.

Is die weer normaal vir die tyd van die jaar? Jy noem dat snoek nog skaars is. Terwyl jy nou op die topic is van self die braai bou (en herstel), wat verhoed jou om n eenvoudige roker te bou vir daai groot snoeke wat jy nog gaan vang? Ek het by die vissermanne geleer om "sun dry" te eet. Dit is n snoek wat snags op die boot uitgehang word om te droog en bedags koel gehou word. Snoekbiltong is seker die beter woord. Volgens hulle kan jy dit net op die see maak. Ek is maar dom met seekos en vis dinge maar ek kan jou se dit kom enige tyd net so n kortkop agter n vet stuk biltong.

Nou toe, geniet jou dag en neem nog n klomp mooi fotos.

Thanks Ou Toppie

Let me go back to English for the guests to understand as I have been requested by them to try and stick to English as a lot is lost in the google translation:

Unfortunately it is inevitable to have personal differences in teams, and more so on a remote site where people cannot return home if they do not like it anymore.
That being said, there is also different religions and then also non believers in the team/s which makes it even more of a challenge to try and please everyone. I have learned in Iraq how important and extreme people can get with regards to their believes, and I have also sense it in SA although the general public is more silent and not so much verbally critical (Words fail me here, and it is not because of language but because I really do not know how to capture this in words) Then you also have the 'believers' that will diplomatically and sometimes less diplomatic make remarks in the 'hope' I think to change the view of the non believers. My last observation is one that I do not understand at all: The non believers on the island was the once most excited about Christmas and the once who put in a lot of effort in putting up of the tree and decorations. They are playing Christmas carols and is in a very joyful mood and that to me sort of baffles my mind.

I try not to think what I would have change if I was to lead this team. Our Marion team when Kobus was the leader had a very memorable Christmas, and when I was leading G54 in 2008 we also have a very special day. 2 years back I was leading G60 and the day was hard on me; with the exception of 2 members who excused themselves due to religious reasons there was no effort to make it work no matter what I tried. I had little help in the decorations, and the baking except for the braai next to the sea was on me. I have made 'that braai' specific for that day so that we could braai with a sea view just like we did a few years earlier. I can recall that I failed to motivate the team to join me for a swim at the waterfall (swemgat) Maybe the dark mood was because of the lack of internet for several weeks. We needed a part called the 'IBUCK to make the internet work, and there was none in the inventory or carried over to us from the previous team. So in the first week of January 2015 I decided to look for the hole saw drill kit and discovered an IBUCK in the box (brand new) that was deeply packed away behind other rubbish (What I call old radio spares) David grabbed it from my hands and did a straight forward plug and play - 10 minutes later we were back on line!!
I have noticed now that several team members have arranged to have a Christmas lunch by sharing and putting their prepared food together which is good and somehow a warming feeling.

Soft rain, a rather cool in temperature day - and to answer your other question: The weather pattern for Gough is very different! It should have been warm since the early November with the second biggest pest after mice on Gough by name flies!! But, flies only like warm and we haven't yet had any issues with flies which shows you that it is still (very unfamiliar) Winter this time of the Year on Gough!! Also keep in mind that we are not that far South, only the 40"s! Antarctica is still (I think) roughly 3600KM South from us! But yes.....it is not a common weather pattern.

Tristan da Cunha thought that there was no snoek left around their island as they were not able to get any decent snoek for years now. Before it was just almost too easy to catch big snoek. Gough and nightingale was the islands where you could fish for snoek all year round. Now I cannot get any snoek except for one sometime last week. Trevor Glass, the environmental officer from Tristan is giving me flack from Tristan by boasting about the huge snoek in size and number they are currently catching! So indeed - the seasons has changed and I think we know a lot less about the planet than we think we know!

Thanks to all the nice Christmas wishes, the same to each and every one!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 25, 2016, 03:45:23 pm
Oh I forgot: Yes I know one can make dry snoek and have tried it previously with great success. I have just put course salt over it for the night and hang it the next few days with a fan - it was cool Winter climate. I agree it is good, I like it a lot and it is especially a very nice snack to have with a few beers while listening to the rugby on RSG via the HF radio! Wow now you have made me recall good memories from the past on Gough!!

I do have a snoek smoker on Gough and use 'rooibos tea' to smoke them.....but I need snoek  :-[  :peepwall:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Ou Toppie on December 25, 2016, 05:43:13 pm
Tom, thanks for the good summary of what it is like on a remote location like that. I agree with you and I know exactly how you feel. Maybe it is our (older) generation's problem because we were "forced" to experience teamwork firsthand and up to date the game is still bigger than the player for me. I feel like climbing the walls when somebody put their beliefs before the goal but I know I am wrong. Is difficult but times are changing and we must change with the generations and their ways of doing things. A good friend always had the saying when things frustrated the living daylights out of me - "Vergeet dit, dit is die gouste (vinnigste)". I hope those big snoek make a comeback soon.

Something else. I don't know your preferences and if you like to read a lot. If you are bored sometimes, here is something for you.

I found a old thread on an aviation forum about the Concorde. It turned out to a 100 page discussion and the best of all is that the engineers, pilots , air hostess and other with firsthand experience shared their experiences on the thread. If you can open it, have a look here

http://www.pprune.org/tech-log/423988-concorde-question.html

Enjoy.
I took me more than a week to read it but I enjoyed it very much.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 25, 2016, 06:17:52 pm
Ou Toppie I appreciate your post and love aviation and hope to be able to open that thread soon. The radio tech told me that the internet should improve once the SA Agulhas 2 is back in CT from Antarctica. A couple more weeks as they are if I am correct now in South Georgia.....oh is that not a place I wod love to see(visit!) Where the legendary sir Ernest Shackleton was eventially layed to rest (think he died of a heart attack) what a great pioneer and explorer!!

My late father used to say:'adapt or die and I am too young to die'. You got a point!!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Xpat on December 25, 2016, 07:15:36 pm
Merry Christmas Tom.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 25, 2016, 07:23:49 pm
Merry Christmas Tom.
Thanks my friend, and also to you!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 26, 2016, 02:55:57 pm
The braai. Dont look at the drum, it gets replaced when needed as we have more. I did not use it though, I never got to eat yesterday. Just got busy and since it was raining I lost track with the time. Followed my laptop time (forgot it was set on SA time) and though the day went by rather quickly. Got in the bed and woke at 4 am   I decided to clean up the base, I started on the kitchen and cleaned the oven and gas stove and continued through to the bathroom and washed all the tea towels and hand towels. Kleaned all the toilets, put out some new rolls of paper (white gold we used to call it in the army) and emptied all the bins and mobed the floors. Made a pizza from the bread dough I wanted to make a 'rooster koek' on the braai. By 8am I was done with the base and had my pizza and lied down reading a book.....lazy day

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on December 26, 2016, 03:02:14 pm
Lekker.

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 29, 2016, 07:03:43 pm
Do I need to say anything and if yes what do I say? - I think words might spoil the moment - just have a look at this Yellow-nose Albatross chicks
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: frankmac on December 29, 2016, 07:11:12 pm
Really cute little blighters. Thanks Tom

Do they only raise the one chick?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 29, 2016, 07:31:42 pm
Really cute little blighters. Thanks Tom

Do they only raise the one chick? Yes Frankmac, we have seen rare cases of 2 x eggs hatching but never will the parents then feed both (very sad actually)
I remember 'a previous time I have been here; by handling the birds one broke accidently her egg and there was another egg quickly moved from a nest with 2.
Now interference is absolutely not allowed, but the fieldworker reckoned that it was due to interference in the first place why the egg broke. They keep census of some nests in certain colonies. Unfortunately the movement of the egg was also not a success.....the Albatross has already left only then to return in 2 years time to breed again.

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: frankmac on December 29, 2016, 07:35:46 pm
 :thumleft: Nature can be pretty cruel
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 29, 2016, 07:39:21 pm
1: I was surprised to find a Antarctic tern inland, as the keep to the sea and the shoreline. This one has got a very good view though!

2 Onwards - Sooty Albatross++
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 29, 2016, 07:45:34 pm
Hope the attachment goes through now......we are really struggling with the net   :lamer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 29, 2016, 08:06:06 pm
 :angel8:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 29, 2016, 08:33:34 pm
The last 2 is the small alien plant called Sagina - a very large plant is considered to be the size (circumference) of a coffee mug.
One plant can have many seeds and it is now flowering season on Gough. The field team is trying their best to eradicate this plant, as it is very hardy and the seeds can stay up to 7 years in the soil and then sprout. It has taken very large areas over on Marion island and thought to be spread by contaminated containers to Gough. The rules is so strict now, both in containing and prevention.

Now I have originally arrived with only a cheap and old Nikon 3100 camera with a Macro lens and a stupid bridge camera. (Stupid in my evaluation, but if you own one and is happy with it - well then all good on you)

Funny thing is; I have never used the macro lens for macro photography (  :peepwall: ) Yes that's right.... Please do not ask me what I was thinking. Maybe I can blame it on the vehicle accident and the huge bump on my head and resulting concussion  :o That accident happened according to the recording of the 'Safestop' apparatus which was fitted to the vehicle at 210km/hour. Maybe that is why I keep on interrupting myself  :dousing: and talk in circles, but at least I mean good  :-[

So I was using the macro for 'normal/general' photography as I soon learned that the bridge is not cutting the deal. The guys in the know talk about brilliant IQ of a dslr camera vs a cell phone camera or a bridge. Bridge can just zoom further and has got many settings to confuse you. After the proper camera and lenses from Martin has arrived, the macro made it's way back into the also new camera and lens backpack (very smart)
There is 2 lenses which I need to learn more about, and I am most of the times embarrassed by my attempts which must look half hearted but in all honesty is the best for the time. As you all can see I do gell with the telephoto lens (70/300) and enjoy 97% of the time taking pictures with it - and I am happy with the result. Always room for improvement - however - I have tried to do a bit of macro on the sagina as it is a very small plant. The seed (evil as it is) is actually very beautiful but here I am struggling now to get real sharp pictures of this very tiny plant's flower/seed. Anyway; here is an attached attempt at macro photography and I shall now make it a priority to use the macro and wide angle lens more to see if I can improve in more disciplines wrt photography which has become my favourite pastime in favourable weather ....yes not fishing anymore  :snorting:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 31, 2016, 09:34:20 pm
I did that 'Macro thing today', and here they are  ;D I kind off like it!

1" Moss; I kid you not - it is soft and looks like cotton or soft wool in real life but take a macro photo and it looks sort of....like steel wool or something!!  :o

2' I need to go back to school (Ok I grew up in Brits - says it all)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Oubones on December 31, 2016, 09:38:51 pm
Mooi en interessante foto's
Dankie vir die deel en mag 2017 net meer geleenthede bring!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 31, 2016, 09:42:58 pm
Mooi en interessante foto's
Dankie vir die deel en mag 2017 net meer geleenthede bring!

Dankie Oubones!! Baie Voorspoedige Nuwe jaar vir jou en jou geliefdes hoor!!  :thumleft:

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 31, 2016, 09:47:44 pm
Ok I do not know what happened there, but 'nr2' I was about to say I need to go ask my school fees back because I do not know what the outer layer of a tree is in English (Boom-bas)   :imaposer:

1: This is a fern!! Love it!!

2" And a drop on the fern

3: drop  :)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 31, 2016, 10:02:47 pm
1 A broken branch the diameter of my little finger

2: I am not sure of the spelling but the trees on Gough (phylica)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: NoRush on December 31, 2016, 10:08:08 pm
Hi TVB, miskien bedoel jy tree bark ? Boom bas,= bark.  Pragtige fotos, ek hou van die amper abstrak manier wat van die fotos uitkom.
Wil net se voorspoedige nuwe jaar vir jou en crew op Gough.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 31, 2016, 11:33:42 pm
Hi TVB, miskien bedoel jy tree bark ? Boom bas,= bark.  Pragtige fotos, ek hou van die amper abstrak manier wat van die fotos uitkom.
Wil net se voorspoedige nuwe jaar vir jou en crew op Gough.

You are right mate, tree bark!!! Appreciate!!

Baie Voorspoedige Nuwe jaar ook vir jou en jou Geliefdes mater!!  :thumleft:

Happy New Year to all my friends here on Wild dogs - you make my life worth living!!

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on December 31, 2016, 11:45:24 pm
Voorspoed vir jou ook, Tom.  Hoop dit is 'n goeie jaar wat wag.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 01, 2017, 12:10:15 am
Dankie Copernicus , ook vir jou en jou Geliefdes!!  :thumleft:


1- Ok you are welcome (really welcome - if only I can welcome you guys as garls!!)

2; I am not exaggerating - this is the depth of the avg trail on Gough Island in to 'low land' and it is NOT easy walking - trust me

3: Yes this is where we walk - without Gps and not getting lost....welllllllll yes if you do not take a side branch and end up getting lost (happens)

4: This is actually a good spot
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 01, 2017, 12:51:44 am
1: Since I am on a roll with the English - Look at this beautiful 'bread-tree'  :peepwall: :peepwall:  :imaposer: Bog-fern

2: I could not find this plant in the field guide now, but it might be in a different stage to the 'illustrated plants' and therefore I am not recognising it.

3; Just a landscape
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 01, 2017, 01:05:21 am
Then the Scua family - They were (I think) Stunned as they learned that their little one can fly!!
Yes the baby fledgling took off and flew a good 150meters and landed gracefully (really) on his or her 'new spot' before entering adult world.
I did not get a photo of the young one in the air - I was stunned by the fact that he/she can already fly!!
However - a few photos of the angry Adults 

ps: None of these shots would be regarded good, but I did not knew that this 'shots' was in the making and had the wrong lens (10x20mm Wide Angle) still fitted to the camera. I think what matters though; 'I did take the shots regardless and did not hesitate - and to me it is great memories and therefore also great shots. Not the photos I would post in the photographic board as I know it is not 'good', but this shots was in the first place never meant to be. I was on an outing to do Macro and 'maybe some WA"
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 01, 2017, 01:23:44 am
And next to my Clinic these little brother and sister is waking me up every day with their moaning tweets......as the mom and dad is weaning them now by dropping some dead bird wings and carcases for them to 'play' with

And the last 3 photos of Yellow nose Albatross chicks up in the mountains - left alone to be feeded every now and again by the returning parents
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: VaalBaas on January 01, 2017, 07:42:09 am
Tom, n baie mooi en geseende jaar vir jou daar op die eiland. Hoop jy klim van die skip af en stap reguit in die volgende job in die jaar van 2017.

Laat kom nog baie van die mooi fotos :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on January 01, 2017, 08:21:20 am
Geniet die res van jou jaar daar in PARADISE?  Al is die span nie so lekker nie dink aan ons wat BAIE meer van hulle soort het wat ons elke dag opklits met al hulle gelieg en bedrieg speletjies.
Ons hoop en vertrou 2017 sal vir jou n lekker werkie uitslaan as jy terugkom.
Groetnis van jou OU tjom  :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 01, 2017, 09:24:15 am
Baie dankie Vaalbaas en Woody1!!

  Baie Voorspoed ook vir julle!!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: oldmannorman on January 01, 2017, 11:13:14 am
And next to my Clinic these little brother and sister is waking me up every day with their moaning tweets......as the mom and dad is weaning them now by dropping some dead bird wings and carcases for them to 'play' with

And the last 3 photos of Yellow nose Albatross chicks up in the mountains - left alone to be feeded every now and again by the returning parents
That nest mound looks artificial, do they build it like that ? Have a blessed 2017 and keep the fotos coming.  :sip:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 01, 2017, 12:07:00 pm
And next to my Clinic these little brother and sister is waking me up every day with their moaning tweets......as the mom and dad is weaning them now by dropping some dead bird wings and carcases for them to 'play' with

And the last 3 photos of Yellow nose Albatross chicks up in the mountains - left alone to be feeded every now and again by the returning parents
That nest mound looks artificial, do they build it like that ? Have a blessed 2017 and keep the fotos coming.  :sip:
All the Albatross species that I know and got to work (assist) on build their nests self from a mixture of clay and grass and even fern leaves. Albatross built these nests themselves with only the use of the beak. They maintain it and return to the same spot and same nest 2 years later as the breed every other year. It is so perfectly build that one could use it as a mould.

No atrificial nests on the island and they would not accept it either. It is just the African penguin (which we do not have here) that like to adopt an artificial build nest as they like to hide under bushes and in holes to breed opposite to the Maccaroni, Rochopper and King and Emperor penguin species.

I have seen on some areas on Marion and Gough island that the mighty wanderer albatross and tristan albatross sometimes not building a very proper nest but I believe it has to do with the soil and vegetation of the area. In general they build these perfect nests and it never cracks and lasts for years. I sometimes got very sad when inconciderate people have field visits and fall onto a vacant nest and break it. That nest belongs to someone who will return to breed. Yes they will build another one but it not ideal. I sometimes see huise or base personell suffering from cabin fever but although I encourage them to get out I sometimes discourage them to go into the field as I am very 'protective' over the birds and nature here.

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Ri on January 01, 2017, 11:19:24 pm
Hi Tom,

Those macro photos, especially the Sagina seed and the ferns, are absolutely beautiful (I also adore ferns). Also really like the chick on the nest, and was also wondering about the perfect shape - thanks!

Wishing you a blessed and prosperous 2017, with lots of great photos and memories  O0
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Mr Zog on January 02, 2017, 03:34:57 am
Hi Tom,

Have a wonderful New Year. DOn't get too upset with the rest of the "team"  that pulls in their own direction, they don't know any better, and that is their loss. Not being part of a big "family"  when away like that makes it harder, and that's their loss. You can handle it, they'll never do another trip because it was "kak" over there on the island...

Keep your eyes open for that next job, keep your attitude positive, and you will get the next contract.

Sterkte Tjom!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 02, 2017, 12:14:00 pm
Hello Ri, thanks for the kind comments wrt the macro photography! I am still trying and there is still a lot of room for improvement though!

Also a Happy and prosperous New Year to you and your loved ones!

Hi Mr Zog!

Thanks for the advice Gary, I shall keep my chin up and stay positive and yes I hope to get another job real soon after the island contract as I am only now stabilising financially....well almost. Forgot I had to pay 2 months of accommodation for my son at once and just asked my daughter to make it. I have also bought a set of TRAX panniers from another WD at a very good price. Need them because they are bigger and my medical bag will fit into the 44 litre (from experience I know it does as I had 1 x 37litre and 1 x 44 litre on my emergency response motorbike when I have worked for ER24. So at-least I know that is taken care of - my Christmas present to myself.
 
The team leader has had a meeting with me yesterday (I hate long meetings but it is sometimes necessary I think) He came to give me feedback of a couple of one on one discussions he had with the rest of the team. I do not like the style and prefer a more 'open' approach around the table for everyone to be able to speak up but I can not criticise his style in leadership. In fact, if he did I would have been on a 'spot' and maybe I should rather be relieved.

According to him only he see and appreciate what I do for the team, the extra effort and work like for instance pest control (mice in the base), cutting of grass and tiding up of the kitchen and cleaning the big industrial gas stove as only someone who is technical minded can do that - so I do not mind and it is not as if I work myself to bits. I have a lot of free time since I caught up with the paperwork.
He says the rest of the team says that what I do, does not really count and their definition of a good team player is not someone who work hard and walk the extra mile but rather someone who join in on the parties as everyone knows his job and should just do what is expected, nothing more but make sure that he does unite by joining in on the parties and social events.

I must admit that I am in the wrong here; the young people value their social time a lot and it is there where they sort of 'bond'. I was deliberately avoiding the social events because of the different music - not only cultural music but also the 'Rap music' - I just can't take the music because they do play it very hard (distortion level) However, I can not deny that it is really important to the new generation that the foundation is laid in the social side and not like in my reference on the work side of things. 

When I left the Island on the last visit my deputy leader - David Hartzenberg, told me that I have become too old fashioned for the new style of teams and that he cannot see me changing and I should therefore consider a different career where one do not mix your work and living quarters with the same team and where one can have only a work relationship with work people and social with who-ever you prefer to share your social life with. He has even put it in my final year end report, as the deputy do the evaluation on the team leader. I was a little bit upset because I was worried it would disqualify me in future should I need to drink from this cup again (and yes I am back indeed)

Well, if this was big brother I would have been voted off - the party pooper (as I am called now  :imaposer: 'I am really being called that yes')
Fortunately for me it is not Big brother.

For my old fashioned way of thinking; I would much rather put my trust in the 'party pooper but sober medic', than into a friend which 'raves' just as hard as the rest.

The tribe has spoken - but I am staying  :deal:  :imaposer: :imaposer:


Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: alanB on January 02, 2017, 03:55:46 pm
Tom its interesting to hear about the social dynamics on an expedition like this.

Its such a complex subject - but it can have such large effects. I would imagine in a small group it must be quite difficult.

I damaged my hearing from too much loud music when I was young as well as too much motorbike riding. I'm now very sensitive to loud environments, mostly because I'm trying to protect the hearing I still have. And I absolutely loathe rap! And speaker distortion pisses me off big time. So I would be in exactly the same situation as you are.

Maybe buy everyone a beer and explain that its just the music?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on January 02, 2017, 04:22:39 pm
Tom, are you being  paid to be on the Island to party, or to work?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 02, 2017, 05:08:08 pm

Yes Alan It is quite a bit of a challenging situation to be on a remote site like this where you cannot go back home, not even when your relative say for instance get sick and die. I have been here in 2009 when my dad passed and I missed the whole sickbed support and funeral. I believe there is still family annoyed with me because of that....
You see we are sitting here with a scenario. I am not making this now a platform for myself to justify me and sound like the good guy but I would like to share the uniqueness of working and living in an environment like this. Just for interest sake....there is nothing one can even buy here and although I like my beer I do not have any and had my last beer on the SA Agulhas in September 2016. I had limited funds and had to choose what to buy for the year, and end up buying a few boxes of wine which I have already shared on occasion at the dinner table. Something none of the other members ever did and I would not blame them as you have what you have and it should last a year.

The actual problem we are sitting with is the following and this has got nothing to do with politics and old vs new SA. We had the best expeditions ever in the new SA, so let's get that out of the way for people who do not know me personally. I know there is people of all sorts and you will get racist medics but you are not going to find that here.

The Problem:

Expeditionists who wanted to come down to the islands and enrol with the DEA had to go through a trying and long and difficult process - often failing and had to step back. I have heard of many guys and garls who has applied and entered the recruiting process but did not make it all the way through. There was recently a WD who told me he also did not make it back in the day and had to accept it. It is NOT easy to be taken out of 'normal society' and to function without (mostly) supervision on a remote site. If you have problems and issues and want to 'find yourself'; well then this is the last place ever to come to.....every little issue you have in life will now become a real issue, everything gets magnified on the remote site and I have been on various remote sites and can tell you one thing. The most 'remote sites' you can still exit and be back within 3 days to a week where I used to work like for instance 'the Danakil depression' in Ethiopia. No 'remote site' get a new meaning when you come to places like Marion, Gough or SANAE.

BUT: Go and have a look at where these positions are now advertised. Have any of you seen any position advertised for Antarctica and Islands? And do any of you know the 'new' and by new I mean since around 2010 recruitment process? Would you believe me if I tell you that people (new expeditionists) gets shocked and upset when I as old expeditionist tell them during team training that there is no tv reception and that 7e laan and soccer is not to be followed.....but even more, no radio and no stream radio as well and very limited internet.

We were recruited by being multi skilled. The more things you could add to the list of abilities the better your changes, like for instance in my case: medic, welder, general diy, experience in HSE. Now you get expeditionist who refuse to fix something because he is not a 'qualified electrician' for example. Because of space and budged the diesel mechanic was in combination with the communications engineer responsible for electrical issues. guess who did all the electrical work in my previous expedition including cold room repairs, even the change of a compressor? I did. Did I succeed? Yes, and did I take recognition or credit? No, the team did as we are a team and function as one. Last year the members stood as one not touching electricity - the position was approved and Gough became one man bigger team. This will continue to a point where it will probably not be viable economically wise to keep the base open - but that is my opinion and I might be wrong (possibly am wrong)

Ask each and every team member if they will go back if they can get a way to legally pull out without burning a bridge or getting a bad reference and I know of only 3 (I have already asked everyone in good times - I did not raise the question in vulnerable times) who want to stay regardless. The rest is mixed between: 'Need to stay for the money", and 'would even pay in to leave'. 3 out of 10 wants to stay.....10 have to stay.

So how do you find harmony in a team with so many extreme opposite feelings? Let me tell you one thing. If I was attending the parties and endured the music and excessive drinking of alcohol - then there would have been other issues. What really gets me is the drinking to the extend where some members get sick, and it is actually unfair as you would think that people know their limits and know when to stop drinking.

To be happy is a choice, and I choose to be happy and smile and play with my camera and do my work.  :laughing4: :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 02, 2017, 05:12:13 pm
Tom, are you being  paid to be on the Island to party, or to work?

Good point doc. I am the only medical qualified person on this island and is as result also 24/7 on standby which makes me technically 'on duty'

If anyone on this island needs to have sober character, it should be me.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on January 02, 2017, 05:46:05 pm

 What really gets me is the drinking to the extend where some members get sick, and it is actually unfair as you would think that people know their limits and know when to stop drinking.

To be happy is a choice, and I choose to be happy and smile and play with my camera and do my work.  :laughing4: :thumleft:

The sicker they are now, the sooner they will run out of alcohol.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: VaalBaas on January 03, 2017, 05:36:48 am

 What really gets me is the drinking to the extend where some members get sick, and it is actually unfair as you would think that people know their limits and know when to stop drinking.

To be happy is a choice, and I choose to be happy and smile and play with my camera and do my work.  :laughing4: :thumleft:

The sicker they are now, the sooner they will run out of alcohol.
Net wat ek ook nou die som gemaak het. Dit kan mos nie verewig aanhou nie. Dit moet opraak een of ander tyd

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 03, 2017, 12:10:41 pm
We are experiencing very heavy rainfall and I hope this will move North East to SA for the farmers who are in desperate need for rain. I have recently talked about this; I have noticed on the Islands in 10 years time what clumate change did. Still there are people ignoring the facts. The Ice plateu on Marion was in the 1950's still bigger than a football field with blue ice caves. When I was there is was not even 20persent of that and now there are bits and pieces of ice. However, because of the warmer ocean (only 1 degree warmer in avg over the last decade) the result is more moist in the air and heavy rainfall but unfortunately I think mostly back into the oceans again and not where needed inland although the Brittish scientists told me that the rainfall has increased in England. The model which they have at hand is actually very alarming and indicates that the end of sealife (plankton etc) as we know might be as soon as 2050. I am not schooled in this global climate change thing, but I can confirm that I can see the changes clearly on the islands and on the record keeping which is really well recorded through the years of meteorological observations.

I got an e mail yeasterday from a friend, asking if the Russian yacht near us made a call as it is just over 200miles West. UMINOCO is the name of the vessel. Well I hope they are not in any trouble as the water is really high especially yesterday ....only looking at the water makes one feel seasick   Our internet is mostly down due to the rain and I hope I did not easte time in typing this long update on my cell. Tapa talk works better when we have bad connection :)

I have just seen a patient (does not happen often) and the smart Phillips monitor (brand new) keep on giving me an alarm. Patient is fine though, but I cannot even google to figure how to change the margains (which causes alarms) so I guess it is like they say; 'if all else fails read the manual :) '

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 05, 2017, 12:32:39 am
UMINOCO is now just 10miles West of us. I can't get them on the radio and will get up with first light to see how far out they are and if I can get them an Marine Channel 16. I do not know if they are in any need, all I know is that they have just  endured a galforce storm. Got this on the net:

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 05, 2017, 12:35:00 am
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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on January 05, 2017, 08:26:09 am
Tom my friend, I know exactly what you are going through at the moment with your team.
Before Marion I was also a bit THIRSTY at times.
When I got to the Island I had one look at how the rest behave when they are let loose.
Very early in our expedition I decided that I cannot be drunk when something goes wrong in the base.  All 14 people under my supervision rely on my leadership to act correctly when the paw paw hits the fan.
You will recall that the only social events I attended was the birthday parties and the Mr/Ms Marion pageant. During these events I had max 2 or 3 drinks, stayed a while and then left to my room where I could not hear or be bothered by the loud music and drunk kids.
I think age and maturity makes a big difference.
Take our Diesel mech.for instance...he had the age (turned 50 on the island) but he never grew up and matured. I think he was one of the following.

A lot of men are not allowed to drink at home and when they get free time with themselves they have the opportunity to drink themselves into a stupor for some silly reason.
I notice this at some bashes as well.

Just the other day there was this very good father and husband (according to friends and family)  that drowned in the Free State in a Jacuzzi on a game farm. Everybody said how wonderful and good he was.  To go out with the boys and drink yourself into a state where you mange to drown in a tub is just silly.

Will it not be nice if a team leader can select his own team and go do your work in piece on the Island?

I know who I will select  :thumleft:

Strongs my friend.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 05, 2017, 09:55:07 am
Wise words from you Woody1, you have got the experience and therefore knows what I am having to put up with. We already (thankfully not in one of my tours) had 1 alcohol related tragedy in recent history. There are no consequinces if or when people misbehave due to alcohol related incidents. You had a very good team even compared to other I have seen although your leadership was solid which helped.

When the leader is also a drunk and defend his drinking buddies who even had a go at him on one of these events you have a problem. The Director has asked me on the previous tour to come up with ideas on how to solve this issue. I suggested to bring this onto the recruitment proccess and share the rules even before the interview. Limit the allowable amount and do not allow re-supply for Gough through the fishing vessel.

The most remote sites I have work is advertised as a 'dry' contract and if you can not go without alcohol do not bother to aply. All they could agree at the HQ on was to take the benefit away of duty free liquer and make the individials pay more for alcohol as they are now taxed. Did not help at all....we had the discussion here on the island where I have tested jokingly but told them I need a serious answer. The question; if a bottle of brandy that cost R100 all off a sudden cost R200, a 100 persent tax....will you drink less? All laughed and said even if it cost R300 it will be concidered a bargain.

The department do not want to take any action other than warnings despite all the issues (serious issues) alcohol abuse has caused through the years. Even some of the official take over staff (high ranking) get off the ship with bottles and bottles of alcohol for a 3 week take over. Every afternoon come 5pm and you find them all in the bar. At least then the music seems to be under control till about 20pm when all hell break loose.

On the SA Agalhas we had a crew member loosing his life just a few years back when he was stabbed with a knife. The SA Agulhas 11 now has very strict rules and bar times but on the previous scientific voyage with the oceanographers one cut himself with glass when he broke into the bar for as he call it 'a last round'. It was in fact close to being a last round...

Not bad to be labeled a sober and loyal hard working medic - I can do with a letter of referance like that but on the unfortunately the letter might refer in a diplomatic way that I am not a full-on team player and not state why.

No sight of the yacht yet although I think they should appear any minite now at less than 10 miles out to our west (behind the Mountain)

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Oubones on January 08, 2017, 06:28:17 am
Any news?
You still ok?
I miss my visit from you in the morning.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Xpat on January 08, 2017, 09:31:30 am
Any news?
You still ok?
I miss my visit from you in the morning.

They had a problem with bandwidth - the meteorological information wasn't getting through, so they were told to stay off the internet for a while. I.e. - radio silence.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 08, 2017, 03:51:13 pm
Any news?
You still ok?
I miss my visit from you in the morning.

They had a problem with bandwidth - the meteorological information wasn't getting through, so they were told to stay off the internet for a while. I.e. - radio silence.
Correct, we are still not having any joy with the file transfer of the meteorologists. Can see the fristration and almost tense mood that it cause here currently. I have asked if it's ok to quickly pop in here and say hi and share a photo. Strangely the uploading of small files like photos is not really difficult. It seems that when the connection is interupt it can continue but not the case with the weather data files. For the satelite bofins out there might share your knowledge here if you want wrt to how it works. All I know is that our system is old and we have one dish and Lnb for tx and rx and that is aparently also an issue. I shall upload photos at some stage of our dish and hardware plus plus. Sorry for all the misspels but tatatalk has not got a spell check. Hope this goes through and then I am out of here for hopefully not too long. Maybe just a couple of days till they can get the 24mb file download to uograde something on the meteorogical side and to get their files through.

1: Commodore and admiral (I hiked there yeasterday)

2: Gough Bunting juvenile supprised me and I changed lenses in a record time ....just in time although I would have loved a couple more pics.

3: penguins (Rockhoppers) playing and splashing in the calm

4: Lazy Tropicalus fur seal

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Oubones on January 08, 2017, 06:13:11 pm
Wow, first time off going on wd's on laptop(swambo's)
Pic's are really good.
Thanks for all your effort in sharing with us!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 12, 2017, 07:13:32 pm
Wow, first time off going on wd's on laptop(swambo's)
Pic's are really good.
Thanks for all your effort in sharing with us!

Thanks Oubones!! Always nice to get feedback as it shows me weather I am getting the job done or not.
I still need to get a nice star shot, even a nice image of the moon and some 'paint by light' maybe on the base.
Like I have said before, I can't believe that I was once a keen fisherman armed to the teeth for the expedition and now I hardly ever make it to the water with my fishing rod!
Yesterday I did, but the sea was too choppy and I end up sitting on 'my lava throne' watching the birds and penguins!

The Gough Moorhen is very similar to a species in SA and must be family. In fact I have seen in the photographic board a picture of one at some stage and thought; 'that is a Gough Moorhen'!! Think it is called a 'Bleshoender' in Afrikaans? Who knows?

Here is a picture of a chick  ;D There numbers are drastically going down and endangered even more than currently stated  :-\

We never managed to download 'that file' but they have made another plan. I assume it will be broken into smaller segments - but yes I am back albeit a very slow and frustrating network - but I am back!!

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: frankmac on January 12, 2017, 07:16:33 pm
Tom, your pics are improving in leaps and bounds.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on January 12, 2017, 07:53:47 pm
So 'n gebakte hoendertjie sal seker lekker wees.  :pot: :peepwall: :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 12, 2017, 08:50:40 pm
Tom, your pics are improving in leaps and bounds.

Thanks Frankmac!  :thumleft:

Woody1 ......... Only a term which islanders will understand: 'chicken with bones'  :imaposer:

Yes yes we do crave sometimes chicken with bones and not just dry chicken breasts.
At least you have managed to get us a KFC sponsorship for Marion 11 years ago (time flies!!  :o ) and that nuggets was nit half bad!
Mind you even the KFC burger patties was ok on a sandwich.
This poor Moorhen is more like a wild bird, almost pheasant and even if they were not endangered one would only think of them as a meal if you had to survive and it was last resort.
Reminds me of a Penguin egg we had years ago.....the most revolting thing I have ever tasted  :patch:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on January 13, 2017, 06:51:19 am
 :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Philemon on January 13, 2017, 01:47:24 pm
Hey Tom.

Sjoe maar die fotos is mooi. You can be very proud of your efforts.  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Did you ever manage to contact the Uminoko yacht?

I wanted to ask - are you allowed to have radio controlled gliders or drones to play with on the island in your spare time?

Keep the pics coming.

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 13, 2017, 02:59:02 pm
Hey Tom.

Sjoe maar die fotos is mooi. You can be very proud of your efforts.  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Did you ever manage to contact the Uminoko yacht?

I wanted to ask - are you allowed to have radio controlled gliders or drones to play with on the island in your spare time?

Keep the pics coming.

Hello Philemon!

Thanks, it is like said very rewarding but maybe also a bit easy to get good photos as it is just such a beautiful place.

UMINOKO was a real anti-climax. I have been guided by Andy from Tristan radio about their move who was tracking them live. Unfortunately the tracker sometimes takes a while to give updates (I can check with Andy but it is something called 'raspberry-pie' )
They were out less than 15 miles and it was getting dark and I got concerned as it is dangerously close to and island in the open South Atlantic with strong currents and gusting winds. Over the years there were many accidents, even quite recent around Nightingale so I commandeered myself to stay on 'yacht-watch'. I never saw them after a restless night staring over the ocean and the next morning when Andy came online he said that they have sailed pass us at around midnight on the Western side where we can not have a visual from base and since they are sailing down swell with wind behind they were now NE of us at a remarkable distance (can't recall the exact number but something like 50miles already) heading for Cape Town. So these guys only used Gough as a waypoint and was not even interested in a bit of sight seeing or a radio chat. I did try numerous times to make contact on Marine 16 without any luck.

Drones: Yes we are allowed and you would not believe this. One of the guys who was a late appointed electrician to our team has brought one down. Once he saw that the base was not like SANAE4 build with a high ceiling (double story and lots of space) and also no open space like the ice around the base he decided that Gough is too risky and would not even take it out of the box! He sent it back home when the Edinburgh visited us the first time. I was thinking about how much value something like that might add to get some very difficult to reach footage like for instance an Antarctic tern's nest which is always on the cliffs and in little caves. Yes one will need to be very very careful and wait for non windy days but it will be a great thing and I am sure it is a matter of time before someone will come down on a voyage with one. I have seen footage of a guy on a SANAE trip who has flown his drown next to the SA Agulhas 11 while breaking through the ice. absolutely stunning footage but he did not share it though. I saw the footage on the leg between CT ad Tristan da Cunha in the lounge as he put it on one of the monitors. Funny thing is I have always s
loved to share all my video clips and slide shows and photos, as it is in my eyes the right thing to do to make people aware of these places. Honestly, I did not know about the islands (Gough and Marion, South Georgia and the South sandwich islands, Kurgeulen and Buvet and more) I did know about Tristan da Chuna because of the fishing factory rebuild after it burned down, and also St Helena because of the SA War refugees but I did not know about these other islands and groups! I was also offered a short 3 month contract on Buvet island recently but could not go as I did instead rather opt for a longer contract on Gough island. Buvet is real hard core, no base and you live out in the open in tents and it is real real  hard-core but I would love that!  Not even electricity for 3 months. Dr Gregory Hoffmeyer quite like me and I know I might get another change when they do go again, so I shall keep my options open. One thing I know fore sure, If I ever get a short contract on Buvet island I'll invest in another 2 batteries for the camera Xpat gave me (there was already 1 extra battery) in order to have at least 4. That batteries alone is R1000 each! BUT it will be worth the while. One shall have to keep the batteries warm and take selective shots as you would not be able to get 'trigger happy' but with 4 batteries one might get about 3000shots which should do the trick.

I was just thinking today again. One is privileged to come down and see these places and even a bigger satisfaction to share the experience with interested people. The only downfall is that by doing these contracts it gets harder and harder to find another as you get older and the time between contracts is becoming longer and once you eventually find another it takes you 3 to 4 months just to stabilise before you can start saving for when you are back.

I sometimes get asked if it is advisable to do this as a young man and mostly my answer is no. Yes this lifestyle will fit a young man better without a family and the level of fitness (natural level of fitness) young people has got. However; I have very recently had to treat a patient here and without the knowledge which I only got from experience by working on remote sites and with various doctor I would not even (seriously) be able to diagnose certain conditions. I am not boasting about my level of care that I can provide as a medical orderly, but it is thanks to many doctors and other paramedics and scenarios that I find myself here. The only sad thing about this is that I can get no accreditation for what I know and can do, because medics is under a very restricted and limiting protocol. So much so that it seems that medics will not be able to come down to the islands soon as the health professions council cannot back them on what they need to do. Obviously we are working out of speck and protocol as we cannot get dispensing licences. It seems that the show will be run by specialist nurses, and unfortunately there is not a 'bridging course' between medic and nurse for I would be willing to do this even at my age. To do the full 4 year plus extra (not sure what a 'HUIS JAAR' translates - think intern?) to a total of 5 to be an official Mr Sister  :imaposer: - pro nurse - is not an option. I still need to help take care of my son who is an apprentice millwright before my financial obligations can be cut to a minimum living. By studying further will also soon consider me too old for most contracts as it is already disqualifying me on certain remote sites.

What the islands need is multi-skilled people who are not lazy and who can work without supervision and preferably a good level of experience.
I have gone back on my word - I always said I do not want to use this thread as a platform to moan but I can't help myself by saying and stating the truth. After yesterday's meeting I stood up and said out loud: 'this team reminds of a political party and not of a proud expedition like it should be'. So now I have offended the leader again, and he asked me what my definition is of 'expeditionist'
I said if you apply for a remote site expedition the word 'expeditionist' means the following: 'extraordinary circumstances, compromise on certain things like food and living quarters and more positive things like being one of a selected few to contribute towards science and more' - I would rather not post the reply but it was disturbingly or alarmingly negative.

I am however glad to be here and distance myself from politics and choose to be a happy expeditionist'  :laughing4:

Sorry for the looooong post - if anyone even made it through to the end  :peepwall: but this helps me - therapy on the WD's!!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: DawieNel on January 13, 2017, 03:38:54 pm
Nee wat Tom - jy kan maar gooi - ons kyk en "luister" graag  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Ou Toppie on January 13, 2017, 05:28:05 pm
Tom, die manne mors jou maar onthou die ou manne kan dit mos vat. Ons het mos nie verniet kleintyd ons eie "pram" gestoot nie.

Kom ek vertel n storie wat van kindsdag af by my gebly het. Ek is nog laerskool laaitie. Saam met pa wat n padmaker is. Kontrakteurs ry die gruis lorries wat die gruis kom tip. Oom Dawie is n groot christen - baie ordentlik en rustig en hy is een van die min wat "practise what he preach". Ander manne is weer aan die ander kant van die skaal en dit vloek en drink en as hul trokke breek dink ek so in die stilligheid dit is seker maar hul "straf" vir hul sondige leefwyse.

Nou ja, daar gaan tip Oom Dawie n vrag en sy trok se bak breek los en val heeltemaal af. Nou is my verwysings raamwerk totally deurmekaar want dit het nou met die verkeerde ou gebeur. Oom Dawie klim rustig uit en staan woordeloos en bekyk die skade. Een van die ander manne kom so stadig nader en toe hy so by hom kom se hy "Dawie, se tog net.... F#k".

Oom Dawie het toe nie die raad gevolg nie maar ek wil vandag vir jou se dit is OK as jy wil "F#k" se. Dit help want ek het dit al baie keer probeer.

Geniet jou dag.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 13, 2017, 05:46:14 pm
Dankie DawieNel en Ou Toppie!

Julle help my weer terug op 'spoed'! Ek het daardie 'oom Dawie' storie baie waardeer.
Ek is n mens wat mos altyd n prentjie skilder in my kop as ek n storie lees, so ek het dit waardeer!  :imaposer:

Mooi naweek vir julle!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 14, 2017, 11:55:46 pm
Dusky Dolphins came by today!  ;D

They are so acrobatic and rather a small dolphin species. They are also in huge pots, I have been told up to a thousand and can not verify that. Definitely more than a 100 today but they break up and spread out in smaller groups as they were most probably hunting fish.

Very difficult to get sharp pictures as one cannot anticipate their movements like the bottlenose at the South coast in ZA I am used to. They dive and will then all off a sudden jump, sometimes even 5 or more in the air!

Pity they were just a tad too far but still managed a couple of pictures which I really really like so much!!

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 15, 2017, 12:11:47 am
 ;D
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Xpat on January 15, 2017, 12:16:11 am
Good catch Tom! But I would recommend to go faster on the SS. 1/400 with fast moving dolphins and panning camera seems to result in motion blur. I do not think it is actually autofocus as the water around them looks sharp to me. Especially in situations like this where one has very small margin for error I would recommend to make your life easier and just use faster SS - i.e. be more conservative. The light was there (you were still on ISO 140) - you could have gone easily to 1/1000s or faster.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 15, 2017, 12:34:21 am
That's about what I have, in total there was only 30 pics I have kept and these were the best.
I hope that we will get to see more dolphins this year. They do not live around the island, but normally just 'cruise' by on the horizon - always playing though!

Xpat you are 100% correct! I have only realised that too late and it was a bit of a disappointment. I should have gone up to 1000 or even more as the light was good and I could have opened the aperture even as I was (If I recall correct around F7)
That lens performs very well on f5.6 at 300mm. I did not realise this up until I downloaded on the laptop, as it looked sharp on the camera lcd. I underestimated the speed these little dolphins swim, but I hope to get another change.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Xpat on January 15, 2017, 12:45:46 am
I would strongly discourage you going for bigger aperture - especially at that focal lenght. You are going to get too shallow DOF and camera will struggle to get exact focus (I just talked about it on the other thread with the dragonfly). Smaller aperture would again give camera bigger margin for error.

I personally would go faster SS  - 1/1000 or more, smaller aperture (F8 - F11) and crank up ISO to get right exposure. This way you are giving yourself/camera much better chance to get sharp image. To me again the best set-up seems to be to use manual SS and Aperture and automatic ISO with limits set-up at least to ISO 3200. In this case - with my proposed SS/Aperture settings you will end up with about 3 stops less light ( 1,5 stop on aperture and about 1.5 stop on SS). Your images were taken with ISO 140, so to compensate for 3 stops of light you will end up with ISO1200 or thereabout. I'm pretty sure that your camera is able to handle that ISO just fine.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 15, 2017, 01:19:29 am
I would strongly discourage you going for bigger aperture - especially at that focal lenght. You are going to get too shallow DOF and camera will struggle to get exact focus (I just talked about it on the other thread with the dragonfly). Smaller aperture would again give camera bigger margin for error.

I personally would go faster SS  - 1/1000 or more, smaller aperture (F8 - F11) and crank up ISO to get right exposure. This way you are giving yourself/camera much better chance to get sharp image. To me again the best set-up seems to be to use manual SS and Aperture and automatic ISO with limits set-up at least to ISO 3200. In this case - with my proposed SS/Aperture settings you will end up with about 3 stops less light ( 1,5 stop on aperture and about 1.5 stop on SS). Your images were taken with ISO 140, so to compensate for 3 stops of light you will end up with ISO1200 or thereabout. I'm pretty sure that your camera is able to handle that ISO just fine.

Thanks again for the info and advice Martin, it always pays when I listen :salut:  . I was having 'dolphin fever' and hoped they would hang around and come closer but no such luck. I have in preparation dialled in the recommended settings now, and left ISO on Auto to balance things out. Love that users shortcuts on the main dial of the camera.
I am ready to grab and run and shoot!  :laughing4:

PS. One can see you are a bachelor, I only now realised how late it is in ZA  :eek7:  :imaposer:
I love a bit of action here on the thread, it support me a lot as the year is getting long at times. We still have 9 months to go!
Enough time to capture a good range of pictures, I can learn a lot in the meantime!  :laughing4: :thumleft:  :paw:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 15, 2017, 01:41:44 am
Hard to choose a favourite....wow if I could just boat out to them and take close-ups!!
:paw:

                                     
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 15, 2017, 08:54:35 pm
I just did a stich in ICE, this rainbow appeared while it was still raining soft and is double although almost just visible here on the one end.
I thought to grab the camera with the best suitable lens already fitted as these rainbow come and go very fast and I was actually busy working - we are preparing the base for the National Geographic visit.
Reduced the size drastically to try and post as the low pressure is moving in and we are loosing signal already.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: zetman on January 15, 2017, 10:06:55 pm
 :sip: WOW dis n nice reenboog TOM Wat is di rooiding hier in di hoek? Posbus?   :lamer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 15, 2017, 10:49:07 pm
:sip: WOW dis n nice reenboog TOM Wat is di rooiding hier in di hoek? Posbus?   :lamer:

 :imaposer: :imaposer: Firehose Zet :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: zetman on January 16, 2017, 07:57:56 am
 :biggrin: Nogal so iets gedink ja jou fotos kom mooi aan Tjomma geniet jou tydjie daar en skryf elkedag n stukkie vir jou boek
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 17, 2017, 07:22:22 pm
We are expecting the National Geographic ship over the weekend. The purpose of the visit is scientific bit we do not have any idea what they are planning and how long they will be staying. I am rather excited to see other friendly faces around soon and hope that we can organize a boat trip around the island. I am definitly going to try!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Oubones on January 17, 2017, 07:24:32 pm
Enjoy and I hope you get a trip organised!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 19, 2017, 10:22:59 am
Enjoy and I hope you get a trip organised!
Thanks Oubones. The ship name I managed ro source now who has got the National Geographic scientific team on board is called ' SVS Grenville'. I was not able to open Goofle to have a peek at how she looks. I have a passion for ships and water craft. Annoys me that die internet is not playing along.

Weekend lies ahead for you guys, here we barely notice a difference except for a slight lift in spirit for the home-sick :) in some cases, and others will "cloud up"

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Riaande on January 19, 2017, 10:38:46 am
SVS Grenville,
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 19, 2017, 12:05:54 pm
SVS Grenville,
Thanks so much Riaande! Now I know what to expect. She seems rather small and purposely build for science I think by looking at the crane on the aft which is probably uses for oceanographic equipment.

She is definately build and rigged for 'high seas'. Can't be old, the keel design reminds of the 80's onwards.

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Riaande on January 19, 2017, 12:07:33 pm
Will post some more specs
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Riaande on January 19, 2017, 12:27:31 pm
Tom, some more info:

Main Particulars                 
Length
53.99 m
Moulded Beam
9.40 m
Draft
3.80 m
Gross Tonnage
459 T
Net Tonnage
206 T
Deck Area
40 m²
Crane
Maximum Radius 14m SWL 4T
Davits
2x NPD 3500 H Noreq AS
RHIB
Pacific 22
Performance
Cruise Speed
10 Knots
Maximum Speed
12 Knots
Range
10,000 NM
Endurance
35 days
Accommodation
Crew
16
Charterers Accommodation
50
Air Conditioning
Yes
Class
IRS
Vessel Type
Offshore Utility Vessel
Built
1991, Shizuoka, Japan
Ship Builder
Miho Shipyard Ltd

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 19, 2017, 10:28:31 pm
I went caving today. Pitch black dark wet narrow passages under te ground.....yes not my comfy place but I pushed through. I am happy eith the picks as I was only using a headlamp and most importantly not disturb the Broad bill prions which are very delicate seabirds. They are also filter feeders.

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 19, 2017, 10:43:22 pm
Poor babies do not make it unfortunately ever alive out of this cave.....the mice always got the better of them. Since the eradication program in 2019 the just do not stand a charnge...sad

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 19, 2017, 10:54:05 pm
Brown Noddy .....yes I climbed a tree to get the shots :)

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 19, 2017, 11:07:24 pm
Bit of fona and flora

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 19, 2017, 11:19:44 pm
This is our footpath, hse will have a nightmate with tripping hazards :)

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 19, 2017, 11:32:33 pm
Evidance that the river can flow fast. Summer is finally here.

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 19, 2017, 11:40:52 pm
The Yellow nose Albatross chick are getting bigger now :)

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 19, 2017, 11:52:30 pm
Broad bill pryon is the small one, Great Shearwater the medium and Sooty Albstross the Large tandem gliders.

Goodnight!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Geriatrix on January 20, 2017, 06:49:09 am
Fantastic!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on January 20, 2017, 07:04:03 am
Now when that National Geographic team arrives you must get a job with them....after showing your pictures first..  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: DawieNel on January 20, 2017, 10:51:50 am
Now when that National Geographic team arrives you must get a job with them....after showing your pictures first..  :thumleft:

+1
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 21, 2017, 01:24:52 am
The National Geographic team has arrived!!

I got an call from one of the team members to please assist in the radio room. When I stepped in there the SVS Grenville called and everyone is staring at the radio....weird. I said what??? Then realize the moment is too big for them and I took charge. I answered marine 16 and Captain told me he will drop anchor in Transvaal bay in 15 minutes and the RIB will be on the way with 10 pax. I confirmed ' 10 people. The team leader asked me if I would please run operations as he does not feel well and want to rest. I said YES. This is where I come to life, when wheels fall off and someone need to get things done. I got the mechanic and electrician and one metkassie and sprung into action by starting the bacup generator, hooking the personell carrier and do the spitting. I asked the rest of the team to get rooms cleaned out and ready. Wind was gusting with rain every now and again but soon I had 12 guests ashore with camera gear, luggage and other equipment and even some vegetables I asked from the Grenville since they offered to help if we need anything. Then I even put some guys on trails for immidiate field work and so it all pistons were firing. We really worked hard, I think I must have lost a kg (no harm) and started in the kitchen to prepare a meal. Soon even Ian Lavarello which is the first islander from Tristan was cooking. I kneed bread dough and we made rolls, Ian made chicken curry and David some pasta and more chicken. I sponsored a 5 liter box wine but most had their own beer. I last had a beer on the SA Agulhas 2 and craved one but was too shy to ask. The team leader came out late, and I introduced him to all. He said he will continue with the program tomorrow. So here I am lying on my bed, exausted and need to get up early to host the old Tristan friends and the visitors. All I can say is that this guys do not waste time or money. They are out in the dield doing night birding now, and want to have breakfast at 7. Then a long day ahead again! I am not (so Not) wyning, I am so relieved to see friendly faces......it's wow!! I did not get much photos as I am very very protective over the camera gear and the weather was miserable. Sooooo good!!!! I have already asked if the team can be landed sometime during the program at the Glen if only for 2 hours. So lets see. Wow....

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 21, 2017, 01:41:03 am
15min too mindnigt, goodnight to all my friends here on wildogs....my best friens! :)

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: frankmac on January 21, 2017, 06:48:02 am
After all your effort Tom, I hope everything lives up to your expectations
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Philemon on January 21, 2017, 07:32:24 am
Sounds hectic and fantastic for just stepping in and taking control at a moments notice.

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Oubones on January 21, 2017, 07:35:12 am
Glad you are enjoying the situation.
Good luck my friend.
Keep up the foto's, we are there with you!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 21, 2017, 08:55:38 am
Thanks to all the comments! I was hoping for more time with the NatGeo team especially camera men. They are just so busy, always on the move. Their camera setup is rather amazing. See all of them are shooting with Canon. Did not get to ask why yet. Most interesting is the bait stations they have put out around the island with go-pros....like chumming and see who visits. On Tristan 'Striped Marlin' (no one knew they were there) and Tuna!! Never seen or caught down there before. I can't wait for feedback from this guys. Today one film crew go up the mountain and another with prof Marthan Bester and Mia to 'Tumble down' beach. They need to deploy 3 x transmitters on the seals and do some weighing.
I see the divers are already out diving infront of the base....all scientific.

Good day to all!! :)

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 21, 2017, 12:21:19 pm
Sorry for all the typo's but I do not have a spell check on tapa talk and posting mostly from phone as it is the easier way to get photos uploaded. It must have read 'Striped' Marline'....never seen before in these water and never caught (hope no one will get plans to catch them either) The tuna is a surprize and will unfortunately be targeted....somehow sad. Yes I also fish, but I conserve as much as posable.
Here is some of the camera man stuff lying around in the house

They put bait stations (chumming) out on different deapth like from 2meters under surface upto more than 200m. Use a burn wire to retrieve camera. Amazing....

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on January 21, 2017, 01:08:24 pm
Just like I know you Tom....always prepared to do the work...  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on January 21, 2017, 03:31:18 pm
It sounds like a working holiday for you.  Enjoy the new company.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 22, 2017, 01:53:09 pm
It sounds like a working holiday for you.  Enjoy the new company.  :thumleft:
Thanks guys

It is indeed like a working holiday. Sometimes I get a bit (understandably?) Upset for working hard to be a friendly host and 'Gough ambassador' :) but it is all worth it. I have to admit that I partied hard last night with the guests. Nothing out of hand but enough to wake with a headache. Atleast the music was background music and not overly loud, we could at-least have a good conversation.

Also asked about the tragic accident that happened on Tristan da Cunha on Thursday. A guy was riding down the steep decline towards the harbour with a Massey Furgison 135 (or 35) when the wheel and axcle came out and caught the cement wall. He was thrown off and the tractor rolled and crushed his pelvis. Funeral was on Friday. Explained why our friends from Tristan were down.

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 23, 2017, 02:35:02 pm
These guys and girls of National Geographic was supposed to stay here for only 1 day and then the sea decided otherwise. The direction of swell changed and they could not get safely back on the RIB with the crane and PC as the waves would have crushed them against the cliffs. It was rather an interesting stay, albeit hectic and although I really craved fresh people and stories I also got drained. There was just a lot of work and to entertain everyone was not always easy. We had a Birthday yesterday and the team leader came to the party and some other team members and they took the cooking and baking over which really helped a lot. They made soe delicious pizzas and cupcakes and finger foods.
Early morning the National Geographic team decided to get off the island at the swell permits and although my photos will give little evidence it actually was not all easy. James Glass and Rodney Green was in the 1 RIB and Trevor Glass coxed the other RIB. I went down the spotting rock with a radio as back up to warn about a bigger swell that you sometimes get (sort of out of rhythm swell) which can tip the PC and cause real panic down there. All went well and now it is only George Swain on the Island from Tristan da Cunha and Camrin Ferreira from SA but contracted on the alien plant eradication program. They should be off soon, we are awaiting the radio call for them. It's a shame.....so quick but so commercial and they have another 2 days of diving around the island before the leave. Good times.....great memories.
 

1: On my way down the Antarctic tern came and sit briefly, but look at the foam on the water which indicates a swell.
and the rest just of the operations
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 23, 2017, 04:15:40 pm
And a couple more
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Buffel B on January 23, 2017, 04:27:17 pm
Great !!!!
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: WheelieDog on January 23, 2017, 04:50:00 pm
Great that you had some visitors Tom, sounds like you needed some fresh faces around!

I remember how I used to drink when I was younger and I thought it was normal to drink till you puke or fall over, whichever came first.

Luckily maturity kicked in at some stage. Sounds like you are suffering from the same affliction ;)

The Island pictures make it look like an incredibly beautiful place. Enjoy it for all our sakes :thumleft:

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 23, 2017, 04:55:23 pm
And then I also got a Gough Bunting in the frame!!
Cute little seed eating birds on Gough Island ;D
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 23, 2017, 06:07:54 pm
And my Tristan friends off :-[ :-\ but ok, it was great to have them!

@WheelieDog you are 100% correct!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: landieman on January 24, 2017, 07:50:45 am
Wow Tom,some awesome pics  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 24, 2017, 10:32:25 am
Wow Tom,some awesome pics  :thumleft:
Thanks Landieman, my aim is to get better in photography - most rewarding hobby I have ever tried.

They have caught 5 blue sharks yesterday and fittet transponders on them  which will give a satelite singnel en mark where they are but only when they breach. Most of the time they under the water. National Geographic is really really into the scientific side of things here and I think they might be coming back next year. Budged is tight though....that was evident espesially the chartered ship which is normally used for anti piracy and therefore the 2 dummy guns on deck visable and the paint sceme.

This guys and girls are used to roughing it up and do bot care inconvenience. One is over 60 and hiked up the muddy path in sandles and slep on the mountain. He is a bothanologist and lives in Gaboon. Works many years for Nat Geo. Sleep on the floor as well... The prof is 67 and caught adult seals and deployed transmitters on them as well. Walks very long distances in extreme conditions and sleep in wet spots in tents and harsh conditions...like wind. This is a job for the real bear, not the tv one if you read between the lines ;)

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Ri on January 24, 2017, 11:45:15 am
You got shots of two Arctic Terns - I see one RIB is also named Arctic Tern   :sip:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 24, 2017, 12:32:41 pm
You got shots of two Arctic Terns - I see one RIB is also named Arctic Tern   :sip:
Sharp eye Ri! Yes the radio calsign is also indeed 'Arctic tern'. Iteresting though, there is a difference betweeb an 'arctic tern and antarctic tern'. I have only recently found out as I posted a photo of an antarctic tern and labeled it wrong as an arctic which is sister family but definately different biological species 😝 :)

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Copernicus on January 24, 2017, 06:14:57 pm
Nice, Tom.  How close do/can you get to that bunting?  It looks as if they don't mind your presence at all.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 24, 2017, 10:10:10 pm
Nice, Tom.  How close do/can you get to that bunting?  It looks as if they don't mind your presence at all.

Thanks L, this one has actually landed on my back and as I moved it hopped off. They are very energetic as all little seed eaters and I have managed to get this photos on 270mm focal length. There was no need to even crop the pictures!

The Gough Bunting bird is however very endangered and it has become very hard to find them. If you do spent enough or rather a lot of time out, the opportunities will come like in this case. Once they are old, the become completely Olive green, and very different to this Juvenile I have managed to photograph. I am still on the lookout for an adult or rather 'old bunting'. Not much info on them but I suppose the life cycle should be around 7 or 8 years.

The thing that annoys me the most is the rules, and I am actually a very disciplined person following rules my hole life. The 'adventure policy' chains me literally to the base, and I cannot life with that. So I am sometimes taking my changes to walk out on a photographic shoot, or even just for fun or go fishing. We are however not allowed to walk solo and it is just not possible to get someone to go with as the team is small and not everyone (at least the majority) is into the adventure side of things. I hate pain and is always cautious but I have an adventurous spirit and need 'time out' and do go out ever so often. It has been quite a while since I have fished and we do not have any fresh fish currently at base. As soon as the conditions are good and my work up to date I'll be at the water side but not without the camera!

Cheers  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Rodlau on January 25, 2017, 08:50:18 am
Assuming that money and man power is not an issue, what would it take to eradicate the mice plague on Gough?  Here I am thinking of the bird chicks in the nest in the cave.  Your photos are just getting better an better.  Well done
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 25, 2017, 12:32:14 pm
Assuming that money and man power is not an issue, what would it take to eradicate the mice plague on Gough?  Here I am thinking of the bird chicks in the nest in the cave.  Your photos are just getting better an better.  Well done

Thanks Rodlau  :thumleft:

At this stage the estimate cost is at 7.6 million British Pounds. Keith Springer, a very successful mouse or pest eradicator is the PM of this project and he has picked my brain as well wrt the operations which should be in 2019 - the Winter of 2019.

There need to be another helicopter hanger build on the North side of the island including double hangers to house the helicopters and to allow the engineers to work on them.
Then various bait stores as well as caging as many birds as possible and the only species that is possible to cage without harm is the Gough Bunting as well as the Gough Moorhen - this operations is obviously during the 'non breeding' season in order to cause as little damage possible to the birds.

This operations is going to be use and the work frequency is going to be high - I might be selected for the operations (4 months I think) but ideally I need to get work and sort of start settling in with whatever is 'next' as I am unfortunately finding it harder and harder to get employment. I will if I am 'between contracts' at the stage definitely indicate my availability. It is no secret that I am in love with these Islands, and the only 'irritant' is working with some who does not share the pure passion.

Islander = expedition = compromise and I am 100% happy with that.

Lets hope that they will raise enough funds for the project, as that is always the no 1 hurdle - the rest is just a matter of skilled professionals and hard work! 

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Rodlau on January 26, 2017, 07:40:21 pm
Would it be poisons or mechanical eradication?  I understand poisons are the most cost effective and efficient, but could have a horrible knockon effect.  Bloody humans started it all.  I am certain it was unintentional.  Now i know why such  "radical" restrictions are enforced.

Good luck with Nat Geo.

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 26, 2017, 08:06:31 pm
Would it be poisons or mechanical eradication?  I understand poisons are the most cost effective and efficient, but could have a horrible knockon effect.  Bloody humans started it all.  I am certain it was unintentional.  Now i know why such  "radical" restrictions are enforced.

Good luck with Nat Geo.

Yes it will be poisons - they have something similar than a fire buckets the helicopters are using for fire fighting in the Western Cape.
It is also a big bucket but it gets filled with poisonous pellets (like dog food) by the bag and then the helicopters fly grits and this gets spread over the whole island.
It has got a mechanical thing that spins at the outlet and spreads the pellets sort of evenly.
We have done mouse trails on the pellets, to see which flavour the mice like most (it attracts them out of everywhere) and we have also tested which flavours mice do not like.
I am not sure how many information I am allowed to share wrt the eradication program as we were asked by the dea not to make any official statements but I cannot see why this issue is sensitive. In-fact, the more people are made aware of the introduction of alien species to sensitive habitats the better not true?
We did find that mice do not like clove oil - if it is only the Gough mutants of Norwegian mice that first landed here by sealing vessels we do not know, but yes they do not fancy clove oil.

Nat Geo gone unfortunately, they are back at Tristan da Cunha Island and will only head for SA on the 5th of February - they have a lot of work to be done still around Tristan and Nightingale island as well as Inaccessible. They are an amazing bunch of people - the focus is absolutely scientific; discovering more about sea live and even valuable research on the plants. It was a hectic but valuable visit - one I will always remember.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: landieman on January 27, 2017, 05:48:48 am
very interesting,but does the poison not hold any danger for the avian population?
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 27, 2017, 10:02:43 am
very interesting,but does the poison not hold any danger for the avian population?
Yes it does, but the mice is a bigger thread as the chicks get eaten alive on their nests. It is disturbing and more and more nest are failing and effects all the birds. That is why the eradication program make provision for building cages to cage the seed eating Bunting and the Moorhen.

That is also why the eradication is set for Winter which is non breeding season for most birds.

It is most definitly going to have an impact on the birds though but it should be more of a success. Keith Springer has done this successfuly on an island I'd say maybe 3 of 4 times the size of Gough although Gough has got very challanging vegetation and I think way more caves and cracks and holes .... The pellets proved to attract all mice though.


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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Kamanya on January 27, 2017, 11:00:25 am
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 27, 2017, 01:07:16 pm
Sorry Kamanya, I can unfortunately not see what you have posted - video or picture ??? as our internet is very limited.

Something like a 380mb line (one satellite dish which TX and RX) and apparently it needs to be 're aligned' and the 'spectrometer' which I think they use to do this has broken when they intended to do so. Our bandwith has got a priority to the SAWS (South African Weather Services) and the rest is for the team 'whatsapp/fb - hardly get it open and limited Google/pages (I have asked permission for WD side and therefore do not visit other - good compromise worth the wile for me)

I can see pictures attached to the forum though, or uploaded through tappatalk (don't know which host the forum/tapa is using)

 
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Kamanya on January 27, 2017, 01:44:20 pm
Sorry Kamanya, I can unfortunately not see what you have posted - video or picture ??? as our internet is very limited.

Something like a 380mb line (one satellite dish which TX and RX) and apparently it needs to be 're aligned' and the 'spectrometer' which I think they use to do this has broken when they intended to do so. Our bandwith has got a priority to the SAWS (South African Weather Services) and the rest is for the team 'whatsapp/fb - hardly get it open and limited Google/pages (I have asked permission for WD side and therefore do not visit other - good compromise worth the wile for me)

I can see pictures attached to the forum though, or uploaded through tappatalk (don't know which host the forum/tapa is using)

Hi, it's a talk given by Keith Springer on his eradication program on Macquarie Island for 4 species simultaneously - cats, rabbits, rats and mice. Not great picture but gives an idea of what is involved and the speed with which nature bounced back
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 27, 2017, 03:14:13 pm
Sorry Kamanya, I can unfortunately not see what you have posted - video or picture ??? as our internet is very limited.

Something like a 380mb line (one satellite dish which TX and RX) and apparently it needs to be 're aligned' and the 'spectrometer' which I think they use to do this has broken when they intended to do so. Our bandwith has got a priority to the SAWS (South African Weather Services) and the rest is for the team 'whatsapp/fb - hardly get it open and limited Google/pages (I have asked permission for WD side and therefore do not visit other - good compromise worth the wile for me)

I can see pictures attached to the forum though, or uploaded through tappatalk (don't know which host the forum/tapa is using)

Hi, it's a talk given by Keith Springer on his eradication program on Macquarie Island for 4 species simultaneously - cats, rabbits, rats and mice. Not great picture but gives an idea of what is involved and the speed with which nature bounced back

Thank you so much for posting it, I am sure more readers here will get a better understanding now of the severity of the problem.

Was great working with Keith during the takeover last year, he sure is the man for the job!

I also think there must be footage wrt the mice infestations on Marion Island (Prince Edward Islands - SA Territory) where I have worked before with Woody1 (2006/7)
Still no idea what they will do on Marion island, as it is also bigger although more 'sub-Antarctic' like vegetation which should make it much much easier compared to Gough Island. Some of the footage we managed to capture on motion cameras is rather disturbing, showing how the mice digs into a life Albatross chick.

Seabirds cannot really defend themselves on land, regardless of their strong 'bills' - they (chicks) normally vomits on a predator and the vomit will make the feathers to be non waterproof and such a bird (predator like a scua that got vomited on by lets say a albatross chick) will/might die as result of 'un waterproof feathers'
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 27, 2017, 11:03:11 pm
Great Shearwaters returning to their nests - breeding season.

This is an AMAZING sighting, and makes me humble ......

The pictures was taken in low light with a good lens and not so good camera (my backup dslr camera) but there was  no time for changing lenses - this happened quick and in very low light, so I had to make use of the opportunity - finally got them as this is not seen often - very rare in fact, and always in low light.

I sometimes wonder how one can put emotion to moments like these......
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 27, 2017, 11:14:00 pm
Woody1 look at the first picture, you have climbed a mast like that on Marion island (with your petite body on age 49?  :peepwall: ) to fix an antenna if I recall correctly?

The medic (which happened to be me  :P ) was a bit worried!

Good old days - how I miss those days, and would it not be great to do one more?  :laughing4:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on January 28, 2017, 10:50:39 am
Talking about this one Tom ? 
Yes this was the HF antenna and I had to replace a BALUN.

Fun times  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on January 28, 2017, 10:53:05 am
Man it was a great time.  I am sure Tom would not mind me putting up a few pictures of our great times we had n Marion Island together.

First one is..... Ek het ook eendag 'n Groot Voel gehad.  :laughing4:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on January 28, 2017, 10:56:13 am
During takeover I heard that the initiation would be a bit dirty.  They rub Penguin poop and old food mix in your hair and on your body.
Then they turn the hot water off so that you cannot get a proper shower.

So I decided to get all my hair off before I get initiated.

Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on January 28, 2017, 10:58:12 am
We made some beer.  Lots and lots of beer.

Jan Joubert and myself prepping the bottles and checking the alcohol content.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on January 28, 2017, 10:59:49 am
Your drinks NEVER saw a fridge.

Your fridge is a little rack outside your bedroom window.

Open windows and grab a dop.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on January 28, 2017, 11:04:04 am
During the old winter months our water supply line froze sold and if there is no water in the base it becomes messy.

During the day we trek up towards the dam loosening the clamps and take the pipes apart.

When you get to the dam you turn around and re-connect every pipe after shaking the solid ice out of the pipe making sure the water flows.

Here Jan and myself is fighting to get these COLD STIFF pipes back together again.

Fun times.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on January 28, 2017, 11:07:57 am
One day a team member was walking outside base and saw this fur seal with an entanglement.  Piece of fishing net tightly wrapped around it.

Got a few team members together and I managed to catch it in a hoop net.

Then we started cutting the fishing net away piece by piece while this guy want to eat you alive.

This is Tom on my left.  The breeker with the shorts and t-shirt. :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on January 28, 2017, 11:16:39 am
Comms around the Island was only via old military HF radios.
In and around base we had VHF hand held radios but only in direct vicinity of the base.

Found some solar panels and two VHF repeaters and as radio technician made it my mission to get it working.

Made some heavy duty frames and the next time the chopper came around we went and installed the two on the two mountains North and South of the base.

It worked fine for a few months until the one on the South mountain stopped working. one day.
Trekked up there to find the dipole antenna snapped in half.

The a few months later the North one at Repettos stopped working.
Went there.... Solar panels blown away.

The winds of 150 km/h pus is no joke on these Islands

Also experimented with wind chargers.  With all the fancy braking and feathering mechanisms the also stood no chance of survival.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on January 28, 2017, 11:20:15 am
Tom mentioned earlier about the difficult terrain we have on the Islands. You walk up a volcanic mountain and on the flats you suddenly sink into the ground.

Here Johnny our KYK HOM REG dieselmechanic is up to his knees in the mire.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on January 28, 2017, 11:22:09 am
Last one and then it is all back to Tom.

On Marion there are a few huts around the Island.
Every hut must have a toilet.

And every hut toilet competes with the most wonderful views.

Fok hoe verlang ek nou terug.

Enjoy Tom !
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 28, 2017, 01:23:05 pm
Thanks so much for posting these pictures Woody1  :laughing4:  :thumleft:

I have recently lost all my photos except for the ones I have been taking this year due to laptop crash. Luckly I do remember that I still have my Marion and Iraq and DRC photos on dvd as a backup back home, but unfortunately evertything in-between is gone. There might be a change to find them on the hardware with a program Ri is trying to assist, once the Edinburgh is here (expect them in 7 days time) I'll have a go - nothing to loose. Please do remember to always make backups! (preaching for myself  :-[ )

Please do post and share more here; anyone that has been on Marion or Gough and even SANAE or just the SA Agulhas or if you maybe have a few stories to share about a uncle or sister that has been on the island. PS: Share photos of sister if she is beautiful  :imaposer: :imaposer:

Let's keep this threat alive - I am off to the field now, another day in base and I will become grumpy old man  :peepwall:

Hope to report back with a nice pick of a chick with feathers  ;)
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: woody1 on January 28, 2017, 01:43:35 pm
E het nog 'n mooi Marion foto van 'n VROULIKE Medic wat ek wil plaas...geneem by die Mr and Ms Marion Pageant  :pot: :peepwall: :imaposer:
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 28, 2017, 11:23:10 pm
E het nog 'n mooi Marion foto van 'n VROULIKE Medic wat ek wil plaas...geneem by die Mr and Ms Marion Pageant  :pot: :peepwall: :imaposer:
Kan ons nie eers onderhandel nie? Als het sy prys....n bottel whiskey dalk?

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 28, 2017, 11:36:53 pm
I broke the rules today, so I will have to face the music if somerhing comes of it. I am a VERY dissaplined and loyal person, but do not try to chain me to a pole....I'll get a tad rebelious if you do.

The so called adventure policy says we are not allowed to walk alone after certsin boundries.....rediculous close to base. I am an adventurous person, that is part of what made me a remote site medic. I even had ro suture myself up once before on the island after an accident right at the base. My 'help' fainted....the other vomited so I was alone and I had to put up a drip on myself every morning as it stalled in the night. So I am not a weener and do not need a baby sitter when I need 'me time'. So I signed out to Goney dale and off I went for a round trip of (I guess) 6km. The 'up' part is hard......very hard. However......sooooo rewarding and I got some photos .... only 600 but do not worri, I'll only post a couple. :)  :)

The first couple is from the Tristan Albatross which is only slightly different in genetics from the Wandering Albatross. Looks axactly the same. I got some very cool ideas from NatGeo photograph (saw he dit similar style photos and YES it works)

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 28, 2017, 11:49:30 pm
Haha....and then they advertise cameras:"selfie friendly" :)  I just put camera and small 3pot Xpat included in the bundle and tell camera to shoot in 10 sec. Baboon rock? Can't find it ,...... :)

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 28, 2017, 11:53:24 pm
Now I can remember which ones I have posted....sorry if there are duplicates!!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 29, 2017, 12:03:27 am
I had a little picnic....I removed the macro lens from the camera bag and put a soda stream coke and a home made burger in there! All in ziplogs as I do not want a disaster in camera bag!!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 29, 2017, 12:06:34 am
Scuas almost stole my camera bag!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 29, 2017, 12:11:30 am
Vegetation is sub antarctic on the mountains.....and cold up there. Also found berries

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Oubones on January 29, 2017, 12:14:40 am
Nice photo's
You are becoming a pro!
I read this thread frequently and enjoy it, so do not think that because there are not many posts that it is not read.
Thanks for all your effort in sharing with us.
Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 29, 2017, 12:18:04 am
I did not believe my eyes.....I always told the biologists that I think that some antarctic terns breed near the waterfall inland and always got the same reply; 'nope, they only breed next to the sea"

Well well....here we have the Juvenile right above the fall. Fall unfortunately not able to capture in same frame. Now they want to go and I am not funny...shared the location as I want to contrebute to the program

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 29, 2017, 12:20:37 am
And .... my Bunting!!!! Nooooo Woody1 it is NOT A MOSSIE 😂😃

Thats it!

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Title: Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 29, 2017, 01:15:45 am
....Ja ok since I cannot sleep I'll post another picture of a Gough Bunting!!

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