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Offline Tom van Brits

Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #2480 on: October 31, 2017, 12:50:06 pm »
I have a look into the options once I am ready to sent this off for editing. One thing is clear, since I also got private messages that many people want the hard copy.
I can see the need for e-books, but I can also see the sentiment wrt the actual 'hard copies' especially when it comes to photographic based books.

We are still having issues with the internet, I cannot upload any pictures and not even change my whatsapp profile picture....so I know the thread must look a bit dull without a photographic update but unfortunately nothing I can do about it.

We are having heavy rainfalls still, and I have rememberd a waterfall which only flows after heavy consistent rains. It is halfway up the mountain but a bit hidden - I am thinking of hiking up there (maybe tomorrow morning) to take a couple of pictures. This island is known for rainbows and waterfalls
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #2481 on: October 31, 2017, 01:00:53 pm »
Krap nou daai pot goud uit onder die reenboog . :laughing4:

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #2482 on: October 31, 2017, 07:29:45 pm »
Krap nou daai pot goud uit onder die reenboog . :laughing4:

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #2483 on: October 31, 2017, 09:21:23 pm »
Internet on the island is terrible due to bad weather and rain, so Tom has a hard time posting photo's. He zipped these up and e-mailed them to me, and thankfully they came through. Enjoy!

Your Gough photo fix for the day:
 
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1: A pair of pliers I made/modified for the birders of G60 to band Albatross (metal band)  – Still in use and easy now to handle single-handedly.
2: Atlantic Yellownosed Albatross egg (holding briefly while the geo-locator is positioned on the leg – rarely necessary and only a precaution for ‘nervous’ birds not to break their eggs)
3: The geo-locator is very small and light and is attached to a plastic band, making it easy to put on the bird and remove again a year later.
4: Recording the breeding status of the colony
5: Note the mice tunnels in the nest's bottom....sad  :'(
6: They are just so beautiful
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #2484 on: October 31, 2017, 09:26:16 pm »
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7: Scratch marks from Mcgilvery Prions at Prion cave in the lava rock
8: Mcgilvery Prion in the cave
9: Elephant seal trying to beach... probably lost a fight to a current beach master on another beach as he was a bit injured
10: Nice Scua supporter while fishing for snoek
11: Got 2 x Snoek Sunday afternoon on hand line
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #2485 on: October 31, 2017, 10:30:43 pm »
Thank you Ri  :thumleft:
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #2486 on: October 31, 2017, 10:38:21 pm »
Tom JY MOET Huis toe kom jong dat ons kan gaan bike ry  :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:

ek sal definitief een van jou boeke koop jy neem befokte fotos ou maat  :biggrin: :thumleft:
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #2487 on: October 31, 2017, 11:14:50 pm »
Tom JY MOET Huis toe kom jong dat ons kan gaan bike ry  :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:

ek sal definitief een van jou boeke koop jy neem befokte fotos ou maat  :biggrin: :thumleft:

Thanks Zetman  :thumleft:

I am very critical on my own work and often want to kick my own bud after reviewing my pictures. Things like dept of field will come to mind....like 'too much' since I was concentrating hard on getting the 'white colours' good, and the eye in focus. Many things to think about in photography, but I am getting there!  :)
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #2488 on: November 01, 2017, 11:01:13 pm »

I went down to Diesel-point early morning and put out the lobster pot - half past 5 pm I went down again and pulled it back up to find 7 lobster and 2 little Jacopever fish.
Released the Jacopevers and 2 small lobsters and came back with 5. Deployed the pot again and will go down early morning to see what we got.

It is my cooking skivvi Friday night so I need to do a 3 course meal. We do that every Saturday night but I am planning to go up the mountain and swabbed out to do mine on Friday. I will serve some sort of a seafood starter (maybe smoked mussels on fresh rolls) followed by the main course - whole lobster on a bed of rice and veggies and for the pudding I will make 'malva pudding'

The internet policy got more strict and therefore I cannot manage to upload pictures to the site anymore. It can only upload to a site which have like a memory eg FB where the picture will continue with the upload where the break in transmission was and Outlook e-mail works as well. It upsets me a bit, because this site/thread is special to me and gives me a lot of satisfaction to share pictures. Even posting here (just text) has become difficult. Unfortunately there is nothing I can do about it, it is restrictions because the weather data needs to go through.

I will mail pictures to Ri from time to time to upload but do not want to abuse a friendship here....maybe I can e mail someone else also from time to time to sort of share the uploading of a couple of pictures? Let me know via pm please - then we do not use one friends data and time that often right?

Goodnight!
Tom
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #2489 on: November 02, 2017, 06:26:01 am »

I will mail pictures to Ri from time to time to upload but do not want to abuse a friendship here....maybe I can e mail someone else also from time to time to sort of share the uploading of a couple of pictures? Let me know via pm please - then we do not use one friends data and time that often right?

Goodnight!
Tom

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I'm sure many Dogs would be happy to post for you, but you are also welcome to keep sending to me. The photo's are small and don't take up much of my data.  ::)
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #2490 on: November 02, 2017, 07:13:18 am »
How do I get there for supper on Saturday night?  Best I could manage would be Ocean Basket.   :)
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #2491 on: November 02, 2017, 08:10:42 am »
TVB,

Hope you don't mind but I have some more questions. I know that you have have to bring your food for the team for the year, but what volumes are we speaking off? I have seen the photos of the freezers and the food storage but that still does not give the whole picture.  ;D

Obviously you only have non perishable foods to work with, but what are your options? Seeing that you look after the food rations do you get the same rations every week out of the store or do you vary what you bring out?

How is the food preparation divided? Is breakfast and lunch everybody for them self and then supper somebodies allocated turn?

Then onto your actual work. How often do you see patients? Seeing that you guys are so isolated do you have problems with things like flu & griep? What are the general things that you have to treat your patients for?

BTW When Ri need to take a break I can help with the photo uploads.
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #2492 on: November 02, 2017, 10:19:27 am »
How do I get there for supper on Saturday night?  Best I could manage would be Ocean Basket.   :)

Best you start swimming  :lol8:
Seems there's not even a boat going that way until February, if I understand correctly?  :xxbah:
 

Offline Tom van Brits

Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #2493 on: November 02, 2017, 04:58:48 pm »
How do I get there for supper on Saturday night?  Best I could manage would be Ocean Basket.   :)

Next ship leaves in 2 weeks time - the Geo Searcher and will be back just before Christmas in SA and then leaving sometime in January and return sometime in March.
The captain said before he left when I introduced Santjie on the radio to him that he will bring the teams Christmas presents from their families and I see all of them are going to make use of his offer except me. I do not really need something and think I am fairly well sorted for the rest of the contract although it is extended longer than I was initially comfy with.....passport expiring in March and it is a bit too close for comfort but nothing I can do about this. Earlier the week I had some communications with the HQ and almost thought they are going to manage to get me back in SA sooner since the medics applications are now with 2 Mil hosp for verification of medical qualifications and so on. One of the long standing agreements between the defense force/Navy and SANAP.
Best I can do (via Ri) is a pic of the lobster Rodlau....sorry I would have loved sharing!

Hi Stormer!

I am not actually 100% sure always what I am allowed to share since the communication policy of the DEA is a bit strict and I do not want to step into an uncomfortable situation.

What I can tell you though:
There is more than enough albeit some cost cutting measures. The problems does not come in wrt the quantity of the products (must add also good quality products) but rather by a miss conception of some team members (not this team) where people do not accept the management of the rations and then eat all the good (nice) stuff in the (for example) first 6 months and then left with not so nice food eg: Eat all the T bone steaks and then left with tenderized steaks.

So what we used to do and what the leadership (with the teams blessing) is currently doing is to keep the food store closed/locked. Not because we do not trust someone but then there is just no one to blame other than the medic and leader should we run into a situation. So now we have a spreadsheet with every food item, and it shows what we have on hand for the year. Then there is a formula to show us how much of each and every product we have per week for example: There is 50 weeks till take over and we have 100 bottles of Mrs balls fruit chutney so the program will show us that we have 2 bottles a week. So Monday we do the week's shopping and let's say come Friday and there is no more chutney....well sorry, wait till Monday and there will be 2 again :)

Food prep: We are 10 expeditionists, and every night 1 will have a turn to cook for the team. Prior to deployment the team had 2 weeks of 'team training' where they got to know each other and do things together like 'first aid level 2', cooking classes at 'Pic a pay school of cooking', 2 days of fire fighting, HSE and Island induction and also some sort of psychological participation/screening - support network which is called 'the wellness program'. Some environmental lectures, recycling and then a bit about the sensitive ecological island system.
So yes breakfast and lunch is basically a 'free for all' where you can help yourself to cereals and bread and at this stage we still have some eggs. The eggs gets radiated to prevent diseases like New Castle and so on, so we only get a limited amount and I have already frozen 60 doz of eggs in small bags (2 eggs per bag) So this I have started on the islands a couple of years back, break all the eggs into a big stainless dish and mix and then scoop out the amount of 2 eggs into the bags and freeze it. It works 100%! You can eat or bake it but we just use it for baking. Our eggs (for eating) will last maybe at a stretch another 2 months if we are lucky.
This is the first time ever where I see there is almost every day a combined effort to make lunch together - sometimes I will bake rolls and fry wors in a pan and like today someone else will make a baked fish dish. If I want boerewors it is the same effort to make 10 than one piece so the team is in that mindset of sharing.

Patients: I do not often see them and I have seen that it depends a lot on the activity of the specific member. That is only my own observation and not gospel that people that do not get out and do much outside will tent to have more little issues than for instance a busy person.
At worst (hope it never change although always prepared for the worst) cases is bad lacerations caused either by a knife that has slipped to a seal-bite. So what is much different to the life of a medic on the road in SA to one here is that you need to have a lot more knowledge about wounds and specialist wound care because if you do not treat a seal-bite correct the patient may (good possibility) end up with septicemia and even worse consequences.
No one can get flue here even if they try hard - it just does not happen. Everyone have runny noses outside in the field when the wind blows....deal with it (normal) I sometimes see some allergies which is seasonal because of pollen and so on  and at worst sinus.
Apart from cuts and bruises the odd ankle twist/muscle sprains and ligaments. The knees are taking a beating due to the 'up and down', some peoples hips and so on.
General (simple) things like acid reflex, headaches and sometimes even a dental case where I need to extricate the tooth if I cannot repair it with a filling (condition dependent)
Sometimes I need to remove an object from someones eye, and that is strangely one I like a lot and maybe because of the immediate relief a person have.
We do get some ear related issues (sea and damp conditions) so sometimes I need to drain an ear.
General checkups - just to make sure all ok and also some git issues like cramps on the tummy, diaree or constipation....so all easy general stuff.

I do often work through my clinic to make sure everything is working and eye through the medical files to remember the allergies of team mates. Like said; one always got to be prepared for the worse as backup is on a good day 6 days away......more realistically spoken one week.

I hope that helps but please ask any time if you want me to elaborate on something! I love sharing the life and will obviously share only with what I feel comfortable with so  no issues here!  :thumleft
 
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #2494 on: November 02, 2017, 05:58:39 pm »
Your Gough Photo Fix:

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It is rather hard work and even a tad risky to deploy the lobster pot (trap) from the rocks since I need to clear the shallow ridge and get it in ‘a hole’ (deep water) So I need to stand on the edge and make sure that the rope will not coil around a leg and also keep my balance.

Pulling it up is also not easy and there is not really space for 2 people so I make use of my legs to lift it like squats. While in the water it is still fairly easy to pull but once it is clear of the water it is dead weight and I really have to put a lot of effort into lifting it. All worth the while though, but I do not really like leaving it overnight since the weather can change like it did last night. I woke in the early morning hours with gusting winds and immediately got concerned. Zach volunteered to go with me since he wants to see what we got. I was rather lucky that the swell did not wash the pot into a cave and was able to lift it, but yes the ‘octopus’ is more active during the night and love eating lobster. So I got only one lobster in the pot and a medium sized octopus. Lovely creatures of the sea and I do not like killing them but decided to take this one (if we do not eat it we can use it for bait) They are apparently very intelligent but when I turned it inside out the size of the brain almost makes it hard to believe. The ink sack was rather interesting to me (I forgot about that) and then I was also corrected. An octopus has not got tentacles but 8 x ‘legs’.
 
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #2495 on: November 02, 2017, 06:00:45 pm »
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The lobster we catch at Gough Island is called: Tristan Rock Lobster – Crayfish Jasus tristani
It is the basis of the Tristan fisheries, and the ‘bluefish’ (deep-sea trevally or Antarctic butterfish), Steenbra, snoek and Five fingers also form part of the ‘whitefish license’
Common octopus is also a welcome ‘by-catch’ in the lobster pots for use as bait or for sale to restaurants (assume overseas) 
 
I like pulling pranks sometimes, and decided after cleaning to put the octopus in a big tupperware box on the kitchen table with foil over it. So people are always curious and will always take a peek to see what is inside. Already had a good laugh at someone who got a little scare  :lol8:
 
Bye for now
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #2496 on: November 07, 2017, 10:10:34 pm »
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Hello WD’s
 
Friday night was a great succsess, I did make croissants but called them ‘funny buns’ on my menu because we have a ‘real’ Frenchman on the team and he is firstly very nice and then I did not want to offend him with my ‘rip off’ attempt. I know he can bake and is rather good at it. The lobster and even malva pudding was a great success and then since it is a ‘once a week’ sort of team building/fun exercise I called the rule that everyone has to come with a tie. It was rather funny, all of them made great effort and there was a lot of laughs. Unfortunately I did not take pics of the event as Kate volunteered and she is also very good at it with her Olympus mirrorless camera and pro-lens. She is rather busy but I know at some stage she will download some pics for us on the shared network and then I will in return be able to share some here.
 
The Next morning I woke at 5am, the plan was to go up the mountain and to summit Edinburgh peak with Santjie (She was already on the mountain) My back is however giving me a hard time, I did something stupid during take over and it is ‘on and off’ so I just knew the mountain will have to wait for another day. I did get up to pack her some left over lobster and ‘funny buns’ and asked Kate to take it to her since they all went up and will only return Sunday late.
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« Reply #2497 on: November 07, 2017, 10:12:57 pm »
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I worked in the foodstore, and 3 pm Zach asked me if I feel ok to take him to Prion cave since he was never inside. I agreed and must say had to talk hard with myself to see it through as I do not feel comfy with confined spaces. Yes not even with my petite posture J J It turned out well and herewith a couple of pictures of the Mcgilvery prions and then another few taken on the way back to base.
 
Bye for now
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #2498 on: November 07, 2017, 10:16:49 pm »
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Hello WD’s J
We still do not have summer here on Gough. The field tells another story – it is green and beautiful but the temperatures seldom go near 10 degrees.

This morning I went out for a couple of hours to clear the mind and I took impulsively a rather difficult route (no parth and you need to bundubash) to explore an area where I have not been before.

I was listening to the calls of the Gough Moorhen because I badly want pictures of their chicks but they are very well in dogging Scuas and men with cameras. 

In the end I got something better albeit a bit far but luckily I had the long lens fitted to the camera and managed to get a couple of fair shots of the Brown Noddy.

I did not manage to locate a nest but I am sure I was in the right area and will be back.
The weather a bit miserable, raining and a bit of wind now.
 
Herewith a couple of pics
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #2499 on: November 07, 2017, 10:29:57 pm »
Hey,

Tom isn't even able to open Wilddog site anymore. Data and signal is very poor, and the meteorological data has to be uploaded first. I joke that if he had a fax modem, he'd probably get a decent upload speed. He misses the site a lot, you're all friends and family now  :deal:

He sounds like he's holding up well, just very busy with the food store, now that the medicine cabinets have been sorted out. I love how active the team is, hiking and camping, and it's a pity he couldn't go join them due to his back.

Just out of interest, I saw a photographic site advertising photo books and went to check it out. It's pretty pricey, depending on what one wants. Of course I was looking at the most, biggest and glossiest pages, and the site kept throwing out numbers like "R55,000+" and inviting me to rather contact a consultant :bueller:

I'll keep on investigating though. There must be a way to get the nice glossy table book with all these beautiful photo's in, at a reasonable affordable price. Or I'll buy one of those electronic picture frames and just load everything ... I wonder what's the biggest one? Can you imagine a window-sized LED screen cycling through all these Gough photo's  :drif: :drif: :drif: