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  • Mud, Sweat, and Heat Exhaustion
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    As a kid I loved watching those movies that had soldiers in training running through mud, climbing over walls, going through water filled pipes...
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  • “Remember these coordinates and don’t be sick…”
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    Part of the departure and arrival back into the atmosphere, there exists a requirement to withstand certain gravitational forces on your body, better known...
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  • 2,000,000 entrants, 105 competitors, 1 goal
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    Jet lag is in your mind.  I know that now because when I arrived in Florida after more than 24 hours of travelling to...
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  • Words from the experienced
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    Physical training was continuing well and I felt as though I was as fit as I’d ever been.  But like most things in life,...
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  • Train, Spew, Train More
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    Not about to take any chances on simply hoping to be best in class and get to go to space, I started to plan...
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  • 5 minutes of fame
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    Talking to the media was initially quite daunting; knowing that whatever I said would be forever launched into the cyberspace of judgement.  But surprisingly...
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  • Failure = Knowledge
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    Luck is something you can’t rely on, yet when it comes about it’s how you use it that can make all the difference.  Luck...
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  • Smells Like Opportunity
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    No one I know has ever won a million dollars.  When you think of winning the lottery, it’s one of those ‘that would be...
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  • Changes
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    Day dreaming happens often when you’re not focussed on the now and wishing you were somewhere else.  The content of the dreams for me...
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  • Politics
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    Sometimes all it takes is one person to suggest something and it can change your whole way of thinking.  I’m glad that I met...
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  • Policies
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    I was a passenger that afternoon; being driven the three hour trip back home from the function (see previous post) and all I could...
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  • Respect
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    On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month each year, Australia pauses for Remembrance Day.  It signifies the moment the...
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  • New information
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    Having recently moved to Sydney with work, I remained in contact with an ophthalmologist from the Royal Singapore Air Force who was testing ICL...
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  • Facts & Passion
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    University taught me a lot of things, but what applied the most now was how to research and argue a point.  With my first...
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  • The Wrong Medicine
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    Achievement is the most satisfying and addictive thing I’ve ever experienced.  Getting through the YOU Session and the Pilot Specialised Testing had my confidence...
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  • Pilot Specialist Testing
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    Now things were starting to get real.  I’d successfully completed the YOU session and only days later was invited to the screening day for...
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  • Y.O.U. (Your Opportunities Unlimited)
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    Image credited to the Australian Government, www.defencejobs.gov.au Waking up to another sensational Brisbane morning, I was tingling with excitement as I put on my...
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  • Tom’s Story
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    I thought I’d interrupt the story of how I secured the ticket to space with this… After sorting through some old papers at my...
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  • The Recovery
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    As the waters subsided, so did the concern on the many faces in the threatened areas.  Brisbane had officially been declared a disaster zone. ...
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  • The Flood
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    The sound of the doorbell had my two dogs racing for the door.  Pavlov’s theory was well proven every time that doorbell rang.  If...
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  • Action
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    “Hey Gibbo, can you pick me up from the airport today?”  I knew that my mate, JB, was on a holiday and I was...
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  • Achievement and pie in the sky
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    I once heard during my first year at university that a research team at Harvard measured how many people in a class had structured...
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  • Trees and the 7 P’s
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    Ever fallen face first through a cloud?  It’s not as nice as it sounds, in fact it stings.  It was December of 2004 and...
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  • Every emergency for the price of one – Part 2
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    There’s an expression in the flying world that when your bucket is full you start to get behind the aircraft.  Essentially, your mind is...
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  • Every Emergency for the Price of One – Part 1
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    Sit down, on an uncomfortable chair without a headrest, inside a space no bigger than two widths of your body, turn the heater up...
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  • Fight AND Flight: Part 2
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    “Good luck!” – The two words that stood between my training and my life.  On an impeccable Brisbane summer’s day shortly after passing that...
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  • Fight AND Flight: Part 1
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    41-degrees Celsius, in an old school hall that smelt of old timber soaked in domestic cleaner, with the stillness of outside in the baking...
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  • The test tubes of life
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    I can still see the morning sun, still hear the birds chirping to the lizard running around, still smell the sweetness of the fresh...
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  • Yawing, not yacking
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    I didn’t end up being sick, but nearly painted the inside of the small cockpit in half digested muesli.  It was 2000 and my...
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  • Drumming Up the Courage
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    Blood splatter caught only in my peripheral vision, blisters all over my hands that often lasted weeks, the odd whack in the head from...
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  • My first real lesson in life
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    A few years on at the age of six I still remember creating a project, not because it was for school, but just because...
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  • Eyes for the skies
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    A couple of years after the movie Top Gun was released, I was standing in my back yard looking straight up.  I wasn’t looking...
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  • This blog’s journey….
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    Over the next few posts, I will put up snippets of my life to show how I came to be where I am now;...
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  • MY First Post – Love will get you there
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    It wasn’t just the influenza that caused me to vomit, nearly faint on several occasions, and keep me stopping at every available restroom, I...
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