Recent Blog Update – thanks to Lydia!

My wonderful friend and fellow blogger, Lydia (https://aidyl93.wordpress.com/) has prompted me to do a update on one of my recent blog entries (https://joehupp2004.wordpress.com/2015/08/19/anxiety-and-my-journey-with-it/)

I wish to take a piece of Lydia’s recent blog entry and share my thoughts on what we feel…..

“It’s the state of mind”, so I’ve been told. But this state of mind has lasted centuries. Is it just me? Is it just something so unfix-able I’ll never be allowed to enjoy the smell of fresh flowers in the spring again without worrying about the bee? And that’s truly putting it in its mildest form.

“It’s the state of mind”…. not true. When I first got my anxiety diagnosis back in 2006, I thought that exact same train of thinking. I look at that now and realise it isn’t a state of mind…. I always went through the early stages thinking the worst. Since then, I seem to have a lot more respect for my fellow anxiety sufferers – I suppose I know how they feel since I, too, have it.

“Is it just something so unfix-able…” – another untruth that I felt….. there were times I would get so angry and take it out on my mother. I realise now that I should not have done that…. I wish I could go back to those days and apologise to mum about taking it out on her. I ended up squishing one of my tablets with anger one morning – I was taking 50mg of sertraline hydrocholride (Zoloft) and I had just about had enough that day!

If you’re in Australia and want to get some help, here are a few ways to do so – some are Facebook groups I am in and others are hotlines:

Hotlines: beyondblue – 1300224636 or http://www.beyondblue.org.au/

Some Facebook groups I find very, very helpful – click on the blue link to take you to them. These are worldwide support groups:
Anxiety Support Group – a wonderful group of anxiety sufferers helping one another
Anxiety Disorders Unite – another wonderful group of anxiety sufferers. This group has some interesting photo challenges which are only held when admins ask….
Just Rollin’ With Anxiety – this group is amazeballs! I have had so much help through this group and have been supported all the way
Positive Support for Anxiety & Panic Sufferers – yet another amazeballs group I am proud to be a part of….. helpful and supportive which is always thoughtful!

That list is just four of the many anxiety groups I am in on Facebook. If you want to know more, feel free to ask! I won’t bite!

As a postscript, I want to thank Lydia for sharing her story which has helped me a lot with sharing mine as I don’t often do it…. I suppose I need to but talking to my colleagues at work helps me through even the toughest days and darkest points in my life. Writing blogs and talking about anxiety will help people understand it. This is one of the most understated mental illnesses in Australia – with due time, people like me will change people’s perceptions about it…. we are not different, we aren’t crazy. We just have anxiety – and a little support goes a bloody long way, let me tell you!

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Scania Group – the best trucks, buses and coaches bar none!

The title says it all, really – I am an avid fan of their products. Here are a couple of my favourites!

Scania - the best bar none! In trucks, buses and coaches, the name Scania is synonymous with comfort, reliability and strength
Scania – the best bar none! In trucks, buses and coaches, the name Scania is synonymous with comfort, reliability and strength

This coach is the coach I often travel on with Langley’s Coaches of Dubbo, NSW, Australia. This ex-Australia Wide Coaches 2007 K470EB 6×2*4 is their largest single deck coach without having to resort to the “Super Deckers”.

Scania K470EB 6x2*4 TV5594 - the first rear-steer coach sold in Australia
Scania K470EB 6×2*4 TV5594 – the first rear-steer coach sold in Australia

If you are a Scania truck fan, you’d know they use both 6 cylinder and V8 engines. I am a definite V8 fan – this big 2003 R164G V8 580 8×4 tilt tray calls my home town home and is owned by a former parts shop owner….

2003 Scania R164G V8 580 8x4 Tilt Tray
2003 Scania R164G V8 580 8×4 Tilt Tray

This video is of the R164G running and revved up while the owner was adjusting the steer axle airbags:

This is an exterior walk around of the K470EB 6×2*4:

Yesterday’s happenings

Yesterday, my mum, my aunty and I had a great day out looking around the region – here’s just some of what we did….

We got to visit the Peak Hill Open Cut Experience – this attraction is a decommissioned mine that the owner, Alkane Resources, has turned into an attraction. Entry into the mine and it’s surrounds is free and is easily found by following the signs from Caswell Street (Peak Hill’s main street) up to the mine.

Camshaft and flywheel for a mine crusher
Camshaft and flywheel for a mine crusher
Looking down into the main pit - water is an open pit mine's worst enemy!
Looking down into the main pit – water is an open pit mine’s worst enemy!
Looking at the wall of the main pit - Mum said she'd hate to be one of the haul truck drivers.....
Looking at the wall of the main pit – Mum said she’d hate to be one of the haul truck drivers…..
Main pit - another angle
Main pit – another angle
One of the many cross shafts for the Bobby Burns pit
One of the many cross shafts for the Bobby Burns pit
Bobby Burns pit
Bobby Burns pit
A part of the old boiler
A part of the old boiler

After this, we went to Parkes for lunch. We decided on McDonald’s where we had a break. After this, we paid a visit to the CSIRO’s Australian National Telescope Facility Parkes Radio Telescope Visitor Discovery Centre – this is also known as The Dish! Boy, hasn’t it changed in the last 25 years…

The Dish - the best view ever!
The Dish – the best view ever!
Control panel used in the 1969 moon landing which this telescope had a hand in
Control panel used in the 1969 moon landing which this telescope had a hand in
Curved mirrors - boy, I look skinny here!
Curved mirrors – boy, I look skinny here!
Some of the many projects that the CSIRO have helped develop
Some of the many projects that the CSIRO have helped develop
Some older components of the Dish
Some older components of the Dish
Phased-Array Feed (PAF) unit
Phased-Array Feed (PAF) unit
One of the amazing items outside the Centre
One of the amazing items outside the Centre
Whispering Dish - if you stand facing this dish and your friend stands facing the other, you whisper into it and they can hear your words clearly
Whispering Dish – if you stand facing this dish and your friend stands facing the other, you whisper into it and they can hear your words clearly
The Dish - another angle
The Dish – another angle

I finally had my camera with me to capture one of the rhinos on the Rhino Trail – the Rhino Trail starts at Taronga Zoo in Sydney and finishes at Taronga’s sister zoo in Dubbo, Taronga Western Plains Zoo….

Between Sydney and Dubbo, there is a trail of brightly decorated rhinos - this is to bring the plight of the rhino into the public spotlight as they are critically endangered. This is the Elvis rhino at Parkes - Parkes is home to the annual Parkes Elvis Festival, the biggest festival dedicated to the life of Elvis Aaron Presley outside the United States
Between Sydney and Dubbo, there is a trail of brightly decorated rhinos – this is to bring the plight of the rhino into the public spotlight as they are critically endangered. This is the Elvis rhino at Parkes – Parkes is home to the annual Parkes Elvis Festival, the biggest festival dedicated to the life of Elvis Aaron Presley outside the United States

Ford Everest – First Impressions

I went to the Orana Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish and Boat Show last weekend – while I was there, I was very lucky to be amongst the lucky Dubbo residents who were able to view the amazing Ford Everest for the first time. Here are my first impressions of the Everest…..

New Ford Everest Trend
New Ford Everest Trend

Where do I start with the Everest? Ford have got themselves a very capable family-size 4WD wagon – they have used the Ranger’s chassis and running gear to create this. One thing I really, really like is the Microsoft SYNC system as part of the audio system – available on the Trend and Titanium, this allows the driver to control things, like the air-conditioning, the audio system and the Bluetooth, with his or her voice. As for the Bluetooth, you can use it not only to talk on your phone hands-free but stream audio from a compatible device, such as a iPod or a smartphone.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming - iPod
Bluetooth Audio Streaming – iPod

Another really good thought on Ford’s behalf is the inclusion of a 230V AC power outlet in the second row – this outlet is handy for people who need to charge a phone, a iPod (although there is a 12V outlet alongside where you can use a iPod charger), etc.

A very convenient and well thought of touch is this 230V 150W AC power outlet in the second row
A very convenient and well thought of touch is this 230V 150W AC power outlet in the second row

The Everest is powered by a 3.2 litre 5 cylinder common-rail direct injection turbocharged intercooled diesel engine (as per the Ranger) with 143kW of power and 470Nm of torque. This engine uses Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) to reduce the emissions of NOx in the exhaust. The power is put to all four wheels via a 6 speed automatic transmission with manual controls.

AdBlue/Diesel Fillers - the Everest is the first Ford 4WD to require this important fluid due to having SCR
AdBlue/Diesel Fillers – the Everest is the first Ford 4WD to require this important fluid due to having SCR
The Everest's 3.2 litre 5 cylinder CRDi turbocharged intercooled diesel engine
The Everest’s 3.2 litre 5 cylinder CRDi turbocharged intercooled diesel engine

Overall, I feel the Everest is very well finished, everything inside is easily reached and fits in with the overall theme. I think that the competition are going to be easily scared – the competition (Isuzu MU-X and Holden Colorado7) look exactly like the utes on which they are based. Ford have gone the opposite way with the Everest – the grille looks like it was taken from the previous generation Ford Explorer in the States (the Terrain Management system definitely is!)…. this is what sets the Everest apart from the Ranger.

Ratings:
Fit and Finish: 5/5
Appearance: 5/5
Appeal: 5/5
Overall: 5/5
Total: 20/20

The all new Ford Everest – Available October 1!

The all new Ford Everest has arrived in Australia. The Everest is available in three model variants (prices below as well):
Ambiente – $59765 Drive Away
Trend – $66065 Drive Away
Titanium – $83493 Drive Away

New Ford Everest Trend
New Ford Everest Trend
Bluetooth Audio Streaming - iPod
Bluetooth Audio Streaming – iPod
The Everest's 3.2 litre 5 cylinder CRDi turbocharged intercooled diesel engine
The Everest’s 3.2 litre 5 cylinder CRDi turbocharged intercooled diesel engine
AdBlue/Diesel Fillers - the Everest is the first Ford 4WD to require this important fluid due to having SCR
AdBlue/Diesel Fillers – the Everest is the first Ford 4WD to require this important fluid due to having SCR
Ranger XLT on left, Everest Trend on right
Ranger XLT on left, Everest Trend on right
A very convenient and well thought of touch is this 230V 150W AC power outlet in the second row
A very convenient and well thought of touch is this 230V 150W AC power outlet in the second row

The Everest is based on the Ranger ute line and has been punted against the Toyota LandCruiser Prado (rather than it’s direct brethren, the Isuzu MU-X and the Holden Colorado7). The Everest is a much better finished vehicle than the Colorado7, the interior layout is something amazing and the overall impression I got when I first saw it was indescribable! I will recommend it to those looking at the MU-X and the Colorado7…. if you want to see more or to learn more about the Everest, check out http://www.ford.com.au/suv/everest/

Scoop! All-new Ford Everest – first pics here tomorrow night!

Hi folks,

The weekend is finally upon us down under – tomorrow, I am off to a caravan show where our local Ford dealer launched the brand new Everest to the motoring public of Dubbo. The Everest is the very first Ford 4WD in Australia to utilise Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR)… this is how SCR works:
CAC: Charge Air Cooler
EGR: Exhaust Gas Recirculation
HC: Hydrocarbons
DOC: Diesel Oxidation Catalyst
DPF: Diesel Particulate Filter
DEF: Diesel Exhaust Fluid, also known as AdBlue
SCR: Selective Catalytic Reduction
NOx: Nitrogen Oxide

How does SCR work??? The diagram below will show you:

SCR on an agricultural tractor (MF 8690)- thanks to Farmonline for the image

3 Quotes 3 Days: Day 1 – thanks to Ritu for the nomination

I have been nominated by Ritu for this one – I have a few little quotes that I can share…. today, I will start with one from the founder of the Ford Motor Company:

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it – Henry Ford (the founder of the car company that bears his name)

I nominate all my followers for this!