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Storytellers – The Importance of Maintaining Muscle & Strength – Type 1 Diabetes Exercise Project Update

The presenter for the evening was Allan Bolton, club member and recognised authority in the areas of health and fitness.

A passionate Allan Bolton in full flight

A passionate Allan Bolton in full flight

At the past three ‘Summer of Fun – Self-improvement Sessions’ Allan has held such well received talks, that due to popular demand he kindly agreed to a repeat performance of his last SOF presentation at our meeting, the title being ‘Strength & muscle – who needs it?’

Allan last presented to the Storytellers back in 2014, regarding his internet based ‘How to Exercise with type 1 Diabetes’ website project. Allan provided a brief progress update after a milestone moment last year when researchers from The University of Sydney’s Medical School completed the Type 1 Diabetes and Exercise Randomised Controlled Trial of his exT1D Web-site.

Allan told us there are 130 – 140k Australians who have type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease that is mostly diagnosed in young people between ages 5 and 15 years and that it’s on the rise with 6 Australians being diagnosed each day. On the outside it’s not obvious that someone has type 1 diabetes but on the inside there are major metabolic challenges to overcome. Type 1 is a life sentence so just look out when a cure should be found as Allan will be fighting his way to the front of the queue!

He went on to explain that Type 1 diabetes has the highest management burden by far among chronic conditions in young people and explained some of the difficulties around exercise. Most people could plan an hour ahead if they decided, for example, to go for a paddle at Balmoral at 6:30pm, whilst he needs to plan well in advance starting about 1:30pm. He has had 38 years of this ‘planning ahead’ so it is nearly like being on auto pilot and is second nature.

The presentation mapped out the last ten years of Allan’s lifelong involvement with Type 1 exercise education.

  • In 2006 he presented in Victoria and expected to talk for one hour starting at 6:30pm to an audience of 40. The audience of 170 people with Type 1, all keen to hear something on the subject wouldn’t let him out of the building until 10:30pm. This was the final straw, something need to be done to help the Type 1 community on a broad scale and it seemed he was the only person willing to give it a go. Continue reading

Storytellers – World War 1 Stories

Being close to ANZAC day, the theme for the evening was World War 1 stories, and Jackie Bourn had gone to a lot of trouble to decorate the Top Room with a World War 1 timeline and various related artefacts from the BBC Archives. Additionally both Eve Bagnall and Margy Carney had whipped up some very appetising Anzac biscuits which were well appreciated.

Bayne 'Gus' Kelly

Bayne ‘Gus’ Kelly

Bayne ‘Gus’ Kelly began the evening with a most interesting presentation about his
Great-uncle Ignatius Bertram Norris, who was killed at Fromelles on 19.7.1916 whilst commanding the 53rd Battalion KIA.

Bert was a well-known Sydney Barrister when he enlisted in 1915 departing for Egypt in June 1915 as Commanding Officer of the 53rd Battalion in the catastrophic attack at Fromelles, designed as a feint to lure the Germans away from the Somme offensive.
Of the 7000 Australian attackers, 5533 were killed, wounded or captured on the night of the 19th July. From the 53rd Btn alone there were 625 casualties including Bert Norris.
While Norris’ body was never recovered, his name was on the list of dead supplied by the Germans in November 1919 which stated that Australian Soldier Norris died in the vicinity of Fromelles. He may be buried in one of the mass graves near the battlefield. 98 years later through DNA supplied by family members Bert’s remains were positively located and an appropriate headstone installed on the place of his demise. Continue reading

Storytellers – Jane Eales – About “Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs”

JaneEales-Storytellers-450wWe welcomed Jane Eales to the March meeting of the Storytellers. Jane, a local resident and author of award winning book ‘Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs’ provide background on her book and enlightened us on the personal hurdles of discovering at the age of 19 that she was adopted, and the subsequent meticulous research she conducted to uncover her true family history. Jane provided a wonderful insight into the difficulties that surrounded her adopted parents breaking the news to her and the eventual cautious approaches to possible relations. Sadly, she was too late to find her mother alive. Jane’s mother was certainly a formidable character, attractive, a dog lover, a bridge player, and moved in some pretty impressive social circles. Her residence at one time being Ashby Castle. It wasn’t hard to understand how she was recruited as a spy. This chapter of her life will possible reveal more when further information of her activities behind enemy lines is released (currently restricted due to the Official Secrets Act). Continue reading

Storytellers – Europe experiences – The Broadhead family

We welcomed Storyteller Mark Broadhead to the first meeting for 2016.

Mark, a regular Saturday swimmer, ex Club Treasurer, bagpiper for the annual Jack Cox Race, and an all-round top bloke, presented some anecdotes of his family (wife Leanne, and daughters Georgia 12, Eva 10 and Ruby 8) trip to Europe for a holiday last December.

The BBC members are a generally well-travelled lot and familiar with long flights with youngsters so a presentation on a family trip to Europe might not have seemed of great interest, however, Mark managed to put a great spin on their adventures. We were treated to a few well-chosen photos of their travels in London, Paris, Vienna and Scotland.


Christmas Day Lunch in Vienna

Sightseeing included spotting about 5 Amy Winehouse lookalikes in North London. The mandatory English pub visit, warm beer accompanied by sausages and mash at Ye Old Six Bells, only 600 years old! Continue reading

Storytellers – Life Saving in Vietnam and a pictorial journey of Sicily

We welcomed Storytellers Lauren Elder and Jon Attwater to the last meeting for 2015.

Lauren, daughter of our own Denise, gave a most interesting talk about her trip in October to Vietnam. Lauren and her friend Gemma Margiotta, both qualified surf lifesaving trainers and assessors, represented the Manly Surf Club as volunteers to do their part in improving water safety in Vietnam.

Lauren and Gemma

Lauren and Gemma

Lauren explained about the huge problem that exists there with more than 3,000 drownings nationwide, which equates to 9 deaths per day on average. That rate is 10 times higher than in developed countries. To address these alarming statistics there are a number of activities, many Australian based, to implement water safety training. The particular one that Lauren and Gemma volunteered for is run by a group called Ho Tram Water Safety Consortium (HTWSC) and it combines the efforts of NGO’s, businesses and individuals to support swimming training and surf lifesaving.

Lauren spoke of not really knowing what to expect in Vietnam to the sheer joy in the enthusiasm of the locals in learning some new skills. They focused their efforts on a resort which supposedly had trained lifeguards but as Lauren described these guards knew only basic rudimentary skills, and would have little chance of preventing a drowning. Everyone at the resort was roped into attending the lessons, from kitchen, administrators, cleaners and gardening staff, all relishing the opportunity. Continue reading