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General Discussion / Pam's new email address + bulk listing
« on: 18 November, 2023, 12:17:10 PM »
Greetings everyone - delighted to share the good news that website owner Pam has finally managed to go virtually full circle and get her "forever email address" back online, thanks to website host Poul. So please adjust your contact lists to dump Pam's earlier gmail and/or "binn" addresses and replace with the one circulated a few minutes ago to bulk email list members as shown below (email addresses removed for security reasons; if required, please email me direct or leave a message on this thread).
Scouse/MR on behalf of owner Pam, mine host Poul, admin Lee, and moderators Pam, Lee, me, Ken.
Bulk email list members as at 18 November 2023:
Pam McDonald
Martin "Scouse/MR" Ratia
Lynn "Lee" Burgess
Ken "Outback traveller" Mackenzie
John Darling
Terry Winsor
Steve Mason
Eddie Roberts
Ern Hudson
Geoff & Christine Southby
Graham Keogh
John "JK" & Babs Knowles
Steve Iceton
Leon Jeffery
Ray "Jumbo" Jordan
Bob Doe
Darryl Anderson
Alby Simpson
Poul Malmkjaer-Mason

General Discussion / Another new member for MB
« on: 05 November, 2023, 11:14:57 AM »
Greetings all!
You have probably already noticed a new member "Bob" mentioned on the MB. Bob is Robert "Bob" Doe, former 6 Light Regiment LAD REME, Jan 65 - May 68. He posted on the GB asking questions about the Shades of Blue and if a copy of their record 'In the Midnight hour' was on the 208 site (as far as we can tell, it disappeared along with other stuff during one of the recent website reconstructions, but site Admin Lee Burgess found 3 links that might help him locate a copy). Bob says he's here because "I like looking at the photos and memories". Don't we all!
We don't know if Bob's time in 28 Bde overlaps with Eddie Roberts' (REME att 208 Sigs, early 1960s), but they'll surely work that one out by themselves!
In the meantime, Bob's email address has been added to the bulk emailing list for emergency use when contact via this MB is not possible. If you haven't received a copy, please let me know on this thread or by direct email to
Cheers, Scouse/MR

General Discussion / Help with technical issues on this MB
« on: 26 October, 2023, 08:48:24 AM »
G'day all!
It's not technically possible for the SMF software used to create this MB to send emails to users seeking assistance with registration, resetting passwords, changing user details incl. avatars, etc. If you need assistance with any of those or similar "technical" issues, simply explain the problem and email it to - where it will be automatically forwarded to website Admin Lynn "Lee" Burgess for review, follow-up and (hopefully) resolution.
If anyone tries (or has tried) that approach unsuccessfully, please post the details in this thread (including dates) so they can be read by and/or forwarded to Lee if necessary.
Cheers, on behalf of owner/moderator Pam, Admin Lee and moderators MR and Outback Traveller

General Discussion / A 208-related story
« on: 22 October, 2023, 03:29:14 AM »
Here's a tale I just shared with some former 208 MB regulars on email:
My Vietnamese nephew Tony lives in Australia these days (his mum sponsored him over after she married a VN Aussie) and he told us on one of our visits downunder a few years ago (we live mostly in VN these days to care for our 11yo niece) that he'd applied and been rejected for the ADF (Aussie army). I had a look at the case and realised that both sides (him and the ADF) had made several misinterpretations at various stages of his application, so we lodged four separate appeals (3 medical, 1 education) and he won them all. He's now been a grunt in 5 RAR (Adelaide and Darwin) for nearly 5 years (his graduation from basic training at Kapooka was an incredibly emotional event for the family!).
Anyway, life continued for all of us and then he surprised us about 6 months ago by saying he'd been selected for jungle warfare training near JB (Malaysia) with British special forces - and that's where he is as I type this post, hence my comment about this being a 208-related story! Linh, me and our niece (Tony's 11yo sister, Sunny, who lives with us in VN) are all heading over to Singapore to catch up with him next weekend - but he's staying at the Marina Bay Sands (the Oz army always did pay well, as I recall!) and we're staying on Orchard Road so Linh and Sunny can go shopping!
How did that old saying go? Certa Cito, sh*t or bust, if heaven doesn't getya, the devil must!

General Discussion / Re: Replacing the Guest Book
« on: 18 October, 2023, 05:17:06 AM »
Just thought it worth mentioning that the new GB has been operational for some time now and there's an outstanding query which is being investigated by our technical expert and website rebuilder Lee. Dunno who the poster is, and nor do I know the answer to his question - maybe it's an old mate of the band who prefers to remain incognito these days???

General Discussion / Re: Message Posting by 208 People
« on: 19 September, 2023, 02:08:18 PM »
Yeah, me too - I don't even remember Shades of Blue so I was either under the influence, hadn't arrived, or already been and gone! But Lee's gonna answer the question for the poster and he's the one who's been manipulating everything for the past coupla years to get the site back online so if anyone knows the answer, it's him!  ;D

General Discussion / Re: Message Posting by 208 People
« on: 18 September, 2023, 03:34:49 AM »
I agree, Ken - more info required. But as far as the question from "Bob Doe" goes about the existence or not of the song on this website, the answer he's looking for is possibly just a simple "yes" or "no". My own answer would be "don't know", so that's not very helpful and I'll therefore leave it to Pam or one of you guys (Ken, Lee) who may know more.

General Discussion / Re: Message Posting by 208 People
« on: 05 September, 2023, 02:39:53 PM »
No, Pam - this is the MB (Message Board), which requires a once-off registration to post messages. The GB is Guest Book - click on the link in the top left-hand corner of this website's home page (the icon looks like an open book with blinking eyelids - very creative!) and you'll see the most recent post by someone (who appears to be using a pseudonym but please correct me if I'm wrong) asking if any photos of that band you guys often talk about ("Shades of Blue").

General Discussion / Re: Message Posting by 208 People
« on: 03 September, 2023, 05:50:05 AM »
Same age as me! Btw Pam, there's a question for you on the GB if you haven't seen it yet.

General Discussion / Re: Message Posting by 208 People
« on: 29 August, 2023, 03:04:14 AM »
Yeah, good ol' Tony - lovely guy. He was on our rebro crew (RRB2) in 2 Sigs where I was posted after 208. Next thing we know, they'd posted him out to 208!!! The name Legs Maguire rings a bell, but no vision or memories so can't comment. Maybe one of our lurkers will remember more?
Shades of Blue were after my time but it sounds like they were very popular. Linh and I now have our own resident songbird - our niece Sunny (just turned 11yo) has been appointed joint lead singer of her high school choir - she's got a voice to match her angelic looks! (but then I suppose I'm biased!).

General Discussion / Re: Add a fb link to the MB and/or GB - yes/no?
« on: 19 August, 2023, 04:59:43 AM »
It's now 3 weeks since I posted the below message asking for comments/offers of help but no response so can only assume it's a non-starter and will discontinue thoughts about facebook groups (probably smart to ignore fb anyway - the Zuck doesn't need our help to get any richer!). Now let's hope former posters can find their way here and get the chat going again that fell by the wayside coincidentally with covid's arrival and the need for new MB and GB - both of which have been rebuilt/renewed by our resident technical genius Lynn 'Lee' Burgess

General Discussion / Re: Message Posting by 208 People
« on: 19 August, 2023, 04:52:21 AM »
"Time and tides wait for no man (or woman!)". There are not many posts on this MB apart from those made by the same few, so we can only assume that former posters/colleagues have moved on with their lives and have higher priorities than swapping comments about the past. Or maybe they just can't remember anymore, like me! :-X

General Discussion / Add a fb link to the MB and/or GB - yes/no?
« on: 29 July, 2023, 02:48:49 PM »
G'day all
I've been flat-chat since getting back to VN from our recent trip downunder, so haven't really made any progress with researching the possibility of replacing and/or linking Message Board/Guest Book to a new facebook group. However, one thing that seems fairly obvious is that it's not entirely straightforward. On top of that is the difficulty of discontinuing either or both. Here's a copy of the advice I just read elsewhere:
How do I delete a Facebook group that I admin?
If you're a group admin, you can delete your Facebook group by removing all members (in private groups) or banning all members (in public groups) and then leaving the group, as long as the group creator has left the group or you are the group creator. When no members remain in the group, it will automatically be deleted.
Deleting a group is permanent and cannot be reversed. Alternatively, you can pause a group. Learn about the differences between pausing and deleting. .../ends
Given the apparent lack of interest since Lee valiantly rebuilt Pam's 208 Sigs site despite many obstacles that would have floored lesser people, I can only wonder if it would be worthwhile starting a facebook group that might never take off and therefore cause the originator some almighty headaches trying to get rid of it again!
Any comments/offers of help?

General Discussion / Re: Avatars on this MB
« on: 16 July, 2023, 01:40:50 AM »
Not my business Pam (and see separate post mentioning avatars in the "Welcome back..." thread), but your "defiant" avatar looks pretty good to me - and definitely looks like the photos I've seen of you!

General Discussion / Re: WELCOME BACK EVERYONE!
« on: 16 July, 2023, 01:38:21 AM »
Hi Pam. I notice your separate conversation with Lee about avatars so won't interrupt ("too many cooks..."). And mostly tied up with last-minute "goodbyes" and shopping for gifts now anyway (Linh and Sunny nearly gave me a heart-attack yesterday when they happily told me they'd spent $500 on gifts for family - gifting is a major VN cultural thing so I can't complain, even though my own expenditure yesterday was a tiny $4.40 for coffee!).
Our good news is that the migration lawyer we met on Thursday is confident she can get Sunny downunder on a student visa and then switch to a family sponsored child visa that will give her permanent residency (because her step-mum is already in Australia, having divorced her dad a few years before he died). And I bought a new tablet to replace the aging Samsung Tab 3 I've been using for the past half dozen or so years because now even the replacement battery won't hold a charge so it's time to move on... And of course we met Lee down in Adelaide, so all in all it's been a very successful/worthwhile and enjoyable visit downunder for all of us, despite the freezing cold weather (but back to VN and mid-30 temps in a coupla days - yeehaaaa!!!). ;D

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