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Offline El Dufus

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« 2016-Jan-12, 09:38 AM Reply #150 »
On 15th December, Mr & Mrs El Dufus welcomed their first grandson. We now have 4 grandchildren.

Now there is nothing remarkable about having a grandchild, except that little Jimmy Dufus was born 14 weeks premature, and arrived as a surprise to everyone, not least of all his parents.

He weighed 704 grams at birth, and could fit into the palm of your hand!

Obviously, such an early birth is not ideal, and Jimmy will spend a long time in intensive care provided nothing untoward happens. At 26 weeks, survival rates are around 85%, and we are just continuing to hope that he shows the true El Dufus family fighting spirit, and sees the next few weeks through without any complications.

Mum was discharged after two days, but little Jimmy must remain in IC. The attention he is receiving at RBWH is brilliant, and despite a few concerning moments in the early stages, as of yesterday he weighed 1 kg and looks much, much better than a couple of weeks ago.

His English Mum & Brisbane Dad visit him up to 3 or 4 times a day, and he is taking 7.5 mls of mothers milk an hour through a feeding tube attached to his humidicrib. Mum has to continually provide his sustenance, hence the frequent visits to the hospital.

It is obvious to me that if he beats the odds, he will be a punter, and with a name like Jimmy (official name) he will probably be a bovver boy too!

Let's hope its not too long before we see him at the track!

El D



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« 2016-Jan-12, 11:19 AM Reply #151 »
Oh good news and worrying news E.D................thank you for sharing your happiness and concerns with us........I had a few tears in my eyes when I first heard. 

Can't imagine your worry !   Lots and lots of prayers and love for everyone.     :love:    :love:     :love:

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« 2016-Jan-12, 01:46 PM Reply #152 »
Congratulations E.D and Mrs E.D and family.
Super news that the little fella is doing so well.
We know Jimmy is not out of the woods yet but it is great to see him putting on weight and looking stronger.
It is a happy and at the same time stressful period.
I am sure everyone on the Forum is sending their best wishes for further good progress and continuing news over the next few weeks.

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« 2016-Jan-12, 04:00 PM Reply #153 »
On 15th December, Mr & Mrs El Dufus welcomed their first grandson. We now have 4 grandchildren.

Now there is nothing remarkable about having a grandchild, except that little Jimmy Dufus was born 14 weeks premature, and arrived as a surprise to everyone, not least of all his parents.

He weighed 704 grams at birth, and could fit into the palm of your hand!

Obviously, such an early birth is not ideal, and Jimmy will spend a long time in intensive care provided nothing untoward happens. At 26 weeks, survival rates are around 85%, and we are just continuing to hope that he shows the true El Dufus family fighting spirit, and sees the next few weeks through without any complications.

Mum was discharged after two days, but little Jimmy must remain in IC. The attention he is receiving at RBWH is brilliant, and despite a few concerning moments in the early stages, as of yesterday he weighed 1 kg and looks much, much better than a couple of weeks ago.

His English Mum & Brisbane Dad visit him up to 3 or 4 times a day, and he is taking 7.5 mls of mothers milk an hour through a feeding tube attached to his humidicrib. Mum has to continually provide his sustenance, hence the frequent visits to the hospital.

It is obvious to me that if he beats the odds, he will be a punter, and with a name like Jimmy (official name) he will probably be a bovver boy too!

Let's hope its not too long before we see him at the track!

El D




ED, that's pretty scary stuff, you can rest assured Jimmy is in good hands.  I know that Unit well, and the practitioners are experts.  Be guided by their advice.

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« 2016-Feb-17, 02:08 PM Reply #154 »
El Dufus is a “sometime” contributor to the Forum, mainly if having an “edventure” somewhere in the world, or after attending one of the magnificent functions arranged by some of the most generous people he has met over his almost 70 years.

But upon realising this morning that he had survived another night, El Dufus became rather philosophical, and this is his contribution to the cobalt saga.

One of the observations he makes as a frequent visitor to the RHT site is that so many contributors seem to be unhappy – unhappy about their lot in life, unhappy that anyone should have opposing political beliefs, unhappy that their State TAB’s are not meeting expectations, unhappy that their racing authorities are not performing up to standard, unhappy that someone shows sympathy for the less fortunate in the world at large, or unhappy that someone deemed  “undeserving” should be making a modest success from taking on a risky venture.

Blog sites abound with unhappy people, who refuse point blank to take any personal responsibility for the decisions that have led to their unhappiness. It’s always someone else’s fault.

El Dufus would like to recount some memorable occurrences in his life in the hope that some of you may perhaps look a little inwardly at your attitudes, and perhaps learn that tolerance  goes a long way to a less stressful and happier existence in a world of violence, exploitation and extremism.

It is important to note that El Dufus wishes he had this attitude earlier in life, but wisdom only comes with real-life experiences.

The first full-time job El Dufus had was in 1968 as a Commonwealth Public Servant in the (then) Department of Labour & National Service.

El Dufus noticed within the first six months that a number of his aging but senior managers seemed to disappear at lunch and return to work rather the worse for wear almost every day. He thought this was a bit unusual, having been raised by rather sober parents, but merely interpreted this behaviour as one of the perks of being a senior public servant.

One day, El Dufus took a phone call from a mate who suggested a boozy lunch was in order, and, having observed his managers’ frequent disappearances at lunch time, decided that no harm could possibly be done.

How wrong could he have been!

A late return resulted in an appointment with his Senior Manager who proceeded to give El Dufus the “rounds of the kitchen”. When El Dufus defended himself by pointing out the alcoholic habits of other managers within the Department, he was told:

“When you have returned from a World War as a shattered individual, when you have been fortunate enough to have survived horrific war activities, to have your best mate die beside you in a stinking cess-pit of mud and slush, when the only way to forget the horrors of war is to “have a tipple”, then, and only then, can you justify a boozy lunch with some mates”.

You see, many of those managers were returned servicemen, nerves shot to bits, and El Dufus had no idea.

A lesson learned that he has never forgotten!

Some forum members may now be saying “so what”?

It is significant, because it suggests that nothing in life is as simple as it first seems.

El Dufus has often wondered why so many people who reach the top of their chosen profession are regarded as cheats. Now please don’t jump in to say “because so many of them are”. El Dufus wants to recount another major influence contributing to his opinion of people in general.

After resigning his public service job in 1972, El Dufus travelled overseas to England, where he obtained a job as personal assistant to the director of one of the UK’s largest finance companies. This director managed the bad debt aspect of the business, and one of the first things he said to El Dufus was that 96% of people are honest, hard working, dedicated, and meet their commitments. The other 4% are “looked after” by the legal system.

That 96% comment has stuck with El Dufus over his entire business career.

Well, I can hear the naysayers already - what a load of old cobblers.

But Australia’s population has reached 24 million, so 4% is 960,000 – that is a lot of people adjudged as dishonest, but why focus on that? Why not say to yourselves that 23,040,000 are honest, hard working, dedicated, and meet their commitments?

Think about it, only 4% of politicians are corrupt, only 4% of priests are paedophiles, only 4% of muslims are terrorists, only 4% of stockbrokers are fraudsters, only 4% of bank managers are thieves, only 4% of jockeys are dishonest, and only 4% of trainers illegally drug their horses. Extend it to any profession – judges, barristers, prime ministers, accountants, company CEO’s – 4% sounds about right!
 
Now even if you decide that 4% is too low and want to make it 10%, it still equates to 21,600,000 honest citizens in Australia.

How good is that?

Nothing over his 40 odd years in the business world has made El Dufus change his mind – and yes, he has met a few of the 4%, and in some cases it has cost him dearly, both financially and emotionally, but it won’t make him change his mind that the vast majority are honest.

For those that don’t know already, El Dufus is a Queenslander and attended his first race meeting around the age of 17, and was immediately “hooked”.

In subsequent years, he met many “racing personalities”. Through these “personalities”, these knowledgable racing men, these men “in the know”, these men we all run into at the racetrack from time to time, he learned that Tommy Smith was a crook, Bart Cummings was a crook, as was George Moore, Alf Sands, Fred Best, Graham Cook, Mick Dittman and Mel Schumacher.

He heard that Tommy Smith used to take an annual trip to the US to get his supply of the latest “go-fast” (administered under the supervision of that veterinarian crook Percy Sykes).
 
He heard that bookmaker Brian Ogilvie was a crook, as were fellow bookies Goff Ortt, Brian Binnie, Bert Clarke and Jack Howes. Chief QTC Steward Neive Frawley and his successors including Andy Tindall were crooks. The entire committee of the Queensland Turf Club at the time were all crooks, and the photo finish judge was a crook, and a pisspot to boot.

You see, the above examples partially indicate that every successful person in the racing game has been regarded as a crook at some stage in their careers - based on the opinions of “knowledgable” men, much like some of those who frequent this forum who really know stuff-all except how to criticize and find fault.

El Dufus knows that some of the names mentioned above have convictions, and he is not silly enough to suggest that several others have not been attracted to the “dark side” at some stage. But he will still maintain that 4% is a good estimate of those participating in the “dark side”.

And recently El Dufus heard that Peter Moody, Mark Kavanagh, and Danny O’Brien are crooks.

But could it be that they are not crooks?

Could it be that they are just like you and me and placed their faith in a vet they have known for years and whom they trusted totally?

Could it be that they are just like you and me and trust their GPs totally and without question?

Could it be that they are just like you and me who believe Ricky Ponting when he tells us that he uses Swisse vitamin products and he is all the better for it?
 
Could it be that Ascot is correct and there may be valid scientific reasons for the high cobalt readings or that mistakes have been made in the analysis process?

Or could it be that we just don’t understand science, so scientists must all be crooks too (including Mrs El Dufus)?   

Could it be that the easiest way to excuse our own inadequacies is to suggest that Kavanagh, Moody and O’Brien are rotten to the core?

Or could it be that they are just great horsemen, that they never want to stop learning, that they constantly want to maintain their success, and that they have a business plan to do so which includes studying and following the best in the world?

Could it be that successful people will always be crooks in the eyes of the inadequate?

Hence to the point of this long-winded essay:

Many of you have already made up your minds that Mark Kavanagh, Peter Moody, Danny O’Brien and others are as guilty as hell, and nothing will change your mind.

El Dufus very badly wants to believe that the three top trainers who have been caught up in the recent and ongoing cobalt scandal are part of the 96% who are honest, hardworking, dedicated, and meet their commitments.

El Dufus acknowledges that other trainers have pleaded guilty, and are now suffering their well-deserved consequences.

El Dufus in no way excuses or condones illegality within the industry, but based on everything he has heard and read recently, he demands to see irrefutable proof that the cobalt positives attributed to Mark Kavanagh, Peter Moody and Danny O’Brien have resulted from the conscious administration  of illegal substances with the express purpose of rorting the system.

He doesn’t want to hear personal opinions, which count for nothing. Opinions are just like a*s*holes, everyone has got one (including El Dufus, who has both).

Now once this prolonged drama has played its way through the legal system, and a decision is made (one way or the other), El Dufus will accept the verdict. So should everyone else.

The naysayers might be correct – Kavanagh, Moody and O'Brien might all be crooks. They will become part of that 4%, and El Dufus will be disappointed.

But until that day, El Dufus will continue to view them as part of the 96%, that they are just superb horsemen, better than most, and that they will continue to be so.

El D

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« 2016-Feb-17, 04:16 PM Reply #155 »
Agree

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« 2016-Feb-17, 06:27 PM Reply #156 »
as always El D

great post   8-)

i will try

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« 2016-Feb-19, 05:05 PM Reply #157 »
ED,

I get your post and I do believe 96% of Forumites also...thanks...being a lot of emotions about this issue...but I do agree with your take and I like the various opinions..on this...lets wait and see...appeals and all...I think I will catch up with you a few times....before this issue is finished....

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« 2016-Feb-23, 11:02 PM Reply #158 »

The El Dufus view of politicians.

Reproduced from The Age Newspaper.




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« 2016-Feb-29, 09:09 PM Reply #159 »
Over the last few years, I have made many friends, and I have lost count of the many pleasant forum contributors I have met at various organised functions; but now many of my forum friends have been barred or have chosen to withdraw support.

When situations like this occur suddenly in businesses, in my opinion it is almost always an internal problem. Amongst other things, frontline staff suggestions are ignored, this progresses to “born to rule” arrogance, and as a result, management becomes immune to criticism.

You might recall the debate we continue to have on this forum about how the role of punters is ignored in the formulation of future policy plans for the racing industry – that is arrogance, and while it may take years to filter through, eventually the punters will have their day.

The same applies to this forum.

I have had concerns with the moderators for many years, and you will find, if anyone chooses to check, that I was one of a very few who criticised the mods for allowing personal vindictiveness towards Bob Bentley to be published.
 
I can well remember the personal insults directed at him when he was running RQ, and while I agree he is a really abrasive person because of his management style, and has made plenty of enemies, he has children and probably grandchildren who adore him. There was no place for the revolting personal comments (particularly from “Porky”, but also several others), and yet the mods allowed them to be published.

At that stage, I had no idea who the mods were, but I certainly did not like what was allowed. And of course, the Commission of Inquiry did refer to those comments during the course of its tenure.

I have done a quick check to see who has been banned or who has chosen to withdraw from the site in the last week – Ascot, Jim’s Punting, Goldielocks, and Chuggers – probably several more.
 
All of these have been prolific in their contributions to making this site so enjoyable, including Chuggers who has provided us with the means to enjoy absolutely fantastic days at the races in Sydney, Goldielocks, who has allowed many of us to really enjoy the Gold Coast Turf Club at its absolute best, and whose Robert Thompson love-fest thread has amused us all, and Ascot, with his managerial experience at the highest levels of Government, his scientific knowledge, and of course his fabulous photos. In different ways, these three have linked us to special, and I hope lifelong friendships, which will now not occur again through this site.

How can this be good?

Ascot is a world renowned virologist who has tried to lead us through the mire of the cobalt saga in a most scientific, understandable, and sometimes humorous manner, and because he challenged the personal and largely ignorant opinions of some, he received denigration and ridicule when what he was trying to point out was that all may not be what it seems, and perhaps those personal opinions were either incorrect or unfounded on the evidence to date.

When the continued ridicule forced him to react in a way that upset “management”, his punishment was banning.

Goldielocks has had a long and distinguished career in Department of Foreign Affairs. She has served this country in many distressed areas of the world (Middle East being one). On some occasions, the role she has had to perform on behalf of this nation would make most of us squeamish.

On 12th and 13th February on the New Forum Standards thread, there was a peculiar exchange between Goldie and Magic. Goldie’s comments were not reproduced in the thread (where are they? was it a private communication?), but Magic’s responses were clearly shown. It seems obvious (to me), that Goldie said something sensitive to Magic, and (this is important) for which she later apologised, which Magic accepted.

In part of a further exchange on 13th February, Magic commented about Goldie “How you were ever in any position of power or importance really dismays me”.

On what Goldie has achieved in her working life, I find that comment appalling and insulting, yet I can’t see an apology anywhere. In my opinion, those comments should have been moderated out of the thread, but mods allowed them to be published.

And when I saw the list of moderators published a few days ago, so many things became clear – all of the current mods are men. Goldie was the only female member (token female but don’t rock the boat?), and that lasted just 30 days because, as I understand it (not from Goldie I might add), her standards differed so much from the existing. That to me would have been a breath of fresh air.

To Westie and Lert, I am disappointed that you allowed those comments about Goldie to go unchallenged.

When any of the current mods have achieved as much in their lives as Ascot and Goldie, then you can perhaps regard yourselves as achievers, but you’ve all sure as hell got a long way to go.

As I understand it, Goldie was trying to apply a more modern and all-encompassing standard to the role of moderator. It seems to have been forgotten by both mods and management that women, young adults, and children read this forum too. Women generally have no time for testosterone driven nudge nudge, wink wink, male, yuk yuk comments, and yet you allow Firezuki and his protagonists to persist in regularly using terms of that nature – I suspect because members of the moderator team think a bit of male “macho” is acceptable.
 
Well, I have had Firezuki, Fours, Gintara and a couple of others on “ignore” for some time. In the main, their views are extreme, unpleasant, unsympathetic and derogatory – they have no place on this forum, and yet, they are allowed to continue to publish.

What a standard you set!

And what is the reaction to being challenged? Ascot and Goldie are barred!

Hypocrisy at its best.

Magic, you called for New Forum Standards – you’re kidding aren’t you?

I have met you. You seem like a really pleasant person, and yet, when challenged, you behave like a petulant little schoolboy. I understand that medical and family issues have made your life quite difficult in recent times, but that does not excuse a fall in personal values leading to the denigration of Ascot and Goldie. You might “own” the website, but you don’t own the participants that have made it so successful. You never will.

Nothing lasts forever, and I am sorry this site has now become as irrelevant as so many others – full of self-serving opinionated non-achievers, always looking for an excuse for their own inadequacies.

Just like John Lingard and the LGHR site.

In my opinion, and for what it is worth, the following should happen:
•   Mods should be equal numbers of males and females as much as possible – that will get rid of the more revolting comments and hopefully the more revolting “bogans”
•   It’s a racing forum – get rid of Soapbox, In The News, and Lifestyle Talk
•   Ban political discussion, unless it is related to racing

El Dufus has now withdrawn all future support from the site.

I hope the friends I have made through this site over the years remain so, and I hope we will continue to have get-togethers from time to time. In several cases, I have your personal email addresses, but some I don’t.

If you agree, I would like to PM you for a private address.

In the future, I will be interested in seeing if any changes are made to the site along the line of any of my suggestions above, and I am going to optimistically hope it returns to the lovely site it was so many years ago. But for the time being, I have ceased being a “sometime” contributor.

Happy punting!

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« 2016-Feb-29, 10:28 PM Reply #160 »
El Dufus,

You have me on ignore so you wont see this which also means you probably wont see why Ascot dese4rved to e banned for his treatment and prolonged trolling of my thread..

You are just being a little bit too one eyed here to be taken seriously.

Clubby comments are a form of bullying - time you realised that.

You should also be ashamed for assuming others have not achieved in life. I alone have world firsts to my name and I am sure others have achieved too but don't see the need to shout it from the roof tops or be a sycophant like some.

Fours

ps El Dufus   "extreme, unpleasant, unsympathetic and derogatory" are four words you have used to describe me and a reason to have me on ignore. Please show just 1 instance of the above on my first four thread designed to help others.....  that backs up your claim......... in the absence of Ascot and his clubs trolling behaviour. I responded to the bad behaviour in my prior thread - yet you appear to be totally blind to that - another reason for you to be ashamed.
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