Sunday, 31 December 2017

Promotion Announcement: Kevin 'Hightower' Baker & Ian Moore


One of the greatest pleasures of a Commanding Officer is to announce the promotion of a crewmember. It is therefore with great delight that I have two promotions to announce.

Kevin HighTower Baker and Ian Moore --- please step forward. ...

In recognition of increased participation within Centaur, long-standing service in support of Starbase 24 and its charitable causes and services rendered to and on behalf of the CENTAUR and its membership while maintaining an attitude consistent with the ideals and goals of Star Trek, you are each promoted to the rank of COMMANDER, and are charged with all the rights, privileges and responsibilities afforded this rank and grade.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Saving Santa

by CDT3 Sandy Reid, aged 5

On Christmas eve, I was just getting ready for bed on the Centaur and I got worried that Santa would forget me because of where I was. It made me think of how he would get to me. But I got in bed and went to sleep anyway.
While I was asleep, I heard an alarm going off and my name being shouted. I woke up and found out that I had to go on an emergency mission to help a spaceship which was being attacked. I had to go with Colin who was in charge, Ian, Hightower and Holly.
When we was close to the spaceship, we saw it was being attacked by a real big, red jelly alien and it had pretty light shining through it.
Colin said that we had to fire on the alien to get it off the ship, but he did not want to hurt either of them, so we had to use the custard gun.
When lots of custard had glued onto the Jelly alien, it made it very heavy and it fell off the ship and it floated away, but the pretty lights were still on the space ship.
We looked in one of the windows of the ship and saw Santa waving as he drove towards our space station. Just then our shuttle got splattered with the heavy jelly alien and custard and it made me unconscious when I bumped my head. Next thing I remembered was waking up on Christmas morning and Santa had been. So it was really good to know that Santa has a spaceship.

Merry Christmas everyone and thank you for my gift.
I can't wait to see what it is on Christmas day

That is lots of kisses for everybody.

Friday, 29 December 2017

Promotion Announcement: Colin Barrow


One of the greatest pleasures of a Commanding Officer is to announce the promotion of a crewmember. It is therefore with great delight that I make this particular announcement.

Colin Barrow --- please step forward.

In recognition of performance and services rendered to and on behalf of the CENTAUR and its membership, while maintaining an attitude consistent with the ideals and goals of Star Trek, you are hereby promoted to the rank of CAPTAIN and are charged with all the rights, privileges and responsibilities afforded this rank and grade.

Congratulations, sir.

Saturday, 23 December 2017


LTCDR Erika Stroem, Chief Counsellor

Personal Log: 2017.7.9

Interesting day on the planet Geekabilia yesterday. Met a lot of interesting characters. Tuvok, who we all know, says hi to you all. But the most interesting was a Na'vi family (natives of Pandora) who seemed to be very interested in some of the vehicles the planet has to offer.
The father and son seemed quite fierce, but the Mother and daughter came across as approachable. An old saying (never judge a book) came to mind when I tried to friend the little one, only to be greeted with the loudest hiss possible and as soon as the Mother heard this, she was on to me like a lioness protecting her cub. Well, I wont do that again in a hurry! However they did allow me to take a photo, so it all ended quite well, in the end.

Saturday, 16 December 2017


LCDR Erika Stroem

Most people will suffer a panic attack of some sort, throughout their lives. They can be pretty mild or extremely severe. They may come on for no reason whatsoever, or could be bought on from a past
trauma and/or suffer with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

So what is a Panic Attack?

A panic attack makes you feel anxious and frightened. It happens suddenly and feels intense. You also have physical symptoms. These can include the following. (Please note, people have different variants of symptoms. Some will have few of the following whilst others could have them all.)
  • An overwhelming sense of dread or fear
  • Chest pain and/or a sensation that your heart is beating irregularly
  • Feeling that you might be dying or having a heart attack
  • Sweating and hot flushes or chills and shivering
  • A dry mouth, shortness of breath or choking sensation
  • Nausea, dizziness and feeling faint
  • Numbness, pins and needles or a tingling sensation in your fingers
  • A need to go to the toilet
  • A churning stomach
  • Ringing in your ears
  • An inexplicable and overwhelming urge that drives you to just run away.
Some people having panic attacks experience a sense of detachment from who they are. This is known as depersonalisation. It is thought that this may be the mind’s way of dealing with the intense sensations associated with panic attacks.
For some people, certain situations cause panic attacks. For example, if someone has a fear of small spaces and has to board a plane, they may have a panic attack then.
Panic attacks can be linked to variety of different anxiety disorders. Panic disorder is where you have regular panic attacks and there is no particular trigger. This can make you worry about when you might have another attack. If this happens, you may get a diagnosis of panic disorder.
If someone you know has a panic attack, he or she may become very anxious and not think clearly. You can help the person by doing the following:
  • Stay with the person and keep calm.
  • Offer medicine if the person usually takes it during an attack.
  • Try to persuade the person to a quieter place.
  • Don't make assumptions about what the person needs. Ask them.
  • Speak to the person in short, simple sentences.
  • Be predictable. Avoid surprises.
  • Help the person focus by asking him or her to repeat a simple, physically tiring task such as raising his or her arms over the head.
  • Help slow the person's breathing by breathing with him or her or by counting slowly to 10.
It is helpful when the person is experiencing a panic attack to say things such as:
  • "You can get through this."
  • "Good job, you’re doing well."
  • "Tell me what you need now."
  • "Concentrate on your breathing. Maybe try short breaths in and long breaths out."
  • "What you are feeling is scary. Just let them know you understand."
By following these simple guidelines, you can:
  • Reduce the amount of stress in this very stressful situation.
  • Prevent the situation from getting worse.
  • Help put some control in a confusing situation.
Things to remember
  • Allow the person to proceed in therapy at his or her own pace.
  • Be patient and praise all efforts toward recovery, even if the person is not meeting all of the goals.
  • Do not agree to help the person avoid things or situations that cause anxiety.
  • Do not panic when the person panics.
  • Remember that it is all right to be concerned and anxious yourself.
  • Accept the current situation, but know that it will not last forever.
  • Neither patronise nor show sympathy, just show that you are in control.
  • Remember to take care of yourself. As a person suffering the panic could get a bit wild and even though they would not mean it, they can lash out from time to time, as they are at a stage of fear.
So the pip-squeak who turns round and suggests that you "pull yourself together", really needs a kick up the rear end themselves and also needs educating on the fact that you have no, or very little control over a panic attack and if you could, (if you were more in a position to do so) you would grab them by the throat.
However, on the other end of the spectrum you can also get the person who means well, but is too concerned and they tend to smother you with kindness and say things like "Oh you poor thing" and "Oh let me give you a hug". These not only feel patronising but also makes you feel more restricted than you already are, and at the time, you really do mean it when you try and shout for them to "LEAVE YOU THE H*LL ALONE". (P.S. I have toned that last bit down, as it is an article after all.)
After the attack, so many people feel they have to apologies for their actions. They may not think of thanking because they are still confused and embarrassed. Just tell them it's okay … and move on. Hope you all find this helpful.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

CADET ACTIVITY: Fuse Bead Comms Badge

Fuse beads (otherwise known as Perler or Hama beads) are fun and really easy to do. You simply arrange your beads on the board and then press with an iron to fuse the beads together to make coasters, mats and trinkets. This design is a superb one for the Trekkie. To complete the project you will need a selection of fuse beads, a bead board, a sheet of greaseproof paper and an iron.


  1. The boards come in a number of shapes and sizes, but you can easily use a square one for this project. Just rotate it so that it is diamond-shaped before you start placing your beads. However, you could use a hexagonal one.
  2. Lay your beads on the board as per the pattern below. Note that the pattern is reversed. This is because you are working on the reverse of the finished project.
  3. You may need to ask mum or dad to help you with this bit because once you have placed all your beads and you are happy with the design, place a sheet of greaseproof paper over the beads (otherwise you'll just melt them onto the iron and get mum or dad steaming!) and then gently iron the beads down. They will slowly melt and fuse together. Be careful not to overdo it though.

    Here's another idea for your creation. Why not stick them to the front of a book?

    Saturday, 2 December 2017

    ANDORIANS: Know your races.

    Three races of Andorians are identified: the predominant Thallassan, with high, knobby antennae; Talish, who have forward, tendril-like antennae; and Bish'ee, who have diminishing antennae standing straight out from their head. The Aenar are an albino sub-race of the Bish’ee.
    Aenar are blind, telepathic cave dwellers that live on the far north of the planet in underground cities. Until recently, they were considered a myth, but they have now been proven to exist. Only a handful of Andorians have ever seen them, though, as they are extremely secretive. They are also pacifists, or at least they were.