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Army August 18, 2011
By Bob Dikkenberg
Say again, over
If you can think of a clever, witty caption for the above picture, email cap-
firstname.lastname@example.org with "caption competition August
18" in the subject line. Keep entries under 25 words. Entries MUST
include sender's name, rank and unit.
August 4 winner
"Stuck between a yank and
a hard place."
Cpl Jeremy Underwood
We also liked ...
"When the boss said we'd
be in mutual support with
the US, I didn't expect this."
Lt-Col Dave Jenkins
Spr Michael Mitry
17 Const Sqn
Volkswagen Polo GTI 5 door hatch
Engine: Turbo and supercharged 1.4l,
132kW, 250Nm of torque.
Test vehicle RRP: $29,490
Reviewer: Sgt Andrew Hetherington
AFTER spending a short time in the driv-
er's seat of the new Volkswagen Polo GTI
it doesn't take long to verify the valid-
ity of the swag of international motoring
awards it received in 2010-2011.
The 1.4 litre engine fitted with a turbo
and a supercharger was an animal wait-
ing to be unleashed, controlling its ferocity
through a clever, silky smooth, seven-speed
Drivers not checking the speedometer
could find themselves rapidly clocking up
speeds above the legal limit.
So rapid is the acceleration, the only way
you'll know you're not driving within the
limits is the use of your over-active left hand,
switching the indicator stalk to the right, as
you pass other vehicles, which seem to be
reversing towards you.
The Polo GTI is the second VW sports
hatch I've driven this year -- the first was a
Golf R -- which handled like a go cart.
Steering inputs defied the fact it's driven
through the front wheels. There was some
torque steer, but on the whole its road man-
ners were well above what was expected of
a car in the sub-$35,000 bracket.
Apart from its handling and performance
capabilities there's a lot else to like about
the Polo GTI. Opening the hatch revealed,
surprisingly, enough space to lug around a
couple of medium-sized suitcases.
Buyers will appreciate the well-designed
interior and the high standard of workman-
ship and materials used.
Soft-touch dash, sports seats with tartan
trim, flat bottomed leather steering wheel
with stereo and bluetooth phone buttons, cli-
mate control, in-dash driver multi-function
display, reasonable storage space, power
windows and enough air bags to cushion a
Davis Cup team.
The safety package continues with anti-
lock brakes with electronic brake force dis-
tribution and brake assist and a rigid passen-
ger safety cell with door side-impact protec-
tion, making it a five-star safety rated car.
Outside it looks like an under nourished
Golf GTI, which is VW's aim -- to make a
smaller and cheaper sibling of the hugely
popular family sized hot hatch.
The Polo GTI is a great car, but if you
want to work a bit harder behind the wheel
and actually feel the rewards from your
efforts, then it might not be for you.
SAS: The Search for Warriors
Release date: August 24
ANYONE considering taking on
Special Forces selection has prob-
ably already seen the acclaimed SBS
documentary SAS: The Search for
The two-part documentary fol-
lows candidates through the three
stages of the intense SASR selection
Although the concept is fairly
ground breaking -- it's the first time
in 25 years the Australian SASR
has allowed a film crew to cover its
selection process -- the documentary
doesn't attempt anything fancy.
Interviews with directing staff
and -- ultimately unsuccessful -- can-
didates break up footage of many of
the course's gruelling physical chal-
lenges. The producers did a good
job representing the toughness of the
selection process without exaggerat-
tary focuses on the
with less coverage
of the mind games
and brain teasers,
but these omissions
are clearly deliber-
ate -- allowing the
directing staff to
protect their most
As a documenta-
ry, SAS: The Search
for Warriors is an
interesting look at
the level of fitness
and perseverance required to have a
chance at joining Australia's premier
Special Forces unit. However, as a
DVD, it offers nothing beyond what
was aired on TV -- there are no extra
Personally, I would have liked to
see some longer ver-
sions of the interviews
with the directing staff
or some extra foot-
age from some of the
activities. Without these
extras, the only people
who are likely to pur-
chase it are those who
plan to undertake SASR
selection and hope to
glean as much inside
information as possible.
Army has some copies of
SAS: The Search for Warriors
to give away. To enter, email
your contact details to com-
au with "SAS: The Search for Warriors" in
the subject line.
-- John Wellfare
DVDOne for warriors
Pocket rocket a powerhouse on the road
A lot to like: The new Volkswagen Polo GTI 5 door hatch.
Photo by Sgt Andrew Hetherington
BOOK WINNERS: The winners of two copies of Battle Scarred by Craig
Deayton are: Maj Peter Wilson, HQJOC, and Mark Chandler, Melbourne.
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