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Westprint Friday Five Friday January 5th 2018

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Friday Five Books

  1. Great Australian Working Dog Stories. Angela Goode & Mike Hayes. People of the bush regard their working dogs as the nation's greatest asset. Uncomplaining, tough, never needing to be fussed over, and hugely loyal, dogs rarely go on strike, don't hit the grog, only occasionally answer back, never ask for a pay rise, scarcely take a sickie and are always ready with infectious enthusiasm to start the day! Drawn from around 2000 entries received by the ABC COUNTRY HOUR in a nationwide competition, these stories in this classic title take you on a vast farm tour of the country, celebrating the remarkable abilities of working dogs and the pivotal role they play in rural Australia. 566pp. First published in 1998, this edition 2009. $32.95.
  2. Great Australian Rabbit Stories. Great Australian Rabbit Stories is a marvellous collection of true-life tales that give a remarkable insight into life on the land as seen through the eyes of those who have been at the frontline of Australia's relentless battle with the rabbit. Full of heart, humour, sadness and adventure, these stories perfectly capture the Aussie spirit and ingenuity - from childhood recollections of trapping rabbits during the Depression, to the tireless battles fought by farmers against their furry foe and the scientists who search desperately for ways to control exploding rabbit populations. These memories not only bring to life a bygone era, but also highlight the very real challenges people in rural Australia face every day.342pp. First published in 2010. $35.00.
  3. Outback Heart. Joanne van Os was just twenty-two when she met Rod Ansell. At twenty-three Rod was already a legend in Australia and around the world, having survived alone for two months without supplies in one of the harshest and most remote parts of northern Australia. To Joanne, Rod was a genuine hero who could do anything, could make anything out of nothing, told the funniest yarns, and had a philosophy on everything. Together they lived the tough life of outback bull catchers and cattle musterers. But as time went on Joanne came to realise that Rod was both a complicated and deeply troubled man. For the sake of her sons she never gave up on Rod, even after their divorce, but just how far he'd gone only became apparent when his life ended in tragedy: out of his mind on drugs, Rod became involved in a shootout in which a young police officer was killed. 'How does someone, whose extraordinary story of survival in the wild inspired so many Australians, become a psychotic, drug-crazed gunman?' Joanne asks. OUTBACK HEART captures the Territory life on paper: the dust, the heat, the struggle and the larger-than-life characters. First published in 2005, this edition 2007 $24.95
  4. Snakes of Western Queensland. A field guide by Angus Emmott & Steve Wilson. The Snakes of Western Queensland Field Guide is an easy to use reference book for travellers, naturalists and locals alike. The technically correct and simply presented information in this 136-page handbook is a great way for either expert or lay person to get better acquainted with the snakes of the region. It's an excellent addition to the glovebox, bookshelf or library and includes over 100 vibrant, full-colour photographs. First published 2009. $22.95.
  5. Wild Food Plants. Describes more than 180 plants. Photos and drawings Includes a guide for poisonous and non-poisonous plants. First published in 1988, this edition 1991. $32.95  


Notes from the Office 

Welcome to 2018. All the Westprint Mob hope this year is everything you want it to be. Our Christmas was a little different this year.

John and Bev hosted the usual feast where everyone ate far too much and then spent the afternoon playing totem tennis or assembling new toys.

Two of our three kids were overseas, one in Edinburgh, Scotland in a hostel reading books and watching movies by herself (which, quite frankly would be her ideal Christmas). The other was in Puebla, Mexico with his partner and her family. Our eldest, Emma lives near a market in Melbourne and as her partner was working over the Christmas break she loaded the car with bulk fruit and veg and we spent most of the Christmas break making sauces, chutney, jam and other preserves. Tip: cherry stains on your fingernails lasts for weeks! (Maybe even longer than nail polish) Our office hours are a bit spasmodic over January. I can guarantee that Graeme will be spending as much time in the office as possible…he is not that excited about the extensive list of jobs to be done at home that I made for him. 

Friday Forum

A Bush Christmas.  

I have a friend who is very good at writing original songs. So, I sent him the poem you had in the Christmas Friday Five about a Bush Christmas (1955). The following is a link to him playing a tune and singing the poem. Vince.  

What is Suet? 

The Christmas edition included a recipe that called for suet…but I really had no idea what it was. Betty has the answer.  

A simple paste made from suet or shorts in Billy Can Roly Poly is suet crust pastry based on suet, the fat around the kidneys, or short crust pastry, which I make with butter (margarine these days). In the Christmas Pudding, if I remember correctly, citron peel is candied peel. A citron is a type of citrus fruit with a very thick peel and hardly any juice. Somewhat like a bush lemon. 


Two Frogs In Cream 

One of our new subscribers Erica sent in this gem. 

by T.C. Hamlet 


Two frogs fell into a can of cream, Or so I’ve heard it told; 

The sides of the can were shiny & steep, The cream was deep & cold. 

"O, what’s the use?" croaked Number One, "Tis fate; no help’s around. 

Goodbye, my friends! Goodbye, sad world!" And weeping still, he drowned.

But Number Two, of sterner stuff, Dog-paddled in surprise. 

The while he wiped his creamy face And dried his creamy eyes. 

"I’ll swim awhile, at least," he said- Or so I’ve heard he said; 

"It really wouldn’t help the world If one more frog were dead." 

An hour or two he kicked & swam, Not once he stopped to mutter, 

But kicked & kicked & swam & kicked, then hopped out... via butter! 

The problem that just keeps getting bigger – rubbish. 

It was amusing to read the report on your wet camp and tent problems. Tongue may be in cheek here but why be surprised to find a pile of rubbish in the bush? It seems the Xmas revellers on the St Kilda foreshore had no problems with this sort of behaviour! I can never understand how people can carry all this stuff to a place, but have no ability (read pig ignorance) to take it out with them. It's like our pet hate of people’s toilet habits in the bush. We were camped for the Xmas weekend in one of our favourite spots in the New England district and were astounded at what some uncaring vermin had left within inches of a beautiful river waterhole. Such is life these days ......... unfortunately. Perry 

Innamincka – South Australia. 

Thought the attached may be of interest to readers of the WFF, which I found while wandering the web. While it's not so long ago its vastly different to what Innamincka is like now each winter tourist season. I was up there just after that big flood in 1974. 

Ron & Viv Moon. 

The following article was written by Nancy Barber, who managed the Innamincka Trading Post. It was originally published in the Innamincka Bush Telegraph newsletter. This copy is from 

Innamincka Pub & Trading post. 

In the sixties, Innamincka was a dry and dusty Ghost Town. All that remained were the ruins of the old Hospital, hotel with the huge bottle heap, cemetery and an old tin shed, which was the Police Station. 

In the mid-sixties, a group of six men planned the building of the Hotel-Motel and the Store. Each one of the six men had their own trade which contributed to the building. They were: Mal Gordon (Timber and joinery), Bill Howlett (Engineer), Bob Day (Carpenter), Ron Waters (Plumber), Stan Hill (Electrician) and Mike Steel (Mechanic and Tour Operator). 

The first foundations poured were for the Store, in “April 1969”. The Store was built and operating before the foundations of the Pub went down. All the pre-fabricated Frames and materials were brought up on a truck from Adelaide nearly every weekend and with help from friends and men from the Station, they built the Store and engine shed to house the diesel engines to power fridges, lights, petrol bowsers etc. 

A shed was built to live in until the Store was properly fitted out. I lived in this shed up until the Pub was built. They also made a bathroom in the ruins of what was then the old hospital and the laundry was a washing machine put on the verandah. 

I was kept pretty busy when I was up there, although I didn’t get many tourists through…. maybe one a week. During Christmas, Easter and school holidays I would get a few more, but the drilling rigs from Moomba came through every day. 

I also had a licence to fuel the planes, which wasn’t all that often unless the races were on at Birdsville, which was once a year. Besides this, I fuelled the Flying Doctor plane. It came in once a month to hold a clinic at Innamincka Station. And also the planes that brought mail and supplies. One week from the Channel Country and the next week from Broken Hill. The petrol and diesel supplies came up once a week from Lyndhurst. 

The only communication I had was a radio, run by a car battery. The radio was through the Flying Doctor base in Broken Hill, so all my telegrams, orders for supplies, talk sessions to other stations was done through the radio. I also had charge of the medical kit, which was kept locked at all times. Unless there was someone needing medical attention, then I would have to get on the radio and talk to the doctor, tell him the problem, then he would advise me what medication to use. All the medication was numbered, so it was easy to follow. And if I had to reorder supplies, I just gave them the number of whatever medication I needed. I think the worst thing I ever had to deal with was a man that was fishing in the Cooper, and somehow got a fish hook through his finger. I had to give him an injection of morphine, then cut the barb and pull the rest of the hook out. 

I was pretty lucky up there, as there was always someone I could call on if I needed any help. I only had to get on the radio or drive to the Station and they looked after me. Ken and Fay Kemp were managing Innamincka then, also Artie Hearn had a camp at Cullyamurra Waterhole. Artie had a plane, so he used to call in every day to see if I wanted anything from Moomba. Or, if I wanted to make any phone calls, as we had to go to Moomba to make calls, which I did, quite a few times. I used to drive to Nappa Merrie for something to do, especially on Sunday, when things were quiet, just for the day. 

When the Hotel/Motel was finished of course a lot more people seemed to be going through. The first Manager of the Pub was Claude Collins, who was the local grader driver maintaining the Strzelecki Track to the Queensland border. We had some special people come up here like Des Corcoran, who was Deputy Premier then, also Elizabeth Burchill, who was one of the first nursing sisters, when the hospital was first built. Also various doctors and specialists. 

I never felt alone at Innamincka. I just really enjoyed the time I spent there. I must admit I found it hard to leave, because I love the bush. I came up to manage the store in 1970, up until the big ‘74 flood. It washed away a lot of things, including the bottle heap. All you could see for miles was nothing but water. Of course, it cut all the roads in, and nobody could get in or out, including me, so I had to be flown out. I was very upset at having to leave the store and the bush, doing what I was doing. We did have a couple of minor floods before, but this was a big one. 

Dick Lang flew me back after to have a look. I just burst into tears when I saw the damage. This was the end of my time with the Store at Innamincka, which was then taken over by Dick Lang. 

I hope this has given you some idea of what it was like before houses were built and people moved in. When I visited there about 3 years ago, I was amazed at how it had grown and the changes, with all the mod-cons, like telephones, television etc. I must congratulate you all on the way Innamincka looks today. Especially the store, the Pub and the rebuilding of the old Hospital. 

What’s On? 

Parkes Elvis Festival. Jan 10-14. Parkes, New South Wales. The Parkes Elvis Festival is held every year in the second week in January, coinciding with Elvis Presley’s birthday. Now in its 25th year, the Festival continues to grow – with over 150 events across five fabulous, fun-filled days. Officially endorsed by the estate of Elvis Presley, in Memphis, Parkes Elvis Festival hosts many live entertainments including the official Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest (the winner representing Australia in Memphis, USA), Feature concert series starring a special guest artist, Northparkes Mines street parade, renewal of vows ceremony, the Goodsell Machinery Miss Priscilla Dinner, and many free live concerts, competitions and prizes. The Festival attracts over 22,000 fans, both nationally and internationally. Parkes has a population of 12,000 and is located 365 kilometres west of Sydney.

SA Penny Farthing Championship. Tailem Bend, SA. Jan 13, 2018. The Bend Motorsport Park. This will be a fabulous spectacle and a very quick race.  The penny farthing was the first serious bicycle that can go up to 45-50km/hr.  It was the first, fast, racing vehicle, the original hoon machine from the 1880s. There will be up to twenty of these awesome machines taking part in a 30-minute sprint race which will be run from 08:30 – 09:00 hours. The Revolve24 SA Penny Farthing Championship will be the first competitive race to take place on the brand-new, world class track of The Bend Motorsport Park. A penny farthing will set the lap record.


Friday Funnies 

A drunken man gets on the bus late one-night staggers up the aisle and sits next to an elderly woman. She looks the man up and down and says "I've got news for you. You're going straight to hell!" 

The man jumps up out of his seat and shouts "Man, I'm on the wrong bus!" 


"Authorities in Wisconsin are searching for the owner of a kangaroo after it was seen outside in the frigid weather. That's got to be frustrating for the kangaroo. Hopping around in freezing weather knowing you have a pocket but your hands are too short to put them in it." 


The guys down at the barber shop asked me what Hollywood bombshell actress I'd like to be stuck in an elevator with. I thought for a minute and said, "Any one of 'em that knows how to fix elevators, I suppose." 


A young man was walking past a blind woman using a cane on a street corner downtown when she said, "Excuse me, but if it's not too much trouble, can you see me across the street?"

Our good Samaritan replied, "Just a minute." He walked across the street looked back and yelled "Yes I can see you fine!" 


I was at the customer-service desk returning a pair of jeans that was too tight. 

"Was anything wrong with them?" the clerk asked. 

"Yes" I said. "They hurt my feelings." 


"Whenever I dwell for any length of time on my own short-comings they gradually begin to seem mild, harmless, rather engaging little things not at all like the glaring defects in other people's characters." 


Q: What do you get when you cross a stream and a brook? A: Wet feet. 

Q: What has a lot of keys but cannot open any doors? A: A piano. 

Q: What do you call a pig that does karate? A: A pork chop. 

Q: How do you make a hot dog stand? A: Steal its chair. 

Q: What does a bankrupt frog say? A: Baroke, baroke, baroke. 

Q: Why don't cannibals eat clowns? A: Because they taste funny. 

Q: Why does a chicken coop have two doors? A: Because if it had four, it would be a chicken sedan. 

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