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Westprint Friday Five Friday February 2nd 2018 

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Friday Five Books

  1. Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance. The thrilling story of the great warrior, Jandamarra, who turned from police assistant to resistance fighter. Thought to be unstoppable, he led his people against the white forces invading their land. A legend, forever etched into the history of the Kimberley, Jandamarra's courage and fighting spirit made him one of the regions most wanted men. The scene is the magnificent Kimberley. Amidst the chaos and turmoil that ensues, extraordinary relationships grow. An indomitable human spirit and the power of country reaches beyond the searing past for the triumph of a reconciled future... First published 1995. This edition 2014 $24.95 
  2. 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 
  3. Blinky Bill: The Complete Adventures. The Complete Adventures of Blinky Bill combined in one edition. Dorothy Wall's much-loved classics, Blinky Bill (first published in 1933), Blinky Bill Grows Up (1934) and Blinky Bill and Nutsy (1937). One of the best-loved Australian children's book characters of all time, this mischievous koala has continued to delight readers of all ages and the books have never been out of print. Blinky Bill is the quintessential larrikin. With enthusiastic pleasure, this headstrong and impudent little koala sets out on a series of bold adventures testing not only his mother's patience, but also that of all the bush creatures and others he encounters. His shenanigans at Miss Pym's shop and Farmer Smifkins's vegie patch show him to be a very naughty koala indeed! This paperback edition of a cherished Australian classic includes the original illustrations, bringing to life the wonderful world of Blinky Bill to today's generation. First published in 1939, this edition 2010. $15.00 
  4. Droving with Ben Taylor. - Up and down the Canning Stock Route in 1946. Droving with Ben Taylor is based on the diary of a Canning Stock Route drover. It is the only droving diary known from the 50 years of operation of the CSR, the longest and most remote stock route in the world. Here in detail, the old hand Ben Taylor, teaches the youthful Len Hill the art of droving in the desert lands. With horses and camels from Wiluna to Billiluna, and return with cattle, this unique account describes the pleasures and duties of a drover’s life, the cattle, the land, and its inhabitants. Len Hill is a retired Kimberley pastoralist. Among his many local roles he was a Halls Creek Shire Councillor, a member of the Kimberley Zone Development Committee and a JP. 224pp. First published in 2009. $33.00 
  5. A Man's Got to Have a Hobby. William McInnes. This book is a look back at the life of Colin McInnes, father of five, handyman and habitual stubby (shorts) wearer, and his wife Iris, lover of shopping centre openings, Volkswagens and Dean Martin. Through the memories of second son William, we are transported to a time when incinerators took up space in backyards everywhere and K-Tel glass cutters were the pride of many homes. First published in 2005, this edition 2009. $24.95 One copy only. 

Friday Forum 

Editor’s comments in green. 

Vale David Pinkerton 

Many of our readers will have come across David Pinkerton from Cookes Outback Motors in Copley, South Australia. He may have sold you fuel or tyres, fixed your vehicle, or rescued you from any of the Oodnadatta, Birdsville and Strzelecki Tracks. Sadly, David died suddenly on Friday 19th January after a short illness. Also known as Pinky or Cookie, David was born in Scone in NSW and moved with his family to South Australia as a boy. His first connection with the Flinders was as a young man working at Arkaroola for the Sprigg family. Something of an adventurer, he spent many years in East Africa, where he met and married his wife Anna and raised a family. He could turn his hand to anything, and raised day-old chicks, ferried trucks across the Sahara, ran a beach front hotel in Tanzania, and worked for big game safaris. In the early 2000s, with increasing unrest in East Africa, David and his family moved to South Australia, but suburban life was not for him. He soon bought Cookes Outback Motors in Copley, where he remained for the rest of his life. David was a husband, father, friend to many, raconteur, driver of anything with an engine, and the local fire, ambulance and rescue officer. Unofficial Mayor of Copley, he sat on every committee in the area and became the voice of the community. He is sadly missed by his family and all who knew him in Copley. 

From last week. 

Thank you to everyone who picked up that I posted the next Karen New Year celebrations as being held in 2108…oops. Try instead 2019. Also, in the Friday Funnies was a comment that 2.2.22 was on a Tuesday. It is not. It is on Wednesday. 

Payload Capacity 

Thought you may be interested in the attached calculator for towing and payload capacity, for a tow vehicle, a trailer or caravan, and combined. Greg has produced a clever excel spreadsheet, set up using Landcruiser GCM, GVM, Tare etc, combined with camper trailer allowances. The clever part is you are able to alter figures to suit your own vehicle / trailer setup and the spreadsheet will recalculate your specific allowable weights, and where it is distributed.

While overall payload is important, the other important consideration is the way the vehicle dynamics are altered when a bull bar/winch is fitted on the front, and an extra spare and jerry cans fitted on the rear. The increase in weight is one factor, but the placement of the extra weight is also a key factor. I was in Birdsville a few years ago and the garage had recovered a lovely Classic Range Rover that had rolled. Apparently, it wasn’t travelling fast, as the damage was limited, but it became out of control when trying to avoid a pothole. Someone from the garage explained the problem - standard suspension with too much weight on the extremities. Bullbar and winch on the front, large steel type bumper bar with spare/jerry cans on the back, and full-length steel pack rack on top. His advice - if you have extra stuff fitted on the outside of your vehicle, get it checked by an automotive engineer. Greg. 

If you would like a copy of this easy to use and understand spreadsheet, please send us an email withPayload in the subject line. I will send you the attachment individually. Jo. 

Information wanted 

Does anyone have information of road conditions on a direct route from Morney station (near Windorah) to Bedourie. I will be towing a caravan. Allan. 

Book Reviews 

On my periodic visits to Nhill, I always make a point of calling into Westprint for a couple of maps and books. The most recent visit in November saw me catching up with John and we had a great discussion on all manner of topics. One of the purchases from this visit was a book called “Whispering Death – Australian Airmen in the Pacific War” by respected historian Mark Johnston. What an absolutely gripping read with a writing style that has woven together facts and figures and anecdotes from a huge range of sources and put them in a readable style that has had me up reading until well past the recommended snooze time. A mate’s Dad flew P40 Kittyhawks and F4 Corsairs in this area with the NZ Air Force and my own Dad was in the Merchant Navy in that vicinity at times, so many of these goings-on have additional relevance to me. For my part, my work periodically takes me to The Solomons and PNG and this war history brings so much of it to life, with massive respect for the heroic efforts made. Kokoda captures well deserved attention, but this air war was no less dramatic and for those interested in this vital segment of our history, this one is a ripper. So far, I have not spent much time in the Northern Territory but when I do I know I’ll be seeking out some of the spots mentioned from a time when Darwin and surrounds were our front line. Anyway, your Nhill office and show room is a target rich environment with a fantastic range of books and maps that would be hard to find elsewhere so if any of you are passing through Nhill, duck into 6 Park St and check out the range because it has my 10 out of 10 recommendation. Keep up the good work you guys and I’ll be back in a few months to stock up my personal library a little more. 

P.S. The book I read prior to this was Roland Perry’s “The Fight For Australia” which I have re-read 3 or 4 times as it is equally data dense yet readable. 

Jo’s walk 

Congrats on supporting the cancer cause. Cancer(s) have caused several premature deaths in our family over at least the last 75 years so we are strong supporters of Peter Mac in many ways. keep up the good work! 

Blisters when walking - are they an occupational hazard? I know we have had our share over the years. We have just read a piece in the current Australian Geographic mag (on page 113) on the subject and will be using their advice next walk. I’ll leave it to you to read the article and decide for yourself and pass on any tips to our fellow WPFF readers if you think it worthy. Murray 

I haven’t seen the article yet but if anyone has tips for preventing/treating blisters please let us know. I will publish them in a future FF. 

The pain of thinking about you walking with blisters makes me write this to you. In the past we have done lots of backpacking in the Kimberley, along remote rivers most of the time. There was a product called Moleskin we used to be able to buy. At the first suggestion of a sore spot coming I was advised to cut a piece and put it over the area. They don’t seem to make it any more, probably any very thin plaster would serve as a protective skin, chemists would know. The important thing is to get it covered before it even gets a bit sore! 

We did also wear proper hiking boots, not too expensive (Rossi’s have good ones), they gripped rocks which we were on most of the time, and you just don’t feel gravel etc. at all, and two pairs of socks, just thin ones seem to be OK. 

As for hips, the Thermorest mattresses, light, expensive, but have lasted us through thick, thin and grandchildren for 25 years so far, (still available to buy), make sleeping on rocks perfectly comfortable, and sand, which actually seems to be even harder than rock! Despite the extra half kilo, we felt they were worth carrying for the sake of a good sleep! 

We have been up the Holland Track twice. First time was just wonderful, amazing variety of wild flowers and the little winding bush track would have been much as the Krakouers left it, except for a few deep ruts left by the Chamberlain Tractor Club which had gone through a few days before us, just after a lot of rain. We went again, a few years later, about three years ago. Coincidentally the Chamberlains went too, again just before us on our way to Queensland, again after heavy rain! The track was totally destroyed by the tractors in many places, huge pools of water, ruts so deep that even our 4WDs were bottoming, they had made other tracks around through the trees where even the tractors had to deviate. Instead of a bush track it was an endurance course! 

I found a Chamberlain contact and emailed him when we got home, suggesting some of them go again in better weather and patch things up a bit. Did get a reply asking for a phone number and saying he would like to discuss it, I sent it, but he never contacted me.  It will be interesting to hear the latest on the condition of the track. Kath 

This is not the first time I have seen Moleskin mentioned for blisters. I had assumed this meant using moleskin fabric to wrap your feet. A quick search on the internet and I have found that it is an adhesive padding that you cut to fit. As mentioned above I am looking for different treatment options (old wives’ tales cheerfully accepted). I was given a good tip that I will share in a couple of weeks. 

Walking The Holland Track 

Newdegate – Dragon Rocks 

Talking with the kids at the Newdegate School was the best fun we’ve had so far. After a very brief talk about John Holland and an even briefer talk about brain cancer we got to the important stuff - questions. 'Do your feet hurt? Are you going to find gold? How much gold would you like to find? Did John Holland’s mum pack his lunch before he left? etc. After that, I let them loose in my backpack and we talked about all the things needed for safe hiking. Lots of the kids had bought money and they added that to our jar. The pile of donations is growing daily, and I am continually overwhelmed by people’s generosity. 

We headed out into the wind and walked 16 kilometres. I doubt that the wind was the predicted 140 kms but it was still awful, and the dust stung our faces. There are plenty of quandong trees along the way and the fruit looks ripe, but I can’t convince any of the back-up team to pick and stew them for me. We headed back to our now luxurious-seeming motel units that the kind people at the Myriadena Motel have arranged for us.... only to discover that the region was without power. Local info had the power being off across the region with estimates that it might be two days before it was back on. Nothing for it but to head to bed at 3pm. Happily, the power came back on about 5.30pm and we had freshly cooked farm eggs on toast before heading back to that oh-so-soft bed. 

We got a good early start the next morning. The wind had dropped but rain was forecast. Just after our first 7km stint the rain started in earnest. And did not let up. Rodger sent the back-up team ahead with a request to get a fire going and some tarps up. What a relief to walk into lunch camp. Our clothes were soon steaming. I took off my boots and wrung the water out of my socks. My boots are waterproof but that doesn’t help when it is raining so hard the water is going down your legs and in from the top. My poncho was only shower-proof, and this was no shower. We were both wet through, causing much mirth when we were trying to get our tights down and then up at a toilet stop. At least our walking time is good; we are not stopping for photos or to look at interesting stuff today.  

Our back-up crew met a local farmer who couldn't believe we were out walking on such a cold, wet day. The rain really was pelting down. He said he would arrange somewhere for us to camp. I thought we must have been camping in the farmer's shed, but it turned out that the nearby farmhand’s cottage was unoccupied and we were welcome to use it. Another bed and a woodheater where we could dry our clothes and boots. 

One of life’s great pleasures has to be lying in a cosy bed in a warm house listening to a storm.






Secondhand Selection 

Price of the following books includes postage in Australia. These books are not available on our website. To order any of these second-hand books send an email to If more than one person requests any book a ballot will be held on Monday.  

cemeteries  winding track  tell you why  line of fire  true crime

Cemeteries: Our Heritage. Includes bibliography (p. 173-178) and index. 

Comprehensive detailed and analytical book on cemeteries in Victoria. Ex-library with stamps. Otherwise good condition. Softcover. $25.00 

The Winding Track. George Sargant. Hardcover in fair condition. The cover is very shabby and missing the dust jacket. The book is complete. This is a first edition printed in 1920. A story about a family in Victoria. $28.00 

I’ll Tell You Why. Chic Sale. Printed 1930. A small gook in reasonable to good condition. Missing dust jacket. The sequel to The Specialist. A small and funny book. $20.00 

In The Line of Fire. Rex Sadler and Tom Hayllar. Softcover. A well-read copy in trade paperback size. Real stories for Australians at war, from Gallipoli to Vietnam. $16.00 

Australian True Crime. Large hardcover book in good condition. Provides notable examples of grisly and gruesome dirty deeds from Federation to the present day. $20.00 

Friday Funnies 

A rubber-band pistol was confiscated from an algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption. 

No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery. 

A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart. 

Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie. 

A hole has been found in the nudist-camp wall. The police are looking into it. 

Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: 'You stay here; I'll go on a head.' 

The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran. 

In a democracy it's your vote that counts. In feudalism it's your count that votes. 

When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion. 

A vulture carrying two dead raccoons boards an airplane. The stewardess looks at him and says, 'I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.' 

Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says, 'Dam!' 

Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, 'I've lost my electron.' The other says, 'Are you sure?' The first replies, 'Yes, I'm positive.' 

Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root-canal? His goal: transcend dental medication. 

Due to the current economic crisis, Greece is cancelling the production of all Humus and Taramasalata. It's a double dip recession. 

Jamie Oliver has been accused of shoplifting a kitchen utensil from Tesco. Oliver says it was a whisk he was prepared to take. 

Paddy & Mick stagger out of the zoo with blood pouring from them. "Bollocks to that" said Paddy "That's the last time I go lion dancing" 

Paddy says to Mick, "Christmas is on Friday this year". Mick said, "Let's hope it's not the 13th then." 

I've been charged with murder for killing a man with sandpaper. To be honest I only intended to rough him up a bit. 

A mummy covered in chocolate and nuts has been discovered in Egypt. Archaeologists believe it may be Pharaoh Rocher....... 

A boy asks his granny, 'Have you seen my pills, they were labelled LSD?' Granny replies, never mind the pills, have you seen the dragons in the kitchen? 

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