Friday Five Newsletter 2018.2.9

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Westprint Friday Five Friday February 9th 2018 

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Friday Five Books

  1. Alan Moorehead: A Rediscovery. $24.95. Half-a-century ago, Alan Moorehead was one of Australia's most famous writers. He first made his name as an intrepid and eloquent World War II correspondent, then as the biographer of Montgomery and Churchill. His widely read historical works, fiction and travel writing drew critical and popular acclaim. Books such as African Trilogy, Gallipoli, The Fatal Impact and Darwin and the Beagle were reprinted many times and extensively translated. Yet, despite his major contribution to Australian and international history, Moorehead has largely fallen from public view. Moyal brings this passionate writer and his era vividly to life and provides an informed assessment of Moorehead's lasting influence. First published in 2005. Two copies only 
  2. Wonderlands - The Illustration Art Of Robert Ingpen. $35.00. Step into Robert Ingpen’s magical world with this book of wonderful images that have made Robert a worldwide household name for children’s illustration. Here you will find his own autobiographical tales, illustrator’s notes, original sketches and illustrations from his award-winning publications. Robert leads us on his journeys into the wondrous landscapes of the classics he has so famously illustrated (Neverland, the Riverbank, Oz and Alice’s Wonderland) as well as into the magical landscapes of his own imagination and the more real but no less magical scenery of his own beloved Australia, and reveals the places, stories and people that inspired him along the way. Robert’s astonishing creative vision has breathed life into more than one hundred books and delighted countless children around the world throughout his remarkable career as an illustrator. Wonderlands is a fitting celebration of Robert Ingpen’s work as a master illustrator and storyteller. Two copies only 
  3. The Outback - Anthology Of Short Stories. $20.00. This collection of short stories about the Outback is the result of the inaugural writing competition for the Outback Writer’s Festival held in Winton on 21-23 June 2016. Stories include: The Mystery of Castle Rock, Where There’s Smoke, An Unlikeable Bloke, Bad People, Fear is the Beast, Friends for Life, The Ghost of the Outback and many more. One copy on hand – can get more. 
  4. Australia's Most Dangerous Snakes, Spiders & Marine Creatures. $34.95. Packed full of interesting and useful facts, this handy reference will help you to appreciate and avoid these often unfairly maligned animals. Each chapter, written by a recognised expert, describes aspects of the animals’ habits and where and in what circumstances you are likely to encounter them. Identification is made easy through clear distribution maps, colour photos and other useful aids. And in the unlikely event that you have an unpleasant encounter with one of these creatures, the comprehensive first-aid and medical-treatment section will be invaluable. Whether you live in the city or the bush, this book is a must - you never know when you'll cross paths with one of Australia’s most dangerous inhabitants. 
  5. The Tom Kruse Collection – DVD. $39.95. Esmond Gerald (Tom) Kruse MBE was born in Waterloo in South Australia on August 28th, 1914 and died in Adelaide at the age of 96 on June 30th, 2011. ‘Their deeds, lives and struggles have been etched into the national consciousness in film, photos, paintings, verse, sound and song. Men like William, Alex and Ken Crombie – Frank Booth, Billy James and Fred Teague – Allan ‘Seamus’ O’Brien, Max Bowden and Harry Ding - whip makers Alec Scobie and his drover, truck driving son Monty – and the men made famous worldwide by the movie The Back of Beyond, William Henry Butler and Tom Kruse’ – The Mailmen Back of Beyond This double DVD was launched on the 100th anniversary of Tom’s birth. Running time: 205 min 

Notes from the Office 

What a week it has been!

The response to the offer of a spreadsheet to calculate vehicle loading was overwhelming to say the least. I think it probably shows how little we know and understand about payload. I’m the first to admit that while I understand the concept, I struggle with all the technical terms. This week I have included a technical article from the Caravan Council to help show what the various terms mean.

We are in the process of updating and upgrading our website. It has caused a few technical hiccups and I am sure Graeme will add a postscript regarding this.

We are very pleased to welcome two new staff members. Carolyn will be starting soon as our new Distribution Manager. Carolyn is a longtime local and part owner of a local farming enterprise. D.G. has also started with us as Senior Researcher. D.G. does have a name, and while it is no secret, it does trigger an alert in some email systems causing all the Friday Five emails to bounce back. Which makes me wonder how the bloke with the same name but much more fame (the one who once owned a successful chain of electronic stores) gets around the problem.

Plenty more musing has been done this week. Check out ‘how do I sell my caravan?’ below. Happy travelling. Jo

For those who received two copies of last weeks newsletter - Long story short - our web site is in the process of being upgraded and most of the current web site was copied across to the new web site (on a test server) last Thursday night. Unfortunately the tech's in charge inadvertantly copied the newsletter that had already been set up and queued ready to send...The good news I guess is that know the newsletter works on the new web site - which is still not quite ready, but we're hoping all should be done next week.  Graeme

Friday Forum

Editor’s comments in green. 

Information wanted 

We are still looking for information from anyone who has been in outback Queensland lately.

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. 

How Do I sell my caravan? 

Jo’s musings (continued)

I was chatting to a dear friend this week whose husband had a stroke several years ago and is now incapable of handling their affairs. Her concern was ‘what do I do about our caravan?’ She doesn’t want to learn how to tow, nor to go caravanning by herself but doesn’t know how to go about selling such an item. This particular caravan is a 1970s Franklin that was custom built for a doctor to take into the outback as a mobile clinic. It must be one of the few 1970s vans to have a shower and toilet. It occurred to me that this is not an isolated instance. There are many women who come into our business and tell me about their retirement travel plans being cut short in a similar manner. So how does one go about selling a caravan that is not a trade-in and when you are not comfortable with online selling? Any suggestions would be appreciated. 

What’s On? 

2018 Victorian 4WD Show. Feb 18, 2018.

Run by the Land Rover Owners Club of Victoria, will be held at its new home of Lardner Park, 155 Burnt Store Rd, Lardner, near Warragul. The 2018 Show will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

More info / Contacts / Tickets: , 

The Victorian 4WD Show is reinforcing its ambition to help shape the 4WD mobility of tomorrow. It presents the latest and best in 4WD vehicles and accessories and outdoor activities.

The Show organiser, Daniel Berry, stated: “We have had a fantastic number of exhibitors book sites at Lardner Park. 75 Exhibitors showcasing the latest in 4WD equipment including unique, innovative, market leading 4WD products and accessories for all 4WD makes and models.

This is a new blend of exhibitors with many known to us from our previous venue at Wandin, plus many new exhibitors from all over Victoria and interstate. Pretty much anything and everything to do with 4WDriving will be on display.”

See the latest Isuzu D-Max and MU-X, the latest Jeep, Holden Colorado, Land Rover Discovery 5 and 2018 release Range Rover Velar together with most current model vehicles from all manufacturers spread throughout the exhibitors. You can inspect the best of off road camper trailers and vehicle fit-outs. See a comprehensive list of exhibitors at

The newly built 4WD Adventure Circuit will be enjoyed by the visitors who climb on board and those watching from a safe distance. Experienced drivers will navigate the awesome test track demonstrating the latest vehicles and accessories.

Having arrived at your destination, outdoor activities become adventures in themselves. Many outdoor activities show cased including archery, fishing, kayaks and hunting. The show continues as Australia’s longest running and most comprehensive 4WD show.

More info / Contacts / Tickets: Victorian 4WD Show Coordinator – Daniel Berry – 0433 535 631,

Ratings vs Masses 

The Caravan Council of Australia web-site has had all caravan and camper-trailer docs up-dated. This includes the independent informative docs, freely available under "Technical Articles" on the home-page.

Clearly, the No: 1 issue with 'vans and camper-trailers, and by far the main reason for complaints and litigation, concerns "Ratings & Masses". There is much troublesome misunderstanding and confusion about the Definitions of the relevant terms… especially "Tare Mass". 

Caravan Ratings & Masses

The GTM & ATM are Ratings. These are allocated by the Manufacturer

The Tare Mass and Ball-Loading are Actual Masses that must be measured

The Tare Mass is the actual measured mass of the vehicle as it leaves the Supplier.

The vehicle is fitted with everything that was stated on the Purchase Contract.

The vehicle is empty. The gas cylinder(s) and the water tank(s) must be empty.


Drawing 1 shows measuring the “Axle-Loading”. Must not exceed the GTM Rating.


Drawing 2 shows measuring the “All-Up Mass”. Must not exceed the ATM Rating.



Legal Load-Carrying Capacity = ATM Rating – Tare Mass

The Ball-Loading is the difference between the two readings

ATM: Aggregate Trailer Mass (Rating)

GTM: Gross Trailer Mass (Rating)

The GTM Rating must not exceed the lowest of the “Axle-Group” Ratings.

The “Axle-Group” comprises the:

• Wheels & Tyres

• Suspension Structure

• Springs

• Axles & Wheel-Bearings



• GVM: Gross Vehicle Mass (Rating)

• GCM: Gross Combination Mass (Rating)

• RAC: Rear Axle Capacity (Rating)

• Maximum Permitted Towing Capacity: (Rating)

• Maximum Permitted Coupling Down-load Capacity: (Rating)

Tow-Bar: Maximum Permitted Towing & Down-load Limits: (Ratings)

Caravan Council of Australia 

Eel Stories 

I was taken by the eel story in an edition of Friday Five before Christmas. It took me back to the “olden day” memories of when I was young and used to enjoy fishing and eel chasing in the local streams and dams around where I lived.

I was born and raised in the Dandenong Ranges at a place called Silvan. It was a tiny town then in the mid-1940s and ‘50s. It is still a tiny town as I pass by the place periodically checking on old haunts. It currently boasts a primary school, a post office and one operating shop and church I think. It seems it has grown smaller over the ages as it used to have several shops including a grocer, butcher and a garage. Do we remember what a Grocery Shop was even like? It did have a coffee shop at one stage when an enterprising couple converted the local Anglican Church into a café. I don’t recall having to kneel to receive a coffee as one had to do to have communion in the church when it was operating according to its original purpose.

What has all this got to do with eels you may well ask? Well, it was a tradition in our household to go fishin’ and huntin’ with my father and older brother. The fishin’ part being relevant to the story about eels. During the warmer months of the year, the better fishin’ time, my brother and I would spy our father getting some fishing gear ready on our large veranda. Father was trying to be discreet but failing because of our intense scrutiny of his comings and goings. Those times were often when storms might be brewing, and the fish were feeding better. He would protest for some time about our insistence in wanting to go with him but usually gave in to our somewhat plaintive pleas to participate.

You see, in those days, the “olden days”, it was the practise of many households to supplement the larder by fishin’ and huntin’. It was explained somewhat passionately to our mother that we would come home laden with fish or rabbits depending on the time of the year. In that way she would intercede for us in getting our father to allow us to go with him. Often the promise was something along the lines of, “don’t worry about tea as we will bring fish back and then you can cook them for our tea”. A traditional household with mother in charge of the kitchen.

The main places we fished were the Woori Yallock Creek and the Yarra River. We usually always collected a bag of blackfish and eels and occasionally some trout. One particular night we arrived back home as pleased as punch with a sugar bag full of fish and quite a number of those pesky eels. The procedure that usually followed was that when we arrived home, after the usual bragging about who caught the biggest and most fish we gentlemen would retire to the garage to clean our catch. Our mother retired to the kitchen to get the stove hotted up and the pans on to cook our fresh catch to feed the happy hungry hunters.

The usual practise with eels was to loop a string over their head and hang them from a nail on the wall. This way they were easy to skin and clean properly. On this occasion we had decided eel was to be on the menu and after cleaning a few we took them into the kitchen for the esteemed cook to process and we retired back to the garage to complete the processing of the remaining catch.

It was a dark and stormy night by this stage as we dutifully returned to the cleaning task. Suddenly the air was pieced by a series of loud screams. It was definitely a woman’s scream and obviously emanating from the kitchen area of the house. Being brave souls, we instantly dropped our tools and seemingly in an instant and in unison as a threesome, arrived in the kitchen to see what catastrophe had overtaken the cook.

There we found a sight to behold, our mother dancing around the kitchen floor trying to avoid several squirming eels that were madly wriggling around the floor. It seemed that the extreme freshness of the product coupled with the hot frying pans had created a reflex action causing the eels to escape rapidly from the hot oil and end up on the floor. Of course, they were skinned, gutted and beheaded so I am sure they felt no pain. I am not sure what the RSPCA would have to say about such happenings these days. The cook was not happy.

Anyway, the story ended well. We were relieved to find that the cook was OK but a little shaken up. Order was finally restored, and a great evening meal enjoyed by all, except for the pesky eels perhaps. I think the cook was somewhat reluctant to cook the brutes after that, which was perhaps understandable.

To conclude my story on eels. On occasions we caught very large specimens which we judged to be not as nice to eat as the small ones. They were usually very fatty and took a lot more wrestling to the ground during capture and the subsequent handling for dressing them. And of course, we needed much bigger bags to carry them in, the normal sugar bag being a bit small. However, we had Dutch immigrants on one side as neighbours and Italians on the other. Both lots of neighbours saw the monster eels as a delicacy and we would give them away in times of plenty.

On several occasions the Italian neighbour would wander back to his place with a pair of gifted eels and I can still picture the scene. He would grab the brutes around the middle and trot back to his place. One eel in each hand with their heads and tails dragging along the ground. That makes them very large long eels if the neighbour was a giant, which he wasn’t. However, I did some recent calculations about how long the eels may have been given he was an average sized Italian farming man with very strong hands. Without having to use Mr Google I arrived at a length of around 1.4 meters or 4 feet 6 inches in the old language. And we are talking about the “olden days of course. No photos to prove either tale so you will just have to accept the story as not being Fake News. Denis. 

Hiking The Holland Track 

It wasn't far to Dragon Rocks the next morning. I was a little disappointed. No dragons and not even a rock that looked like a dragon. Found out later that it had in fact been named after lizards (like bearded dragon). Today we passed an intersection and the road surface changed from buckshot gravel to a sandy gravel. So much nicer on our feet. We had an early meal as rain and storms have been forecast. The mosquitoes are everywhere. At 6.30 the rain started and everyone headed for shelter.

We packed up wet tents in the morning and headed north. Rain showers through the day; we mostly make good time when it is raining as we don't stop to look at flowers and take photos. The first indication we had that the track was becoming worse was when the support crew found a camping spot but decided not to backtrack for our smoko break. As we walked into the camp we could see why. There was a nasty stretch of clay that had been badly cut up and driving back would have caused more damage to the track. Again, we just had time to eat before the rain settled in for the night. Camped near Sheoak Rock on the Holland Track.

The next morning, we set off on a stretch of wet sand. This surface is great to walk on. Very kind to aching feet. It wasn't long however, and the rain started again. Freezing showers. The track soon alternated between good stretches of wet sand and nasty deep clay washaways. As our crew stopped for lunch they met a group of travellers coming in from the other end who said that the clay was worse further along the track. We set off again, Judy and I often going bush to avoid the deeper puddles. At about 2p.m. we decided that we needed to stop until the track dried. It was dangerous to walkers, dangerous to vehicles and any driving would just damage the track even further. We found a small clear patch of high ground and made camp, planning to stay as long as was needed until the track dried and we could safely detour to an alternative track. We were walking very slowly in the mud, down to 3kms an hour. We would need an extra month if that kept up.

dragon rocks

Dragon Rocks

dragon track

Track near Dragon Rocks


Bev meeting the locals

holland track

Holland Track

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. 

  1. Offered to Children. Maurice Saxby. A history of Australian Children’s Literature 1841-1941. Paperback in good condition. Ex-library book. Published 1998. $16.00
  2. Outback. Hugh Sawrey. A collection of Sawrey paintings and sketches inspired by the great Australian bush ballads. Hardcover in good condition. Dustjacket is marked. First published 1982, this ed. 1987. $16.00
  3. Another Fork in the Road. Gordon and Joan Saunders. A migrant family who travelled to Tasmania from war torn England in 1949. The struggles and joys in a new and different land. Softcover in good condition. Published 1998. $12.00
  4. The Mornington Peninsula. Tom H Sault. As seen through the eyes of a naturalist. Spiralbound softcover in excellent condition. Published 2003. $12.00
  5. Mayada, Daughter of Iraq. Jean Sasson. One woman’s survival in Saddam Hussein’s torture jail. Trade paperback. Fair to good condition. $13.00 

Friday Funnies 

When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.

A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.

The batteries were given out free of charge.

A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.

A will is a dead giveaway.

With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.

A boiled egg is hard to beat.

When you've seen one shopping center you've seen a mall.

Police were summoned to a daycare center where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.

Did you hear about the fellow whose entire left side was cut off? He's all right now.

A bicycle can't stand alone; it's just two tired.

When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.

The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine is now fully recovered.

He had a photographic memory which was never developed.

When she saw her first strands of grey hair she thought she'd dye.

Acupuncture is a jab well done. That's the point of it.

Those who get too big for their britches will be totally exposed in the end.


Cynical Philosopher...

I read that 4,153,237 people got married last year. Not to cause any trouble, but shouldn't that be an even number?

I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom; until they are flashing behind you.

When wearing a bikini, women reveal 90% of their body... men are so polite they only look at the covered parts.

Relationships are a lot like algebra. Have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y?

You know that tingly little feeling you get when you like someone? That's common sense leaving your body.

Did you know that dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish?

My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We'll see about that.

I think my neighbor is stalking me as she's been googling my name on her computer. I saw it through my telescope last night.

Money talks ...but all mine ever says is good-bye.

You're not fat, you're just... easier to see.

If you think nobody cares whether you're alive, try missing a couple of payments.

My 60-year kindergarten reunion is coming up soon. I’m worried about the 175 pounds I’ve gained since then.

The location of your mailbox shows you how far away from your house you can be in a dressing gown before you start looking like a mental patient.

Money can’t buy happiness, but it keeps the kids in touch!

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