Friday Five Newsletter 2018.4.6

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Westprint Friday Five Friday April 6th 2018

Progress always involves risk: you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first..

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Friday Five Books

  1. Anzac Girls - The extraordinary story of our World War I nurses. $23.00. By the end of the Great War, forty-five Australian and New Zealand nurses had died on overseas service. These women were confronted with challenges for which their civilian lives could never have prepared them. Their strength and dignity were remarkable. Using diaries and letters, Peter Rees takes us into the hospital camps and the wards, and the tent surgeries on the edge of some of the most horrific battlefronts of human history. But he also allows the friendships and loves of these courageous and compassionate women to shine through and enrich our experience. Profoundly moving, Anzac Girls is a story of extraordinary courage and humanity shown by a group of women whose contribution to the Anzac legend has barely been recognised in our history. 

  2. Flight Command $33.00. Air Commodore John Oddie. As a farm boy in western Victoria, John Oddie would watch RAAF jets pass overhead as he ploughed hay fields, wondering what it would be like to fly such a machine. Thirty-five years later - having flown Hueys, Chinooks, Hercules, jets and C-17s in a range of operations - John had risen to the rank of Air Commodore. John's appointment as deputy commander of the Australian forces in the Middle East capped a remarkable career of service to Australia. Sadly, this honour also involved the heartbreaking duty of informing families of the deaths of their husbands and sons in Afghanistan and overseeing departure ceremonies for the fallen soldiers. As well as covering the war in Afghanistan, Flight Command provides an insider's account of being a combat pilot in the first Gulf War, a commander supporting peace in Bougainville and security in Cambodia and the often harrowing experience of being a first-response commander dealing with the aftermath of the Boxing Day tsunami in Indonesia. By turns heart-warming and poignant, Flight Command is the story of a farm boy who managed to carve an international career in the military that included service in two wars. Two copies only

  3. One Crowded Hour. $15.00. Tim Bowden. One Crowded Hour is the biography of one of the world's greatest combat cinecameramen and an extraordinary Australian. First published in 1987, One Crowded Hour remains a must-read for aspiring photographers, cinematographers, journalists and war buffs. For over twenty years, from the early 1960s, Neil Davis brought enduring images of the horror of modern war directly from the battlefront to the world's television screens. Davis's former colleague, Tim Bowden, tells the life story of this cool and utterly dedicated professional. Davis was a legendary gambler who often relied on his intuitive sixth sense to stay alive. He is best remembered for his eleven-year coverage of the conflict in Indo-China and was the only western cameraman to film with the South Vietnamese army. Having survived so much war, Davis was killed filming an attempted coup in the streets of Bangkok in 1985. He is remembered as an exceptional man and remarkable journalist, equally at home with presidents and street beggars.

  4. No Ordinary Determination - Percy Black & Harry Murray of the First AIF. $25.00. An epic tale of two ordinary individuals thrown into the extraordinary and surreal world of the Gallipoli campaign as soldiers of the First AIF in WWI. Percy Black and Harry Murray were plain hard-working Australians whose paths crossed in Western Australia when they enlisted in support of country and empire. The powerful narrative paints a complex and thorough picture of the heroism, loyalty, inventiveness, mateship, stoicism and strength of the many individuals, on all sides, caught up in the horror of the 'war to end all wars'.

  5. Other Enemy (The). $43.95. Australian soldiers and Military police. A detailed history, complimented by vivid interviews outlines this complex and sometimes bitter aspect of military history. This book is the first study of Australia's military police. It traces its history from its roots as the Provost Marshal in the colony of New South Wales, where it was 'similarly feared by soldier, settler, and convict alike, ' through the formation of the Anzac Provost Corps in 1916 and up to the end of World War II. Two copies only

Friday Forum

New Product - Gold Escort Route

The much-awaited Gold Escort Route Guide book is now in stock. This has been a project John has been passionate about for many years. As people have rushed to travel iconic outback tracks he felt they were missing one of the most important historical routes in the country.  

Westprint has now published a 34 Page spiral bound travel guide showing the Gold Escort Route and featuring;

  • 6 double-page maps of the entire Gold Escort Route with Latitude & Longitude grid and distances marked.

  • National Parks and Reserves with camping information.

  • Detailed roads and tracks.

  • Heritage & Touring information.

Brief description of the route.

The Gold Escort Route between Adelaide and Castlemaine is amongst the oldest interstate roads in Australia and possibly the oldest and most original that can still be travelled.

The Gold Escort Route was the first direct route between Adelaide and Melbourne. It followed tracks used by pioneer settlers in the mid-1840s when there were no maps, few sign posts and water was unreliable.

The huge Mount Alexander gold rush in Victoria resulted in the establishment of the South Australian Gold Escort Route used to transport miners’ gold back to Adelaide, saving South Australia from financial ruin. The Gold Escort Service continued for two years and the route continued as the Adelaide-Melbourne Road for another 70 years. Some of the tracks in the Little Desert date from 1845 for European use and may well date back for thousands of years for Aboriginal use.

Road surfaces vary from bitumen highways to deep sandy tracks suitable only for high clearance 4WD vehicles. Maps show alternative tracks for use where the original Gold Escort Route no longer exists as well as options for wet weather use.

The Gold Escort Service used different tracks depending on the weather and risk of bushrangers. Modern travellers wanting to get off the freeway can use this guide and discover an important part of our history. The Gold Escort Route makes for an excellent 4WD club trip.


$25.00 including postage anywhere in Australia.

Order here

What’s On?

The Oodnadatta Races & Gymkhana will come alive on Saturday 12th May 2018. Press Release:

We are hoping for the 2018 event to be bigger than ever! This traditional Aussie experience features an exciting new program with the addition of extra motorcycle events, and novelty events, along with traditional horse events and picnic races. The weekend’s events will end with our charity auction, awards ceremony and traditional Race Club Ball. Come dressed in your Hollywood Glamour/Night at the Oscar attire, there will be best dressed awards as well.

Our event has something for everyone to get involved with. Have a punt with the bookies, foot races, throwing a bullock tail, shopping at the stalls or dressing up for the ball or simply enjoying a quiet beverage with mates.

Oodnadatta is proud to hold Australia's longest Picnic Race meeting.

Grab your Swags, hat, boots and we will see you in Oodnadatta on Saturday 12th MAY 2018. MEET & GREET - From 5pm - Friday 11th May

The Toyota Land Cruiser Club of Australia (TLCC) are holding their annual 4WD Swap Meet on Sunday 27th May 2018 at Revesby South Public School.

Address:  Corner of Mars St & Vega St Revesby NSW 2212. Entry Via Vega St Revesby.

From: 7.30 am for sellers and buyers. $10 for sellers, $2 per person.

4WD and camping related equipment only please.

Refreshments available, including sausage sandwiches, Bacon & Egg Rolls, Tea & Barista Coffee. Contact

UV Plastic Query.

We have a camper, 2014 model bought in 2015.  The first year rain leaked under the canvas at the front onto the bed and also at the back and then, thanks to a screw that was not fitted, on the left side. Then on a later trip through Mt Augustus, it leaked huge quantities of red dust through the wheel wells into the lockers and kitchen storage. Both problems were fixed by the dealer without any hassles and I presume they charged the manufacturer. There have been other problems as well, though not as serious, until we checked it for leaks after the recent heavy rains in Perth.  No leaks, though the camper was folded down, but when trying to open the two roof vents, the plastic domes both broke.  Even winding one up caused it to break.  The plastic is obviously not UV safe as it has failed after four years. We've had plastic roof vents on our previous home for 30 years and they lasted well, and strongly, until they broke in a huge hail storm that smashed windows and dented roofs all around our neighbourhood. If house builders can use UV safe materials, why couldn't this Australian caravan maker do so as well?

The dealer has been excellent but the response from the manufacturer was that no claim would be accepted as the camper was out of warranty. When I asked if the replacement domes they were prepared to sell me were UV safe, the reply was "They are the same material, if the customer is having trouble they should look at caravan covers or store the van under cover.”

Ours can’t be the only camper to have the non-UV plastic fail. I’m wondering if anyone else has had this problem and what they did about it. Tony

New Walking Tracks Open

  • Have you heard of the Bundian Way over near Two Fold Bay (NSW)? An ancient aboriginal trail and part has opened to public recently. Just search and all will be revealed. Heather

  • Chatauqua Peak Walking Track now open. A number of popular walks in the Grampians National Park (VIC) are being upgraded over the coming months as the Grampians Peaks Trail continues to take shape. The Chatauqua Peak Walking Track between Clematis Falls and the saddle track junction is now open following the completion of recent upgrades. Walkers can now enjoy a well-defined all-weather walking track with hundreds of new sandstone steps and beautiful stonework as they climb the summit to Chatauqua Peak.

    Grampians Peaks Trail please visit  or

walking tracks

CB Radios

Do they still exist in the 1980s form? Query from last week.

It should answer the questions raised. By the way, your newsletter is always a good read and I look forward to it each week. Bob

  • In answer to Doug's question about CB radios, well they are certainly alive and well and takes two forms (27MHz HF or old style CB and 400MHz UHF). To my knowledge no licenses from ACMA are required for 27MHz or UHF (400mHz) but certainly CB radios are not legal as fixed base stations, however ACMA license and record each UHF repeater station which of course are “fixed location” base stations by definition.

27 MHz is still widely used in recreational fishing with some dedicated frequencies used close in shore and monitored by Volunteer Marine Rescue stations etc., however the old original 23 channel then 40 channel 27 MHz known as CB radio back in the 80s is still legal but rarely used in outback travelling situations these days, other than in HF radios.

HF radios are more well-known with Austravel Safety Net (VMD750), HF Radio Club (VKE237) and VKS 737 where licensed allocated long-range frequencies for these clubs prevail. However, these same HF radios are legal with the 40 channels from the 27 MHz range. Some 4WD travellers still use a range of 40 channel (MHz) frequencies in convoy situations, using their HF radios, keeping the nuisance CB style chatter off their dedicated club HF frequencies.

The modern CB radio used just about by any traveller, is (400mHz) UHF CB, this market is vibrant and active with a score of different brands and makes available with 80 channels. Some of the 80 channels are dedicated to certain categories like emergency channel and telemetry use in and around rural properties where these UHF CB's can be set up to turn on and off watering stations for the cattle etc., as well as ground to air and vehicle to vehicle communications.

UHF CB’s are clearer, and distances can be significant when the dedicated repeater channels are used, certainly up to a 50 Km range (with crystal clear reception) can be achieved when the transmission is used via a repeater station. Usually repeater stations are placed on top of a mountain or highest hill to achieve line of sight transmissions. Hope this helps Doug. Geoff.

Austravel Safety Net (VMD 750)

  • In the latest issue Doug enquires about the situation with HF CB radio. From looking at the ACMA web site the conditions appear to be the same as many years ago. 40 legal channels, 4 watts AM and 12 watts SSB transmitter output power. No licence is required these days - only about 50% did have licences in the past anyway. The operator is expected to have a legal transceiver under the conditions of a class licence. A set with extra channels would not be considered to be compliant and legal action could be taken if such a set were found by ACMA inspectors. Doug can get more details on the web site. Rodney

Jo’s Note: These days almost every 4WD has an 80 channel UHF radio. Be aware however that certain channels cannot be used for simple vehicle to vehicle chatter.

Channels 1-8, 41-48 are repeater output channels, with channels 31-38, 71-78 the corresponding repeater input channels.

Channels 5 and 35 are dedicated emergency channels.

Channel 22 and 23 are for data transmission only.

Channel 11 is a call channel only. 

Second Hand 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.

Arthur Upfield

While John collects Biggles I collect Arthur Upfield books. Imagine my delight when John bought a box of books containing 31 Bony (or Boney) books.  We now have a few excess copies for sale. If you are interested in more than one book, please let us know and we will combine postage to give you a better deal.

*NB: These books are all mass market paperbacks in various conditions ranging from fair to poor to ‘pages will fall out if handled too much’. Please send me an email if you require pictures or a condition of a particular book.

Boney and the Mouse $10.00

Bony and the Black Virgin $12.00

Bony and the Kelly Gang $12.00

Bony and the White Savage $12.00

Madman’s Bend $14.00

Man of Two Tribes $12.00

Mr Jelly’s Business $12.00

The Barrakee Mystery $20.00

The Bone is Pointed $12.00

The Lake Frome Monster $12.00

The Mountains Have a Secret $12.00

The Mystery of Swordfish Reef $12.00

The Sands of Windee $10.00

The Will of the Tribe $12.00

Venom House $12.00

Winds of Evil $12.00

Friday Funnies

"I know what men want. Men want to be really, really close to someone who will leave them alone." - Elayne Boosler

"Remember that as a teenager you are in the last stage of your life in which you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you." -Fran Lebowitz

Things to say if you get caught sleeping at your desk:

"They told me at the blood bank this might happen."

"I wasn't sleeping! I was meditating on the mission statement and envisioning a new paradigm!"

"This is one of the seven habits of highly effective people!"

“Darn! Why did you interrupt me? I had almost figured out a solution to our biggest problem."

And the best thing to say if you get caught sleeping at your desk:


My neighbour asked if he could use my lawnmower and I told him of course he could, so long as he didn't take it out of my garden." -Eric Morecambe 

For the more literary minded….Some helpful rules for better writing:

1. Verbs HAS to agree with their subjects.

2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.

3. And don't start a sentence with a conjunction.

4. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.

5. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They're old hat)

6. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.

7. Also, always avoid annoying alliteration.

8. Be more or less specific.

9. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually) unnecessary.

10. Also too, never, ever use repetitive redundancies.

11. No sentence fragments.

12. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.

13. Do not be redundant; do not use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.

14. One should NEVER generalize.

15. Don't use no double negatives.

16. One-word sentences? Eliminate.

17. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake

18. The passive voice is to be ignored.

19. Never use a big word when a diminutive one would suffice.

20. Use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.

21. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."

22. If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times: Resist hyperbole; not one writer in a million can use it correctly. 

"I'm beginning to think that my lawyer is too interested in making money."

"Why do you say that?"

"Listen to this from his bill: 'For waking up at night and thinking about your case: $250'."

Prosecutor: Did you kill the victim?

Defendant: No, I did not.

Prosecutor: Do you know what the penalties are for perjury?

Defendant: Yes, I do. And they're a lot better than the penalty for murder. 

"One time we were driving through a construction zone and the sign said, SPEED LIMIT 60 AHEAD. And there were four of us in the car. We were through there in no time."

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