Friday Five Newsletter 2018.8.3

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Westprint Friday Five  Friday August 3rd 2018

Wander without purpose or reason (unless of course, you are meant to be working).

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Friday Five Books

  1. Red Sand, Green Heart $30.00 John Read. Through vivid, personal stories John shares his experiences as an ecologist making new discoveries, challenging conventional approaches to pastoralism, mining, tourism and environmental management, and witnessing the precarious balance of nature as species are pitted against the harsh climate of the outback. From taipan snakes and pelicans to hippie activists and hard-line miners, Read brings to life the characters and culture of the outback. A completely updated foreword details the changes in strategic processes for some ecological projects. First published 2003. This edition 2012. 
  1. The Centre $29.95 Penny Van Oosterzee. Part one traces the geological history of central Australia through the passage of one of the world’s oldest rivers, The Finke. It flows through all the ecosystems of Australia, from the rugged almost impenetrable flanks of the MacDonnell Ranges to the Simpson Desert. Part 2 explores the diverse ecosystems and all that live therein, contesting the erroneous ‘dead heart’ myth, to reveal a rich array of animal and plant communities. First published 2006. Reprinted 2013. 
  1. A Doctors Dream $33.00. When Dr Buddhi moved to Arnhem Land to run a health program for Aboriginal children, he had no idea he would face the challenge of his life. Six months into running the $5 million-dollar program he realised it was going to fail, and that's when the trouble began. In the face of powerful opposition from high profile experts, he listened to the elders and took the slow road. Through painstaking observation and working in partnership with patients and the community, together they found a way to overcome a neglected disease as debilitating and stigmatised as leprosy. This is a powerful story of redemption, and an honest and inspiring account of a family living and working in remote Aboriginal Australia to give voice to forgotten people. 'Could not put it down. It is one of the best things I've read in years in this area, full of profound insights encapsulated in a great story.' - Professor Peter Drahos, Australian National University. Published 2014. 
  1. Dark Emu – Black Seeds. $35.00 Bruce Pascoe. Agriculture or accident? Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for … Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating and storing behaviours inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag…Pascoe takes this further and challenges the hunter-gatherer tag as a convenient lie. Almost all the evidence comes from the records and diaries of the Australian explorers, impeccable sources. 
  1. Paved with Good Intentions $39.95 Hannah Robert. Over a century before Mabo and generations before ‘Terra Nullius, Aboriginal land rights were briefly acknowledged by the early colonists of South Australia and Victoria. The way to Hell is paved with good intentions. Lust for land snuffed out hopes for a fair go, as the original owners of the land were pushed to the margins. This book looks at the way colonists exploited humanitarian rhetoric developed by England’s anti-slavery movement, to oust Aboriginal claims; how they reinvented the Common Law of property to secure their own title, twisting legal analysis and economic theory to suit their aims. Robert also explores the interactions between colonists and governments in Hobart, Sydney and London. In this book, the author prises apart a key moment in Australia's history and reveals the machinations of colony and empire amid the turbulent confluence of ideas about "civilization", "property" and "the noble savage". Unlike many writers on the early colonial period, Hannah Robert takes full account of legal and bureaucratic sources. The book also has some interesting illustrations.  

Notes from the Office

DG, Graeme and I are heading out bush today. I’m not sure of our exact itinerary, Graeme is in charge of that, but we are heading to towards the southern half of the Canning Stock Route (CSR). Last year we had planned on travelling the entire CSR but only made it to Alice Springs before we had to come home for family reasons. This week we will be travelling to Uluru, Giles and Laverton along the Great Central Road. Some of the tracks will be to work on our mystery project, others will be field checking maps we already have.

Carolyn and John will be holding the fort until we return in mid-September. Until then, I hope you enjoy these pre-written Friday Fives. Jo. 

Friday Forum

Caravan Broken Wheel Studs & Loose Nuts

The Caravan Council of Australia (CCA) continually receives a small number of reports of broken wheel studs, and loose wheel nuts… sometimes with the nuts unwinding completely off the studs. There has recently been a spate of such incidents.

It must be stressed that if a stud breaks, it is certainly no proof that the stud itself was faulty. There are a number of reasons for the problems. All supplied instructions regarding wheels and wheel nuts must be precisely followed. It is vital to ensure that if 'van owners or dealers fit after-market wheels and nuts, they thoroughly check to ensure the replacement wheels and nuts are, in fact, completely suitable for the vehicle and axles.

Possible Reasons for Broken Wheel Studs, or Loose - and Lost - Nuts:

-       The pitch circle of the studs in the (imperial) hub not exactly the same as that of the holes in some (metric) wheels, such that all studs bend when the nuts are tightened

-       The angle of the taper on the nuts not the same as the angle of taper in the wheels

-       Low-Grade steel studs being used

-       The hole in the wheel centre not compatible with the spigot diameter of the hub

-       The serrated studs not “fully driven home” when pressed into the hubs, such that they gradually “give a little”, thus causing the nuts to become loose

-       Rattle-guns - set at unknown high-torque levels - used to tighten wheel nuts (rather than just undo them), causing the studs to stretch, and thus become weakened

-       Nuts being tightened in a circular pattern in one action, rather than in a criss-cross pattern, using two or three (increasing) torques

-       Wheel centres being highly dished, thus acting as a large spring-washer that gradually loses its tension and causes the nuts to loosen

Clearly, ALL nuts must be tightened to the correct torque, and in the correct pattern, in strict accordance with the instructions provided by the wheel or chassis manufacturer. It is strongly recommended that pencil lines are made on one face of each nut - with a mating line on the wheel - so that a quick visual inspection can detect any loosening of a nut.  Clip-on plastic "indicators" - fitted to each nut, with their adjacent "arrow-heads" aligned - provide an even-quicker warning of any nut loosening. Continual vibrations - and occasional heavy impacts - from road surfaces, inevitably have an adverse effect on the wheel assemblies. This is severely aggravated if the tyre pressures - and the spring rates - are too high for the actual wheel-loading. Stresses on the wheel assemblies are further increased if shock-absorbers (dampers) are not fitted. Leaf-springs do provide some damping of vibrations, but unfortunately it is mainly on the "bump" (upwards) movement of the wheel, rather than on the "rebound" (down-wards) movement of the wheel… where it would be far more beneficial. Colin. 

Triops australiensis


This weird little guy turns up in even weirder places across Australia. What is the strangest place you have seen them? Triops australiensis appear in pools of water across the arid regions of Australia. When it rains the desiccated eggs quickly hatch and develop. Adult size is about 7cm and they can reproduce within a few weeks of hatching. I found the following information on a forum "The eggs can survive long periods of desiccation (some have been hatched after almost 30 years). They can also tolerate heating and freezing as well as passing through a frog's gut". I just want to know how they discovered this :-) Jo.

Carolyn’s Choice

Under The Wintamarra Tree. I’ve seen the movie Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence, but did not realise there was a sequel – Under The Wintamarra Tree. Doris Pilkington’s book is a moving tribute and a permanent reminder of the beginnings of her life. Living in a workers’ camp with her family on Balfour Downs Station, three-year-old Doris’s life is forever changed when she is removed by the authorities to Moore River Native Settlement.

Leaving behind the harsh realities of life as an institutional orphan, Doris goes to Perth to train as a nurse’s aide.  But the racist culture of her upbringing leaves an indelible mistrust of her own people.  This is the obstacle she must overcome when, as a wife and mother, she makes the courageous but difficult choice to find her mother and father, and to begin the journey to reclaim her Mardu heritage. Reprinted:  2016, Paperback. 211 pages. We have two copies in stock and are unsure if there will be more available.

What’s On?

The Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo

2018 will be the 60th Mount Isa Mines Rodeo. The Diamond Jubilee will be held from August 9 to 12. The Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo is where the romance of the Australian Outback meets the grit of a mining town, east meets west and man meets beast. It's non-stop rodeo action - bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback bronc, rope and tie, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and breakaway roping. Immerse yourself with unearthed and behind the scenes tours. Throw in Rodeo Rock Concerts, "The Isa Street Party", Mardi Gras, Queen Quest, Mailman Express Horse Race, Best Dressed Business competition, Bush Poets Breakfast, Markets and our 60th Rodeo into the mix and you've got one big party! 9 – 12 August 2018. Please check  for the latest update.

Frank Hann. (1846 – 1921)

Frank Hann was born in England and emigrated to Australia in 1851. He purchased Lawn Hill Station in the Gulf of Carpentaria in 1875 but prolonged drought and an outbreak of redwater fever forced him to abandon the station in 1896. Penniless, he headed overland to Halls Creek and from there to Mount Dockerell where he found good gold. Hann explored the areas around Nullagine, Lake Disappointment and the Leopold Ranges in the late 1890s. In 1901 he explored the area from Menzies to Ravensthorpe and at Southern Cross reported the first rabbit sighting, leading to the erection of the Rabbit Proof Fences. Although the main purpose of Hann’s explorations was to open up pastoral lands, he was an accomplished prospector finding good mineral beds including the first copper deposits in the Warburton area. Hann first headed into the Great Victoria Desert Region in 1903 and between then and 1908 made repeated trips into the area. His 1907 exploration took him from Laverton to Oodnadatta. Hann named more geographical features than any other person, over 500 in total. Mount Hann, Hann Tabletop Hill, The Hann River and Frank Hann National Park are all named in honour of this superb bushman. Frank Hann’s exploration diaries are contained in the book Do Not Yield to Despair.

Friday Funnies

Amazingly simple home remedies

If you're choking on an ice cube, simply pour a cup of boiling water down your throat. Presto! The blockage will instantly remove itself.

Avoid cutting yourself when slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold the vegetables while you chop.

For high blood pressure sufferers ~ simply cut yourself and bleed for a few minutes, thus reducing the pressure on your veins. Remember to use a timer.

A mouse trap placed on top of your alarm clock will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep after you hit the snooze button.

If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives. Then you'll be afraid to cough.

You only need two tools in life - wd-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the wd-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape.

Remember - everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem.

Below are three trick questions. You must answer them instantly. You can't take your time, answer all of them immediately.

Let's find out just how clever you really are....

First Question:

You are participating in a race. You overtake the second person. What position are you in?

Answer: If you answered that you are first, then you are absolutely wrong! If you overtake the second person and you take his place, you are second!

Second Question:

If you overtake the last person, then you are...?

Answer: If you answered that you are second to last, then you are wrong again. How can you overtake the LAST Person?

Third Question:

Very tricky arithmetic! Note: This must be done in your head only Do NOT use paper and pencil or a calculator.

Take 1000 and add 40 to it. Now add another 1000. Now add 30. Add another 1000. Now add 20. Now add another 1000. Now add 10. What is the total?

Did you get 5000?

The correct answer is actually 4100.

Daily thought: some people are like slinkies - not really good for anything, but they bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs.

To the optimist, the glass is half full. To the pessimist, the glass is half empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

"Normal people ... believe that if it isn't broken, don't fix it. Engineers believe that if it isn’t broken, it doesn't have enough features yet."

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