Friday Five Newsletter 2018.8.10

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Westprint Friday Five  Friday August 10th 2018

“It always rains on tents.

Rain will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.”

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Friday Five Books

  1. Mount Buggery to Nowhere Else $33.00. The stories behind Australia's weird and wonderful place names By Eamon Evans. From Dismal Swamp to Useless Loop, Intercourse Island to Dead Mans Gully, Mount Buggery to Nowhere Else, Australia has some of the strangest, funniest, weirdest and most out-of-place names going - now described and explained in one humorous and fascinating book. 
  2. Life in the Saddle: Adventures of Legendary Horseman, the Kokotunga Kid. $30.00. It doesn't matter if there are four thousand people watching or just four – you're a horseman, roughrider, entertainer. At that moment, rodeo has you bitten. Alywn Torenbeek left his outback hometown at fourteen.  By the time he was 21, he was a national and international rodeo champion. Alwyn went on to be a stockman, drover and station manager.  A riveting tale of adventure, romance, tragedy and mateship. Alwyn's story is also a tribute to the outback and the characters who make it special. From Winton to Wanganui, this is the ride of a lifetime. Published 2013. 
  3. Back of Beyond $30.00 Freda Nicholls. Former sheep shearer, dingo trapper and horse breaker Hugh Tindall reminisces on his extraordinary life in outback Queensland…. From a poor man's selection on the Diamantina in 1928 to owning six large stations with his family, from shearing his first 100 sheep a day at the age of sixteen to organising sheds in the long running 1956 shearer's strike, Hugh's story is part of a turbulent time in the outback, whose history he is passionate about. Told in his own voice, it is an honest account of life in isolated western and central Queensland, where the tough survived or died. 
  4. Mail for the Back of Beyond $14.95 John Maddock. This is not a book I had thought about reviewing as we turnover very large quantities of this book. (If it sells well let’s leave it alone!) …. It was very easy to read and not just about the Birdsville Track mail run but about all the mail runs in the corner country and about Harry Ding’s trucking empire and his contribution to those living in isolated areas. A very well researched book with black and white photos giving a graphic look at the trials and tribulations of getting the mail to outback stations. S/cover. 160pp. First published in 1986, this edition 2010.
  5. A Nomad was our Guide. $24.95. William L Grayden. This is the story of the first motorized party to make the crossing from the western side of Australia to the Rawlinson Ranges in Central Australia, and of the return journey through the sand dunes of the Gibson Desert. It's the story of our search for reported remains of the ill-fated 1848 expedition led by Ludwig Leichhardt. Above all, it is a story of the skill and dependability of our Aboriginal guide - Mitawalinya - and his people, the Wongi, into whose land we ventured. For the sake of accuracy and because the circumstances of our meeting and subsequent dependence on Mitawalinya as our guide have to be seen against the background of that first motorized journey, the story is recounted from the diary of the actual expedition.

Notes from the Office.

All going well, Jo and Graeme will be around the Laverton, WA area by today. Carolyn and John are in charge and both work part time so please phone before calling in to make sure there is someone in the office. If you are still wondering what the mystery project is, last week’s clue was Frank Hann. This week it is book number five above. 

 Friday Forum

Can the Platypus be any stranger?

Although reclusive, the platypus can be found in creeks and streams throughout south eastern Australia. Once hunted to near extinction for its fur (about 80 pelts were needed to make a woman’s coat), the platypus was finally made a protected species in 1974. Since then, the platypus population has rebounded and is no longer endangered; and although the current population size of the platypus is not accurately known it is now commonly found in South Eastern Australian waterways. The Australian Government has now declared the platypus population status as “common but vulnerable” and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) currently classifies the platypus as “least concern” on its Redlist of threatened species.

The biggest threat to the platypus is loss of habitat due to the increasing human population.

The many unique features of the platypus make them highly interesting in the science world and scientists have recently discovered that platypus milk contains a protein with antibacterial characteristics. Female platypuses don't have teats and so they express milk onto their belly for the young to suckle.  Because the milk is exposed it becomes susceptible to bacteria in the environment.

This unusual protein is only known to exist in monotremes but fortunately scientists have been able to replicate it in a laboratory and then decipher its structure. What they found was a unique 3D protein fold. The discovery increases the knowledge of protein structures in general and has the potential to eventually save lives.

I’ve written this from an article I found in found in the Rural Weekly by Cassandra Glover.


(Pic from John Gould’s Mammals of Australia)

What’s On?

Shinju Matsuri. Aug 25 – Sept 2. Broome, WA. The annual Shinju Matsuri (Japanese for “Festival of the Pearl”) originated from three cultural festivals – Japanese Obon Matsuri, Malaysian Hari Merdeka, Independence Day from British rule in 1957, and the Chinese Hang Seng. Shinju Matsuri rekindles the excitement and romance of Broome’s early days of being a world-renowned producer of South Sea Pearls when the Japanese, Chinese, Malay, Koepangers, Filipino and Europeans flocked to Broome from the late 1800s to be a part of this prosperity. This unique multicultural population of pearl industry workers joined with the local Aboriginal people and Europeans to work on up to 400 Pearling Luggers that sailed out of Broome.

Broome’s people and businesses have given generously to show their love of Broome over the 48-year life of the Festival and is a testament to the character and culture of this special place. The volunteer Board of Shinju Matsuri is driven by the community and sees the festival as an opportunity to re-educate and inform the community of the cultural heritage of Broome.  Ensuring that education and information is passed on to young people and new arrivals will assure that Broome’s unique and diverse identity is acknowledged and remembered through the generations.

Shinju Matsuri will tempt your senses with an exciting whirlwind of colour, sound, taste and smell as the community shares this beautiful locale with the world and the people who call it home. 

Book Review

Jinkers and Whims. Jack Bradshaw. This is quite a story. They were hard-working men in the early timber industry. This book traces the development of the methods and machines used to harvest the forests of Western Australia over the last 150 years, from first settlement to the present day. It is a tribute to the skill and innovation of the bushmen and engineers who brought about the changes and designed and built those weird and wonderful machines that were unique to the industry and to this part of the world. Contains more than one hundred photographs dating from the 1890s to the present.

We don’t have this book for sale. It is available direct from the author. $32 plus post.

When you check out the website above be sure to watch the video. It is about 20 minutes in length and contains historic footage of the WA timber industry. I highly recommend it. Jo.

Joy Baluch

In Port Augusta there is a Joy Baluch bridge. I’ve always wondered who Joy Baluch was, so I’ve done some investigating.

Nancy Joy Baluch AM (10 October 1932 – 14 May 2013) was a politician from Port Augusta. She was elected to Port Augusta City Council in 1970, becoming mayor in 1981. She became involved in local politics through campaigning for improved health services after her son was born and developed severe asthma.

She has been mayor for 29 years over three terms - believed to be an Australian record - and on council for some 40 years. As mayor, she led the successful effort to ban drinking in public places in Port Augusta and imposed a night-time curfew on the citizens of the town in order to reduce violence.

Joy Baluch is quoted as saying "God has made my city the centre of the universe - we have the biggest uranium and biggest copper mine in the world in our backyard and it is a beautiful area for tourism, but it has been difficult to turn our tourism image around because the media has given us a bad name." She worked hard to improve that image until she passed away after a hard-fought battle against cancer.

A talented and dedicated woman. 

Friday Funnies

My Parents had not been out together in quite some time. One Saturday, as Mom was finishing the dinner dishes, my father stepped up behind her. "Would you like to go out, girl?" he asked.

Not even turning around, my mother quickly replied, "Oh, yes, I'd love to!"

They had a wonderful evening, and it wasn't until much later that Dad finally confessed that his question had actually been directed to the family dog, laying near Mom's feet on the kitchen floor. 

A man is lying on the operating table, about to be operated on by his son, the surgeon. The father says, "Son, think of it this way ... If anything happens to me, your mother is coming to live with you." 

"Here's something that will really make you feel grown up," said a father to his teenage daughter, "Your very own mobile phone bill”. 

Don't judge your wife too harshly for her weaknesses. If she didn't have them chances are she would have never married you.

The other night, my wife and I were going out for dinner. She put on eyebrow pencil, eye shadow, eyeliner, eyelashes, mascara, toner, blush and lipstick, then turned to me and said, "Does this look natural?" 

"Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty." -Mark Twain 

When my three-year-old son opened the birthday gift from his grandmother and found a water pistol. He squealed with delight and headed for the nearest sink. I was not so pleased. I turned to Mom and said, "I'm surprised at you. Don't you remember how we used to drive you crazy with water guns?" Mom smiled and then replied, "I remember." 

I stopped at a friend’s house the other day and found him stalking around with a flyswatter. When I asked if he had gotten any flies, he answered, "Yeah,

3 males and 2 females." Curious, I inquired as to how he could tell the difference.

He answered, "3 were on a beer can and 2 were on the phone." 

"He's called a broker because after you deal with him that's exactly what you are." Unknown 

Driving to work, a gentleman had to swerve to avoid a box that fell out of a truck in front of him. Seconds later, two policemen came by. While one pulled the gentleman over, the second stopped traffic and recovered the box so as to avoid any further mishaps. When they opened the box, they found it contained large upholstery tacks.

"I'm sorry sir," the first trooper told the driver, "but I'm going to have to write you a ticket."

Amazed, the driver asked, "For what?!"

The trooper replied, "Tacks evasion."

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