Friday Five Newsletter 2018.8.17

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Westprint Friday Five  Friday August 17th 2018

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Friday Five Books

  1. The Nullarbor Kid $20.00 Ray Gilleland. If you had worked with them, if you had driven with them, if you had had a drink with them, if you helped them when broken down, you would have been proud to be one of them and called them mates.' A time when trucks were viewed as an 'upstart industry' that threatened existing railway systems. Ray was part of the new breed, determined not to be chained to the old ways. The Nullarbor Kid tells of the true adventures Ray and his mates had when the trucking industry was born …. Ray tells stories of trucks not suited for blistering Australian heat, long mountain climbs in low gear, and the vast distances that sapped the strength of driver and truck. Of tolls, inspectors and regulations set to strangle the new industry, and drivers who fought back with every trick in the book. Of incredible near misses that could have killed them. And through it all, the smell and noise and romance of long-haul driving. In this world, when the chips were down, … humour loomed large and real-life adventure abounded. Published 2012. 
  1. The Best Australian Trucking Stories - Jim Haynes. $33.00. The trucker's job-so vital to our nation's everyday life-makes for a diverse treasure trove of stories. This first-ever collection of stories about Aussie truckers captures the humour, tragedy and fascinating history of their world, proving once again that truth is often stranger, funnier and more inspiring than fiction. There are stories of endurance while crossing the Nullarbor in the early 1950s, of rescuing mates stranded in the desert and dumping wheat in protest at Parliament House, of repossessing vehicles in suburban Adelaide, and of men imprisoned during the long political battle to make the roads of Australia free to carry freight. Steeped in larrikinism, these are salt-of-the-earth Aussie voices. Whether you're interested in one of the most significant social revolutions to have shaped our nation, or in these never-say-die modern pioneers who astound with their resourcefulness, or whether you're just after a laugh and a darn good story, this book is for you. 269pp. First published in 2011. 
  1. Len Beadell's Legacy $35.00 Ian Bayly. Len Beadell's name is now part of the folklore of the Australian outback, and he has achieved something resembling hero status amongst many people who might be inclined to describe themselves as "typical Australians". However, it would be quite incorrect and misleading to describe this notable man himself as a "typical Australian". Len Beadell was an exceptional Australian; he was a man of unusual and unique qualities and personality. He did not drink, smoke or swear, and was moderately religious. People who knew him well refer to his great personal integrity, strong sense of humour, cheerfulness in adversity, and extreme resourcefulness. He rarely if ever wrote or spoke ill of anyone; on reading his several books it would seem that if he couldn't write something favourable about a person, he said nothing. 144pp. First published in 2009, this edition 2010 
  1. Tracks - Robyn Davidson. $20.00. I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there's no going back.' So begins Robyn Davidson's perilous journey through some of the harshest spaces of the world. A camel-trek from the heart of Australia, across 17,000 miles of hostile desert, to the sea - with only a dog and four camels for company. And as she treks further and further away from civilisation, and ever closer to the burning 'heart of the world', she realises that this desert will either make her, or break her. First published in 1980, this edition 2012. 
  1. Outback Achiever. $28.95 Maisie McKenzie. Legendary Dr Fred McKay was successor to Flynn of the Inland. From a humble beginning on a small sugar cane farm in North Queensland, his life work became as big as the country itself. When John Flynn died in 1951 Fred McKay succeeded him. 

Friday Forum

All going well Graeme and Jo are somewhere along the Canning Stock Route. Carolyn and John are holding the fort but as each only works part time there may be times when the office is closed. Please call first if visiting. 0353911466.

Exciting find for a mapping team. 

A team working on mapping the underwater landscape off the coast of Western Australia accidently found a large shipwreck in April this year. Scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science were working off the coast of Karratha and watching a routine sonar screen when a large structure appeared. After much discussion about what the structure could be a camera was sent down and it was discovered that it was a shipwreck, 37 metres long and 7 metres wide, resting upright in 60 metres of water. The wreck does not appear to be an early Dutch vessel but something more modern. There are no obvious matches in terms of unlocated shipwrecks and so details have been sent to the maritime archaeology division of the WA Museum to try to solve the mystery.

What’s On? 

The Red Earth Arts Festival (REAF) is one of Australia's largest regional arts festivals. Taking place in the City of Karratha, WA.  REAF will host a range of events for everyone. Aug 31, 2018 - Sep 09, 2018.

Arts play a necessary role in shaping the effervescent and sensational look and feel to the City of Karratha. While public art and creative open spaces, as well as outdoor performance venues feature heavily in the City’s blueprint for future development because it values the contribution art makes to the collective sense of belonging, well-being and urban identity.

Delivered in partnership with Rio Tinto, the 10-day REAF event is fundamental in the City’s commitment to ensuring every person living in the City of Karratha has the opportunity to participate in events and festivals which are relevant, exciting and high quality. REAF runs for 2 weeks every September. It delivers a fantastic array of live music, comedy, children’s activities, theatre and dance with events held all across the region. Many of the events are free for the community to enjoy. 

Plumridge Lakes Nature Reserve, WA. 

Plumridge Lakes was declared as a Nature Reserve in 1977. To the north-east is an extensive area of salt pans and ephemeral lakes and to the south of Gwynne Creek is an area of red loam soil covered with mallee and sandalwood.

Charlie Cable pioneered sandalwood cutting in this area assisted by Aborigines from Laverton and Cundeelee. Charlie’s son Bob continued cutting sandalwood within the park until 1985. The Cable Haul Road was their main link with the railway line and most of the meandering tracks in the park were built as part of their operation. Camp sites are easily found and can be distinguished by heaps of bark and discarded roots. Sandalwood collection and production is still an important part of primary production in WA although timber is no longer cut from Plumridge Lakes Nature Reserve.

That’s this week’s clue to the mystery project.


Fact or Fiction

The Birdman from the Coorong. 

South Australia is a fairly mild sort of a state. The people are pretty laid back, there is lots of space for everyone and the weather is generally better than anywhere else. I do wonder sometimes though if South Australia feels left out because it was the only state with no convict population. My first searches also found very few bushrangers (although my research has since unearthed a few more. There were a few who worked the Disputed Country between Victoria and South Australia, the area where actual location of the border was under dispute and therefore neither state really had any jurisdiction over it. Most notably was Mad Dan Morgan, who was known around this area as Bill the Spaniard and whose real name was probably Jack Fuller.

I’d have to say that I was a little surprised to come across a statue of The Birdman of the Coorong – claiming it to be South Australia’s only genuine bushranger. And the more I read and researched the more fanciful the story seems. The story is below. Let me know what you think.

The Birdman of the Coorong

Born in Limerick in 1864 John Francis Peggotty was a tiny baby and grew to be a very small adult with childlike features. As a teenager he travelled to South Africa where he learnt to manage and ride ostriches. With the stature of a seven-year-old child riding atop an ostrich was of no effort to him or the bird.

Returning to England Peggotty became a thief with a difference. Being so small he scampered down chimneys of the wealthy and stole jewellery, especially gold jewellery. His tendency to flaunt his ‘winnings’ by draping the lode over his body and parading around half naked soon saw him incarcerated.

After a relatively short prison sentence he travelled to Australia to live with his farming uncle in NSW, but he was not inclined to work and was caught adorning himself with his wife’s jewellery on more than one occasion. Peggotty then travelled to Adelaide and soon slipped into the old trade of thieving eventually turning up in the Coorong.

He was labelled the most eccentric bushranger in the history of Australia as he was often seen stripped to the waist and wearing stolen gold jewellery whilst brandishing two ornamental pistols and riding an ostrich.

(There were feral Ostriches in the Coorong area. Several farms in the Lakes region had bred them to harvest their feathers. Up until the 1970s they were still found on the Narrung Peninsula and Coorong. They are listed in the Simpson & Day Australian Bird Book)

Peggotty was credited with more than a dozen hold-ups and murder of several travellers in the area before his career ended in September of 1899. A fisherman named Henry Carmichael was unimpressed by being held-up by the diminutive, jewellery laden, ostrich rider and gave chase on his horse. He was a crack shot and had a long-range rifle which wounded the rider and killed the ostrich.

By the time Carmichael reached the ostrich corpse the wounded Peggotty had scampered off leaving a thick trail of blood in the sand. He had made it to thick scrubland and Carmichael was not willing to pursue an armed man into the bush. Peggotty had at least two bullets in his body and was bleeding profusely. Carmichael knew that Peggotty would perish in the sandhills of the Coorong and departed to report his impending death to the authorities. Peggotty’s body was never found, his bones still lie in the Coorong along with at least $1million worth of gold and jewellery.

You can find the full story and pictures here. 

Friday Funnies 

For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program. 

In good company? Results of a competition to find dumb things in company correspondence. 

1. "As of tomorrow, employees will only be able to access the building using individual security cards. Pictures will be taken next Wednesday, and employees will receive their cards in two weeks." (This was the winning quote from Fred Dales at Microsoft Corp in Redmond, WA.) 

2. "What I need is a list of specific unknown problems we will encounter." (Lykes Lines Shipping.) 

3. "E-mail is not to be used to pass on information or data. It should be used only for company business." (Accounting manager, Electric Boat Company) 

4. "This project is so important, we can't let things that are more important interfere with it." (Advertising/Marketing manager, United Parcel Service) 

5. "Doing it right is no excuse for not meeting the schedule. No one will believe you solved this problem in one day! We've been working on it for months. Now, go act busy for a few weeks and I'll let you know when it's time to tell them." (R&D supervisor, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing/3M Corp.-This one should have won first place.) 

6. "My Boss spent the entire weekend retyping a 25-page proposal that only needed corrections. She claims the disk I gave her was damaged and she couldn't edit it. The disk I gave her was write-protected." (CIO of Dell Computers) 

7. Quote from the Boss: "Teamwork is a lot of people doing what I say."(Marketing executive, Citrix Corporation) 

8. "We know that communication is a problem, but the company is not going to discuss it with the employees." (Switching supervisor, AT&T Long Lines Division) 

9. We recently received a memo from senior management saying: "This is to inform you that a memo will be issued today regarding the subject mentioned above." (Microsoft, Legal Affairs Division) 

10. One day my Boss asked me to submit a status report to him concerning a project I was working on. I asked him if tomorrow would be soon enough. He said, "If I wanted it tomorrow, I would have waited until tomorrow to ask for it!" (New business manager, Hallmark Greeting Cards.) 

My seven-year-old son informed us that part of his tooth had come out. We checked and, sure enough, a piece had broken off.

Trying to lighten the moment, I asked my husband, "What do you suppose the tooth fairy gives for half a tooth?"

"Nothing," he replied, "She wants the tooth, the whole tooth, and nothing but the tooth." 

But why?

Why does the sun lighten our hair, but darken our skin?

Why can't women put on mascara with their mouth closed?

Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?

Why don't you ever see the headline "Psychic Wins Lottery"?

Why is "abbreviated" such a long word?

Why is a boxing ring square?

Why is it called lipstick if you can still move your lips?

Why is it that to stop Windows, you must click on "Start"?

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavour, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?

Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

Why is the word dictionary in the dictionary?

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