Friday Five Newsletter 2018.11.2

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Westprint Friday Five Friday November 2nd 2018

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

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Friday Five Books

  1. The Wisdom of Dog. $28.00. Murray Ball's 'Dog' - the central character in the Footrot Flats cartoon strips - was recently voted New Zealand s best-loved fictional character. Dog has starred in more than 50 Footrot Flats books and now has a book devoted entirely to himself and the 'wisdom' that his made him such a lovable character. THE WISDOM OF DOG features over 300 single, stand-alone cartoons, all with Dog as the main focus. The majority of these stand-alone cartoons have never before been published in book form. First published 2010, this edition 2011.
  2. Mr. Stuart's Track. $24.95. John Bailey. This is a great study of a loner who battled alcoholism and ill health to push himself to the limits of endurance, ultimately becoming one of Australia's greatest explorers. First edition 2006, this edition 2010
  3. The True History of the Kelly Gang. Peter Carey. $19.95. In TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG, the legendary Ned Kelly speaks for himself, scribbling his narrative on errant scraps of paper in semi-literate but magically descriptive prose as he flees from the police. To his pursuers, Kelly is nothing but a monstrous criminal, a thief and a murderer. To his own people, the lowly class of ordinary Australians, the bushranger is a hero, defying the authority of the English to direct their lives. Indentured by his bootlegger mother to a famous horse thief (who was also her lover), Ned saw his first prison cell at 15 and by the age of 26 had become the most wanted man in the wild colony of Victoria, taking over whole towns and defying the law until he was finally captured and hanged. Here is a classic outlaw tale, made alive by the skill of a great novelist. First published in 2000, this edition 2008.
  4. Forgotten Men. $30.00. The Australian Army Veterinary Corps 1909-1946. H/Cover. 486 pages. Forgotten Men is the long overdue account of the significant contribution to the Australian Army of the Australian Army Veterinary Corps in two world wars. One of the army's smallest and least recognised corps, its humble beginnings and quiet work in the background belie the crucial role of the Corps in supporting wartime operations and dealing with logistical issues never envisaged before 1915. While their place in military history is often overlooked, the men of the Australian Veterinary Corps deserve recognition. Stoic and hardworking, they unselfishly worked among the horrors of war, to provide the support needed for army units and their animals, and while the Veterinary Corps reached its peak during the Great War, its role did not end when the guns fell silent in 1918. Instead, the Corps continued to support military activities across Australia until horsepower finally gave way to mechanisation in World War II. The Corps' success in enabling the 1st Australian Imperial Force to fight in two theatres, each with its own peculiar veterinary problems, is an achievement worth recording.
  5. Name That Flower. Ian Clarke and Helen Lee. $34.95. Until now there has been no readily available source of information on how to go about identifying flowering plants. The dissection of flowers, the methods of observing their structure and the application of these to identification are rarely described. Profusely illustrated with over 130 detailed line drawings and eight pages of colour plates, this book contains a comprehensive chapter on floral structure, and introductions to the arrangement of flowers on plants, reproduction, plant structure and function, and the way plants are grouped and named. Great book for any keen gardener or botany students. 299 pp. First published in 1987, this edition 2011.

 Friday Forum

Information wanted

Hi, we are hoping to go across the Transcontinental track from Tarcoola to the junction with the Connie Sue Highway next year and would appreciate any information we need. We will be towing an off-road caravan. Thank You. David.

Innamincka & Coongie Lakes, SA. Areas closed.

Notice from Desert Parks.

Cullyamurra Waterhole, Burkes Grave, Policeman’s, Ski Beach, King’s Site, Minkie Waterhole and Queerbidie Campgrounds are closed between 12 November and 14 November.

Malkumba-Coongie Lakes and Kudriemitchie Campgrounds are closed between 13 November and 15 November.

King Leopold Ranges, WA. Areas closed.

King Leopold Ranges Conservation Park will be closed from November 6-13 for the aerial feral animal control program. This includes Silent Grove Campground, Bell Gorge, Lennard Gorge and Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge

Summer caretaker opportunity – Charleville, Qld.

We are looking for an energetic couple to mind our place from end November till late February. Our Charleville Bush Caravan Park will be closed so it is just watering up and feeding 5 fussy chooks. We include a free powered site. Mobile coverage, TV and 2km from town. Email Graham at

Caravan Jacks

Technical article from the Caravan Council of Australia.

There are far too many nasty accidents caused when jacks are used to change wheels / tyres on caravans and camper-trailers. There have been reports of some jacks having their lifting mechanism unexpectedly fail… causing the jack to instantly collapse. 

The main causes of jacking accidents are clearly the jack:

 (a) Not being completely suitable for the particular caravan, and

 (b) Not having its top positively located so as to prevent it sliding in any horizontal direction.

It is essential that a caravan jack is appropriately approved, and has a sufficient Load Rating, along with a sufficient Travel (lifting range).

Caravan Jacks must:

  • Be Approved to the Australian Standard
  • Have the top positively located - by a mating locating recess - to prevent any horizontal slippage
  • Be operational for when the caravan is both empty, and fully-loaded
  • Be positioned on a firm base
  • Have a sufficient Load Rating
  • Have a sufficient length of Travel

A Caravan Jack must:

  • When on a firm base, be low enough to engage a locating recess, when any tyre is fully-deflated
  • Have sufficient travel, to enable a fully-inflated tyre to replace that tyre

Allowance must be made for the suspension “droop” when the caravan is raised.

Allowance must be made for the probability that the tyres(s) on one side of the caravan will be loaded greater than on the other side. Typically, this may be around 10%.

A conservative assumption must be made on the actual Ball-Loading. It is of course much more preferable to have had the Ball-Loading measured, for the particular loading of the caravan.

While a typical caravan may have a Ball-Loading of around 10% of the actual mass of the loaded caravan, the actual Ball-Loading may only be around 5%.

ball load

The relationship between a jack’s Load (lifting force) and its Travel, is a basic physics topic of Moments… which is Force X Distance.

With the Ball as the pivot, it is a “balance” or a “compromise” – for any given effective Load (M) times its Distance (LM) from the pivot – and the jack’s available Force (J) times its Distance (LJ) from the pivot.

The jack’s available Travel (Extended Length minus Retracted Length) must be sufficient to enable a tyre to be safely replaced.  M x LM = J x LJ

jack 1

 The greater the LJ Distance, the lesser the J Force can be… and vice-versa.

jack 2


Never rely on a jack… tragic accidents have occurred when a jack has failed or has slipped.

It is most important to practise changing a wheel/ tyre before heading off on a trip, so that you know exactly what to do if you have the misfortune to have a punctured tyre on your travels. 

  • Do you know where everything you will need, is stored… and how to use everything?
  • Does the Wheel-Brace fit the wheel-nuts, and do you have the strength to loosen tightened nuts?
  • Does the top of the jack correctly suit the jacking points on the underside of the chassis rails?
  • Does the jack have sufficient lifting capacity (Load Rating)?
  • Does the jack have sufficient travel… and is the minimum height low enough? 

Always carefully read the Warning Notice and Operating Instructions supplied with the jack.

If something is not clear to you, contact the Manufacturer for clarification. 

Typical (Conservative) Example:

“All-Up Mass” of caravan: 2,000 kg

Ball-Loading: 100 kg (5% of All-Up Mass)

Therefore, effective Load = 1,900 kg

Heavier side of caravan M: 1,000 kg

Lighter side of caravan: 900 kg

LM = 2.00 m

Therefore, M x LM = 2,000 kg.m

Therefore, J x LJ must equal (or exceed) 2,000 kg.m

If LJ is 3.0 m, J must exceed 667 kg

If LJ is 4.0 m, J must exceed 500 kg

Typical Locating Device… Positively locates the top of the Jack, to prevent it slipping in any horizontal direction.

 jack top

Black Rock Stakes, Pilbara WA. 

For nearly 40 years a crazy wheelbarrow race was held in the heart of iron ore country in Western Australia.

As many good Aussie traditions, the race came about as the result of a wager between two miners in a pub in the late 1960s. Teams of 12 competed in a rolling relay, jumping from a moving vehicle and taking turns to push 11 kilograms of iron ore in a wheelbarrow almost 120 kilometres from the mining ghost town of Goldsworthy to Port Hedland.

The race was held at night to avoid the worst of the heat. In the 40-year history of the race more than $1million was raised for local volunteer organisations.

Sadly, the mining boom spelled the demise of the race as more trucks on the road made it dangerous for competitors to run on ‘open’ roads and race insurance became impossible to obtain. The last race was run in 2010. 

More information and pictures;


Secondhand Selection 

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. This week we have a selection of books by Tom Cole. All are paperback in good condition. Normally these books are priced between $10-$20 plus post. This week’s special price is $6.00 per book. Please add $9.50 flat rate postage, regardless of the number of titles ordered.

Titles by Tom Cole:

The Last Paradise

Crocodiles and Other Characters

Hell West and Crooked.

Friday Funnies

Three old men are at the doctor for a memory test. The doctor says to the first old man, "What is three times three?"

"274" was his reply.

The doctor worriedly says to the second man, "It's your turn. What is three times three?"

"Tuesday" replies the second man.

The doctor sadly says to the third man, "Okay, your turn. What's three times three"?

"Nine" says the third man.

"That's great!" exclaims the doctor. "How did you get that"?

"Jeez, Doc, it's pretty simple," says the third man. "I just subtracted 274 from Tuesday."


A day without sunshine is like, well, night.

Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.

Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.

I feel like I'm diagonally parked in a parallel universe.

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say will be misquoted, then used against you.

I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges.

Honk if you love peace and quiet.

The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.


You can't have everything, where would you put it?

The things that come to those that wait may be the things left by those who got there first.

A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

It was recently discovered that research causes cancer in rats.

Everybody lies, but it doesn't matter since nobody listens.

I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.


Cleaning out the aviary at a run-down zoo, the keeper finds two finches that have died of old age. He picks them up and places them in a sack. After cleaning the cage, he puts the sack in his wheelbarrow and moves on to the next cage.

When he reaches the primate cage he finds two chimps who have also died of natural causes. "Waste not, want not," he says as puts them in the sack with the finches.

Later at feeding time, he flips the dead animals from the sack, into the lions' cage.

"Oh, Come On!!" roars the lion. "Not finch and chimps again!"


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