Friday Five Newsletter 2018.12.28

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Westprint Friday Five  Friday December 28th 2018

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Friday Five Books

  1. Great Australian Railway Stories. Bill Marsh. $25.95. In these frustrating days of semi-automated electric trains, it is hard to remember the smell of coal smoke, the hiss of steam, and sting of cinders flying into your eyes as you hung out a window. There was romance then, in working and travelling on the Australian railways, and hardship. With his passion for the olden days worn on his sleeve and his famous ear for a good yarn well pricked, Bill ′Swampy′ Marsh has found stories from drivers and gangers, stokers and crossing guards, their families and everyone in between, to create a collection of adventures that tell in their authentic voices of the funny, dramatic and hilarious times of a world long past. 335pp. First published in 2005, this edition 2008. 
  2. Gold Escort Route Atlas & Guide. $25.00 A great short break while it's too hot for travelling into central Australia. 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.
  3. Boss Drover and His Mates. $35.95. This edition soft cover 215 pages. "Anne Marie Ingham Brings the spirit of the outback alive . . . A must read" Northern Territory News. After several popular hardback runs, the paperback is an answer to calls for a more portable edition, but it’s still a big illustrated book. In grim Depression days, 12-year-old Clarrie Pankhurst left home on the River Murray. He found an adventurous life on the great stock routes, taking huge mobs of cattle to Queensland from stations in WA and the Territory. The drovers are gone now, replaced by road trains. Their hair-raising escapades, sense of humour, and full and generous lives live on—in the yarns and memories, paintings and photos in this book. From the author of Wild Cattle, Wild Country and Pioneers of the Kimberley.
  4. Budget Rest Areas around Australia - Edition 3. $49.95. The third edition of Budget Rest Areas Around Australia is the ultimate guide to Australia's best free and low-cost rest areas. It is a fully updated guide listing 2000 rest areas across the country, all of which have been carefully selected and star-rated by the authors. The book is organised by highway with the rest areas listed in the order they are found on the road, making this guide incredibly useful and easy to use. Each rest area listing comes with icons that will tell you at a glance what amenities are available - meals, fuel, dog friendly and more - and a picture of the area so you'll know what to expect when you arrive. Each listing is shown on a fully illustrated reference map, making navigation a breeze. With additional tips and suggestions from the authors about what to see along your journey, this book is a one-stop shop for those who spend a lot of time on the road. One copy only - may be able to get more
  5. Insects of South Eastern Australia. $45.00. An Ecological and Behavioural Guide. Author - Roger Farrow. Insects of South-Eastern Australia is a unique field guide that uses host plants and behavioural attributes as the starting point for identifying insects. Richly illustrated with colour photographs, the different species of insects found in Australia’s temperate south-east, including plant feeders, predators, parasites and decomposers, are presented. The guide is complemented by an introduction to the insects of the region, including their environment, classification, life history, feeding strategies and behaviour. Camouflage, mimicry and many other topics are also included throughout.

Friday Forum 

Happy ‘After Christmas’ to all. I hope you all got to spend time with loved ones over the Christmas break.

How will you spend your New Year’s Eve? John and Bev will probably be camped somewhere in ready to collect our eldest daughter who is flying home from Japan, Laura our youngest will be working NYE in her London pub (and not really looking forward to how busy it will be) Graeme and I will be out bush somewhere in southern Queensland or northern New South Wales with our son Adam. Adam has spent the past few Christmases in Mexico but after dealing with red tape for most of the year his partner Fer finally has an Australian visa. After an Aussie Christmas in Brisbane we hope to be spending NYE showing her the best light performance there is; the outback sky. We will be back at work about January 8. Jo. 

NYE celebrations and customs 

In Russia, New Year’s Eve is bigger than Christmas. Russia has a “New Year’s tree’’ and there’s a big celebration with fireworks and live music every year in Red Square. The Russian Santa, Ded Moroz, and his granddaughter Snegurochka come on New Year’s Eve, leaving presents for children to open on New Year’s Day. 

United Kingdom welcomes the New Year with loud cheer, warmth of family and friends, feasting, drinking and singing “Auld Lang Syne” at midnight. 

Chinese New Year, known as “Yuan Tan” occurs between mid-January and mid-February (following the Lunar calendar). Celebrations may continue for ten to fifteen days. The beating of drums and cymbals are believed to drive away the evil. Lanterns are lit to welcome home positive vibes. 

Japan follows the Gregorian calendar. Traditional celebrations include visiting temples to pray for the departed and for good harvest. Temple bells are rung 108 times to scare off the evil. 

While most people celebrate New Year’s Eve, in Scotland it’s much more important; it’s Hogmanay. Hogmanay is what the Scots call their New Year’s Eve celebrations. It’s the biggest day in the festive calendar, a celebration that makes Christmas Day seem very small. Hogmanay’s origins are Viking. Norse invaders celebrated the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, with wild parties in late December. Those parties began to incorporate elements from the Gaelic Samhain winter festival, which celebrates the beginning of winter, and Yule, whose celebrations were known as ‘daft days’ in Scotland.

Until recently, Scots didn’t do Christmas. The Protestant Reformation effectively banned Christmas for 400 years, and Christmas Day didn’t become a public holiday in Scotland until 1958.

Hogmanay starts on New Year’s Eve but continues throughout New Year’s Day and into January 2. Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations are the biggest. Starting with a massive torchlit parade on the December 30, and including a huge fireworks display, in 1996 in attracted a crowd in excess of 400,000. Numbers have since been restricted for safety reasons. In Kirkwall, the ‘Ba Game’ is an enormous game of street football that can last anything from four minutes to five hours and feature as many as 350 players. 

In France families meet and greet with parties and champagne, fireworks and lighting. 

People in Denmark believe that if they stand on a chair and jump from it as the clock strikes twelve to welcome New Year, it would bring them luck. Another tradition is to collect dishes all the year around and throw them at the front door on the New Year’s Eve – the more the broken plates, the more friends one shall have in the New Year. 

Greek families get together to bake a special bread for the New Year. They hide a coin in the dough. The coin is believed to bring good luck. 

In Sri Lanka, New Year is known as Aluth Avurudhu, and typically occurs in mid-April. When the old year would end and the new would year begins is astrologically determined and can occur several hours apart. Rituals include house cleaning and cooking special meals. 

Filipino families believe that round objects symbolizing coins bring them luck in the New Year. They heap tables with round fruits and eat twelve at midnight. Traditionally it is believed that a New Year should be started with a full wallet to be prosperous in the coming year. 

The Germans drop molten lead into cold water to see what shape it takes, and predict the future, each shape symbolizing an aspect of life – love, prosperity etc. 

On New Year’s Eve, thousands gather, many wearing white, at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro to offer white flowers and other gifts to Yemanja, the Afro-Brazilian queen of the sea. It is believed that she will bring energy and strength. Many toss their gifts into the sea, some on makeshift boats, hoping the goddess will grant their new year wishes. 

In Ecuador one big part of the festivities for New Year’s Eve in Ecuador are "los años viejos" (the old years). People make large scarecrow-like dolls often of the people they dislike or of notable people from the past year. Some come complete with signs detailing their sins. And then at mid-night everyone lights them on fire. The symbolic meaning of course is the forgetting of the bad of the past year and the hope that the coming year will be better. To make their effigies, people fill old clothes with sawdust or newspaper and add a face with a mask. 

In Ireland it was important to begin the New Year with a spotlessly clean house signifying a fresh start to the New Year. On New Year’s Eve night, families would remember those who has passed away that year before by setting a place for them at the dinner table and leaving the door unlatched. After the stroke of midnight, the man of the house would recite the following verse: “May your nets always be full, your pockets never empty, your horse not cast a shoe, Nor the devil look at you, In the coming year.” 

Superstition and rituals 

If you eat 12 grapes at midnight it will bring you luck (one grape for each month). 

Having money in your wallet at midnight means that money will keep flowing throughout the year. 

Walking out of your house with luggage open, or taking your luggage around your block, will bring you many travel opportunities in the upcoming year. 

Take a broom and sweep out your door at midnight. This will take all the negativity out of your life for the New Year. 

Sleep with a horseshoe under your pillow on New Year’s Eve for good luck. 

Check your undies. Find your true love if you wear red underwear on New Year’s Eve in Chile. In Colombia, wear yellow underwear for happiness and peace and in Puerto Rico, white for fertility and health. 

Auld Lang Syne 

Lyrics by Robert Burns (1788)

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne?


For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne,

We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet, For auld lang syne!


We twa hae run about the braes, And pu'd the gowans fine,

But we've wander'd mony a weary fit, Sin auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl't in the burn, Frae morning sun till dine,

But seas between us braid hae roar'd, Sin auld lang syne.

And there's a hand, my trusty fiere, And gie's a hand o' thine,

And we'll tak a right guid willie-waught, For auld lang syne!

And surely ye'll be your pint' stowp, And surely I'll be mine,

And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet, For auld lang syne!



Should old acquaintances be forgotten, And never brought to mind?

Should old acquaintances be forgotten, And days of long ago!


For old long ago, my dear, For old long ago,

We will take a cup of kindness yet, For old long ago.

We two have run about the hillsides, And pulled the daisies fine,

But we have wandered many a weary foot, For old long ago.

We two have paddled (waded) in the stream, From noon until dinner time,

But seas between us broad have roared, Since old long ago.

And there is a hand, my trusty friend, And give us a hand of yours,

And we will take a goodwill draught (of ale), For old long ago!

And surely you will pay for your pint, And surely I will pay for mine!

And we will take a cup of kindness yet, For old long ago! 

Friday Funnies

A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.

My new year's resolution is to be more optimistic by keeping my cup half-full with either rum, vodka, or whiskey.

I have only one resolution. To rediscover the difference between wants and needs. May I have all I need and want all I have.

This New Year's I resolve to be less awesome since that is really the only thing I do in excess.

People treat New Year's like some sort of life-changing event. If your life sucked last year, it's probably still going to suck tomorrow.

Dear Luck, .... can we be friends in 2017 Please?

May all your troubles last as long as your New Year resolutions.

Remember you can reset your resolutions on January 14th (Orthodox New Year) and February 8th (Chinese New Year). After that, I can't help you.

Many things can be preserved in alcohol this New Year’s Eve. DIGNITY is not one of them.

Every year I make a resolution to change myself. This year I’m making a resolution to be myself!

Just heard that in 2016 there will be a new device that can turn thoughts into speech. I have had that for years, it's called alcohol.


What do you tell someone you didn't see at New Year's Eve? I haven't seen you for a year!

What happened to the Irish man who thought about the evils of drinking in the New Year? He gave up thinking.

What's the problem with jogging on New Year’s Eve? The ice falls out of your drinks!

New Year’s Eve forecast: Mostly drunk with a slight chance of passing out.


On New Year's Eve, Marilyn stood up in the local pub and said that it was time to get ready. At the stroke of midnight, she wanted every husband to be standing next to the one person who made his life worth living. Well, it was kind of embarrassing. As the clock struck, the bartender was almost crushed to death.


New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

I want to gain weight. Put on at least 30 pounds.

I will start buying lottery tickets at a luckier store

Stop exercising.

Watch more TV.

Gain enough weight to get on The Biggest Loser.

Watch more movie remakes.

Procrastinate more.

I will no longer waste my time relieving the past, instead I will spend it worrying about the future.

Start being superstitious.

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