For those who don’t know my dad is generally considered a clever man, he can fix/make just about anything mechanical. his nickname when he was a kid was “Gyro” as in Gyro Gearloose.
Anyhow this one Saturday back when we were renting my Pa’s house we were tooling around inside and we here this noise coming down the driveway, it was dad on his ride-on mower that he bought for bugger all and fixed up.
The widow maker in action
I’m not sure if it’s a really old model or it was home made but we call it the “Widow Maker” due to it’s complete lack of guards or other safety extras, the pullies and motor are fully expose ready to suck you into the blades.
Munching a huge turd
Anyhow it may look like a hunk of gunk but you can’t deny the results, dad zipped around, mowed yard in about 5 minutes, then back out the drive and up the street without saying a word. I almost felt violated left there with no explanation to the chaos that had just happend.
Mind you I wasn’t complaining.
At around 9pm last night Caz and Terry brought a new life into this world. It sounds wierd doesn’t it, another person ready to learn all about the world.
William Darryl Jones
Havn’t had a chance to see the little bugger yet but we’re shooting up straight after work to see how they are all doing and give them our congratulations.
I’m not sure what I was searching for but I stumbled across this interesting site that has lists a heap of interesting Australian facts. Like the following:
- Australians may refer to fools, idiots and hopeless cases as Drongos. Drongo was a 1920’s racehorse that showed promise but never won anything in 37 starts. In the 1940’s, the term was applied to recruits of the Australian airforce.
- The name for the Australian marsupial Kangaroo came about when some of the first white settlers saw this strange animal hopping along and they asked the Aborigines what it was called. They replied with ‘Kanguru’, which in the native language meant ‘I don’t know’.
- Although resembling modern humans, Mungro man (found at Mungro lake) appears to have been a separate species. His unique DNA has been used to challenge the ‘out of Africa’ theory of human evolution.
- 0.02 percent of the Australian land mass is used by mines. More land is occupied by pubs.
- 10 percent of Australians satisfy the definition of an ‘ocker’ . This 10 percent of the population consume 80 percent of the beer drunk in Australia.
- Waltzing Matilda’ the title of Australia’s most famous song, is German for ‘carrying a backpack’.
- In 1977, Alan Jones scored a surprise victory in the Austrian Grand Prix. Initially officials were going to play the Austrian anthem but then realised that Australia and Austria were not the same country. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the Australian anthem so instead a local drunk played “Happy Birthday to You” on a trumpet.
- 94% European descent, 4% Asian descent, 1.5% Aboriginal descent.
- The Tasmanian Aborigine was of a different race to those on the mainland with features more similar to Africans. On the orders of Governor Arthur, all Tasmanian Aborigines were ordered to be shot. No full bloods live today.
- When a specimen of the platypus was first sent to England, it was believed the Australians had played a joke by sewing the bill of a duck onto a rat.
- In 1954, Bob Hawke was immortalised by the Guinness Book of Records for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds.? Bob later became the Prime Minister of Australia.
- Australia was the second country to give women the vote.
- Lawrence Hargrave discovered that curved surfaces lift more than flat ones. He subsequently built the world’s first box-kite, hitched four together, added an engine and flew five metres. Hargrave corresponded freely with other aviation pioneers, including the Wright Brothers. But unlike the Americans who monopolised their ideas, Hargrave never patented his. Because it promised public access, Hargrave left all his research to the Munich Museum. Had Hargrave gained local support to further develop his ideas and not been so generous in sharing his ideas with other aviation pioneers, he probably would have been the first person in the world to achieve sustained and controlled powered flight.
- The world’s first feature length film, The Story of the Kelly Gang, was a little over an hour long.
- by Mervyn Victor Richardson, the two-stroke petrol lawn mower with rotary blades revolutionised mowing world wide.
- Jindalee Radar System – The United States of America spent $11 billion developing an aeroplane that could not be detected by radar. Scientists at the CSIRO then concluded that if the plane could not be detected, perhaps the turbulance it makes passing through air could be. $1.5 million later, the Jindalee Radar system had transformed the stealth bomber into nothing more than an unusual looking aircraft.
I particularly liked the inventions section. I hope it sparks a little patriotism in some of you, or a smile.
Most of you probably think that Athal is a strange middle name? Well it is, but when you combine it with Crocodile it doesn’t seem that bad.
Benjamin Athal “Crocodile” Hunter
Barnes has been working up in Cairnes at a crocodile farm for the past couple of months, this isn’t one of those pansy ass tourist parks either, here they purely raise the crocs for the skins, apparently you get $1000 a peice for one of these beauty’s.
Here’s the accompanying email:
Here are few action pics of me at work , the crochunting game is going well , all limbs accounted for ,and a new found respect for Steve Erwin.hope you enjoy , i can tell you are all missing me sofeel free to make me into your new wall paper
Good work Barnes lets hope we see you Hunting down this way sometime soon.