Friday On My Mind …

– not to mention the small matter of the weekly raffle.

Joe6pack thrust the Raffle Instruction Book into moi’s trembling paws a couple of hours ago. He is unavailable this evening due to a home invasion – of the nicest possible sort.

So please be patient with me as I record names and numbers, allocate second, third, and even fourth choices, and eventually spin the Wheel of Fortune. C@tmomma and Bushfire Bill, the bar is in your tender care for the next couple of hours, so do beHAVE.

Well, what have we learned this week?

PMJG announced her new ministry – with some cracking new talent

• Defence Minister Stephen Smith announced the withdrawal of most Australian troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year – and about time, too

• Yet another asylum seeker boat capsizes off Christmas Island, with lives lost and several seriously injured – response from the Greens: crickets

• Former NSW ALP mining minister Ian Macdonald was described as Eddie Obeid’s left testicle – cruel, but apt

• Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison said a Coalition government would impose “behaviour protocols” for asylum seekers – but did not reveal what colour(s) the stars would be

• Zed Seselja has been confirmed as the Canberra Liberals’ Senate candidate – Mr Abbott’s nose seems slightly out of joint

• The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry masquerades as Santa Claus again, offering Australia’s lowest-paid workers a stellar increase of – wait for it – $5.80 per week . . .

• . . . which allows a nice little segue to Mr “you won’t be hearing much from moi” Joel Fitzgibbon and his heartfelt sympathy for those denizens of Western Sydney doing it tough on $250,000 a year.
Moi’s heart bleeds for you too, Mr Fitzgibbon.

To return to more important matters: the usual raffle rules apply, and Joe6pack will (moi hopes) be around to organise a Tatts ticket or wager on the animal(s) of the winner’s choice at some stage.

Enjoy your evening,

and be nice to each other (especially moi . . . )

Advertisements

385 thoughts on “Friday On My Mind …

  1. Get me on about caravans and grey-nomads!….Years and years ago when I was but a young blade w/motor cycle….I was on my way to the “Silver City” (Broken Hill) from adelaide….there was a certain young lady I’d met over the Christmas holidays and….NOW LISTEN!…I don’t want to hear about it!..Ok, we were ALL gullible once, and a young bloke will do crazy miles just to get close to it!…YOU BLOKES HAVE TOO!…don’t bullshit to me!….anyway, a huge storm blew up about Burra, so I left the bike at the coppers station and thumbed it from there.

    I got a lift from these “Grey Nomads” towing one of those fuuuu*kin’ huge caravans they had in those days with a Holden Kingswood…Two large women and the tiniest little bloke driving…he looked THROUGH the steering wheel to drive..I sat in the back with one of these biddies. The women were both knitters and the conversation was sparse…there was a real generation gap those days….I had real long hair.

    The weight distribution in the caravan musta been pretty bad, because every now and then the whole she-bang would get up a sway so bad it would carry the car and caravan from one side of the road to the other in a bloody wild swerving ride with the little bloke literally “riding” the steering wheel like a victim on the whipping wheel, arms and legs akimbo..this must have been going on for a few times even before I joined the caravanserai as the ladies kept knitting through it all except to now and then ask “Father” if everything was fine….and ; “yes..just a bit of side-wind I’d say”.

    I bailed out at Whyte Yacowrie on the sad excuse that I wanted to enquire at the roadhouse for any work in the area….I really didn’t think they’d make it to the “Hill”…..Oh well, the things you do for love.

  2. “Saw the ‘puff piece’ about Abbott’s daughters (must need his image softened again) one said that Dad wasn’t a good swimmer. So what’s with the surf lifesaving?”

    Gonna call shenanigans on this. Anyone who does triathlons, or does SLSC patrols – which require a bronze medallion and therefore the ability to swim 400m in <7 minutes – can swim well. Even if it is Abbott.

  3. Just wacked $70 on ALP @6.50 on Sportsbet. Enough to pay for some decent champagne come Sept 14. I rolled over my winnings on the leadership ballot.

  4. Roy…I may not have been much of a gentleman THEN!…But I like to think I am now……and a gentleman never tells!

  5. “The weight distribution in the caravan musta been pretty bad, because every now and then the whole she-bang would get up a sway so bad it would carry the car and caravan from one side of the road to the other in a bloody wild swerving ride with the little bloke literally “riding” the steering wheel like a victim on the whipping wheel, arms and legs akimbo.”

    This is an example of ‘critical speed’ being exceeded. There is reason for Semitrailers having a relatively long distance between the turntable (towball) and the centre of the towed wheels as the greater this distance, the more stable the rig will be especially as speed increases.

    And the converse applies. A very short trailer tends to become unstable at slower speeds and what JayCee describes above can easily occur, leading to rollovers and usually bad accidents, and which braking makes very much worse very suddenly. If this occurs going downhill, serious consequences are very likely. (JayCee was right to bail out.)

    All of which can be exaggerated by having any one, or a combination of, bad weight distribution, an overloaded or badly loaded trailer, a large overhang on the towing vehicle (towbar a long way behind the rear axle of the towing vehicle) and incorrect hitches. If you see a car towing a ‘car’ trailer with the trailered vehicle on backwards, stay away from it, unless it is a rear engined car onboard.

    Holding the steering wheel absolutlely still and accelerating is about the only way of correcting this dangerous situation, which is not always possible.

Comments are closed.