I Love the Governor

I love my car

Walking was the pits

I love my house

My humpy was not warm

I love McDonalds

Kangaroos are just too hard to catch

I love a Boags

Which can be a problem

I love my tele

Talking is good but pictures beat it

I love my phone

Smoke signals aren’t as good

It was all from Governor Phillip

Coming here back in 1788

That I no longer just walk

That I no longer am stone age man

He changed me to modern man

A must read for Australians

Australians should read the true story of the beginning of civilisation in this country. These two books were written by people in the colony. If you want to read more such books Gutenburg has many you will find when you make a search of the site.

An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, Volume 1 by Collins and King


An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, Volume 2 by George Bass et al.


Road trip in Australia

Western Australia is promoting self-driving tours of the State. The tourist thinking of taking up this offer needs to look at the map of the State with the correct perspective. Interesting places are a loooonnnngggg way apart.

When I had the tour business in Bangkok bringing Thai tourists to WA, and also other places but we will consider WA at present, I would produce itineraries for groups wanting to see parts of the State. Day trips from Perth, the capital city, included the Margaret River area which is over 300km south of Perth. Other overrated trips customers get from reading the media include the Pinnacles north of Perth but described as “desert” so customers head off to see a dry part of the country only to find an area of rocks sticking up out of beach-sand. They also head east to Wave Rock which from the publicity photos looks huge but is a huge disappointment when the group gets there after a three hour bus trip. Getting back to the story and it is about a proposed tour including day trips from Perth with one taking the group from Perth east to Kalgoorlie to have a look at the big gold mine out there, have lunch, drive back to Perth for dinner. This was a Thai customer looking at the map of WA from a Thailand perspective and not realising that just to drive to Kalgoorlie was going to take the whole day.

This dilemma applies to potential customers considering a self-drive tour in Australia.


Sydney Ferries

A much better idea is to drive around the Eastern States, starting in Sydney and spending several days just around the city with world renowned features such as the Opera House, Bondi Beach, Sydney Harbour, wines in the Hunter Valley, and the Blue Mountains before heading south for an easy three hour drive to the nation’s capital, Canberra. Features here include the Parliament House, Australian War Memorial, the hands on science museum Questacon and others if you want to spend more than a day here.

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Floriade, Canberra, October

You then have the option of driving to Melbourne the following day because it is about 600km but between the two cities there is the Murray River with wineries all around Albury, snowfields in the winter, paddle steamers at Echuca,


Paddlesteamer at Echuca

Ned Kelly history at any number of towns if they are into Australian history, so one option is a three hour drive to Albury to see the surrounding attractions followed by another day trip including Kelly gang stuff at places like Beechworth and Glenrowan.


Beechworth, Ned Kelly country.

And then they are in Melbourne. The world has no doubt heard about the attractions of Melbourne including the penguins at Philip Island, the Great Ocean Road, and Puffing Billy in the Dandenongs.

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Great Ocean Road, west of Melbourne

The Western Australians have a problem promoting tourists to take a drive when the drive is just so much better on the other side of the continent.

Sydney to Melbourne is about 1000km. In WA I have done the trip from Perth to Carnarvon several times for work which is this distance and takes all day with the main feature being the incredible BOREDOM.

Photos of Yarloop, Western Australia

Yarloop was destroyed by fire in early January, 2016.

I lived there from 1950 to 1967 and took 35mm photos from 1961 to 1967.

Yarloop owed its existence to being a timber mill town. The Mill closed years ago but was operating while I lived there. These photos were taken in the early 1960s.

For the photos of the tree felling I accompanied the tree fellers to work one day to get the photos of them in action.

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Photos of Yarloop


Photos of Yarloop Mill


Yarloop Fellers


Online Learning

Keep dementia at bay; learn something. While touring a new destination and experiencing new sights, sounds and ideas you can also help your mind at home.

There are many, many free courses available on the internet for you to do from the comfort of your own home.

We have a range of suggestions in these pages and also tours you can go on to complement your studies.

The tours will not be free but they won't break the bank either.
Why you should learn something.
Help your brain avoid dementia by giving it some exercise by learning something new. There are many, many courses available on the internet that you can take; some have a fee for you to do them but there are many that are FREE.
Studies have shown that learning something new slows the progress of dementia in those of you who have begun to show the symptoms of this scourge of the elderly; and sometimes the not so old.
You can do this study from the comfort of your own home as long as you have a suitable computer and internet connection.
Assistance in the form of a class or volunteer to help you get set up might be available, depending on your location. If you are miles from anywhere you will no doubt have to get it all organised online.
Some of the classes have group discussions for interaction with the other students and forums where you can pose the questions you have and the answer may be forthcoming from someone who knows.
The courses may include students from all around the world. The advantage of the internet is that you can converse with class members from several countries simultaneously.
Another aspect to talking to people in other countries is to assist them to improve their ability to speak and listen to English. While you can volunteer to travel to Thailand and assist a teacher there with their English Language class by providing the students with a person who can speak with them in English you can connect with them on the internet and either use the exercises we can provide to improve their English or just have a talk with them. See this program here as Volunteer to Talk.

English Conversation

Free courses online.

Open2Study There are many free courses that start throughout the year. They last 4 weeks with another lot starting a week after.
We can offer a tour to wineries if you do the wine making course. Click here to see the courses.

Photos of tree felling for Yarloop Timber Mill

The Jarrah forest to the east of Yarloop was where the tree fellers demonstrated their skill in felling the trees for the train to take to the mill where they were sawn up.

These photos were taken fifty years ago when I accompanied the fellers for a day. Unfortunately I have forgotten their names.