The front line begins behind the lines.

To: "Birding-Aus" <>
Subject: The front line begins behind the lines.
From: "Robert Inglis" <>
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2012 20:03:02 +1000
Chris Ll, I remember with sanguine delight our all too brief musings over a 
bottle of red at Bowra.........................
And, from that, I can easily ‘feel’ your emotions during your encounter with 
the ‘possum’ possums.

And your story brought to the front of my mind the time, a few years ago, when 
I was spending the night in a motel unit at a popular location in Alice Springs 
the day before I officially joined a group bound for the Mitchell Plateau. 
In the next-door unit there was a pair of your typical Aussie outback 
four-wheel travellers equipped with a very large, somewhat expensive, 4-wheel 
drive vehicle. Perhaps I could  say a “pose vehicle” but I won’t. It wasn’t a 
Landrover product. When you drive a Subaru it is not possible to feel inferior.

Being a very convivial person and always hoping for the best from my fellow 
person I struck up a conversation from these obviously very experienced 
travellers and I discovered they were heading out west (of Alice Springs) so I 
hoped for some erudite information on how to do that.

Benjamin Franklin once said:
“He that lives on hope will die fasting.”

George Herbert once said:
“ He that liveth with hope danceth without a partner.” 

Francis Bacon once said:
“Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.”

Bob Inglis once said (just now):
“Seeing a luxury 4-wheel-drive heading for the outback (of Alice Springs) 
loaded with dozens of “slabs” of (expletive deleted) full beer cans tends to 
destroy all feelings hope.”

My point?

My “interlocutors” obviously weren’t birdwatchers – they probably only planned 
to watched the speedometer – and I saw no evidence of projectile type weaponry 
– but it was a BIG vee hick ell. Obviously, hunters and shooters (maybe not all 
of them) are a real problem. But we should also be aware that there are other 

When will this all end? (that’s the second time I have asked that question in 
an email today).

Bob Inglis (my real name – “Bob” is a diminutive of “Robert”)
Sandstone Point (a real place)
Qld (another real place)


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