The front line begins behind the lines.

To: "'Birding-Aus'" <>
Subject: The front line begins behind the lines.
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2012 15:04:24 +1000
There are "good" and "bad" people in most groups. The 4WD club I most
recently was a member of, has included activities such as removal of burned
out and damaged wrecks of cars from bushland, as a community service and
contributions towards maintaining historic bush huts. I have been a member,
mainly to learn about how to handle the car in bush settings. Sometimes some
members do need just a bit of further encouragement. On one of the trips I
went on, I chastised another member for leaving his cigarette buts in the
bush. I pointed out that he had a ashtray worth about $50000 attached to the
rest of his car and that he should use that, instead of the bush (of course
I think smokers should eat their cigarette buts).


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Robert Inglis
Sent: Wednesday, 13 June 2012 8:03 PM
To: Birding-Aus
Subject: The front line begins behind the lines.

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
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 'problems'.

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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