I understand that the
motoring business is a numbers game. There are city cars, family
cars, SUVs and luxury cars; oh and tradies' cars.
Somewhere in the mix
are those who love/hate sporty cars, diesels, SUVs, CVTs, stop start,
DPFs, heated seats, lane departure warning and auto brakes.
But I want a country
car. Why don't manufacturers cater for my tastes rather than
loading up cars with hi-tech gadgets and all wheel drive that I don't
need but I am expected to pay for? I travel on country roads that
are sealed with bitumen, not washed out gravel gullies or heaven
forbid those terrible corrugated race tracks in the outback.
I want a car that will
cover long distances quietly, effortlessly, economically and most
important of all, quietly. Especially on those coarse bitumen roads.
Is that too much to
Oh, and how about FM
radio that can pick up stations more than 100kms away seeing as
internet and DAB are useless in the bush.
I travel through
western NSW and QLD quite a lot, mostly at 115 kms/h which is about
112 true. My needs are simple: comfy seats, cruise, quiet tyres,
full spare, A/C, delete stop start and enough power to overtake big
I have a Ford Territory
Diesel TS AWD that is perfect for me, but what am I going to replace
it with? I don't need AWD, but it was part of a package.
Here is a real world
test for country cars. Simply drive from Goondiwindi to Miles with
cruise control set at the speed limit. This will sort out any
country car pretenders. The road is shocking. Narrow at times, no
potholes, but it is badly undulating which can be so severe it bumps
the cruise control off. Oh, and the coarse chip surface can be
really irritating and tiring. I haven't heard anyone talk about
this, but the roar generated by the tyres may be a factor in fatigue.
enterprising motoring journalist could test a luxury European vehicle
on the Goondiwindi to Miles?
Are you like me and sick of the rhetoric coming out of politicians,
police and bureaucrats mouths?
People are dying because of government inaction or misdirected
action/funds that suit a political agenda rather than attacking the
root causes of why citizens are being killed.
First there are the terrorist attacks, or rather the loan wolf
attacks by mentally deranged people. Twice now in Melbourne death and
injury has been caused by mentally ill people who are known to
police. In one instance, police were denied the authority to 'take
out' the driver doing donuts at Flinders street. Later he mowed
people down. The same thing happened again just a few days ago.
In NSW the siege at Martin Place involved another lone wolf person
known to police. A psychiatrist deemed him 'not dangerous.' So police
strategy was to wait until he shot someone before they would do
anything. In the meantime police focus was ensuring that there was no
community backlash to certain religious group that they keep failing
The second is the road toll. It has been sitting around 380 in NSW
for a few years now. For the last 20 years, police, in concert with
the governments, have been warning us that speed kills. Everytime an
accident appeared on TV there was a senior copper telling us to slow
down. And we did. Most people now drive at the speed limit with
cruise control so that they don't get booked. To counter that, radar
equipped HWY cars can be readily seen at spots where those silly
speeding motorist crept over the speed limit usually on downhill run
because on most cars the cruise control does not apply brakes to keep
the car within the speed limit.
I can name two spots on the Hume. One site just north of Goulburn, a
patrol car is often parked in the shade of the overpass to catch cars
heading south, and it is downhill. The other site is south of Yass
also catching southbound traffic, again downhill. The patrol car sits
near a cleared parking area set back on a track.
Police would then boast about the number of speeding motorist fined
and castigating us and pleading with us to slow down.
Well now the police and government have egg on their faces. It seems
that they were wrong. poring time, money and resources in catching
speeding motorists meant that the focus was on revenue raising rather
than saving lives.
Police need to be patrolling. It is their presence that causes people
to abide by the road rules, not speed cameras or hidden police cars.
Then there is the judiciary. How many times must a repeat offender
breaking the law be permanently barred from holding a driver's
licence or put in the slammer? This is the biggest crime in our
community. A crime of government failing to protect its citizens
Those lone wolf blokes should have been in the slammer.
Drivers who habitually break the road rules, like the one on the NSW
South Coast, should have been in the slammer.
The inaction and misdirected resources of senior police, magistrates
and bureaucrats have resulted in the death of its citizens that
public servants have pledged to protect.
So we can't have digital voting in 'Straya because the Russian hackers will do our voting for us.
Apparently some Russian bloke with a thick heavy accent, thick beard and dark glasses turned up at the voting booth saying his name was Wang Xiu Ying. He was handed a voting form even though he was clearly not female, or Chinese for that matter. But not to worry, he is quite entitled to self identify; and who are we to question him, er, her?
So digital voting is out because our 'Strayan IT experts (located in, well I can't tell you - their location is a secret, but I'm sure you can guess.) cannot guarantee that the voting system will not be hacked.
But think about the advantages of digital voting. On voting day there is no need to change out of your PJs, or get outa bed even. No going downtown. No jostling with the how to vote crowd. No sausage sizzle (dayum!).
No siree, to cast your valid vote in the exercise of the freedoms of Western democracy all you have to do is ask your grandkids to show you how.
At least the Russians would have a better idea of the candidates than most 'Strayans.
But wait, there's more. Maybe we should accept the Chinese model of interference in 'Strayan politics - bribe all the politicians. Yep, Nup. I can't see that catching on, what politician in their right mind would take that filthy Chinese Yuan?
I think the Chinese should stick to what they do best - pushing up Sid-der-nee housing prices, or buying up all those vast prime cattle properties to secure future beef production for their people - rather than attempting to bribe our honest politicians.
Disclosure: My grandmother was Chinese.
I have been busy putting the finishing touches to my ebook.
If you want a copy, just send me an email and I'll send it to you in both ebook format and pdf. You will be requested to send a donation to a Veteran's charity, but that is optional.
I had help from two other Vietnam Veterans, Bob Whittaker and Dave Murphy whom I met for the first time this week.
We met through the wonders of the internet. Bob was the one who got me motivated to write my story about my experiences in the Army and Vietnam about 7 years ago and Dave was a recent acquaintance who volunteered to edit my book and to put it in ebook format.
I tried a few book publishers but with no interest. I tried to explain to them that my book is different to other war memoirs in that my story is told with humour. My guess is they knocked me back because there are too many photos of me in the book, but when you is as good lookin' as me why not flaunt it? 😂😂😂
We Vietnam veterans are a funny lot. When I met Dave he said I was fat. I responded that his cancer ridden body was ugly and skinny; and he had no hair. I didn't quite hear what Bob said when we first met, but I'm sure I heard the 'ugly' word.
I bought this car in 2104 for $14,500 and flew to Melbourne to pick it up.
I sold it to a bloke in Tweed Heads a few months back for the same money as I paid for it. He recently had it for sale on Ebay for $34,000. Dunno if it sold though. He did some work on the car. Resprayed the top probably because it had a fair bit of orange peel, and redid the chrome.