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OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November

Charley Noble 11 Aug 03 - 09:18 AM
Sandra in Sydney 11 Aug 03 - 09:38 AM
Bob Bolton 11 Aug 03 - 08:44 PM
Naemanson 12 Aug 03 - 12:29 AM
Amos 12 Aug 03 - 12:50 AM
JennieG 12 Aug 03 - 04:01 AM
Naemanson 12 Aug 03 - 05:41 AM
Charley Noble 12 Aug 03 - 07:59 AM
Bob Bolton 12 Aug 03 - 09:36 AM
Sandra in Sydney 12 Aug 03 - 10:09 AM
Sandra in Sydney 12 Aug 03 - 10:21 AM
Charley Noble 12 Aug 03 - 12:49 PM
Billy the Bus 13 Aug 03 - 12:04 AM
Naemanson 13 Aug 03 - 05:00 PM
Bob Bolton 13 Aug 03 - 11:48 PM
Billy the Bus 14 Aug 03 - 02:45 AM
Hrothgar 14 Aug 03 - 04:16 AM
Charley Noble 14 Aug 03 - 08:26 AM
John MacKenzie 14 Aug 03 - 09:01 AM
Charley Noble 14 Aug 03 - 11:56 AM
Hrothgar 14 Aug 03 - 11:13 PM
Sandra in Sydney 15 Aug 03 - 09:42 AM
Charley Noble 15 Aug 03 - 10:03 AM
Helen 16 Aug 03 - 10:57 PM
Charley Noble 17 Aug 03 - 12:01 PM
Helen 18 Aug 03 - 01:23 AM
Naemanson 18 Aug 03 - 02:02 AM
Charley Noble 18 Aug 03 - 08:47 AM
Charley Noble 18 Aug 03 - 08:49 AM
Bob Bolton 18 Aug 03 - 09:04 AM
Sandra in Sydney 18 Aug 03 - 09:14 AM
Charley Noble 29 Aug 03 - 05:38 PM
Sandra in Sydney 30 Aug 03 - 08:49 AM
Naemanson 01 Sep 03 - 11:07 PM
Hrothgar 02 Sep 03 - 06:05 AM
Sandra in Sydney 02 Sep 03 - 09:14 AM
JennyO 04 Sep 03 - 01:49 PM
Naemanson 04 Sep 03 - 05:51 PM
Charley Noble 06 Sep 03 - 08:41 PM
Bob Bolton 06 Sep 03 - 09:11 PM
Naemanson 07 Sep 03 - 02:57 AM
Sandra in Sydney 07 Sep 03 - 09:44 AM
Charley Noble 07 Sep 03 - 10:55 AM
JennyO 07 Sep 03 - 11:14 AM
Naemanson 07 Sep 03 - 06:52 PM
Sandra in Sydney 08 Sep 03 - 09:39 AM
Charley Noble 08 Sep 03 - 09:42 AM
GUEST 09 Sep 03 - 06:37 AM
JennieG 09 Sep 03 - 06:45 AM
Hrothgar 09 Sep 03 - 07:52 AM
Charley Noble 09 Sep 03 - 08:43 AM
Sandra in Sydney 09 Sep 03 - 09:16 AM
Bob Bolton 09 Sep 03 - 10:18 AM
Charley Noble 09 Sep 03 - 05:35 PM
Bob Bolton 09 Sep 03 - 09:20 PM
Naemanson 09 Sep 03 - 11:20 PM
Bob Bolton 09 Sep 03 - 11:51 PM
Bob Bolton 10 Sep 03 - 02:40 AM
Hrothgar 10 Sep 03 - 05:30 AM
Sandra in Sydney 10 Sep 03 - 08:19 AM
Charley Noble 10 Sep 03 - 08:27 AM
Bob Bolton 10 Sep 03 - 09:24 AM
Bob Bolton 10 Sep 03 - 10:08 AM
Bob Bolton 11 Sep 03 - 01:54 AM
Hrothgar 11 Sep 03 - 06:40 AM
Charley Noble 11 Sep 03 - 08:48 AM
Sandra in Sydney 11 Sep 03 - 09:12 AM
Naemanson 11 Sep 03 - 07:30 PM
Charley Noble 11 Sep 03 - 08:20 PM
Hrothgar 12 Sep 03 - 04:53 AM
Naemanson 14 Sep 03 - 07:19 PM
Sandra in Sydney 15 Sep 03 - 09:44 AM
Charley Noble 15 Sep 03 - 11:58 AM
Charley Noble 15 Sep 03 - 04:30 PM
Bob Bolton 15 Sep 03 - 11:53 PM
Amergin 15 Sep 03 - 11:59 PM
Sandra in Sydney 16 Sep 03 - 08:58 AM
Charley Noble 16 Sep 03 - 05:02 PM
Sandra in Sydney 17 Sep 03 - 09:07 AM
Charley Noble 17 Sep 03 - 09:21 AM
JennyO 17 Sep 03 - 11:15 AM
Charley Noble 17 Sep 03 - 11:32 AM
JennyO 17 Sep 03 - 01:17 PM
Charley Noble 17 Sep 03 - 04:55 PM
Bob Bolton 17 Sep 03 - 10:27 PM
Naemanson 17 Sep 03 - 10:48 PM
Sandra in Sydney 18 Sep 03 - 08:56 AM
Charley Noble 18 Sep 03 - 09:16 AM
JennyO 18 Sep 03 - 09:32 AM
Bob Bolton 18 Sep 03 - 09:51 PM
Naemanson 21 Sep 03 - 03:59 AM
Hrothgar 21 Sep 03 - 06:35 AM
Charley Noble 21 Sep 03 - 11:25 AM
Bob Bolton 21 Sep 03 - 09:37 PM
Sandra in Sydney 22 Sep 03 - 08:47 AM
Bob Bolton 22 Sep 03 - 07:34 PM
Charley Noble 22 Sep 03 - 09:51 PM
Bob Bolton 22 Sep 03 - 10:15 PM
Naemanson 26 Sep 03 - 04:44 AM
Bob Bolton 26 Sep 03 - 06:15 AM
Sandra in Sydney 27 Sep 03 - 12:27 PM
Naemanson 28 Sep 03 - 08:15 AM
Sandra in Sydney 28 Sep 03 - 08:25 AM
Naemanson 28 Sep 03 - 08:14 PM
Charley Noble 28 Sep 03 - 08:39 PM
Naemanson 30 Sep 03 - 03:45 AM
Charley Noble 30 Sep 03 - 10:00 AM
Naemanson 30 Sep 03 - 08:17 PM
JennieG 01 Oct 03 - 06:10 AM
Naemanson 01 Oct 03 - 07:09 AM
Sandra in Sydney 01 Oct 03 - 09:08 AM
Charley Noble 01 Oct 03 - 09:33 AM
Bob Bolton 01 Oct 03 - 10:13 AM
Naemanson 01 Oct 03 - 07:20 PM
Bob Bolton 01 Oct 03 - 08:39 PM
Hrothgar 02 Oct 03 - 05:48 AM
Naemanson 02 Oct 03 - 07:02 AM
Bob Bolton 02 Oct 03 - 07:54 AM
Sandra in Sydney 02 Oct 03 - 09:36 AM
Charley Noble 02 Oct 03 - 03:05 PM
The Fooles Troupe 03 Oct 03 - 10:47 AM
Charley Noble 03 Oct 03 - 02:54 PM
Naemanson 04 Oct 03 - 11:51 PM
Hrothgar 05 Oct 03 - 06:47 AM
Charley Noble 05 Oct 03 - 09:34 AM
Sandra in Sydney 06 Oct 03 - 09:08 AM
Charley Noble 06 Oct 03 - 05:27 PM
Naemanson 06 Oct 03 - 06:51 PM
GUEST,JudyB 06 Oct 03 - 10:24 PM
Sandra in Sydney 07 Oct 03 - 08:18 AM
Charley Noble 07 Oct 03 - 08:31 AM
Bob Bolton 07 Oct 03 - 06:53 PM
Bob Bolton 07 Oct 03 - 07:03 PM
Naemanson 07 Oct 03 - 07:44 PM
Hrothgar 08 Oct 03 - 03:59 AM
Sandra in Sydney 08 Oct 03 - 10:01 AM
Charley Noble 08 Oct 03 - 12:33 PM
GUEST,Judy B 08 Oct 03 - 05:22 PM
Bob Bolton 08 Oct 03 - 09:48 PM
Sandra in Sydney 12 Oct 03 - 11:08 AM
Charley Noble 12 Oct 03 - 04:53 PM
alison 12 Oct 03 - 07:54 PM
Charley Noble 13 Oct 03 - 08:45 AM
Naemanson 13 Oct 03 - 08:50 AM
Sandra in Sydney 13 Oct 03 - 10:25 AM
Sandra in Sydney 13 Oct 03 - 10:27 AM
Dahlin 13 Oct 03 - 10:30 AM
JennyO 13 Oct 03 - 11:17 AM
Charley Noble 13 Oct 03 - 02:23 PM
Naemanson 16 Oct 03 - 11:37 PM
Naemanson 20 Oct 03 - 05:41 AM
Sandra in Sydney 20 Oct 03 - 08:04 AM
Charley Noble 20 Oct 03 - 08:09 AM
Naemanson 20 Oct 03 - 11:15 PM
Charley Noble 21 Oct 03 - 08:14 AM
Naemanson 26 Oct 03 - 01:26 AM
Sandra in Sydney 26 Oct 03 - 07:18 AM
Charley Noble 26 Oct 03 - 12:27 PM
Naemanson 26 Oct 03 - 06:22 PM
JennyO 26 Oct 03 - 08:51 PM
Charley Noble 26 Oct 03 - 09:52 PM
alison 27 Oct 03 - 02:18 AM
Naemanson 27 Oct 03 - 05:08 AM
Sandra in Sydney 27 Oct 03 - 07:01 AM
JennyO 27 Oct 03 - 07:19 AM
Charley Noble 27 Oct 03 - 08:13 AM
Sandra in Sydney 27 Oct 03 - 08:51 AM
JennyO 27 Oct 03 - 08:54 AM
Naemanson 27 Oct 03 - 06:25 PM
Chris Maltby 27 Oct 03 - 09:04 PM
Bob Bolton 27 Oct 03 - 09:08 PM
Bob Bolton 27 Oct 03 - 09:14 PM
Naemanson 27 Oct 03 - 09:44 PM
Sandra in Sydney 28 Oct 03 - 06:32 AM
GUEST,JudyB 28 Oct 03 - 11:10 AM
Naemanson 28 Oct 03 - 07:39 PM
JennieG 28 Oct 03 - 11:49 PM
Naemanson 29 Oct 03 - 12:18 AM
Bob Bolton 29 Oct 03 - 02:41 AM
Naemanson 29 Oct 03 - 05:46 AM
JennyO 29 Oct 03 - 08:39 AM
Charley Noble 29 Oct 03 - 09:21 AM
JennyO 29 Oct 03 - 10:29 AM
Naemanson 29 Oct 03 - 06:48 PM
Chris Maltby 29 Oct 03 - 07:30 PM
JennieG 29 Oct 03 - 07:45 PM
Naemanson 29 Oct 03 - 10:40 PM
Sandra in Sydney 30 Oct 03 - 06:39 AM
Bob Bolton 30 Oct 03 - 07:18 AM
Charley Noble 30 Oct 03 - 08:32 AM
Naemanson 30 Oct 03 - 05:38 PM
JennieG 30 Oct 03 - 07:47 PM
Naemanson 31 Oct 03 - 12:54 AM
Sandra in Sydney 31 Oct 03 - 06:47 AM
Naemanson 31 Oct 03 - 06:11 PM
JennyO 31 Oct 03 - 11:28 PM
SINSULL 01 Nov 03 - 09:17 PM
Chris Maltby 01 Nov 03 - 10:16 PM
Naemanson 01 Nov 03 - 11:51 PM
Charley Noble 02 Nov 03 - 08:57 AM
Naemanson 02 Nov 03 - 06:03 PM
Charley Noble 03 Nov 03 - 08:18 AM
JennyO 03 Nov 03 - 08:29 AM
Charley Noble 03 Nov 03 - 01:54 PM
Naemanson 03 Nov 03 - 06:17 PM
Hrothgar 04 Nov 03 - 05:35 AM
Sandra in Sydney 04 Nov 03 - 07:19 AM
Charley Noble 04 Nov 03 - 08:32 AM
JennyO 04 Nov 03 - 09:38 AM
Naemanson 04 Nov 03 - 07:38 PM
Bob Bolton 04 Nov 03 - 09:39 PM
Sandra in Sydney 05 Nov 03 - 07:46 AM
Charley Noble 05 Nov 03 - 09:47 AM
GUEST,JudyB 05 Nov 03 - 03:25 PM
Naemanson 05 Nov 03 - 05:07 PM
Charley Noble 05 Nov 03 - 05:42 PM
Sandra in Sydney 06 Nov 03 - 08:50 AM
Charley Noble 07 Nov 03 - 05:40 PM
Naemanson 08 Nov 03 - 12:05 AM
JennyO 08 Nov 03 - 08:49 AM
Bob Bolton 09 Nov 03 - 07:38 AM
JennyO 09 Nov 03 - 08:22 AM
Naemanson 09 Nov 03 - 06:07 PM
JennyO 09 Nov 03 - 09:02 PM
Naemanson 10 Nov 03 - 12:13 AM
JennyO 10 Nov 03 - 02:44 AM
Naemanson 10 Nov 03 - 05:54 AM
JennyO 10 Nov 03 - 07:40 AM
JennyO 10 Nov 03 - 10:59 AM
Naemanson 10 Nov 03 - 06:18 PM
Naemanson 10 Nov 03 - 06:56 PM
JennyO 10 Nov 03 - 09:06 PM
Charley Noble 10 Nov 03 - 10:38 PM
JennyO 10 Nov 03 - 10:50 PM
Naemanson 11 Nov 03 - 02:04 AM
Sandra in Sydney 11 Nov 03 - 08:34 AM
Charley Noble 11 Nov 03 - 09:41 AM
Naemanson 11 Nov 03 - 04:51 PM
JennyO 11 Nov 03 - 09:24 PM
Naemanson 12 Nov 03 - 12:09 AM
Naemanson 12 Nov 03 - 01:56 AM
Naemanson 12 Nov 03 - 06:37 AM
JennyO 12 Nov 03 - 07:44 AM
Naemanson 12 Nov 03 - 05:35 PM
Naemanson 12 Nov 03 - 05:37 PM
JennyO 12 Nov 03 - 08:27 PM
Naemanson 12 Nov 03 - 09:19 PM
Bob Bolton 12 Nov 03 - 10:04 PM
JennieG 13 Nov 03 - 02:15 AM
Charley Noble 13 Nov 03 - 04:19 AM
JennyO 13 Nov 03 - 08:15 AM
Bob Bolton 13 Nov 03 - 04:34 PM
GUEST 13 Nov 03 - 09:21 PM
Bob Bolton 13 Nov 03 - 09:46 PM
Charley Noble 14 Nov 03 - 03:24 PM
Bob Bolton 14 Nov 03 - 06:55 PM
GUEST,Brett 14 Nov 03 - 08:21 PM
Sandra in Sydney 15 Nov 03 - 09:25 AM
Naemanson 16 Nov 03 - 05:42 AM
Charley Noble 16 Nov 03 - 06:07 AM
Sandra in Sydney 16 Nov 03 - 07:39 AM
Naemanson 18 Nov 03 - 08:07 PM
Sandra in Sydney 19 Nov 03 - 07:14 AM
JennyO 19 Nov 03 - 07:39 AM
Naemanson 19 Nov 03 - 08:51 PM
Bob Bolton 19 Nov 03 - 09:22 PM
Charley Noble 20 Nov 03 - 03:25 AM
Bob Bolton 20 Nov 03 - 07:55 AM
Sandra in Sydney 20 Nov 03 - 08:53 AM
Dahlin 20 Nov 03 - 09:55 AM
JennyO 20 Nov 03 - 10:15 AM
Charley Noble 20 Nov 03 - 04:06 PM
alison 20 Nov 03 - 08:57 PM
JennieG 21 Nov 03 - 01:54 AM
Sandra in Sydney 21 Nov 03 - 11:09 AM
Charley Noble 21 Nov 03 - 05:37 PM
Naemanson 21 Nov 03 - 09:26 PM
Sandra in Sydney 22 Nov 03 - 09:27 AM
JennyO 22 Nov 03 - 10:22 AM
Charley Noble 22 Nov 03 - 05:22 PM
Charley Noble 23 Nov 03 - 06:12 PM
Naemanson 23 Nov 03 - 07:47 PM
Charley Noble 23 Nov 03 - 08:08 PM
JennieG 23 Nov 03 - 11:48 PM
Bob Bolton 24 Nov 03 - 12:18 AM
The Fooles Troupe 24 Nov 03 - 12:48 AM
Bob Bolton 24 Nov 03 - 02:14 AM
Hrothgar 24 Nov 03 - 04:29 AM
Charley Noble 24 Nov 03 - 06:05 AM
Bob Bolton 24 Nov 03 - 06:56 AM
Sandra in Sydney 24 Nov 03 - 07:20 AM
The Fooles Troupe 24 Nov 03 - 07:26 AM
JennyO 24 Nov 03 - 09:22 AM
Charley Noble 24 Nov 03 - 03:58 PM
GUEST,Canberra Chris 24 Nov 03 - 05:08 PM
Naemanson 24 Nov 03 - 06:58 PM
Bob Bolton 24 Nov 03 - 07:33 PM
JennyO 24 Nov 03 - 08:35 PM
JennyO 24 Nov 03 - 08:43 PM
JennyO 24 Nov 03 - 08:44 PM
SINSULL 24 Nov 03 - 09:44 PM
JennieG 25 Nov 03 - 01:45 AM
Naemanson 25 Nov 03 - 02:16 AM
Naemanson 25 Nov 03 - 02:55 AM
Lana 25 Nov 03 - 03:52 PM
Charley Noble 25 Nov 03 - 05:06 PM
Naemanson 25 Nov 03 - 06:19 PM
Canberra Chris 25 Nov 03 - 08:50 PM
Bob Bolton 25 Nov 03 - 10:17 PM
Naemanson 26 Nov 03 - 03:25 AM
The Fooles Troupe 26 Nov 03 - 04:19 AM
Hrothgar 26 Nov 03 - 04:31 AM
Sandra in Sydney 26 Nov 03 - 08:06 AM
Lana 26 Nov 03 - 11:51 AM
Charley Noble 26 Nov 03 - 03:42 PM
Naemanson 26 Nov 03 - 05:35 PM
SINSULL 26 Nov 03 - 10:25 PM
Sandra in Sydney 27 Nov 03 - 01:57 AM
Bob Bolton 27 Nov 03 - 07:26 AM
JennyO 27 Nov 03 - 08:10 AM
Naemanson 27 Nov 03 - 01:30 PM
Naemanson 27 Nov 03 - 06:16 PM
The Fooles Troupe 27 Nov 03 - 07:08 PM
Charley Noble 28 Nov 03 - 12:18 AM
Canberra Chris 28 Nov 03 - 01:18 AM
Sandra in Sydney 28 Nov 03 - 09:25 AM
JennyO 28 Nov 03 - 09:36 AM
Naemanson 28 Nov 03 - 01:30 PM
Naemanson 29 Nov 03 - 10:09 PM
Hrothgar 29 Nov 03 - 11:06 PM
Bob Bolton 30 Nov 03 - 05:32 AM
Charley Noble 30 Nov 03 - 05:34 AM
Charley Noble 30 Nov 03 - 06:01 AM
Sandra in Sydney 30 Nov 03 - 06:35 AM
The Fooles Troupe 30 Nov 03 - 06:11 PM
Naemanson 30 Nov 03 - 07:00 PM
bbc 30 Nov 03 - 09:54 PM
Naemanson 30 Nov 03 - 11:21 PM
JennieG 01 Dec 03 - 12:20 AM
Charley Noble 01 Dec 03 - 03:55 AM
Naemanson 01 Dec 03 - 08:27 AM
Sandra in Sydney 01 Dec 03 - 08:42 AM
Canberra Chris 01 Dec 03 - 09:24 AM
Naemanson 01 Dec 03 - 05:31 PM
Charley Noble 01 Dec 03 - 06:17 PM
Canberra Chris 01 Dec 03 - 08:52 PM
Naemanson 01 Dec 03 - 09:49 PM
JennyO 01 Dec 03 - 11:51 PM
Charley Noble 02 Dec 03 - 12:32 AM
Sandra in Sydney 02 Dec 03 - 07:18 AM
Naemanson 02 Dec 03 - 04:11 PM
Charley Noble 02 Dec 03 - 04:18 PM
Canberra Chris 02 Dec 03 - 07:00 PM
Naemanson 02 Dec 03 - 07:57 PM
Charley Noble 03 Dec 03 - 06:30 PM
JennyO 03 Dec 03 - 09:05 PM
Bob Bolton 03 Dec 03 - 09:31 PM
Naemanson 04 Dec 03 - 01:48 AM
JennyO 04 Dec 03 - 02:16 AM
Sandra in Sydney 04 Dec 03 - 08:31 AM
JennyO 04 Dec 03 - 09:32 AM
Naemanson 04 Dec 03 - 09:31 PM
Bob Bolton 05 Dec 03 - 04:48 AM
JennyO 05 Dec 03 - 05:31 AM
Naemanson 05 Dec 03 - 05:48 AM
Charley Noble 05 Dec 03 - 03:25 PM
Sandra in Sydney 06 Dec 03 - 06:44 AM
Naemanson 06 Dec 03 - 07:11 PM
Charley Noble 07 Dec 03 - 02:00 PM
Canberra Chris 09 Dec 03 - 10:58 PM
Naemanson 09 Dec 03 - 11:43 PM
Bob Bolton 10 Dec 03 - 06:53 AM
freda underhill 22 Dec 03 - 06:13 AM
Sandra in Sydney 22 Dec 03 - 06:33 AM
Naemanson 22 Dec 03 - 08:39 AM
Sandra in Sydney 22 Dec 03 - 08:48 AM
Charley Noble 22 Dec 03 - 08:54 AM
Charley Noble 22 Dec 03 - 12:51 PM
freda underhill 22 Dec 03 - 01:30 PM
Charley Noble 22 Dec 03 - 01:36 PM
JennieG 22 Dec 03 - 08:04 PM
Charley Noble 28 Dec 03 - 07:24 PM
Charley Noble 29 Dec 03 - 08:42 AM
Charley Noble 29 Dec 03 - 09:41 AM
curmudgeon 29 Dec 03 - 09:48 AM
Charley Noble 29 Dec 03 - 10:10 AM
freda underhill 29 Dec 03 - 03:03 PM
GUEST,JudyB 29 Dec 03 - 04:33 PM
Naemanson 29 Dec 03 - 04:47 PM
GUEST,JudyB 29 Dec 03 - 05:06 PM
Charley Noble 29 Dec 03 - 05:34 PM
GUEST,JudyB 29 Dec 03 - 10:13 PM
Naemanson 30 Dec 03 - 12:24 AM
Hrothgar 30 Dec 03 - 01:44 AM
freda underhill 30 Dec 03 - 02:42 AM
Roger the Skiffler 30 Dec 03 - 03:39 AM
Sandra in Sydney 30 Dec 03 - 06:52 AM
GUEST,JudyB 30 Dec 03 - 07:00 AM
GUEST,JudyB 30 Dec 03 - 07:06 AM
The Fooles Troupe 30 Dec 03 - 08:05 AM
freda underhill 30 Dec 03 - 08:08 AM
GUEST,JudyB 30 Dec 03 - 08:37 AM
Charley Noble 30 Dec 03 - 08:54 AM
Sandra in Sydney 30 Dec 03 - 09:17 AM
Naemanson 30 Dec 03 - 10:38 PM
Roger the Skiffler 31 Dec 03 - 03:52 AM
Charley Noble 31 Dec 03 - 08:48 AM
GUEST,JudyB 01 Jan 04 - 12:47 PM
Ebbie 01 Jan 04 - 01:26 PM
Sandra in Sydney 02 Jan 04 - 06:40 AM
JudyB 02 Jan 04 - 06:56 AM
Charley Noble 02 Jan 04 - 08:39 AM
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Charley Noble 03 Jan 04 - 09:23 AM
Naemanson 04 Jan 04 - 07:19 AM
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Subject: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 09:18 AM

Naemanson (Brett) and I, along with my wife Judy, will be flying into
Sydney in late November. Sandra has graciously offered us a couple of
floor spots to sing a few songs at the regular 4th Saturday gathering at The Loaded Dog on November 22nd, and we're looking forward to that. My wife and I will be staying with old friends in Glebe while we're in
Sydney, which we understand is not too far from The Loaded Dog but more
detailed directions would be welcome. We would of course welcome,
especially Brett, any helpful survival hints. If there are other
sessions we should know about, please disclose details.

It would also be great if someone has the courage to organize a song
party for Sunday afternoon/evening (after the Dog). Last time I was there, there was a great party at someone's studio near the University, and that permitted me to meet a lot of you folks one on one. I still remember the sound of John Warner's voice piercing the air as we stepped into the studio, wondering if we were at the right address; I believe John was singing "Anderson's Coast" which I'm convinced could have been heard in Tasmania.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble et al


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 09:38 AM

hooray!! arrangements will be made

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 08:44 PM

G'day Charley (and al ... ;-)...0,

Myself, I'd walk the ~ 2½ kilometres (~ 1½ miles) from Bellevue Street, Glebe, to the Loaded Dog in Johnston St, Annandale ... but that's because the two are "way points" along my daily 6 km walk home! (For you: NW in Bellevue, left into Lyndhurst St - Bridge Rd - Right into Minogue Cres - Left into Wigram Road - Right into Booth St - Left into Johnston St and along to the Annandale Community Centre ... But you'll probably drive!)

Margaret lives just round the block from the studio in Darlington - lovely little terrace house, but not roomy (Well, she has run a few small house concerts there!).

It's a pity you're not out here a bit earlier ... in crisp, comfortable weather of our late winter ... There will be an informal gathering next week resulting from a Melbourne-based crew coming up to help inaugurate night-time sailings of the restored James Craig (salvaged from the southern tip of Tasmania ... where I saw her derelict in 1966 ... and restored to full sailing glory) from Darling Harbour. Robert Brook, one of the Melbourne lot also plays Anglo concertina - as does Gavin, who is doinmg so in a photo, with some more of the crew, on this year's A-K Sydney 'phone directory. We decided this was great chance to draw together some concer-squeezers in one of the nearby establishments and that looks like it will be fun.

Regards,

Bob


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 12:29 AM

Octogon Zombies! Run for your lives!

I am really looking forward to this trip. I guess I better start researching the land down under and find out if there is anything to see.

I have no set agenda or plans at this time. I figure I'll just slouch around and visit with people and look at a land that I have always wondered about but never thought I would ever get to.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Amos
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 12:50 AM

NAr, nar, mate -- nuffin t' see there -- it all fell off, didn't it?? Yer can't have this gravity goinnk both ways, naow, can yer?? Jus' make up yer min' then, gov! :>)


A


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennieG
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 04:01 AM

Naemanson,
Most of us have the usual 2 arms, 2 legs, 2 heads.....woops sorry, that's the Tasmanians......1 head and a brain. But we are different to the rest of the world! For starters we have the world's most vicious critters (snakes and spiders). And the most cute and cuddly (baby wombats). And some gorgeous bits of the planet (anywhere away from Sydney).
Looking forward to meeting you all,
Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 05:41 AM

What I know of Australia comes from histories I've read, Aussie TV shows I've watched, novels, Bill Bryson's book, From A Sunburned Country, and my daughter's friend Liz who is currently going to school in Australia. Oh, and what I've read in the Mudcat.

Time to start reading the tourist books again. And to re-read Bill Bryson's book.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 07:59 AM

Brett-

Yes, it's that Bryson book that provided me the necessary cushion to survive the culture shock of parachuting into Greater Oz. I remember his dire warnings about the GIANT BANANA, THE GIANT LOBSTER, and I'm sure there's now a GIANT SQUID as well.

Bob- I'd love to "borrow" an Anglo concertina in G/D configuration if you have one in your herd. I doubt if I could get mine through the security checks. Of course, if you do, it probably won't have the same note arrangement as my Bastari-30.

Love them wombats! I have fond members of napping out on the river bank below our friend's weekender a couple of years back, and watching them flit through the trees...:~)

Yes, Brett, this will be fun!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 09:36 AM

G'day Chalie,

I think our eastern cousins (Billy the Bus's Kiwis ... oops! ... New Zealanders) have a claim on the Gigantic Squid (the newly discovered Really Big! one (see this weeks's New Scientist ... something about the freezing seawater in which it thrives. However John Warner does have a song about Goulburn's "giant Merino ram" ...

My G/D Lachenal is only a 22-key model ... standard diatonic "bush concertina" plus a G#/A# key on the top end of left hand 'C' row and a C#/D# button at the top end of right hand 'C' row. This is about as minimal as an Anglo-chromatic can be! It's one I rebuilt from a rather derelict B/F# ( .. ? ... ! ... ?), so there are a few soft choices in the very bottom notes of the left hand - but these are only ewer used for "vamp chords" ... so they function quite well.

I'm trying to keep as close to traditional instruments as possible ... but being very tempted to have a new Kookaburra Concertina 24-key made by Richard Evans, up at Bell in the Blue Mts (with as much slave labour as possible, by me, thrown in the discount the price!

In re JennieG's remarks about the odd venonous critter ... I had emailed "Liam's Brother", some years back, about a copperhead snake that got corrugated in a stack of roofing iron - when a friend and I were clearing old building material from a 20 acre block in the mountains, where we were organising a Bush Music Club camping weekend. Dan replied, mentioning that "We have a snake too, called a copperhead - and it's venomous!" I replied "not half as venomous as this one" and he left it at that.

Then, some months later, he emailed to say he saw a program on deadly animals ... and, of the world's 10 deadliest snakes ... 10 of them lived in Australia. Well, we just manage to maintain a healthy respect for each other ... !

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: Lyr Add: TOO-RUN-DUN (John Warner)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 10:09 AM

Charley, you mean you've seen the famous fliting wombats? I've lived here 51 years & I've never seen them - some folks have all the luck.

But have you seen the bunyip? Not many folks see them, then it's usually late at night, in a dark swamp ...

sandra

Too-Roo-Dun
The dreamtime folk of Gippsland had a dread tale to report
Of the Bunyip living somewhere in the bay called Westernport,
They shunned the creeks he haunted, if they saw him they would run,
They spoke of him in whispers & they called him Too-Roo-Dun.
Today their tales are heard with scorn, their warning is forgot,
Beware you merry mariners all in your weekend yacht,
He opens up his gullet under anything afloat,
He swallows all the humans & he spits out bits of boat.

Too-Roo-Dun, Too-Roo-Dun
When the moon is at the full and little soldier crabs do run,
The mudflats down at Westernport I recommend you shun,
It's a mighty, massive gullet has the bunyip, Too-Roo-Dun.

His measurements are monstrous and a dreadful tale they make,
His head is like an emu, his body like a snake,
His carcass thick as several trees, his teeth just like a shark,
A frightful apparition to see gliding through the dark.
And up among the Anderson, or so the locals say,
You can see his ribmarks graven on the mudflats on the bay.
When herds of champion Herefords mysteriously have gone,
The rumour says they've vanished down the throat of Too-Roo-Dun.

Too-Roo-Dun, Too-Roo-Dun,
They say some bloke from Orbost tried to take him with a gun,
They only found his footprints at the rising of the sun,
And still he's lurking out there is the bunyip, Too-Roo-Dun.

And when the nightclouds hide the moon and tide is at the flood,
The ghastly bunyip, Too-Roo-Dun, comes creeping from the mud.
He glares between the mangroves with his wicked, beady eyes,
Looking for a juicy meal, to take it by surprise.
You might be walking on the beach, you'll hear a subtle sound,
Perhaps you'll wonder at it, maybe you'll turn round,
His eyes you'll see, his breath you'll smell, all fishy, cold & wet,
And suddenly ...................YOU'RE ATE!

c. John Warner, 1992.
from The Briggs and Stratton Pump and other Verse by John Warner (1994)


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 10:21 AM

and if you want some info on Oz, check out this thread from the Annex

Emigrating to the land of Oz.
http://www.jonbanjo.com/forum/topic.asp?topic_id=526&pagenum=1&reverse=False&X=61


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 12:49 PM

Sandra-

The important cautionary note about them wombats is not to stand underneath as they glide by. They're very territorial beasties, I've been told, and I was most impressed with the neat piles of wombat excrement that marked our hosts' patio.

And thanks for posting John's wonderful Bunyip song; I can still hear his maniacal laughter. (See, JoeO, this is a music thread!)

Bob- I'll look forward to being introduced to your G/D Lachenal. Does it bite?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Billy the Bus
Date: 13 Aug 03 - 12:04 AM

Charley,

You are slipping, you didn't mention our BS: Meet The Giant Squid! thread. Yes, Bob, those big critters do belong on our side of the Tasman. As to me joining you in Sydney, as you suggested elsewhere, Charley? Not a show mate. Not enough dough for starters. Then, I've never been out of NZ and haven't even been on the mainland for the best part of a year. I'd never survive the flight over the ditch without a puff on me pipe! And, Sydney's even bigger than Auckland they tell me. I'd get paranoic, and never cope. No, mate I'll leave my big OE to the odd visit to the South Island.

If you could transmute me instantly from here to the Sydney Sessions, I'd love to join you. Have a great time in November. In the meantime, I'll stay as:

Stay-at-Home - Sam


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 13 Aug 03 - 05:00 PM

Dealy creatures? Bunyips? Flying wombats? Oh my! Snakes! The 10 dealiest on Earth! Oh dear!

I think Guam is nice. Carabao don't bite though they might slime you with there noses.

This is my last post from my "hotel" room. It's time to start living in a house and I will have no Internet access from home for a while. I'll sign in when I can.

See ya!


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 13 Aug 03 - 11:48 PM

G'day Charlie,

The G/D Lachenal is a nice traditional instrument ... no use at all to those aspiring to play Irish 18-to-the dozen modern stage style - but a nice squeezebox to an old-style player in the Gaeltach. Certainly a nice box to accompany a few shanties ... or pump out a hornpipe.

It doesn't bite ... and, as long as the seals are all tight, it shouldn't attract too many poisonous snakes. I seem to remember an old bush story ... maybe it was an aside in Henry Lawson's story The Drover's Wife (basically the prose counterpart to his poem ... latterly a song ... Past Carin') where a snake's intrusion into the family's bark hut is blamed on the "hissing" of the leaky bellows of a squeezebox!

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Billy the Bus
Date: 14 Aug 03 - 02:45 AM

Aaarrgghhh

You lot have really got me going. I've pulled the old Lachenal Anglo, #46265, tracked down Concertina.Net, and dated it to ca 1886-95. No wonder it's like me, and a bit wheezy - not hissing at the bellows, just sticky in the reed department. Apart from that, and knacked thumbstraps, it's in better nick than I am. I see there's a good repair section on the site. I've always been scared to take the lid off - my hands shake too much. But --- me old Oz-Cob, "Compo", has steady hands, a good eye, and loves a fiddly project. Furthermore, he's heading to "Seed-Knee" in a few weeks time.

Bob, can you give me a phone number, so I can put "Compo" in touch with him. I'll see if he'll take the squeeze-box with him, so you can cast a hairy-eye-ball over it, and give him some advice. Then I'll try to learn to play properly after all these years.

Cheers - Sam


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Hrothgar
Date: 14 Aug 03 - 04:16 AM

Are you blokess getting to Brisbane on your trip?


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 14 Aug 03 - 08:26 AM

Hrothgar-

My wife and I have thought seriously about Brisbane. Such a BIG country! We'll be up in Port Douglas for a few days before we return to Sydney to join Brett and The Dog. And afterwards, we'll be in the Terrigal/New Castle area. Brisbane is right in between, but a long in between.

Still, we know you've got some fine singers, and there's the waterfront of the famed Harry Robertson to wander round whistling an old shanty, if it all hasn't been transformed into one wall of condominiums/hotels. Tell us more!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 14 Aug 03 - 09:01 AM

What a shame, that we shall not all meet, when me and the staff arrive in Sydney on about 24th October, for a short visit.
Giok


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 14 Aug 03 - 11:56 AM

Giok-

We could start an "X&O" game at the Rocks end of Circular Quay for nomadic Mudcatters. It's your responsibility to lay out the grid and make the first move.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Hrothgar
Date: 14 Aug 03 - 11:13 PM

The wharf at Pinkenba is still there, but mostly used for bulk cargoes. All the wharf areas closer to the city have been gentrified, as you feared.

If you get across the bay to Tangalooma on Moreton Island, you can still see a lot of the old flensing works from the whaling of the 1950s and early 1960s. Story - A few of us did some Harry Robertson songs at a concert here a couple of years ago. Afterwards a woman came up to me and said that the songs reminded her of being taken to Tangalooma when she was a child, and she could smell it again. It nearly made her sick in the middle of the concert. Now, that's real singing for you!

It will probably be too late for any whale watching at that time of year, unfortunately - the migration usually passes by in September.

I take it you're flying to Port Douglas? It's 1200 miles from Brisbane, 1800 from Sydney. Don't even think what that is in kilometres.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 15 Aug 03 - 09:42 AM

Giok - looks like you'll be getting in the day before the October Dog! Guests that night are Touchwood, & Callie & Chicky are 2/3 of that group.

If you are free that night, pop in - the music will be great. And the company's not bad, either,

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 15 Aug 03 - 10:03 AM

Hrothgar-

Thanks for the update on Brisbane. I'd really like to check it out but it would be quite a s-t-r-e-t-c-h. The Newcastle area, where we'll be for our final week, looks to be a long day's drive from Brisbane.

Yes, we'll likely fly into Cairns from Sydney and then van up to Port Douglas. Last time around we tried to connect with the Cairns Folk Club, only to find that the restaurant they gathered at, across the tracks, had changed its name, and that the Club had changed the regular date of their meeting that month, moving it up to the week before we arrived. Well, we were puzzled at the time, but maybe they had checked out the Charley Noble postings on Mudcat and decided that discretion was called for.

As for whaling songs, the only one currently in my repertoire is one about the sad demise of the fresh-water whaling industry in our Great Lakes, back in the 19th century.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Helen
Date: 16 Aug 03 - 10:57 PM

Newcastle Folk Club has their regular monthly meeting on the 1st Saturday of every month from 7.30PM to 10.30 PM at the Wesley Senior Citizens Hall.
Located on William Street, Hamilton, Newcastle

They have a call from the floor, or you can set up a spot by e-mailing the club from the above link.

Charley, you said you would be here in Newcastle between 12th January and 12th April - you really are planning a long stay in lovely Nukes. *g*

Oh, sorry, did you mean 1st December to 4th December? It was hard deciphering that Ameri-speak (LOL).

The club night would be 6/12 (or to translate, 12/6). They do have other events as well, but if necessary I can still organise a session.

Helen


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 17 Aug 03 - 12:01 PM

Helen-

Thanks so much for the info on the Newcastle Folk Club and your reminder that date format Downunder is, of course, reversed! LOL

Now if that December 6th Saturday, 2003, is REALLY gonna be a Newcastle Folk Club gathering, and not say a special Christmas program, we might be able to s-t-r-e-t-c-h our stay to make it. Could you talk to a real person associated with this Club to determine what's happening, or provide me with a name and e-mail address to do direct follow-up?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Helen
Date: 18 Aug 03 - 01:23 AM

Talking to wetware??!! That's a bit out of the ordinary isn't it?

Yep, I'll phone a real person and find out. I had already thought I'd better check the reality as opposed to the theory.

Helen


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 18 Aug 03 - 02:02 AM

Oh my! How things happen when you are off line for a while. I need to get a map of the country and figure out where all these places are you keep talking about.

But I also need to keep unpacking and get myeself settled into my new abode.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 18 Aug 03 - 08:47 AM

Brett-

Maybe we should split up at some point. This Land of OZ is such a big sprawling country. You could follow up Harry Robertson's waterfront haunts in Brisbane while we're getting our ashes hauled in Newcastle.

But then you might want to check out the Blackheath Folk Club in the Blue Mountains; I wonder if they're still gathering at the Ivanhoe Hotel? They were such nice friendly folks when we were there two years ago. I can still hear Denis Kevals extolling the virtues of pouring concrete into the surrounding valleys, "all so gray and smooth." And then that's where we met Sydney political singer-songwriter John Dengate and his wife and heard his songs for the first time.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 18 Aug 03 - 08:49 AM

Denis "Kevans" of course!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 18 Aug 03 - 09:04 AM

G'day Charlie & Brett,

I gather the Blackheath Folk Cub is still in full swing - I'll chase them up and see if a meeting fits in with your trip schedule.

Regards,

Bob


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 18 Aug 03 - 09:14 AM

The Dengates are the folks who live in Glebe & walk to the Dog - I'll suggest they add the Nov Dog to their diary.

John now has CD - a double recorded at a house concert & released earlier this year. His Sydney CD launch will be at Jenny's club in Sept.

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 29 Aug 03 - 05:38 PM

Sandra-

With regard to "floor spots" at The Loaded Dog, how many songs should Brett and I be planning to sing? If we could each lead a couple that would be very nice. Of course I haven't sung with Brett for months and I don't have a clue what he's planning to sing; he may have gone over to the DARK SIDE...

Helen-

Did you find out anything more about the Newcastle folks? We may do better having a party than trying to line up with their regular session; Judy and I need to be back in the States by December 4th.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 30 Aug 03 - 08:49 AM

Charley - dunno yet, I'll have to get back to you.

A normal Dog has the support doing 30 min, with the main act doing 2 sets of 30min & 60min, but The Bums always do less than 90mins. As I want individual Bums to do floor spots too (they are a talented lot of folks) I have to sort out timing.

I'll contact Canberra Chris to see how long the Bums want & how many of them want to do a floor spot.

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 01 Sep 03 - 11:07 PM

The Dark Side? Charley, did you think I'd trade my 12-string for an electric bass? I'm shocked!

Of course, Ina-Gadda-Da-Vidda sounds great on the 12!


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Hrothgar
Date: 02 Sep 03 - 06:05 AM

If somebody is coming to Brisbane, let me know.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 02 Sep 03 - 09:14 AM

Chris's tentative reply (before rehearsal) was that maybe 6-8 Bums would do solo spots. I still haven't received a reply 24 hours after rehearsal, so maybe I will need to be bossy (I'm good at that!!) & make executive decisions. But I'll remind him again.

Brett, will you be bringing the 12 string? What if THEY poke & prod at it, being Alert but not Alarmed (as our Prime Minister Little Johnny so eloquently puts it)? You might be able to use a local guitar, I could ask if you're interested.

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 04 Sep 03 - 01:49 PM

I am finally back online after almost a month without Mudcat, having finally completed the dreaded house-moving, and I've just found this thread.

It occurs to me, Charlie, that the perfect place for the song-party the day after the Dog, might be my new digs at Earlwood, seeing as my new housemate and partner in crime is none other than the aforementioned John Warner. He hasn't seen this thread yet, but I'm assuming that date will be alright. Without going into too many details at this point, I'll just say that many plans, musical and otherwise, are afoot, and there is much to celebrate.
Magic is in the air!

No doubt a lot of the wonderful friends who helped me move will be there too, and you and Brett can help us warm the house some more (by then I imagine we will have already had a few parties and sessions to start the warming process).

Also if both or either of you are in Sydney on December 4, there is my folk club, North By Northwest, at Gladesville. We will have an excellent band "Wheelers and Dealers" performing, supported by Ian Macintosh, who is one of the people who helped me on moving day and a member of the Wheeze and Suck Band. If we know you are coming we could probably arrange to have some of the Roaring Forties there too, and a decent sized floor spot would be in order.

I'll tell John about all this tomorrow, and see what he thinks.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 04 Sep 03 - 05:51 PM

Sign me up! I am really looking forward to this trip. However, I am having trouble figuring out how to arrange things for travel. None of the Internet sites have flight information out of Guam! I need to talk with my co-workers about how to do this.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 06 Sep 03 - 08:41 PM

JennyO-

I'll be based in Glebe, overlooking the famous Grayhound racing rink. Now I know how to find Bob Bolton's neighborhood but I haven't got a clue which direction Earlwood is; you may want to e-mail me the specifics but general directions are probably OK to post here.

Is there anything interesting going on Friday, December 21st? That date might also be an option for a song party.

Brett-

When are you planning to parachute in?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 06 Sep 03 - 09:11 PM

G'day Charley,

Earlwood is about 10 km/6 miles south west of Sydney centre (that makes it an inner-west suburb!) It's on a train line, but equidistand between the Princes Highway and Parramatta Rd (Great Western Highway) ... and it's also John Warner territory.

For better map references, press the Horvaths ... that's what geographers are for!

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 07 Sep 03 - 02:57 AM

Charley, I haven't any idea yet. I cannot find anything about flights on the internet. None of the usual suspects carry information for flights out of Guam. Continental seems to be the only choice and their price is around $600 for a package deal to Cairns. Still researching. I may fly into Cairns and take the train to Sydney.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 07 Sep 03 - 09:44 AM

Charley & Brett - John & Jenny's house has a bus-stop outside & I would normally get there by bus - buses leave from the CBD.

Friday nights are often session nights!! One will be arranged.

Qld Folk Clubs
http://folk.mountaintracks.com.au/Folk_Australia/clubs_qld.html

Cairns Folk Club
http://folk.mountaintracks.com.au/Folk_Australia/clubs_qld.html#cairns

Towsnville & Mackay are on the way from Cairns from Brisbane & have folk clubs - maybe Hrothgar can give you more info. I've sent him an email.

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 07 Sep 03 - 10:55 AM

Opps! I see I mistyped "December 21st" above and I clearly meant "NOVEMBER 21ST."

And thanks for the directions to Earlwood, "across them Western Suburbs we will wander."

And Brett, if you fly into Cairns around November 12th you could vanpool with us to Port Douglas for snorkling the Great Barrier Reef and other adventures. A train ride from Cairns to Sydney is one adventure that Judy and I will skip (maybe some of you folks from Downunder can fill Brett in with lurid details of trainwrecks, bandits, and train cuisine). You do want to make it to Sydney for The Loaded Dog and associated musical special events.

Sandra-

Do the Friday evening "sessions" rotate among people's homes? It would be truly wonderful if one could be set up in November within walking distance of where we are in Glebe. And Bob, we did do some walking, all the way to Glebe Point Road for breakfast every morning! Although I admit that distance is relatively modest compared with your trek from your neighborhood to downtown.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 07 Sep 03 - 11:14 AM

Charley and Brett, John and I would really like to have a party for you here at Earlwood, and I don't think it matters much whether it's the day before or the day after the Dog. As Sandra mentioned, it's really accessible by public transport, with several buses stopping right outside our door.

Charley if you want to PM me what street you will be staying in, I will find out some details about what buses will get you here. Having only just moved here myself, I am not familiar with them yet - also what actual dates you will be in Sydney.

Brett, do you know where you will be staying, and what dates you will be in Sydney?

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 07 Sep 03 - 06:52 PM

Charley reminded me in an email that time is short and the water is rising. He also made me look at the schedule and revise my plans. For some reason I thought the Loaded Dog was on the 28th! Good thing he gave me his itinerary.

I do not yet have any definite plans but I will work on that this week. There is a rumor of a $199 special to Australia from Guam so I need to get on the horn to the airlines and check it out.

Oops, gotta go. I will continue this later.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 08 Sep 03 - 09:39 AM

www.sydneytransport.net.au

When you are in Sydney call them on 131 500 & they know everything. I assume the website will offer the same service as is offered by phone - say where you are & give the address of the place you want to get to & they hit the keyboard & say catch bus X to corner of this street & that then walk down the road, turn left etc. It's great!

The 412 Campsie bus from the CBD goes to their door, & there are lotsa buses from Glebe to the CBD. More info later by PM.

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 08 Sep 03 - 09:42 AM

Bob Bolton has been tantilizing me with descriptions of the renovated tall ship the James Craig at Darling Harbour. I think she had just appeared there when we were in Sydney back in December of 2001. I've since read several articles about her history and the battle to bring her back from Tasmania and fully restore her. I would love to sing one of C. Fox Smith's fine sea poems in her honor if someone could smuggle me aboard.

The place Judy and I will be staying while we're in Sydney is located near the corner of Bellevue Street and St. John's Road. It's one of those famous Sydney terraced houses, not very wide but with at least 4 floors. We did manage to walk over to John Dengate's house, and had a wonderful evening of wine and songs. I'm generally a good walker but I was somewhat slowed down from an accident up in the Blue Mountains while I was attempting to demonstrate to my wife how Govett achieved his magnificant leap; them mossy rocks are slippery!

I'm in the process of adapting a Jon Campbell dockside song to Sydney and was wondering what the area around the Fish Market is called. Is it Darling Harbour or Blackwattle Bay? Darling Harbour scans better but I really don't want to make too free with the local geography (see, Joe, this is a music thread).

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Sep 03 - 06:37 AM

Train from Cairns to Sydney is about 1800 miles, and you will have to change in Brisbane. i think Cairns to Brisbane is about 3 to 4 days. Brisbane to Sydney is overnight (or all day).

I'll dig out a bit more, if you like. Fares, for a start, might cause an intake of breath ...


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennieG
Date: 09 Sep 03 - 06:45 AM

Charley,
The original name for Darling Harbour was Cockle Bay, if that helps.
Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Hrothgar
Date: 09 Sep 03 - 07:52 AM

06.37 Guest was me.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 09 Sep 03 - 08:43 AM

JennieG-

Well, "Cockle Bay" does have a nice warm sound to it! But to be more specific, how would the woman who work at the Fish Market be referred to by their male counterparts, as the Fish Market girls, some company name, or some other slang?

Hrothgar-

3 to 4 days from Cairns to Brisbane! Is that the express run?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 09 Sep 03 - 09:16 AM

Hello, Charley

As one of my colleagues is a member of a family well known at the fish markets, I'll see if he knows. He spent many an early morning unloading fish from trawlers, now he keeps far more respectable hours!
sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 09 Sep 03 - 10:18 AM

G'day Charley,

Express train ... ? Queensland ... ?

I'll dig out and post a song: On The Queensland Railway Lines (written by the Brisbane Realist Writers Group .. all of them! ... to the tune of Der Schwabische Eisenbahn!

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 09 Sep 03 - 05:35 PM

I knew we could provoke a few more songs, enough to keep this thread from slipping below the line!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: Lyr Add: ON THE QUEENSLAND RAILWAY LINES
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 09 Sep 03 - 09:20 PM

G'day Charley and Brett,

I promised a couple of songs to inform your fantasy of taking the Queensland Railways from tropical Cairns to the civilised (and vastly more temperate) clime of Sydney.

On the Queensland Railway Lines
Repertory of the Wynnum North Junior Greenhide-&-Stringybark Orchestra
Tune: German Folk Tune (Schwarbische Eisenbahn)

On the Queensland railway lines
There are stations where one dines;
Private individuals
Also run refreshment stalls.
Chorus: Bogan- Tungan, Rollingstone,
             Mungar, Murgon, Marathon(e)
             Guthalungra, Pinkenba,
             Wanko, Yaamba - ha, ha, ha!


Pies and coffee, baths and showers
Are supplied at Charters Towers;
At Mackay the rule prevails
Of restricting showers to males.
Chorus: Bogan- Tungan, Rollingstone ...

Males and females, high and dry,
Hang around at Durikai,
Boora-Mugga, Djarawong,
Giligulgul, Wonglepong.
Chorus: Bogan- Tungan, Rollingstone ...

Iron rations come in handy
On the way to Dirranbandi;
Passengers have died of hunger
During halts at Garradunga.
Chorus: Bogan- Tungan, Rollingstone ...

Let us toast, before we part,
Those who travel, stout of heart,
Drunk or sober, rain or shine,
On a Queensland railway line.
Chorus: Bogan- Tungan, Rollingstone ...

Notes from The Queensland Centenary Pocket Songbook, Federation of Bush Music Groups, Brisbane, p. 53, Pub. Edwards & Shaw, Sydney, New South Wales, 1959:
Reference to the introductory pages of the Queensland Railways Timetable for Long-Distance and Country Trains will confirm the unflinching accuracy of this grim little song. The translation and versification were made by members of the Brisbane Realist Writers' Group.

Notes from The Second Penguin Australian Songbook, Bill Scott, p. 189, Penguin Books, Ringwood, Victoria, 1980:
This entertaining and catchy song was written at the home of John Manifold in the late 1950s. John had translated a German folksong about a little railway into English, and someone suggested that it would be fun to write a song about the local equivalent. A train timetable was obtained, and a search made for stations with odd and interes- ting names for inclusion in the song. Most were eventually incorporated.

The details about refreshment and. bathing facilities were all too deadly true at the time; and as the Queensland Railways are traditionalist in habit and nature, the chances are that they are still the same. I am not sure if all these stations are still open, for some branch lines have been closed for economic reasons, but I know that the list of strange place names has hardly changed. For instance, very close to Giligulgul are (or were) Gulugaba and Wubagul. There was even a tiny waiting shed beside the tracks between Barcaldine and Longreach called 'the 832½ Mile'.

These words were composed by the team of writers present and fitted to the German tune, with its delightful locomotive-like beat, and so a new song was born. It has remained tremendously popular ever since, and has even been included in an anthology of poetry intended for study in schools.

As you are unlikely to recall the tune to Schwarbische Eisenbahn, I will post a MIDItext version from home ... after I have set it into my music program. Charley, if you want to sing these songs ... all the way from Cairns to Sydney ... I can e-mail a PDF images of the "song sheets" created in my program.

The Wild Beaudesert Train

Some bards have sung the isles of Greece, and some the summer rain,
Fill high the cup with wine! I sing the wild Beaudesert train!
Some sing the gees on Ascot course and some the spring's sweet reign
But I, in keenest wine, I pledge the wild Beaudesert train.

Behind us drops the smoky town, the pubs, the City Tower.
We thunder out to Dutton Park in under half an hour.
Tonight we seek no amber ale, nor pause to boil the billy
As limned in fire and black with smoke we roar through Yeerongpilly.

And now we yank the throttles wide, the furnace fires gleam
As Cooper's Plains goes flashing past, a phantom in a dream;
The metals sing an angry song, the clanking pistons strain,
And cowering people cry, 'Behold! The wild Beaudesert train!'

We take on corn at Waterford and logs at Logan Village,
Lord knows what at Cedar Grove, and crops of Woodhill tillage.
Now wilder, wilder glows the pace as drunk with speed and power
We thunder round the Veresoak Bend at seven miles an hour.

Black smoke leaps belching from our stack, a roar affrights the ear
And far across the blue-gum flats pale farmers blanch with fear.
And darkies sing their babes to sleep with threatening refrain,
'By Cripes! He come and gobble you, that wild Beaudesert train!'

But crowd on canvas! Stoke her up! For wingéd Gods are here;
We pass the sawmill like a streak, a sort of smoky smear.
The wheels fly off, the boiler tubes are busted up and broke,
We dash into Beaudesert town, a storm of flame and smoke.

And still the grey-beards tell the tale, and swear by all the powers
We made the run from Melbourne Street in under seven hours!
Yea, down the years they hand the yarn and chant the wild refrain,
'By George, those days 'twas hard to beat the wild Beaudesert train!'

Notes from The Second Penguin Australian Songbook, Bill Scott, p 181, Penguin Books, Ringwood, Victoria, 1980:
Garry Tooth, an original member of the Moreton Bay Bush Music Society, was once holidaying at a resort near the Lamington National Park in south-east Queensland. This poem was pasted to the wall of his bedroom. The humour and the wry comment it makes about the speed and comfort of the Queensland Railways appealed to Garry enormously. This becomes understandable when you realize that the town of Beaudesert is only about 100 kilometres from Brisbane!

Garry realized that the r tune for the folksong The Lachlan Tigers fitted the words beautifully, and also that the driving rhythm of that music suited the words and sentiment of the poem, so he married the two, and often sang it with great success in public performances. I have tried to trace the poet, but in vain, and if he is still with us, would like to apologize for using his verse without his permission. However, the song is too good to omit.

The tune to should be in the DT ... but I can post to this thread if necessary!

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 09 Sep 03 - 11:20 PM

I've been checking around and found a flight from Guam to Cairns. Now I have to figure out how to get from Cairns to Sydney. The train would be fun. Bob, what is the fare? You said it would cause a sharp intake of breath.

Are there websites for Australian airlines?


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 09 Sep 03 - 11:51 PM

G'day Brett,

go to this Yahoo site for both Qantas and Virgin ... and car hire:
Qantas& Virgin airlines and some Car Hire

or go straight to Qantas: Qantas.

Qantas did once start of small, rural and Queensland ... (Queensland And Northern Territory Air Service - but that was a long time ago!

I think it might have been Hrithgar that mentioned train fare ... but he's probably right! (Last time I went by 'bus ... full of Illawarra Folk Club / Wongawilli Band members going to the National Folk Festival - back in 1990!)

Regards (and see you next month ... XX/ \XX,

Bob


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 10 Sep 03 - 02:40 AM

G'day Charley,

JennieG noted: "The original name for Darling Harbour was Cockle Bay, if that helps."

Strictly speaking, Cockle Bay is the southern end of Darling Harbour ... where all the Darling Harbour tourist and commercial development (Harbourside Festival Market Place!) is. The James Craig moors in the real shipping harbour, which is correctly called Darling Harbour ... and the Fish Markets are on the nor-east side of Blackwattle Bay.

I haven't bought my fish supplies from there lately, but the Markets are made up of lots of small, private - and largely Mediterranean-owned shops. I couldn't really say I know of a generic name for the workers, male or female ... not in English, anyway!

Regards,

Bob Bolton

(Sorry Hrothgar ... "Hrithgar" is Hrothgar when he forgets his cookie ... or I forget how to type!)


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Hrothgar
Date: 10 Sep 03 - 05:30 AM

Link for Queensland Railways:

http://www.traveltrain.qr.com.au/

Link for New South Wales Railways:

http://www.countrylink.info/

You can use those to plan your schedule (and work out a few fares)

I have to work on these blue clicky things.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 10 Sep 03 - 08:19 AM

Sorry, folks I wasn't at work today so I have no info from my friend John, member of the famous Arena family, one of the famous Italian family companies which ARE the Sydney Fish Markets.

I have info from Canberra Chris & it looks like you can have 30 mins between you. Will Judy be joining you?

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 10 Sep 03 - 08:27 AM

Bob-

What wonderful train songs! They clearly right up there with Utah Philips' "Starlight on the Rails" and the Carter Family's "Railroading on the Great Divide." They also confirm my suspicions about the delight of such travel, as a mode of getting from one place to another. Study them lyrics carefully, Brett, or we may be compelled to launch a new version of "Charley's on the MTA" at The Loaded Dog.

And with regard to the Sydney Fish Market, I do know exactly where it is in terms of longitude and latitude. We used to walk by it on our way downtown when we were in Sydney two yars ago. However, I did an inadequate job of collecting the cultural information required for refitting one of our dockside songs to the Fish Market area. With the help of our genial hosts, the Horvaths, we did a much better job over at Woolloomooloo.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 10 Sep 03 - 09:24 AM

G'day Charley,

The Queensland rural railway lines embody everything that was implicit in the Australian application of the term "pioneering standards" in the railway world. For starters, they are running on narrow gauge: 3' 6" (1067 mm) ... in New South Wales we have standard gauge: 4' 8½" (1435 mm) ... and, as you cross south into s(t)olid Victoria the gauge rises again to broad gauge: 5' 3" (1600 mm)!

The Queensland narrow gauge doesn't allow anything like express speeds (although they do manage a bit better speed than Tasmania got out of their narrow gauge ... the intercity express - The Tasman Limited (very!) did Hobart to Launceston (~120 of those old miles ... about 193 kilometres) ... in 5½ hour, just ½ hour better than the "slow" service! Queensland rail may be an adventure, but it is one that needs a long, leisurely visit to savour its delights.

Sandra's contacts with the Arena family might manage to winkle out the right slang terms (of the fish market girls) for you ... skitch Sandra off to do some research!

We have at least on local folksong drawing on The Ship That Never Returned (as does Charley on the MTA or The Man Who Never Returned) ... but ours is about a bunch of boozers waiting for a timberman to come back and spend his next pay cheque.

Regards,

Bob


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Subject: Tune Add: SCHWABISCHE EISENBAHN/QUEENSLAND RAILWAY
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 10 Sep 03 - 10:08 AM

G'day again,

Charley: Here is the MIDItext version of the traditional German tune (Schwabische Eisenbahn) used for On The Queensland Railway Lines (so you have something to while away a couple of slow days!).

You can use the Mudcat program to turn this into a playable MIDI file, so you can get it right.


MIDI file: qldraill.mid


Timebase: 240


TimeSig: 2/4 24 8

Tempo: 100 (600000 microsec/crotchet)

Start

0000 1 62 080 0144 0 62 064 0036 1 62 080 0048 0 62 064 0012 1 62 080 0096 0 62 064 0024 1 62 080 0096 0 62 064 0024 1 62 080 0096 0 62 064 0024 1 67 080 0096 0 67 064 0024 1 67 080 0192 0 67 064 0048 1 64 080 0144 0 64 064 0036 1 64 080 0048 0 64 064 0012 1 64 080 0096 0 64 064 0024 1 64 080 0096 0 64 064 0024 1 64 080 0096 0 64 064 0024 1 69 080 0096 0 69 064 0024 1 69 080 0192 0 69 064 0048 1 71 080 0144 0 71 064 0036 1 69 080 0048 0 69 064 0012 1 71 080 0096 0 71 064 0024 1 69 080 0096 0 69 064 0024 1 69 080 0096 0 69 064 0024 1 67 080 0096 0 67 064 0024 1 62 080 0192 0 62 064 0048 1 66 080 0144 0 66 064 0036 1 66 080 0048 0 66 064 0012 1 64 080 0096 0 64 064 0024 1 66 080 0096 0 66 064 0024 1 67 080 0096 0 67 064 0024 1 67 080 0096 0 67 064 0024 1 67 080 0192 0 67 064 0048 1 62 080 0144 0 62 064 0036 1 62 080 0048 0 62 064 0012 1 62 080 0096 0 62 064 0024 1 62 080 0096 0 62 064 0024 1 62 080 0096 0 62 064 0024 1 67 080 0096 0 67 064 0024 1 67 080 0192 0 67 064 0048 1 64 080 0144 0 64 064 0036 1 64 080 0048 0 64 064 0012 1 64 080 0096 0 64 064 0024 1 64 080 0096 0 64 064 0024 1 64 080 0096 0 64 064 0024 1 69 080 0096 0 69 064 0024 1 69 080 0192 0 69 064 0048 1 71 080 0144 0 71 064 0036 1 69 080 0048 0 69 064 0012 1 71 080 0096 0 71 064 0024 1 69 080 0096 0 69 064 0024 1 69 080 0096 0 69 064 0024 1 67 080 0096 0 67 064 0024 1 62 080 0192 0 62 064 0048 1 66 080 0144 0 66 064 0036 1 66 080 0048 0 66 064 0012 1 64 080 0096 0 64 064 0024 1 66 080 0096 0 66 064 0024 1 67 080 0096 0 67 064 0024 1 67 080 0096 0 67 064 0024 1 67 080 0192 0 67 064

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This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the March 10 MIDItext 98 software and get instructions on how to use it click here


ABC format:


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Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 11 Sep 03 - 01:54 AM

G'day again Charley,

I'm not sure what I was on 4 weeks back, but I just noticed that I said:
... My G/D Lachenal is only a 22-key model ... standard diatonic "bush concertina" plus a G#/A# key on the top end of left hand 'C' row and a C#/D# button at the top end of right hand 'C' row. ...

... errrr ... I seem to have been describing my G/C 22-key Lachenal, not my D/G, which is in a standard, basic 20-key form ... no semitone keys, and so probably not much help to a player of 30-key instruments (although I had been discussing some cunning button additions by maker/repairer Richard Evans).

Regards - and we'll see you in November!

Bob


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Hrothgar
Date: 11 Sep 03 - 06:40 AM

Bob,

You might not have been keeping up with tilt train developments.

The journey between Brisbane and Cairns is 24 hours 55 minutes
over a distance of 1,681 kilometres. That is just under 70 Km/h including a hell of a lot of stops.

The tilt train is actually capable of 160 km/h in service, and something more when they are playing with it.

Yes, on a 3'6" gauge - specially engineered to take it.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 11 Sep 03 - 08:48 AM

Hrothgar-

Thanks for the train update from Cairns to Brisbane. That's almost a reasonable time for the journey, and I do love the name "tilt train." I conveys a graphic image of just what's happening as it attempts to negotiate some of the hairpin turns along the ridges and valleys of the coast. So, Brett, are you game to ride the rails?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 11 Sep 03 - 09:12 AM

Brett - Virgin airlines (blicky way above) is new to the Oz market & has lots of cheap flights.

Hrothgar has not frightened us with train fares (but don't forget the $AU is somewhere around 2/3 of the $US).

www.rba.gov.au - (Reserve Bank)- has monthly conversion rates.

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 11 Sep 03 - 07:30 PM

I checked the site for the trains (http://www.traveltrain.qr.com.au/) and they have an 8 day rail pass for only $550 $AUD. That coupled with a $440 plane ticket seems to fit the bill. So, despite the musical warnings to the contrary, I guess I will get around on the train.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 11 Sep 03 - 08:20 PM

Well, Punchenello, you're really signing on for true adventure. What spirit, what courage! Now if we can only convince some friendly Aussies to set up emergency stashes along your proposed route or hospitality tent whistle-stops. It does look like you should spend at least a day in Brisbane.

The only rail I've been worried about is the one we'll be riding after we sing our songs at The Loaded Dog, as we're paraded down to Circular Quay. Is there still such a tradition in Oz, with the tar and feathers?

Bob- I must examine your pack of concertinas more closely. They do sound intriguing.

Are/is the Roarin' Forties doing any gigs in November that we should know about?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Hrothgar
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 04:53 AM

Let me know any Brisbane stops.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 14 Sep 03 - 07:19 PM

At this stage I think my plan is to fly into Cairns, jump the train and head straight for Sydney. That will get the big travel time out of the way. Then, after some time in the south I'll make my way north again. I'd like to see some of the interior as I head north. With the rail pass I'll be able to wander as I wish.

Anyway, Hrothgar, you can expect me in Brisbane at some point. I will have a clearer itinerary as we get closer to the travel dates.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 15 Sep 03 - 09:44 AM

Brett - the famous Poms from Oz who toured UK earlier (there is a thread somwhere about their tour) live in Townsville & I'm sure Hrothgar would have other contacts for Nthn Qld folk clubs

Time passes & Nov approaches!

sandra

I've just returned from the Jamberoo festival - I travelled with JennyO & sent time with JennyG & Bob Bolton. It was a great festival, spoiled only by huge winds, which got so bad on Sun night that the fna concerts were cancelled & the big marquees were taken down (in the pouring rain!) The only thing left standing was the huge circus tent, but thye session continued in the pub till all hours & was not stopped by the continuing storm & consequent blackout. We just thought Mine Host was saying "Time, please (Ladies &) Gentlemen" when the lights went out, until he appeared with a candle & torch.

It was a great festival & I finally met the West Oz band Loaded Dog & hope to have them at the Dog next year.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 15 Sep 03 - 11:58 AM

Sandra-

Ah, I just noticed your post above that Brett and I have 30 minutes to play with at The Loaded Dog. What joy!

My wife Judy will be in attendence but will not be performing that night. She'd feel more comfortable doing that at one of the more private parties, perhaps gracing the company with one of her wondefully warped songs or stories.

Now both Brett and I are strong singers but we'd like to know whether we will be working with or without a sound system. If we're working without a sound system and the space is typically noisy, that will dictate more shanty shouts rather than ballads. Could you clarify?

Brett- sounds like you'll need more than an eight-day railpass. Judy and I just confirmed our major reservations and we'll email you our itinary. The week after The Loaded Dog we're leaving open for Sydney fun and frolics.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 15 Sep 03 - 04:30 PM

Here's our schedule as it looks now:

Depart Portland, ME, Tuesday, 3:25 pm, 11 November

Arrive Sydney, AU, Thursday, 8:15 am, 13 November

Depart to Cairns, AU, Saturday, 15 November and arrive 10.50 am; van to Port Douglas

Depart from Cairns to Sydney, AU, Thursday, 20 November and arrive 5:30 pm

Depart from Sydney to Newcastle area Saturday, 29 November

Return from Newcastle area to Sydney Wednesday, 3 December

Depart Sydney, AU, Thursday, 3:15 pm, 4 December, and arrive in Portland, ME, Thursday, 10 pm, 4 December

Amazing, it takes us less than 7 hours to reach home!

When I and my wife return to Sydney on November 20th, presumably joining up with Brett, we'll have over a week to rattle around in that fair city.

Then Judy and I scuttle off to the Newcastle area to visit with our nephew's new family, and graze the vineyards of the Hunter Valley. I'd still like to connect with Newcastle folks for a song party if possible.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 15 Sep 03 - 11:53 PM

G'day Charley,

The Loaded Dog is an acoustic venue ... no electric amplification - and excellent acoustics (formerly wasted on boring alderpersons!). (And we have marked the acoustic "sweet spot" with intersecting strips of "gaffer tape".)

The audience is an appreciative acoustic audience ... they listen hard if necessary - and sing loudly when that is appropriate!

(Sandra may not have got back in ... Mudcat keeps vanishing - maybe ASIO keeps tripping over the tapping cables! [I should post John Dengate's old song ASIO - The Political Asylum!]. Anyway you won't need to wear out too much of your vocal chords at the Dog.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Amergin
Date: 15 Sep 03 - 11:59 PM

boy...sounds like you all will have a cracking time....wish I could be there....the gods only know when I'll be making it there...


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 16 Sep 03 - 08:58 AM

Charley - sound system & the Dog! NEVER!

The only time the Dog has been plugged was when we had to use the larger back hall earlier this year while the proper hall was being painted.

The Dog is the best acoustic venue in Sydney (& Oz according to my Qld friends). Have a read of our website - www.loadeddog.live.com.au - there are even a few pics there, one of the 40s in action in front of our wonderful banner. Our webmaster Chicky made it (she is multi talented!) & is also seen in the pic of Touchwood with Callie (Chicky is in the middle)

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 16 Sep 03 - 05:02 PM

Well, I'm certainly looking forward to singing from one of them "sweet spots," and peeling the paint off the walls if I can with a sea shanty or two. Brett and I will probably back each other up, assuming that we're reasonably in synch after all these months.

Helen-

Any further contact with Newcastle folks?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 17 Sep 03 - 09:07 AM

Newcastle Folk Club website
http://members.ozemail.com.au/~ncfolk/about.html

On the ground floor of the Neighbourhood centre there is a small room which can be used for practicing. So can the singing session the night before.

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 17 Sep 03 - 09:21 AM

Sandra-

"So can the singing session the night before."

There are at least two interpretations of what your suggestion could mean. ;~)

"Can" could mean "put a stop to or cancel" but more likely you mean a singing/practice session would be welcome at the Annandale Community Centre on Friday evening. And we might also do a song party at John's house on Sunday, and really wipe everyone out. I really like the idea of jumping right in with singing starting Friday. What do you think, Brett, assuming you make the train and the train makes Sydney?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 17 Sep 03 - 11:15 AM

Yes definitely a song party and BBQ at John's and my place at Earlwood on the Sunday. We're planning on it! We're thinking of starting in the afternoon and going on till whenever. We have a nice big backyard that is just crying out for a big bunch of folkies, and when we go inside later, we can make music in the living room with the model trains and the landscape going all along the wall. As I sit here, there is a mine, a trestle bridge and a waterfall overlooking my computer.

That big John Warner voice is as powerful as ever, and we're also working on some stuff to do together. My mandolin playing might hopefully be almost up to speed by then, too.

We're having our first session here on Friday week to start the housewarming process, and also to celebrate my birthday. We hope this will be the scene of many happy gatherings in the future.

Looking forward to your visit!

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 17 Sep 03 - 11:32 AM

JennyO-

Sounds good for Sunday. We'll have to brush up on some archane train songs, or maybe we'll just sing some of our regular rail/sail songs.;~)

Of course, we'll have to bring something appropriate to barbeque. Do you do dead animals or is this only insects or plant life? Brett and I have been known to consume almost anything. Judy has an aversion to spiders.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 17 Sep 03 - 01:17 PM

Yes, we do dead animals, as well as anything else people want to cook.

Hates spiders, huh? I think we might be able to come up with a song or two for the occasion (cackles wickedly to herself).

How does she feel about bunyips?

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 17 Sep 03 - 04:55 PM

Bunyips? Well, the little ones aren't really much of a problem. Around here we use their cousins as bait while trolling for Sea Bass. But I understand that you've got some of the largest and most stupendous of the species. You'll not find me walking on your mudflats late a night. No way!

Judy's pet name for spiders is "ecckks." Things that have more than eight legs and crawl are "ecckk-eccks." You know, it's real hard to sneak up to a napping wombat when your partner keeps emitting sounds like that!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 17 Sep 03 - 10:27 PM

G'day Charley,

Did we mention that Australia also has the world's deadliest spiders? (But they worst ones [atrax robustus and atrax formidabilis] for stay north of the Harbour ... say from North Sydney, through Hornsby and up as far as Brisbane.) By comparison, Redbacks (cousins of the Black Widow Spider), are pretty tame stuff!

Regard(les)s,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 17 Sep 03 - 10:48 PM

Spiders! Insects! Deadly creatures! I've been reading Bill Bryson's book and he goes on at length about the various deadly creatures that inhabit Australia.

As for parties and barbecues and all, count me in! I'm sure I can see my way through pretty much anything you can dish out in that arena.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 08:56 AM

Charley - the singing session the night before the Dog won't be at the Dog (that costs money!) but at someone's place. Someone will get volunteered.

Jenny - have you got the pictures for the song? (snigger, snigger)

hurry up November

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 09:16 AM

Thanks, Bob, for reminding us of Australia's claim to fame in the world of arachnids. Judy urged me to correct the spelling of her pet words for spiders and centipeds; they are "eeks" and "eek-eeks" respectively.

Now, back to the BBQ! Here in the States there are many ways to BBQ. In Maine, when we're doing lobsters and clams we build a bonfire on the beach with driftwood and toss in stones, let it burn down and then cover with a layer of seaweed, add the lobsters and other goodies, add some more seaweed, and then cover the whole thing with a canvas tarp and sit around guzzling beer for about twenty minutes or until the lobsters turn a bright red. Then there are those with the new propane afterburner wheeled units who just have to press the ignition button (the one next to the self-destruct button) and everything is ready to char. There are still the older BBQ grills where one loads them up with charcoal brickets or anything else that is likely to burn, pours on lighter fluid or petrol, ignition, and then grills whatever's available slowly over the glowing coals, if anything is left after ignition.

I'm not sure if I know any BBQ songs.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 09:32 AM

Mine is one of those 4 burner gas jobs with the ignition button - nice and big and easy to use.

Sandra, unfortunately I don't have the pictures. "She who shall remain nameless" has them, so they are lost forever, as far as I am concerned. I'm not sure how I would go about making some more. We could have done it at the Dog - oh well, maybe we can anyway. Now all I have to do is find my words............

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 09:51 PM

G'day Charley,

Your Maine clam & lobster-bake/barbecue sounds a bit like the way I cooked local mussels, gathered from the Huon River in Tasmania ... simply got a low fire going on the sand and dropped the mussells on top of the ashes until the shells opened ... then wolfed them down ... Yum! This was how the local Aboriginal people dealt with them and takes some beating.

Sydney is a different story ... in the smoky inner suburb of Leichhardt, if I started up a wood fire in the backyard's free-standing brick barbecue - I'd probably have the local Fire Brigade (stationed 50 metres away on the corner of Leichhardt St & Balmain Rd) chopping through my front door in one minute! I'm afraid the propane fuelled variety is the most likely contender! (But, Wee Eric Bogle's song notwithstanding, we are pretty good at retrieving steaks while they are still edible!)

Regards,

Bob


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 21 Sep 03 - 03:59 AM

I finally have a phone and therefore internet access! Now the fun begins. I can start planning and researching and looking!

By the way, for our Australian friends, if you want a treat, next July is the Pacific Island Arts Festival on Palau. There's supposed to be a website but I haven't been able to get into it yet. Check out visit-palau.com.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Hrothgar
Date: 21 Sep 03 - 06:35 AM

Didn't Denis Kevans have a poem about a spider on a building site? One of the trapdoor persuasion?


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 21 Sep 03 - 11:25 AM

Hrothgar-

I would not be surprised at any topic Denis Kevans would come up for a poem. He is incredibly prolific, and has a wonderful sense of the absurd. Judy does have a shanty version of the "Insy-Tinsy Spider and the Waterspout" which we may be able to tease out of her.

SandraN-

Could you post your summary of The Loaded Dog gathering in this thread? It would provide folks from "away" just what a wonderful institution it is.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 21 Sep 03 - 09:37 PM

G'day Hrothgar / Charley,

I seem to remember that Don Henderson had one with a bit more bite ... about a funnel-web spider biting the foreman. Those trapdoor spiders are pretty tame by comparison (but they look nice and scary!).

Sandra has just circulated her monthly update on The Loaded Dog - a summary of October's offerings and a review of September's. She obviously doesn't trust folkies' memories enought to bother telling them about programs 2 months in advance! (I tried to ring her, on other matters, this morning but to no avail.)

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 22 Sep 03 - 08:47 AM

Bob - what were you reading? It's a review of AUGUST & preview of September. Something gremlinish got in & removed section 3 of the newsletter which gave details for October & November.

Anyway, as Amalina will not be attending, maybe YOU would like to write the next review? You could also publish it in Mulga Wire!!

....................

Amalina's review of August Dog -
The August Dog started with a cappuccino moment, shared
with Jane Faulkner
who emceed the night. Margaret Walters sang two songs,
one from a new CD
that has come out which presents around 20 NSW folkies
performing songs
they wrote during the wharfies struggles with Patricks in
1998. The CD has
been produced by Mark Gregory for the Maritime Union of
Australia (MUA),
and Margaret's songs were powerful and moving reminders
of the union's
struggles.

The Dog was an opportunity to get Margaret's new CD,
which has a stunning
and lyrical collection of songs sung in Margaret's
bluesy, earthy style.
Margaret is one of the strong female singers of the folk
scene, and it's
good to hear her voice undiluted. Margaret's voice has
great flexibility
and range, and her vast repertoire is a continually
growing history of
Australian politics and people. As well, sales of the
Song Links CD are
moving quickly at the Dog, where it can be purchased for
only $42.00
(instead of the usual $48.95). This historic CD is a
collection of British
traditional songs and their Australian variants. It is
also a powerful
showpiece of fine Australian singing, and will introduce
thousands of
British folkies to a selection of some of our finest
musicians and singers.

Bob Bolton emerged from behind his trusty camera to tell
a hilarious yarn
(Incognito, by John Manifold) which Bob explained he
first heard told by an
extremely inebriated Brad Tate at the Newcastle folk
festival in 1985. The
audience was still chortling as Phyl Lobl came on. Phyl
was supported by
Michael Roberts on guitar and backing vocals , as (she
was nursing a broken
arm).

Phyl showed why she has become an icon of Australian
folk. Her song writing
has produced some of the most tender and original songs
about the
Australian environment, and about the fragility of the
greater world
ecosystem. Phyl's eco-songs reflect the rhythms and flows
of the rivers and
forests she sings about, and have moments of haunting
beauty, while her
satirical songs are hilarious, punchy and very ironic.
Phyl's last three songs were performed with Loosely
Woven, a gathering of
folkies with flute, fiddle, harmonica, recorder, tin
whistle and guitar,
who performed three textured and truly loosely woven
pieces, including a
fantastic song called Pride of the Land, dedicated to "a
girl born to
dance" - to Shirley Andrews.

Springtide is comprised of Greg Wilson & Jackie Luke, the
talented duo from
the Dang-Lyn Moon Folk Club at Mooney Mooney. Jackie and
Greg have a huge
repertoire ? one of our Dog fans heard them at another
venue the week
before, playing a totally different set of pieces.
Jackie Luke plays
Hammered Dulcimer, and Greg plays Celtic Harp, a truly
intoxicating mix.
Greg and Jackie hypnotised the Dog audience with reels,
harp solos and
jigs. The sweetness of their performance lulled one
unnamed Dog audience
member into such a state of relaxation .. Springtide has
performed in
Australia, America, and the UK, and we hope they come
back to the Dog
again..


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE PRACTICAL SMOKER (Don Henderson)
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 22 Sep 03 - 07:34 PM

G'day,

Sandra: Err... Whatever I was reading - it wasn't the calendar!

(BTW: When you repaste text from an existing e-mail, you may need to turn off Mudcat's otherwise useful new "Automatic Linebreaks" option ... otherwise the review starts to look like free verse!)

Charley: Just for the record, this is the Don Henderson poem I mentioned above. I'm afraid this one doesn't have song status/tune like most of Don's fine songs, but it's an interesting approach to industrial relations!

The Practical Smoker
Don Henderson (1937-1991) I Can Sing songs of australia, Horwitz Publications, Sydney, 1970

(Introduction from book:)
He was strong but a show off. One of those bosses who would never ask a man to do something he couldn't do himself. He died lifting a gas stove on to the tray of a truck by himself.

If you'll listen to me for a while I'll relate
    the tale of a boss and his terrible fate.
Conclusions, if any, are left up to you
    to draw for yourself, but I tell the tale to
show for the main how bosses react
    when the bite is put on them, in a sense or in fact.
I worked with a fellow, Snowy by name,
    employed by a bloke in the contracting game,
and the job we were doing, when the event
    I'll tell you of happened, was laying cement,
kerbing and gutters up in St. Ives,
    where the country is sandstone and the funnel web thrives.

One morning we're working, Snow put down his pick
    and pulled his tobacco pouch out of his kick.
The boss, whose failing, a bad one at that,
    was doing his block at the drop of a hat,
saw Snowy's makings and screamed out, "You blokes.
    I'm not going to pay you to roll your own smokes."
Snowy continued like the boss wasn't there,
    rolling his smoke with unusual care,
and lighting it up said, "A good cigarette.
    I can't afford tailors on the money I get."
Well, the boss went berserk, said the dough was all right
    and that Snow could get his at the office that night.

We started back working, but just in a sense,
    things what they were and the feeling so tense.
Snowy was clearing rocks up ahead,
    and breaking all records for swinging the lead;
so the rest of us, levelling and boxing behind,
    were slowed down to nothing, though we didn't mind.
But the way things were going, there was no way we'd pour
    when the Ready Mix came at twenty to four.
And the boss, who was wondering whether or not
    it might have been best to sack Snow on the spot,
reasoned that now all he could do
    was to go up in front and start clearing too.

They worked there together for an hour or more,
    when all of a sudden a mighty uproar
came from up front. We all looked around.
    There was Snow and the boss both down on the ground.
We got them apart, they'd done no real harm.
    Then Snowy said, "Boss, have a look at your arm."
We all looked and saw by one of the veins
    a red spot and a well squashed spider's remains.
The boss shaking (who wouldn't) asked Snow if he'd seen
    what species the spider that bit him had been.
"It was a Funnel Web," said Snow, "and no risk.
    A female for sure and as big as your fist."

Dead set, the boss went the colour of chalk
    and gazed at his arm, too startled to talk.
Of course Snow took over; the poor boss was thrown.
    Snow sent a bloke to the corner to phone
for an ambulance and to cut down delay,
    said we'd jump in the car and meet it half way.
The boss finally asked was there some antidote.
    Snow said, "Not really; but they cut a vein in your throat
and let all the blood out. Bleed you bone dry.
    Then put new stuff in. It's at least worth a try."
Then he whispered to me, behind his held hat,
    "It was really a Huntsman, but we won't tell him that."

We got the boss in the back seat, more dead than alive.
    I jumped in with him; Snow said he'd drive.
Drive Snowy did. Talk about go.
    By comparison, Jack Brabham would even be slow.
We were going the wrong way. The boss noticed but
    Snow said, "It's all right, I know a short cut."
'Course he'd drummed me before, so I was awake,
    but the boss's heart fell with each wrong turn we'd take.
And the wrong turns were many, for somehow we drove
    up every dead end from St. Ives to Lane Cove.
Till finally, getting on the right track,
    we picked up the ambulance on its way back.

When the ambulance got to the hospital gate,
    a stretcher was brought, but the boss wouldn't wait.
For red eyed from weeping, a pitiful sight,
    and all sense of reason thrown over to fright,
he frantically pushed the orderlies by,
    screaming, "Funnel web. Funnel web. Save me. I'll die."
Then tore into "Out Patients"; fronted the nurse,
    and if things were bad now they were bound to get worse;
for he rose in the air, then fell to his knee's,
    when the nurse answered, "Yes, sir. Take a seat please."
And Snowy, to my mind a bit over done,
    said, "Have a smoke while you're waiting; here, I'll roll you one."

Ready Mix = Premixed concrete – delivered by agitator truck
Funnel Web (spider) = atrax robustus - one of the world's deadliest spiders
tailors = tailormade cigarettes (commercial packets)
Huntsman (spider) = isopeda immanis - large and hairy … but pretty harmless
Brabham (Jack) = Australian world champion racing driver of those days


Enjoy! (Just don't trust locals descriptions of spiders ... too far!)

Regards,

Bob


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 Sep 03 - 09:51 PM

Bad, bad, Bob! Judy's not gonna like that song at all.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 22 Sep 03 - 10:15 PM

Don't worry Charley,

We don't see any Funnel Webs on this side of the Harbour ... they stick to the wooded realms of the salubrious North Sydney addresses. (Sometimes God gets it right!) As for the Huntsman Spiders ... they are welcome to eat all the flies they want. Local Huntsman Spiders are up to 80mm (~ 3 ¼") across and look fierce and hairy but they never bother with prey they can't eat ... admittedly, some of the really big ones, up in Queensland, have been seen dragging away a full-grown rat or a young chicken ... but there is controversy as to whether that was kill or carrion - and those varieties are called "Bird-eating Spiders"!

I also get some lovely Golden Orb Weavers trying to take over the clothes line in summer - they thrive on the fruit flies from the overblown Italian backyard orchard next door at number 8! Once we negotiate the season's "Joint Use Policy" for clothesline, we get along all right.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 26 Sep 03 - 04:44 AM

Well, Charlie, I suggest Judy NOT follow any of these links until you are well and truly and financially committed to this trip. There are lots of eek-eeks on them.

This one is a picture and some info aon the Golden Orb Spider.

Here is info on the Red Back Spider.

Don Henderson's Funnel Web Spider is here and here is Another Funnel Web Spider Page.

Finaly here is a Spider ID Chart.

Just in case Judy was curious.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 26 Sep 03 - 06:15 AM

G'day Brett,

(Pace Hrothgar) Of course, you are more likely to meet most of those in the barbarous wilds of Queensland ... only the hardiest thrive in the concrete jungle of Sydney!

Actually, the Bicentennial Park, out at Homebush, near the Olympics site, has annual open days to view the massed webs and Golden Orb Spiders along the path down to the Waterbird Habitat ... about a kilometre of overhead webs just seperated by a bit more than the reach of the spider next-door! (Mostly from abour 3 metres up to 6 or 7 metres in the air.) Pat and I went out there last year - much more impressive than the workers living on next-door's fruit-fly!)

Regards Judy, Charlie et al,

Bob


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 27 Sep 03 - 12:27 PM

well, we had another great night at the Dog tonight - only one to go, then you will almost be here.

Lots of great singing tonight & the small but perfectly formed audience sang with it's usual skill (even tho lots of the regulars has sent in notes from their mums). One of the excused regulars found the event she was attending not to her taste, so she turned up at 11pm for the lst half hour. The bloke who had left his jacket last month also turned up late & despite my reminder almost left if behind again, damn, I wanted to keep it.

Incidentaly tonight The Shiny Bum Singers were part of a political extravaganza in Canberra, our nation's capital. I can only quote the advertising bumf - .............. SMARTARSES BUMS & SHORTARSES - A night of Political Satire featuring The House Howlers, The Shiny Bum Singers and Shortis & Simpson. The House Howlers is a choir formed from members of the Press Gallery at Parliament House. Wordsmiths all, they have a bottomless bucket of material from their observations and "hands on" experiences with the pollies who run this country and from which to pluck their contribution to this night of expression of political commentary. If any of you don't know of The Shiny Bum Singers (Work Songs of The Public Service) then you probably shouldn't be on this list. John Shortis & Moya Simpson complete the triumvirate (Yes folks it's Caesar, Crassus & Pompey all over again). From the apolitical & atheistic world of small business (the satirical cabaret industry is definitely not your BHP) comes John's biting lyrics with the lark-like liltings of Moya. From the cesspit of parliament itself to the engine room of the leviathan that is the Public Service to the tenuous world of the Man (& Woman) in the Street, we make no excuses for what may transpire this night.......... Jeeez I went on a bit then didn't I??? ...........

I wonder if the Washington or London press galleries have choirs?

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 28 Sep 03 - 08:15 AM

Well, we do have a group called the Political Steps. They use show tunes to parody the news out of Washinton, DC. The original members were all congressional staffers but now I believe they make their living doing their show. They are pretty funny.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 28 Sep 03 - 08:25 AM

well, you can't keep a good idea down. I wonder if other press galleries/ex press galleries have copied the idea?

What have you been up to? Work (that 4-letter word?)

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 28 Sep 03 - 08:14 PM

Yeah, we're into the final stretch to the end of the fiscal year. We worked through the weekend and have today and tomorrow to get it all finished up. Late hours and no life till Wednesday.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 28 Sep 03 - 08:39 PM

Spend them millions, Brett. We taxpayers are counting on it.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 30 Sep 03 - 03:45 AM

Charley, I am working on my itinerary. I am trying to match mine to your last post above with your itinerary. I figure we can spend a few days at Port Arthur and then meet up again in Sydney. Because of the trains I'll have to leave Port Arthur earlier than you and Judy if I am to get there in time for the Loaded Dog. I'll probably leave on Tuesday (11/18), spend a night in Brisbane, and then get to Sydney on Friday (11/21).


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 30 Sep 03 - 10:00 AM

BRETTTT!

port douglas, port douglas, port douglas!

You're clearly burnt out but I know, I think, well, maybe we'll all end up on the same continent at the same time, at least in Sydney. Sigh, it's such a big world.

Them Brisbane folks do sound interesting.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 30 Sep 03 - 08:17 PM

OK, OK, Port Douglas. Do you know some place there where we can sit and drink and play some music? You're going to have to work pretty hard at Flowers Of Bermuda. I see it as my revenge on you for putting so many chord changes in your songs.

Anyway, I expect we can spend a few days together at Port Douglas and then in Sydney. I expect you to show me the sights.

Last night we were hard at it until 8:30PM. But now it is the new year and the pressure is released. I can once again have a life.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennieG
Date: 01 Oct 03 - 06:10 AM

Geez Brett if it's Port Arthur instead of Port Douglas - that's at the other end of Australia!
Bob: not all funnel webs are found on the leafy North Shore. There have been biteys found at Condell Park in the Wild Western Suburbs, you know. Made front page on The Torch a few years ago. Biggest excitement since Neville Wran lost his seat in a by-election......
Cheers
JennieG home again from a nice wet drive to Goulburn and Crookwell


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 01 Oct 03 - 07:09 AM

I have been studying my tour book and looking at the internet sites. I'm a little unsure about spending time in Port Douglas. It doesn't seem to be my kind of place. But I think Charlie, Judy, and I can find something to do.

Tell me, what is the difference between a hotel and rental apartments? It doesn't really matter to me. I'm not traveling to see the interior of hotel rooms. I may just stay at hostels and avoid all the decision anxiety of finding and choosing a hotel.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 01 Oct 03 - 09:08 AM

Brett - A hotel = a room with bathroom included, an apartment would have several rooms including a kitchen & living room. As Oz is the destination for backpackers there are lots of cheap hostels around.

It's getting closer!!

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 01 Oct 03 - 09:33 AM

Well, Brett, I think there's this place near Port Douglas called Crocodile Charley's which has a room or two, next to their pool. Very inexpensive as I recall. Breakfast is included but it doesn't say whose...

A place with air conditioning is useful in Port Douglas this time of year, maybe any time of year.

"Flowers of Bermuda"? You're on your own, my friend!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 01 Oct 03 - 10:13 AM

G'day JennieG,

Funnelweb spiders in the western suburbs ... must be an effect of the gentrification of my old working class haunts!

Anyway, where I grew up, in the Chullora end of Geenacre, we had lots of redbacked spiders - and a good supply of trapdoor spiders ... but I never saw any convincing funnel web. (And, Judy & Charley ... definitely none in Annandale!)

Regard(les)s,

Bob


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 01 Oct 03 - 07:20 PM

Aw c'mon Charlie, live a little! Flowers is a fun song and the banjo would add so much...

Thanks for the definition Sandra. Do they let apartments only in whole weeks or can you get one for less than that? Or does it depend on the landlord and time of year?

By the way, I was looking at hotel prices (in Port What-ever-it-is) and they seem to be lower after October. Are we going to be there off season? Won't the gales and snow storms impact our snorkeling?


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 01 Oct 03 - 08:39 PM

Hey Brett!

This is the Southern Hemisphere ... by our reading of the seasons, late November is the last week of Antipodean Spring ... but that only applies to the temperate regions - Port Douglas is in the tropics and inclined to be less temperate. Generally pretty good weather up there at that time of year, if somewhat sultry (Hey ... you're in Guam!) ... but it is heading for the cyclone season!

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Hrothgar
Date: 02 Oct 03 - 05:48 AM

Just a small warning - if "hotel" means an older country pub, you might find yourself sharing a bathroom. A motel will generally have a room with a bath included.

A flash modern hotel will have the bath included, plus other facilities, depending on stars - and if you fellers can afford five star accommodation, you don't need any help from us!


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 02 Oct 03 - 07:02 AM

well, I'm in it for the adventure. If I wanted a private bath I could stay home.

Attitude makes the difference between ordeal and adventure.

How about some basic info. Coin operated laundries? Public transportation in the towns? A dictionary of Australian words and phrases so I can communicate with the natives?


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 02 Oct 03 - 07:54 AM

G'day Brett,

I suspect that Port Douglas won't have too many old bush pubs ... it's pretty much an up-to-date tourist spot with all bells and whistles. (That said, it may well have 'backpacker' accommodation and inexpensive facilities.)

There is an "Aussie Glossary" in the Quick links, on Mudcat (on which I collaborated) ... but is is of a more folkloric bent than you would need to deal with the tourist belt types at Port Douglas. (And it might be a bit difficult to keep connected to the Mudcat while haggling over the laudromat facilities in Far North Queensland!) Have a browse through it anyway ... it may help.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 02 Oct 03 - 09:36 AM

Brett - I have no idea about renting rooms/apartments/hostels - my holidays were spent with relatives, & are now spent at Folk Festivals!

See if you can get hold of the Lonely Planet guide to Australia or something similar.

This link comes from Folk Australia - one of the best sites in Oz - run by Mudcatter Valda! There is a section on advice to performers planning tours
http://folk.mountaintracks.com.au/Folk_Australia/tour_help.html#links

that's were I found this link to the Australian Tourist Commission
http://www.australia.com/ProcessSplashResults.aust?C=US&L=en

I assume there will be links to the different state Tourist agencies - Tourism Queensland & Tourism New SOuth Wales & other intersting sites.

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 02 Oct 03 - 03:05 PM

Or Brett could just pitch a tent on that nice beach at Port D. I'm sure there's no bunyips that far north. Of course there was a headstone on the beach that we stumbled across the last time we were there on behalf of a former member of Parliment, with words to the effect that "here he lies as usual"!

Cheerily,
Charles Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 03 Oct 03 - 10:47 AM

re "Political Steps"

CNNN on the ABC is now presenting the news to song... :-)

Robin


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 03 Oct 03 - 02:54 PM

Robin, looks like you're already here!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 04 Oct 03 - 11:51 PM

I was reading in Bryson's book about the Big Lobster outside of Melbourne. He mentioned a number of other Big _____s. Are there any between Cairns and Sydney?

Also, I've been wondering about renting a car. There is a folk club northwest of Brisbane I might be able to get to. Not sure if the train runs up there. Is there anything special I need to know or do to rent a car?


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Hrothgar
Date: 05 Oct 03 - 06:47 AM

If you want to rent a car in Brisbane, I have a friend in the business.

Where is the "folk club northwest of Brisbane"? If it's Mount Isa, it's 1700 miles northwest ...


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 05 Oct 03 - 09:34 AM

Brett-

With regard to renting cars, it's good to remember that most Australians drive on the opposite side of the road. This practice makes the "round-abouts" a special challenge to navigate. I've found it helpful to have a navigator in the passenger seat who is willing to scream at the top of her lungs as we hurtle down the road; too bad that Judy frequently confuses right with left...

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 06 Oct 03 - 09:08 AM

As I don't drive, I can't agree or disagree with Charley's advice, except the bit about driving on the wrong - to you - side of the road. Maybe Hrothgar's mate might have some info leaflets or tips for driving n the wrong side of the road. Another possibil source of info is rental sites wich just might value their cars & customers enough to include such info on theor websites

Try www.yellowpages.com.au then "Car and/or Minibus rental" as companies often include their website in their ad. Choose Queensland, then I think it's non-metropolitan. I think Valda has a link for car rentals on her site (link given several days back)

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 06 Oct 03 - 05:27 PM

We had fun comparing notes with our nephew's Newcastle inlaws. They had rented a car in the States for the wedding, and they too turned on the windshield (windscreen) wipers as they tried to signal their first turn. What joy!

Oh, by the way, does the "Hole in the Wall" pub still exist on Kent Street in Pyrmont? It used to be the gathering place for sailors from ships laying at the wharves bordering Darling Harbour.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 06 Oct 03 - 06:51 PM

I spent a happy couple of hours last night compiling a list of towns where the trains stop. Then I cross indexed them with my Lonely Planets guidebook to Australia. Then I remembered my kids have been trying to call me and I got off the line.

There are lots of little sites to see out there as well as big fancy ones. I am more at home in a small town environment anyway.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: GUEST,JudyB
Date: 06 Oct 03 - 10:24 PM

While it's true I have been known to confuse left and right on occasion, I'm not at all sure that right would be on the same side in Australia as it is in the US. After all, the Pacific Ocean is on the East, not on the West where it belongs - and the cars are on the other side of the road - who knows where right might be!

More seriously, because the cars are also opposite from here (in terms of which side the driver sits on), while there is a certain sense of having gone through the looking glass, once you get going, it all seems to make sense. There are quirks (we never did figure if the turn signal/wiper problem was because they weren't opposite while everything else was, or if they were opposite and we were expecting them to be on the same side as they were in our cars), but Charley didn't have much trouble getting the hang of it.

   Judy


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 07 Oct 03 - 08:18 AM

Charley - there is no Hole in the Wall pub listed in the Yellow Pages, all there is a coffee shop of that name in the CBD. Pyrmont had been gentrified so much in the past few years that it might exist under a more trendy name.

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 07 Oct 03 - 08:31 AM

Thanks, Sandra! A gentrified Pyrmont will work fine in the song, along with a passing reference to Woolloomooloo. Now what would be the OZ equivalent of our "Victoria Secrets"? Or do they have an outlet or two in Sydney? I suppose if we have "Outback Steakhouses" in the States, there could be a "Victoria Secrets" meat-packaging outlet in Sydney.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble, fine-tuning a song or two


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 07 Oct 03 - 06:53 PM

G'day Brett,

Back on 4 October you mentioned the "Big Lobster" and asked about other "Big" things scattered about Aus. I think someone may have mentioned elsewhere John Warner's cong about the "Big Merino Ram" down south at Goulburn ... but I just noted this in an e-mail from Kate, of the local group Touchwood (and who maintains the Loaded Dog's web site!):

MORE BIG THINGS
We're just back from a wonderful weekend at the Forbes Folk Gathering - congratulations to Rob and Olya Willis and their team for putting together such a wonderful event.
Apart from the fabulous music and dancing, we managed to get photos of a couple more "Big Things" for the cover of our forthcoming CD - this time the Big Gold Panner and the Big Fruit Bowl!
.

I could list off a few of the well-known ones (like the first [?] - the "Big Banana" up at Coffs Harbour ... I hitch-hiked north to Queensland in 1964 - and slept one night in the bus shelter at the foot of the hill capped by this immense, lurid yellow, floodlit statue of a banana!) - but Kate may have a far more complete list ... and locations. I'll dig out her e-mail address and PM it to you.

BTW: Mudcat's Callie also sings in Touchwood.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 07 Oct 03 - 07:03 PM

G'day again Brett,

For some reason asking for a PM to "Naemanson" doesn't work (Message is [`]: "Member not found") so I'll give you the e-mail here ... it is the address from which Kate sends her promotional notices, so it's fairly well distributed anyway: katieandrews@optushome.com.au.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 07 Oct 03 - 07:44 PM

Hi Bob,

Don't know why that didn't work. Weird. Thanks for the address. I'll drop her a line.

My Lonely Planet guide has a list of the "big things" in the index. I may be able to go see one after all. There are, or used to be, similar things back home in Maine. There were cheese shops shapeped like a wheel of cheese with a wedge cut out of it. The door was in the wedge. There are still one or two of them around. There are plenty of gift shops with reproductions of lighthouses in all sizes. There is one place along the coast called The Nut House which is a gift shop and museum of sorts. It has some odds and ends outside to denote it from the other tacky shops along the coast. There are giant ice cream cones and a giant Santa Claus that shows up from time to time. But nothing like what I have read about in Oz.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Hrothgar
Date: 08 Oct 03 - 03:59 AM

Judy,

Hold out your hands in front of you, palms away from you.

Keep the fingers together, and extend the thumbs at right angles.

The hand where the fingers are the vertical part of a capital "L", and the thumb sticks out to the right as the base of a capital "L", will be the Left hand.

Using this as a base for reference, you will be able to keep track.

Unless, of course, you people in the northern hemisphere have your hands on backwards.

Best of luck.

:-)


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 08 Oct 03 - 10:01 AM

Charley - Victoria's Secrets is a lingerie shop in Chatswood!


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 08 Oct 03 - 12:33 PM

Sandra-

Oh, good! If you've got a Victoria's Secrets shop than I won't have to bring any show-and-tell items to The Loaded Dog. I can just make a causal reference to its existence and sing the song. Neither Brett nor I look particularly good in fishnet pantyhose anyway.

Bob-

How are the musical gatherings doing on the tall-ship James Craig? Any possibility that we could gather a few of us aboard to sing some songs?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: GUEST,Judy B
Date: 08 Oct 03 - 05:22 PM

Hrothgar -

Thanks! That will be much quicker in traffic than digging through my belongings in search of a pen to see which hand I hold it in to write! :)

More seriously, that is one of the nicer reminder methods I've heard about, though I suppose it could be a problem for kids just learning left and right in that they might not be real consistent in the direction they make their letters.

Thanks again!
Judy


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 08 Oct 03 - 09:48 PM

G'day Charlie,

I have been a bit loath to remain active with the James Craig sessions, although I'm still providing some technical assistance - and have been mentioning the possibility that you, Judy and Brett would love to come along.

I'll PM you with a bit more information.

Regards,

Bob


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 12 Oct 03 - 11:08 AM

Charley - have you seen the Giant Cane Toad - it's at Mackay (Northern Qld)

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 12 Oct 03 - 04:53 PM

No, my dear Sandra. We were raising cane elsewhere in Queensland. But thanks for the warning!

Hey, it's only a month before we fly out to Sydney! You've all been warned. Better make your plans now for fleeing to your weekenders!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: alison
Date: 12 Oct 03 - 07:54 PM

Heaps of big things on the main road between Sydney and Brisbane

Big prawn - Ballina
Big Banana - coff's Harbour
Big bull , avocado, & pineapple... off the road but well signposted
big oyster - Taree
and a petrol station diguised as "Ulhuru" just N of Newcastle

I live over beside the Olympic Stadium - so if anyone is out that direction give me a yell

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 13 Oct 03 - 08:45 AM

Here in Maine one of our coastal towns used to feature "The Big Lobster Trap" which always gave me this pleasing vision of summer tourists (we call them "summer complaints") scrambling in, getting confused, and then being hauled away for plundering.

We still have a 20-foot wooden statue of a Native American in front of a shopping plaza in South Freeport but I don't dare repeat what we used to call that, far too rude. Ask Brett.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 13 Oct 03 - 08:50 AM

Why Charlie! Too shy to explain the proper name for the indian in Freeport? It's the FBI, Friggin' Big Indian.

Also, don't forget Paul Bunyon in Bangor.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 13 Oct 03 - 10:25 AM

Well if you aren't going to see the Big Cane Toad (& who would blame you, they are ugly critters with no redeeming virtues, I'll save the pic for you & maybe even laminate it so you will be able to admire it for years. I also must find the postcard of a wonderful, totally unbelievable Big thing - anyway here is an article about it - enjoy!


udderly unbelievable!


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 13 Oct 03 - 10:27 AM

I made a blue clicky!!


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Dahlin
Date: 13 Oct 03 - 10:30 AM

Brett
    You forget that the Indian is known as the BFI Big F-------
Indian. It shares those initials with a trash disposal company that has BFI on all of their dumpsters. What's with this Friggin word?


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 13 Oct 03 - 11:17 AM

Congratulations on the blue clicky, Sandra. Udderly amazing!

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 13 Oct 03 - 02:23 PM

Yes, Sandra, udderly bizarre!

Remind me to sing my ballad about the cow that sinks the Japanese fishing trawler, entitled "Cowardly Act." It's a moooving song.

And, yes, Brett, it's the BFI for us real Mainers.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 16 Oct 03 - 11:37 PM

Well, Dahlin, for those who spend too much time in southern Maine, frigging is another version of the more popular word used in the south. F**k**g is the more vulgar and socially unacceptable word. *grin*

Hi to Jolene.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 05:41 AM

OK Gang! It's for real. I bought my tickets today. I'm flying into Cairns on November 13. Apparently Contintental only flys to Australia on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

Now I have to reconstruct the plans I set up and lost with my computer.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 08:04 AM

goody (the first part)

booh, hiss to the no-goodnik who stole your computer. Now all you have to do is read the relevant bits on this thead to see the advice again in the hope that it reminds you ...

What a bummer

see ya soon

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 08:09 AM

Brett-

We'll be joining you at Port Douglas on Saturday, November 15th, if there's anything left of the place after your arrival. We'll review local news stories after landing in Sydney November 13th before we fly out to Cairns.

Maybe you should avoid the stop at Crocodile Charley's.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 11:15 PM

Why Charley, what DO you mean? I am the very soul of peaceful coexistence with my fellow travelers on this Earth.

I can't decide if I should bring the 6 or the 12 string. I can't finger pick the 12 (yet) but it certainly has the better sound. But then it's bigger and heavier and I will be carrying it around a lot. But then, if it gets broken or stolen I only paid $70 for it. But then, it's worth a lot more than that in value, both monetary and sentimentally.

Decisions, decisions. No wonder I never take vacations.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 08:14 AM

Brett-

My apologies for suggesting that you were anything but the gentle soul you are. However, you should be studing carefully the Mudcat Aussie dictionary.

I'd suggest bringing the lighter one, since you'll be "riding the rods" for part of your travel. Then again, maybe you should bring the one with the studiest case, the one that will survive being run over by a berserk wombat. Then again...

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 26 Oct 03 - 01:26 AM

Well I have worked out an itinerary for my trip to Sydney. It's anyone's guess as to what I'll do after that. I am open to suggestions. I'd like to visit with Hrothgar in Brisbane on my way home. I think he's too wrapped up in the rugby tournament to be able to visit on my way south. I hope your broken bones are healing well enough to let you get to the games, Hrothgar.


Depart Guam               13-Nov-03        7:55 PM        Continental Flight 902
Arrive Cairns               14-Nov-03        12:25 AM        
Depart Cairns               18-Nov-03        8:35 AM        The Sunlander (Train)
Arrive Brisbane               19-Nov-03        3:55 PM        
Depart Brisbane               19-Nov-03        7:00 PM        Sunstate Charters Coach (Bus)
Arrive Murwillumbah        19-Nov-03        8:45 PM        
Depart Murwillumbah        19-Nov-03        9:50 PM        XPT (Train)
Arrive Sydney               20-Nov-03        11:38 AM        
******** 10 days to do whatever I want and go wherever the rails will take me ********
Depart Cairns        30-Nov        1:35 AM        Continental Flight 903
Arrve Guam        30-Nov        6:10 AM


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 26 Oct 03 - 07:18 AM

hooray!!

Last night's Dog went well, despite severe weather & hail around Sydney - fortunately not at the Dog, but if did keep some folks away, I'm sure. Maybe it also kept Giok away as he didn't turn up!

see ya soon

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 26 Oct 03 - 12:27 PM

This is all looking great, even our top secret foray to the James Craig.

What a crew of helpful people. You know, you all have to come to Maine/Guam so we can properly reciprocate.

Now I still haven't heard back from Helen if there's any life in Newcastle with the folk music community, other than their website. Judy and I will be in that area from November 29th to December 2nd. We'll be visiting with our nephew's new Australian family, part of our secret plan to establish "transporter links" between Maine and Oz. We're not exactly sure what the "family plans" will be but there might be time to fit in a small music party.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 26 Oct 03 - 06:22 PM

OK Charley, I am into the Achipelago in Port Douglas. I'll be arriving at Cairns airport at 12:35 AM on the 14th but don't come knocking on my door too early. I won't get to bed until probably 2:30 AM.

What are your plans for the 14th?


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 26 Oct 03 - 08:51 PM

Don't forget the BBQ and song party that John Warner and I are having at Earlwood on Sunday 23rd, the day after the Dog!

Only 4 weeks to go, and it's still a mess outside. We need to get ourselves moving on that. We'll be at a festival the weekend before, so time is running out! (panic panic)

We also have yet to work out whose place to go to for a session on the Friday before (21st).

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 26 Oct 03 - 09:52 PM

JennyO-

We're looking forward to the BBQ and song party, and meeting John again. I have several warped songs that I don't think I sang him last time around. I'll have to see what I can come up with for a mini-train song.

I believe Margaret is working on a small pre-song party for Friday, the 21st, so we can clear our voices before the Loaded Dog.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: alison
Date: 27 Oct 03 - 02:18 AM

I spoke to Giok on the phone at lunchtime on Saturday... he was intending to go to "the dog"..... I had a gig in the mountains... had to drive through the hail storm... when we got to the venue there was 2 inches of hail on the ground... looked like snow....... but the show went on anyway.....

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 27 Oct 03 - 05:08 AM

Snow! Charley, are you dragging me out of my tropical paradise to go somewhere cold?

What clothing should I bring to Sydney? what kind of temperatures are you having?


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 27 Oct 03 - 07:01 AM

Brett - late Nov is almost summer!

Bring a light jacket in case you need it at night, if you're worried about the weather check out the Bureau of Meteorology - www.bom.gov.au

Bring a brolly with you as we do get rain in summer even tho we currently have some water restictions because our dams are low due to drought over the past few years. Sydney also has some great beaches just down the road from me.

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 27 Oct 03 - 07:19 AM

Don't worry Brett, it was just a thunderstorm which dumped hail in some parts. The weather has been quite mild lately actually - warm to hot days and cool to balmy nights, with some late afternoon unsettled weather and thunderstorm activity in the last couple of weeks.

By the time you come, it will probably be even warmer. We do sometimes get the afternoon storms, so bring your umbrella, or buy a cheap one here.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 27 Oct 03 - 08:13 AM

Brett-

We plan to bring our lightest tropical gear for Port Douglas. For Sydney, my boating jacket should be more than adequate for evenings. Some kind of foul-weather gear might be called for if an early summer monsoon sweeps in. But do leave your snow shovel on Guam.

With regard to singing "Northwest Passage"? Sure, but we better practice. I've already got too many parody lines embedded in my mind. What's that version about trying to find the proper exit to the Maine Mall?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 27 Oct 03 - 08:51 AM

The evening will be full of parodies, tho the Bums, being good Public Servants, have a projector for theirs so we can all join in the choruses.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 27 Oct 03 - 08:54 AM

Yes, but not a parody of Northwest Passage, please. Wouldn't mind hearing it some other time tho, like the next day :-)


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 27 Oct 03 - 06:25 PM

I guess I'd better start reading up on Australian politics so I will be able to understand the humor in the Shiny Bums' songs.

Are there any Australian newspapers on line?


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Chris Maltby
Date: 27 Oct 03 - 09:04 PM

Ok, so the November Dog is past and gone with no sightings of Charleys, Bretts or Judys. What gives...


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 27 Oct 03 - 09:08 PM

G'day Chris,

Did you switch to the "Month Saving Calendar" on Sunday ... it's still only October ... round here!

Regard(les)s,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 27 Oct 03 - 09:14 PM

G'day Brett,

" ... better start reading up on Australian politics so I will be able to understand the humor in the Shiny Bums' songs ..."

You should get the day's copy of The Sydney Morning Herald (the local broadsheet) at: www.smh.com.au . (I suspect it might need more than a brief perusal of the daily blats to understand the humour of a bunch of Canberra public servants ... ).

Regards,

Bob


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 27 Oct 03 - 09:44 PM

I am sure there are some aspects of their songs that will be easy to understand even without knowing Australian politics. Bureaucracy, being what it is, has certin universal standards that define it as the quagmire of apathy that it is.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 28 Oct 03 - 06:32 AM

Brett - the Bums have a site - www.borisbooks.com.au - where you will find their mission statement & other useful stuff. The pic shows some of them (it's hard to get them all together!!) - Canberra Chris is the bloke with the salt & pepper beard!

Simple stuff about Oz politics - the ruling Liberal party are not Democrats (think of them as Repulicans, the Labour party (the opposition) are not very labour these days - the Greens seem to fit that bill.

20 years ago I added a cartoon to my collection - picture them standing looking at each other - TweedleDumb & TweedleJustAsDumb - which seems to still fit our pollies, there's not much difference between Liberal & Labour these days.

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: GUEST,JudyB
Date: 28 Oct 03 - 11:10 AM

Naemanson -

You asked a couple of days ago what we were doing on the 14th and I'm not sure Charley answered - we'll be in Sydney recovering from the 26 hour trip from Maine, before taking off on the 15th for the 3 or 4 hour trip to Cairns. We've got one of the vans meeting our flight, so we should be in residence in Port Douglas mid-afternoon on the 15th (though I'm making no promises as to what time zone our minds will be in!).

Judy


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 28 Oct 03 - 07:39 PM

Yeah, Sandra, that seems to describe our politics as well. Each side tries to impress the majority of the voters and seem to meet in the middle while voicing their own rhetoric.

Thanks Judy. I guess I have a couple of days at Port Douglas to see the town and recover from my early (AM) arrival.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennieG
Date: 28 Oct 03 - 11:49 PM

It's not raining today. Yet. But Sydney will put on a warm welcome for you regardless of the weather!
Watch out for those cranky kangaroos and wombats on the highways at night - a few weeks ago my son hit one coming back to Sydney from Canberra after a gig, very late at night - pity about his little blue sports car. Score: Wombat 0, Stephen 1, insurance company 10!
Cheers
JennieG at home today - anyone want a lurgy?


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 12:18 AM

I'll bite, what's a lurgy?


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 02:41 AM

G'day Brett,

Don't bite ... it's contagious!

We forget that you poor Yanks grewe up deprived of the glorious Goon Show - years of inspired ½-hours of hilarious insanity from Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, (later Sir) Harry Secombe ... and sundry other suspicious characters.

The word "lurgi" (or "lurgy") comes from an episode called The Dreaded Lurgi ... and has given yet another new, goon-inspired word to the English-speaking world (but not America).

Regard(les)s,

Bob


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 05:46 AM

Oh, I thought it was an Aussie pronunciation of orgy. It seemed like an odd question but I was ready with an affirmative answer. *grin*


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 08:39 AM

A lurgy is a "code id the doze", or the flu, and no Jennie, I don't want it. Hope you weren't spreading it my way at the Dog on Saturday!

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 09:21 AM

"Step into my parlor," said the spider to the fly...

Brett, maybe I should bring a couple of "squiglies" so we can better protect ourselves from the welcome efforts of these Oz folks?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 10:29 AM

Wot's a squigly?


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 06:48 PM

Don't ask!


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Chris Maltby
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 07:30 PM

Ok - sot it's still October (just). A brain explosion I suppose - and not related to any lurgies or squiglies or other legendary ailments. I suppose I'll just have to crawl back into my burrow and wait patiently...


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennieG
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 07:45 PM

No Jenny, I don't think I spread it around on Saturday - it hit me suddenly on Monday, on Tuesday I couldn't go to work and haven't been able to since. Geez Brett, I don't think I would be much fun at an orgy at present! I'm still curious about squiglies though. Wriggly orgies?
Cheers
JennieG - perhaps I should get into the brandy - for medicinal purposes only you understand!


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 10:40 PM

Charlie has a thing for squigglies, hardly goes anywhere without them. They come in flourescent colors and he enjoys waving them around. I've know some people with strange fetishes but this supasses them all.

Charlie, the Aussies may not want you to come along if you bring your squigglies.

However, if you want to know what they are just scroll down.

















They are large rubber squids. I personally think he bought them in a sex shop in Canada's maritime provinces.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 30 Oct 03 - 06:39 AM

"in a sex shop in Canada's maritime provinces"???!!!

Will I ask why such a shop is different to other of it's ilk in other places, or would it be best if I say nothing & ignore several of the most recent posts to this thread?

My neighbourhood (being the entertainment capital of Sydney) is full of such shops, Charley, if you want to research the subject.

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 30 Oct 03 - 07:18 AM

G'day Sandra,

On that note you should valianly drag this thread back into its true music province ... how about posting Have You Ever Been to See Kings Cross (was that by Charlie Drake ... back in 19 xx ... ?).

Regard(les)s,

Bob


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 30 Oct 03 - 08:32 AM

Brett-

It was NOT a "sex shop"! The squiglies you so accurately describe were purchased from a "bait shop" where they are sold in sets to tuna fishermen for trolling. We were amazed at their rainbow display on the ceiling and knew that we had to buy some. Each one is about 12 inchs long, hollow, flexible rubber shaft, and in several flourescent colors. We always thought they would make a nice accessory for a Full Monty dance routine, but for some reason Roll & Go members adamently refused to cooperate (rise to the bait?).

So much for my dreams of becoming filthy rich, but I'm not a bitter man. Just perhaps there will be an opportunity to market these squiglies down under: set up a direct export/import connection from Shelburne, Nova Scotia, to Sydney, Australia. I'll bring samples.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 30 Oct 03 - 05:38 PM

Oh God! The squigglies are coming. I'd back out of this trip but the tickets are nonrefundable except for some of the more advanced forms of death.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennieG
Date: 30 Oct 03 - 07:47 PM

I like the sound of those squiglies - I want one! Does this mean I now have to start haunting fishing shops? There aren't any fishing shops in Beautiful Downtown Sefton where I live. There isn't much of anything really......but we do have a pub which advertises its "Miss Best Bits" competition. I don't know what that means though.
Bob: I think perhaps it was Frankie Davidson who sang the song about Kings X. I can hear it in my mind and it doesn't have an English accent, which it would if Charlie Drake were the singer. It's the kind of Aussie song that Frankie Davidson always seemed to go for.
Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 31 Oct 03 - 12:54 AM

I've been reviewing the schedule of events for our sojourn in Sydney. It sure fills up the schedule. And it sure looks like a fun time. This could be one of those vacations after which I'll need a week to recover.

There is so much going on that I think I'll have to fly down from Cairns just to be able to get to it all. The loss there is that I'll miss out on seeing Hrothgar in Brisbane. But it might be best for my peace of mind if I restrict this trip to Port Douglas and Sydney and plan to see other parts of the country on a subsequent visit.

Decision, decisions....


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 31 Oct 03 - 06:47 AM

Good one, Brett

Maybe we can persuade Hrothgar to give up running his singing session on the 4th Sat in Nov, & come to Sydney for the Dog! What about it, Roger?

Or as you say, Brett, you could save Brisbane for a subsequent trip.

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 31 Oct 03 - 06:11 PM

I don't think I've made it clear to anyone but this is my very first vacation ever! Down through the years I have taken trips to visit family and trips to DO things and, of course, business trips, but I've never said, "I'll go to Australia just to look around."

Because of this the decision making process is somewhat daunting.

I'll go to Australia just to look around.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 31 Oct 03 - 11:28 PM

Brett, I can understand how it would feel daunting, being here for the first time, but it sounds like at least the Sydney part of your stay is going to be well taken care of. I was talking to Margaret this morning about some of the details. Boy are you going to be busy!

I will PM you soon. It would probably be helpful to have your email address too, although I suspect Margaret already has it.

Now gotta get back out in the garden - heaps to do unless you like having a BBQ in something cross-between a jungle and the local tip!

Looking forward to your visit, Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: SINSULL
Date: 01 Nov 03 - 09:17 PM

Send me a black opal, Brett. I was in Austalia in the 70s and they were just kicking round on the ground.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Chris Maltby
Date: 01 Nov 03 - 10:16 PM

I think the kangaroos and drop bears have cleaned them all up, because I haven't seen any around for quite a while now.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 01 Nov 03 - 11:51 PM

Black opals? Drop bears? I've heard of black bears and I've dropped an opal before but...

OK Mary, I'll check around on the ground and look for black opals. I hope I can figure out how to recognize them. You might end up with a chunk of asphalt.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 02 Nov 03 - 08:57 AM

Brett-

I think the "drop bears" are similar to what we call "hangdowns," nasty critters if you're not careful. We were fortunate, last time around, not to encounter any.

Well, today Judy and I are beginning our packing, tossing various clothing items into sorting boxes to get some idea of what we'd like to bring and what can actually fit into our compact luggage. Of course, there's extra room in my banjo case for socks and underwear, which sometimes raises a grin when it's inspected at the other end. But at least it's clean when we're heading out!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 02 Nov 03 - 06:03 PM

Packing now? You still have two weeks! What will you wear in the meantime? If you pack your shorts now you'll have nothing to wear when you are working in the yard. And you'll need your swwimsuit for your next foray to the beach.

I believe in the long time Burnham tradition of waiting till the night before then throwing the contents of my chest of drawers into a duffle bag. I can sort it out when I need something to wear.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 03 Nov 03 - 08:18 AM

Much to Judy's disgust, I'm all packed! Of course I'm not exactly sure WHAT I packed but it's all in there, somewhere, and for some reason my luggage is "meowing."

I've been in contact with a Ron Brown from the Newcastle Folk Club and he mentioned hat there are some folk music activities I might join in association with their Sunday, November 30th, "King Street Fair." Something they call a "busking forum" which might be some sort of free-for-all with banjos, concertinas, and chainsaws. What joy!

Say, Brett, we'll be having breakfast soon at one of our favorite Glebe Point Road coffee shops. We'll treat you to a fat tall one. BG

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 03 Nov 03 - 08:29 AM

Which coffee shop is that, Charlie? One of my favourites is Badde Manors.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 03 Nov 03 - 01:54 PM

JennyO-

Badde Manors is good for a treat! Most of the time we seemed to gravitate toward a more modest establishment about two blocks up from St. John. But there are many to choose between!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 03 Nov 03 - 06:17 PM

Oh! What joy! To get good coffee again! One of my very few complaints about Guam is that the coffee here does not appeal to my taste.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Hrothgar
Date: 04 Nov 03 - 05:35 AM

Sandra, sweetie, get real. 22 November is Rugby World Cup final night, and I don't have a ticket. I will be in Sydney the weekend before, though, for a semi-final.

And I'm not entirely silly, you know. This month my singing session is on the 29th. I can work out priorities, difficult though these decisions might be sometimes.

Apropos of nothing here, 22 Nov is also 40th anniversary of Kennedy's death.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 04 Nov 03 - 07:19 AM

Roger, you are very clever! Swapping the dates of the singing session is a Good Thing!! (Watching footy, however, is not a Good Thing in my world-view, tho.)

Will you be in Sydney the Friday night cos we have been known to have singing sessions on Friday nights? Or will you be around on Sunday? Maybe we can get our diaries together. Tho Sydney is a big place & footy stuff has been happening in far-flung corners - where will you be?

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 04 Nov 03 - 08:32 AM

"22 November is Rugby World Cup final night"

Brett, we may have to dredge up some of our favorite Rugby songs. Maybe we can "kick" a few ideas around while we're on the beach at Port Douglas.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 04 Nov 03 - 09:38 AM

The mind is boggling at the idea of us singing rugby songs at Margaret's.

I'm afraid I'm not very sports minded. I couldn't even tell you which horse won the Melbourne Cup today - hell, I couldn't even tell you the name of one of the horses in it!

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 04 Nov 03 - 07:38 PM

I'm with you Jenny. I know there is a difference between our football and rugby but I couldn't tell you what those differences are. I take delight in purposely mixing up sports terms when people start talking sports around me. I am set for my journey. Last night I bought my tickets for the flight from Cairns to Sydney. Sorry Hrothgar, I will not be stopping in Brisbane after all.

So, Charley, what can I bring you from Guam? Want another mermaid?


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 04 Nov 03 - 09:39 PM

G'day Brett,

" I know there is a difference between our football and rugby ... "
Well ... it isn't quite that simple round here - for starters "Rugby" is part of the name of both "Rugby Union" (which is having its World Cup) and "Rugby League", which is the dominant local religion)! To outsiders, they look pretty similar ... like the way Roman Catholicism and Anglicanism (Episcopalism to you ... ?) look similar ... but there is far less tolerance!

I like the English explanation, of a few years back, that said:

"Rugby Union is a thug's game, played by gentlemen ... and Rugby League is a gentleman's game, played by thugs".

Regards,

Bob Bolton (football atheist)


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 05 Nov 03 - 07:46 AM

oi!! stop all this sporty talk.

let's get back to music & tourist stuff

sandra (tho with a grand final on Dog night, & Jack having already given his apologies cos a friend is getting married, will he take a TV to the church & reception?? He has already missed one Dog due to the call of the TV)


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 05 Nov 03 - 09:47 AM

Would someone be sure to remind John and Dale Dengate of the extraordinary things happening at The Loaded Dog on November 22nd? I don't have an e-mail address for John and Dale and we'd like to see them again early in our re-visit.

Let's see if I've got the coffee ordering options right:

I want a "tall", a "vente", a "grande", I think in order of size. Then there's "black", "white", and "bunnah watete" although that last one may have been what I used to order in Ethiopia. Maybe I'll just bring some coffee beans to chew!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: GUEST,JudyB
Date: 05 Nov 03 - 03:25 PM

For those who don't get the ads (Hi, Charley), the current ones on this thread are "Endangered Species" and "Help Brain Tumor Patients" - no way am I going to make guesses as to how the ad picker chose those based on the last few entries!!

Judy


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 05 Nov 03 - 05:07 PM

Funny, those only popped up when we started talking sports....


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 05 Nov 03 - 05:42 PM

LOL

I'm gonna have to switch to Judy's PC.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 06 Nov 03 - 08:50 AM

Charley, the Dengates will be performing in Canberra on Dog night - I'll see when they are available the rest of your stay.

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 07 Nov 03 - 05:40 PM

Thanks, Sandra. We'll track John and Dale down some time during our stay. John was the featured performer at the Blackheath Folk Club in the Blue Mountains when I sang there two years ago. They also invited us over to their house in Sydney for dinner, lots of wine, and songs.

You know, a week from now we'll be somewhere south of here, where it's not freezing at night, and EVERYONE sings great songs!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 08 Nov 03 - 12:05 AM

But, I'm already there!


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 08 Nov 03 - 08:49 AM

Ah yes, Charlie - those nights at John and Dale's, of dinner, lots of wine (John is a bit of a connoisseur of a good red) and songs! Been there and done that quite a few times. In fact, last year, Dale and I and a couple of other women were practising songs for Gulgong Festival - we called ourselves the WWW's (Wild Wise Women, not the World Wide Web) so visits to the Dengates' place were a weekly event. However I'm not going to Gulgong this year - the Roaring Forties are on at Woodford, so I'll be going there.

But I can feel a dinner coming on soon - it's been a few months - a balmy night such as tonight sipping on a pre-dinner drink out the back near the frangipani tree sounds very inviting! Must give those nice people a call.......... :-)


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 09 Nov 03 - 07:38 AM

G'day JennyO,
"... WWW's (Wild Wise Women ..."

Wild Wise Women ... is that what you making of Dale's old WWW ... Cripes - PCensorship creeps in everywhere - even among good leftie folkies!

Regards(les),

Bob


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 09 Nov 03 - 08:22 AM

Not censoring anything, Bob. That's what I understood it to be. You can stick in words like witchy or wicked, but I think it was pretty flexible anyway. If you have any other ideas, do tell.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 09 Nov 03 - 06:07 PM

Wonderful?
Willfull?
Whackedout?
Wiggly?


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 09 Nov 03 - 09:02 PM

Well we could very well be whacked-out after all those red wines :-) We might also be wasted, wonky, woozy and wandering. Dunno about wiggly....


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 10 Nov 03 - 12:13 AM

We'll see about wiggly in 10 days or so....

For the record, I am wiggly and jiggly.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 10 Nov 03 - 02:44 AM

Charlie and Brett, once you are in Oz, in that period before you get to Sydney, will you be

1. checking your emails

and

2. logging onto the Mudcat as Guests occasionally?

In other words, what will be the best way to contact you? I'll send you each a PM or an email in the next few hours. No time right now.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 10 Nov 03 - 05:54 AM

That will depend on access to a computer. I assume Port Whatchamacallit and Sydney are progressive enough to have internet cafes so, yes, I will be checking when and if I can.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 10 Nov 03 - 07:40 AM

Well there are certainly internet cafes in Sydney. I assume you could also find them in Port Wossname and other places, although I've never been there myself.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 10 Nov 03 - 10:59 AM

Charlie and Brett, I have sent you both emails. Hope you get them.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 10 Nov 03 - 06:18 PM

Thanks Jenny, you can look for my response. As I said, I am flying in and will go directly to the concert at the Harp by taxi. My only concern is where to stash my luggage, a duffle bag and guitar, until the end of the concert.

Here is the latest itinerary as I understand it:

Thursday, November 13, 2003 - Charley & Judy Arrive in Sydney
Thursday, November 13, 2003 – Brett departs Guam, 7:55 PM, Continental Flight 902
Friday, November 14, 2003 – Brett arrives in Cairns, 12:25 AM, Continental Flight 902 (going straight to Port Douglas)
Saturday, November 15, 2003 - Charley & Judy Arrive in Cairns/Port Douglas
Thursday, November 20, 2003 - Charley & Judy Arrive back in Sydney
Thursday, November 20, 2003 - Concert at The Harp (7.30 PM)
Thursday, November 20, 2003 – Brett departs Cairns, 3:55 PM, QF649
Thursday, November 20, 2003 – Brett arrives in Sydney, 9:10 PM, QF555
Friday, November 21, 2003 - Small "warm-up" party/session At Margaret's
Saturday, November 22, 2003 - Loaded Dog
Sunday, November 23, 2003 - BBQ/song party out at John's place.
Monday, November 24, 2003 - Free
Tuesday, November 25, 2003 - Music Party at Ron & Barb Horvath's
Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - Free
Thursday, November 27, 2003 - Sea Shanty workshop aboard the James Craig (tentative)
Friday, November 28, 2003 - Toongabbie Folk Club session
Saturday, November 29, 2003 - Charley & Judy to Newcastle
Saturday, November 29, 2003 - Brett departs Sydney, 3:05 PM, QF534
Saturday, November 29, 2003 – Brett arrivea in Cairns, 6:50 PM, QF1624
Sunday, November 30, 2003 - Brett departs Cairns, 1:35 AM, Continental Flight 903
Sunday, November 30, 2003 – Brett arrives in Guam, 6:10 AM, Continental Flight 903
Wednesday, December 3, 2003 - Charley & Judy back in Sydney
Thursday, December 3, 2003 - Charley & Judy fly home


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 10 Nov 03 - 06:56 PM

I think this "vacation" is going to wear me out.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 10 Nov 03 - 09:06 PM

I know what you mean Brett. They can be like that. Be sure to keep at least a couple of free days really free.

As I have said in another email I have sent you, you can put your luggage in my car while you are at the Harp.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 10 Nov 03 - 10:38 PM

Brett-

There may be more than one "Jenny" in Sydney with a welcoming "boot" for your luggage...

We're getting a little frantic here, stuffing stuff into backpacks and luggage, and trying to tidy up all the loose ends that are unraveling as we plan execute this exit.

Our neighbor Cheryl gonna take care of our two cats and the neighbor's cat, and Dilbert the pet mouse. We've explained that it's not polite to feed one to the other.

While I'm staying in Glebe with the Ron and Barb Horvath, I'll have access to Mudcat and home e-mail. While we're in Port Douglas we'll probably be too busy to do that.

Bob-

Looks like I'll also be bringing the F/C Anglo, nicknamed "The Bilge Pump." What joy!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 10 Nov 03 - 10:50 PM

Oi! Who's the other one? I'm the one and only famous (or notorious) JennyO


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 11 Nov 03 - 02:04 AM

You know Charley, I think your cats might resent you. After all, they found that mouse. They probably think you are just fattening it up for Thanksgiving.

And besides, what's wrong with feeding a cat to a mouse?


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 11 Nov 03 - 08:34 AM

eek, so little time & so much to do before the guests arrive - I'll have to take a day off this week, & maybe one next week as well as the planned week after the Dog. Fortunately I have lots of leave owing.

Brett, I wish I could travel as casually as you do!

see ya soon

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 11 Nov 03 - 09:41 AM

Brett-

Shall I bring the words to Doug Lewis's "Where's My Keys Song"?

Sandra-

One of the reasons we visit other people is so WE never have to clean up!

JennyO-

Can there be too many JennyO's?

Damn! It's Veteran's Day holiday here and the post office and banks are closed... Well, who needs filthy money anyway?

Damn! There's the Veteran's Day Parade that will close down Main St. at 11 AM. We'll have to slip out of town via the River Rd.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 11 Nov 03 - 04:51 PM

Muwahaha! Our Veteran's day celebration was yesterday! Now I have two days to prepare. Damn! I have to work one of those days!

Tomorrow is departure date! Looking forward to this. Do you want me to order the first beers and have them on the table when you arrive at Port Douglas?


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 11 Nov 03 - 09:24 PM

I expect Charlie and Judy are on their way now - I imagine they'll be pretty zonked when they get here - those long-haul flights are a killer. I seem to find the jetlag is worse travelling to a time zone that is ahead, and we are 16 hours ahead of Mudcat time.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 12 Nov 03 - 12:09 AM

Either they are on their way or they have decided they are carrying the dread dieases caught from the November Shanty Sing in Portsmouth, NH, USA, and are wisely huddled with their cats awaiting the first onslaught of the symptoms.

While I, on the other hand, being free of disease, will be on my way in just 18 hours.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 12 Nov 03 - 01:56 AM

15 hours...


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 12 Nov 03 - 06:37 AM

10 1/2 hours...

I'm not excited, nope, not me, calm as a clam...


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 12 Nov 03 - 07:44 AM

9 1/2 hours - and counting.......

I see that one of the ads on the bottom of this thread is "Wiccan Chants" - interesting!


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 12 Nov 03 - 05:35 PM

And now the two adds are "Asian Developing Nations" and an add for a concert for the fight against AIDS. Is that a warning aginst dallying with the girls of Port Douglas?


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 12 Nov 03 - 05:37 PM

That was "ad" not "add".

Ho-hum, I suppose I better start to get ready to go.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 12 Nov 03 - 08:27 PM

I realise now our calculations were out by 12 hours. It must be about 8 1/2 hours now. Almost time to pack the bag, eh :-)

See you in a week.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 12 Nov 03 - 09:19 PM

I just finished packing. If you count doing the laundry it took me almost three hours! I'm out of shape. I've packed quicker than that before.

My flight leaves in almost 8 hours. Happy, happy, joy, joy!


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 12 Nov 03 - 10:04 PM

G'day Brett,

At least you won't have any "jet lag" after the trip (this really carries on from the "News from Guam" thread ... is that 'cross-thread drift'? ... Or just 'crossthreading' ... ?). I was still talking about Daylight Saving (as we have, currently, in Sydney) - but Port Douglas - just about as tropical as Guam - won't have Daylight Saving , so you may not have to adjust your watch until you get to New South Wales.

(Going by my sketchy Time Zones map, Guam should be in the next time zone, but the American -held islands east of the Philipines seem to be all in sync with the Australian Eastern time zone - but not on Daylight Saving time.)

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennieG
Date: 13 Nov 03 - 02:15 AM

This thread is getting bigger than Ben Hur!

About that free Monday, we can soon fix that....I don't work on Mondays.

Cheers
JennieG - the other Sydney Jennie! One Jenny, one Jennie


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 13 Nov 03 - 04:19 AM

Well,Judy and I are here safe in Sydney as Bob Bolton can attest. We're a little tired now but only after a walking tour of Pyrmont, a visit to the James Craig, and some miscellaneous shopping at Darling Harbour, a fine supper and some Australian wine. We did want to make sure we were good and tired so that we'd fall asleep after supper, but not sleepy enough to land in our dinner plates. Brett, wait till you try some blue-eyed Codfish!

I'm afraid I'm losing coherence, breaking up...

Good night!
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 13 Nov 03 - 08:15 AM

Great to see you've landed all right, Charlie and Judy. Have fun in Port Douglas, and see you in about a week.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 13 Nov 03 - 04:34 PM

G'day Charley, JennyO ... Uncle Tom Cobbley & all ...,

Charley did sound intact and reasonably sane - after 28 hours flying(with some 4 hours of sleep!)- when I rang him last night. His recipe for defeating jet lag with a good meal, a few glasses of the local red and a good night's sleep sounds fine ... and I'll assess that when I call in at the Horvath household on my walk home tonight.

Regards,

Bob


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Nov 03 - 09:21 PM

I'm in Port Douglas, arrived around 2:00 AM this morning. 6 hours of sleep and a walk around the town have left me tired but happy. I had my first Australian breakfast and found that you Aussies don't believe in anything but meat and eggs. But it was good as was the coffee.

As for packing I remembered everything but when the taxi arrived I ran out the door without my hat, Palm Pilot (with its currency exchange program), and without trurning up the thermostat on the A/C. Sigh!

But I'm here and on my way back to the hotel for a swim and a nap.

By the way Charley, the stingers have arrived and we cannot swim at the beach. The local newspaper has a picture of someone holding two huge box jellyfish. Plus it rained on me when I arrived. I wouldn't complain except that it rained on me all day on Guam and the only chance I had to dry out was when I settled into the airplane.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 13 Nov 03 - 09:46 PM

G'day Brett,

You'll just have to think exchange rates without the benefit of Palm Pilot ... no problem currently if you're into math(s) - or technical photography - as you just apply approx. root 2 (~ 1.1414) to everything ... divide Aust dollars by 1.4 and you're about as accurate as it gets.

No hat could absorb a few of those US$s - the local authorites probably don't approve of tourists plaiting their own from the beachfront palm fronds! (But the house will be nice an cool when you get back to Guam ... as long as you don't look at the utility bill!)

See you when you escape the steamy tropics to Sydney.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 14 Nov 03 - 03:24 PM

We're back on line here in Glebe. Connections seem to be almost as erratic as they are in Maine.

We had lots of fun walking around the Domain Park yesterday, admiring the bontanical gardens, the dinosaur tree which they keep carefully caged, the amazing bottle trees, the huge fruit bats (large enough to chase our cats), and other attentive birds. We didn't run into any shanty singers down at Circular Quay but we were able to persuade several venders to sell us drinks, and other sundry gear. We find the ATM machines easy to play! Amazingly enough we ran into John Dengate playing penny whistle on one of the downtown streets; it's not like we knew a whole lot of people here that we're likely to run into.

We managed to get back to Glebe in time to welcome Bob Bolton, who kindly stopped by on his way home from work. Now all I have to do is reassemble all the tiny parts of my concertina and I'm sure it will still play.

This morning it's off to the aerodrome and our flight to Cairnes/Port Douglas where we understand Brett is busily plaiting palm leaves to replace his missing Palm Pilot which he apparently wears for protection against the sun. Them stingers are back, are they! Well, we'll see what they'll do if we wade in swirling our squigglies in the water.

Off to breakfast.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 14 Nov 03 - 06:55 PM

G'day all,

Well Charley does exaggerate a trifle ... I did play a tune on The Bilge Pump - his 30-key Stagi, in F/C ... and I did use my left thumb to straighten up one of the more crooked keys, resulting from Stagi's interesting approach to "fixing" keys on the operating bars ... and I did mention my radical "fix" to my 36-key Bastari (now Stagi) G/C with little dabs from a tube of silicon sealing compound ... but I swear I didn't disassemble it!

Brett: If you get to log on at an Internet Café in Port Douglas - Up in those steamy tropical seas, the Queensland lifesavers (life guards, to you?) apparently wear pantyhose in the "Stinger Season" to minimise the contact/penetration of their stinging arms (and you could use the pantyhose to pack your guitar in transit ... as long as you rinsed out the salt water - and 'stingers' - and dried them thoroughly ...).

BTW: Charley - I don't recommend the "squigglies" ... the stingers will spot their flourescent charms a mile off (well, 1.6 km, at least) ... and swarm in to mate with them!

Regard(les)s,

Bob


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: GUEST,Brett
Date: 14 Nov 03 - 08:21 PM

Charley seems to be up to his usual outlook on life. Nice to know the Sydney crew is keeping him confused.

I had quite a day yesterday but I am going to report on it in detail in my News From Guam thread to be consistent with the intentions there.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 15 Nov 03 - 09:25 AM

small world, Charley - John has his busking spots (this one for grabbing the workers as they go to work, that one for lunch time crowds ...) He is well known around Sydney!

Get him to tell you his busking stories or recite his busking poem. Ask Robin (of the 40s) about his encounter with John.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 16 Nov 03 - 05:42 AM

Well, here we are. We are in an internet cafe. Charlie and Judy are here. He is currently working in another thread so I can say anything I want about him....

We had a good day today. We went up to the Habitat and had breakfast with the birds and then wandered around meeting the crocs and and various hopping creatures. Now we have finished a delightful Thai dinner and are here to update our friends.

Tomorrow I am headed for the skyrail and train and they are off on a four wheel drive safari. Basically we are all having the time of our lives.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 16 Nov 03 - 06:07 AM

Yes, we're all here at the 42 Flavors of Ice Cream Internet Cafe and I'm here to confirm that Bailey Irish Ice Cream is incompatible with keyboards but it's soooo good!

We're also booked for a snorkling run out to the Great Barrier Reef. On the way out Brett and I plan to rehearse some of the songs we'll be singing at The Loaded Dog. No, it's supposed to be calm so we probably won't do "Dramamine" although the crew was vastly amused by our imprompto version on the dock; they have their own version that goes to the tune of Teddy Bear's Picnic, "When you go out to the reef today..."

Had fun looking at crafts at the periodic market today. Heard banjo-like sounds coming from one tent and sat down to listen, and then borrowed the banjo to run off some bad boy ballads from the Southern Appalachians. Brett came by and we were invited to some nearby pub, some 30 ks down the road, for a session tonight but somehow the idea of hitchhiking out from this pleasant watering place this evening is just too much to bear. Besides, we might never get back, and hundreds, well maybe a dozen or so folks, would be disappointed at our mysterious disappearance into the bush.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 16 Nov 03 - 07:39 AM

quite right, Charley - you folks are not allowed to get lost before your Dog appearance.

After a lot of effort (& sore arthritic & other bits) I have cleaned 2 of my 4 rooms & put away some stuff that has been out for years! I also re-arranged lots of deckchairs too & added more stuff to the mess in the living room.

sandra (who hates cleaning & never does it - as someone said on the messy musicians thread some time back - Why do housework, it just silts up again?)


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 08:07 PM

At last! A reason NOT to do housework! "It just silts up again." I love it.

We did go out to the barrier reef yesterday. What a wonderful trip. If you ever want a good look at the reef go to The Wavelength in Port Douglas. It is personal and educational. We had a 45 minute snorkel and then moved to another location. We got a lecture on how the reef was formed and why it's so delicate as well as the sex life of corals. Then we got a guided tour of a part of the reef with a guide pointing out interesting features and naming particular types of coral, sponges, sea cucumbers, and fish. We saw giant clams and staghorn coral, parrot fish, angel fish, and various small fishes. At the first stop we met "Killer" an enormous maori wrasse. The crew feed him squid bits and we all got to pet him. At the last stop I was preparing to enter the water when one of theguides came out and decreed that swimmers wear a skinsuit because there were small stinging things in there. He'd just been stung twice. Since there was no suit to fit me I did not go into the water.

On the way out Charley and I tried singing over the noise of the motor. It was tough but we surprised the passengers and crew with our efforts. And they surprised us by egging us on to do more songs. On the way back they awarded us with beer. (No beer allowed until after the last dive.)

By the end of the day we were totally exhausted. I had planned to go out on Shaolin today but I am just going to veg out instead. I need to do some laundry and maybe take a nap. I need to be rejuvenated for my excurion to Sydney. I believe those folks are planning to do their best to exhaust us in the most pleasant ways. I don't want to disappoint.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 19 Nov 03 - 07:14 AM

sounds like you've been having fun & getting educated.

see ya in about 24 hours

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 19 Nov 03 - 07:39 AM

Brett, see you at the Harp tomorrow night. I'll be there before you and I'll watch out for you (I'm a short chubby little person with glasses and red hair). And never fear, your luggage will be taken care of one way or another.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 19 Nov 03 - 08:51 PM

By now Charley and Judy are on the bus headed for Cairns Airport and Sydney. I head out in another hour and a half.

Port Douglas has been a wonderful experience for someone who has never really had a vacation before. It wasn't until I read Bill Bryson's book that I realized why people vacation. It isn't necessarily supposed to be time you take to visit family or build a new stable or workshop. Apparently it's OK just to go somewhere to enjoy yourself and see places you've never seen before.

I got my pictures developed yesterday and washed my laundry. I'll be arriving in Sydney with clean clothes and fairly rested. I figure I'll provide a detailed report on this vacation on the NEws From Guam thread.

As for the Sydney folk, I'll see a bunch of you this evening at the Harp! I'll look for you Jenny. I'm wearing a red shirt, green shorts and a khaki flop hat as well as my trademark belly and beard.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 19 Nov 03 - 09:22 PM

G'day Brett,

"... and washed my laundry. I'll be arriving in Sydney with clean clothes and fairly rested ..."

Yeah - you have get those socks scrubbed up ... before you pack 'em round the guitar!

Might see you at the Harp tonight.

Regards,

Bob


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 20 Nov 03 - 03:25 AM

Judy and I have made it back from Cairnes to Sydney. My it's smoggy out at the airport! But we made it back to Glebe in record time, in rush hour traffic. And I think it's time for a drink! Actually I've brought back a bottle of hospitality champagne and two bottles of Cooper's dark ale and stout, in my backpack. We kept giggling as we waited for it to start dripping down from the overhead luggage compartment on the plane but it didn't.

The Rainforest Habitat was still a great place to have breakfast, with the birds. And it was fun to feed the roos and wallabies. Brett was shy about feeding the crocs, even with our encouragement.

The Reef was definitely a highlight of our Port Douglas re-visit. Jillions of lovely little fishes and all too busy to pay attention to my frantic attempts to capture them on my new second-hand digital underwater camera; too bright down there, couldn't see a thing in the view screen so most of the time I was shooting blind but it was all in splendid focus. The crew of the Wavelength really know what they're doing and even seem to enjoy the process. We gave them a copy of Roll & Go's CD, pointing out the "Dramamine" song which they are eager to learn.

Now we have to find someone who wants to view 300-400 images of fish!

Judy and I also took a tour up to Cape Tribulation, swam in a rainforest pool, climbed aboard a little electric powered launch and went looking for crocs, and saw lots of beautiful beaches. No sign of Captain Cook and the Endeavor, though, except for an occasional instructional monument.

We did make a major dent in the food supplies of local restaurants in Port Douglas, and the servings were gigantic.

Brett and I did get some quality practice time to refresh our singing. Of course, no one will be at The Loaded Dog. They'll all be at local pubs watching the Rugby Cup Final. We're brushing up on our rugby vocabulary, and our drinking.

I think Judy and I are going to have a quiet evening in Glebe, instead of trying to catch up with the music at the Harp.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 20 Nov 03 - 07:55 AM

G'day Charley,

It was a good night at the Harp (roadshow concert for our new national Folk Mag Trad&Now) and Brett got in about 9.50PM. JennyO will make sure he, bags and guitar reach Margartet Walters place intact. JennieG and Sandra in Sydney were also there and engaged Brett in long conversation (probably warning him about the local fauna).

BTW: That was officially a heavy "sea fog" around Mascot ... item on the evening news explaining about warm inland air hitting the relatively cool sea surface and condensing into fog. Radar shows a lot more still coming over from the west ... but no honest rain! All should be go by the light of morn.

Regards,

Bob


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 20 Nov 03 - 08:53 AM

Bob was probably too busy taking photos to notice us all singing. Brett easily picked up the chorus of Peter Wille's Inside Thongs Outside - the sad story of the day he wore his indoor footwear in the yard. Brett thought it was wearing his underwear over his pants, so he is learning Australian!

Charley - you're probably wrong about all folkies attending or watching the Rugby - some of them (including one of the Dog team!) will be back at the Harp watching a fantastic local group Jijzag.

Hrothgar (who doesn't count as Dog audience cos he is in Brisbane) sent a one-word reply to the Dog newsletter "Rugby" so I assume he will be in his living rroom watching the footie.

sandra

by-the-by - Jigzag has been known to tour overseas & are well worth watching. Double base, fiddle & guitar & great energy, good songs & fantastic music.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Dahlin
Date: 20 Nov 03 - 09:55 AM

Brett, Charlie and Judy
    While you lot are out there touring OZ (he says somewhat gren with envy)
I managed to take in Master and Commander at the local movie house.
Great film. Great to see the Rose again in it's somewhat disgused form. Keep up the discriptions of your "Grand Tour".

    Dick D


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 20 Nov 03 - 10:15 AM

Well, I took Brett and all his stuff back to Margaret's. On the way, we were driving through Newtown, and I decided to give him a "travelogue" of the place, in the form of that disreputable parody, "Dirty Newtown". We were stopped at the lights where Enmore Rd and King Street join and I sang, pointing "I scored my drugs at the Bank Hotel", then I had to sing a later verse next, so I could point to the Hub. Brett didn't know what a "wank" was. He does now. He now thinks he has a pretty good idea of the character of Newtown.

However Brett, like I said, there are some interesting shops, and lots of cafes, so it might be worth a look when you finally emerge tomorrow. You're also not far from the city and Glebe, which also has lots of interesting shops and cafes.

I'll be busy in the garden tomorrow turning over more rocks and disturbing the redbacks and funnelwebs *grin* so that we'll be ready for you folks on Sunday.There were big bats flying over last night, too. Hmm, I wonder if they taste like chicken *bigger grin*!

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 20 Nov 03 - 04:06 PM

Nice to know that Brett actually landed in Sydney and made his way to the Lark, and good company. Sounds like another wonderful welcoming evening. I especially would have liked to have been in the car as it hurtled through Newtown, with JennyO singing local verses. I bet it seemed like a slide show, flash, flash, the images seared into poor Brett's terrified brain!

It's morning now, and yesterday's ozone, as Bob Bolton promised, has happily cleared away. It's time to stir our stumps, make our way up to Bad Manor's for some brekie. Maybe we'll ring up Brett and Margaret, but then maybe we best let Brett get some beauty sleep and call him when we get back.

DickD-

Nice to hear that you're tuned in. My brother also saw Master and Commander and enjoyed it hugely. We can hardly wait to share the joy. Give our best to the rest of Roll & Go. We'll see what millions we can raise with the T-shirts and CD's we managed to smuggle in.

This evening, I believe, we get together with a small group over at Margaret's to practice some of what we plan to inflict on The Loaded Dog. What joy!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble et al


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: alison
Date: 20 Nov 03 - 08:57 PM

I see from your itinerary that you are intending to come out to Toongabbie Music Club on Fri 28th... unfortunately I won't be there... I'll be off doing a private gig...... the others will make you welcome... JennyG might even be there...


slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennieG
Date: 21 Nov 03 - 01:54 AM

I certainly hope to be there Alison! If you're not there does it mean we won't get chocolate cake for supper?
Last night at the Harp was a great night - great music, good food (I had the pasta) - an early night so I will enjoy the Dog tomorrow night!
Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 21 Nov 03 - 11:09 AM

tonight was another good night (& strangely enough it is 2.50am now, good thing I decided at a more respectable hour that I would not be going out for breakfast).

Around 10 singers, a few guitars, a banjo & bones made great music in Margaret's living room. Lots of great shanties, sea songs, mining songs, & lots of other great songs. I haven't been to such a good session for quite a while as our weekly session has stretched to fortnightly/3 weekly ... Having visitors with new songs is a treat. We picked up their songs & they picked up ours (naturally). Bob brought along a wonderful booklet of (sanitised) shanties, printed in the 1920's for the edification of polite folks.

I had been listening to Outward Bound in the afternoon & thought (herasy!) that Roll & Go is quieter than the shanty singers I am used to - The Roaring Forties & Danny Spooner - but Brett & Charley proved they can raise the roof & I eagerly await their performance in Sydney's best acoustic venue. The Dog is a late Victorian Town Hall, made of wood & limestone with 20' ceiling & an audience famous for singing along.   

I really must go to bed as it is now 3.10am!

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 21 Nov 03 - 05:37 PM

It really was a lovely gathering at Margaret's, and Judy and I had little trouble threading the maze of streets to find her place as we walked over from Bellevue Street(so there, Bob!). There was Brett to welcome us in, along with an obviously neglected cat by the name of "Golightly." We dashed off to a nearby Italian restaurant for a quick din-din and take-out for Brett, and bottles of wine and pale ale. When we got back Margaret was there and then hosts of fine singers began their assembly.

I do hope the neighbors appreciated the fine singing that was generated. I swear that John Warner's voice would carry through a Cape Horn gale. I finally got to hear JennyO sing "Dirty Newtown" and Bob Bolton came up with several traditional bush ballads that I hadn't heard before. Brett appeared to delight in John's rendition of his Bunyip song, and I'm sure he'll be especially careful where he strolls late at night. Brett responded with "Alabama John Cherokee."

It is great fun to be with folks who pick up so fast on the refrain or chorus, and there were some challenging less familar songs presented. Judy led "Willie Went to Sea" although she did slow it down to half-speed. There was also a fine rendition of "Wish I was Back in Liverpool." I think "Dead Dog Cider" is properly primed for its presentation at The Loaded Dog; love to hear them groans and moans!

Well, it's about 9 AM here now and high time to go foraging for more breakfast.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 21 Nov 03 - 09:26 PM

Hi Dick, I'm certainly happy about the Rose being in that movie. I have fond memories of singing on her and Charley rolling in laughter at my screw up in Tom Lewis's Last Shanty.

As Sandra and Jenny have pointed out I am learning a lot of localisms, "wank" and "inside thongs". Of course, back in the States we use the word "thong" in the same way. The other word for that kind of footware is "flip-flop".

The music last night ran on to 2:30 or so. I am impressed with Sandra's endurance. She got hone and posted. After Margaret and I cleaned up the house I staggered off to my bed. She was just fixing herself another cup of tea. These Aussies are amazing.

I woke early and came down for some tea. I read for a while and then went back to bed (Well, excuse me, but this IS a vacation!). I woke around 10:00 and then again around noon (see last comment). It was raining anyway so I wasn't going to venture out too quickly. Soon I will go forth in search of used bookstores and music shops. I will wait on seeing the sights until I am sure the school kids are safely back in their class rooms. Besides, as I said, the weather is pretty crumby.

Must be time for another cup of tea... Oh God, I think I'm tuurning Aussie!


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 22 Nov 03 - 09:27 AM

strangely enough, tonight at the Dog we sold a lot more tea than coffee!!

What an amazing night - the Dog audience, agumented with the Shiny Bum Singers & Brett, Charley & Judy, were in fine voice (& the acts on stage weren't bad, either).

Various Bums provided floor acts (including "Father of Shiny Bums" or Mudcatter Canberra Chris). Next Rhymin' Simon gave us 30 minutes of his wide repertoire, including Micca's "The Hash my Father Scored" learnt from Micca when he, JennyO, Callie, Chicky & other members of Solidarity Choir toured Engand & Ireland a couple of years ago. Simon also included his other party piece "Clancy of the Party Cone" (parody of the great Australian poem "Clancy of the Overflow"). He included my favourite song about 19th century shipwrecks & courage & a ghost!. And he finished his set with "With her head tucked underneath her arm", another ghost song. Fun as always.

The Bums did old favourites like "The Office Fridge" containing the immortal lines "The office fridge is full of slime/Nobody's cleaned it in our time" & The Mentoring Song (chorus "Save your arse, your arse/No matter what the bosses say/You will ignore anyway/Save your arse, your arse") & new things like the Rugby Song (the world cup final was on tonight!) & did a bit of packing down into a scrum (part of a scrum!) - so cute in suits & South Park ties!

Brett & Charley got the audience going with Dead Dog Cider (what a treat!) & sang various Roll & Go songs & kept the laughter (& singing going). Brett sang North West Passage, probably not heard here since the late, great Dave Alexander sang it.

Wonderful, wonderful night - it's only 1.20 now & I'm still wide awake, buzzing & listening to Outward Bound yet again.

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 22 Nov 03 - 10:22 AM

What a great night we had at the Dog! I was almost moved to tears, hearing Brett singing Northwest Passage, with the Dog audience swelling the chorus, and slowing down towards the end - every note hanging there and being savoured. I never wanted it to end. The last time I heard it like that was at a Dave Alexander memorial concert. Thanks Brett. I was in and out of the kitchen a lot, but I made sure I was in the room for Charlie and Brett's bracket, which was thoroughly entertaining.

Simon was in very good form, and obviously had been working on "Ann Boleyn" with Andrew for some time. Good stuff, mate.

The Shiny Bums were a hoot as usual, and some of the Bums floorspots really stood out too. The Les Barker one springs to mind.

Anyway, the BBQ is only a few hours away now. The giant tarp awaits anything the weather can throw at us, although a nice sunny day would obviously be preferred. I've printed out the moving shanties from my old moving thread, so I should go to bed now. But will I?

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 Nov 03 - 05:22 PM

The Loaded Dog, what a fine place for singing and what a great audience! Thanks to Sandra for keeping this place together and inviting us to sing; we're now sporting her little soft sculptures of loaded dogs, each tenderly carrying a stick of dynamite (how do we get these beasties through customs?).

One of our squigglies by the way, a bright green one, has slithered off and found a new host; it's nice to think that hemispheric balance has been restored; I don't think there has been a squiggly in Sydney since the end of the Cretacious Period. Of course, you really need a breeding pair to re-establish them here, but maybe the green one is pregnant.

From what I heard sung by the Shiny Bums, I had a lot of favorites. "The Office Fridge" compares well to Lou and Peter Barryman's "When Did We Have Saurcrout(sic)" and I particularly liked "Filing." We didn't have a clue about particular targets in their songs, but the commentary/sentiment was universal. "When the Auditors Come Marching in" could prove quite popular back home, but I'm not sure if we have anyone in office who rises (?) to the level of a "John Howard," whomever he is.

Simon is clearly a master of outrageous parodies, a joy to watch as well as listen to. Too bad he's not going to be at this afternoon's BBQ. We almost converted our whole set into warped songs in response, but wisely decided to be more responsible. We did get much needed help from the collective chorus on "Dead Dog Cider" which some day will be returned in its new arrangement to the dark smokey pub in Bristol, UK, where we first heard it; hope they enjoy the new chorus as well.

Brett did a fine job of leading "Northwest Passage." Good for you, big fella!

Now we have to figure out how we're getting to that BBQ in Earlwood. There's the 412 Campsie bus which passes by here somewhere and goes within a block of John and JennyO's door. Or we could pool for a taxi. We could walk but even Bob Bolton might have serious reservations about attempting that. By the way are bottle shops open on Sunday?

Well, it's off to breakfast!

Charley Noble, having a good time and greedy for more


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 23 Nov 03 - 06:12 PM

Evidently I'm the sole survivor from yesterday's magnificent BBQ/Sing at John and JennyO's, or more likely everyone else has staggered off to work.

Well, Brett, you've finally seen some of Australia's fabled "outback," complete with tarp and BBQ. As we cautiously approached the site in the midafternoon, flattening ourselves against the brick wall of their house, we could hear laughter and shouts from the assembled folkies. As we turned the corner they came into view as they dashed to retighten various lines supporting the tarp, reinforcing the tarp hardware by hammering it back together with a 2X4, John was very much in command as he shouted orders and scrambled up the stepladder for the more dangerous work aloft. When everything was coiled down again, we all settled in for singing and food preparation, until the next wind and rain blast.

There were instruments a-plenty. In addition to the usual guitars, there were concertinas, a banjo, a bazouki (?), a bag pipe and a hurdy-gurdy. And there must have been 20 or so singers and storytellers. There were at least 8 or so Mudcatters attending and if the pictures come out we'll have documented proof of this assembly. The ones I remember besides Judy and myself are Naemanson, Bob Bolton, JennyO, Sandra in Sydney, JennieG, and Caillie; there were at least 5 or 6 other members and lurkers. People from the sea music group "Roaring Forties" included Margaret Walters and John Warner. Another treat was Gavin Phillips, a sailor and sea music singer from the tall ship James Craig, whom we'll be singing with aboard the Craig this Thursday evening.

There was plenty of food to sample in addition to the chicken and lamb kababs that we brought. Very little tofu, I will note, primarily various forms of dead animals cut into steak-like or sausage components and charred to a lovely finish. And there were quantities of beer, ale and wine.

We started with mostly sea shanties, and outrageous parodies of the same. When things moved inside to John's train room, the music continued in more varied fashion, more stories were added including John's prize-winning story about the rural fire brigade's incredibly powerful new pumper...

Bob Bolton kindly ferried a somewhat boisterous us back to our respective hosts in Darlington and Glebe, some time after midnight.

Thanks for another fine time!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble, sleeping in late again


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 23 Nov 03 - 07:47 PM

Charley, you didn't sleep in as late as I did! But then, I am learning to love the sleeping in bit. I don't know how I'll ever get to work on time next week.

Outback? That was the outback? Somehow I thought there'd be more scrub brush and sand and fewer neighbors. Maybe next year when I take the train cross country to Perth...

What a wonderful bunch of songs and recitations I've heard over the last four days. I think they are all just wonderful. And the singers are amazing; John, the Shiny Bums, Simon, Margaret, Touchwood, and all the other people we've met on this trip. I don't think I've heard a bad piece of music yet with one exception One performer at the Harp on Thursday seemed to think louder was better. Actually better songs would have been better.

Now I have (or had) three evenings and days to myself. But Charley just called to tell me his hosts have extended a dinner invitation to me tonight. Sigh, no rest for the weary. But I met them at the Dog and they appear very interesting people so it will be no sacrifice.

And now, I must be off. So far I have seen nothing of Sydney except standard street scenes and cold rainy weather. I would complain about the weather but I get so few opportunities to enjoy the cold anymore that I have decided to appreciate it.

Nice to see there has been no mention of the chair...


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 23 Nov 03 - 08:08 PM

The "chair"? Oh, I don't know, Brett, I can almost feel a song coming...

Gee, Judy has this long red line extending out from her latest insect bite. Does anyone know how long we have before we should decide to amputate?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble, back from brekky


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennieG
Date: 23 Nov 03 - 11:48 PM

Gosh Charley, I don't know....it probably depends on the length of the red line....!
And yesterday Brett was introduced to Tim Tams, I have never seen a look of such joy come slowly over a man's face. Then when he found out they come in dark as well.....I don't think Guam will ever see Brett again.
Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 24 Nov 03 - 12:18 AM

G'day Charley,

Liberal dabs of tea-tree oil ... combines antiseptic properties with some measure of effect on arboviruses (arthropod borne viruses) - insects, ants and small spiders, &c - and soothing effects on irritated skin.

(I won't recommend the emergency poultice I used while on a seriously under provisioned bush walk ... about 40 years ago. My boots were too new and only poorly worn-in ... I ended up with an infected ingrown toenail ... and we had no good 1st aid gear, so I lightly chewed a bunch of Sydney Blue Gum juvenile leaves, wrapped the mess up in more of the same, put back on my socks and boots --- and walked out the next 5 days. It healed well ... but that was before I knew that the Sydney Blue Gum's juvenile leaves are quite blue because of high levels of - Prussic Acid - hydrocyanic acid ... the tree uses this to discourage koalas from snacking on too many of the tender juvenile leaves!

Anyway, I take it you, Judy and Brett all survived the sample of kangaroo fillets ... ? I thought I did them almost as well as the Koori Katerers down at the Illawarra folk festivals!

Regards,

Bob


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 24 Nov 03 - 12:48 AM

Raw tea-tree oil on the skin on an abrasion or cut can BURN - it can kill the skin cells, leaving a wonderful scar. Last weekend we were gazing in awe at the scar caused by this on a friend of ours who dabbed it on a scrape on her arm on the door of the frig...

In small amounts in dilution in vegetable oil it is useful as an antiseptic, but I would not put it or eucalyptus oil undiluted on the skin - nor anywhere near the eyes...

Aussie Bush Tucker can be fatal, as some early explorers found out... :-)

Robin


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 24 Nov 03 - 02:14 AM

G'day Robin,

15% or 20% solutions ... standard over-the-counter ... not the fanatics' 100% Palm Island (~ ?) rip-off.

I use them straight from the bottle for most casual antiseptic / antibiotic needs ... sans pain, sans panic. I also use about 0.5% in Sorbolene as a standard wash / soap substitute ... and keep a smaller pump bottle with ~2% in Sorbolene for trouble spots.

Straight application of the 15% or 20% is fine on skin (mine, anyway!) /abrasions /scratches /shallow cuts. I have also used it at the ends of my lips for cold sore treatment ... some warming tingle, but good, quick effective treatment. I think I'd culture the 'frig before I tried to blame tea-tree for scarring. (Shades of Peter Berryman's When did we have Sourcrout [not my spelling!] ... Charlie?)

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Hrothgar
Date: 24 Nov 03 - 04:29 AM

Make sure you take a harbour cruise. I did when I was down there last week - never did it while I lived there! Very touristy, but marvellous!


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 24 Nov 03 - 06:05 AM

From JudyB - who doesn't have the ambition to log Charlie out so I can be a guest....

Thank you all for your supportive thoughts and comments. The doctor I consulted (yes, I know - not terribly traditional - but it is MY arm - and my medical problems that I won't bore folks with...) - the doctor thought the rather obvious bite on my arm had become infected, and the red stripe was the infection invading my lymph system - and that sounded potentially serious enough that (in spite of my normal aversion to such things) I decided to take the broad-spectrum antibiotics she prescribed. I should be all better in a couple of days (though I take the pills for a bit longer), and I'm positively impressed by the fact I could wander into a local doctors' office and actually be seen by a doctor within a half-hour.

The tea tree oil did seem to help - but I'm not sure it would have been enough on its own. I'm not about to go chewing blue trees - reminds me way too much of the 60's - though the kangaroo steak was wonderful - and maybe, if it'd applied it to my arm as well as to my mouth....?

By the way, JennyO, I think I left my hat at your place - white with a bit of a drawstring around the top? It was on the chair where I was sitting during the singing just before we left - if you see it, I'd appreciate your sending it back with John (or yourself?) on Thursday when we regroup at the James Craig.

Thanks again for the suggestions, and I hope to see many of you again before we leave.

JudyB


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 24 Nov 03 - 06:56 AM

G'day Judy,

If the doctor reckons the bite has put something unpleasant into the lymph system ... then a course of antibiotics is definitely the right way to go (basic approach is similar to dealing with Lyme disease [another arbovirus] up in your part of the world!).

Hoping the kangaroo fillet might have helped in your cure might have been asking too much forgiveness from the kangaroo! Hope to see you Thursday. (Now I have to get back to issue #160 of Mulga Wire ... due at the printers Wednesday morning!)

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 24 Nov 03 - 07:20 AM

Tucked in the middle of Brett's post was mention of coming back next year & travelling across Oz. Does that include a trip to Sydney? If so I might even let you sing another song or 2 at the Dog & we might even arrange a session or 2!!

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 24 Nov 03 - 07:26 AM

Bob,
At those dilutions we are talking something reasonable...

I was just worried, taking into account how innocent Americans often treat Vegemite at first try... :-)

Robin


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 24 Nov 03 - 09:22 AM

Hello to all the survivors from yesterday. What a day and night that was! The way that tarp kept flapping and jerking about, I thought we were about to set sail any minute. The singing of sea shanties seemed entirely appropriate. "Paddy Doyle" worked well as a tarp-tying-down shanty, I thought, and it was fun singing the moving shanties. Charlie, I can't find the other moving shanty you were talking about - what was the tune of it again? And thank you for singing "On my journey home"! The recording came out all right, too.

In spite of the weather, I think everyone had a great time - I'm still clearing up the evidence of it today! The tarp continued its downward slide late last night, so John took down one side of it this morning, and it is hanging off the laundry roof at the moment, awaiting better weather to spread it out to dry and put away.

Yes Judy, your hat is here - I thought it was yours. I'll bring it to the James Craig on Thursday. I'm sorry to hear about your infected bite/sting. Did you notice when you were bitten? I was only kidding about the bities you know - not really expecting you would actually have an encounter with one!

Charlie and Brett, I'm afraid you will have to go much further out to find the outback. This was just the 'burbs. And only the inner western 'burbs at that. At least we are far enough out to have houses with nice sized yards. If the weather had behaved as it should have yesterday, we could have sat under the shade of the big tree or spread out all over the yard if we felt like it.

Pity you won't be around for our Summer Solstice extravaganza on the 21st December, or my folk club BBQ on the 10th January. I bet the weather will be perfect. This really is very unseasonable weather for this time of the year, but according to the weather forecast, we might get some nice stuff by Wednesday.

BTW Brett, you mentioned that there had been no mention of the chair, but there has been now. You mentioned it. But I won't ;-)

So I'll see you all on Thursday night. I am considering coming to Toongabbie on Friday too.

Love, Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 24 Nov 03 - 03:58 PM

Me boots and shoes are gone for good,
Go down, you blood-red roses, go down!
And it's mighty drafty 'round Earlwood,
Go down, you blood-red roses, go down!

Off for brekkie and then a walking tour of greater Sydney with my genial host, Ron Horvath. Hope to stagger back by Thursday!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: Lyr Add: WE ARE THE RUGBY ONES (Chris Clarke)
From: GUEST,Canberra Chris
Date: 24 Nov 03 - 05:08 PM

First, thanks to Charlie and Brett for the great singing, I loved all of them, including Dead Dog Cider (would the original have been known to Adge Cutler and the Wurzels?). But the one that made the hair stand on end, and for me the highlight of the night, was Northwest Passage. There was someone or something else present in the room. Does it always come out for you like that Brett, or were you temporarily possessed? Maybe you came over here just to do that.

Secondly, as requested:

We Are The Rugby Ones (Parody of 'I Am Australian')

Sometimes for no reason
We form those weird scrums
A form of male bonding
With our heads between our bums
Other times we line up
And leap into the air
But we look so silly when
The ball just isn't there.

Chorus:
We are large, but we are stupid
And from all the rugby lands we come
With leather balls, and silly headgear,
I am, youse are, we are the Rugby Ones.

Welsh sing 'Bread of Heaven'
In parts, for they are hot
English sing the chorus of
'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot'
And other songs are sung
In the bath after the game
But their words I would not
Repeat to you for shame.

by Chris Clarke

Coupla notes: for the visitors, the original is a pseudo-patriotic song you might hear sung by a choir on TV ads for Qantas. 'Youse' is second person plural in parts of Queensland (corrections welcome) - corresponds I think to 'y'all'. 'In the bath' - traditionally, rugby players do not shower after a game but all climb together into a huge tiled bath of hot water where they sing much as we did at the Loaded Dog (and for as long), but with rude words. I shudder to think what they would do to 'Northwest Passage'. 'Stupid' - I'm still trying to find the original, but I think it was Rod Kafer, former Wallaby (Aussie rep) rugby player who was quoted in a match program: "Rugby is a stupid game, played by fifteen stupid men". Rugby players don't take it too seriously!

Thirdly, sorry we missed out on Sunday. It was just a bit complicated all travelling together and with gear.

Finally, what and when Thursday on the James Craig? I have sung on it recently, and part of my heart remains 'tween-decks. I have to be there!


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 24 Nov 03 - 06:58 PM

Thanks for the compliment on Northwest Passage. That one holds special significance since I have left home "...at the call of many men to find there but the road back home again." Now when I sing it I am reminded that I have made my own passage from Maine to Guam (with this side trip to Oz).

Sandra, I do indeed intend to make another visit to this part of the world. Port Douglas and Sydney are too small a sample to judge this huge country by. More to come on that. My big trip next year is the Festival Of The Pacific in Palau in July.

This has been such a dynamite trip that I wish I could list everyone I've met, Mudcatters and not, music people and not, and thank them for the great time I am having.

Speaking of which, it's time to continue the fun. I'm off to find a train into the city for the Australia Museum.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 24 Nov 03 - 07:33 PM

G'day,

Canberra Chris: The James Craig crew have a shanty session on alternate Thursday nights ... either below or on deck, depending on weather (in the Captain's cabin 2 weeks ago!).

With Charlie and Brett visiting, I've tried to help get a good crew of Sydneysider shanty types along to give the James Craig crew a boost. Gavin Phillips has been my contact so far (he's the concertinist with the JC crew on the cover of Sydney's 2003/04 A - K White Pages ... the one with his face totally obscured by the shadow of a spar!), but he's off to t'other side early next year. If you are up in the Big Smoke and hoping to catch up with them, email me (or PM ... if you redeem your cookie) and I'll give you a current contact.

Thanks for the words of We Are the Rugby Ones ... you may have noticed, from the "Hrothgar in Hrospital" thread that I didn't do too good a job of memorising them!

Foolestroupe/Robin:

I take your point - I mostly use the 20% solution ... and the 15% is designated "Mild Strength .. Lotion".

I was just worried, taking into account how innocent Americans often treat Vegemite at first try... :-)

BTW: It isn't only Americans that fall prey to overenthusiastic applications of Vegemite - we had a visiting Polish Mudcatter ("Lenia" ... ?) and she was at (Adelaide?) Airport and looking for a snack. She got a little packet with a couple of "Jatz" crackers and a Portion Control Serve of Vegemite ... which she slathered onto one Jatz ... and scoffed it!

... Yuckkkkk ... ! was roughly the reaction (but possibly in Polish)!

JudyB: Enjoy today's walk - good brisk walking weather the rest of the day. (Don't disturb anything that looks like it bites!)

XX / \ XX (personal emoticon for "All fingers crossed")

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 24 Nov 03 - 08:35 PM

Brett, the special meaning that "Northwest Passage" has for you came through in your interpretation of the song, and the special meaning that it has for many of us, because of its association with Dave Alexander, made it all the more poignant. Chris said it well - I could feel the ghost of Dave (The Big Fella) in the room that night. Have you come across the CD yet?

BTW, I agree with you about that singer at the Harp. I'm not keen on his stuff at all.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 24 Nov 03 - 08:43 PM

I've noticed we are approaching the 300th post on this long and rambling thread, so I might as well claim it, so..........


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 24 Nov 03 - 08:44 PM

YAY, 300!!!!!!!!!!!! (childish, eh?)


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: SINSULL
Date: 24 Nov 03 - 09:44 PM

Not a single mention of Pavlova. You are not going to send them back without a bit, are you?


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennieG
Date: 25 Nov 03 - 01:45 AM

Lamingtons aren't bad either.
I would like to second (and third) all that has been said about the weekend - it was great. Judy I'm sorry you have fallen foul of one of our biteys but at least it wasn't a shark! We'll see you on Thursday night in town.
And I notice there hasn't been a mention of the large G-clamp (at least I think that's what it was, I don't have a technical brain when it comes to tools and stuff) that fell off the roof very close to Charley's banjo - missed by a bee's dick I believe -
Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 25 Nov 03 - 02:16 AM

Yes, unfortunately that huge clamp missed the banjo.

Sinsull, I don't know what Pavlova is but make sure you get Charley and Judy to share the TimTams with you. I have it on good authority that they will be bringing a good assortment back with them.

This morning Margaret introduced me to Weetbix. Yummy brekky cereal.

I went to the Australian Museum today. I saw redbacks, funnelwebs, taipans, estuarine crocodiles, and many other bitey things. Fortunately they were all safely dead and preserved behind glass. Tomorrow Charley and I are headed out on the Sydney Ferry for a run up to Manley.

The time is running out and soon I will have to go back to Guam. Sigh, it must be time to start saving for my next trip to Oz.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 25 Nov 03 - 02:55 AM

By the way, I saw vegemite in the grocery store yesterday. I made sure to steer a wide path around it and away from it.

Sins, I hink I found a piece of black opal for you. You were right, it is all over the place. Hell, they seem to pave the streets with it.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Lana
Date: 25 Nov 03 - 03:52 PM

definitely stay away from the vegemite....so gross! do they have marmite there too? also gross!

talk to you soon dad, we'll have to try to arrange a phone call for when you get back. i'm moving to a new house on friday, so i'll email you my new phone number when i get it.

love you,
kelli


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 25 Nov 03 - 05:06 PM

Yesterday, Ron and I made it out to South Head, in between the showers. Lovely wave cut sandstone, the old lighthouse keeper's stone house, remnants of gun emplacements. What a dynamic view of North Head, and I'm amazed that someone has blown up that "ripper rock" in the middle of the channel. We had previously found shelter from the showers at Doyle's Fish & Chips take-out counter, fought our way through the flocks of seagulls to a bench and fortified ourselves for the trek along the shore.

We also checked out Victoria Street, the battlefield against the forces of urban renewal/removal back in the 1970's, sang a verse or two of Denis Kevans' protest song "Across the Western Suburbs" in honor of the neighborhood organizers. The area now reminds me of Greenwich Village back in the 1970's with its nicely renovated housing, coffeeshops, marketshops. One gets a nice view of the Woolloomooloo finger pier from the promenade.

Then we took off for Botany Bay to view what we could of the container port. Well, we didn't see much through the chain-link fence but the good news is that we didn't attract the attention of any security people.

Today, it looks bright and sunny, a splendid day for a harbor ferry cruise to Manley.

Off to brekky! Why would they serve pickles with toasted bagel and cream cheese?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 25 Nov 03 - 06:19 PM

Well, he went out to brekky and here I am waiting for him so we can explore Sydney Harbor. I hope they feed him a marmite and vegemite breakfast sandwich!


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Canberra Chris
Date: 25 Nov 03 - 08:50 PM

NORTHWEST PASSAGE (Northwest Passage: Stan Rogers)

Dedicated to the Aussie forwards in the 2003 World Cup final, and the gallant Canberra-based Canadians.

Chorus: Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage
To find the hand of Johnson reach illegal for the ball;
Tracing one more line through a pack so wild and savage
And make a Northwest Passage through the maul.

Westward from the scrum-base 'tis there 'twas said to lie
The route through the advantage line for which so many try;
Seeking cup and glory, leaving weary, broken bones
And a long-forgotten trail of grunts and moans.

Three driving mauls thereafter, I take passage overland
In the footsteps of brave Finnegan, when through the scrum he ran
Watching flankers rise before him, then behind him sink again
That hardiest of forwards, driving on despite the pain.

And through the maul, behind the ball, the leg-drive pushing west
I think upon big Willie, Toutai Kefu and the rest
Who cracked their forward ramparts and did show a path for mine
To race a roaring charge across the line.

How then am I so different from the first men through this way?
Like them, I left a settled life, I threw it all away.
To seek a Northwest Passage through the strength of many men
To find myself flung backwards once again.

by Chris Clarke


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 25 Nov 03 - 10:17 PM

G'day Chris,

Very nice ... it could almost make me see the whole game in terms of glory ... but then!

Judy, Charlie & Brett: I hope that the clear patches outnumber the overcast - the wind is angling more eastward, but it does not seem to be bringing rain, so maybe Sydney is being a bit more cheery.

See you all on board the James Craig, Thursday night.

Regards,

Bob


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 26 Nov 03 - 03:25 AM

I didn't get rained on today! That is the first time since I left Port Douglas! However, Charley took me over to Manley on the ferry and the salt spray stood in for the rain.

Sydney has a fun ferry ride. The boat has to cross the entrance to the harbor and rolls broadside through the swells coming in from outside. I saw another ferry roll up a significant amount of bottom paint and when we returned over that same route I could see why. The spray came in over the bow and soaked us where we sat.

So, technically, I have once more been wetted as I visit Sydney. Maybe they should send me out west where the drought is giving them problems. One day out there and they'd have all the rain they wanted.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 26 Nov 03 - 04:19 AM

While you're here, listening to the current Aussie news, enjoy
Aussie Politics In Song
Robin


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Hrothgar
Date: 26 Nov 03 - 04:31 AM

Beautiful, Chris!

Especially the bit about Martin Johnson doing illegal things.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 26 Nov 03 - 08:06 AM

ps. Charley & Brett - It's MANLY - & , it was so named by Governor Phillip in 1788 because the natives had a manly bearing! Rushcutters Bay just down the road from me was another coining of his - the natives were cutting rushes when he saw them there.

Lana - we do have (English) Marmite here also Promite (dunno who makes that), do you want your father to bring back a jar of each for tasting when you next meet? (Just joking!!)

Chris - great song, but then I'm prejudiced cos I think all your songs are great. See ya.

sandra (only 10 hours till visitors arrive, then 9 more till we all get to the James Craig, maybe I'd better get to bed sometime soonish)


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Lana
Date: 26 Nov 03 - 11:51 AM

That's okay Sandra, besides I won't be seeing my father for rather long time as he's in Guam and I'm in England and a poor student unable to afford the ridiculously expensive airfare to fly half way around the world.
I avoid Marmite and vegemite at all costs, especially have someone tricked me into eating a Twiglet. (in case you don't know what those are...imagine pretzels except instead of salt they are covered in marmite. *shudder*)

Lana


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 26 Nov 03 - 03:42 PM

Whoops! Not only do I mispell "Manly" but I forgot the negative above for "I'm amazed that someone has blown up that 'ripper rock' in the middle of the channel." That should have read "I'm amazed that someone HASN'T blown up that 'ripper rock' in the middle of the channel." The underwater rock is now plainly marked by surrounding bueys, not to mention white water at the right tide, but I bet it still nails a boat or two cruising along at night.

The Sydney ferry to Manly has to be my favorite ferry ride. Sorry, San Francisco and New York, there's just no comparison. Brett was wondering why we were so lucky to find that empty bench up on the weather side of the bow. She does ship a just a little water as she rolls past the channel of the harbor mouth.

This evening we try out the acoustics aboard the steel bark the James Craig. I was aboard her last week for a tour and they've done a lovely job putting her back together. She's a 1870's vintage cargo carrier, semi-clipper in design, sailed around Cape Horn more than a dozen times, manned by less than 20 crew members. Massive steel spars and lower yards. Now she sails out past Sydney's heads every other weekend and her schedule just doesn't work for me...

But we're looking forward to singing with Gavin Phillips and the rest of his crew. What joy!

Now it's off to brekky and then over to Kings Cross to meet with Sandra.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 26 Nov 03 - 05:35 PM

Oh Kelli! What a gross thing for anyone to do to you. I trust that person is permanently on your shit list.

You know, dear, if you wanted to come visit in 2005 I can start saving money now to get you to Guam. I would love for you to get the chance to see my new home. Maybe, if you can take enough time off, we could go visit some of the other wonderful Pacific islands as well.

(Please note, this offer only applies to my own family members. Sorry but I ain't paying for anyone else to come to guam. However, I will provide a bedroom for those who wish to chance it.)


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: SINSULL
Date: 26 Nov 03 - 10:25 PM

Pavlova (named for the famous ballerina who could not have enjoyed one and still fit into a tutu):
A heavenly concoction with a meringue base filled with whatever fresh fruit is in season and topped with mounds of whipped cream. Sinful.

So no one's been attacked by a kangaroo???? My record stands.

Just saw an episode of "Judging Amy" (pure sop) in which land investment in Guam is discussed. The next Hawaii. Maybe your ticket to billions, Brett.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 27 Nov 03 - 01:57 AM

Lana - that "treat" sounds awful. I'm not a great Vegemite fan - when I was younger I used to have a slab of fresh bread, covered with a slab of butter, then a thin scrape of vegemite then crunchy peanut butter. YUM

However my sister is a serious vegemite addict. I dunno what the crew in business class think when my sister & brother-in-law return to California, Nigeria or now Kuwait with a year's supply of huge jars of Vegemite (something like 10 jars @ 3 kilos) ps. Pam does not scrape it on her bread (but apart from this weird characteristic she is a very nice person)

Sinsull - I showed the visitors a picture of a pavlova in one of my cookbooks. They were impressed.

We chatted & lunched, & I really must log out soon as shanty singing starts at 7pm & its 5.55 here

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 27 Nov 03 - 07:26 AM

G'day,

Sandra did, indeed, get to the James Craig Shanty session ... along with Charlie, Brett & Judy ... and Canberra Chris - making the 3+ hours each way trip from Canberra just for the great session! In the end, we had 3 of the Roaring Forties: Margaret Walters, John Warner and Tom Hanson ... so the James Craig crew got some interesting cross-feed on shanty singing - in Australian and Maine accents! I hope this lays a foundation for wider interest in the James Craig - 1876 3-masted barque - her crewing and the shanty sessions.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 27 Nov 03 - 08:10 AM

Well, the weather has finally come good. It was a lovely clear night, with just a little coolness. The James Craig is a very impressive ship. We sang first below deck, and after a guided tour, we sang some more on the deck, surrounded by the harbour lights and with a little thin sliver of a new moon in the sky. It certainly added something to be singing sea songs in such a location!

Altogether a very enjoyable session - and how fortunate that we were able to do it with Charlie, Judy and Brett here! I think John and I will be regulars, except on my monthly folk club nights.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 27 Nov 03 - 01:30 PM

The Craig is indeed an impressive ship, especially since I've seen pictures of how she looked when they started. And singing below decks was amazing. There we were in a huge area that ran almost the full length of the ship. Our voices ran around the deck and up through the hatch into the night. I'm sure it must have been an eerie experience for casual onlookers who came dowwn to the dock to see the ship. I envision them standing and looking at the rigging and then hearing the shanties drifting up out of the bowels of the ship. Talk about ghost stories.

As I said at the sing, Australia, good on you for fixing her up! You've done a nice job.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 27 Nov 03 - 06:16 PM

There have been no kangaroo attacks, Mary, so your record stands. I have pictures of Charley feeding kangaroos and wallabies up in Queensland. The closest he came to being attacked was when the roo grabbed his hand so he couldn't move until the food was gone.

We all ate some kangaroo that Bob Bolton provided at the party last Sunday so I guess you could say we attacked a kangaroo.

Yesterday Charley was singing the old "Tie Me Kangaroo Down" but there were no roos around to be controlled.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 27 Nov 03 - 07:08 PM

Sandra

I think it was in the Marmite thread that the deadly "forbidden knowledge" about it being used as an explosive was revealed -- with that quantity, they may be sending you their next postcard from somewhere in Cuba... :-)

Robin


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 28 Nov 03 - 12:18 AM

Last evening aboard the James Craig has to be a high point of our visit here. Our grateful thanks to Gavin Phillips and the rest of the crew for their hospitality and their commitment to sailing this beautifully restored 1870's bark. Singing below decks was wonderful! About 30 people were assembled, with about half of them leading songs. Judy got to lead "Willie Went to Sea" and was delighted with how quickly people picked up on the chorus. I got to lead "Fire Down Below" which was quite effective in filling the space. Brett was requested to lead "Northwest Passage" and did another fine job of singing.

We also got a tour of the ship with different people bursting into song as we recognized some particular artifact. I was especially taken by the galley stack for some reason.(BG)

Then we all moved up to the bow and discovered a capstain to play with. Several bars were fitted in and soon three of us were working our way around, heaving at the bars as the pawls clicked away, to the verses of "Randy Dandy-O." Margaret got the place of honor, the forebitts to sit on. The crew really wouldn't let us frolic in the rigging, which is probably just as well. They were actively recruiting for crew members for this Sunday's sail which is terribly tempting, but I'll be up the coast in Terigal. Just before we broke up I got to lead C. Fox Smith's "So Long (All Coil Down)" as a final song. What a fine chorus, and what a fine way to end the evening!

Now we're kind of winding down our stay in Sydney, dinner this evening with new friends in Newtown. Brett's flying out tomorrow for Guam and Judy and I off to visit a favorite nephew and his new family in Terigal. What joy!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Canberra Chris
Date: 28 Nov 03 - 01:18 AM

Well, guess what. My coach back to Canberra this morning was delayed so late I had to postpone my surgery appointment, therefore I remain mobile, and scrambled back home on buses just in time to contact the James Craig, join up, and volunteer for Sunday.

So I will be answering Gavin's call on behalf of Thursday's shanty singers as crew on the James Craig this Sunday. A prouder heart won't beat.

It's only another 3+ hours each way ...

I taped the session on broadcast-quality equipment, it's playing now, sounds great. I record ambient sound from a sweet spot, so it isn't a recording of the singers, it's a recording of that space resonating with the sound of singing. I even caught some of the above-deck antics through the hatch!

Cheers,
Chris


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 28 Nov 03 - 09:25 AM

Chris - do you need a floor again on Sunday night or are you returing the same day!!? I assume you will not be at work on Monday?

Sat from lunchtime till ? we have a birthday party to attend so I dunno when I will be home.

Both Jenny & I have delevloped our photos. Mudcat will sometime soon be overwhelmed with Oz Foray pics as there were 5 cameras snapping all week.


sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 28 Nov 03 - 09:36 AM

Chris, I'd love to hear your recording!

Well, our friend Amalina had a chance to meet Charlie, Judy and Brett tonight. She had been too sick last week and had missed the Loaded Dog and the BBQ. We had dinner at a little cafe in Erskineville, then went back to Amalina's for a sing, in a nice room with good acoustics at the back of the co-op. Sandra and I both had a lot of photos to show, and I know there will be lots of others. Hopefully there will be a large collection of Oz Foray photos on Mudcat soon.

We were having a very pleasant relaxing time, and we'd probably still be there now, if it hadn't been for little bits of commonsense creeping annoyingly into our consciousness. Eventually it had to end, and reluctant goodbyes were said. The Sydney part of the trip is over, and Brett will be flying back to Guam (but back in Oz next year - yay!).

So bye bye lovely people. It's been delightful getting to know you. I hope we can meet many more times. I'll miss you all (sniff sniff)

Jenny :-(


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 28 Nov 03 - 01:30 PM

"Then we all moved up to the bow and discovered a capstain to play with. Several bars were fitted in and soon three of us were working our way around, heaving at the bars as the pawls clicked away, to the verses of Randy Dandy-O." - Charley Noble

LOL! I was watching the "work" around the capstan. If a real old time sailor had seen you guys he'd have laughed his pants off and then offered to set it up so you could take a strain on something. However, as Charley says, it was great singing the song with the pawl and ratchet sopunds carrying through the night air.

Last night was indeed my last in Sydney. I will fly out today on my long journey back. It wouldn't be so long but I have a five hour wait in Cairns for my plane to Guam. An interesting note is that it will take longer to fly to Cairns from Sydney than it will to fly to Guam from Cairns.

Please keep me tuned in to when the folk festivals and gatherings are happening. If it is in Queensland I could take a few days off and hop over to attend.

Thanks to everyone for making my stay in Sydney such a lovely time. I hope to make it down here again real soon.

Brett


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 29 Nov 03 - 10:09 PM

It is noon:37 here on Guam and I am home after a grueling flight home. I've had a wonderful vacation but I have also learned some valuable lessons. I certainly won't set myself up with a return flight system like that. And I won't leave for as long as this next time. After all I am only 2100 miles north of Cairns. It's practically next door...

I got into Guam at about 5:30 AM and home around 7:30 AM after clearing customs and immigration. The actual process of getting through customs and immigration wasn't difficult but a plane from Saipan arrived at the same time and both our plane and the Saipan plane had pasengers that were connecting to other flights and they were allowed through first.

And for those who are curious, yes, the house and all it's contents were still here when I arrived. At some point the landlord must have arranged to have the grass cut and the lovely plants in the front planter have all been cut back to 6" tall from their former 4 1/2' tall. But they will grow back like weeds and, I hope, flower again before too long.

Thanks once again to all my new friends in Australia. I wish I could list them all but I would be sure to leave out names. However I will try. In no particular order, thanks to Sandra, John, Chris, Amelina, Jenny, Jenny, Jenny (*grin* they are each different people), Jane, Bob, Gavin, Sally, Ross, the two young ladies in Touchwood (I didn't get to meet their singing partner in the trio), and many, many others.

Thanks to those who handed over copies of their CDs willy nilly whenever I turned around. I now have a substantial addition to my library and can only hope Charley provided a copy of our CD in reply ("Charley?" He says THREATENINGLY)

And especially thanks to Margaret, my dear hostess and provider of "...grub, and a place to sleep, in God's Great Public Park..." and so much more - tourist services, guided tours, and time to go through her excellant folk music library. And a special hello and thanks to Golightly, the resident cat.

Please realize I am groggy and still working on processing the trip. Please add your name to the list and I will add a thank you for each and every one. This is not a request for you to be selfserving and to raise a grumble because I left you out. It will spark a tired brain and revive memories that I want to write down.

I think I need some breakfast too. My last meal was a snack somewhere over the Pacific not too long after I left Cairns.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Hrothgar
Date: 29 Nov 03 - 11:06 PM

Brett,

For checking on things in Queensland:

www.powerup.com.au/~dnichols/


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 30 Nov 03 - 05:32 AM

G'day Brett,

Oh well, back to the grind tomorrow morn!

"... Jenny, Jenny, Jenny (*grin* they are each different people) ..." - yeah, but one was Jennie(G).

The " ... the two young ladies in Touchwood ... " were Mudcatters 'Callie' and 'Chicky' (and I ofetn see their other third - Terry - on the bus into work ... though he usually staggers unseeing past - mind blank with the appalling prospect of 'One More Day on the Grey Flannel Line!

BTW: I slipped a CD under the Horvath's door for Charley and Judy ... the few photos I took (photography's work ... music and friend take precedence!). I'll send some "web-sized" JPGs to the Mudcat.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 30 Nov 03 - 05:34 AM

Brett-

So glad to hear that you made it back to Guam relatively safe and secure. Wasn't this VACATION fun?

We're safe here in Terrigal, after a wonderful train ride up from Sydney. We've been having splendid weather, excellent guides who have dragged us to remote beaches, wonderful places to eat, out to a historic town called Morpeth, up to Newcastle where among other things we tracked down the Hunter Valley/Newcastle Folk Club at a street fair and I was invited to sing a couple of songs. It was nice to hear Lost 'n' Found singing Henry Lawson's "Outside Track" as we came in. I asked them later where they got their arrangement and they explained from Margaret Walters and John Warner, of course! Then we were off to another wonderful feed and sightseeing along the sea wall. I could spend a week prowling around Newcastle but we're running out of time.

We've rented a car and I'm reajusting to driving on that other side of the road. Oh, Lord, here comes another round-a-bout! Tomorrow, without guides, we drive up through the Hunter Valley in search of wine. It's a dangerous job but we're planning each step carefully.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 30 Nov 03 - 06:01 AM

Bob-

We did get your CD of digital images before we left. We haven't had a chance to view them but we're prepared to pay you vast sums of money to permanently delete the files. *BG* (Bob - Thanks! Even the label looks great! Can't wait to see the pictures! - JudyB)

Chris-

We would also love to hear what you have recorded of the Craig session. Of course converting that into a MP3 file might be a major undertaking. However, a cassette would be fine. You are one lucky seadog to get to sail on the Craig. Tell us more!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 30 Nov 03 - 06:35 AM

Charley - Chris is so serious about the James Craig he bought a book of discounted bus tickets (10 return trips, I think). He must be back in Canberra by now, I wonder why he hasn't posted! I'm awaiting a copy of the Bums at the Dog - that'll be a CD I play to death, tho I wouldn't object to a copy of the James Craig session, either!

sandra - missing everyone, but almost recovered from a very busy singing week & ready for work tomorrow, tho fortunately there is a session on Tuesday & JennyO's club on Thursday


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 30 Nov 03 - 06:11 PM

Charley,
don't drive while tired - we have enough AUSSIES who can't stay on the correct side of the road! and we would hate to lose you...

oh, and take care with the wine - especially if you are tired - while you may dodge the booze buses, you might need a "Designated Driver"..

Robin


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 30 Nov 03 - 07:00 PM

Sigh, here I am, back at work. My computer is busy downloading the email inbox. So far we have 272 messages and it is only back to November 18, 5 days to go but two of them are weekend days. I have already been confronted with two emergencies including an emotional co-worker and the possible cancellation of my trip to Hawaii.

The TimTams went over very well. I should have bought a case instead of the three packages I did bring. I brought the standard milk chocolate, the hazelnut pralines, and the dark chocolate TimTams. The consensus is that the dark chocolate are the best.

But I have Dave Alexander on the CD player and John Warner is in the line up following that plus the Solidarity Chorus and then the Trad&Now Tapestry collection I bought on my first night there. I forgot my Margaret Walters CD at home so she will have to wait till tomorrow.

Thanks again to everyone!

Email still downloading...


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: bbc
Date: 30 Nov 03 - 09:54 PM

Brett & Charley,

Thanks for sharing your trip w/ us. I'm glad you had a good time. Welcome home!

bbc


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 30 Nov 03 - 11:21 PM

Email count - 397! A new record for me.

TimTams: I was so proud to bring three packages to these delicious cookies to the lunch table. Those who ate of the fruit agreed they were wonderful and they began to make plans on how to get more. Then Kit showed up, took one look at the package, and told us we could get them for $1.50 each at the local Payless grocery stores!

Sigh...


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennieG
Date: 01 Dec 03 - 12:20 AM

Brett,
Did anyone explain the Tim Tam Suck to you? It's not as obscene as it sounds! You just bite of a corner of a Tim Tam, then bite off the diagonally opposite corner, then insert it in a cup of coffee and suck up the coffee/Tim Tam filling as if through a straw......
Definitely not to be tried in front of someone you wish to impress.
Last week was lovely, it was great to meet some real live overseas Mudcatters!
Cheers
JennieG (the one with long auburn hair)


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 01 Dec 03 - 03:55 AM

Vacation is still running for some of us, although along more conventional terms. We soloed today in our little rental car, running up to the wine country in the Hunter Valley. Nothing exciting to report on the way; Judy did a great job shouting out instructions to turn and then covering her eyes. We only made five of the wine cellars before we had to call it a day, leaving 95 more on the shelf so to speak. We brought bottles of wine back for our Terrigal genial hosts, and picked up some brekki items (sooo hard to cross a busy street to a shopping center on the other side of the road).

Sure miss all the fine singing of you sydneysiders, and the company. But we're doing our best to drown our sorrows...

Tomorrow, it's another BBQ and then it's riding the rail back to Sydney.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 01 Dec 03 - 08:27 AM

Hi, JennieG. Yes I did hear about the TimTams "suck". I had a foretaste of the experience when I dropped a corner of one of the cookies into my coffee. Once I fished it out and ate it the feling of pleasure and peace filled my soul and a silly grin covered my face.

I am looking forward to trying the "suck". In fact I forgot about it until you mentioned it. Maybe tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 01 Dec 03 - 08:42 AM

how's the email log-jam?

I spent almost 2 hours this morning reading my mail (32 messages)& the 4 important databases I use (about 600 documents). Fortunately I didn't have to read every document, lots weren't relevant & my colleague Paul had sent home Committee & personal emails so I only had about 6 official emails to deal with.

You travel over 1000 miles to get some Tim Tams & find them in your own back yard!

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Canberra Chris
Date: 01 Dec 03 - 09:24 AM

As predicted for my day crewing on the James Craig there was no prouder heart ... however also no sicker stomach! I was not alone - they broke the record for medication use. Something to do with going out under steam rather than sail.

First thing they did was put me in a climbing harness, but then vetoed me going up untrained. So I watched the real 'climbers', both genders and most over sixty, balancing on a cable slung below the yardarm up to 100 feet up, while performing difficult and dangerous contortions, and bloody hard work. I have completely reset my opinion and expectations of that generation.

But there was plenty to do on deck on the fore-watch, especially short-handed. We worked some of the heavier equipment and machinery to do with the anchor and docking, and mainly worked the yacht-type sails at the front (I won't be technical!) and the square foremast sails. The processes of getting sails up and down, and shifted from side to side are confusing and complicated, and hard work. I thought I was pulling damned hard, til a 'little old lady' demonstrated putting your back into it!

There are also sudden reverses of orders, as conditions change, or mechanical hitches snarl up procedures. Even the watch system broke down and I found myself working all over the ship. Normal procedure gets overtaken by chaos but re-emerges. There is a lot of practical problem-solving on the run, mostly requiring very quick thinking, as 5% of everything snags somewhere.

You are ALERT every second for six hours. When the rope that has escaped the hand of your neighbour is holding the end of a spar below which ten people are balanced on a wire several stories above deck, your reaction time matters.

There was one hand who did some singing, while organising passengers into a line pulling ropes, but shanties soon degenerated into 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot' etc, but I would guess that used to happen anyway!

I don't know if I will sound any different, but my attitude to singing sea songs has been altered forever by a brief experience of doing or watching it for real.

The crew were just great people, with inexhaustible patience, courage and stamina. And what was once defined as 'grace under pressure'.

Thanks to Sandra for putting me up again at short notice.

Chris


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 01 Dec 03 - 05:31 PM

Chris, don't make the mistake of thinking your experience reflects the reality of the old sailors' lives. You were a green hand on a ship full of green hands in varying degrees (and apparently shades) of green. There would not have been that level of chaos with a bucko mate pushing a crew of able seamen with old fashioned brutality and vulgarity. And you were apparently short handed.

This is, by the way, a witch's brew guaranteed to result in injury and damage. I'm afraid the days of sailing the Craig may be limited. Once someone gets hurt the Australian version of the Coast Guard may step in and limit what you can do. It might be appropriate to do a lot of sail training at the pier before you go out into the harbor. However they decide to do it I hope they keep sailing her.

If you can find it you would be amused to read the story of Lettie Freeman's diary which has been published as "500 days Around The World". She sailed on her father's bark in the mid to late 1800s. As she tells the tale they sailed with only seven men and the captain. And one of those seven was the cook! If I run across it in my boxes of books I will send it to you. You can give it back when I return to Australia.

I hope this experience doesn't sour you on going back. From the tone of your post it sure seems like you'll go back. And it sounds like you'll sing those songs with more appreciation of the men who had to do the work.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 01 Dec 03 - 06:17 PM

Chris-

Sure sounds like you've gotten some "hands-on" experience. My only advantage would be my knowledge of sailing jargon, which in a real work situtation would earn me a swift kick in the rear by an attentive bucko mate. Ah, the days of a "Paddywester"! From some ocean sailing I did back in 1965, I can generally determine the pointy part of the ship from the rear porch and I can look awfully wise as I stand abaft the mizzen and tap the compass rose on the rail.

You must learn a few verses of "Dramamine", changing the name to whatever archane formulation folks aboard the Craig use to mitigate seasickness. The song is on our Roll & Go CD and easily found in the Digital Tradition archives.

Looks a little cloudy out today here in Terrigal but that didn't stop a rainbow lorikeet from dropping down on a nearby pine-like tree next to our breakfast deck to be photographed. Pretty birdie!
Guess we'll pick up our nephew and head up the coast to The Entrance, where the ocean cuts through the barrier beach and forms a great inland sea.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble, still on vacation


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Subject: Lyr Add: FIRST TIME OUT (Chris Clarke)
From: Canberra Chris
Date: 01 Dec 03 - 08:52 PM

FIRST TIME OUT

If your stomach's strong
And the weekend long
And your plans for Sunday vague
And you like good cheer
With a touch of fear
Volunteer on the ship James Craig

With a harness on
Up aloft they've gone
Just a slip from heaven, so
Each one's a saint -
But a saint I ain't
So I stayed on the deck below

There's lots of ropes
At similar slopes
Each wound around a pin
At turn about
You ease them out
Or sweat the buggers in

The theory how
From stern to bow
Is a wondrous thing to know
But they sag and lag
And snag and jag
Out here where the true winds blow

When friction locks
The tackle blocks
A little spills to the decks
But you're adults all
Some call, some haul,
No regard for age or sex

Your main defence
Is common sense
Of eye and mind and hand
And listen well
For a yell will tell
What you need to understand

At end of day
And a weary way
The deck's abuzz with cheer
For you make friends fast
Before the mast
And you hold not rope but beer

                                Chris Clarke, first sail Sunday 30 November 2003


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 01 Dec 03 - 09:49 PM

Excellant! Now, your task is to write a song at each stage of your development as a blue water, square rig, sailor. When you reach able bodied seaman we shouldn't be able to understand you at all, much like middle management in government service.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 01 Dec 03 - 11:51 PM

Brett, glad you arrived back safely and everything was still there. Did you get through the mountain of emails yet?

I suppose you have now listened to the Solidarity Choir? You said you know Nkosi Sikelel'iAfrica, so I imagined you singing along. Just as a matter of interest, the little call at the beginning, "Ma kube njalo" was done by two of the Touchwood people - Kate (Chicky) the soprano in Touchwood, and Terry, who was at the BBQ but you didn't really meet him, I think you said. They are in the choir photos on the CD cover and insert, as well as Callie, the other Touchwood singer. In fact, you will spot a few familiar faces in the photos - me, of course, tho my hair was shorter and redder then, Miguel and Tony who were at the BBQ, Simon, whom you saw at the Loaded Dog, and Amalina.

I've just been up on the Central Coast myself. I was visiting my little grandson Max, at North Gosford, and I spent Sunday night and half of yesterday at Simon's place at Kincumber, so I would have been quite close to Charlie, geographically.

Actually Charlie, I'm quite familiar with that area, having lived in several locations on the Central Coast in a previous life. In the 1970's, when I was married, we lived at North Avoca, just over the hill from Terrigal. We used to go out in a small power boat from Terrigal Haven and fish over a reef about 12 miles out from Terrigal. We were able to find the spot regularly by lining up certain buildings on shore. One day, when the outboard motor was quite new, we had had a successful day's fishing, and were coming back with several quite large snapper.

At about the point where we should have been swinging round to the left to come ashore at the Haven, the motor died, and we were faced with the prospect of riding the breakers in to Terrigal Beach. It was all very dramatic. He said - "Sit up on the front and be ready to jump off and swim when I tell you". All I could think about was what a shame it was going to be to lose the lovely 9lb snapper I had caught if the boat tipped over.

So I did what he said, and was poised ready to jump. Then the moment came - he said "Jump!"..................




































































.......and I found myself wading in water just past my knees. So we walked in to the beach pulling the boat, feeling pretty silly. Later, another boat owner towed our boat round to the Haven.

Another thing that I remember happened during the time we were living there - there was a caravan park at the base of the Skillion (I don't know if it is still there or not). One night there was a very bad storm and a huge wave came in and flooded the caravan park, carried tents away and knocked caravans over, and generally made a real mess of the place. I don't remember whether there was any loss of life, but if there isn't a caravan park there now, it is probably because they decided after that, that it wasn't a safe place to have one.

BTW Charlie, have you noticed the sound of the bellbirds - "ping, ping, ping" ? It's one of the most noticeable things about the Central Coast IMO.

Now if you guys think we just put on extra sessions and things to make you work harder while you were here, you should know that the night after you left, John and I went to a big BBQ and session at Kurrajong, at the home of a friend of ours, Warren Bishop (who calls himself Arch Bishop). With the exception of a few diehards like us, Sandra and Jane Faulkner, it would have been a whole new set of people for you to meet, had you still been around, many of them fine musicians too. What a shame you didn't hear Mick Griffin play the didgeridoo or John Grenenger do one of his silly songs, or Arch doing "Shopping trolley rage" (funny poem), or Duncan Chalmers with his fine voice, or Toni and Aitch (Lost and Found) .................
I see, Charlie, that you did get to hear Lost and Found anyway.

And that's not all - tonight there's a session at the Riverview, a pub in Balmain, and my folk club is on Thursday night. We're just a bunch of party animals, that's what. We'll be happy to wear you out any time.

Brett, you mentioned letting you know about festivals and things up in Queensland. I know this is pretty soon, but there is one coming up in Woodford just after Christmas. It happens to be the biggest festival in Australia. John and I will be there, as the Roaring Forties will be performing, and we will be helping to run sessions in the Singing Shed. Here is the official website Woodford Folk Festival and the unofficial one, Woodford Folk Festival Fun Site which gives you more of a feel of what the festival is like. I believe there will be other mudcatters there as well. Bob Bolton has already made Mudcat badges for us to give to rich-joy, John in Brisbane and Margret RoadKnight, and there will be others, including Miguel and another one of his choirs - "Ecopella" - Tony and the Touchwood people are in that one.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 02 Dec 03 - 12:32 AM

Jenny-O-

Yes, we've heard the "tinkle" of the bellbirds. We sit out on the deck with our breakfast, bird guide in hand, and just admire what happens in the woodlot next door.

We just got back from our run up the coast to Swansea, where I won $6 at the slots in the sailing club that we stopped at for lunch. I'm spending it all on beers for this evening's BBQ. One of the nicest places we stopped at was Noah's Head, a high sandstone wavecut cliff overlooking a terrace of older metasediment broken up into huge squares, some of which have beautiful bowl-shaped tidepools; each little pool its own separate world.

Tomorrow back to Sydney, assuming we can find our way back to Gosford and the rail station.

Chris-

Nice song! Any clue what tune you sing it to? It kind of works to "The Whalloping Window Blind" but what tune was in your head.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 02 Dec 03 - 07:18 AM

Charley - "From some ocean sailing I did back in 1965, I can generally determine the pointy part of the ship from the rear porch and I can look awfully wise as I stand abaft the mizzen and tap the compass rose on the rail."

I have photos of you looking wise on the James Craig!

Until Chris mentioned seasickness I had a vague thought of one day saving my pennies & buying a ticket to go out on the James Craig - forget it!

My sea experience is limited to the Manly ferry & rolling up & down when it crossed the INSIDE of the Heads. Of course that was back in the long-ago when water was not my only drink & I did have a hangover, something that never happens now (us water drinkers never get hangovers!!!), but the motion of the sea was not pleasent and that was inside the Heads.

Chris is welcome to the open sea, I'll stick to just looking at it as I will be doing Friday when we have our Office chrissy lunch at Watson's Bay.

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 02 Dec 03 - 04:11 PM

Well, if music sessions are so common there in Oz then I will have to think seriously about it being my future home. Back home in Maine you pratically have to drag people in to enjoy music more than once a month at a coffeehouse. Imagine, BBQs and sessions to go to as often as that!

Charley, you are going to have to make some real changes to Maine society to get them to catch up to Oz.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 02 Dec 03 - 04:18 PM

Well, to finish out the BBQ with our nephew and his wife's, after the fish, salad, beer, and wine, there came a large platter with a mound, the Pavlova! Good lord, how one is expected to destroy such a beautiful creation? But we had no choice but to comply, plate after plate eroded the mound down to a more or less level plain, burp!

This morning we crawled out of bed early to wish our hosts the best as they cheerfully went off to work. We'll do some clean-up, admire the birds some more in the back yard, and go back to bed! Sometime later, I'm sure, we'll finish packing and make our way to Gosford and catch the rail back to Sydney. Looks like a lovely day!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Canberra Chris
Date: 02 Dec 03 - 07:00 PM

Charley - there was a tune, but it's gone! Might come back. It was still hot for shaping. Anything that trips along and fits will do. Needs a bit of a lilt to catch the internal rhymes and the sea movement. I don't know the one you mention, but I love the title.

Sounds like you know how to travel, be a gracious guest, and enjoy the world.

Sandra - It's an IQ test. If I go back, I lose. Somehow I think stupidity might just get the better of me. If I go aloft you can write me off altogether. The struggle has already started. The picture of what is going on in my head is the Roll and Go logo. Aaargh! I'm being dragged under by a sea monster.

Chris


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 02 Dec 03 - 07:57 PM

Face it Chris, you are doomed! Give in to fate and get up the rigging!


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 06:30 PM

Good luck, Chris! We do envy your access to the Craig, and please convey our best wishes to the crew, and tell them if they ever drop the mudhook in Portland-East we'll treat them all to a lobster bake.

Well, it's final packing for our exit from Sydney. What a wonderful vacation. Yesterday, we had coffee and pastries with Margaret on Glebe Point Rd., swapping archane information about folk music contacts, and turning over to her about 5 kilos of song sheet copies, one or two of which I didn't get the opportunity to sing.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble, off to frozen Maine


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 09:05 PM

Bye Charlie and Judy. Sad that you have to leave our warm shores to go back to the frozen wastes. I would love to think that one day John and I will be able to visit you and have one of those lobster bakes. It's certainly worth saving for!

Right now I have the Roll & Go CD on - it's playing "Bully in the Alley" with you singing and Brett on the bones, and it's bringing back fond memories. Today would have been a lovely day for a BBQ - perfect weather. Oh well...............

See you in the threads, Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 09:31 PM

G'day Judy & Charlie,

Well, at least this holiday will have put on a layer or two of insulation for back in (in)temperate Maine!

Chris: The song The Walloping Window Blind is a relative (a cheerful 'Music Hall' bastard ... ?) of the Ten Thousand Miles Away / Old Palmer Song group. I have old sheet music for it - and could e-mail you a GIF image ... if you're interested in the dots (or you could just bend the Old Palmer Song to shape!). Personally, I can't quite fit the local tunes ... so I will have a look at how The Walloping Window Blind actually sounds ... when I get home.

Come to think of, when I first read your words, I could hear something more traditional ... something very like Rolling Down to Old Maui sounds right on a second reading.

Regards,

Bob


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 01:48 AM

Bye, Charley and Judy, have a nice flight home... oh, uh, by my calculations you are already on that flight.

Oh well, roll in the snow for me when you get there.

As for the rest of youse down under, watch out! I ain't so far away that I can't come back and annoy you all again!


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 02:16 AM

Yes please, any time!

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 08:31 AM

Brett & Charley - another great night of music at Jenny's club - Ian (from Wheeze & Suck Band), & Wheelers & Dealers. Lots of great music - & a good singing audience. But bloody hot - the fans were not much more than decorations & I spent a bit of time outside (the smoker who came outside when I was there moved a loooong way away!) The music was just as great from outside. Floor acts included a pair of shanty singers from the James Craig

Now there is no more live music till Sunday - John Dengate in a house concert, but I do have 2 new CD's - The Weavers, Rarities from the Vanguard vault (10 unreleased tracks - yummy) & The Definitive Collection of The Watersons, so I'll have lots of good stuff to listen to on Friday night. I've also been lent some blues, Leon & Eric Bibb, so I'll have enough to keep me occupied.

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 09:32 AM

It was Gavin Phillips and Ian ? from the James Craig, who sang a couple of shanties - "Haul away Joe" and "Boney was a warrior". We had a very good singing audience tonight - they raised the roof!

Wheelers and Dealers are an outstanding band - probably the finest bunch of musicians Sydney can offer. Unless you heard their CD I don't think you would have had a chance to hear them, unfortunately. One of their number, Chris Wheeler, was at the BBQ. Another one of them, Tony Pyrzakowski, who is also in the Wheeze 'n' Suck Band, is the best fiddle player I have ever heard, bar none.

So it was a ripper of a night. Shame you weren't still here. I won't upset Sandra by saying we have the best acoustics in Sydney, but we're pretty damn close - certainly comparable with the Dog acoustics anyway.

Much as I like to see John Dengate as often as possible, I don't think we will be going to his house concert, as it is at Bundeena, which is way down south, in the National Park. It's the sort of place you only want to go to if you are staying overnight. So it will be a fairly quiet weekend for us - a chance to catch up with chores around the house - and prepare for the onslaught of the next weekend.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 09:31 PM

Still no word from Charley. Are they home yet? Maybe they wouldn't let the banjo and the concertina back into the States. But that is too wise a decision to come out of this administration.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 05 Dec 03 - 04:48 AM

G'day Brett,

That was Thursday (PM ... ?) Sydney time they were flying out ... you need to keep the 17-hour time lead in mind when figuring their progress. They are probably only some 15 - 18 hours on their way.

Regards,

Bob


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennyO
Date: 05 Dec 03 - 05:31 AM

Looking back over this thread, in his post of 15 Sept. at 4.30pm, Charlie said they would be flying out of Sydney yesterday (the 4th) at 3.15pm (our time), and landing on Thurs 4th at 10pm (their time) so unless that time changed, they would have landed before this. They are probably sleeping it off right now - that would be my guess.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 05 Dec 03 - 05:48 AM

C'mon, lazybones! Wake up! It's only jet lag.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 05 Dec 03 - 03:25 PM

Hi Gang-

Yes, we landed in dear old Maine last evening at 11 pm, Thursday, December 4th, 2003. Only about an hour later than scheduled but we FINALLY got out of Chicago, and they were so glad to get rid of us; at one point the folks at the gate desk offered to let us sing a few songs over their public address system to entertain everyone but Judy wisely pulled me back to my seat. So much for "Amelia Erhardt" and "Cowardly Act." We spent the night at a Portland airport hotel as Judy had a flight to catch this morning for a conference in Oklahoma. I needed to stick around and see if my banjo showed up on the next flight from Chicago, and it finally did and it was in perfect tune!

Now I'm back at the house, with a calcio long-haired cooncat purring in my lap. The other cat seems pleased to see me but is wondering WHAT I'VE DONE WITH JUDY. Dilbert the mouse was happy to get a pre-Christmas peanut, but probably would LOVE a chocolate Koala.

There's a huge box of mail to sort through, 3 weeks of newspapers, 185 e-mails but only 6 phone messages. Not bad!

We really had a wonderful time in Oz, our best vacation ever! And we'll think of you all fondly tomorrow as the promised snow storm fills up the walks and driveway, garnishes the trees, to welcome us home.

Now to download 999 digital images!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble, back in Maine


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 06 Dec 03 - 06:44 AM

only 999? couldn't ya finish the film!!


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 06 Dec 03 - 07:11 PM

Welcome home, Charley. The news this morning is about the huge snow storm that is crippling the northeastern portion of the US. Please send me a picture. Maybe I'll laminate it and take it to the beach with me.

Judy must be struggling. Jet lag during a conference is hell. I've heard co-workers talk of the fight to stay awake when they go east for meetings or classes. I'll have my opportunity in February when I go to class in San Diego.

Oh, and just to clear up a spot of possible confusion, my class in Hawaii was postponed due to instructor illness. I don't know what the poor instructor has but s/he canceled a week ahead of the class so it must be serious.

Anyway, welcome home. Have fun with the pictures. I had my last rolls developed two days ago and bought a better album to put them in. I'll do that tonight while in front of the TV.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 07 Dec 03 - 02:00 PM

Brett et al-

It's really been a major snow storm here, with over a foot of snow with more to come, and a high cold wind to blow it all around. At least it's been a dry snow and we haven't had any major power outages. The driveway and the walks are clear. Judy's car battery needed to be revived after 3 weeks of meditation. Sure looks like winter around here!

Otherwise, I'm busy editing digital images that I took in Oz, hoping to pay for our trip by threatening to post some of the more embarrassing ones. However, my profits are sure to suffer from having to buy off all the photos and digital images that other people took of us.

Someone has our green squiggly that we released at the Loaded Dog. We wish them well and hope that they care for it properly.

Judy should be flying back from Oklahoma this evening, assuming that the snow ever stops. Her cat really misses her.

Hard to believe we were splashing in the surf at Maitland Bay just a week or so ago.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble, still shoveling snow in Maine


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Canberra Chris
Date: 09 Dec 03 - 10:58 PM

A late message as I couldn't get onto the Cat for a few days, then had visitors stay.

Thanks Bob for the tune suggestions. I think I know the family you mean. Ten Thousand Miles Away would fit, but the full tune would stretch over two stanzas. There is advantage in using a known tune or tune family, as people can join in!

Charley and Judy - Glad your Northwest Passage got you safely home. Well, that's the way I visualise a flight to Maine, being innocent of any dealings with the Pacific, but I guess you really went Northeast! And the journey ain't over til the cats are happy.

If you or the Aussie Catters want some more amusement, I just found by chance the Aussie Glossary on the Mudcat, which is entertaining if slightly dubious here and there.

Cheers,
Chris


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 09 Dec 03 - 11:43 PM

I found that glossary before the trip and entertained thoughts of printing it out. However, I decided I didn't need to walk around Oz with it in my hands trying to figure out what people were saying. It was tough enough trying to understand Aussie as it was. When are you people going to learn how to speak English? *Grin*


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 06:53 AM

G'day Chris and Brett,

The Oz Glossary ... I must admit that most of the pedantic footnotes are mine! (Joe Offer ran it back past me for comment ... but I think most of it came from John in Brisbane.)

Regard(les)s,

Bob


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: freda underhill
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 06:13 AM

so Bob, Sandra, Jenny, Charlie, Judy & Naemanson..

when will the photos show up?

fred


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 06:33 AM

haven't you seen ours?


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 08:39 AM

Well, most of my pictures are of scenery. I tend not to take pictures of people. So mine would be a disappointment to most of the Aussies.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 08:48 AM

sometime soon I'll get a scanner ... Maybe I'll brave the post-christmas sale crowds.

Some techo bastard at work decided to get new photocopiers that scan to workgroup databases, so I can't get my wonderful colleagues to sneak in the occasional scan anymore. bugger

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 08:54 AM

Ours are still in the editing process but at least we've got a laptop "slide show" loaded for the holiday relatives. We should be able to select a dozen or so images for Mudcat and place a few more on our personal website. Never fear, you'll get your JPEG's by-and-by!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 12:51 PM

A sampling of our digital images, and some by other folks, will be on my personal website between Xmas and New Year's:Charley Noble Website

There is also an edited version of this Thread Journal in Word.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: freda underhill
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 01:30 PM

thanks for this charley - i look forward to seeing them! I hope you and judy have a lovely christmas & new year!

best wishes - freda (amalina)


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 01:36 PM

Ah! That's who "freda" is. Please PM me your e-mail address.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennieG
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 08:04 PM

Hi Charley,

I'll keep an eye out for the images - I'd like to see them too! And I envy you your Christmas weather; the forecast here is for very hot.

Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 28 Dec 03 - 07:24 PM

The selected digital images and the edited journal of this thread are NOW up on my personal website:Charley Noble Website

So go there and have a good time too!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble and JudyB


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 08:42 AM

We're got a favorable report from Brett about the Oz images on our website but several other people are experiencing problems accessing it. That could be because their browsers have security concerns about flitting between our secondary websites where the Oz images are actually stored and our main Charley Noble website. Try this direct link:Oz Foray Images

And then please post here if you manage to get access! We're really not trying to make this virtual trip more difficult than the original.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble and JudyB


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 09:41 AM

And Judy's last thought is that maybe the "alias" we use for the website that the Oz images are stored on is screwing things up for some users. Try this link:Direct Link to Downunder

This is getting tedious. Is anyone getting through?

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: curmudgeon
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 09:48 AM

All the links work fine for us; thanks Charley -- Tom


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 10:10 AM

Thanks, Tom. I was beginning to think that only Brett could access the site.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: freda underhill
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 03:03 PM

still hoping,despite your best cyber-gymnastics!


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: GUEST,JudyB
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 04:33 PM

What happens if you go directly to this page:
http://mysite.verizon.net/ipbar/photos_end.htm

There are only two little photos on that page, so it should load faster, in case that's the problem.

Do you get:
"The page cannot be found"?
Something like "HTTP 404" and a bunch of strange info?
A page with nothing on it?
A page with a headline and two boxes with captions but no pictures?
Something else all together?

Are you using Internet Explorer or Netscape or some other browser?
PC or Mac?
Any idea what version of the browser?

The more info you can provide, the more chance I have of figuring what's going on here - I know it works for some people and not for others, and I have no idea what the difference is.

Usually most things that work correctly on both my fast PC with Internet Explorer at work and Charlie's dial-up Mac with Netscape at home will work anywhere - but clearly that's not the case this time.

Two other links to try, if you've got a couple of minutes to help with debugging:

This one uses the "hidden" name behind the warm-and-fuzzy ipbar:
http://mysite.verizon.net/vze7va5p/photos_end.htm

And this one goes to the highly boring main page of my site - and might work when the other pages don't because the page name is less than 8 characters - most computers these days don't care how many characters there are in the title of a document, but some older ones might:
http://mysite.verizon.net/ipbar/index.htm

Oh - and this one has 8 characters and the underlying page name:
http://mysite.verizon.net/vze7va5p/index.htm

If the 8-character thing is the problem, you won't be able to see the rest of the site - just the index - but that will tell me what to fix when I get home.

Thanks for your help!

A perplexed JudyB


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 04:47 PM

Hey! Who was that masked woman? Was that the mysterious Landlady's Daughter?

Maybe I can get it because my computers are antiquated and imperfect.

By the way, Charley and Judy, can you send me more pictures like the last one in your photo essay? Every time I see the snow piled up I get this urge to laugh...


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: GUEST,JudyB
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 05:06 PM

Landlady's Daughter is sort of a generic we use for housing songs (how could someone named Charley Noble be an expert on downtrodden landlords?) - and, in fact, I think Charlie's used it a lot more than I have. I rarely feel a need to do more than lurk and read about places where it's always rainy (it may have only been 50 degrees (F) here today - but it was sunny!) - but when I do chime in, it's usually as the one and only JudyB (well, the only one I know).

My office computer is new and running Windows XP (which we agree stands for eXtra Pain) - so having an ancient computer isn't a requirement for seeing the site. But I think I will change the page names to 8.3 style and see if that helps - though I won't be home for another hour or two.

We'll be happy to send you some snow....

JudyB


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 05:34 PM

Also if you get to a page of "thumbnails" with captions, if you click on one it should fill your whole screen. Totally awesome if you try that with an image with Brett in it.

We need more detailed feedback on what people are seeing. There are lots of images posted with NAKED fish swimming around, for those with a purient interest.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: GUEST,JudyB
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 10:13 PM

I'm curious - if anyone in Australia can actually open the web site and view at least one of the images, please let me know. Maybe I should have put them in meters or centigrade or liters or something.... I know there's probably some simple thing that's causing the problems, but I can't for the life of me think what it might be. Brett can see them in Guam, I can see them on every computer I've got my hands on (including this one, which has home firewall features, and my computer at work, which has industrial-strength barriers, and Charlie's computer, which has somewhat older software and a slower connection), a friend in New Hampshire can see them - and Charlie's web site (which I also designed using the same tools) works fine (though it doesn't have enough room to just move the photos there, unless I do 5 a day and rotate them or something).

Suggestions?

Thanks,
JudyB


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 30 Dec 03 - 12:24 AM

I have been thinking of carrying a baggy of water around and telling people it was a snowball some friends sent me. Go ahead and send me a jar of snow. It would be a hoot to open it at the office.

I've been wondering. Were any of the underwater pictures taken with Charley's new camera? Or were they all taken by the professional level photographer in the family?

Huh, it's raining again. Yesterday I was driving around under a blue sky with some big clouds floating in it. Suddenly it started to pour rain on me and I couldn't see any cloud big enough to cause that kind of down pour. Mostly I saw blue sky. Curiouser and curiouser...


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Hrothgar
Date: 30 Dec 03 - 01:44 AM

I get "This page cannot be displayed" oin all of them - although, oddly enough, I went as far as Charley's web site earlier and clicked on the link in the website before getting the "This page ..." message.

Now, why is Brett special? Or has he not really seen the pictures and he's having a lend of you?


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: freda underhill
Date: 30 Dec 03 - 02:42 AM

hi Charlie and Judy

many folkies in sydney have gone to either the Woodford folk festival of the gulgong ones, and will be there right now. I've been distracted by the need for peace and quiet. so you might get a few more responses in another few days when Bob,JennyO and others return.

freda


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 30 Dec 03 - 03:39 AM

Great Pix!

RtS


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 30 Dec 03 - 06:52 AM

Judy & Charley - in answer to your email & the threads above - nuffin'

I use Netscape 4.7 & even tho I have "Charley Noble" in my bookmarks every attempt last night & tonight was with the links on your emails & on this thread.

Some responses -
..................
29 Dec 03 - 09:41 AM

And Judy's last thought is that maybe the "alias" we use for the website that the Oz images are stored on is screwing things up
for some users. Try this link:Direct Link to Downunder

MESSAGE RECEIVED -
Gateway Timeout

The following error occurred:

Server unreachable


Please contact the administrator.
..........................

using link on thread of 29/12 4.33

What happens if you go directly to this page:
http://mysite.verizon.net/ipbar/photos_end.htm

MESSAGE -
Gateway Timeout

The following error occurred:

[code=GATEWAY_TIMEOUT] A gateway timeout occurred. The server is unreachable. Retry the request.


Please contact the administrator.
....................................

Next I went to Netscape Search & I put the following into Google http://mysite.verizon.net/ipbar/photos_end.htm
& got 4 rubbishy links telling me that verizon costs a few dollar a month & that is a phone service, too!!

I got the same 4 messages when I put in www.mysite.verizon.net/ipbar/photos

.................

I give up!

Maybe you can email a pic or 2 so I can see what they look like.

I'll be back at work Friday so I'll send the various inks to work & see what happens.

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: GUEST,JudyB
Date: 30 Dec 03 - 07:00 AM

OK - I've now moved the whole "photos of Oz" web site from my ISP's server to Charley's ISP's server (thank goodness I have DSL at last). Seems odd that my ISP would be blocking folks from Australia, but I can't figure why else all the pages are coming up "can't be displayed" when I used the same general format with no problems for the China Seas photos on Charley's site. Please let us know if those of you who could not see the photos before can open the pages now. (Thanks for the additional confirmation of the problem, Hrothgar!)

I have posted a very basic page on my web site at http://mysite.verizon.net/ipbar/webtest.htm and will see if anyone's available to help me figure out what's going on once folks get back from the festivals.

Thanks for your patience, and here's hoping....

And, Brett, the boat was with Charley's camera, the next two are with my disposable and most of the pieces in the collage are mine, and the rest of the fish are Charley's pictures (I think). The big picture of the James Craig is also Charlie's, though the people singing and the Craig at night are mine.

    JudyB


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: GUEST,JudyB
Date: 30 Dec 03 - 07:06 AM

Oops - forgot to insert a clicky to the new location - I'm really not a morning person, and it's still quite early here....

Australia photos on Charley Noble's site

Maybe Verizon only lets you look if they think they can sell you phone service - who knows. Time for coffee!

And please let me know if this works.

Thanks,
JudyB


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 30 Dec 03 - 08:05 AM

using MSIEv6

http://mysite.verizon.net/ipbar/photos_end.htm
--->
The page cannot be displayed
The page you are looking for is currently unavailable. The Web site might be experiencing technical difficulties, or you may need to adjust your browser settings.

Trace mysite.verizon.net ---> nothing

#    IP address       Host name                               Round trip time
1    203.61.3.15      tnt9.bne1.da.uu.net                         112 ms
2    203.61.1.1       Unavailable                                  120 ms
3    210.80.32.57    351.AT-3-0-0.XR1.BNE1.ALTER.NET             111 ms
4    210.80.2.105    0.SO-6-1-0.XR1.SYD4.ALTER.NET                126 ms
[snip]
13   157.130.135.2    vzlink-gw.customer.ALTER.NET                313 ms
14   206.46.128.85    gigchannel9-1--12-1.core1.dfw-tx.vzlink         312 ms
15                   No response                        
16                   No response                        
17                   No response                        
18                   No response                        


~~~~~~~~~~
http://home.gwi.net/~ipbar/home.htm
looks OK
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
http://home.gwi.net/~ipbar/oz/oz_index.htm
looks ok


Robin


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: freda underhill
Date: 30 Dec 03 - 08:08 AM

Hi Judy and Charlie

I have just looked through them and saved some - what great photos. Thanks for going to all that trouble - I presume that if it's worked for me, everyone else will get in as well.

It's late here & I'm off to sleep

happily

freda


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: GUEST,JudyB
Date: 30 Dec 03 - 08:37 AM

Hooray! Thanks, Freda!!

And thanks for the additional info, Foolestroupe. I'm wondering if the trouble with my Verizon site is that Verizon as a company and possibly web provider is also in Australia, and I need to add a "us" or something somewhere so it knows which one to look for - I think Charley heard from someone in Britain who could see our Verizon site, so it isn't just folks in the US who could use it. Oh well - immediate problem solved. I'll work on the other one some other day.

Thanks again to everyone who helped debug this!

JudyB


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 30 Dec 03 - 08:54 AM

And Brett in Guam can apparently view the original website because he's still in the USA, although in a territory some distance west of Maine and New Hampshire.

I'm not sure where Roger the Skiffler is located.

Wonder what the website looks like from Iceland?

Anyway, it's time that someone else who had a camera working posted some images. Maybe they better send them directly to Mudcat for posting, unless they enjoy solving website puzzles as much as Judy does.

Hey, we did have fun and sometimes there were no pictures taken. Maybe we should start working the Journal up into verse!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble, with too much time on his hands


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 30 Dec 03 - 09:17 AM

I've been so busy looking at the pics & sending links to others who were there I forgot to say THANKYOU to JudyB for all her work.

I intended to buy a scanner soon, but my clothes drier has just died & I gotta dry my clothes! Tho as I've been spending so much money recently (lots of To me From me clothing pressies!!) I might as well buy 'em both.

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 30 Dec 03 - 10:38 PM

Actually Charley I worked it out once. It's about 8,000 miles.

As for my pictures I have very few of people and I distinctly remember Charley and Judy threatening my life if I showed the first ones I took of them.

However, I too need a scanner and I am not sure if my poor computer could handle it. One of my co-workers has a business wherein he builds custom computers. I'm thinking of going to him for my next desktop.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 31 Dec 03 - 03:52 AM

Charley, I'm in Ascot, UK, on AOL and Windows XP.

RtS


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 31 Dec 03 - 08:48 AM

Thanks, Roger!

I thought you were from the UK, which I probably could have determined by accessing your personal membership file...

So we still have a mystery why our new "DSL" Verizon website isn't accessible Downunder. The Verizon tech person whom Judy finally connected with had no suggestions, did not consider it a conflict with Verizon.AU which was our best thought. We've probably run up against some kind of global firewall, either imposed by Australian authorities or little green men in flying saucers.

Maybe, I'll PM a few more Mudcatters around the world and see if we can more closely define the bounderies of this "protective bubble." We are pleased to learn that our old "dial-up" website is accessible Downunder.

Be nice to get some feedback from other Sydney folks when they wind their way back from the glorious folk music festival.

It's still 2003 around here. Happy 2004 to you!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: GUEST,JudyB
Date: 01 Jan 04 - 12:47 PM

In the rush to get the site up before the New Year, and the hassle of debugging it, I'd forgotten that I'd planned to explain a couple of things like "Wollemi Pine" and Mick Fowler - I've added details on them now (they're both on the "Around Sydney" page), and can fill in a little more information on some of the other pictures if there are any that aren't that clear. Don't know the names of all the fish - I was more interested in floating around looking at them all than listening to the talk on the ecology of the reef - but we know a little more than we wrote about most of the other photos.

I think at this point everyone can access the site through Charley's web site, and maybe someday we'll figure out why a whole continent can't reach mine.

Happy New Year!
JudyB


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Ebbie
Date: 01 Jan 04 - 01:26 PM

Great pictures. Thanks for taking us along on your Ozzie trek. It's been a great trip!


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 02 Jan 04 - 06:40 AM

Judy, I had to laugh when I re-read the bit about Victoria St being the home of low-aid people again. I think only rich folk can afford to live there now!!

But without the Builders Labourers Federation & their Green Bans we would have lost all the old buildings in Victoria St & the whole street would have been covered by buildings like the monstrosity behind the remaining 19th century free-standing mansions & terraces. I think I have a pic of the edifice, if so I'll send it to you when I can. It is lengthy & also high - lots of rich folks are crammed into that building.

For those not in the know, the BLF invented Green Bans. It's a bit hard for developers to destroy buildings or trees if the union that does the work refuses!

They were a militant left wing union, and made strange bed-fellows with the middle-class women who saved Duffy's Forest. It was one thing for left wingers & tree huggers to lay down in front of bulldozers, but imagine the fuss when nice ladies did the same AND got help from the BLF.

The current right wing government has done a lot to destroy union power in Oz. (ps. the previous so-called Labour govt did their bit, too.)

sandra

another ps. The FINGER WHARF at the Loo might be a Pier but is has never been called that. The Finger Wharf is the Finger Wharf - even tho rich folks live there in apartments & other rich folks dine or stay in the boutique hotel that shares the wharf with the apartments. In it's working days it was the embarkation point for Australian troops leaving for WWI & WWII.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JudyB
Date: 02 Jan 04 - 06:56 AM

Thanks, Sandra!

I know we'd talked a little about the saving of Victoria Street while we were strolling along it, but I wasn't taking notes and couldn't remember enough details to add anything to the words on the plaque.

I've changed the caption for the Finger Wharf - not sure where I got the idea it was called the Pier.

JudyB


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 02 Jan 04 - 08:39 AM

Good notes, Sandra, on Victoria St. and Woolloomooloo. I've actually been researching these neighborhoods since the mid 1970's after seeing a documentary film entitled WOOLLOOMOOLOO in an urban studies class. According to my notes::

"In the early 1970's the inner city neighborhood of Woolloomooloo in Sidney, Australia, was threatened by massive urban renewal. The resistance by the residents; the cooperation gained from the building and trades union; the roles of the politicians, real estate speculators, and city planners; the battles with goon squads and with the police; is all effectively presented in the documentary film Woolloomooloo. Sydney poet Denis Kevans and Builders Laborers organizer Seamus Gill were in the thick of the fight and livened things up with such great songs as this one, patterned after the old sailors drinking song 'All for Me Grog.'" One of the protest songs featured in this film was this one:

Words by Denis Kevans and Seamus Gill © 1973
Tune: traditional "All for Me Grog"

Across the Western Suburbs

Oh, me name it is Fred,
In Sydney born and bred,
And the inner-city used to be my home, boys,
But it's caused me heart to grieve
For I've had to take me leave,
Now across the Western Suburbs I must roam, boys.

Chorus:

Under concrete and glass,
Sydney's disappearing fast;
It's all gone for profit and for plunder;
Though we really want to stay,
They keep driving us away,
Now across the Western suburbs we must wander.

Now where is me house,
Me little terrace house?
It's all gone for profit and for plunder,
For the wreckers of the town
Just came up and knocked it down;
Now across the Western Suburbs we must wander...

Thanks to Bob Bolton, I had the pleasure of meeting Denis in Blackheath back in 2001, sang some songs with him and raised a glass or two.

It's undoubtedly true that Victoria St. is highly gentrified now but I was under the impression that much of the low lying neighborhood behind the Finger Wharf is still low and moderate income residential, something which was not in the original "urban renewal" plan. What seems to have happened is a more gradual "displacement," with a few dramatic highrise condos sticking up like the sore thumbs they are, as you've pointed out.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: JennieG
Date: 02 Jan 04 - 08:22 PM

It worked for me - awesome! Sandra sent me the link, I have been away at the Gulgong festival. Warmish - nearly hot *grin*, lots of good music and fun.
I thought I should avert my eyes from those nekkid fish though.
Thank you, Charley and Judy!
Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 03 Jan 04 - 06:49 AM

Charley - you're right about the low & medium density & cost housing in the Loo - Victoria St is in Potts Point, I was forgetting about the wider area & whole plan.

The Loo has a lot of Housing Commission homes, as well as Aboriginal Housing authority houses & the Talbot, and lots of rich folk, too who
own or are buying their own homes. Low cost acccomodation leads to poor people & people with various problems, and the presence of the Matthew Talbot, a large establishment run by the Catholic Church for homeless men, leads to even more transient people.

There are many folks who object to the behavior of some of their neighbours, whether in low-cost accommodation, or spending time in the parks & lanes of the area.

Some folks just write to newspapers, some try to help but one night recently a pack of rich hoons attacked a group of homeless men, doing some nasty injuries. They dressed in black Matrix coats (very theatrical!!), wore dark glasses & used clubs to show they were serious about this threat to their neighbourhood. They also contacted the press later saying they were professionals (of what I wondered) & defended their actions, blah blah - saying all the kinds of things low lives say to defend the indefensible. I wonder if they won converts to their way of thinking.

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: freda underhill
Date: 03 Jan 04 - 07:14 AM

Hi Charlie

I was in Woolloomooloo on New Years Eve. There was a street party down close to the harbour, and a lot of people were about. The area is beautiful and is a mix of gentry & urban poor.

In the late 80s i used to do cartoons for the BLF (builder's Labourer's Federation) which was the union which had implemented all the green bans. It was an interesting time, when politics was acted out on the streets. Unions, developers, police.. the police in sydney were very corrupt in the 70s and it was a tough time.There was a journalist called Juanita Neilson who ran a local community newspaper in the area. she documented all the goings on and was murdered (her body was never found).

freda


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 03 Jan 04 - 09:23 AM

Freda-

I remember reading about "Juanita Neilson." There is certainly nothing romantic about an investigative reporter getting murdered. Too bad "they" got away with it.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 04 Jan 04 - 07:19 AM

"They" always get away with it.

I learned recently another lesson in how he rich get richer. It's not just that they don't "waste" their money but that they have figured out how not to pay their bills. I have two friends here who were hired to go to the bahamas for a specila construction job an some rich bastard's second or third or fourth home. Now he owes them for the rest of the job and he's refusing to pay. One of the guys has a friend in the FBI and is talking to him about ensuring that this guy gets an invasive body cavity search every time he flies into the USA.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 04 Jan 04 - 07:34 AM

Brett, I used to know a bloke who worked at (Oz) Customs who told the story of sitting next to a loud obnoxious drunk coming back from the Middle East some years before. The drunk was from a culture that does not take alcohol & he didn't speak English either. (ps. it was years before the current climate of suspecting nationals of different cultures & appearances)

When they were close to landfall, the attandants handed out Customs cards & the drunk threw his at my friend. No please, or any comment, so my friend politely filled it in & handed it back. Knowing that this bloke had a very short fuse, we did wonder how he had put up with the invasive behaviour for hours.

While he was in the queue he saw a few of his mates, so quietly told tehm that he had filled in the card for the still noisy drunk & had ticked off everything - yes he had drugs, yes he had been on farm, yes he had foodstuffs. etc. They all smiled.

So did we when he told us.

sandra


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 04 Jan 04 - 09:53 PM

Ah yes, it's nice to hear when the obnoxious ones get taken down a peg or two.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: GUEST,A student Amanda
Date: 26 May 04 - 12:25 PM

I want to find out how about the snake,Mute Fate,one the deadliest snakes that kills you silently.Do you have pictures on it or infomation?


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Naemanson
Date: 27 May 04 - 12:05 AM

I never heard of Mute Fate. Can you elaborate?


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 27 May 04 - 09:55 AM

Bob Bolton needs to deal with this request. Could someone alert him?

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 28 May 04 - 12:00 AM

G'day Charley,

I'm afraid "... the snake,Mute Fate ..." sounds a bit metaphorical (if not metaphysical!) compared the real-world ones I mentioned back in August last year.

Many of our venomous snakes have quite a few vernacular names ... but those tend to be a little more direct that our GUEST's quest (especially when you decided to rest on a long hike, as my father once did, and you sit down on a nice comfortable-looking pile of dried leaves by the track ... to discover you have actually sat on top of the camouflage of loose leaves heaped up over a Death Adder [Acanthorpis antarcticus] waiting to prey on passing small animals. Dad reckoned it would be a toss-up who made the best time in opposite direction - him or the Death Adder!)

Regard(les)s,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: Charley Noble
Date: 28 May 04 - 09:06 AM

And "Good D'y" to you, Bob!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: Snakes
From: GUEST,lesdelice@msn.com
Date: 09 Jul 04 - 09:06 AM

Seeking names of the 10 deadliest snakes in the world.


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Subject: RE: OZ Foray from Maine & Guam-Late November
From: GUEST,ClaireBear
Date: 09 Jul 04 - 11:10 AM

In case A student Amanda still wants to know, I've just retrieved the information that the story "A Shipment of Mute Fate," written by Martin Storm and made in 1949 into a radioplay for the "Escape" series, concerned a bushmaster (a South American pit viper) loose on an ocean liner.

Can't speak to the 10 deadliest snakes question, but surely that can't be hard to find out, given the Internet? Or just ask at a reptile store...


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