ROAD CCCCRASH: Behaviour on the road has a lot to do with death toll

DAUGHTER IS PLEASED THAT HER MUM PASSED THE TEST. Below: YOUNG-OLD AS COMPARED TO 75-YEARS-OLD.

COMPLACENCY AND DRIVER DISTRACTION ARE DEFINITELY A COCKTAIL FOR ANY ROAD CRISIS. FRANK MORRIS REPORTS.

OK. Let’s face it, you can’t lay the full blame on the vehicle in a crash. So, it must be you -- the driver.

More the 1200 lost their lives in car crashes in 2019. In 2018, it was 1135; and 1225 in 2017.

A crash is more likely to be reported if it involves a truck and a 4WD, but what factors caused the crash? They are less likely to rate a mention.

However, once optimism comes in to play: people just don’t believe it will happen to them.

Another dangerous pitfall is driver distraction.

Text messaging when you’re driving is illegal, stupid and dangerous with a capital D. 

Learning skills is one of the objects in a safe driving course. Developing and applying appropriate driving behaviour is the end goal.

Make some enquires about having a post-licence training course, developed on the principles of low-risk driving.

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WHERE YOU LIVE …
ADAVALE, QUEENSLAND, ORGINALLY CALLED ADA’S VEIL, WAS BECAUSE IN 1879 A WOMAN WAS TRAVELLING WITH HER HUSBAND TO TINTINCHELLA LOST HER VEIL DURING THE CROSSING OF BACKWATER CREEK. IT WAS CHANGED TO ADAVALE WHEN THE RAILWAY REACHED THE TOWNSHIP.
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Truck traffic is still at the crux of many of our road accidents. However, it appears that the volume of trucks on our roads is not the problem but it’s driver behaviour.

Large trucks were only involved in only 10 per cent of road fatalities, according to a 2003 survey. 0f those, 67 per cent were not the fault of the truck driver.

Motorists were up in arms over the way, they believe, a truckie will force them into “dangerous situations”.

Here’s what you can do. Every time you hit the road follow this checklist and help to save lives.

Always wear your seatbelt.

Reduce blind spots by checking the position of your mirrors, head restraint and seat before starting the engine.

Concentrate! It sounds obvious but it’s easy to forget you’re using a potentially lethal weapon. Limit distractions by keeping your mobile out of reach so you’re nor tempted to answer it.

The road is there to share – watch out for cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.

If you’re feeling tired, don’t fight it. Stop and take a break.

Remember: there’s no such thing as safe speeding.

If you’re buying a car, it pays to get the safest one you can afford.

<< NRMA Open Road, 2006.

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WHERE YOU LIVE …
ALBION PARK, NSW, IS PART OF SAMUEL TERRY’S GRANT LOCATED ALONGSIDE THE MACQUARIE RIVULET. IN 1838, AFTER TERRY’S DEATH, THE PROPERTY WAS TAKEN OVER BY JOHN TERRY HUGHES WHO OWNED THE ALBION BREWERY. THIS LATER BECAME TOOHYEY’S BREWERY. ALBION IS AN OLD NAME FOR BRITAIN AND WAS ORIGINALLY SUGGESTED AS THE NAME FOR SYDNEY. –FM. BACKGROUND: AUSTRALIAN PLACE NAMES.


Some old favourite Aussie movie stars of the silent era!

JESSICA HARCOURT (RIGHT) AND EVA NOVAK STAR IN FOR THE TERM OF HIS NATURAL LIFE. Below: EVA NOVAK GETTING THE EYE FROM AN ERRANT SEA DRIFTER.

Australian leading film star of the silent days, Jessica Harcourt, dies in Sydney in 1988.  Frank Morris

Harcourt, who was 84, was always billed as “the beautiful Jessica Harcourt” on posters publicising her films.

She played Sarah Purfoy in the 1927 film of For the Term of His Natural Life, the third version of Marcus Clarke’s classic novel.

Produced by American Norman Dawn at a cost of $120,000, the film broke box-office records Australia-wide for a local production.

The film was further distinguished for two other reasons: it starred Hollywood actress Eva Novak in the leading role; and the author’s daughter, Marion Marcus Clarke, who played the hero’s mother.

This powerful production of Dawn’s For the Term of His Natural Life is just one of the more than 40,000 film and television productions preserved by the National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra.

When For the Term of His Natural Life was trotted out for the movies, it gave particular praise for George Fisher who played Rufus Dawes and Arthur McLaglen’s role as Gabbett.

“The film, preached The Argus, “marked a new enterprise in the production of motion pictures in Australia”.

As far as the McLaglen role was concerned, “he played Gabbett, an escaped prisoner who killed his four companions, with disconcerting starkness”.

COMING: Leading Hollywood actress Eva Novak almost stole the show.


Lego Master: Final. With Kjeld Kristiansen, what you see is what you get!

KRISTIANSEN, ALWAYS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO BUILD IN LEGO. Below: FOUR BRIGHT SPARKS BUILD OWN PROJECT WHILE KRISTIANSEN LOOKS ON.

KRISTIANSEN BUILT HIS WALL OF LEGO.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

The company began as a wooden toymaker, then drifted into plastics, and settled firmly into building bricks. The end result was the familiar famous Lego.

Its bricks have eight studs which fit into endless numbers of their counterparts, in what seems an infinite number of ways. The key invention, which is attributed to Kjeld’s father, happed in 1958.

The ways the studs and tube coupling systems work make it easy to track down any Lego configuration possible. The name derives from an abbreviation of the Danish phrase LEg GOtd, which means “play well”.

As competition has grown the organisation has fought hard to maintain its rights to the basic Lego building notion. A legal department oversees a variety of infringement suits brought by the group in various countries around the world.

The best protection, however, stems from the fast-developing product lines. The systems have been increasingly combined with mechanical and electronic devices.

Over the past 40 years, from the day Lego was available, 300 million children have played with the bricks. In

January, 1997, the group launched Lego Scala aimed at “big girls”, meaning those five years old and above.

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WHERE YOU LIVE …
NOT FAR FROM APOLLO BAY, VICTORIA, A HOLIDAY RESORT SOUTH-WEST OF GEELONG, TAKES ITS NAME FROM THE BAY WHICH CAPTAIN LOUTIT NAMED AFTER HIS SCHOONER.  APOLLO BAY, IN THE DAYS OF SETTLEMENT, WAS CALLED MIDDLETON; THEN IN 1874 WAS CHANGED TO KAMBRUK, AN ABORIGINAL WORD FOR “SANDY PLACE”. BY 1952, IT WAS CALLED APOLLO BAY. – FM.
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In addition to the core business, the enterprise has opened Legoland parks, of which there are two: at home in Billund and in Windsor, close to the British royal family’s castle.

A third park was slated to open in Carlsbad, California, in 1999.

Kristiansen says that the parks work because “in general they are based on skills, not thrills, and on participation more than diversion.

“There are no white-knuckle rides, and we want everyone who goes to learn something”.

Other diversifications include a licensed line of Lego children’s wear, Lego books, watches, bed linen and computer games.

Kristiansen continues to be a local boy: straight, honest and true.

After you have talked to him you realises that want you see is what you get.

<< Master builder … by Hale Richards, The European, April 24, 1997.

Frank Morris comment: There are several more Legoland Parks in 2020. Florida, Malaysia, Dubai, Japan and Germany.  Global revenue 5.16 billion euros in 2019.


OZ SPOT: Doctor Livingstone I presume!

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

In 1889, the explorer Henry Stanley, famous for finding Dr David Livingstone in Africa, received praise for his latest successful expedition, to relieve Mehmed Emin Pasha, a governor in the Egyptian Sudan. The expedition greatly increased Western knowledge of the “Dark Continent”. The Herald said it would be good for the locals too. “The ignorant savage soon awakes to the knowledge … the white people from far-off lands will take a keen interest in his material and religious welfare”. – FM.

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VALE FOR MAN WHO SAVED OUR HERITAGE
The word ‘greenies’ was once used to describe conservationists. And then a strange thing happened. The NSW Builders Laborers Union, under the leadership of Jack Mundey, steps in. Jack Mundey died in May aged 92. He introduced bans on building work which threatened the national heritage. This was a first in industrial action. Some sites saved thanks to Jack Mundey and his green bans: Kelly’s Bush, Eastlakes, The Rocks, The Botanic Gardens, Centennial Park/Moore Park, Woolloomooloo, Victoria Street, Surry Hills. And there were others.

Next Grand Years will be published on 29 May 2020.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 14 May 20

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