Up, up away! Take a balloon ride anywhere in Australia

GOING SEAWARD! BALLOONING OR EVEN A PARACHUTING RIDE WILL TAKE YOU SKYWARD. YOU’LL AMBLE OVER THE SEA, LAKES OR RIVER COMPLEXES IN AUSTRALIA – IT CAN BE ALL THINGS TO ALL PEOPLE. IT’S A MIXTURE OF MONUMENTAL, COLOSSAL AND STUPENDOUS, ROLLED INTO ONE. YOU’LL HAVE TAKEN ONE THE GREATEST TRIPS IN THE WORLD. YOU’LL TALK ABOUT IT FOR YEARS. IT WILL BE WORTH IT. FM.


A Short Story: Bruno and Alice – One Woman’s Poison

THIS MAN WAS NO STRANGER, THOUGHT ALICE. WE OFTEN SHARED A GARDEN SEAT BUT HAD NEVER SPOKEN!

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

As a rule of thumb, if you’re attracted to a man and want him to take an interest in you, then I suggest you should try not to poison his descendants.

I learned that lesson last summer. A gentleman who lived in the neighbourhood strolled by my apartment building with his two great grandchildren in tow. This man was no stranger. We had often shared a bench down at the statue-garden but had never spoken.

In fact, the last time I had seen him I asked after his health and was brushed off like I had asked for spare change.

But here he was in front of my ground-floor apartment with two beautiful little grandkids, and I thought I’d take another shot at showing him that I was interested. I waved hello and asked him if the toddlers might like a cool drink.

He accepted and ambled across, introducing himself at last. “My name is Bruno.”

I sat the little ones at the kitchen table with some juice. And, as they were drinking, Bruno wandered into the living room. He was impressed by my wall of bookcases -- nobody reads anymore – and, before long, we were pulling out one volume after another.

We spoke about various things like literature, art and music. We had many similar interests.

Suddenly, Bruno was struck by the silence in the kitchen. He got up from his lounge chair and ducked out around the corner to make sure the kiddies were okay.

I pursued him. The youngest child was standing before the open cupboard under the sink with a bottle of squirt liquid close to her lips.

It was awful. The child was unharmed but could easily have been in real danger. I felt terrible and sputtered something about being older and having to keep all the cleaning supplies within easy reach.

It had never occurred to me, at 70 years of age, to childproof my own home!

Nothing terrible had happened, but the incident was awkward and embarrassing. When he left with the children, I was sure I would never see him again …

<< Canada Public Health.

COMING SOON: HOW DID WE MEET, BRUNO WAS ASKED. WELL, I’II TELL YOU.


Laugh at the Cat …

“HMMM! THAT’S CHRISTMAS”.


REMEMBER WHEN …

IN FIFTY YEARS, THE AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY FOR MEN IN AUSTRALIA HAD ROCKETED FROM 50 TO 70 YEARS, IN 1953. AND, FOR THAT YEAR, WOMEN JUMPED FROM 52 TO 72.

THE MINISTER FOR HEALTH, SIR EARLE PAGE, SAID THAT “IT WAS DUE TO BETTER HEALTH CONDITIONS”.

HE SAID THE PRINCIPAL CAUSES OF DEATH IN 1903, WERE DIGESTIVE ORGANS, TUBERCULOSIS AND HEART DISEASE.

IN 1923, SUPPLIES OF INSULIN WOULD BECOME PLENTIFUL AND CHEAPER, WHICH IS GOOD NEWS FOR DIABETES SUFFERERS.


CCCCRASH: What do you do if you are in a car crash? 

DON’T PANIC. THE COLLISION MAY BE SERIOUS OR JUST A BINGLE.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

Whether it’s just a scratch or a write-off, a collision is not the time to panic especially if you don’t know your rights and obligations.

Here is an easily-to-understand post-crash guide that will assist you in the long run:

Turn on your hazard lights and make sure you are safe. You don’t want to end up in a second collision because another motorist can’t see you.

Ladies – don’t panic. For both genders, if you get of your car without stopping to check for traffic, you risk the trauma of being injured or killed.

Determine where your car is. If it’s on the roadside, stay in your car and keep your seatbelt on. People are sometimes injured and killed while awaiting for assistance.

If anyone is injured, call 000. Call emergency services. Don’t rely on people at the crash site as they may be too distressed and forget to do it.

​Your location details must be noted. If you don’t know the address, provide landmarks. You must record important information, including:

Names and phone number of all people involved in the crash … plus witnesses and the other driver’s licence details.

A quick diagram showing where vehicle occupants were seated. Direction of the vehicles. Which lanes?

The date, time, and weather condition; exchange insurance company information; do not discuss who was at fault to anybody other than police.

You must then report the incident to police. These conditions would apply:

A driver refuses to provide his or her details; a person is injured; any vehicles require towing.

Any damage to property other than the vehicles involved?

Anyone suspects intoxicating drugs or alcohol was a factor.

Major crashes must be reported to police as soon as possible; at least within 24 hours. Failing to do so can impose a penalty notice.

A driver can report any crash to police if he and she feels it is necessary.

<< Other articles on road incidents will follow later. The background  for these articles are taken from Open Road; and Frank Morris.

COMING: Lack of sleep. Four-part series on sleep disturbance among our population!


SPIDERS GALORE! Australia’s most dangerous – and they’re out to get you

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

WITH HIGHLY TOXIC VENOM PRODUCED IN LARGE AMOUNTS, AND LARGE FANGS, FUNNEL-WEBS ARE READY TO INJECT IT. 

THE FUNNEL-WEB SPIDER IS WITHOUT DOUBT THE DEADLIEST IN AUSTRALIA, PERHAPS THE WORLD.

FOUND IN NSW, IN FORESTS AS WELL AS POPULATED URBAN AREAS, THE SYDNEY FUNNEL-WEB BURROWS IN HUMID SHELTERED PLACES.

THEY CAN BE QUITE AGGRESSIVE WHEN THREATENED.

THOUGH JUST 1.5 TO 3.5CM BIG, THE FUNNEL-WEB MALE HAS FANGS THAT CAN PUT A BROWN SNAKE TO SHAME.

THE MALE SPIDER CAN KILL. IT’S BITE IS SIX TIMES MORE VENOMOUS THAN A FEMALE.

ONE IN SIX BITES CAN CAUSE A SEVERE REACTION. THE ANTIVENOM WAS MADE AVAILABLE IN 1981. SINCE THEN, NO FATALITIES HAVE BEEN RECORDED.

THERE ARE ABOUT 40 SPECIES IN AUSTRALIA, BUT ONLY SIX HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO HAVE CAUSED ANY SEVERE PROBLEMS. << Adapted from Australian Geographic, 2014.

GRAND YEARS WILL APPEARED AGAIN ON FEBRUARY 1.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 14 January 21

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