Thursday, May 9, 2019

Southern Border Accommodation Park

The only caravan park in Texas, Qld. is at 2 Avon Street and you can look at their website for more information.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Southern Border Accommodation Park

Texas is a wonderful place.

Texas in Queensland, that is, not the other one in US, where they are always killing one another.

In Texas Queensland it is quiet, relaxed and very friendly.

Better still you should stay at the Southern Border Accommodation Park where Sandra and Jason are two of the friendliest hosts you will ever meet. They have only been running the park since February 2019 and are working hard to make the park one of the best in Queensland.

Drop in and have a chat with Sandra, who is very knowledgeable about the district around Texas, and I'm sure you will stay for a while.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Corel Paintshop Pro 2019 Ultimate

If you have Paintshop Pro 2018 and you are thinking of upgrading to 2019 Ultimate (as I did) be very careful which payment system you use. My transaction went through Paymentwall which appears to be one of Corels methods of payment, and although the system said it would send an order confirmation email, it never did.

The confirmation email not only tells you about your payment and act like a receipt, it also tells you the serial number for any of the software that you have paid for and also the download link to the software.

Then when you start a conversation with Corel you will end up with something like mine. More than twenty emails over as many days just trying to get them to understand what has happened. The person who "LOOKED AFTER MY CASE" did not have English as their first language, and was that ever a hassle. Worst customer experience I have ever had.

As a result of my experience I will never again deal with or upgrade any of my Corel software ever again.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Who wants to be an Australian

After that shameful episode in South Africa today, who in their right mind would admit to being an Australian.

I don't follow cricket, but what Cameron Bancroft did was bloody awful.

Then you get Brad Hogg get up on television and say, "oh, we shouldn't fire them, they will learn by their mistake"

What a load of rubbish.

Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith and David Warner should all be banned from playing for Australia for ever. And Lehman should also be fired, never to coach Australia again.

Most disgusting episode ever. Australia should never say anything about other people cheating in any sport, because CHEATING, was exactly what those overpaid little boys did, CHEAT.

And why don't I follow cricket ?

Because it is not sport anymore. It is only a place where those overpaid little boys can walk around "SLEDGING" the other players. These days it is all about "SLEDGING", another word for being a legal bully on the playing field, also a disgusting habit.

Get rid of the bloody lot of them; they don't deserve to be playing.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Woolworths Spaghetti Bolognese

If you see this in the store, KEEP WALKING.


 If all you want is spaghetti and tomato sauce, then go to the isle where you will find both and go home and make it yourself, because that is all you will get in this pack, and, you will pay just a fraction of the price.



Tuesday, May 10, 2016

What to do with those horses

Well, we can't keep them in the back yard, hang on, I know, we will put them out in the paddock.

And there they stayed. No visits and the only food was what they could find, and apparently no running water. This is in a paddock opposite the Silver Wattle caravan park in Mount Morgan, Queensland and this photograph was taken early February when the temperature was in the high thirties.

Some people should have the same thing done to them.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Gee, dad's dumb; doesn't he know that it goes in here.

The still doesn't show it, but dad's head is bobbing up and down furiously. He is on pooh duties, massaging the anus of a baby and when the white bubble pops out he will take it away from the nest.

Us dads are always working, someone has to stay here and keep an eye on them.

Friday, September 26, 2014


My black and white friends have a new baby, hatched today.

The best parents in the world.

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Afghan Crisis

England and Russia.

Late cable news informs us that the Afghan frontier difficulty has been definitely settled, the protocol of the agreement between England and Russia having been signed by the two powers.

ENGLAND AND RUSSIA. (1885, September 15). Goulburn Herald (NSW : 1881 - 1907), p. 2. TROVE

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Queensland, where alpacas come to die

Isn't it a wonderful world. Isn't Queensland a wonderful state.

Here you can beat a couple of animals to death a get a pat on the back for it.

We allow a couple of idiots to beat two alpacas to death and just give them a slap on the wrist, now go away and don't do it again.

What is wrong with the judicatory ?
Are they asleep at the wheel ?
All the lights are on and no one is home ?

I am definitely not an animal rights campaigner, but this is just ludicrous. The dictionary says in the definition of ludicrous 'amazingly absurd'.
We pay the judicatory a small fortune to give us judgments like this. If I made such a judgment during my working day, I would get my arse fired out the door.
The Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie says "He didn't spend any time in jail at all, and we do feel that's disappointing."
What, is the boss scared that this judge will throw him in jail for being disrespectful of his court ?

These few words here don't even come close to what I am thinking of this judge.

Judge Judy does a better job

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Tunnels and who should pay for them

Tunnel failures drive Gongestion tax Calls

by ANDREW MACDONALD in theCourier Mail 23/2/1913

AN inner-Brisbane congestion charge should be considered as a traffic-busting way to fund fufure large-scale infrastrucfure projects, say experts. The call for the reignition of debate over the politically volatile road-use tariff comes as Airport Link this week became Brisbane's second multi-billion-dollar tunnel project to financially collapse.

University of Queensland economist Professor John Quiggin said current tolling was falling short of revenue and congestion-reduction objectives and debate over introducing targeted charges for drivers on our most clogged roads during peak periods should be restarted.

He said the rethink could also involve reducing or scrapping tolls on the new roads to encourage use and further reduce congestion.

"The basic idea is that if you look at the way we charge for roads at the moment we (toll) the nicest newest roads, which are the ones that we would like people to use," he said. "So we're taking people off the roads that we want them on and putting them on to the roads that we don't want them on. A congestion charge has the merit of (being) relatively straightforward to collect and it picks out the busiest area."

Prof Quiggin said despite logical arguments for a congestion tariff, few politicians or interest groups were willing to champion or initiate debate.

Targeted charges for driving in specific zones near the centres of major cities like London, Stockholm and Singapore have become accepted means of reducing congestion, while also providing revenue for other projects.

In Australia individuals like former Treasury boss Ken Henry have also floated congestion charges to generate revenue for projects.

However, Premier Campbell Newman has strongly opposed such fees and his office yesterday referred a query on the issue to Transport Minister Scott Emerson.

Mr Emerson's office said a congestion charge was not a current consideration.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk "strongly opposed" such a charge, his office said.
A few points to consider.
1.    don't we already pay a huge sum of money every year to register our vehicles
                What's that for, so they can have biscuits and tea every day or is it to build and maintain roads
2.    have a congestion tax so they can do away with the tolls on the tunnels
                have you ever seen a pig knock back food
3.    who dreams up these numbers for usage when these tunnels are built
                what, do they use a dart board, no, it is just the greedy high flyers thinking about how much money they would like to make
4.    "
A congestion charge has the merit of (being) relatively straightforward to collect"
                oh yeah, and how long did it take them to figure out how to do the current tolling
I'm sure you will think of other points about this debacle.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Email Scams and GUMTREE

If you are considering selling any items on GUMTREE (and probably on other sites as well) you should take a look at the   following post   on this blog.

There are a number of scamers out there, and a number of them seem to reside in the Malasya - Singapore area, and they are very cleaver at getting you started on talking to them. Once they do get you to respond, they will step up the pressure and try to get you to send money to them. Of course they will make all sorts of claims about dealing with PayPal and Western Union, but the end result is to separate you from your money.

If they do get you to send money, you can just kiss it good-bye. There is no known way to get it back. It will be gone.

Go   have a look at the post   and be for-warned.

Here are some links to other articles about the same problem.

What is SMS fraud?


This next one will explain how a scam can work, read point 5 carefully.

Learn how to protect yourself from gumtree scams 

  Stay up to date with this blog and hear the latest about these scamers. On the right hand side you will see where you can enter your email address and every time someone posts a new comment, you will receive a copy.


Saturday, October 20, 2012

How a bureaucrat fixes a traffic problem

Many years ago in another life in the wonderful state of Queensland we had a Premier named the Joh Bjelke-Petersen. Among other things Joh thought Queensland was the most wonderful place to live and he wanted other Australians to experience the same thing so he invited them all to come and live here, now we know that was a mistake, our infrastructure just won't cope with the number of cars on our roads.

However, in the Bligh government there was a bureaucrat who listened to his minister when the minister wanted something done about the traffic jams on the Bruce Highway coming into Brisbane from the north. 
The bureaucrat said to himself, I've got a bit of spare money in the bank, why don't we put up some signs telling the motorists how long it'll take to get to the next exit, that'll fix everything. And so, after spending approximately $4 million they erected four signs that tell you how many minutes it'll take you to get to the next exit. I wonder, given the current Newman government policies if that bureaucrat still takes home money out of the public purse.

Rather than spend 4 million on trying to fix the traffic problems we'll just tell people how long they have got to suffer and at the same time we'll tell them in the media every day that the suffering is going to go on for a lot longer and it's going to get a lot worse. 


$4 million well spent, don't you think!!!


Friday, September 14, 2012

Another Money Scam

This email arrived to-day,

Having received your Claim Application, I am writing to inform you that I am a delegate from the United Nations Human Settlements Programme and to notify you finally about your outstanding Compensation payment of $2,811,041.00 USD with identification number UPS/UNHSP/280/012. This compensation is being made for losses/damages as a result of accident or illness. For more information, contact the UPS Dispatch Officer with your Name, Resident Address and Telephone Number for the delivery of your cashier check.

 United Parcel Service (UPS) 
Contact Name: Robert Ayo 
Tel: +2347039278107 


Please take note that you will pay a shipping/handling fee of $95.00 USD to UPS

Thanks for your patience. Smith Liz . Programme Manager United Nations Human Settlements Programme.


It was sent from this address -

Other addresses used in this scam -

You will note that they tell you up front that you will have to pay $95. If only ten people respond, they will have almost $1000. Of course, once you send the money, you will not hear from them again, unless they think you are good for a second bite.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

EMAIL Scam addresses

If you are selling anything on the net through sites like Gumtree or Trading Post and I'm sure there are others, do not respond to any SMS you get on your phone asking you to write to an email address.

If they don't want to talk to you, person to person, without hiding their phone number, you can bet they are trying to hide something else.

If they suggest or say anything about overseas, whether they are overseas or they want the goods sent overseas, treat it as a scam. Who in their right mind would buy a car in Australia and then pay the cost of shipping it to Malasya or Saudi Arabia when you can purchase something like a Mercedes Benz in those countries, brand new for half the price.

They will often tell you that they can't phone you because there are strict rules about making phone calls, or there is bad weather, or they are on an oil rig. For the same sorts of reasons they can't come and see the item but they will have a 'shipping agent' who will pick it up.

One of the most common things you will notice about these scamers is, they will talk about the money, but rarely, if ever, will they ask to see the item you are selling. They will almost certainly be prepared to buy the item unseen. If it is a car, don't send a photograph showing the number plate or other identifying plates (VIN or engine number), you might be surprised how quickly they seem to already own it or have some sort of claim on it.

Don't let anyone take possession of any goods, no matter what the reason, until you have the money in the bank. Not a cheque in the mail, not even a bank cheque from what appears to be a recognised bank, wait until it is cleared by your bank (usually 4 working days).

And don't send money to them (the so called buyers) for any reason. When was the last time you had to pay your bank a sum of money so that they could give some money. You are the seller, you don't have to pay to sell items, so why would you have to send money to them so that you can get the money they have supposedly paid to you, usually via PayPal or Western Union.


The following email addresses and variants of them are known scammers:

The following are from other people who have written with addresses that they have found.

If you have any more email addresses please post a comment below. Even if you don't have a new email address please add a comment and let's show just how big and widespread this problem is. It may prompt someone in a government somewhere to do something about the scamers and other criminals on the internet.

Here is the text of a typical email sent by one of the scamers -

Thanks for the mail, I am very keen. How i wish i could come for viewing and inspection as am currently overseas at the moment and i want it picked up before i get back. I would be paying via PayPal which is safer for me or bank transfer as well safe. Kindly send me a paypal payment invoice or create an account at if you don't have one or your bank details for me to make payment. I will make a concrete pick up arrangement with my transport agent who will be coming over for pick up once you receive full payment into your account. I will be expecting your email.I will need this following details so i can proceed with the payment right away
Are you the first owner? What is your reason for selling it?
Have a nice day.

Would you buy something without seeing it ? Some of these items are cars and boats and they have to be here in person to register them. In Queensland at least, a human being must front up with the paper work to register or change the ownership. Once it is registered, they can renew it by electronic means. If they are overseas, they can't register it and if they do send someone to pick it up, it will remain in your name, and everything that happens after that will happen in your name.

On some of these emails you will find an email address that purports to be for PayPal and looks legitimate such as -    or   BUT
the underlying address that the email will go to is -   or, which of course are scam addresses.  DON'T WRITE TO THEM  

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Long-neck visitor

While I was working inside this afternoon a commotion began in the back yard and when I went to investigate, there to my surprise was a long-neck turtle being harassed by everything that could fly, at least two dozen birds, all squacking and going nuts over the intruder.

I don't know how far he had travelled but he was dry and looked as if he could do with a feed and a good dose of H2O. I found a large tub, placed a house brick in the middle and enough water to be level with the top of the brick. I then went to the fridge and got a piece of steak and cut it into small slivers and back to the turtle. Droped a piece in the water and he was onto it in an instant. Within a minute he had eaten the lot; guess he was a bit hungry.

Now, what to do with him. He couldn't stay where he was and it would be no good taking him to the local creek; too many very busy roads around. After a phone call to the local wild life people, lake Kurwongbah was suggested, which is just a couple of miles away, so in the car and off to the lake.

It is a big lake and I'm assured that he has relatives living there. I hope he is happy in his new home. It is always a good feeling to see them go free.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Abbotorie Worker

Seen on the Australian Government Jobs website an ad for an -

Abbotoire Worker

I wonder what an Abbotorie is ?

There is not much hope for all those unemployed workers when the people who have a well paid job can't even spell.

The ad was posted by a company called 'Jobfind Centre', what they need is to find a dictionary.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Customer service nuance style

I get yet another email from them saying that I should uninstall the software from the old computer so
that it will be properly de-activated and you can keep your activation for the software.

Bit hard to do when the old computer does not work any more.

Then they tell me that they have reset the number of activation so that I should now be able to activate my software. Why not just do that the first time around instead of all this nonsense of to and fro emails.

This is a company that could take a lead (and learn something about customer service) from someone like Dyson. Even though the problem has been resolved it leaves a bad taste and you would have to think twice about dealing with them again.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Nuance Customer Service

Watch these pages.

A simple matter of moving a piece of software from one computer to another, and already this nuance crowd have started hiding behind so called customer service talk.

These people are going to take the mantle away from microsoft in the how to treat the customer stakes.

There will be more about this and I will post it right here for the world to see.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Flood 2011

The floods in Queensland in 2010-2011 produced many images to remind us of the power of water and how destructive it can be. This photograph is but one of them and it shows how high the water level can get in a very short time.

The photograph was taken standing on the north bound lanes of the bridge over the North Pine River in Petrie looking towards Lawnton. The top rail of the south bound deck is normally about eight meters above the water level in the river.