Spares an es­sen­tial out bush

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Tom Zaun­mayr

Safe or sorry

When trav­el­ling out be­yond the black stump it pays to be well-pre­pared. Wa­ter, food, fuel, spare parts, first aid and emer­gency equip­ment are all ab­so­lute es­sen­tials.

On our dirt roads it is strongly rec­om­mended to carry two good qual­ity spare tyres as well, as the gravel and off-road tracks can be un­for­giv­ing.

Well one driver we spot­ted at the shops last week def­i­nitely wanted to have all his bases cov­ered by the looks of it. Hitched to the side of his trailer were six tyres, three with rims.

Per­haps these trav­ellers have been burnt be­fore.

Palmer Po­etry

We need to talk about Clive Palmer. The ec­cen­tric Queens­land busi­ness­man at the cen­tre of the palaver at Sino Iron south of Kar­ratha has had a pretty tu­mul­tuous few years, and one could for­give him for find­ing a muse to keep his mind oc­cu­pied.

That muse, it seems, is po­etry. For the past few months Palmer has taken to Twit­ter to jot down the ele­gant thoughts which come to mind.

One of­fer­ing last week re­ally caught our at­ten­tion: Old man Old man Old man Old man Old man Nap­pies. You can fol­low Palmer on Twit­ter for more beau­ti­ful po­ems such as the one above.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Just a few spares.

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