From truckies’ lives on the roads
The lesson here is – make sure you end the calls.
AS SPY gets around places frequented by many truckies, I notice scores of them have impressive beards growing.
Especially the lads with grey hair and the reason is obvious. It may be October, but it’s also not far off Christmas.
Some of these truckies become Santa Claus in the few weeks leading up to December 25. The beards I have seen are maturing nicely.
THERE is no doubting that social media can spread the word quickly as one of our correspondents discovered.
This gent has never been on Facebook and reckons it is a younger generation epidemic.
However he changed his tune after snapping some pictures for this fine publication beside a busy road.
That afternoon he was sitting on his veranda enjoying a cold ale when a woman walking a dog went past.
“I saw you on Facebook taking pictures of a fellow next to the road,” she said.
Within a few hours several others made similar comments.
It seems somebody driving past or who had stopped took a picture of our writer and his subject and put it on Facebook.
Skateboarder’s dangerous act
THERE was a Tasmanian truckie driving along minding his own business and abiding by the speed limit when the unexpected occurred.
From what seemed like nowhere, a youth appeared from a side street about 10m in front of him.
To avoid any chance of hitting the skateboarder, the driver slammed on his brakes.
A smart decision considering the youth fell of his skateboard on the road.
Then he started laughing, as if the incident which could have claimed his life or injured him was funny.
Bright Spark snaps
BEING a Spy who has to cover the entire country, this old timer certainly needs a few sub agents who pass on info and on the odd occasion pictures.
A bit like Maxwell Smart’s Agent 99 from the old television series Get Smart.
With sincere gratitude, Spy has found a similar agent although in the interests of accuracy of a different gender to that lovable 99.
For reasons known to Spy and he, for which we both have more than the odd chuckle, this agent goes under the name of the “Bright Spark”.
Last week he produced a spark of brilliance when he snapped a picture of a massive mining truck being transported east of Mount Isa in the Queensland outback.
His picture is published with this column and readers can forward to more submissions from this champion apprentice spy.
A TRANSPORT industry lad who has been lucky enough to snare a few weeks off to have a holiday in England and Scotland was kind enough to send me a picture of a Volvo he came across.
It was one of a fleet run by Ferguson Shipping and Transport and had pulled up at a BP servo at Ford William in Scotland.
“The driver was named John and he either said he lived at or was on his way to The Isle of Skye,” the snapper emailed me.
Sealed for hope
WHAT had been Queensland’s most heavily trafficked gravel road to Hope Vale community in the far north has now been fully sealed.
The Endeavour Valley Road connecting Cooktown to Hope Vale is about 40km long and has been sealed in sections over the years.
This work also provided valuable training and upskilling opportunities for some Hope Vale workers.
About 1500 people live at Hope Vale, and the travellers on the road used to tolerate dust and potholes on the unsealed parts.
It was often closed in the wet season and trucks supply the community and the fully sealed surface is a big bonus for them.
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GET SMART: Feeling a bit like Agent 99, our mate Bright Spark snapped this one.