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 ===== Kowmung-ing 1988 Style. ===== ===== Kowmung-ing 1988 Style. =====
  
-=== A comparision ​of bushwalking gear 1946 - 1988. ===+=== A comparison ​of bushwalking gear 1946 - 1988. ===
  
 by Shirley Dean by Shirley Dean
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 Much as one would like to remain a lotophagi the really adventurous gourmet moves on. An offshoot of the ledger machine group was semi-vego, and it was pleasant, indeed healthy, to dally among their strange dishes for a while. Aromatic goulashes, pemmicans, wholemeal dampers and a technique for the preparation and consumption of porridge were the crowning glories of this group. The porridge technique was to place the amount required of scotch cut oats in a billy with a handful of dried fruit for each person. This was soaked overnight, warmed in the morning and then eaten directly from the billy. The convention was that each had a spoon of approximately the same capacity and one stirred the fruit and oats thoroughly at each dip. The leading spirits of the group carried this togetherness to its logical conclusion and cooked and ate every course from the same billy. One could thus enjoy tomato custard and appled coffee. It is a long while since I had appled coffee. Much as one would like to remain a lotophagi the really adventurous gourmet moves on. An offshoot of the ledger machine group was semi-vego, and it was pleasant, indeed healthy, to dally among their strange dishes for a while. Aromatic goulashes, pemmicans, wholemeal dampers and a technique for the preparation and consumption of porridge were the crowning glories of this group. The porridge technique was to place the amount required of scotch cut oats in a billy with a handful of dried fruit for each person. This was soaked overnight, warmed in the morning and then eaten directly from the billy. The convention was that each had a spoon of approximately the same capacity and one stirred the fruit and oats thoroughly at each dip. The leading spirits of the group carried this togetherness to its logical conclusion and cooked and ate every course from the same billy. One could thus enjoy tomato custard and appled coffee. It is a long while since I had appled coffee.
  
-The mobile meals of this group were particularly good. One such meal was taken standing in a crowded swaying train and consisted of crisp-bread ​sandwishes, pemmicah pieces, handfulls of nuts and thirds of oranges. Since the party boarded the train from either end of a corridor carriage the source of these delicacies and their point of ingestion were rather separated. My share of the meal passed through ten pairs of strange hands, but such is the honesty of train travellers I believe I received every piece that was intended for me.+The mobile meals of this group were particularly good. One such meal was taken standing in a crowded swaying train and consisted of crisp-bread ​sandwiches, pemmicah pieces, handfulls of nuts and thirds of oranges. Since the party boarded the train from either end of a corridor carriage the source of these delicacies and their point of ingestion were rather separated. My share of the meal passed through ten pairs of strange hands, but such is the honesty of train travellers I believe I received every piece that was intended for me.
  
 Occasionally we had all-fruit trips on which the skins, pips and peel were saved and simmered to a thin syrup which was drunk instead of an early morning cup of tea. The rind of a pineapple, but not the rough end, was especially prized for this syrup. It was a delightful experience to return from one of these walks and then to be shunted onto the line at Redfern next to the bread factory which proclaimed "What you eat today walks and talks  tomorrow"​. For myself I could hardly wait to get to Central and eat a hamburger relishing the pungent onions and the slightly suspect meat with the abandonment of a fallen angel. These fruit weekends were the cause of some social embarrassment at a later date. I had gone to Era over Christmas with a canoe bag full of fruit from the garden; fruit which would have spoilt had it not been eaten that weekend. There was sufficient fruit for three meals a day, and even at that it was a race between ripeness and rottenness. By some quirk of romantic fate I discovered a girl at Era with the Mozart and coffee tastes of myself, and in due course was invited to a meal at her home before we went to a concert. There was a delicious aroma of lovingly baked lamb; as we sat down, a plate of lettuce, pineapple and cheese was placed in front of me while the rest of the family demolished the lamb. Be assured that the girl was properly but politely informed that fruit weekends were not my normal diet. Occasionally we had all-fruit trips on which the skins, pips and peel were saved and simmered to a thin syrup which was drunk instead of an early morning cup of tea. The rind of a pineapple, but not the rough end, was especially prized for this syrup. It was a delightful experience to return from one of these walks and then to be shunted onto the line at Redfern next to the bread factory which proclaimed "What you eat today walks and talks  tomorrow"​. For myself I could hardly wait to get to Central and eat a hamburger relishing the pungent onions and the slightly suspect meat with the abandonment of a fallen angel. These fruit weekends were the cause of some social embarrassment at a later date. I had gone to Era over Christmas with a canoe bag full of fruit from the garden; fruit which would have spoilt had it not been eaten that weekend. There was sufficient fruit for three meals a day, and even at that it was a race between ripeness and rottenness. By some quirk of romantic fate I discovered a girl at Era with the Mozart and coffee tastes of myself, and in due course was invited to a meal at her home before we went to a concert. There was a delicious aroma of lovingly baked lamb; as we sat down, a plate of lettuce, pineapple and cheese was placed in front of me while the rest of the family demolished the lamb. Be assured that the girl was properly but politely informed that fruit weekends were not my normal diet.
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 === A reaction from a recent experience. === === A reaction from a recent experience. ===
  
-Black Princes, Green Grocers, Cherry Noses, Union Jacks, Yellow ​Mdndays ​and Ziggadees. These are but a few of the 180 or so different types of cicada to be found in Australia.+Black Princes, Green Grocers, Cherry Noses, Union Jacks, Yellow ​Mondays ​and Ziggadees. These are but a few of the 180 or so different types of cicada to be found in Australia.
  
 The reader may wonder what has inspired this little introduction. Well, I'll tell you! The reader may wonder what has inspired this little introduction. Well, I'll tell you!
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 Which brings me to memories of my childhood, when some of our favourite summer pastimes revolved around the capture of these fascinating,​ noisy insects. Which brings me to memories of my childhood, when some of our favourite summer pastimes revolved around the capture of these fascinating,​ noisy insects.
  
-Our earliest exploits consisted of simply locating them by homing in on the noise, climbing the tree, and with a quick flash of the hand, covering an insect and then enclosing it. It was then a matter of getting back down with only one hand (not always easy) and depositing said insect in a cardboard box. It was in this practice that we learnt the difference between males and femals ​- the females always let loose upon capture (or near capture) with a stream of liquid, thus to our fertile minds sprang the term '​drummers and pissers'​ to describe the males and the females.+Our earliest exploits consisted of simply locating them by homing in on the noise, climbing the tree, and with a quick flash of the hand, covering an insect and then enclosing it. It was then a matter of getting back down with only one hand (not always easy) and depositing said insect in a cardboard box. It was in this practice that we learnt the difference between males and females ​- the females always let loose upon capture (or near capture) with a stream of liquid, thus to our fertile minds sprang the term '​drummers and pissers'​ to describe the males and the females.
  
 It was not long before the box was full of insects, some of which would already be coupled together in mating - the males would croak in ecstasy! - so we would let them go, and start all over again. I suppose in one sense we were doing them a service, in bringing the two into close proximity but I guess we'll never know. It was not long before the box was full of insects, some of which would already be coupled together in mating - the males would croak in ecstasy! - so we would let them go, and start all over again. I suppose in one sense we were doing them a service, in bringing the two into close proximity but I guess we'll never know.
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 It was a damp, foggy sort of day and every tree around the periphery of the ground had this type in varying stages of development on its limbs, low down and easy to collect. Three of us who had knowledge knew that their wings should not be touched or they would blister and not form, so we were careful, but most of the others were ignorant and many an insect that chose that day to come out of the ground never flew, and thus probably never mated. It was a damp, foggy sort of day and every tree around the periphery of the ground had this type in varying stages of development on its limbs, low down and easy to collect. Three of us who had knowledge knew that their wings should not be touched or they would blister and not form, so we were careful, but most of the others were ignorant and many an insect that chose that day to come out of the ground never flew, and thus probably never mated.
  
-These emperors of the cacada world are truly large in size being possibly 100 mm overall length with a coloured cross on the back of their basically black body, and the males' drums are large, red, protuding ​pods with which they produce a loud constant high-pitched sound that can be distinguished above all other types even if only one member is present.+These emperors of the cacada world are truly large in size being possibly 100 mm overall length with a coloured cross on the back of their basically black body, and the males' drums are large, red, protruding ​pods with which they produce a loud constant high-pitched sound that can be distinguished above all other types even if only one member is present.
  
 So much for the Union Jack. We as boys progressed onto the next method of capture - drowning them out of their holes. So much for the Union Jack. We as boys progressed onto the next method of capture - drowning them out of their holes.
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 The female uses a sharp, strong ovipositor (a kind of needle at the rear of her abdomen) to cut deeply into green twigs and into harder wood, inserting 12 to 14 eggs through drilled slots into each of two chambers separated by a thin layer of wood. She continues until a total of 400 to 600 eggs are laid. Injury to Australian trees is negligible, although overseas types suffer more damage. The female uses a sharp, strong ovipositor (a kind of needle at the rear of her abdomen) to cut deeply into green twigs and into harder wood, inserting 12 to 14 eggs through drilled slots into each of two chambers separated by a thin layer of wood. She continues until a total of 400 to 600 eggs are laid. Injury to Australian trees is negligible, although overseas types suffer more damage.
  
-The eggs hatch from 2 to 6 weeks, the young dropping or crawling to the ground, to begin their subterranean life using their powerful front claws to form the hole that will remain their home for anything up to 17 years, depending on type. They suck juices from the roots of the tree, so slowly that no damage is caused. Their holes are 400 mm to 600 mm in depth, and after the appropriate time the mature ​numphs ​emerge, climb several metres up the nearest vertical surface, attach themselves firmly and the adult insect emerges through a split in the dorsal line of the integument.+The eggs hatch from 2 to 6 weeks, the young dropping or crawling to the ground, to begin their subterranean life using their powerful front claws to form the hole that will remain their home for anything up to 17 years, depending on type. They suck juices from the roots of the tree, so slowly that no damage is caused. Their holes are 400 mm to 600 mm in depth, and after the appropriate time the mature ​nymphs ​emerge, climb several metres up the nearest vertical surface, attach themselves firmly and the adult insect emerges through a split in the dorsal line of the integument.
  
 The adults live only 2 to 3 weeks, in which time mating and egg laying occurs. The male makes his debatably controversial buzzing sound purely in order to attract the female. I don't know what priorities, if any, the female has for choosing one over the other of the males! Could it be the loudest, or the most musical? The adults live only 2 to 3 weeks, in which time mating and egg laying occurs. The male makes his debatably controversial buzzing sound purely in order to attract the female. I don't know what priorities, if any, the female has for choosing one over the other of the males! Could it be the loudest, or the most musical?
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 +===== A Truly Modern Treatment For Volley Foot. =====
 +
 +by Dr Who
  
-A TRULY MODERN TREATMENT FOR  VOLLEY FOOT 
- by Dr Who 
 I have been shocked to read in recent issues of your valued journal of the primitive treatments recommended by your medical correspondents under the pseudonyms of "Dr Mac" and "Dr Finley"​. I have been shocked to read in recent issues of your valued journal of the primitive treatments recommended by your medical correspondents under the pseudonyms of "Dr Mac" and "Dr Finley"​.
-Put bluntly, their approaches are the kind I would expect from a witch doctor. + 
-Dr Mac (whose name makes me think of hamburgers) suggests copious soap and water for the feet and incineration of the footwear. Dr Finley, who is obviously far over the hill from his reference to "​50-year-old case books",​ proposes soaking the footwear in Dettol or similar disinfectants. +Put bluntly, their approaches are the kind I would expect from a witch doctor. Dr Mac (whose name makes me think of hamburgers) suggests copious soap and water for the feet and incineration of the footwear. Dr Finley, who is obviously far over the hill from his reference to "​50-year-old case books",​ proposes soaking the footwear in Dettol or similar disinfectants. 
-Both ignore the huge strides in the field of immunology. The obvious cure for Volley + 
-Foot is to ensure that the affected person and all his/her companions are unable to smell +Both ignore the huge strides in the field of immunology. The obvious cure for Volley Foot is to ensure that the affected person and all his/her companions are unable to smell the offensive exudations. This can be done quite simply by innoculating all the people likely to be involved with a viral infection, producing the effects of a heavy head cold, so rendering the olfactory organs insensitive - in short they will not smell anything. 
-the offensive exudations. This can be done quite simply by innoculating all the people likely to be involved with a viral infection, producing the effects of a heavy head cold, so rendering the olfactory organs insensitive - in short they will not smell ahything.+
 Of course, the side effects - nasal and chest congestion and shortness of breath - are disagreeable,​ but many of your readers may consider this a small price to pay for release from the evil odours of Volley Foot. The treatment should be persevered with and include weekly booster innoculations. Of course, the side effects - nasal and chest congestion and shortness of breath - are disagreeable,​ but many of your readers may consider this a small price to pay for release from the evil odours of Volley Foot. The treatment should be persevered with and include weekly booster innoculations.
-Since Volley Foot is not recognised by the Health Authorities,​ refunds cannot be obtained from Medicare for this course of treatment. However, in addition to the physical + 
-relief obtained, those treated will have the added satisfaction of helping struggling medical practitioners to live in the manner to which they are accustomed. +Since Volley Foot is not recognised by the Health Authorities,​ refunds cannot be obtained from Medicare for this course of treatment. However, in addition to the physical relief obtained, those treated will have the added satisfaction of helping struggling medical practitioners to live in the manner to which they are accustomed. 
-[At last a modern cure for Volley Foot using the approach '​don'​t raise the bridge, lower the water'​. To set the record straight Dr Mac's only association with + 
-hamburgers is to cure the occasional case of chronic indigestion. Dr Finley is not over the hill but a person who researches thoroughly,​hence the reference to +---- 
-50-year-old case books. I'm glad Dr Who has returned to his profession after + 
-his years in TV. EDITOR] +[At last a modern cure for Volley Foot using the approach '​don'​t raise the bridge, lower the water'​. To set the record straight Dr Mac's only association with hamburgers is to cure the occasional case of chronic indigestion. Dr Finley is not over the hill but a person who researches thoroughly, hence the reference to 50-year-old case books. I'm glad Dr Who has returned to his profession after his years in TV. EDITOR] 
-******** + 
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-TOUCH TYPING ​COMPUTER TRAINING+ 
 +=== Advertisement ​Touch Typing - Computer Training. === 
 Computer skills are a necessary part of today'​s world - keyboard mastery is the first step to enter the field of computers. Computer skills are a necessary part of today'​s world - keyboard mastery is the first step to enter the field of computers.
 +
 We will start you on your way with a course in touch typing (at times to suit you) using the computer. We will start you on your way with a course in touch typing (at times to suit you) using the computer.
 +
 When you are ready, we can help you to further mastery of the computer with courses in MS-DOS, word-processing,​ spread sheets, etc. When you are ready, we can help you to further mastery of the computer with courses in MS-DOS, word-processing,​ spread sheets, etc.
-If you need a computer for either business or home we can supply an IBM- compatible machine at very competitive prices, and give you free training (for one person).+ 
 +If you need a computer for either business or home we can supply an IBM-compatible machine at very competitive prices, and give you free training (for one person). 
 Should you need software of any description,​ then we can assist you. Should you need software of any description,​ then we can assist you.
-ROCKDALE ​ COMPUTER ​ EDUCATION ​ AND SALES, + 
-Suite 7, 1st Floor, 3 King Street, Rockdale Telephone: 59 1780 +Rockdale Computer Education and Sales. 
-Page 16 The Sydney Bushwalker August 1988 + 
-FOOTNOTES +Suite 7, 1st Floor, 3 King Street, RockdaleTelephone: 59 1780. 
- ​Another month and another magazine and I'm short on footnotes. Obviously the grindstone to which I've had my nose has limited my observations of all and sundry. + 
-Have you paid your subscription to the Club? At the last committee meeting we heard that 68% of members had paid by then. But what of the 32% who had not? Shame on you, bow your head as you read this, then go and organise payment. Read Clause 14(d) of the Constitution of The Sydney Bush Walkers Incorporated if you need motivation. Next year, with the Club year commencing on 1st January, members have until 30th June to pay their subs and still remain members. +---- 
-The printing instructional day, Thursday 1st September, is looming up, book now. Solvol and Swafega will be supplied. Just imagine the fun you would have if about 15 to 20 people turned up. Stan would be muttering ems and els and getting his fonts in a knot. + 
-Bushwalking in the extreme - at the bottom of this page there is a short report on walking the Great Divide south to north. They have been walking for nearly a year. +===== Footnotes. ===== 
-o WHAT YOU MISSED. The Club auction was held last month. A report is included here on page 8. A history of Club auctions by Jim Brown is also in this issue (page 9). This is part of our continuing series of historical records of Club activities. These are intended to help us younger/​newer members understand SBW and also to help the writers of the publication "SSW - the 2nd sixty years"​. + 
-* * * * * * * * * * X X +Another month and another magazine and I'm short on footnotes. Obviously the grindstone to which I've had my nose has limited my observations of all and sundry. 
-SOCIAL NOTES by Ian Debert + 
-24th August - Natural ​Health.+Have you paid your subscription to the Club? At the last committee meeting we heard that 68% of members had paid by then. But what of the 32% who had not? Shame on you, bow your head as you read this, then go and organise payment. Read Clause 14(d) of the Constitution of The Sydney Bush Walkers Incorporated if you need motivation. Next year, with the Club year commencing on 1st January, members have until 30th June to pay their subs and still remain members. 
 + 
 +The printing instructional day, Thursday 1st September, is looming up, book now. Solvol and Swafega will be supplied. Just imagine the fun you would have if about 15 to 20 people turned up. Stan would be muttering ems and els and getting his fonts in a knot. 
 + 
 +Bushwalking in the extreme - at the bottom of this page there is a short report on walking the Great Divide south to north. They have been walking for nearly a year. 
 + 
 +What you missed. The Club auction was held last month. A report is included here on page 8. A history of Club auctions by Jim Brown is also in this issue (page 9). This is part of our continuing series of historical records of Club activities. These are intended to help us younger/​newer members understand SBW and also to help the writers of the publication "SBW - the 2nd sixty years"​. 
 + 
 +---- 
 + 
 +===== Social Notes. ===== 
 + 
 +by Ian Debert 
 + 
 +__24th ​August - Natural ​Health__. 
 This will be a night when people can learn the basics of being able to massage others for whatever cause - either when bushwalking or at home. Come along and try it. This will be a night when people can learn the basics of being able to massage others for whatever cause - either when bushwalking or at home. Come along and try it.
-31st August - Gordon Lee and the Moonshine BLue Grass Band Come and hear some great harmonising music from this popular group. 
-******** 
-WALKING THE GREAT DIVIDE 
-On 20th September 1987 arry Higgins and Steve Tzembny left Dergholme in western Victoria to walk the Great Divide to Cape York. This they have proceeded to do and are now crossing or have just crossed the Windsor Tablelands north of Mossman which is north of Cairns. They plan to arrive at the tip of Cape York on 16th November 1988 after averaging 30 km per day for 450 days. 
-The walk is sponsored by Paddy Pallin Pty. Ltd. and by "​Australian Geographic"​ 
-magazine. The intension, in part at least, is to test-walk bushwalking gear. It seems 
-a reasonable way to test gear on a 15 month, 6700 km walk. It is also a reasonable way 
-to get topics on which to write, not that I plan to go off on a one year walk. The walk 
-has involved a lot of planning as can be expected. Some 130 cashes of food, clothing, maps and water have been organised along the route, 
-********** 
  
 +__31st August - Gordon Lee__ and the Moonshine Blue Grass Band.
 +
 +Come and hear some great harmonising music from this popular group.
 +
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 +
 +===== Walking The Great Divide. =====
 +
 +On 20th September 1987 Barry Higgins and Steve Tzemeny left Dergholme in western Victoria to walk the Great Divide to Cape York. This they have proceeded to do and are now crossing or have just crossed the Windsor Tablelands north of Mossman which is north of Cairns. They plan to arrive at the tip of Cape York on 16th November 1988 after averaging 30 km per day for 450 days.
 +
 +The walk is sponsored by Paddy Pallin Pty. Ltd. and by "​Australian Geographic"​ magazine. The intention, in part at least, is to test-walk bushwalking gear. It seems a reasonable way to test gear on a 15 month, 6700 km walk. It is also a reasonable way to get topics on which to write, not that I plan to go off on a one year walk. The walk has involved a lot of planning as can be expected. Some 130 cashes of food, clothing, maps and water have been organised along the route,
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