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  • Oatlands, Tasmania

    By Michael Reid

    This entire town is a walking historical tour.

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    What a fantastic town to visit, loaded with history.

  • Bruny Island Cruises

    By Michael Reid

    A truly magical three hours on the water.

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    The untamed unspoiled wilderness that is southern Bruny Island welcomes you.

    Duration
      3 Hours Approximately

    Operates
      Daily, except Christmas Day

    Departs From
    1005 Adventure Bay Road
    Adventure Bay
    Bruny Island
     View on Map

    Prices up to 31 March 2024
    Adult $155
    Child (3-16 yrs) $95 
    Family $490 
    (2 adults, 3 children)

    Prices from 1 April 2024
    Adult $175
    Child (3-16 yrs) $105 
    Family $540 
    (2 adults, 3 children)

  • Salamanca Markets, H..

    By Michael Reid

    A vibrant morning on a hot autumnal day.

    It was action aplenty at a very busy Salamanca Markets in Hobart. By mid-morning it was cheek-by-jowl, but cleared significantly after lunch. The significant range of stall offerings meant there was something for everyone. Our chorizo and chicken paella was excellent. I couldn't go past one of the many hat stalls without acquiring a new driving cap. The entertainment was varied and interesting, and most of it was simply terrific.

  • Hobart, Tasmania

    By Michael Reid

    A pleasant autumn afternoon on the Hobart foreshore.

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    Following an excellent lunch, we wandered around Hobart's waterfront, from one pier to another along Constitution Dock.

  • Waddamana Power Stat..

    By Michael Reid

    A fascinating tour of the former Tasmanian power station.

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    If you're in the area, make a point of visiting Waddamana Power Station, which is now a museum. Allow a couple of hours - it has a fascinating story behind it, and much of it remains untouched since it last operated. Instead of 'Where's Wally' you can play 'Where's Sammy' - hint: last photo....

  • Pine Lake, Tasmania

    By Michael Reid

    A brief but fascinating visit to Pine Lake

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    As part of a day trip from our digs on the shore of Great Lake, we travelled with our friends Pete and Deb to Pine Lake for a fairly short but fascinating wander along the boardwalk. It's worthwhile reading the information boards along the way.

  • Alchymia Distillery

    By Michael Reid

    A Gin, Single-Malt Wiskey, and Vodka distillery with an English heart.

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    A delightful distillery which has been established in Table Cape, north-west Tasmania by a lovely English couple Matt and Sarah.

    Sarah conducted our tasting, and presented some excellent options from which we chose the absolutely sublime Limoncello. The effort they've put into the tasting room and the surrounding buildings and environs is in itself worth the visit.

    Check them out at alchymiadistillery.com.

     

  • Trowutta Arch

    By Michael Reid

    This took me back to Ferntree Gully

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    What an amazing, prehistoric, unspoiled, clean-aired environment.

  • Arthur River and The..

    By Michael Reid

    On the north-west coast of Tasmania

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    What an incredible day cruising the pristine Arthur River.

  • Murrawah Inn to Gree..

    By Michael Reid

    A steep and testing 5km hike to a beautiful location.

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    We decided some exercise was in order, and off we went to the beach at Green Point. The scenery was spectacular, the gradient challenging, the destination sublime, the company as wonderful as ever. The location boasts a free campground, a cold shower, toilets and a shelter.

  • Highfields House

    By Michael Reid

    An interesting visit to this heritage homestead

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    An elegant old building complete with numerous outbuildings and facilities.

  • Stanley, Tasmania

    By Michael Reid

    The home of The Nut, and so much more

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    Frozen in time, this picture-perfect colonial outpost is one of the most charming towns you could visit. Set on a peninsula in Tasmania's north-west, it boast fabulous historic buildings throughout. Apart from the incredible spectacle of The Nut, which we hope to visit by cable-car when the wind subsides, there are numerous quality wining and dining options. Accommodation options are also many and varied. And to top it all off, the penguins arrive at sunset, and we saw our first as we sauntered home last night from the Stanley Wine Bar. We'll be lingering here in Stanley for a while.....

  • Day 5 of the Tassie ..

    By Michael Reid

    From Devonport to Sulphur Creek

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    A little poem I wrote of our splendid Day Five:

    Day Five


    ‘Twas farewell to Davenport and Mersey Bluff park

    As we wanted to reach our next venue by dark

    So we dropped in to various shops for supplies

    Before heading north-west under bright summer skies

     

    After detouring up to see Brandon’s Lookout

    Where we shared simple food with grand viewing about

    Then we rejoined the Bass for a very short roam

    To the home of Blue Banner in old Ulverstone.

     

    The pickling factory was a pleasant surprise

    Now a multi-dimensional food enterprise

    With a lemon meringue to make a grown man cry

    And great coffee to boot, ‘twas a heart-felt goodbye.

     

    Then onwards we drove into the Abbotsham’s hills

    To Cradle Coast Olives where old time just stands still

    With award-winning oil for salads and stewing

    We headed for Ulverstone’s Island State Brewing.

     

    After sampling an Emperor Penguin IPA

    We needed to locate the next place we would stay

    Then Valoury took us to the place we did seek

    And we jagged a grand spot along old Sulphur Creek

     

    So we set up our camp and we bunked down to stay

    We felt we’d accomplished such a lot for one day 

    Then we counted the distance we’d travelled along

    Only 36 k’s - hell, this trip might be long….

     

    ©️ Michael Reid 2024

  • Geelong to Devonport..

    By Michael Reid

    A fairly rocky, but thoroughly enjoyable, day voyage.

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    We booked recliners for the day trip, which we found a valuable investment.

  • Boarding the Spirit ..

    By Michael Reid

    Boarding the SOT at Geelong en route to Devonport, Tasmania

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    A seamless, orderly, and friendly process, despite the high volume of passengers.

  • Cheynes Beach, Weste..

    By Michael Reid

    Magic in a mist

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    One of the more anticipated destinations, Cheynes Beach didn't disappoint despite the disappointing weather.

  • Fowlers Bay, South A..

    By Michael Reid

    Where desert meets the ocean in a historic village.

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    Fowlers Bay is an extraordinary location, our first stop on our journey across the Nullarbor Plain.

  • Muscat Lavis

    By Michael Reid

    A First Meet, or a Reunion - who would know...

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    So we met whilst camped with our ClubMaster bus Valoury at Streaky Bay, South Australia, and hit it off so well. Chats lead to shiraz, and the promise of a muscat which subsequently could not be found. We parted company the following day, after which I thought I'd revisit the broad spirit of The Commitments' version of Mustang Sally. So here it is, and Cathy and Mike, we wait in hope:

    Muscat Lavis

    Muscat Lavis,
    Guess you’re gonna find your muscat now
    Muscat Lavis now baby
    Guess you’re gonna find your muscat now
    You’ve been searching all through the van yeah
    But I guess you couldn’t find it so you, you just drank our red wine down.
     
    All you want to do is hide your muscat Mikey
    Hide Mikey hide
    All you want to do is hide your muscat Cathy
    Hide Cathy hide
    Yeah all you want to do is hide your muscat Cathy
    Hide Cathy hide
    All you want to do is hide your muscat Mikey
    Hide Mikey hide
    You’ve been drinking our sweet St Hallet
    Now you’ve got to put your own muscat on the line.
     
    We went to old Streaky Bay
    We saw Mike and Cathy staying there
    Well we had a nice meal together
    And Mikey said our, our muscat's on the way.
     
    So I cracked another bottle of St Hallet
    We had a long chat about the day
    I offered a home-brewed Bellbowrie port yet
    But you felt that might send you a little grey
     
    Oh St Hallet now baby
    It’s sittin’ all alone on the table tonight
    Yeah Shiraz on the table
    But the missing Lavis muscat, it just ain’t right
    You’ve been drinking our sweet St Hallet
    Now you’ve got to put your own muscat in the light.
     
    Still we’re waiting for muscat heaven
    Well Mikey this ain’t how a man should play
    Just ‘cause of nine you’re number seven
    It doesn’t mean the muscat stays away
    I know you’re from a good Catholic family
    Well you’d best confess long before you pray.
     
    Muscat Lavis,
    Guess you’re gonna find your muscat now
    You’ve been drinking our sweet St Hallet
    Now you’ve got to put your own muscat on the line.
     
    All you want to do is hide your muscat Cathy
    Hide Cathy hide
    All you want to do is hide your muscat Mikey
    Hide Mikey hide
    You’ve been drinking our sweet St Hallet
    Now you’ve got to put your own muscat on the line.
    On the line
    Yeah on the line
    Put that muscat on the line.
     
    ©️Michael Reid 2023

     

  • Streaky Bay, South A..

    By Michael Reid

    A beautiful hamlet to relax before starting across the Nullarbor Plain.

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    Streaky Bay is a terrific little town.

  • Kimba, South Austral..

    By Michael Reid

    A brief stop-over half way across Australia.

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  • Great Ocean Road, Vi..

    By Michael Reid

    Two days of driving bliss

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    A couple of glorious days aboard our bus Valoury as we travelled from Torquay along the Great Ocean Road.

  • Torquay, Victoria

    By Michael Reid

    A classy and picturesque destination

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    With no shortage of quality dining and recreation options, the Torquay area, with a number of nearby towns and hamlets, also enjoys an abundance of exceptional beaches, parks, and accommodation.

  • Soggy but Satisfied ..

    By Michael Reid

    And a little window shopping….

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    It was pouring with rain for much of our visit, but the charm of this beautiful village shone through.

  • Narooma, New South W..

    By Michael Reid

    Another delightful NSW destination

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    A few quality days at Narooma on the New South Wales south coast.

  • Moruya Heads, New So..

    By Michael Reid

    A brief stopover as we head south to Narooma.

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    An interesting visit to the headland at Moruya.

  • The Whitsundays, Que..

    By Michael Reid

    A magnificent experience is sailing around the Whitsundays.

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    Whale watching, plenty of sightseeing, sunbaking, swimming, snorkelling, and a whole lot of fun. This should be on everyone's bucket list.

  • Jindabyne Excursion ..

    By Michael Reid

    A fantastic time with very little planned education achieved - unplanned education in spades.

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    A combined event including Hay High.

  • Accommodation

  • Camping at Glen Derw..

    By Michael Reid

    A picturesque stop-over en route to the lakes district.

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    What a delightful location to spend a couple of days, so close to Hobart. The historic homestead of Glen Derwent is managed by Liz and Rob, who have operated the property for seven years, and offered the weekend Devonshire and high tea service for most of that time.

    The property is awash with free-roaming chooks, sheep, and peacocks, green grass and still waters. Both powered and unpowered sites are available to caravans, camper vans and motorhomes, with potable water included. All campers must be self-contained - own toilets and showers.

  • Great Lake, Tasmania

    By Michael Reid

    Camping on the rocky foreshore of Great Lake.

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    We spent a few nights with our friends Pete and Deb, which included a cruise aboard their electric motored runabout - one strike on our trolled lure, but no captures.

  • Cooee Point Reserve

    By Michael Reid

    Absolute Oceanfront Camping

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    This site exemplifies the opportunities which await travellers in Tasmania. Plenty of sites for caravans, camper vans, and buses, with water, bibs, and a dump-point. You need to be self-contained, there are no toilets or showers. Fires are allowed in enclosed BYO units which are off the ground.

  • Murrawah Inn, Tasman..

    By Michael Reid

    Magnificent stop for Caravans and Campervans

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    If you're in Tasmania's north-west, do yourself a favour and visit Mark and Michelle at Marrawah Inn. You can park your caravan or camper van on a gated level bitumen pad behind the pub. The bathroom is to die for, with a full en-suite including rain head shower ($2 for 4 mins). There's also a separate toilet with external basin.

    At the time of writing the nightly tariff was $15.00, which included a beer or glass of wine.

    The meals are high quality and generous, but it's the proprietors who make this place special - two nicer people you'll never find.

  • Stanley RV Camping

    By Michael Reid

    A gem on Tasmania’s north-west

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    This paid caravan site is for fully self-contained vehicles. It is essentially waterfront, and has potable water and a dump-point. It is strictly first-in best-dressed, with no bookings, and it does tend to fill up most nights. The cost is $10.00 per night, with a pay five, stay seven option, which you can pay progressively should you so choose.

    The site is immediately adjacent to Stanley Golf Club, which welcomes visitors for golf, dining, or a drink at the bar. Friday night is raffle night (with thanks to Mark Hursey for donating the whole snapper we won..!!!). A short walk along the waterfront takes you to Hursey Seafoods and it's Restaurant, which is superb. The entire town is within walking distance, with a multitude of dining, accommodation, and shopping options for a small town.

    The town itself is unbelievably pretty, full to the brim with character buildings, all nestled at the base of The Nut, a giant natural rock structure affectionately called Tasmania's Uluru.

    Add the chairlift to the top of The Nut, the sunset penguins landing in the shore, and fishing off the jetty, and you have all you need for a multi-day stay.

  • Midway Point, Sulphu..

    By Michael Reid

    Ocean-front paradise accommodation for free

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    Available only to fully self-contained vehicles, this free ocean-front campsite has numerous sites but is extremely popular and does fill up. Bookings are not available, it is strictly first-come first-served. There is no water, and only one Council bin. There is a fabulous beach nearby, with access across the train track for walking, swimming, and fishing. The traffic noise is barely noticeable, nor is the sound of the occasional passing train. Sites are predominantly level and well grassed.

     

     

  • Mersey Bluff Caravan..

    By Michael Reid

    First stop on our extended Tassie tour

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    What a wonderful start to our trip. Situated a very short drive from the ferry disembarkation, Mersey Bluff offers a perfect welcome to Tasmania.

    Luke and Carolyn are excellent hosts, maintaining a very tidy park, a welcome cycle escort to your site, and plenty of advice on the sights to visit and routes to take on your Tassie sojourn. We booked for three nights, extended to four, and could have stayed more.

    Firewood can be purchased at reception for $15 per bag.

    Whilst there are plenty of free and low-cost accommodation options around the Apple Isle, especially for self-contained vehicles, I consider this caravan park to be a worthy indulgence at either or both ends of your travels.

  • Molloy Hideaway Cara..

    By Michael Reid

    A paradise by the river - tell no-one....

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    The initial reason for selecting Molloy's over the two caravan parks in Augusta was the wind - the forecast was for continuing very high winds during our stay in the region. The winds proved a godsend, as we discovered an amazin facility.

  • Rivermouth Caravan P..

    By Michael Reid

    So much to do, so take your time….

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    A very attractive waterfront hideaway in the south-east of Western Australia.

  • Welcome to The Duke

    By Michael Reid

    The Duke of Orleans Bay Caravan Park

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    What a location this is. 

  • Salvation at Cockleb..

    By Michael Reid

    Cocklebiddy Roadhouse Caravan Park

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    After a mechanical malfunction to our Coaster, we found ourselves calling the minimalist town of Cocklebiddy home for a little while. By town, we mean the Cocklebiddy Roadhouse, as this place constitutes the entire town.

    We were 'fortunate' to break down on the highway immediately after lunching here (I recommend the chips with gravy), and the bus failed us next to a Telstra tower where the amazing Pete and Abby were working to improve the area's internet reception. They not only towed us back to the Roadhouse, but Pete then installed our replacement belts (which were still a little loose, and we all feared were the wrong Toyota belts).

    So a night at the Cocklebiddy Caravan Park was to follow. Whilst the toilets and showers are basic (showers $4 for 7 minutes), they were fully functional and surprisingly clean. A powered site was $30 per night, or $25 unpowered. The gravel sites are fully level, and turned out to be extremely popular with numerous overnight visitors.

    Other benefits are the adjacent service station and shop, a kiosk serving hot food and many food supplies, a bar with pool table, and a dining room. Local celebrities are Sammy and Bruce, two magnificent rescue wedge-tailed eagles. Most importantly the team were a delight, in the servo, behind the bar, and in other support roles. Special mention to Dave, Troy and Jack for helping us resolve our mechanical issues.

  • Eucla Caravan Park

    By Michael Reid

    A great stopover as you enter Western Australia.

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    Only 12km down the road from the WA/SA border, after you've passed your quarantine inspection.

    Showers are $A1 coins for 4-5 mins, plenty of time for most.

    The amenities were spotless when we visited. Camp kitchen is basic.

    The view is terrific if you choose one of the limited easterly spots.

    Rates were $30 per night for both powered and unpowered.

    Visit the Old Telegraph Station down the road, and the memorials adjacent to the camp ground.

  • Dining

  • Lazy Brunch, North H..

    By Michael Reid

    Stylish decor, delightful service, quality breakfast.

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    Right next door to Co-Op Toyota, this is an excellent location for that lazy breakfast. With a Japanese infusion into the menu, the options are many and varied.

  • Tasmanian Inn, North..

    By Michael Reid

    Another favourite Hobart pub.

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    Just fabulous, this little gem in North Hobart/Ryde is warm and inviting, immaculately presented, and well serviced. The food was also excellent and promptly served. One of the tidiest pubs we've ever visited, with dedicated and friendly staff.

  • The New Sydney Hotel..

    By Michael Reid

    What a gem in the CBD, the ultimate oasis in the desert.

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    The character simply oozes from this old pub, resplendent with roaring open fireplace (with a bowl of self-serve complimentary marshmallows on the mantle). The service from Hayden and the team was friendly and thorough, with an impressive suite of ales and ciders on tap.

  • The Kempton Distille..

    By Michael Reid

    A brief but very interesting visit.

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    There's a cracking story behind the property which now forms The Kempton Distillery. 

  • Callington Mill Rest..

    By Michael Reid

    A near perfect dining experience.

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    This was a case of a generally exceptional experience, including warmth, humour, delight, failure, pathos, and redemption.

    Callington Mill delivers a high quality environment, quality decor, exceptional presentation (paper napkins notwithstanding), quality food and beverages, and generally fabulous service.

    We were very pleased with our choices of kingfish, cauliflower arancini, and citrus tart, all of which were a delight and ably supported by the Frogmore Creek sparkling cuve and sauvignon blanc.

    The distillery's whisky tasting paddle was a treat, and in this lucky instance included a bonus fifth half-shot to invite me to taste one of the more peaty products. The whiskies are mostly international award-winners, and whilst expensive by the bottle are well worth tasting. They are indeed of international standard.

    Generally flawless service was marred by us staring at our completed mains plates for nearly half an hour (only resolved by us signalling for attention), however our compensation on noting this to staff was the whisky paddle being immediately comped without any request by me - a most reasonable and gallant response.

    All in all, this was a delightful experience, and I would happily return. Congratulations to John Ibrahim (not the Sydney identity) and his team for adding such a high quality establishment to the already delightful town of Oatlands.

  • The Kentish Hotel, O..

    By Michael Reid

    A pleasant afternoon drink at The Kentish.

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    In the historic Tasmanian midlands town of Oatlands, The Kentish Hotel stands proud. Built in 1832 in what is now the most in tact Georgian town in Australia, this heritage listed country pub is the beating heart of the community it serves. Boasting a bar, restaurant, cafe and accomodation, The Kentish is the perfect place to grab a drink, dine on deliciously fresh Tassie produce or settle in to a cosy room for the night.

    The Albert Pilsner on tap is well worth a try.

  • Glen Derwent, New No..

    By Michael Reid

    Devonshire Tea at Glen Derwent

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    Only 30 minutes from central Hobart lies the town of New Norfolk, one feature of which is the delightful historic property of Glen Derwent. Weekends usher in the opportunity for Devonshire Tea or High Tea. Rob and Liz will take excellent care of you. The scones were freshly baked to order, and Sammy declared her gluten-free ones as excellent as I found mine. The jams are to die for, especially the raspberry.

  • Great Lake Hotel, Mi..

    By Michael Reid

    A great wilderness dining and hospitality experience

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    We dined here with friends, then twice we returned for lunch. Each experience was a treat, with funny and attentive staff, high quality food, and a fine selection of beverages. The ambience is perfectly suited to the location, with a modern mountain decor including two roaring fireplaces (when the weather demands) complete with leather lounges.

    The menu is upmarket pub, including a terrific seafood chowder and exceptional desserts. The staff were diligent in attending to Sammy's gluten and lactose intolerances.

    In addition to the many dining and hospitality options at Great Lake Hotel, Miena Village also offers a general store with fuel, motel style accommodation, both powered and unpowered caravan sites, toilets and showers and potable water, and substantial general car parking. This is a genuine hub.

    We're probably visiting a fourth time, should our travel itinerary come to fruition.

    Our thanks to James, Nicki, Declan, Shane, Deirdre, and all for your attention and quality service.

  • Mole Creek Hotel, Mo..

    By Michael Reid

    A night at the pub as prelude to A Day at the Creek.

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    This was so much fun in very chilly conditions with our friends John and Annette, and Pete and Debbie. Finger foods, a few drinks, and a dance to a fabulous local band.

  • Bischoff Hotel, Wara..

    By Michael Reid

    A quaint gem in NW Tasmania

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    This is a delightful stopover as you journey through Tasmania's west.

  • Marrawah Inn, Tasman..

    By Michael Reid

    A delightful dining surprise in north-west Tasmania

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    There are some establishments where you dine on reputation of the chef, or on the local ingredients, or simply on location or brand. Marrawah Inn is where you dine on love - the love injected by Mark and Michelle into their staff, their customers, their community. 
     

    We dined here for a few nights, tasting lamb shank with mash and vegetables, garlic prawns on rice, grilled flake with chips, and various desserts including Eaton Mess, and Affogato. Delicious, delightful, generous, and served with the proprietor's warmth and charm. Count us in, we'll never again visit the north-west of this State without visiting the Marrawah Inn.

  • Stanley Golf Club

    By Michael Reid

    A very pleasant surprise

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    After our previous night of over-indulgence at Hursey Seafoods and Stanley Wine Bar, we decided to eat light this evening. Being guests of the Stanley Rec Site, which is managed by Stanley Golf Club, it was only right to patronise the Club's Friday night raffle. The surprise packages were twofold: firstly, the in-house Shadys Restaurant served a very high quality of food - we chose the marinated octopus and the hand-cut chips from their tapas menu, both of which were truly excellent; and secondly, we won a large whole snapper in the raffle....!! It was a challenge fitting the fish in the Engel freezer..!!

    Another memorable day at the base of The Nut.

  • Stanley Wine Bar

    By Michael Reid

    Quirky, eccentric, delightful

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    Another great Tassie experience was meeting fellow travellers Alan and Angela in the front room of the Stanley Wine Bar. Our host Michael was engaging, entertaining, and generous. the place is so filled with memorabilia and outrageous inclusions that you need time to soak it all in. Visit the rear courtyard on warmer days. Definitely a highlight of our journey so far.

  • Hursey Seafoods Rest..

    By Michael Reid

    The freshest of Tassie seafood

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    It was a delightful dinner for two in the upstairs Hursey Restaurant. The seafood chowder entree was magnificent, and could have served as a mains, and the Fisheman's Plate was also exceptional. Service friendly, funny and efficient. The modern, minimalist decor served well. The views are fabulous.

  • Tasmanian Pickled On..

    By Michael Reid

    Best lemon meringue tart ever tasted….!!!

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    Well that's a surprise, dropping in to buy a couple of bottles of pickled onions, and finding a cafe restaurant in full flight, chock-a-block with tourists and locals alike. We'd already fed ourselves, so I ordered a coffee and we shared a lemon meringue tart. This tart was truly sublime, and was voted by us both as the best we'd ever tasted. The staff were fun, the pickling factory is viewable behind glass windows and on screen. A fabulous start to our journey from Devonport as headed north-west.

  • Drift Beachside Brun..

    By Michael Reid

    Contender for Tasmania’s Best Seafood Chowder

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    What a location, what a venue, what service, what meals...!!! Quality abounds at Drift Beachside Brunch, Devonport. 

  • Welcome to The Sir G..

    By Michael Reid

    A stylish surprise in tiny Jugiong

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    What a pleasant step into the fully renovated environs of The Sir George hotel, built in 1852 on its current site after the original pub was washed away in the floods.

    Apparently the property was purchased and renovated by a Sydney mother-daughter partnership. Additions included an exceptional wedding venue with multi-cabin accommodation. We understand the property was subsequently sold, with the new owners maintaining the grounds impeccably.

  • Dinner for Eight

    By Michael Reid

    Reunion of Andy, Chris, Dave, Mick and spouses

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    A fine dinner at Lorraine's Bistro in The Robin Hood Hotel, Waverley, with the Aitken's, Freed's and Mather's. Wonderful to catch up with guys I've known since we were about five years old, and to enjoy quality time with Alex, Mandy, Tamar and Sammy.

  • Samson’s Paddock, ..

    By Michael Reid

    The ultimate dining ambience

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    What a warm and fuzzy feel when you walk into this place? Open fireplaces, sandstock brickwork, very nice indeed.

  • Ocean Pantry, August..

    By Michael Reid

    The headquarters of Augusta’s artificial abalone farm

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    An interesting visit, where we learned of the 10,000 artificial structures situated 1.5km offshore from this venue. Abalone prepared or in natural state, including thin slices ready for a gentle 30 seconds per side over the grill, a delightful luxury for that special occasion. At around $180 per kg, you might want to limit your guests at that dinner party...!! You can grab a coffee and a snack here, and buy your abalone to prepare at home.

  • The Dam, Denmark WA

    By Michael Reid

    What a glorious experience.

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  • Drift Restaurant, St..

    By Michael Reid

    The waterfront restaurant to visit in Streaky Bay.

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    Drift is a quality restaurant with a casual beach vibe, situated in a fantastic waterfront location adjacent to the Streaky Bay Wharf. The food and service were boith excellent on our visit.

    Opening hours are limited, so best to check.

    Menus and prices are as at 8th March 2023.

  • Breakfast Catch-up

    By Michael Reid

    At Double Bay - Dave Freed, Rob Klein, Mick Reid

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    A wholesome (coffee, juice, etc.) reunion at Double Bay, whilst Rob was in town from his home in the USA.

  • Literature

  • A Reflection

    By Michael Reid

    Written for the funeral service of my darling mother Elaine in 2023.

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    A Reflection 

     
    An elegant woman of simple dreams
    To be loving wife and mother of four
    Her heart at risk of tearing at the seams
    From all the love she carried in her core
     
    Her four boys lived a charmed and easy youth
    We knew we were the blessed boys of mum
    We floated happily in her sweet truth
    That we indeed were brighter than the sun
     
    As reality slowly came to bear
    Revealing all our frailties and scars
    Mum’s unwavering conviction stood clear
    We always would remain her brightest stars
     
    For Mum, life’s pressures pressed too hard upon
    She struggled to fulfil this lonely role
    Floundering in helpless desperation
    As life extracted a life-changing toll
     
    Yet through it all our gentle champion emerged
    Bloodied and bruised, yet still so full of love
    She harnessed her great passionate reserves
    And with a fresh resolve, she rose above
     
    So here we stand, in wonderment today
    That this good kindly font of motherhood
    Survived and thrived in unambitious ways
    And taught us how the worst can be withstood
     
    This lesson bests what formal teaching might
    And Mum was not an educated soul
    Yet she taught us that love could win the fight
    And thus she played the perfect mother’s role.
     
    Michael Reid
    May 2023

     
    ©️ Michael Reid 2023, all rights reserved
  • The Crackenback Wind..

    By Michael Reid

    This poem was written during a wild and sleepless night at Lake Crackenback in New South Wales.

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    The Crackenback Winds


    It’s roaring outside now at forty-two knots
    Like a thousand beasts on a rampage
    We’re bunkering down in an effort to sleep
    But I know that the battle is lost.


    The ending of this I can’t fathom or gauge
    With windows and walls being battered
    While the neighbouring trees sway, scream, crack and fall
    Their valorous roots yielding to rage.


    Another sound beats all to test our fettle
    As the wind swings the chimney cap round
    The poorly-set copper is grinding its teeth
    An incessant screeching of metal.


    I’m thinking of creatures in fear in the wild
    And hoping that none come to grief
    It’s likely this onslaught will take something’s child
    Before this night’s madness should cease.

     

    April 2019
    Lake Crackenback, NSW Australia

    © Michael Reid 2019, all rights reserved

  • Ode to Pete

    By Michael Reid

    On the passing of my brother in 2014

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    Ode to Pete


    Come, bid me farewell as I head out to sea
    I’m off to another reunion
    The horizon beyond is calling to me
    The ocean my perfect seclusion.

    Well here we are, it’s the time we all feared
    I’m sorry I’m not up to greet you
    But I realised there’s somewhere else I need to be.
    Yes, it’s fitting we share a few mem’ries and tears
    But I swear that my time here was plenty for two
    So there’s no need to pine over me.

    I built skateboards, caravans, and billy carts
    And we’d steer them down Kings Road Vaucluse
    We’d cycle to swim down in Alf Vockler’s baths
    And we’d sail Manly Juniors there too.

    We chased Mr Whippy for Gluggs and ice-cream
    Got banned from St Peters and the Cubs
    Not much study was done at old Grammar School
    Banned from Alf’s as well, had no worries it seemed
    Perisher, Palmy, and Vaucluse Yacht Club
    Life flourished with very few rules.

    Our home in Woollahra, where we became men
    And many a party was held there
    These years were defined by a new regimen
    South West Rocks formed the means to repair.

    As a teenager, I took to the surf
    Saving lives became my summer sport
    Fantastic for picking up girls I might add
    So Palm Beach became my default summer turf
    I relished these times, such a fabulous rort
    Yet much more joy was still to be had.

    From that skinny kid at the Vaucluse Yacht Club
    To Cavalier and African Queen
    We’ve come quite a way from the old Grammar tubs
    Please take good care of What Boat? for me.
     
    Bid me farewell as I polish my last car
    And I fear for my tools with some dread
    The new garage cupboards are well above par 
    I finally finished the pool shed.

    I’ve eaten fine food and I’ve drunk fine wine
    And I’ve dined dressed in suits and bow ties
    Yet my treasured meals were with family and friends
    On a bright sunny day, at their house or mine
    With cold sausages, rum & coke, and meat pies
    Cheering “here’s to good health” without end.
     
    The greatest days of my life, what double thrill
    To have watched the birth of my daughters 
    And all I ask so that my life is fullfilled 
    That they be each other’s supporter.

    I hope that my actions defined the man
    I wasn’t accepting of rumour
    More the loving and loyal son, brother, friend,
    Loving and devoted husband and Dad
    Some say a wicked and sharp sense of humour
    And a Billy Thorpe fan to the end.
     

    Come, bid me farewell as I head out to sea
    I’m off to another reunion
    The horizon beyond is calling to me
    The ocean my perfect illusion.

    Push me away from the shore one last time
    Cheer and laugh with me as I set course
    I’m feeling the breeze and I’m trimming the sails
    The forecast is clear and the weather sublime
    I’m living the dream with no sense of remorse
    Just a library of jokes and great tales.

    Don’t pity me for the winds I was tossed
    Don’t grieve for the pain of my leaving
    While I agree the lost battle was tragic
    There’s always a lesson to come from a cost
    Your life is a tapestry ripe for weaving
    And my life is part of your fabric.

    So bid me farewell as I head out to sea
    My bow points to an unchartered realm
    The horizon beyond is calling to me
    And I’m back in command of the helm.


    Michael Reid, April 2014

    ©️  Michael Reid 2014, all rights reserved

  • In Our Time

    By Michael Reid

    A poetic, cynical analysis of politics, unfortunately timeless….

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    In Our Time


    Old people asleep under yesterday's news
    A freezing denial of Capital views
    Wrapped from the winter in hopeless desertion
    While oil heaters soothe our leader inertia
    The Ministers gag until Parliament stands
    No solvent like recess for washing the hands.

    Carousel fever, polepidemic
    Power the plague, and glory symptonic
    Good men and true have succumbed to the curse
    Humanity's syphillis dressed as nurse
    More power prescribed as cure for the ill 
    Sinecure sanctity, smoothest of pills.

    Ignorant rhetoric will always appease
    A ravenous thirst for mass marketing sleaze
    Confidence, colour and loads of compassion
    Offering silk from pork auricle rations 
    Bidding for destiny's role of Messiah 
    A flourishing specie, Earnest Pariah.

    Barely beneath this posturing swagger
    Is hidden a sheathed amorphous dagger
    Policies hacked from pre-polling-booth crass
    Poverty, pestilence, pain for the mass 
    Tear-streaked appeals or national fervour 
    Fail to dissuade the starving from murder.

    Enter the honest man seeking endorsement
    Shouting the truth from podium and pavement
    But truth lacks conviction and wreaks of decline
    So parasites push for the cosy sublime
    Exit the honest man broken and bloody
    Onward the bureaucrat smiling and ruddy.

     

    MICHAEL REID
    July 1992

    © Michael Geoffrey Reid 1992, all rights reserved

  • Salted Lips of Time

    By Michael Reid

    Written at Moruya Heads in 1978 during a road trip with my old school mate Harry. I added the chorus in 2019.

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    Salted Lips of Time (Song)

     

    Reaching from a wind-swept dream, oh yeah
    A silent pleasure-ground
    Of smiling sun
    And dancing seas, eternity above,
    A fire within,
    A fire within.

    Sailing, gliding, sifting promises
    Of love-dried sand through answered cries;
    A seagull diving, I above, unclothed
    And free, licking salted lips of time -
    And life, a fresh-blown memory
    On morning’s eyes.

    Oh the wind-swept dream
    Oh the smiling sun
    Moruya memories
    When the world was one

    Oh the wind-swept dream
    And the smiling sun
    Fading memories
    One by one

    Alive, enchanted, feeling with the sky
    And for a world apart, a past denied
    A dream embraced, my wind-swept dream,
    My sailing, silent carousel of love,
    This freshness draining tears to sighs,
    And pleasure to our Mother’s mastery.

    Oh the wind-swept dream
    Oh the smiling sun
    Moruya memories
    When the world was one

    Oh the wind-swept dream
    And the smiling sun
    Fading memories
    One by one

    Fading memories
    One by one
    Fading memories
    One by one

    Moruya Heads, November 1978 (as amended)

    © Michael G Reid 1978-2019, all rights reserved

  • Salted Lips of Time ..

    By Michael Reid

    This was essentially the original version, before it was turned into a song.

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    Salted Lips of Time


    Reaching from a wind-swept dream,
    A silent pleasure-ground of smiling sun
    And dancing seas, eternity above,
    A fire within.


    Sailing, gliding, sifting promises
    Of love-dried sand through answered cries;
    A seagull diving, I above, unclothed
    And free, licking salted lips of time -
    And life, a fresh-blown memory
    On morningʼs eyes.


    Alive, enchanted, feeling with the sky
    And for a world apart, a past denied
    A dream embraced, my wind-swept dream,
    My sailing, silent carousel of love,
    This freshness draining tears to sighs,
    And pleasure to our Motherʼs mastery.
     

    Moruya Heads, November 1978 (as amended)

    ©️ Michael Reid 1978-2011

  • Corridors Lost

    By Michael Reid

    I wrote this poem shortly after finishing high school, around the time of my 18th birthday.

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    Corridors Lost

     

    We left the cries to find the heart,
    And headed north to pillars new:
    Then found the place we hoped would be,
    But never thought, could never see.

    We rang the bell and crawled inside
    To lovers high on nightly gin,
    Of skies and breathing honey beds
    In snow of old, yet newly fed.

    The turkish camel coat addressed
    As if to speak, or clear its throat,
    And love returned in dripping burns
    As stifled memories to learn.

    Night shining over wandʼring eyes
    As clever owls fought natureʼs minds -
    Yet silent, fearing grassy tombs
    Of clouds coersed by butter-wombs.

    Together praying into webs
    Of mothball eggs on pillow heads,
    We cried aloud to desert ears
    In barking cracked and willow tears:

    Please let us leap into that mound,
    And be devoured by deathʼs delights,
    By Natureʼs past, where love the song
    As manʼs dry fear, in graves belong.

    The beacon, as a lover, turned to dust,
    Yet spoke in language without sound
    To say, you may return to love or lust,
    But never to your wishes - all was still.

     

    Michael Reid
    February 1977 (as amended)

    © Michael G Reid 1977-2011, all rights reserved

  • A Dream

    By Michael Reid

    Written when I should have been studying for my HSC....

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    A Dream

     

    I see the light, I feel the fire,
    Piously burning as the souls of tired
    Adventurers search for the valleyʼs heaven -
    Mystical, avenging, uneventful mode,
    Still fearing callousness of heart yet
    Hoping then, as now, but even fonder
    For the tireless stream of memories to come.

    I cry for time, I know the signs,
    Hindering all mortal, meaningless thought,
    All frigid dying sanctities of mind;
    For those who overthrow shall be divine,
    But not as this, for now they are dry
    As dusty bread, and shall remain only
    To feed the soberly judged, the captive soul.

    I wish to rise, in death of mind,
    To be the hinge on the prophetʼs door,
    And as such to ponder on the wise
    And smile, as a child, at the blind.
    Clarity in death of fostered fears,
    Flowing like a hundred intermingled loves,
    As one, free for life, in beautyʼs web.

     

    Michael Reid
    Woollahra, NSW Australia
    October 1976 (as amended)

    © Michael G Reid 1976-2011, all rights reserved.

  • Business

  • Co-Op Toyota, North ..

    By Michael Reid

    Our best Toyota service experience Australia-wide

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    At best a vehicle service is usually a neutral experience, with payment for services enhanced by coffee and a biscuit, and hopefully no unpleasant surprises around repairs and cost. Rarely does an unpleasant surprise result in a truly positive travel experience, yet such was the case with our visit to Co-Op Toyota in North Hobart.

    Having decided to have our Coaster 'Valoury' serviced in Hobart, we were hoping for a pain-free routine service. Alas, we were advised late in the afternoon that we had a badly leaking fuel injector, requiring either repair or replacement. Even as a repair this meant we would have to stay an extra night in town, so we opted for the repair option to avoid a three-night delay to our travels.

    Enter the true quality of the Co-Op team, including Abbey, Pete, Sonia, and particularly the ever- helpful and super-patient Ryan. Not only were we invited to spend the night in our bus in the Toyota car park, but we were also plugged into power, then gifted Easter eggs, a beer, and breakfast vouchers to the fabulous Lazy Brunch cafe next door.

    We cannot speak more highly of this crew. If you're in Hobart, show them some love and bring your business here. Many many thanks, Co-Op Toyota.

  • ClubMaster Trust joi..

    By ClubMaster

    Please join our CoinSpot Affiliate programme.

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    ClubMaster is delighted to be an Affiliate of CoinSpot. With first hand experience in dealing through the CoinSpot exchange, we can attest to the professionalism of the organisation, and the ease of use of their systems.

    Join CoinSpot today, using our Affiliate link: https://www.coinspot.com.au?affiliate=MR6QCX

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  • Vale

  • Vale Stu Kelly

    By Michael Reid

    Farewell to a great SHS old boy from class of ‘76.

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  • Mum’s Funeral Serv..

    By Michael Reid

    The Funeral Service of Elaine Iris Reid held on 30th May 2023 at The Chapel of Macleay Valley House, Frederickton.

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    Farewelling our much loved sister, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, great-aunt, great-great-aunt, cousin, and friend.

    Please feel free to view the service via the following link:

    https://vimeopro.com/walkerfunerals/past-funerals/video/831392785
     

    A Reflection

     
    An elegant woman of simple dreams
    To be loving wife and mother of four
    Her heart at risk of tearing at the seams
    From all the love she carried in her core
     
    Her four boys lived a charmed and easy youth
    We knew we were the blessed boys of mum
    We floated happily in her sweet truth
    That we indeed were brighter than the sun
     
    As reality slowly came to bear
    Revealing all our frailties and scars
    Mum’s unwavering conviction stood clear
    We always would remain her brightest stars
     
    For Mum, life’s pressures pressed too hard upon
    She struggled to fulfil this lonely role
    Floundering in helpless desperation
    As life extracted a life-changing toll
     
    Yet through it all our gentle champion emerged
    Bloodied and bruised, yet still so full of love
    She harnessed her great passionate reserves
    And with a fresh resolve, she rose above
     
    So here we stand, in wonderment today
    That this good kindly font of motherhood
    Survived and thrived in unambitious ways
    And taught us how the worst can be withstood
     
    This lesson bests what formal teaching might
    And Mum was not an educated soul
    Yet she taught us that love could win the fight
    And thus she played the perfect mother’s role.
     

    ©️ Michael Reid 2023

  • Vale Pete Wells - 19..

    By Michael Reid

    Farewell to a much loved bloke.

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    Around the country we are remembering Pete at sunrise on a beach.

    We will miss you Pete, and we'll think of you with every fish and every wave that we catch. 

    Thanks for the images to those who took them over the years.

  • Politics

  • A Liberal on the hus..

    By Michael Reid

    It was a pleasure to meet Justin Derksen at Great Lake Hotel.

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    Justin is doing the rounds in his bid for election in Lyons, presenting his views to the folks of New Norfolk and central Tasmania. We had a brief but interesting discussion on politics, health, education, and his passion to serve his community.

    For those interested in learning more about Justin, you might select this link: https://tas.liberal.org.au/our-team/justin-derksen

     

  • Futurism

  • The Humanity Standar..

    By Michael Reid

    My proposal for the next global economic unit of account

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    The Humanity Standard

    Many of the world’s minds have been contemplating the future of the USD in its role as the global economic unit of account.

    Many are positing that Bitcoin will inevitably replace the USD. Others are anticipating a return of the Gold Standard. China, of course, is jockeying for the Yuan to take this role.

    In my humble opinion all of these would be a misstep. They would all would fall short of the measure we need to define the next chapter for humanity.

    In contemplating a new unit of account for the next century, we should seek one which reflects the global human condition on the broadest scale possible. It is a standard which should identify the quality-of-life status of the masses, eliminating the distortions created by the super wealthy. It should also be a standard which actively encourages us all to seek to lift all boats, to eliminate poverty, disease, repression and tyranny.

    In this context I propose The Humanity Standard.

    The Humanity Standard will inform us how we’re performing as humans, on a global scale. It will link us and our condition to each other.

    Normally an index would apply a balanced perspective by discounting the top and bottom margins. This is a method we apply when presenting various indices, such as index interest rates - we choose not to count, say, the top or bottom 10%, and to average the 80% in between. This formula serves in eliminating the distortions often created by outliers.

    My proposal for The Humanity Standard varies somewhat from this methodology, in that we do not wish to dispossess any of the poorest, the unhealthiest, the most repressed. We do, however, wish to ignore, for the purpose of this super-index, only the extremes at the top end of wealth, health, and freedom, as they ridiculously distort the true picture of humanity on a global scale.

    Thus we would include in our calculations the bottom 10%, but not the top 10%, of the global population.

    All the world’s financial markets and exchange rates should compare against The Humanity Standard, which is a composite of indices reflecting the critical factors which determine our collective position as a global village. 

    The key indices I propose to be included are:

    1. net wealth, 
    2. net income, 
    3. health, 
    4. safety, and 
    5. freedom. 

     

    As described above, these indices are calculated on the bottom 90% of the world’s population.

    The Humanity Standard does not assess regions, continents, countries, states, governments, companies or other entities. It only assesses living individuals.

    One critical element to be resolved is the weighting of the five indices. In the interests of simplicity, transparency, and honesty, I propose each index be afforded equal weight.

    Another critical element is the base currency for measure of relative wealth and income. This needs to be a unit of measure with the least potential for manipulation by governments, market-makers, and corporations. This requires further assessment, however BTC is perhaps the simplest option at present. The other option would be a proposed World Currency Index, which would be a composite of the middle 80% of world currency values, each measured on a per capita basis.

    Another is of course the formulae to be employed in measuring the qualitative indices of health, safety, and freedom. These indices already exist in many forms, including some with significant autonomy and integrity. I do not anticipate this aspect to offer any significant impediment.

    Once all these elements are established, it would be appropriate to embed them into a smart contract on the blockchain, to limit unwanted interference in the formulae, calculations and reports.

    Many will argue that The Humanity Standard is some form of communist plot to isolate the wealthiest from the rest of the world. On the contrary, there is a natural disinclination to eliminate such an enormous amount of wealth and income from calculations. This composite index, however, is not meant to measure the value of the world’s population. It is meant to measure our humanity. Hopefully this will cause us all to approach the future with a view to unifying humanity, by ensuring that our own measure of real value is directly connected to the status of all humanity. 

    Our goal is to have The Humanity Standard constantly rising, and never, ever falling.


    Michael Reid

    29th January 2024 (as amended)

    ©️ Michael G. Reid 2024

     

    About the Author:

    I am not a scholar, I am not an industry leader, I am not a politician. I am a common man, with no particular axe to grind other than a desire for humanity everywhere to be financially comfortable, healthy, safe, and free. I am personally in reasonable health, financially comfortable without being extremely wealthy, and I live in one of the most stable and successful democracies in the world.

    By way of full disclosure, I have been designing a digital currency which might provide the solution to the issue of measuring relative wealth and income, however I’m likely to run out of energy, commitment, breath or other resources before that project takes flight….. 😃 

    This piece was written on a deck outside our camper van, whilst visiting the magnificent Mersey Bluff Caravan Park in northern Tasmania. The image accompanying this Post is my view….

  • Sport

  • The Beaches of Devon..

    By ClubMaster

    A detailed description of our beaches for your pleasure and safety.

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    The beaches of Devonport

    T 1136-1137 BLUFF BEACH (DEVONPORT SLSC)

    Beach Details

    No.          Beach             Rating               Type                     Length

    T1136     Bluff Beach     HT 4  LT 4         R + LTT               300m

    T1137     Bluff Beach     (E)HT 4 LT 5     R + Rock Flats     700m

    Spring & neap tidal range = 2.5 m & 2.1 m

    Patrols: Devonport SLSC - DEC to MAR weekends & public holidays, Noon to 5PM

    Devonport is the largest town on the north coast of Tasmania. It has a population of 25 000 and is the major port of entry for people arriving by car ferry from Melbourne. As the ferry passes through the narrow entrance to the Mersey River, the Bluff Beach is one of the first sights. The city is located on both banks of the river and divided into East Devonport, Devonport and North Devonport. The city has all facilities for travellers and tourists, as well as extensive coastal reserves backing the beaches and river. There are three main surfing beaches (T 1132 ,1136 & 1137), all located in North Devonport 1-2 km from the city centre. The beaches are bordered by rocks and bluffs and vary in orientation and exposure, providing a range of beach and surfing conditions (Fig. map).


    Devonport’s main surfing beaches and the surf club are located either side of The Bluff.
    Bluff Beach (T 1136) is a low gradient 300 m long northeast-facing, sandy beach located on the more protected eastern side of Mersey Bluff. The 20 m high Bluff and its rich aboriginal occupation sites is a major tourist destination and provides a good view of the beach. The beach is backed by a large foreshore reserve containing the Devonport Surf Life Saving Club complex including a fine-dining resuarant, cafe, clubhouse, patrol rooms, first aid room, craft storage and court yard.  Other facilities include a skate park, large car park and picnic and playground facilities.  Additional recreational facilities are also available on the Bluff. Waves average 0.5 m, while tides range up to 3 m, and combine to produce a very narrow high tide beach, with waves sometimes reaching the low backing seawall, while at low tide the low gradient beach may be up to 100 m wide. Rocks and rock flats begin to dominate off the eastern end of the beach.

    Beach T 1137 commences at the low rocks that mark the end of Bluff Beach and curves to the southeast then east for 700 m to the western training wall of the Mersey River mouth. The wide reserve continues the length of the beach to the river. The beach is steep and narrow and composed of cobbles, with the intertidal rock flats extending 100m offshore. The Mersey River surf break runs along the side of the flats.

    Swimming: Bluff Beach is the least hazardous, because of the usually lower waves and fewer rips and the presence of the surf club. Coles Beach is moderately hazardous with rips forming when waves exceed 0.5 m, while Back Beach is one of the more hazardous on the west north coast, and is only suitable for board surfing.

    Surfing: Coles Beach is the more popular, while more experienced surfers will also surf Back Beach being careful to avoid the many rocks. During a bigger north swell there are also breaks along the outer banks of the Mersey River mouth.

    The Mersey River mouth at Devonport divides the lower energy western from the more exposed eastern sections of the north coast.

  • SHS 1976 1st XV and ..

    By Michael Reid

    Mackay Oval, Centennial Park

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    The (admittedly wooden spoon winning) 1976 Sydney High 1st XV, and the 2nd XV, in action.

  • 1975 and 1976 2nd VI..

    By Michael Reid

    The crew that could have been…

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    What an experience, 6th at the 1975 Head of the River, dropping to last place at the Head of the River in 1976 - a creditable 3rd in the Eights race of the CHS in 1976.

  • SHS 1975 16A’s

    By Michael Reid

    A great team, 4th in GPS

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    A fantastic year of rugby.

  • SHS 1974 4th IV

    By Michael Reid

    CHS Champions, 7th in GPS Head of the River

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    With thanks to our fabulous coach Steve Roll.

  • ClubMaster

  • Introducing Valoury

    By ClubMaster

    ClubMaster’s touring camper van has been completed.

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    Since buying this second hand Toyota Coaster in January 2021, we spent a few months repairing and improving her before embarking on the first of many journeys throughout Australia.

  • Music

  • Wendy Matthews in Fr..

    By Michael Reid

    A local hall welcomes the incomparable WM to town.

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    It was a terrific performance by the mercurial Wendy Matthews, belting out her hits to an appreciate Franklin (and visitors) audience. Impressively opened by support act Indira and Friends (well, keyboard friend this night), the main act was 90 minutes of such classics as 'Friday's Child' and 'The Day You Went Away'..

  • A Day at the Creek

    By Michael Reid

    A tribute and blues and country day of fun at Mole Creek, Tasmania

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    What a great day of relaxed and sunny fun.

  • Datura4 at Rodney's,..

    By Michael Reid

    A great local band at an exceptional Perth venue.

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    A decent crowd pressed in to listen and dance to Dom and the boys from Datura4 rocking the night away at the iconic Rodney's in Mosman Park.

  • Visual Art

  • MONA, Hobart, Tasman..

    By Michael Reid

    Fantastic, provocative, educational, and entertaining.

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  • Tasmanian Museum and..

    By Michael Reid

    Land of Light: Lloyd Rees and Tasmania

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    It has been a bucket list item to view an exhibition of the works of Lloyd Rees (1895-1988), one of our most talented and recognised artists. After wandering the Hobart foreshore we stumbled across this gem of an exhibition, which celebrated Lloyd Rees broadly, but focused on his Tasmanian works from the 1960's until his death in 1988. His latter years were spent as a permanent resident of Tasmania. Such a joy.

  • Steppes Sculptures

    By Michael Reid

    A gift to Tasmania from Stephen Walker AM

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    Located near the Steppes Cottage, we visited the sculptures en route from Penstock Lagoon to Hobart. Only metres from the highway, they're worth a visit.

  • Indigenous Art for S..

    By Michael Reid

    An exceptional selection of Australian art is now for sale from my private collection.

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    For the benefit of any Members who collect indigenous art, I've loaded on the CMX Marketplace a selection of works for sale. At present they're listed with fixed prices, however once CMX has released its Auctions module, I'm proposing to create an auction sometime in 2023 for any unsold works.

    These works are all quality works, and the indigenous works were purchased between 2005 and 2012 from the highly respected Fireworks Gallery in Brisbane, Australia.

    You will note in the Listings that I will accept select fiat currency and/or Bitcoin in full consideration.

    To view the various works simply go to the Painting section within the Art, Artifacts & Collectibles portfolio.

     

     

  • Military

  • HMAS Hobart, Tasmani..

    By Michael Reid

    A pleasant and stirring surprise performance.

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    As we wandered towards our luncheon booking at Blu Eye Seafood, following a couple of hours meandering around the Salamanca Markets, we were pleasantly surprised to find ourselves front and centre with a formal presentation from the service personnel of HMAS Hobart. I hope, with little optimism, that we'll not need to be calling upon these gallant Australians to protect us in the years ahead.

  • Recipes

  • Honey soy garlic sal..

    By Samantha Reid

    A simple stir fry meal for four.

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    Honey soy garlic salmon stir fry 

    • 4 salmon filet skinless, cut into bite-sized cubes
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 1 pinch black pepper
    • 1/4 chopped cabbage
    • 1 red capsicum seeded, sliced
    • 1 onion large, peeled, cut into bite-sized wedges
    • 3 carrots, sliced
    • 4 bok choy, sliced and washed thoroughly 
    • 6 cloves garlic finely minced
    • 1 tablespoon chopped ginger
    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • ¼ cup soy sauce
    • ¼ cup water plus 1 tablespoon
    • 3 tablespoons honey
    • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

     

    INSTRUCTIONS 

    • First, prepare the salmon. Start with a fresh, boneless, skinless fillet. Cut it into bite-sized cubes. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper.
    • Next, prepare the vegetables. The capsicum should be seeded and sliced, then cut into bite size strips. Peel the onion and cut into bite-sided wedges. Peel and mince the garlic cloves.
    • In a wok or large skillet, heat the oil over medium high to high heat. When the oil starts to shimmer, add the salmon to the wok. Cook for 3 minutes, shaking the wok and flipping the salmon GENTLY to cook on all sides. Transfer the salmon to a bowl, pour 1/2 of the honey and 1/2 of the soy over the salmon. Cover with foil, and keep warm.
    • Then in the same wok, add the  onions. Cook and stir quickly for about 5 minutes or until crisp-tender.
    • Add the cabbage and cook for 3 mins. 
    • Stir in the garlic and cook until you can smell the garlic, about 1 minute.
    • Carefully add the water, soy sauce, honey, and ginger to the vegetables. Reduce heat to a simmer, and stir to combine.
    • Add remaining vegetables and cook for 3 minutes. 
    • In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of cold water. Pour this mixture into the wok and stir well.
    • Increase heat to a low boil and cook for a minute or two until the sauce has thickened.
    • Return the salmon to the pan, toss to coat well.
    • Remove from heat and serve immediately. Garnish with sesame seeds if desired.

    ENJOY 😊 

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    By Samantha Reid

    Gluten Intolerance and Birthday Cakes...the struggle is real.

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    Recently my mother-in-law (MIL) celebrated her 80 something a few years off 90th birthday and we were tasked with finding a birthday cake. There aren't too many places to buy a cake in South West Rocks so our options would be very limited.....One bakery, IGA and Coles.  The bakery didn't sell any birthday cakes (is a bakery even a bakery if it doesn't bake cakes), so off to IGA it was. If you've ever been to SWR you'll know that there is a cute cafe opposite IGA so we thought perhaps they might have cakes.  We walk in and there are two, yes 2 giant cakes that look divine. We ask if they will sell the whole cake (sorry if you went for coffee and cake that day and had slim pickings but we were desperate) .....and yes they would for a price.  SOLD!! My husband asks which one I prefer, and I reply it doesn't bother me as it's not gluten free so I won't be eating it.  Since having 3/4 of my bowel removed due to Cancer, I've become very Gluten intolerant so I normally don't get to enjoy the birthday cake. The lady responds, this one is Gluten Free as I made it. Happy days kids I get to enjoy cake with my MIL.

    Other family members who participated in the ritual of birthday cake eating had no idea it was Gluten Free and it was the best....so far... Sponge and Gluten Free cake I've ever had.

    I wonder whose Birthday is next ?

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