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Old February 11th, 2015, 05:01 PM   #41
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Does everyone keep a bottle of Tea Tree Oil on them, in case of funnel web spider bite (or any other of the poisonous critters there)? I discovered it about 25 years ago imported here to the states. Great stuff, use it on all sorts of skin injuries, and its in shampoo and soap too, thank you!
Its good stuff, not sure I need it for a funnell web though, never actually seen one.
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Old February 11th, 2015, 10:42 PM   #42

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Does everyone keep a bottle of Tea Tree Oil on them, in case of funnel web spider bite (or any other of the poisonous critters there)? I discovered it about 25 years ago imported here to the states. Great stuff, use it on all sorts of skin injuries, and its in shampoo and soap too, thank you!
Tea Tree oil doesn't help a Funnel Web bite except perhaps to reduce the pain a little. Death occurs anywhere from 15 minutes for small children to three days. First Aid generally can keep you alive long enough to get antivenom. There haven't been any deaths since the early 1980s.

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Its good stuff, not sure I need it for a funnell web though, never actually seen one.
I've seen a dozen or so over my entire lifetime. When I was a kid I was throwing rocks into a river and one ran up my arm. It scared the crap out of me - luckily it didn't bite before I shook it off. I caught the dog playing with one - apparently dogs and cats are largely unaffected by the venom. Four or five found their way into the swimming pool - they can stay underwater for days and still be alive when you drag them out. We've found two or three over the years when digging in the garden. The last one I saw was maybe 20 years ago.

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I've seen a dozen or so over my entire lifetime. When I was a kid I was throwing rocks into a river and one ran up my arm. It scared the crap out of me - luckily it didn't bite before I shook it off. I caught the dog playing with one - apparently dogs and cats are largely unaffected by the venom. Four or five found their way into the swimming pool - they can stay underwater for days and still be alive when you drag them out. We've found two or three over the years when digging in the garden. The last one I saw was maybe 20 years ago.
I'm from melbourne, and we don't get them down there, just red backs. Seen a tiger snake though!
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What I recall of that area of Western Australia: The paved road north from Menzies ended at Leonora and was dirt to Laverton.
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Those towns ran on a generator (DC).
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The sheriff of Menzies had a couple of pet kangaroos that lived in the jail house (just a couple of rooms behind his house).
In every small town there is at least one person who adopts injured animals, bush versions of crazy cat ladies.

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Kalgoorlie had a mountain of pure iron ore and the mountain was 2/3 removed. They said once it was gone, then the mine would be a open pit as the ore just went down.
Your getting confused here Kalgoorlie is gold not iron. The mountain would be the waste from the pit.

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I recall there was nickel to be mined, too (I just forgot where, if not the same place).
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In Southern Cross or Coolgarlie we stayed in an old hotel with very high ceilings.
They're still there although the Coolgardie one was damaged in an earthquake a few years ago.
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Old February 16th, 2015, 06:38 AM   #45

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Thanks Lawnmowerman... I was 12, and now am 57... so pulling the memories out of the red dust from the Outback! The mountain of iron ore was solid and they were taking it down... it must have a town/ mine near Koolgarlie as I recall that was a bigger town and yes, from the long ago gold days... I actually had a post card of the mountain of pure ore, with giant dump trucks hauling it away... Coolgardie maybe??

Thanks everyone for the feedback on Oz. It would b e fun to get back down under and compare then to now! I fear the closest I will get will be dinners at the Outback Steakhouse (a restaurant chain in the states with an Aussie theme), or going to the San Diego Zoo (the first zoo outside Australia to have Koalas), as Eucalyptus (Gum) trees grow heavily here in California since we began importing them over 100 years ago.

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Seriously though, I would love to travel to Australia. As would my wife, but she has Ireland on the list ahead. She has a good friend and former coworker living there now and wants us to stay with her family. Anyway, I would most like to see the opal mining town waaayyy outback that is nearly completely underground because of the awful temperatures. I forget the name of it, and only know of it from a Travel Channel doc on it seen a year or so ago.
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Memories from 1970:

So, is 'God Save the Queen' still the National Anthem or is it 'Waltzing Matilda' now? How about 'Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport'? Fun times crossing the Outback in our Holden! We visited Coober Pedy (the underground town/ opal mine)... did they run out of dirt to go under?
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1975 marked the transition from "God Save the Queen" to "Advance Australia Fair"

Coober Pedy is the underground Opal mining town, but I really don't think it'd be worth visiting. (besides it's in South Australia)
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Coober Pedy. Yes, that's the place. It didn't look like the folks there lacked for digs as far as what was shown on the documentary. One fellow decided to cut an extra step up going into his living room and bam! Several thousands of dollars worth of opal was there.
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Why get rid of snakes? They were here before we were. There have only been ten fatalities from snakebites in the last fifteen years. In the USA there have been fifteen. Why are people so worried about snakes in Australia but not the USA?
We do have rattlesnakes here. I've seen them when they were clearing building sites, but have never in my 70 years, been closeup and personal with one so don't worry about them. Scorpions are more common but in areas of human settlement, they are rare.

Anent fluoridation. Before they started to fluoridate our water, it was a contentious issue but they've been doing it for about 25 years now and nobody even thinks about it anymore. In other parts of Texas, fluoride is mixed in with the water naturally and no one has ever mentioned ill effects, but they have mentioned fewer cavities. I find it ironic that dentists all favor fluoride which actually decreases their business. In El Paso, there is naturally-occurring lithium in the water supply which some say reduces the rate of crimes of passion in the area.

But if you're worried about clean water, you might have a look at all the chemicals they throw into water treatment plants to give you that clean water you're craving. Our water comes from a large renewable aquifer that is dependent on rainfall at slightly higher elevations. AThe water that comes out of this aquifer if filtered through miles and miles of limestone layers and is quite clean when it emerges. It's the treated stuff that should be looked at more closely. But then, it must be treated.

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