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PANDAMATENGA
6th Oct 2006, 16:17
From the Beeb just now!
Outback driver caught in reverse
Service stations are few and far between in the outback
A man pulled over for driving slowly in the Australian outback has been charged with reckless driving - because police found him driving in reverse.
The man was stopped for driving at a little over 56km/h (35mph) on a highway near the outback town of Kalgoorlie.
But quick police work soon established that the car was in fact heading backwards - all the way to Perth, some 550km (340 miles) across the desert.
Pretty switched on these Oz Cops

allan907
6th Oct 2006, 16:58
Once you realise just what is between the outskirts of the city of Kalgoorlie and Perth you might just realise that it was quick of the cops to pick him up.

You ever been here Panda? Nope, thought not.:ugh:

Jerricho
6th Oct 2006, 17:15
Heh. The jackass had probably seen Ferris Buler's Day Off and was trying to run the kms off his car before he sold it..................or he was pissed.

allan907
6th Oct 2006, 17:25
Jerricho - yep, he was pissed and banned from driving. He was probably missing a few brain cells as well. I got cranky with my previous post because I hate smart ar*es who don't know what they're talking about but think it's clever anyway Probably applies to me as well :{

PANDAMATENGA
6th Oct 2006, 17:42
907

Chris t I must have hit a nerve.

The words "Pot" and "Kettle" spring to mind for if you read the article it says that the Police did not find him under the influence of alcohol!!!!

Excuse me for thinking that Aussies had a sense of humour.

Panda

Jerricho
6th Oct 2006, 18:25
Of course he wasn't "under the influence", he was sh*tfaced.

Now come on Panda.........hug and make up.

Bluesteel705
6th Oct 2006, 22:20
When I was in Brisbane I went a way up the gold coast, as was the style at the time, and I remember talking to a hippie who offered to sell me his truck, but it only went backwards :{ Maybe its an Aussie thing. That and the peculiar Queensland affinity for Giant pineapples :E

But my favourite has to be the giant Captain Cook giving the Nazi salute in Cairns :)

snow goose
6th Oct 2006, 22:27
Oz police with sense of humour failure and no trees to hug?
30 MPH backwards dangerous? Long ago there was a driving in reverse race in the Phils....taken quite seriously too.
Won by a front-wheel-drive Renault where the gearbox was turned around or upside down (a la Colin Chapman's Lotus 18s). That Renault was a real mover.
.......Not good going forwards tho'.

rugmuncher
6th Oct 2006, 22:30
But why "Only in Oz or Africa" ?

:hmm:

redsnail
6th Oct 2006, 23:25
Bluesteel,

It's not a nazi salute, he's showing you how high his "plants" are. :E

Jerricho
6th Oct 2006, 23:53
Rubbish.

He's saying "Right, I want a keg-o-beer THIS big!"

;)

DirtyPierre
7th Oct 2006, 03:14
When I was in Brisbane I went a way up the gold coast,
Bloody tourist, you go "down the coast"!

I remember talking to a hippie who offered to sell me his truck, but it only went backwards
maybe he saw your coming

Queensland affinity for Giant pineapples
No, "Big Things" eg. Bananas (Coffs Harbour), prawns (Ballina), pineapples (Sunshine Coast), etc is a peculiar Oz afflication which we aussies can't understand either.

tinpis
7th Oct 2006, 03:15
Peace bro...impressive plants man http://www.augk18.dsl.pipex.com/Smileys/hippie.gif

http://www.trikearoundaustralia.com.au/photographs/1080501334731-7-05_cairns_statue_of_captain_cook.jpg

onetrack
7th Oct 2006, 05:15
As always, the story turns to media exaggeration and mis-reporting, when it spreads across the world .. and I don't believe for one minute, that Aussies or Africans have all the dopey genes .. but that they're spread fairly evenly throughout most nations ..

1. The clown was heading from Perth to Kalgoorlie .. reportedly to look for work ..

2. He was a driving a Ford LTD (auto), that the tranny failed on, about 40 kms WEST of Coolgardie (which is 40 kms SW of Kalgoorlie) .. and after he determined that reverse was the only cog left, he decided to reverse the rest of the way to Coolgardie, where repair assistance could be sought.

3. He seems to have overlooked the fact that the Great Eastern Hwy is patrolled on a regular daily basis, numerous times, by the W.A. Traffic Police ..

4. He wouldn't have got too far anyway .. because I recall, from my mis-spent youth .. that driving rapidly in reverse, for any sizeable distance .. very quickly leads to engine overheating .. :{

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,20537892-2,00.html

Hobo
7th Oct 2006, 06:14
When I was in Brisbane I went a way up the gold coast, as was the style at the time, and I remember talking to a hippie who offered to sell me his truck, but it only went backwards :{ Maybe its an Aussie thing. That and the peculiar Queensland affinity for Giant pineapples :E

But my favourite has to be the giant Captain Cook giving the Nazi salute in Cairns :)

Don't you have to go DOWN to the Gold Coast from Brizzie? Up is the Sunshine Coast. (Much better IMHO)

sprocket
7th Oct 2006, 06:20
Peace bro...impressive plants man http://www.augk18.dsl.pipex.com/Smileys/hippie.gif

http://www.trikearoundaustralia.com.au/photographs/1080501334731-7-05_cairns_statue_of_captain_cook.jpg


Nowadays Cook is indicating for the motorists to: "Slow down, speed camera's booze bus or roadworthy check ahead!"

tony draper
7th Oct 2006, 10:09
What he is probably saying is
"Hold your fire men these people look harmless"
:rolleyes:

G-CPTN
7th Oct 2006, 10:12
driving while under suspension.
So wasn't even sitting in the cab? :ugh:

onetrack
7th Oct 2006, 10:26
Dumb is as dumb does .. I guess he thought, if he was driving backwards, he'd be winding back his licence suspension, too .. ;)
Or .. maybe he thought he couldn't be identified, whilst travelling in reverse .. :suspect:

BOFH
7th Oct 2006, 11:13
onetrack
4. He wouldn't have got too far anyway .. because I recall, from my mis-spent youth .. that driving rapidly in reverse, for any sizeable distance .. very quickly leads to engine overheating .

Not only that, but reaching 80 km/h in reverse must have been redlining the Cleveland!

BOFH

frostbite
7th Oct 2006, 12:56
Muppets all over - UK is now -1 who tried driving the wrong way down the A14 yesterday.

BOFH
7th Oct 2006, 13:16
They are called 'ghost drivers' in Germany - for a very good reason. I hope this moron did not harm any innocent people.

BOFH

DirtyPierre
7th Oct 2006, 22:44
Don't you have to go DOWN to the Gold Coast from Brizzie? Up is the Sunshine Coast. (Much better IMHO) Hobo, didn't you read my post.

BTW, Sunshine Coast is in many ways nicer than the GC, but the surf is consistently bigger and better quality on the GC.

The Voice
7th Oct 2006, 22:57
got married on the GC - best bloody wedding I ever went to!

absolutely love the SC - the village like atmosphere of Caloundra is superb, and the yuppiness of Mooloolaba suits me well too!

Jerricho
8th Oct 2006, 01:21
Yuppieness of M'laba?

Get yerself up to Noosa!! My god, has that place changed in 10 years.

tinpis
8th Oct 2006, 02:33
Nooser....white shoes and gold chains still the go?

Oceanz
8th Oct 2006, 04:38
As long as you all stay north of the border we'll be happy down here on the mid north coast. I'd far rather fly into Coffs than up north! :cool:

precession
8th Oct 2006, 06:07
Nooser....white shoes and gold chains still the go?

yup, and soft-leather male handbags by Pierre Cardain or Dunhill.

G-CPTN
8th Oct 2006, 08:48
So THAT'S where the Breakback Cowboys are settling . . .

Capt. Queeg
8th Oct 2006, 09:32
what is between the outskirts of the city of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and PerthNot much less than what's in Perth, is that what you're saying.....?

Jerricho
8th Oct 2006, 16:08
Where's Scrubby

He'd be all over this!!!

:cool:

Bluesteel705
8th Oct 2006, 16:21
Well I went up and down and all over the bloody place, and drank a lot of beer, went to the xxxx brewery, even though I was supposed to be mainly in Archerfield :( :E But hey Viva Bris-Vegas! :} And nis it possible to get that Mango Ricco in the UK?

SingularJewel
8th Oct 2006, 16:38
Yeah mate, well they do say the best thing to ever come out of Perth was the Great Eastern Highway.

Not many sand-gropers make it all the way out to Kal - it's a long way in a horse and buggy and they turn the street-lights out after midnight because all the decent folk are curled up in bed by then.

And the blokes might crack a "traveller's" an hour early, too, because of daylight savings.... :rolleyes:



A bloke had to go buy a thissorrus as one was running out of variations of the word "one"........ :(

Oh when will I ever be accepted here???????? :{

onetrack
9th Oct 2006, 01:02
Yeah mate, well they do say the best thing to ever come out of Perth was the Great Eastern Highway.
This is a fairly typical comment from an Eastern Stater, who has rarely left home .. and who believes that the inhabited world ceases just slightly West of Adelaide .. and that the centre of the civilised world, is a 200 km arc from a big coathanger, or a river that flows upside down ..

Fortunately, 1.4M people know .. that living in a very pleasant attractive city, that is highly isolated geographically .. and that was settled by free settlers, rather than started life as a penal settlement .. that has a superbly designed infrastructure, with wide straight roads .. and that doesn't need, a specially-set-up, 220 man, Middle Eastern crime-gang task force .. to try and get a handle on rampant drug crime, car rebirthing rackets, and drive-by shootings and handgun murders .. does have many advantages .... :hmm:

Jerricho
9th Oct 2006, 01:22
with wide straight roads


......to help you get the f**k out of there :zzz: :E

G-CPTN
9th Oct 2006, 01:31
Now THAT was a fatuous comment, Jerricho!
Well done!
You're learning.:ok:

onetrack
9th Oct 2006, 01:41
Silly me .. I forgot to mention the regular carjackings in Sydney, too, that we don't have in Perth.
Seems like, if you drive a WRX, a Porsche, a Merc, a Beemer .. or anything else worth over $100K, in Sydney, it pays to carry an armed contingent on board, a la Baghdad .. :E :suspect:

Jerricho
9th Oct 2006, 01:46
Don't call me fat.

Arm out the window
9th Oct 2006, 02:36
Big controversy over Capt Cook's statue in Cairns now - he has to be moved due to buildings being knocked down / rebuilt, can't remember exactly now, but some people love him and some hate him, so it's duelling letters to the editor in the Cairns post and weirdo suggestions as to where he should go, if anywhere.
He's pretty shabby looking, and my impression's always been that he's doing the Nazi salute Hitler style, so I wouldn't be crying if he gets a trip to the recycled concrete plant.
Well, that's thread creep at its finest, so how about that bloke reversing his car down the road anyway?

Oceanz
9th Oct 2006, 02:54
Well, that's thread creep at its finest, so how about that bloke reversing his car down the road anyway?

He should ha ve reached Perth by now ;)

precession
9th Oct 2006, 02:57
things deffo taking a turn for the worst in kal, only two knock shops left now , I think they've all relocated to surry hills :uhoh:

I always thought that the salute was pointing to a pie shop yonder ?

onetrack
9th Oct 2006, 03:09
Well, that's thread creep at its finest, so how about that bloke reversing his car down the road anyway?
He'll be fronting the Coolgardie Courthouse right about now, unless he's done a runner (in which case, a Warrant for his arrest will be issued) .. and according to the Magistrates workload, he should know his penalty within a couple of hours ..

Under Sect 60 of the W.A. Road Traffic Act, reckless driving is dealt with, according to the number of similar offences previously committed under Sect 60.

The Magistrate has discretionary powers, but first and second offences under Sect 60, can entitle you to a maximum of 6 mths holidaying in HM Hotel .. and third offences under Sect 60 can get you a maximum of 12 mths .. :uhoh: .. not to mention the compulsory licence suspension associated with the monetary penalties, and possible jail, of the various penalties under Sect 60.

A conviction of a third offence of reckless driving, under Sect 60 will see your licence gone forever .. yep, I'm talking PERMANENT licence disqualification here .. :eek:

Reckless driving charges can be laid as result of just pure speed .. such as more than 45kmh over the posted limit .. so next time you wanna floor the WRX, the SS Commonwhore, or the Maloo, when you see that 10km long straight on the Gt Eastern or Eyre Hwy .. just remember what the total cost might be ..

Re the driving under suspension charge .. well, that's viewed pretty dimly, by the Traffic courts, too .. if this bloke is lucky, and his driving offences history, doesn't take up four pages .. he'll barely avoid going to jail .. but he will be looking at a pretty hefty fine in the $1500-2000 range .. and first-class walking or bike-riding .. for the next 12-18 months, at least .. in ADDITION, to his current suspension ..

precession
9th Oct 2006, 03:21
Under Sect 60 of the W.A. Road Traffic Act, reckless driving is dealt with, according to the number of similar offences previously committed under Sect 60.



All well and good in WA, but just what can we do about driving in ADL ? :{

onetrack
9th Oct 2006, 03:39
All well and good in WA, but just what can we do about driving in ADL ? :{
Driving in ADL?? .. hmmmm ..... the possibilities are limitless ..

Jewish ADL? .. run over more Palestinians, I guess .. :E

IT ADL ?.. didn't realise you actually needed a licence to indulge in fooling with OSM .. :E

NCI ADL? .. yeah, just climbing out of bed, showering and brushing teeth, is a battle, some mornings .. would a DL from NCI, cover my gopher on a publicly-gazetted road?? .. :E

US DOD ADL?? .. gee, I wasn't aware THEY expect you to have a DL for their learning circuits, either .. :E

Oceanz
9th Oct 2006, 05:13
All well and good in WA, but just what can we do about driving in ADL ? :{

I guess you hitch up the horses to the buggy to begin with ...

SingularJewel
11th Oct 2006, 17:35
This is a fairly typical comment from an Eastern Stater, who has rarely left home .. and who believes that the inhabited world ceases just slightly West of AdelaideAh yes but then how many westralians can picture an "overseas holiday" as anything more than a weekend getting blotto on Rotto??

Sorry mate but when yer average sand-groper has been to Bali 10 times but never been to the nation's capital (ok, ok I know it's a pit but still) or anywhere else in "the East", ya gots to take a long hard look at yaselves.

Do youse still have that quaint roster system where you need to follow a trail of old tyres to find an open petrol station after 5pm???

Cutting edge, that...... :ok:


WA Bogun: "Perf's the best city in the world, mate, the best!"

Other Guy: "Oh yeah, been anywhere else in the world, have you?"

WA Bogun: "Nup..... well, Bali."

:rolleyes:

onetrack
12th Oct 2006, 16:05
Judging all West Australians by one bogan you happened to run into, is not really an accurate, nor scientific method of representation of the West's inhabitants, in my personal view.

However .. yes .. when we can go to Bali and spend a week there, for half the cost of anything on the East Coast (including Canberra - as if anyone ever went there for a holiday?) .. and enjoy weather and scenery that neither Canberra, nor any of the East Coast capitals could ever produce .. why wouldn't we go there first??

This is not to say we all that way inclined .. I've actually been to ALL of the Eastern States capitals .. many many times, including Canberra .. lived in Sydney for around 8 months .. and have never been to Bali ..

As far as the fuel roster system goes .. bringing that up, indicates just how long its been, since YOU'VE travelled to the West .. because the fuel roster system was discarded around 20 years ago, from memory ..

And yes .. we do have many many choices of eateries, of multiple cuisines .. weekend markets, and Sunday shopping in the City and Fremantle .. and we even have pubs and bars that stay open to 3:00AM ..
It's time you paid us a visit, to shock your system into the realisation .. that W.A. is not only the powerhouse of the nation, with the newest infrastructure and the biggest housing boom .. but it also produces the lions share of Australias export income .. has the nations highest average earnings .. and that, we are actually living in the 21st century, too .. :)

SingularJewel
12th Oct 2006, 16:19
Yup been there lately, I have...

The locals still like to drive at 80 on the kwinana, like the good old days when that was actually the speed limit. Including in the over-taking lane. The local mentality is to do it on purpose to "teach speeders a lesson..." :rolleyes:

Can you get a loaf of bread on a sunday or are the shops still all closed for family day? :rolleyes:

And now they've given all the beaches, hills and brewery sites away to the originals. :rolleyes:

Did I mention they switch off the street-lights after 11pm.....?? :rolleyes:

And it's a police state. More cops and cameras on the roads than decent folk.

When Perf adopts daylight saving without fear of the curtains fading, the cows stop milking, the roosters getting mixed up or the men getting a traveller's fatt on the way to work, then you can proudly claim to have moved into the 20th century..... :=

Jerricho
12th Oct 2006, 18:39
of multiple cuisines

Yeah, fish AND chips.

:E

BOFH
12th Oct 2006, 22:51
onetrack
. has the nations highest average earnings

Because you sold all your apostrophes?
weekend markets, and Sunday shopping in the City and Fremantle

How very metropolitan! Whatever will it be next - outdoor cafes?

Canberra - as if anyone ever went there for a holiday? They have fireworks and pornos - the signs of a civilised community. And according to Debbie Harry, the best smack in Australia.:D

I am just joking - all the major cities I've been to in Australia are a hoot, including my home town, Sydney. But there is no getting away from the fact that Perth is, at best, two hours by air away from 5/8th of the square root of bugger all. That's all that keeps us from migrating. Oh, and the heat.

BOFH

The Voice
12th Oct 2006, 22:53
:ok: and it has the Blue duck - the best god damned cafe in the world IMHO!!
And, (in no particular order) -
the Surf Club,
Steve's,
Jo-Jo's,
The Boardwalk,
Leftbank,
Queens,
Black Pearl
and for something different, anywhere near the river with a picnic basket!

It is also seems to be about the only place left in AU that you can buy San Miguel and Coors beer over the bar in a pub!

loved PER .. the roads suck but ...

Jerricho
12th Oct 2006, 23:19
Jo-Jo's?

Queens?

Leftbank?

They all sound like dodgy strip joints to me.........not that I frequent strip clubs, dodgy or otherwise.

(Is Jo-Jo's anything to do with that Stefan guy?)

onetrack
13th Oct 2006, 02:48
Yup been there lately, I have...Your idea of 'lately' .. and my idea of 'lately' .. obvious vary, by about 20 years, as I previously stated ..

The locals still like to drive at 80 on the kwinana, like the good old days when that was actually the speed limit. Including in the over-taking lane. The local mentality is to do it on purpose to "teach speeders a lesson..." I can say from actual experience, that this is a phenomenon not unknown in many of the Eastern States cities, and is not confined to Perth.
Maybe a better measurement standard you could use, is the actual number of road rage attacks involving violent attacks with weapons.
The Eastern States capitals seem to have the superior numbers in that area.

Can you get a loaf of bread on a sunday or are the shops still all closed for family day? As I've previously stated .. it's obviously been a long long time since you've been in Perth. Bread shops and bakery chains proliferate, and fresh bread is available every day of the week.
Maybe .. just maybe .. if you owned a small family store, you would appreciate the protection afforded you, from the giant retail chains .. via the trading hour restrictions .. to actually get a break from retailing, and dealing with snaky, surly customers ..

And now they've given all the beaches, hills and brewery sites away to the originals.Like you, I never cease to be amazed, how silvery-tongued lawyers, whose tab for their fat fees is being picked up by Joe and Josephine Taxpayer .. can convince 'learned' Judges .. that White is Black (pun intended) ..
But never fear .. we will line the pockets of those silver tongues a whole lot more yet, before we come to a 'balanced' decision, over who gets what .. and who 'owned' what .. at what point in time.
If only I could get paid huge sums to quibble over the nuances of the precise interpretation of various words .. :(

The amazing thing about the whole process is that the Govt could just hand over the entire amount spent on lawyers, tribunals, judiciary, anthropological studies, witness payments, etc., etc., ad infinitum .. directly to the Abo's .. and they would be in the top 100 wealth groups of the nation ..
The only thing needed, then .. would be overseeing that funding .. to ensure that it wasn't all blown in a week ..

Did I mention they switch off the street-lights after 11pm.....??The last time I can recall street lights being turned off at that hour, is when people had the choice of a Holden Standard, or a Holden Special, when it came to a new car .. one has to suspect, you are indulging in a wind-up, and that you actually belong to this group .. http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Troll&btnG=Google+Search

And it's a police state. More cops and cameras on the roads than decent folk. At least we have speed cameras that are in FRONT of you .. and not BEHIND you .. unlike at least one Eastern State that I know ..
And if you want a true comparison .. compare the fines for the same offences between East and West .. and you'll find that our smack on the hand .. for tramping on the loud pedal unnecessarily .. is lot lighter than most Eastern Govts attempts to shaft motorists, to fund budget deficits ..

When Perf adopts daylight saving without fear of the curtains fading, the cows stop milking, the roosters getting mixed up or the men getting a traveller's fatt on the way to work, then you can proudly claim to have moved into the 20th century Perthites have enough intellectual nous to understand, that moving a clock forward or backwards to try and fool yourself, into believing that the time isn't really that time at all .. is a farce .. promulgated by politicians intent on endearing themselves to the LCD of the electorate .. and office johnnys who wish to knock off an hour earlier, so they can spend more time in the boozer, or on the beach ..

I trust you've enjoyed this enlightment, relieving you from the jaundiced view from your Eastern position .. have a nice day, and enjoy your flight .. :)

onetrack
24th Oct 2006, 09:45
Well .. the end of the story, that initiated this thread .. came yesterday, when the Reverse Kid fronted Kalgoorlie Magistrates Court .. charged with reckless driving, and driving whilst his licence was under suspension.

The Magistrate handed down a fine of AU$1100 .. and suspended his licence for an additional 18 months .. :{

I guess that means the Reverse Kids, Ford LTD, won't be getting a new transmission, any time soon .. :(

wiccan
24th Oct 2006, 23:36
Oz Speak......
Donks ago I was in Oz, and the person with whom we were staying said "Today, we're going to Century Cove"
"Oh", says I, "It's a hundred years old?"
"No, we are going to Century Cove"
Me, sez nowt, but utterly mistified

We arrived at a complex called "Sanctuary Cove" :ugh:
bb

allan907
25th Oct 2006, 00:38
Somebody from Manchester criticizing someone over an accent???? Ooooer - stones and glass houses methinks.

onetrack
25th Oct 2006, 00:42
:) .. Consider yourself lucky, that you didn't get totally bamboozled .. when they kept referring to that mysterious pair, Shirley and Ashley, that you kept looking around for .. when all they were saying, was .. "Surely, we're going .." .. and "Actually, what I meant was .." .. :)

Aahh, the curiosities of that foreign language .. East Coast 'Strine .. however, it does owe a lot to Cockney origins, you know .. :)