Everything has changed – really?

Scarborough, Australia

Do you ever get that sense that wherever you look these days something has changed, perhaps for the better, often for the worse?

Seemingly, technology has made life easier for us, if you know how to use it!

Crikey, I have just worked my way through that whopping big manual that came with the VCR recorder and now they tell me they’re finished, kaput, and useless.

TomO, the crown prince, said it belonged in a museum anyway, adding that in fact that most of the contents of our house were starting to resemble a museum collection.

Strewth, isn’t that something else that has changed, the cheek of the young people these days…

And how about fast food?

Hell, I remember when fast food was a Chiko Roll and a can of coke from the local fish and chip shop. These days we’ve got so many choices that a bloke would starve before he got around to making up his mind.

Hey, what about GPS and smart phones?

Talk about change, I never had any problem finding the corner store, but seemingly the young and not so young need one to navigate around the local mall these days.   And besides what was wrong with the old paper maps that you could spread across the bonnet of the car and then spend an hour chasing across a paddock after that big gush of wind turned it into a sail?

But they call this progress, change…

On a recent road trip, dubbed “Ocean to the Outback” we visited my mother’s hometown of Bundaberg situated on the east coast to the north of Brisbane. Fay reveled in the visit and we spent time visiting the property that her Grandfather owned and ran cattle on when she was a young girl. “The Springs” as it was known due to a spring fed creek on the property is now a scout camp.

As a young adult she worked in the Metropolitan Hotel in downtown Bourbong Street, the epicenter of the town. Mum insisted we stop, have a beer and a good old-fashioned counter-lunch.

I remember as a kid having a can-of-lunch there. At least that is what I thought they called it. It was a few years later when a cute barmaid in a small country pub fell into stitches of laughter when I ordered a can-of-lunch that I made the discovery; it was a counter-lunch.

But I’m digressing and Janet is peering over my shoulder asking about the cute barmaid…

The Metropole Hotel

There was much reminiscing as Fay walked through “The Met” and we were fortunate to spend some time with the owner who loved to hear about how the pub was in the days gone by.

As we sat down to our can-of-lunch and a few beers, Mum looked around and said that it had all changed, it wasn’t the same anymore, she said. You couldn’t see the old stairs that took you up to the accommodation rooms and the old kitchen had gone.

Sometimes things have the appearance of having changed, but maybe when you delve just below the surface you see that nothing really has changed after all – maybe it is just a matter of perspective!

As I sipped my beer I looked around and thought…

“Surely nothing has changed”

After all the main bar was full of people chatting, laughing, enjoying a meal…

And of course, drinking an ice-cold beer!

I’m betting nothing has changed at “The Met” in the last hundred years…

Do places or life generally really change or just our perspective?

Photos: Baz – The Landy

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Crikey – Win an authentic Aussie Akubra Hat (Design a Logo)

Outback Australia
Old Cars in Outback Australia

At the risk of looking like I am casting off an old friend, a tried and trusted travelling companion, who has stood by me through thick and thin, good and bad…the highs and lows!

I’m selling The Landy…

Yep, that’s right, trading it in for a fancy new Toyota…

The Landy - Out and About
The Landy – Out and About

Phew…that rolled off the tongue just a little too easy.

Crikey, just having a read over that and realised you might have been thinking what is Baz doing with Janet, or heaven forbid, TomO.

Nah, rest assured, I have no better outback travelling companions in the world, besides Janet’s camp oven scones are to die for and TomO’s energy is infectious.

Camp Oven Scones
Janet’s camp oven scones

But after a number of years of great service and tours and despite a couple of teething problems here and there, it’s time to retire The Landy…

As we are running out of driveway space both The Landy and Red Rover are under the auctioneer’s hammer…

Okay, shoosh, I might keep Red Rover, but crikey, don’t tell Janet…

Red Rover, The other Defender
Red Rover, The other Defender

But therein lies a bit of a dilemma for me.

I have been called Baz – The Landy for as long as I can remember.

When we take delivery of our brand new Toyota 79 Series Dual-Cab, which, incidentally is still on the boat in a shipping container coming from Japan, what will I call myself and the vehicle?

I mean “Baz, The Toyota” or “Baz, The Toy” doesn’t quite work…

Um… Baz, The Toy, hey?

Seriously, great real…

Just keep calling me, Baz -The Landy, okay.

In fact, you can call me anything you like, just don’t call me cheap!

Yes, hold your horses, I’m getting to the how you can win bit.  strewth, talk about an impatient mob. 

I have to come up with a name for the new truck, which will look just like this one once completed and in the same colour…

Toyota 79 Series Dual Cab
Toyota 79 Series Dual Cab

So here is the deal…

How about you blokes’ and sheilas’ that pop into here to see what I’m raving on about from time to time suggest some names for the new Truck.

And if you’re artistic, how about designing a logo that can go on the gull-wing doors of the canopy.

A logo that represents what we are about and reflecting our interest in travelling the Australian Outback..

By the Billabong, Outback Australia
By the Billabong, Outback Australia

Yeah, good point, I’m not sure either on “what we are about” so I can see how it might be hard for you – just wing it, okay!

Put your thinking caps on, send me your thoughts on a name in the comments section following, and if you have a logo in mind email it to me at thelandy@optusnet.com.au

The only condition on the logo is it must be as Australian as a Chiko Roll, okay?

Hurry up then, go back and click on the link if you don’t know what a chiko roll is…

But I’ll let you in on a little secret, they are the best thing since sliced bread…

Yes, I know, some of you don’t live in Australia, strewth we can’t all be that lucky, but just use some imagination.

And yeah, sure, have a couple of cocktails and grab the kids colouring in crayons, whatever works best… at least I’ve given you a new reason to throw a couple back!

Janet, TomO and I will review them and decide on the winning name and logo…

Winning?

Yeah, you’ve put the cocktail down now we’ve got to this bit, haven’t you?

So here we go, I will send the winner of the name and the winner of the logo the following…

  • A jar of our prized Australian Vegemite,
  • A packet of Tim Tams, okay two packets and a gym membership to work em’ back off your hips,
  • A bottle of our famous Bundy Rum that will clinch it for some of you, and
  • An autographed picture of me in my budgie smugglers, sorry just kiddin’ -I’ve handed so many out recently I’ve run out.

But, that’s not all, so I’ll tell you what

Because I’m a bloody good bloke, if you come up with the winning logo design I’m going to throw in an authentic Akubra Outback Club Hat“.

Strewth, they’re worth a small fortune and you’ll be the envy of all, but hey, you lot are worth it…well some of you maybe

Of course, I will ensure there are plenty of pictures taken of the new truck Out and About in the Australian Outback with the winners’ entries blazoned all over it.

And, just for the record, ’cause I don’t want the art police pulling me over in the outback accusing me of stealing your design, I get to emblazon it over the vehicle, okay! that sorts out the LA Law and Boston Legal wannabes

So get cracking you lot…

Appropriately, we will decide the winners sitting around an outback camp fire on our upcoming trip to the Outback in September…

Around the fire - Trilby Station, Outback Australia
Around the fire – Outback Australia

So you’ve got about a month, and hey, don’t be like TomO with his homework and leave it till the last night, okay!

And if you are willing how about re-blogging this among your mates or sharing it with your friends on facebook, they might be interested! if you’ve got any mates or friends to share it with

And remember, if all else fails, just remain out of control and enjoy yourself…

Baz - The Landy (hiding the budgie smugglers!)
Baz – The “Toy” Landy (hiding the budgie smugglers?)

 

photos by: Baz-The Landy, Janet Planet and TOmO

Crikey – Win an authentic Aussie Akubra Hat (Design a Logo)

Outback Australia
Old Cars in Outback Australia

 

At the risk of looking like I am casting off an old friend, a tried and trusted travelling companion, who has stood by me through thick and thin, good and bad…the highs and lows!

I’m selling The Landy…

Yep, that’s right, trading it in for a fancy new Toyota…

The Landy - Out and About
The Landy – Out and About

Phew…that rolled off the tongue just a little too easy.

Crikey, just having a read over that and realised you might have been thinking what is Baz doing with Janet, or heaven forbid, TomO.

Nah, rest assured, I have no better outback travelling companions in the world, besides Janet’s camp oven scones are to die for and TomO’s energy is infectious.

Camp Oven Scones
Janet’s camp oven scones

But after a number of years of great service and tours and despite a couple of teething problems here and there, it’s time to retire The Landy…

As we are running out of driveway space both The Landy and Red Rover are under the auctioneer’s hammer…

Okay, shoosh, I might keep Red Rover, but crikey, don’t tell Janet…

Red Rover, The other Defender
Red Rover, The other Defender

But therein lies a bit of a dilemma for me.

I have been called Baz – The Landy for as long as I can remember.

When we take delivery of our brand new Toyota 79 Series Dual-Cab, which, incidentally is still on the boat in a shipping container coming from Japan, what will I call myself and the vehicle?

I mean “Baz, The Toyota” or “Baz, The Toy” doesn’t quite work…

Um… Baz, The Toy, hey?

Seriously, great real…

Just keep calling me, Baz -The Landy, okay.

In fact, you can call me anything you like, just don’t call me cheap!

Yes, hold your horses, I’m getting to the how you can win bit.  strewth, talk about an impatient mob. 

I have to come up with a name for the new truck, which will look just like this one once completed and in the same colour…

Toyota 79 Series Dual Cab
Toyota 79 Series Dual Cab

So here is the deal…

How about you blokes’ and sheilas’ that pop into here to see what I’m raving on about from time to time suggest some names for the new Truck.

And if you’re artistic, how about designing a logo that can go on the gull-wing doors of the canopy.

A logo that represents what we are about and reflecting our interest in travelling the Australian Outback..

By the Billabong, Outback Australia
By the Billabong, Outback Australia

Yeah, good point, I’m not sure either on “what we are about” so I can see how it might be hard for you – just wing it, okay!

Put your thinking caps on, send me your thoughts on a name in the comments section following, and if you have a logo in mind email it to me at thelandy@optusnet.com.au

The only condition on the logo is it must be as Australian as a Chiko Roll, okay?

Hurry up then, go back and click on the link if you don’t know what a chiko roll is…

But I’ll let you in on a little secret, they are the best thing since sliced bread…

Yes, I know, some of you don’t live in Australia, strewth we can’t all be that lucky, but just use some imagination.

And yeah, sure, have a couple of cocktails and grab the kids colouring in crayons, whatever works best… at least I’ve given you a new reason to throw a couple back!

Janet, TomO and I will review them and decide on the winning name and logo…

Winning?

Yeah, you’ve put the cocktail down now we’ve got to this bit, haven’t you?

So here we go, I will send the winner of the name and the winner of the logo the following…

  • A jar of our prized Australian Vegemite,
  • A packet of Tim Tams, okay two packets and a gym membership to work em’ back off your hips,
  • A bottle of our famous Bundy Rum that will clinch it for some of you, and
  • An autographed picture of me in my budgie smugglers, sorry just kiddin’ -I’ve handed so many out recently I’ve run out.

But, that’s not all, so I’ll tell you what

Because I’m a bloody good bloke, if you come up with the winning logo design I’m going to throw in an authentic Akubra Outback Club Hat“.

Strewth, they’re worth a small fortune and you’ll be the envy of all, but hey, you lot are worth it…well some of you maybe

Of course, I will ensure there are plenty of pictures taken of the new truck Out and About in the Australian Outback with the winners’ entries blazoned all over it.

And, just for the record, ’cause I don’t want the art police pulling me over in the outback accusing me of stealing your design, I get to emblazon it over the vehicle, okay! that sorts out the LA Law and Boston Legal wannabes

So get cracking you lot…

Appropriately, we will decide the winners sitting around an outback camp fire on our upcoming trip to the Outback in September…

Around the fire - Trilby Station, Outback Australia
Around the fire – Outback Australia

So you’ve got about a month, and hey, don’t be like TomO with his homework and leave it till the last night, okay!

And if you are willing how about re-blogging this among your mates or sharing it with your friends on facebook, they might be interested! if you’ve got any mates or friends to share it with

And remember, if all else fails, just remain out of control and enjoy yourself…

Baz - The Landy (hiding the budgie smugglers!)
Baz – The “Toy” Landy (hiding the budgie smugglers?)

 

photos by: Baz-The Landy, Janet Planet and TOmO

Crikey – Win an authentic Aussie Akubra Hat (Design a Logo)

Outback Australia
Old Cars in Outback Australia

At the risk of looking like I am casting off an old friend, a tried and trusted travelling companion, who has stood by me through thick and thin, good and bad…the highs and lows!

I’m selling The Landy…

Yep, that’s right, trading it in for a fancy new Toyota…

The Landy - Out and About
The Landy – Out and About

Phew…that rolled off the tongue just a little too easy.

Crikey, just having a read over that and realised you might have been thinking what is Baz doing with Janet, or heaven forbid, TomO.

Nah, rest assured, I have no better outback travelling companions in the world, besides Janet’s camp oven scones are to die for and TomO’s energy is infectious.

Camp Oven Scones
Janet’s camp oven scones

But after a number of years of great service and tours and despite a couple of teething problems here and there, it’s time to retire The Landy…

As we are running out of driveway space both The Landy and Red Rover are under the auctioneer’s hammer…

Okay, shoosh, I might keep Red Rover, but crikey, don’t tell Janet…

Red Rover, The other Defender
Red Rover, The other Defender

But therein lies a bit of a dilemma for me.

I have been called Baz – The Landy for as long as I can remember.

When we take delivery of our brand new Toyota 79 Series Dual-Cab, which, incidentally is still on the boat in a shipping container coming from Japan, what will I call myself and the vehicle?

I mean “Baz, The Toyota” or “Baz, The Toy” doesn’t quite work…

Um… Baz, The Toy, hey?

Seriously, great real…

Just keep calling me, Baz -The Landy, okay.

In fact, you can call me anything you like, just don’t call me cheap!

Yes, hold your horses, I’m getting to the how you can win bit.  strewth, talk about an impatient mob. 

I have to come up with a name for the new truck, which will look just like this one once completed and in the same colour…

Toyota 79 Series Dual Cab
Toyota 79 Series Dual Cab

So here is the deal…

How about you blokes’ and sheilas’ that pop into here to see what I’m raving on about from time to time suggest some names for the new Truck.

And if you’re artistic, how about designing a logo that can go on the gull-wing doors of the canopy.

A logo that represents what we are about and reflecting our interest in travelling the Australian Outback..

By the Billabong, Outback Australia
By the Billabong, Outback Australia

Yeah, good point, I’m not sure either on “what we are about” so I can see how it might be hard for you – just wing it, okay!

Put your thinking caps on, send me your thoughts on a name in the comments section following, and if you have a logo in mind email it to me at thelandy@optusnet.com.au

The only condition on the logo is it must be as Australian as a Chiko Roll, okay?

Hurry up then, go back and click on the link if you don’t know what a chiko roll is…

But I’ll let you in on a little secret, they are the best thing since sliced bread…

Yes, I know, some of you don’t live in Australia, strewth we can’t all be that lucky, but just use some imagination.

And yeah, sure, have a couple of cocktails and grab the kids colouring in crayons, whatever works best… at least I’ve given you a new reason to throw a couple back!

Janet, TomO and I will review them and decide on the winning name and logo…

Winning?

Yeah, you’ve put the cocktail down now we’ve got to this bit, haven’t you?

So here we go, I will send the winner of the name and the winner of the logo the following…

  • A jar of our prized Australian Vegemite,
  • A packet of Tim Tams, okay two packets and a gym membership to work em’ back off your hips,
  • A bottle of our famous Bundy Rum that will clinch it for some of you, and
  • An autographed picture of me in my budgie smugglers, sorry just kiddin’ -I’ve handed so many out recently I’ve run out.

But, that’s not all, so I’ll tell you what

Because I’m a bloody good bloke, if you come up with the winning logo design I’m going to throw in an authentic Akubra Outback Club Hat“.

Strewth, they’re worth a small fortune and you’ll be the envy of all, but hey, you lot are worth it…well some of you maybe

Of course, I will ensure there are plenty of pictures taken of the new truck Out and About in the Australian Outback with the winners’ entries blazoned all over it.

And, just for the record, ’cause I don’t want the art police pulling me over in the outback accusing me of stealing your design, I get to emblazon it over the vehicle, okay! that sorts out the LA Law and Boston Legal wannabes

So get cracking you lot…

Appropriately, we will decide the winners sitting around an outback camp fire on our upcoming trip to the Outback in September…

Around the fire - Trilby Station, Outback Australia
Around the fire – Outback Australia

So you’ve got about a month, and hey, don’t be like TomO with his homework and leave it till the last night, okay!

And if you are willing how about re-blogging this among your mates or sharing it with your friends on facebook, they might be interested! if you’ve got any mates or friends to share it with

And remember, if all else fails, just remain out of control and enjoy yourself…

Baz - The Landy (hiding the budgie smugglers!)
Baz – The “Toy” Landy (hiding the budgie smugglers?)

 

photos by: Baz-The Landy, Janet Planet and TOmO