Quote for the day Sunday 21 October 2018 …


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Interesting story on education – Thomas Edison …

This is so true

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Shared by Bear Tales follower John B and I wanted to share with you because politicians always want to spend more on education to win votes. Unfortunately more money does not equate to better learning! It is teaching you how to learn. I had a great mentor at University this is the quote of the century …

“I am not teaching you facts I am teaching you the ability to learn”

Hope you enjoy …

Thomas Edison

I think this is really great? It is not the resources spent on education it is your desire to learn which is the most important thing in my opinion!

Bear hopes it made you think?

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Our education system …

Everybody is attacking teachers “WRONG“.


You have to want to learn. Treat teachers as tutors to explain what you don’t understand!


If you sit back and wait to be taught you will learn nothing seriously.

It always amazes me that it is the trend in Aussie for school leavers (year 12) to have schoolies. Unfortunately for them that is just the start of learning and you continue to learn all your life. Just wait till you get to University or a job.

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Funny signs 20 October 2018 …

You will get a laugh from these funny signs

Please click an image to view slideshow you will be amazed …


Hope you had to have a laugh

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Great photos of clouds 20 October 2018 …


I like all great photography but find images of our climate amazing.

Found these on social sites and wanted to share. Just click an image to view slideshow and be amazed …


Aren’t they great images?


No one in QLD knows about this – container refund scheme …

About the container refund scheme …

“Queenslanders use close to 3 billion beverage containers every year.

These containers are the second most littered item in the state, despite the fact they can be easily recycled. Beverage container litter is largely associated with drink consumption in open air settings such as parks, beaches, shopping centres and car parks.

The introduction of a state-wide container refund scheme will give people an incentive to collect and return containers for recycling, in exchange for a 10 cent refund payment. This will help to: reduce the amount of drink containers that are littered and, increase Queensland’s recycling rate.

The scheme will also provide benefits to social enterprises, communities, and regional and remote areas by creating new job, recycling and fundraising opportunities.

Queensland’s container refund scheme will commence on 1 November 2018, with more than 230 container refund points in operation across the state. The number of these sites will continue to grow as the scheme rolls out.”

Source: About the container refund scheme

Just watch the blurb in the video …

Bear just wants to make a couple of points …

  • we are already recycling
  • there are no collection points in Stanthorpe
  • no one knows about it
  • these bottles are not being littered in Stanthorpe because people put them in the recycle bins provided in public areas
  • this is going to cost people time and money as well as causing more pollution than it will save. eg. running cars to get your refund!

You wanted to vote for these clowns in the Labor and Green Parties who are causing more pollution because of ill thought out non practical policies. They don’t care if it costs you more they have an agenda but they are not going to tell you about it, are they?


Does the Labor Govt think we are all stupid and need to be told what to do? You will be paying more money to satisfy the Greens despite you doing the right thing already! I won’t be voting for them ever again make up your own mind about these clowns.

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Bear is going to have a holiday – Parkes to West Wyalong NSW …

Bear and the Princess are going to go touring in country NSW. We just need to get away because Vevencia has been fighting cancer for 3 years and the latest PET scan today looks clear. She has been through so much. Time for a holiday.


I thought might take a picture of every old Post Office and interesting old buildings in the towns we go through.

Continuing from Day 2 – Coonabarabran NSW to Parkes this is day 3 …

Parkes to West Wyalong

One of the main reasons we wanted to do this trip is that I had been researching family history and wanted to find the grave of the first Judds who came to Australia.

Here it is – Grave of Edward and Emma Judd in Parkes NSW Cemetery. First Judds to come to Aussie in 1855 on the “Startled Fawn”. He was on the committee that set up the Haymarket in Sydney and then moved to Tichborne south of Parkes wheat farming. A long rich life …


the other photos of relatives in Parkes cemetery both on father’s and mother’s side …

Forbes, New South Wales

We loved Forbes they are restoring the magnificent old buildings must have been a very rich area in the 1800’s to be able to build like this still is I think.

“Forbes is a town in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia, located on the Newell Highway between Parkes and West Wyalong. At the 2011 census, Forbes had a population of 7,560. Forbes is probably named after Sir Francis Forbes, first Chief Justice of NSW.

Located on the banks of the Lachlan River, Forbes is 245 metres (804 ft) above sea-level and about 380 kilometres (240 mi) west of Sydney. The district is a cropping area where wheat and similar crops are grown.

The area was home to the Wiradjuri people before non-indigenous settlement. John Oxley passed through in 1817 during one of the first inland expeditions. Oxley named the site Camp Hill. He was unimpressed with the clay soil, poor timber and swamps and he concluded, it is impossible to imagine a worse country. The first settlers moved into the district in 1834.

Gold was discovered by Harry Stephens, also known as “German Perry”, in June 1861. Initially about 30,000 people moved to the goldfields, but by 1863 this had declined to about 3,500 because of the difficult mining conditions.

The goldfields were originally named “Black Ridge”, and the name “Forbes” celebrating Sir Francis Forbes was declared from Sydney as the result of a possible government administrative error, it is said that the name was meant for the town now known as “Hill End” between Orange and Mudgee, New South Wales where gold was discovered around a similar time. Gold was initially found in the area known as Halpin’s Flat. The Albion Hotel, once a Cobb and Co. stage coach stop, had tunnels situated underneath which were used during the gold rush to convey gold and money to and from the banks to minimise the chance of theft. The Albion Hotel burnt down on 10 February 2009, losing years worth of history and memorabilia.

One of Australia’s most renowned bushrangers, Ben Hall, was shot dead in gun battle about 20 kilometres (12 mi) to the north-west of town on 5 May 1865. Hall and his gang were famous for stealing 77 kilograms (170 lb) of gold and £3,700 from the nearby town of Eugowra in 1862. He is buried in the Forbes Cemetery.

Kate Kelly, the sister of bushranger Ned Kelly, lived in the town. She drowned in Lake Forbes while saving an Aboriginal child during a flood in 1898 and was found in a lagoon of the Lachlan River, just outside Forbes.[4][8] She is buried in Forbes Cemetery.”

Great town in hindsight we should have stayed here but as we had only travelled a short distance we continued on to West Wyalong another great old town. I will save those pics for the next post.

We booked into a 1950’s motel and it had not been renovated since then for only $60 a night. A bit of nostalgia and we were very comfortable probably the best mattress of the whole trip. I sat under an old tree on weathered plastic furniture and enjoyed a XXXX beer totally happy on a balmy afternoon.


Will save the rest of the pics of West Wyalong for the next post.

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