J Jay Samuel Davis

Aussie Bush Etiquette is recognised throughout the civilized world but we all need to be reminded from time to time.


Aussie Bush Etiquette is recognised throughout the civilized world but we all need to be reminded from time to time.

In General:

1. Never take an open stubby to a job interview…

2. Always identify people in your paddocks before shooting at them.

3. It’s tacky to take an Esky to church.

4. If you have to vacuum the bed, it’s time to change the sheets.

5. Even if you’re certain you’re included in the will, it’s rude to take your ute and trailer to the funeral.

Eating Out:

1. When decanting wine from the box, tilt the paper cup and pour slowly so as not to bruise the wine.

2. If drinking directly from the bottle, hold it with only one hand.

Entertaining at Home:

1. A centrepiece for the table should never be anything prepared by a taxidermist..

2. Don’t allow the dog to eat at the table, no matter how good his manners.

Personal Hygiene:

1. While ears need to be cleaned regularly, this should be done in private, using one’s OWN ute keys.

2. Even if you live alone, deodorant isn’t a waste of money.

3. Extensive use of deodorant can only delay bathing by a few days.

4. Dirt and grease under the fingernails is a no-no, it alters the taste of finger foods and if you are a woman it can draw attention away from your jewellery.

Theatre/Cinema Etiquette:

1. Crying babies should be taken to the lobby and picked up after the movie ends.

2. Refrain from yelling abuse at characters on the screen. Tests have proven they can’t hear you.


1. Livestock is a poor choice for a wedding gift.

2. For the groom, at least, rent a tux. A tracksuit with a cummerbund and a clean football jumper can create a tacky appearance.

3. Though uncomfortable, say β€œyes” to socks and shoes for the occasion.

Driving Etiquette:

1. Dim your headlights for approaching vehicles, even if your gun’s loaded and the roo’s in your rifle sight.

2. When entering a roundabout, the vehicle with the largest roo bar doesn’t always have the right of way.

3. Never tow another car using panty hose and duct tape.

4. When sending your wife down the road with a petrol can, it’s impolite to ask her to bring back beer too

Australian Hisory


Arsonists burn down iconic eucalyptus trees featured in paintings by one of Australia’s most famous Aboriginal artists Albert Namatjira
Two eucalyptus trees, featured in paintings by renowned Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira, have been burned to the ground by arsonists.
The trees, known as Ghost Gums lined a road 15 miles from Alice Springs, Australian, and helped Namatjira establish his place in the world-wide art world when he painted them into his Twin Ghosts painting in the 1940s.
They were burnt down on December 30, just as they were being considered for inclusion on a heritage register.
Police said they had no doubt the trees, which get their name because of their white, spooky bark were set alight by vandals.
β€˜This is a sad moment in our history,’ said Miss Alison Anderson, the Northern Territory’s Indigenous Advancement Minister.
β€˜These trees were a landmark and very special to Aboriginal people in the area.
β€˜In his watercolours Namatjira brought the beauty of the Central Australian landscape to the world and helped make it a symbol of Australian identity.’
The trees featured on a stamp and were also included in the song I Am Australian.
Namatjira first came to the notice of Australian art circles in the late 1930s and by the late 1950s he had won international acclaim.
He was not without controversy, however – he died in 1959 at the age of 57, three months after serving time in jail for giving alcohol to members of his Aboriginal community.
His conviction was the subject of widespread controversy, critics of his imprisonment arguing it was racial discrimination.
But his paintings inspired so many around the world that they were sought by international auction houses and galleries.
A painting of ghost gums sold at an auction last year for an estimated Β£20,000.
Standing beside the smouldering remains of the gum trees that were such an inspiration to the artist, Malcolm Connolly, a senior heritage officer, told of his shock at the vandal attack.
He told Fairfax Media he had gone to the site to check on the gum trees, which were to soon to be included in the Heritage List.
They were regarded as a deeply significant landmark, synonymous with Namatjira’s depiction of the desert country around Alice Springs and ghost gums as living spirits, he said.
Respected art critic and author of The Encyclopaedia of Australian Art, Sue McCulloch described the destruction of the gums that appeared in so many of Namatjira’s most well-known works as β€˜appalling and a tragic act of cultural vandalism’.
But the Aboriginal community refuse to believe that all is lost.
β€˜I think that if the root system of the burned trees is still alive there can be regrowth,’ said Aboriginal advancement minister Miss Anderson.
She hopes that after a lot of rain the trees will β€˜come back to life again.




I was very surprised by the interest my talk on the Melbourne Cup generated. Many members asked me questions for a long time after. Therefore I have decided to write a few lines about the great horse Phar Lap. Together with the cricket legend Don Bradman, Phar Lap ranks as a stand out icon in Australian sport.

Next time you head out through Breakwater to Wombat Gully Nursery to get plants or shrubs take a few minutes and head south on Wilson’s Road which intersects with the road going to your destination. Not far down Wilson Road is an old dwelling on land that was once a famous horse stud. This area is known as St Albans Park. It was here in November 1930 that Phar Lap spent the night before he won his historic Melbourne Cup. Why he was secretly housed at St Albans Stud is as follows.

Following a very successful campaign in Sydney in the spring of 1930 Phar Lap came back to Melbourne and won the prestigious W.S.Cox Plate (the Weight for Age Championship of Australasia). After this his next race was scheduled for Derby Day (the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup). On the morning of Derby Day he was taken to Caulfield racecourse for work and as he was being led back to his stables outside the course, a car approached and the men in the car tried hard to frighten the horse by continuously blowing the car horn and one occupant even fired a gun before the vehicle sped off.

The trainer Harry Telford on hearing of this from the horse’s handler asked for police protection for his champion’s journey to Flemington for his race that afternoon. Unaffected by what had happened Phar Lap won the race with ease. Whilst at Flemington Harry Telford quietly asked the owner of the St Albans Park Stud in Geelong for permission to house Phar Lap there in secret before Tuesday’s Cup. The request was granted so in the early hours of the Sunday morning Phar Lap was transported to St Albans Park Stud with very few knowing of the horse’s whereabouts. The racing world was a buzz with β€˜where was Phar Lap’. During the next couple of days Phar Lap exercised around the Stud and on isolated roads nearby. Remember in those days St Albans Park would have been a quite area with very few inhabitants.

On the morning of the Melbourne Cup, Phar Lap was taken to the Geelong racecourse and given a serious gallop to prepare him for the big race that afternoon. About midday the great horse was loaded into a float for the journey to Flemington but the truck would not start. An hour and half later the attendants managed to get the engine started. The rest is history how Phar Lap easily won the Melbourne Cup in 1930 and gave joy and hope to lots of people in the early years of the Great Depression.


Reference: The Melbourne Cup, 1861-2000 by Maurice Cavanough et al

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Pity The Nation


And in the end

All I learnt

Was to how to

Stand alone

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J Jay Samuel Davis

Of a Little Love


Give me hunger,
O you gods that sit and give
The world its orders.
Give me hunger, pain and want,
Shut me out with shame and failure
From your doors of gold and fame,
Give me your shabbiest, weariest hunger!

But leave me a little love,
A voice to speak to me in the day end,
A hand to touch me in the dark room
Breaking the long loneliness.
In the dusk of day-shapes
Blurring the sunset,
One little wandering, western star
Thrust out from the changing shores of shadow.
Let me go to the window,
Watch there the day-shapes of dusk
And wait and know the coming
Of a little love.

J Jay Samuel Davis

β€œ2020: A TENDER TOUCH.” a poem 1 January 2020 (Wednesday)


β€œ2020: A TENDER TOUCH.” a poem 1 January 2020 (Wednesday)

{β€œAre you living your life to learn how to cry forever? or have joy & peace forever?”
The Mystic Poet.}

Relish your life;
Take joy in your life;
You’re doing the best that you can.

Seize the day;
Smile at your efforts;
Make you a practical plan.

To continue to do what happens to you and feel no guilt of remorse;
You are a human swimming around here. It’s sometimes not easy, of course.

So, take care of you as best Ye are able,
Take care of your body and try not to label,
Your life as inadequate or not good enough;
Do some things every day, but not too much stuff.

Take care of your loved one and tell them you love them;
No one’s always happy. WE LIVE LIVES. Amen.

Hopefully, (they’re) LivesWeCanManage; WE SEEK JOY & LOVE,
And, if we are β€œblessed,” perhaps, from Above,
We will get through the day in a reasonable way.
β€œLet’s not blame The Fates or anyone,” I say;
β€œFor any task or any difficulty that may befall us,
We might be afraid of and, perhaps, even cuss.