I SPY ON THE ROAD: Crocodile Snaps

SNAPPED: Crocodiles on the banks of the Bloomfield River and boat ramp.
SNAPPED: Crocodiles on the banks of the Bloomfield River and boat ramp. Contributed

Crocodile snaps

IF YOU happen to be in the vicinity of the Bloomfield River in Far North Queensland, definitely don't go swimming and show caution if you do a spot of fishing.

A gent had just left Wujal Wujal community and snapped pics of two saltwater crocodiles which he forwarded onto Spy.

"The crocs were both around 2.5m long and I saw them at 3.16pm and 3.18pm on September 9 just after driving away from Wujal Wujal community. One was on the boat ramp and the other nearby on the bank of the Bloomfield River near the water," he said.

What concerns him is that just up the river were lots of dinghies and yachts in an area where many people fish.

"These crocs seemed to me to be very much territorial. (They) were not worried by people being near them. I was about 6m away when I shot the pics. It is great fishing around there," he said.

The Bloomfield River is situated north of the Daintree and enters the sea north of Cape Tribulation.

Virus alert

TRUCK drivers travelling around parts of the Northern Territory around Katherine have been warned to stay clear of bats and flying foxes.

That follows warnings by health authorities that some may be carrying the Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABLV).

The warning comes with the detection of the virus, the first in the NT since 1997, in a bat, near Katherine.

"There has been no transmission of the virus to humans in the NT, but it is timely to remind everyone that they should avoid contact with bats," acting director of the Centre for Disease Control, Peter Markey, said last week.

The virus can be transmitted to humans, causing serious illness.

It was first identified during research related to the Hendra virus, near Ballina (NSW) in May, 1996, in a black flying fox showing nervous signs and in four kinds of flying foxes and fruit bats and one species of insect-eating microbat.

Facebook drinker

A WELL-KNOWN truckie was on a day off and had picked his daughter up around 5pm on a Sunday without a care in the world.

Just as he drove out of the pub car park, a police car appeared and flashed its light signalling him to pull over. The fellow knew he hadn't broken any laws and the cops wanted to check his registration, driver's licence and get him breath tested.

Just after he blew into the instrument, he received a call on his mobile phone from a friend who lives 50km away.

"I just seen it on facebook that you have been picked up by the police and are receiving a ticket," the mate said.

Old mate was astonished and so were the two cops.

Soon after his mate phoned back and admitted he had, in fact, been driving past and saw the incident.

And, for the record, he had no alcohol in his system and was let go by the boys in blue with their well wishes.

B-double query

A VETERAN West Oz truckie met up with some backpackers near Broome and they asked him some questions about trucks.

Their English was not the best but the fellow soon gleaned that several wanted to get to drive in a B-double.

From his observations they seemed to be French and the one who was most English language savvy explained that one of her wishes while Down Under was to get a lift in a B-double.

"She said they seen many of them around Broome and I told her to go to where the trucks park and ask one of the drivers," he said.

They had been travelling in one of those vans you see around and he reckons it was a very strange query.

Old silver poetry

A 60-YEAR-OLD veteran driver was delivering phone books around Central Australia in a bogie drive older model UD body truck when he was inspired to create a poem about the industry.

Out of the blue this would-be poet, who wants to go under the pseudonym of "Old Silver", phoned Spy and wants to share his work with readers. It is entitled: An Ode To The Trucking Industry.

"Please not so restricted, can we continue on our Roll,

Because all the rules and regulations are taking their Toll,

When we sign the log book page we are giving away our Soul,

To the law enforcement, most can be an ass Hole,

And from their nastiness we can end up on the Dole,

Our families are always there to help us achieve our Goal,

The politicians are no help, they are only interested in their Poll,

When we end up at the pearly gates, it's probably because of a death Roll."

Heart attack burgers

THERE are several roadhouses around Oz at which truckies reckon they make "heart attack" burgers. It is actually a compliment to the owners of food preparers. "They are so big and full that they are hard to get through them, so we refer to them as heart attack burgers," one said.

While accepting the praise from the truckies, one roadhouse boss didn't want his establishment named. "I don't want drivers to think they will eat my burgers and have a heart attack," he told Spy.

Footy over

A COUPLE of wives of truckies are happy that the football season is over and they will now get to spend much more time with their husbands.

They reckon that when hubby did manage to get time off during the now completed NRL and AFL season, he would sit on the couch and virtually put the not disturb sign up. It is now history that South Sydney Rabbitohs won the NRL decider and the Hawthorn Hawks the AFL climax. So for partners of footy fanatics, there will be close to six months of much required more time with the love of their life.

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