09 Oct 2016

Australian 4WD Tyre Directory

Looking for the best 4WD tyres in Australia? Here’s a list to get you started. First, you need to decide whether you want all-terrain, mud or passenger construction tyres. Then, work out your size – this will be on a placard on the vehicle, usually in the driver’s door jamb.

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18 Jul 2016

Cooking Diary, Part 0

Many years ago I left home and thus life changed.  I rented a small room in a house, and lived happily there with two brothers as joint landlords.  It was a peaceful existence, with only a few noisy moments when the younger brother entertained his girlfriend, usually a virtuoso performance

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15 Jul 2016

Cooking Diary, Part 1

If you don’t eat, you die. That’s primarily why I eat. Of course, if the experience can be pleasurable that’s all the better, but in general I sacrifice pleasure for speed. Left to my own devices, I would purchase a fridge only to keep beer cold, and probably never construct

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15 Jul 2016

The 4WD Debate

The 4WD Debate You have may noticed 4WDs aren’t popular in some quarters. There’s a lot of sensationalism, liberally sprinkled with phrases like “vehicle of mass destruction”, references to apparent insecurities of the drivers and generally the coverage is more about whipping up a bit of good old tabloid outrage

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15 Jul 2016

The conversation.

Hmmmm”. “No.” “We’ll be ok”. “No!” “It’s not that bad. Bit steep, but it won’t be a drama.” “No way are you taking that vehicle up there!” “Why not?” “Why not? Why not? Because it’s dangerous! Because we don’t need to do it! Becau..” “It’s not dangerous. It’ll be ok,

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15 Jul 2016

A lesson learned

Could this have happened to you?  As told to me by a now rather more experienced offroader: “We were staying at a farm with some friends. On Sunday we decided to drive into the State Forest for a little exploring. After a pleasant hour-long bushwalk we got back to the

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13 Apr 2014

From Discovery to Ranger

It’s all very well for me to write fine advice in various books and magazines, but I do actually follow my own recommendations. As ever, any recommendation starts with what you need from a vehicle. In our case, our 4WD needed to be multipurpose.  One minute it had to do

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18 Jul 2010

Morons

Another month and another accident at Fraser Island, again involving a rented 4WD, although one driven by Aussies. Still, doesn’t matter, they’re idiots wherever they come from. Probably loaded the vehicle wrongly, tyre pressures too high and any fool can see those Troopies handle like jellies at the best of

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