In Australia trappers would set out traps around the bush to catch game. During the Great Depression, rabbit and rabbit trapping was a major source of food and income for the unemployed. 

The phrase "going around the traps" entered the Australian language to mean going out to your traps to see what you can find.



Bored with Covid, and seeking something else?

Why not join DG Dale Hoy for Morning Tea on Saturday 18th Sept at 10 am?

It could be fun.


Or join Charlotte England and her team of walkers, in the "Walk to End Polio".

We hear PDG Grant Hocking (right) will be also on the move: "I'm challenging myself to walk,100km throughout October and raise vital funds that will help eradicate and prepare us for a Polio free world. Your support will be greatly appreciated. "

Get moving, you lazy lot! Mens sano in corpore sano, and all that. 


A Message from a Football Tragic

Julie Clark reminds us that it is again a zoom meeting for the 21st, and we originally were going to do something for the Grand Final.  She asks Melbourne supporters and Bulldog supporters to wear their scarves and anyone else to wear their football colours, to celebrate the Grand Final.

Our guest speaker is Don McLardyPassionate Fan and Former President of the Melbourne Football Club.


How could you not have guessed that September is Basic Education and Literacy Month?

In case of lockdown fatigue, we include lots on the subject: President Andrew’s Lingua File for instance.  Basic Education? Try some Philosophical Razors for a start..  

What's a razor?

 Ockam's razor, Occam's razor, or the principle of parsimony or law of parsimony is the problem-solving principle that "entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity", sometimes inaccurately paraphrased as "the simplest explanation is usually the best one." The idea is attributed to English Franciscan friar William of Ockham, a scholastic philosopher and theologian who used a preference for simplicity to defend the idea of divine miracles.Wikipedia


Are you into Chat Rooms?

Last week we reported on our Special Interest Groups, who meet monthly by Zoom. The “Fixers” choose a current affairs topic to discuss, andthe “Bookworms”  read a book and later compare opinions. The discussions are easy, user-friendly and fun.

Just let President Andrew know if you wish to join either group. 

The Shadow suggests the Fixers could address the Victorian economy.


He then kindly added a few short-cuts to the literary classics. (Well, it is Basic Education and Literacy Month)

You can't get more basic than this: