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Wednesday, 25 July 2007
Oh dear, Rudd f*cks the greens, but also himself .... with his own naked cynicism
Mood:  down
Topic: ecology

Picture: Jimmy Stewart ponders leaping from a bridge in the classic It's a wonderful life (1946)  as here on YouTube because crony capitalism has destroyed all hope in the hometown of Bedford, just like Gunns Ltd has for democracy in Tasmania, and may yet for the ALP under Rudd.

This writer will vote Green Party. There is no doubt. There is no way SAM's editor wants John Howard to win the election. Which you might think means I want Kevin Rudd to win. As a member of a union* you might think I support the working class too.

But as a student and participant of real coal face politics as far back as  1996 and more it becomes clear Rudd has crueled his own chances badly on Monday 23rd July 2007. How ironic when he thought he was being clever embracing the forest killers.

Full story here .....

Posted by editor at 8:40 AM NZT
Updated: Monday, 30 July 2007 6:24 PM NZT
Tuesday, 24 July 2007
Baird to stand again in Cook?
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: human rights

Bruce Baird is known as a strong supporter of human rights. We notice Imre Salusinszky on the abc 702 radio just now about Baird may stand again. On Sunday we wrote this during the tv free to air political talkies:

"Its very close [re 9 Sunday web poll 47pc Howard step down before election] in the conservative ranks we think. Bill Heffernan was looking very grim on the vision on abc tv last night over the Cook pre-selection farce to replace Bruce Baird. Baird should re stand. "

Does Imre read my stuff? Or someone? Baird is a vote for Costello in the leadership tensions if he re stands, and that may well be why he will or won't.

His excuse previously was he wanted to avoid familial conflicts of policy interest between his son as state MP for Manly and his own idealistic work in the federal sphere. A  pretty lame excuse but that's what he said ... again on abc radio some weeks ago.

Postscript #1 11.15 am 26th July 2007

Bruce Baird has just ruled out running again with Richard Fidler on the Conversation Hour ABC radio:  "I was approached on the weekend on what conditions  would I consider running again ......after 20 years in politics ... you can stay too long". Ouch PM Howard, there's the hint.


Posted by editor at 11:38 AM NZT
Updated: Thursday, 26 July 2007 1:19 PM NZT
Monday, 23 July 2007
Rudd responds to 4% swing to Govt on Haneef 'farce' with redneck appeasement of Tas loggers/woodchippers
Mood:  irritated
Topic: ecology

Preface: worth recalling in the 1996 election a Democrat (?) aligned Australian Conservation Foundation leader (Jim Downey), and The Wilderness Society under guidance of then new director Alec Marr moved from a pro ALP position to at best agnostic or deliberately antagonistic.

This resulted in 'a moral chill' going out in the electorate which created a political space for the Howard led Coalition (pre Iraq war, pre the nuke love in) to harvest anti Keating sentiment. In other words, the ALP leader (read Rudd today?) lost his moral veil which all political parties need to garner broader support. Notice yesterday Downer announced a $400M AIDS package for the Asia Pacific region - that's the beginnings of a moral veil of sorts for a whole of govt election platform, similar to Premier Iemma budget allocations for health both prior and since the recent state election:

Also worth recalling, that earlier this year Rudd said he was guided by science on Tas forests but the science is all against him on this latest announcement as per 100 signatories of a top scientists letter in 2004 here

9/2004 - statement of Australia's best forest scientists on Tasmanian logging problem

Peter Garrett sounded shocking on PM show last night and on Glover political round up before that both for a very bad cold and for content around a shallow front man for a corrupt policy. Sings other peoples songs, but stands for very little himself. He's a joke compared to Bob Brown as here same PM show http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2007/s1986038.htm

And worth recalling that Kevin Rudd's good mates in the Forestry division of the logging union are responsible for this

Full story here ...

Posted by editor at 5:47 PM NZT
Updated: Monday, 30 July 2007 9:16 PM NZT
Sunday, 22 July 2007
Sunday political talkies - a rodent led recovery for the Coalition looks doubtful
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: election Oz 2007


Author’s general introductory note (skip this if you know this regular weekly column):




This is not a well packaged story. It’s a contemporaneous traverse of the Sunday television free to air political talkies indicating the agenda of Establishment interests: Better to know ones rivals and allies  in Big Politics and Big Media.




Indeed it’s the tv version monitoring task similar to what Nelson Mandela refers to here in his book Long Walk to Freedom (1994, Abacus) written in Robben Island prison (where he was meant to die like other African resister chiefs of history in the 19C), at page 208




“..newspapers are only a shadow of reality; their information is important to a freedom fighter not because it reveals the truth, but because it discloses the biases and perceptions of both those who produce the paper and those who read it.”




Just substitute ‘Sunday tv political talkie shows’ for "newspapers" in the quote above.




For actual transcripts go to web sites quoted below except with Riley Diary on 7. And note transcripts don’t really give you the image content value.





Media backgrounder:


continued ... full story here

Posted by editor at 9:57 AM NZT
Updated: Tuesday, 31 July 2007 11:55 AM NZT
Saturday, 21 July 2007
Saturday comment - Why Peter Costello must challenge for PM in the national interest
Mood:  bright
Topic: election Oz 2007

I get Peter Costello’s argument: Resisting personal ambition to sustain a stable team and thus keep the Coalition govt show on the road 'is the right thing to do for the country'. Even at his own expense, despite gibes, slings and arrow.


I get why this pause and reflection while he still has relative youth at 49 is cause for both


- Howard loyalists in the Nats or ultra right of the Libs to pander to his patience with gentle praise he will be PM, will be one day, the way nirvana never arrives, in fact piss in his pocket, and


- on the other hand the attack dogs of the ALP misinterpret the pause as cowardice and lack of ticker like Beazley, even as he keeps an eye on economic health of the country.


Well there has been logic to that approach for quite some time now. But the time has gone and a new reality has evolved slowly since I stood amongst the Canberra press gallery outside the Phillip St offices in Sydney in July 2006: Having a natter to the odd Cabinet Minister Minchin and Coonan and alternatively ingratiating myself and scolding the Riley’s, Middletons and even grand  old man Oakes. The assembly was waiting on what we fully expected to be and was the Clayton's Costello challenge. [Claytons being a non alcoholic drink here.]


Costello eschews loyalty to his own career ambition for the national interest. I give him credit for that as defined according to his own lights.


But we are approaching a much greater moral reality for the national interest as follows:


-         the biography of Howard reveals an emotionally secure and mildly successful intrinsically average man. We don’t say mediocre. We say determined, nurtured supported and inculcated with a iron clad value of hard work. Notice not enough to get top grades at school but strong enough to keep going industriously. Combine such endeavour with 45 years of practice at anything let alone politics and one does become good. Very good… from experience. One learns for instance to grab and co opt far greater intellects for one’s own exploitation.


-         This is the place Costello like many unusually talented people finds himself in. Exploited by lesser mortals like Howard. Ensnared and harnessed (and paradoxically marginalised) to a player of some 19 years greater experience. Just think it – a man like Howard who has lived twice as many adult career lives virtually. And yet Costello conceding such a huge headstart is still seen as competitive to some degree. Incredible.


-         Rudd similarly 19 years junior and seen as far more competitive, indeed triumphing in the polls … so far, even as Morgan late Friday shows a 4% point improve for the Coalition on the Haneef fracas trawling the simpleton One Nation vote.



 Picture: The Sydney Daily Telegraph running interference today on the real news about a stupid legal farce in the Dr Haneef case that reflects quite badly on federal governance of law and order around terrorism issues. This "farce" seems to have been caused by the systemic break down in the rules of subjudice under the supervision of Howard loyalist Phillip Ruddock as Attorney General. As a result the whole case is being run in the pages of the Big Media instead in the courts.



-         But Howard for all his 48 years experience or more in politics remains exactly what his brand signifies – average. An average intellect, an average ability, an average sensibility. Like his friend George Bush. The only really unusual thing about John is his enormous emotional security gifted from his mother, and career longevity. So we don’t say mediocre. We say a triumph of hard work and time and the power of a mother’s emotional nurturing generating a sublime self confidence, and a very helpful disdain for pretension and privilege in a time of disproportionate wealth appealing to voters. But also of course cunning/wisdom built up on the long long road, and school of hard knocks.


-         These are fine qualities when everything is going pretty safely with the world. A Cold War is over. Economic reforms of the 80ies and 90ies have kicked in. The current PM Keating is suffering a political disjunction from the same average mob of voters he actually needed to take with him, however long it was going to take but didn't have the patience. A steady hand on the tiller indeed.


-         But we don’t live in that world anymore. Greenhouse driven climate change is threatening the globe. It takes real intellect and foresight to get this and listen to the best and brightest and honest scientists, that an unprecedented situation is arising. Cleverness and tricks won't replace quality in such a situation - and a good marriage just won't do it either. Again, a new phase of decaying USA empire is making life tricky for a middle power wedged between China and Uncle Sam, not least loose cannon military industrial commercial agendas sucking the public revenue dry in the USA and here. And not just keeping us poor but feeding them into cataclysmic nuclear technologies. Planning for the inevitable down turn distinct from squandering a boom in mineral resources -  if only because China is choking on its own hyper development and may hit domestic turbulence - takes real brightness.


-         these are not times like 1996-2002 for average intellects who play the game of ‘leader’ by being just behind the bow wave, and following the real vanguard once it is safe to do so: Who run interference on the real news like The Sydney Daily Telegraph today above. No, we are going to need the best and brightest and talented Australia has to offer. Some guy who can master multi tonal Mandarin for instance (Rudd). Some guy who can against all expectation find legal rights in common law to beat the union in an ALP-ACTU federal  milieu of the early 90ies (Costello). Our next PM in 4 months has to be a very smart and indeed brilliant person for the demanding times. With creativity to reorganise our carbon economy. Someone who is not easily led on the path of least resistance by bully boys in say the nuke industry, or USA/China geo politik or even geo capital markets when it comes to private equity and takeovers. Average guys are not okay in extraordinary times. Mechanics are no good as brain surgeons so don't expect them to be or give them the wrong job. The family car, yes. The health of your kid - no.


In summary this is why Costello should challenge lose, win or draw. In his heart of hearts he must know a Rudd prime ministership is better for this country than a Howard re-election, as would a Costello victory. Australia can’t afford another term of an average guy, the way Curtin replaced Menzies in WW2 because he was intrinsically smarter, indeed brilliant. It wasn't about helping the forgotten people, it was about bare survival, forging an inclusive alliance across the breadth of society left to right, rich to poor, and now today greenie and brownie.


There are some things that experience just don’t deliver. There are times when average is not enough. And that time is here. Yes, a challenge will fracture the Coalition and cause a lot of turmoil and could even result in a defeat. But then a Coalition Opposition would be in much better shape for the next 3 years to compete again. On the other hand the country would be better led, and there is no saying such a loss is inevitable. Hawke replaced Heydon late in the piece and won, colour and brilliance over steady and bland.


So we say win lose or draw Costello should run for PM. If Howard stays and wins we all lose. If he stays he will probably lose anyway against the quality of Kevin Rudd. In these terms it’s a no brainer Costello should run for PM for himself, sure, but far more importantly for the well being of the country, and in our own humble way, the well being of the world.


The only other patriotic option is to retire pre election. Because sometimes losing is also winning, and vice versa.


What say you Peter?


Postscript #1: early Monday 23rd July 07


Well the Sunday Telegraph yesterday 22nd July 07 following our column above was a doozy. Never seen such a harsh, indeed savage, attack on the Howard led Coalition from the ALP inspired focus group sledging of Howard via Costello supporter Glen Milne front page over to several pages, to ex Nat Senator Bill O'Chee banruptcy/life problems (keeping in mind its the Nats who prefer Howard for his agrarian socialism).


If yesterday's conservative Telegraph is not a proverbial tap on the Howard shoulder in his own city then what is?


Further, call us slow but we have realised there is a third option for the Treasurer Peter Costello turning 50 in the several months (distinct from challenging or retiring to cause Howard to be replaced as PM), namely to be drafted by the Coalition. As you can see from the Shanahan Weekend Australian headline above Costello is saying ostensibly "I won't challenge" presumably to keep Coalition Party unity fairly stable. This may well carry the sub text - you must draft me.

Posted by editor at 12:52 PM NZT
Updated: Monday, 23 July 2007 9:11 AM NZT
Friday, 20 July 2007
Howard govt reprises BBC nuke classic - Edge of Darkness
Mood:  irritated
Topic: nuke threats

YouTube has serialised parts of this chilling BBC classic


Australia May Sign Up to US World Nuclear Energy Partnership - Bloomberg - 9 hours ago

Australia won't become nuke waste dump: PM - Melbourne Herald Sun - 2 hours ago


[Media Releases]

Friday, 20 July 2007

Howard-Bush nuclear deal puts Australia at risk - Greens
The Prime Minister's plan to sign a nuclear pact with President Bush risks Australia's future security and environmental wellbeing, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
"A thirty percent reallocation of current electricity supplies through energy efficiency, to meet future industrial, retail and domestic needs is a much safer, cleaner, cheaper option to dangerous nuclear power," Senator Brown said.
"Mr Howard's proposed pact with President Bush will anger neighbours like Indonesia and Malaysia and foster nuclear installations in our neighbourhood. The massive radioactive leak in Tokyo Electrics' giant nuclear plant this week shows how dangerous nuclear power stations on Java could be."
"The Howard move will inevitably bring Australia under pressure to become a global nuclear waste dump. It will increase terrorists' focus on Australia and will create a direct incentive for nuclear power plants to be built near our major cities, like Sydney and Melbourne," Senator Brown said.
Further information: Ebony Bennett 0409 164 603


Howard’s US nuclear push turns up heat on Iemma’s weak laws
Media release: 20 July 2007
Greens NSW MP John Kaye said he would be pushing ahead with his
legislation to trigger a plebiscite in the event that the federal
government tried to impose a nuclear facility on this state.
Dr Kaye said: “The only way to counter John Howard’s desperation to
join President George Bush’s nuclear club is to allow the people of NSW
to have their say.
“The problem is that the existing state laws that supposedly protect
the state from nuclear facilities are toothless.
“The construction of the OPAL reactor at Lucas Heights proved how
little power or political will there is in the NSW government to oppose
the expansion of the nuclear industry in this state.
“We have given notice of legislation that would automatically trigger a
referendum if any federal government tries to force this state to accept
a nuclear facility.
“Our bill is a direct challenge to the Iemma government to strengthen
their stand against nuclear power by giving the people a direct say in
their own future.
“The Greens are confident that there would be an overwhelming vote
against any move to impose nuclear reactors, enrichment, reprocessing or
storage onto a neighbourhood in this state.
“No community wants to risk poisonous waste, toxic leakages and
devastating accidents.
“No society should tolerate the economic damage and geopolitical
destabilisation that a nuclear industry would bring. 
“If Premier Iemma is serious about keeping NSW safe from John Howard’s
nuclear ambitions, he will join with us in strengthening state laws and
making sure that the people have a say before they end up with a reactor
in their back yard,” Dr Kaye said.
For more information: John Kaye 0407 195 455


"the confrontation of good and evil"


This via Benny Zable long time peace activist we have adopted as patron of ecology action australia 

Sent: Sunday, July 22, 2007 10:17 AM

Subject: Australia poised to sign nuclear deal with US


 This email .....confirms what has been going on behind the
 scenes of clearing the way for Nuclear Dumps and the railway links
 Halliburton is building.
 We need to highlight the ramification of what this deal is truly about, of
 why produce more radioactive waste products.
 "Fueling a new breed of Nuclear Weapons."
 I am heading off to New York City on Wednesday and will be discussing this
 matter with Nanci Callahan who produces and directs ECOFEST at the
 Center. <
 I will also be performing in New Jersey on Hiroshima Day.
 Yours Benny Zable
 Alice Slater
 Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, New York
 446 E. 86 St.
 New York, NY 10028
 -----Original Message-----
 Sent: Friday, July 20, 2007 7:13 PM
 Subject:  Australia poised to sign onto GNEP with US


[Sydney Morning Herald writer Anne Davies article follows:]

 Australia poised to sign nuclear deal with US
 Anne Davies, Washington
 July 20, 2007
 According to draft plans seen by The Age, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer
 and Resources Minister Ian Macfarlane want the deal announced when US
 President George Bush comes to Australia in September for the APEC leaders'
 The deal could advance Prime Minister John Howard's push for Australia to
 embrace nuclear power, including providing access to the latest
 technological advances.
 "The proposed action plan would help to open the way for valuable nuclear
 energy co-operation with the United States," a briefing note says.
 "It would also be consistent with the Government's strategy for the nuclear
 industry in Australia. An action plan on nuclear energy would also have
 bilateral advantages further broadening our relationship with the
 "While the US has not raised the possibility, the action plan may be a
 possible 'announceable' for President Bush's visit in September."
 But the proposal appears to stop short of recommending Australia sign up
 with the controversial club of nuclear nations, the Global Nuclear Energy
 Partnership (GNEP), being championed by Mr Bush.
 An initiative of Washington, the GNEP is seeking to control the
 distribution, reprocessing and storage of nuclear fuel around the world.
 Member nations include Russia, China, the US, Japan and France.
 Mr Bush has said the initiative is central to tackling climate change, and
 that its aim is to ensure the safe growth of the nuclear industry while
 limiting the risk of proliferation of nuclear material for weapons.
 US officials have indicated that Australia's status as a "totally reliable
 and trustworthy" nation could allow its inclusion in the plan as a fuel
 But the proposal is controversial for Australia partly because storage of
 nuclear waste by GNEP partners is an integral part of the arrangement.
 The Federal Government has repeatedly said Australia will not take other
 countries' waste.
 The GNEP countries met in Washington in May and agreed to work on plans that
 control the supply of all nuclear fuel and its reprocessing and waste
 disposal. Non-partnership countries would be leased fuel only if they
 complied with the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
 Australia, the world's biggest exporter of unprocessed uranium, and Canada,
 another big supplier, have expressed interest in GNEP.
 But GNEP is seen by some developing nations as highly divisive, and
 Australia's membership could alarm neighbours including Indonesia.
 It would also rekindle heated debate in Australia over the development of
 nuclear power, and would inevitably raise the spectre of a nuclear waste
 Officials working on the US-Australia initiative flag this concern in their
 note, saying that signing "a joint nuclear energy action plan would be on
 the basis that this would not limit possible future choices regarding
 Australia's nuclear industry. It will be important also to ensure there is
 no misperception on the United States' part that conclusion of an action
 plan could have implications for the Government's policy of not taking other
 countries' radioactive waste or spent nuclear fuel."
 A US Energy Department spokeswoman, Angela Hill, said: "The vision of GNEP
 is something we would hope Australia and other countries can support."
 A spokesman for Mr Downer confirmed that discussions on an agreement were
 under way, focusing on safeguards and research and development.

 Alfred Meyer, Program Director
 Alliance for Nuclear Accountability
322 4th Street NE
 Washington, DC 20002

 202-544-6143 fax


Posted by editor at 10:46 PM NZT
Updated: Monday, 23 July 2007 9:26 AM NZT
A message from ex PM Fraser to get out of Iraq via Get Up lobby group
Mood:  sad
Topic: peace

Picture of 2003 added by SAM editor.


Sent: Friday, July 20, 2007 10:01 AM
Subject: A Message From Malcolm Fraser, Former PM

Dear GetUp Members,

The situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate with more loss of lives, with even more hardship to Iraqi civilians.

The serious divisions within Iraq, unleashed by the war itself, have not been reduced. The Iraqi government has made no significant steps towards reconciliation and accommodation between the warring parties.

This is a situation that cannot be controlled by military force. The troop surge, such as it was, failed. There were over half a million Americans in Vietnam. They failed. With only a fraction of that number in Iraq it should be no surprise that continued reliance on military means is not succeeding.

More and more Americans are coming to accept that withdrawal must take place. Senior and highly respected Republican Senators are deserting President Bush on this issue. The original objectives are almost entirely forgotten. There is no talk of Iraq establishing a benign, American style democracy that will spread to the rest of the Middle East.

Our withdrawal must be carefully planned, as a precipitous withdrawal in a week or a month would add to the chaos. And as the Baker-Hamilton Committee reported to Congress, all regional players, including Iran and Syria, must be drawn into discussions before we leave. Diplomacy now offers the only chance of a withdrawal accompanied by relative calm and peace.

One of the things we should say to the Americans, quite simply, is that if the United States is not prepared to involve itself in high level diplomacy concerning Iraq and other Middle East questions, our forces will be withdrawn before Christmas.

I encourage you to support GetUp's campaign for a change in policy. Add your voice below to the thousands who have spoken already. If enough speak, the Government has to listen.


Malcolm Fraser AC CH
Former Prime Minister of Australia

Posted by editor at 9:39 PM NZT
Gulaga forest benefit at Tilba Hall Sat. 28th July 07
Mood:  amorous
Topic: ecology

  A cosy night of music and home made food will be held at Tilba Hall 
on Saturday 28th July. Cover charge $10 - $5 con. with children 
getting in free. Local songwriters and performers will be 
entertaining us from 6pm with a kids movie being shown in the kid 
friendly area. All proceeds will go to helping save the foothills of 
Gulaga from woodchipping. Please come and bring your 20 closest 
friends. BYO
Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2007 5:59 PM
Subject: [chipstop] Update on man in jail for trying to save Gulaga forest

Sooty attended court in Bateman's Bay today and was granted bail. It appears that upon being charged yesterday, he was not even offered bail, so his night in the slammer was not as a result of refusing bail conditions.


A man is in jail tonight as a result of his efforts to save Gulaga Forest, near Tilba today.
As the Gulaga blockade approaches its twelfth week, the man was charged following his attempts to stop contractors and Forests NSW officers entering the forest to undertake logging.
He was taken by police to Batemans Bay and held in custody overnight; he is expected to appear in Narooma Local Court tomorrow (Thursday) morning.
The Gulaga blockade is a peaceful, non-violent protest against the logging of the foothills of a mountain sacred to local Koori people. In its early weeks, almost 20 traditional owners and elders issued an eviction notice to Forests NSW, demanding for a halt to logging.
Contact: 62923267  0414908997
18 July 2007


Between 2,500 and 3,000 trees from SE NSW and East Gippsland are cut down every working day to supply the Eden chipmill
CHIPSTOP campaign against woodchipping the SE forests, 02-64923134, PO Box 797 Bega NSW 2550 Australia, http://www.chipstop.forests.org.au






Linda Burney MP launches NAIDOC week action at Addison Gallery Marrickville 2pm Sunday 8th July 07

Posted by editor at 9:11 PM NZT
Updated: Friday, 20 July 2007 9:36 PM NZT
Vegans boast climate friendly diet, this Sunday at Petersham Town Hall
Mood:  hungry
Topic: globalWarming


Posted by editor at 9:03 PM NZT
Thursday, 19 July 2007
Build a bicycle trailer with no welding - cost $20
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: local news


We are going to burn alot less petrol and alot more fat with this home made and designed bicycle trailer. It only cost about $20 because we were lucky to find and scavenge alot of the materials and buy the balance from The Bower at 142 Addison Rd Centre. We blame the ABC inventors show and necessity for this invention.

 From top left clockwise the picture reveals

1. Not as great a design as the Hills Hoist but we are still quite proud;

2. The swivel mechanism - a chunky bit of wood (the swivel beam) with 2 holes (via power drill using skinny drill bit in a circle, and chisel out): A hole at one end for bike seat pole and another hole for the swivel over the back wheel (a 2nd fork cannabalised from one of the trailer frames). Notice the hole in the wooden cross beam (main trailer cross beam) on the trailer at top left of the image which will fit onto the swivel. Take care to measure the length of the swivel beam, seat to swivel (say 30 cm roughly), such that when the main trailer cross beam fits onto the swivel the metal axle pole of the trailer (fed through the two absent bottom brackets) has decent clearance from the rear wheel of the bike.  This swivel beam is essential to prevent trailer running into the back of the bike on down hill momentum (we first tested a bit of climbing rope fine going flat or up but as you would expect no good slowing down or down hill). The swivel fork over the rear bike wheel is essential for attachment - trailer to rear wheel to back seat - but also to keep the trailer 'up' over the rear wheel, and thirdly to allow cornering. It also allows a straight line of load force from trailer to bike  

(See below for the attachment of the lower fork ends of the swivel to the rear axle of the bike rear frame. Another (commercial) method of trailer yoke design is arms of a trailer direct to the rear axle of the bike good for avoiding bounce, but that's another story and may require welding ability and a wider rear bike wheel axle. Our design does not anticipate bounce with a fairly heavy lower shelf, bottom bracket axle, and swivel to stabilise travel vibration.)

3. One of the two 20 cm bolt assemblies through one of two front trailer frames (two cannabalised and stripped old bike frames front wheel removed) fed to metal plate at bottom end of what used to be hole for front forks, fixing chunky wooden cross beam at front of the trailer - big enough for hole to be drilled in middle for the swivel pole. The wooden cross beam is the trailer attachment to the swivel on the bike but also supports the top storage shelf of the trailer.

4. Right trailer wheel (facing forward on bike) inner attachment to wooden cross beam. We only had a skinny front bike wheel to recycle which is skinnier than a stripped regular rear wheel. As a result we ended up using a little U bolt to ensure wheel travel clearance onto a 2nd bigger U bolt onto the hard wood cross beam.

5. The attachment of the lower fork of the swivel to the rear bike wheel frame - if the bike has unusually wide rear axle then maybe just fit as a second set of forks, but more likely you will have to marry the Allen key bolt holes of the respective forks (originally designed to mount panier racks). It's alot easier if you reverse the swivel fork as if facing backwards to make room to line the holes up and screw the Allen bolts in.

6. metal pole cross beam fed through the two absent bottom brackets of the bike frames. Note at right the U bolt onto some 9 mm ply shelving. Notice this pole axle is fixed with some bashing with a hammer to slightly flatten the circumference of the pole each side of the bike frame.

7. rear safety attachment of bread basket shelving (light bright strong and weather proof) with some unused climbing carabiners.

8. left hand wheel of trailer with U bold attachment, notice this wheel is a back wheel stripped of its cogs (for lightness) and provides much better clearance for attachment of wooden cross beam.

9. rear shelving fixed by safety bolt.

10. top shelf fixed by safety bolt to swivel fork with metal plate and recylced handlebar nut off stripped frame.

12. under carriage showing wooden rear cross beam, bottom bracket axle, lower shelving bolts

13. Not shown - trailer rear wooden cross beam for upper shelf attached with u bolts through drill holes.

Note - care should be taken to provide all nuts with either a split washer or plastic insert in the nut to hold the nut fast from vibrations. We found many of these from an old metal couch in a local lane.

The above still needs some road testing and probably a flag in the trailer empty seat holes and reflectors on the rear especially at night to aid visibility on the road. Riding is likely to be mainly low gears. Design weight on the trailer we expect to be around 50 to 100 kg.

Posted by editor at 4:13 PM NZT
Updated: Friday, 20 July 2007 2:28 PM NZT

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