Explain This #1

Picture Challenges #1-17 have created a deal of interest, particularly when you factor in the number of people who have told me they wish they’d been to the Outback so that they could begin to compete with the Outback gurus who seem to know every tree, every building and every strange life form out there.

I’ve decided to start a new series called “Explain This”, where you’re not at a disadvantage even if you’ve never been outside the house. All you have to do is have a good squiz* at the picture, and then tell us about it in a comment. (Just click on where it says “Leave a comment” or maybe “3 comments” or similar.) Your explanation can be as factual or as fanciful as you like. A good imagination will be an advantage. The pictures will all be ones taken somewhere in Australia. No prizes – just the honour and glory of coming up with something amusing, imaginative, maybe even believable.

(* For the benefit of non-Australian readers, a squiz is pretty much the same as a Captain Cook, or a gander.)

So let’s get started: Explain This #1:



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Writing about the things that interest me helps me to discover what I think. One of my loves is the Australian Outback, and I travel out there often, and when possible take friends with me.
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9 Responses to Explain This #1

  1. Jo says:

    I know, it’s a yurt for very small people with cone shaped heads!

  2. Anne says:

    No Jo, it’s a petrified igloo…..

  3. Anne says:

    Could we have some dimensions and location please Mr Squiz-master?

    • dazzlerplus says:

      Of course, Anne, but don’t let those details inhibit your imagination! It’s about three metres or a little more across at the base, and about four metres high. It’s located near the road when you turn off the Silver City Highway to go to Milparinka. (Did you know that the Milparinka pub has closed? Rather sad.)

  4. Mandy says:

    A bunyip pizza oven? (sorry I’ve got a theme going here!)

  5. Jon says:

    A property owner had pyramid envy and said anyone can do it. Started with this one and realised he should stick to farming.

  6. dazzlerplus says:

    I think it’s time to pull this discussion together. We’ve had four suggestions:
    * A yurt for small cone-heads (Jo)
    * A petrified igloo (Anne)
    * A bunyip pizza oven (Mandy), and
    * A botched attempt at a pyramid (Jon).

    I should start out by saying that I have no idea what it is. As I mentioned in an earlier comment, it’s just beside the road near Milparinka, which is a bit south of Tibooburra in north-west NSW. There’s no sign to tell you what it’s meant to be, but someone’s gone to a deal of trouble constructing it.

    I had wondered whether it was evidence that Red Indians had actually started out in Australia, and this was one of their early attempts at a tepee. They soon realised that stone was not going to work – particularly if you wanted to move your home to a better location – and that they’d have to try animal skins instead. But then to build a decent sized tepee out of roo skins needed at least about 100 skins, which meant that the job of getting your own home was too much like hard work. So they packed up and went to North America, where you could build a reasonable tepee from about 25 buffalo skins – much more achievable.

    All the suggestions showed a good deal of imagination – thanks to each of you. I hope you’ll continue to contribute your fascinating ideas on future “Explain This” posts.

    In the meantime, if any reader knows what the structure really is, please enlighten us, and make the Aussie Outback just a little less mysterious.

  7. Rich says:

    When I looked at this picture [sorry to be late] it was immediately clear that this is one of the original Earth landing pods by means of which the first Stone Age astronauts arived to check out Earth’s suitability for habitation [Mars was running out of potable water]. Having found the place to be good, they then set about surveying the land using this and other similar landing craft as their geodetic survey cairns.

    • dazzlerplus says:

      Wow, Rich, I’m glad you told us this, because it’s obviously correct! The little golf buggy currently running around on Mars confirms what you said about water which you could pote (let alone water suitable for drinking!) And of course Stone Age astronauts would build their space ships out of stones, ’cause that was more or less all they had.

      And as all we Aussies know, after extensive surveying and other geodetic stuff, these Stone Age blokes and sheilas finally settled beside Lake Burley Griffin, where they can be found to this day. I’m not sure whether they still do much poting. Anybody know?

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