Readers of the Bobby Dazzler Newsletter (you can request a free subscription at firstname.lastname@example.org) have been kept well informed of developments in the remarkable Flinders Ranges village of Cradock.
In the June 2012 issue, we reported on the establishment of the Cradock Wildlife Reserve, aka the Safari Park, and the first two acquisitions: an elephant and a giraffe. Then just this past October, we published an amazing picture of a “big hat” concealed at the back of the Cradock Hotel.
As everyone knows, Aussies just love “big things”, and the country is home to many of them, such as the “Big Merino”, the “Big Gumboot”, the “Big Banana” and the “Big Chook”. It’s always a memorable experience when travelling in Oz suddenly to come across a big thing. It was a formative experience for me when, as a young lad, I first saw the Big Mosquito at Hexham, near Newcastle. The mosquitos at Hexham, often referred to as “Hexham Greys”, are a savage breed, not to be trifled with, and this message came across clearly to me when I first saw the Big Mosquito, perched on the roof of the Hexham Bowling Club. It’s particularly scary when its eyes light up at night.
Anyway, we can now reveal that the Cradock Wildlife Reserve is home to the “Big Hat”. This fine picture, taken into the setting sun, gives you an idea of what am imposing sight it is. Naturally, it has been installed on a high stand, well clear of attack by the elephant or the giraffe.
Well, you’ve read about it here, even before it shows up on Google. (There is an article in Wikipedia about “Australia’s Big Things”, but as I write, there is no mention of the Big Hat. It won’t be long!)