Reef Lodge Backpackers Townsville

Tuesday 28 April 2015

To President Joko Widodo you have made a difficult decision. Sadly I think it was wrong!

 Its during times of difficult decision that humanity needs to look hard at itself. If the answer does not show an answer that will bring us as a species closer to harmony, then the answer is probably wrong.

Execution is not an answer to a difficult situation. Education should be foremost. I will no longer have Indonesia on my travel list and will certainly think twice about buying products manufactured there. Death is final and gives no chance of rehabilitation. This kind of response shows humanity is still no better than animals in the wild.

Respectfully yours Dean

Sunday 26 April 2015

"Thats a boomarang Mate!" Australian slang and the Reef Lodge Backpackers in Townsville educating the world!

1. Boomerang
A piece  of timber which is fashioned into a curved, flat, long stick. Used traditionally by Australian Aboriginals to hunt and fight. Some of these would also return to thrower.

2. Boomerang
Something on loan, which needs to be returned.
"Hey, John, here is a loan of my hammer but just remember its a boomerang."

For more information on traditional Boomerangs try this site:

Tuesday 21 April 2015

"Blue Murder" Australian slang and the Reef Lodge Backpackers in Townsville educating the world!

 "Blue Murder" Australian slang and the Reef Lodge Backpackers in Townsville educating the world!

1. To get away with something serious.
"Those bastards would get away with Blue Murder"

It is thought to be derived from the French curse word "morbleu" , which is an euphemism for "mort de Dieu" "death of God". It also thought that it really only apples when a high ranking person is killed or a Blue Blood. 

Sunday 19 April 2015

Latest from M.T.B about Townsville history. Only a short 100m from the Reef Lodge Backpackers

The Museum’s newest local history display revealing the story of Townsville’s first lighthouse as told by the last four light-keeping families.

 Just over the road from the Reef Lodge we currently have display at the Museum of Tropical Queensland for those with an interest in local history around Townsville.

Following is a media release from MTQ:

Cape Cleveland Lighthouse: a story of four families is part of Townsville’s 150th anniversary celebrations and focusses on the lives of the lightkeeping families stationed at Cape Cleveland for nearly half a century between 1938 and 1986.

The display of photographs and family memorabilia tells the story of the lightkeepers and their families who worked together to keep the light shining and warn passing ships of the dangers surrounding the Cape.

The display opens on Monday 27 April.

 70 – 102 Flinders Street | Townsville | Queensland 4810 | Australia
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Friday 17 April 2015

Ever wanted to tell a customer "Why don't you just "GO FCUK YOURSELF!" cause You can't shoot them and you can't shoot them!"

 I do get fed-up with crap customers who have no Idea they are Douch-bags! Does anyone else feel like this and you just bite your tongue in fear of retribution from the so many on line review sites, that basically states it the right of the scumbag  customer to say what they like and the business has to tippy-toe around the bullshit they say about you.

So don't you love it when a customer comes down well past check out time and says they are checking out. We tell all our customers that check out time is 10am, and yet when you say to the person who waited less than 2 minute "You do realize check-out time was at 10am"

All of a sudden you have the worst customer service:

 Thank you Charlie Brown:

Office bell rings at 10:45am
Me:      "Hello."
Laurel: Abruptly says. "I want to check out."
Me:      "You do realize you are supposed to check out at 10am."
Laurel: "WELL! I would have if someone was in the office." 
Me:      "Yes well I've been here since 8am."
Laurel: "Yeh, well I've been waiting."
Me:        Baffled look :0/
Laurel: "You should have been in the office!"
Me:      "Well I've only been out of the  office for about 2 minutes."
Laurel: " Well someone should be in the office"
Me:      "I'm sorry that it took 2 minutes to go to the toilet"
Laurel: "Oh"
Me:      "In future, please remember businesses do have check out times for a good reason."
Laurel: "You do realize with that sort of attitude you shouldn't be in this industry"
Me:      "Yeh, well you do realize I get fed up with customers with crap attitudes and can't follow simple instruction."
Me:       "OH and have a nice day."

Here comes another bad review!!!

On behalf of those people who are in the service industry putting up with Ass-holes, and have had to deal with a Laurel in their life, this is for you.

How's that for a bit of "business feedback"


Tuesday 14 April 2015

Bog / Bog-in Bog-House Australian slang and the Reef Lodge Backpackers in Townsville educating the world!

 Bog / Bog-in / Bog-House

1. Bog
Poo / feaces / shit

2. Bog-in
Eat heartily

3. Bog-House

After you "bog-in" to a bowel of really hot chilli you may need to find yourself a "Bog-house" to have a burning hot "bog."

Monday 6 April 2015

What is a "Bee's Dick!" Australian slang and the Reef Lodge Backpackers in Townsville educating the world!

1. A bee's Dick
"How big is a bee's dick."

2.  anything small or insignificant
 "John skidded off the road only to miss a girl on a  bicycle by half a "bee's dick!"

Or then again as stated in this discussion group @ by a guy called Skid, it seems their could be a finite measurement and who knew a Bee's dick was imperial and not metric.

Well, I do now!

Thanks to Skid all has been explained:

Definitely imperial! In a former life I was a fitter & turner; in the trade, a bee's dick was 'half a thou' (ie. 0.0005") however the use of the term was expanded to include any amount that was 'less than a thou'*. Perhaps Frant was a boilermaker? (boilermakers having, over time, adopted their own approach to measurement & tolerances). Any serious discussion on this matter would not be complete without mentioning another imperial unit, the "c*nt hair". This unit is a distance equal to 'two thou' (ie. 0.002") (plus or minus a bee's dick). Those of you with access to both a micrometer and an actual "c*nt hair" will be able to verify this. Note: both the "bee's dick" and "c*nt hair" are singular units, and as such are only used by themselves and never in the plural sense. You would NEVER refer two "two bee's dicks", or "three c*nt hairs"; that would just be silly! I trust that this helps clear things up. *Reference: Page 2435 MAchinery's handbook, 25th edition, 1996 Industrial Press Inc

Friday 3 April 2015

"Bombs" and Educating backpackers at Reef Lodge Townsville in Australian slang and saving money!

"Get that bomb off the road!"

If your in Australia and someone tells you to get that "Bomb" off the road!

They are probably talking about that crap car or van you paid too much money for. Seems backpackers really need to take a better look at the vehicle they are buying and maybe take it to some like a mechanic for a road worthy. Seems backpackers are often targeted to sell cars that really are not worth the money. I have seen backpackers pay thousands of dollars for a vehicle that would not pass a roadworthy.  OH and it had a FREE "Lonley Planet"

Just because the guy or girl who is selling you the car says:

"Gee! this has been such a great car its taken us all round Australia, we don't really want to sell it but we have to. We've had NO TROUBLE at all!" 

"HEY, well throw in all our camping gear as well."

 Get that "BOMB" a check-up!