“Mr Kimber” is a formal title rarely used to describe …

Comment on Dick Kimber: premier scholar of Central Australia by John Bell.

“Mr Kimber” is a formal title rarely used to describe the gentlest, kindest,loveliest old ratbag bloke in Alice. A scholar and a gentleman – The Galloping Glacier who kicked 10 goals 4 points at full forward in a breakout performance for bottom team Melanka against top team Pioneers in the early ’70s in a game of footy at Traeger that will live forever in Central Australian folklore.

Dicky Kimber – Legend. That about sums it up, I reckon.

Recent Comments by John Bell

Code of conduct allegations ‘vexatious, frivolous’ – councillor
@ Interested Darwin Observer. Admittedly, I follow the Alice Council from afar, but the way that the investigation of the complaint against Cr Cocking was conducted is pretty typical across local councils generally everywhere these days.
The blurring of tiered government responsibilities and charter is totally lost on the bulk of ordinary punters.
Councils are now a most powerful source of setting social political policy and forcing it on State governments.
They are frighteningly powerful in inner city electorates.
Jimmy is part of this council-power politicised cuthroat scene.
So he should toughen up, Buttercup, because there is be plenty more where that came from. On all sides.

Now $90m earmarked for Aboriginal gallery
Dare ask the question – where is this money coming from? Another $90m? Pfffft … chickenfeed!
Spending has overtaken the Australian economy like a virus. The NT is following Victoria.
Hang on … it’s election week.
Imagine trying to run a family household weekly budget like these politicians. The family would be on the streets in a month.

How much of our relationship with Aborigines is hypocrisy?
Jakub Baranski. Thank you for your view on Aboriginal dugout canoes. It is historically interesting.
I have had an interest since my youth in Matthew Flinders’ amazing circumnavigation of Australia in a tiny boat.
Then in 2003 I visited Japan and stumbled across a small maritime museum on the coast 80 km north of Tokyo. I was astounded to see a huge 12th century map outline of the eastern Australian coastline from the tip of Cape Yorke down to approximately the border of present day Victoria.
The young with-it Japanese curator told me that local fishing boats went fishing all the way down the Australian coast for centuries before the emperors banned overseas sailing after the Divine Wind attempted invasion by the Chinese.
Suspended from the three storey ceiling was a replica of one of those original fishing boats. Tiny. My mind boggled.
It would be terrific education for an Australian maritime museum to display such boats from different peoples and countries during these eras.
It would give us a greater appreciation of the comparative maritime brilliance of the different cultures.

Leaving town: Centre, its creatures will miss Kaye Kessing
Kaye. A very kind and gentle lady whom I am very proud to call a friend since early 70s Melanka days.
The mural on the Coles wall from the Ghan window is my lasting memory of a brilliant talent.
The friend of the endangered species. Alice has been greatly enriched by a good lady.

If you can climb Mt Everest and in Yosemite, why not Uluru?
I have never been able to work out exactly why The Rock should not be climbed.
Is it a spiritual religious thing? Or is it simply because the custodians think it is a “respect” thing?
If the latter, is it because the custodians feel offended or is Uluru considered a living entity that feels offended?
I am fair dinkum when I ask this. Different people have different views. It is confusing.

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