sschridde at web.de
Thu Nov 5 04:45:53 CET 2015
nice to see at least few mails pouring in again on the list.
Just wanted to share a real life experience triggered by good ol' Uncle
As a kid I had read a story where the Ducks (in particular Scrooge) and
Flintheart Glomgold race to an old miner's shed in Kalgoorlie, Western
Australia, to get an old shovel (I think it was crucial to get som land
or digging rights?). Scrooge finally made it by riding in a Kangaroo's
I still remember this as it was in one of the issues I read over and
over during a childhood holiday.
After some decades, I was now able to visit Kalgoorlie in real life,
during a long trip to Australia.
Kalgoorlie (actually a twin city with Boulder) is basically a mining
city in the middle of nowhere, some 600k East (inland) of Perth. In the
city centre, many buildings are from that era and spill quire some
atmosphere over the city (as opposed to outer roads with some
Interestingly, still today Gold is mined in one of the largest open
pits. Additionally, some tourist attractions are there, in particular a
It provides info on how miners (and possibly Scrooge) would have lived
and survived in the late 19th century (water being more expensive than
petroleum!). But it spans until today, with a huge Caterpillar Minig
truck with app. 400 tonne gross weight on display.
Just wanted to share how a comic story in the 80ies influenced travel
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