|"The Round Table" Indaba - Sunday
5th August 2001
A beautiful fine and sunny day!
A fabulous forest with generous assortments of orchestral bird calls!
A series of natural bush walks and quiet "nooks & crannies" on the shores of
A feeling of ancient spiritualism and history everywhere!
A group of 32 fun-loving enthusiasts from Maryborough to Maroochydore in attendance!
What more could we ask for?
For those who did not; were not; could not; or were unable to attend missed out on a truly
great fun day at the Camp Cooroora Scout Environmental Camping Ground near Cooroy at Lake
McDonald. The only problem was - we all became so involved in the challenges of the day -
WE FORGOT TO TAKE THE OFFICIAL PICTURES FOR THIS REPORT. Hopefully, we hope to obtain
personal shots taken by those who did manage to take some photos and add them later.
The day apparently started out in total confusion for some. A few people (who we won't
mention) kept missing the last signpost and went for unexpected tours of the bushland.
Sensibly, they turned back and soon found us. The problem? President Brett doesn't know
which is his left hand OR his right hand. His directions stated the main signpost was on
the right hand side of the road (everyone looked on that side and ignored the left) - in
fact it was on the left hand side. Not his fault though - he hadn't been there for quite a
while and the signpost had been shifted at some time from the right to left side of the
Anyway, everyone arrived safely and the proceedings got off to a late start - no one
really cared - they had been taken in by the beauty and peace of the surroundings - and
the very friendly forest birds. So engrossed were some, it was hard to keep everyone
together at times. After a sumptuous morning tea feast and several cups of coffee/tea, the
first official general meeting of the Dhamurian Society was held. Talks by Brett, Mick and
Roma (our enthusiastic executive) soon whipped up the interest and following the meeting,
11 new members enrolled and paid their general membership subscriptions. A great start to
a new beginning!
Afterwards, everyone was taken on a tour of the complex and at the end; all took to quiet
meditation in the forest chapel highlighted by tree ferns, elk horns and assortments of
other forest plants. Brett read out (and everyone repeated) the traditional Aboriginal
welcoming chant of "Mu-nga: Moo-nga - the gathering place for discussions by the old
peoples" - now under the waters of the lake.
Then it was dinnertime. We thought a few enthusiasts had been lost in the bush somewhere -
their absence noted. However, it was found that they could not resist the pressures for
solitary confinement to involve themselves in "nature bonding", "spiritual
attachment" and "private meditation".
Following a hearty dinner, it was down to the fun challenges of the day as three groups
were formed and given three separate challenges to perform -
(1) Finding a title for a cartoon caption
(2) Unravelling petroglyphs and ancient inscriptions
(3) Identifying ancient artefacts.
Some heated and interesting discussions took place as the groups took seat in sunny
quiet hideaways in the forest. So intense were some debates, extended time was requested
to complete tasks. At the presentation of their findings (amidst peals of laughter), their
deliberations were given enthusiastic applause.
Unfortunately, everyone's enthusiasm overlooked the fact that we had all run out of time
and it was time to depart. Those not in a hurry went back to places on the lake front, the
chapel and secluded spots for further quiet meditation and forest appreciation. All in
all, it was a very relaxing social day - definitely not as strenuous as previous
adventures. It was great to see everyone joining in and exchanging conversation - of
special note was the continuous laughter.
Naughty quotes: This was a most unusual day - naughtiness seemed to be
the order of the day.
- Re one person's very adamant comment on the monkey's face
resembling John Howard: "There will definitely be no increase in the rate of
- Re one lady's comment on bedded couple cartoon (woman hitting
her head with hammer): "No thanks! I've already had a bang."
- Re a discreetly heard comment on the day by one partner to
another with his fly open:
"Psst darling! Your hobby is about to show."
- Re a certain lady's comment about a cartooned skier viewing
large footprints and a large wavy line between: "See! I told you it is true about
big-footed men. Just look at (name withheld you lucky devil) over there"
- Young intrepid thing to Brett: "Where is your big stick -
I want to use your feather later"
Webmaster's comment: Thanks for this report,
Brett. If other members would like to submit their report of the next Indaba, please
let me know.
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