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|WHAT KIDS SAY ABOUT THE OCEANS
My dad was a sailor on the ocean. He knows all about the ocean. What
he doesn't know is why he quit being a sailor and married my mom.
(James, age 7)
||VALE - NEVILLE COLEMAN
Neville Coleman OAM was an Australian naturalist, underwater nature
photographer, writer, publisher and educator. Moreso, he was a brilliant
marine scientist and educator, even though never academically qualified
in the field. His publications have encouraged so many divers to take a
greater interest in the marine world, and his assistance to those professionals
so qualified has been extraordinary. His contribution to marine education
will always be remembered, but to those who had the pleasure to know him,
he will also be remembered for being an extraordinary man, a real character
with an intense personality. Neville made you laugh, and think. I first
met him in the seventies at the Oceans Congresses in Melbourne, and we
remained good friends. His loss is personally sad, and a tragedy to the
Neville died on 4 May 2012. He was 74 years of age.
||VALE - RON TAYLOR 9 September 2012.
Ron Taylor, the face of Australian diving (together with wife Valerie),
died in Sydney on 9 September 2012 after a long battle with myeloid leukaemia.
He was 78 years of age. Ron will always be remembered as the spearfisherman
turned conservationist and evironmentalist, and underwater photographer.
He did much to promote a greater awareness of the oceans and their importance
to our very existence. He also put the fear of God in us with his underwater
footage of sharks, some used in the terrifying movie Jaws. I had
the pleasure of meeting Ron and Val several times but never really knew
them. I will never forget his remarkable underwater footage taken on the
wreck of the Yongala, especially the scene of a sea snake swimming
toward Ron, with he finning on his back and keeping the snake in perfect
focus. He was awared a Member of the Order of Australia for services to
conservation in 2003. May he rest in peace, and sincere condolences to
Val and their family.
||VALE - PHIL CHERICI - mate, dive buddy, father, husband.
It is with the saddest regret that
I mention the passing of a fine gentleman, my dearest friend and dive buddy,
Phil Cherici, on 8 August 2011. Phil was a great man in many respects,
always ready to help anyone - nothing was too much trouble - and a true
friend, liked by everyone who met him. Many of you knew him as a diver
in Box Hill in the early eighties. Many would know him in the travel industry,
especially after he joined Aquarius Dive Travel in 1982 and sent many divers
to exotic dive destinations in the Pacific and South-East Asia. He was
a kind and gentle man, always of good humour, who related well to all who
met him - his diving friends, clients and especially to the indiginous
people of the many countries he visited as a diver and travel agent.
I could not imagine a better friend and diving partner. Phil died of complications
in treatment of a rare disease, Waldenström's macroglobulinaemia,
an indolent (slow growing) type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma which starts in
the white cells of the immune system. He suffered for several years, under
chemothraphy and stem-cell extraction, and only his immense physical and
mental attributes allowed him to give hope that he would recover. It was
not to be, and he died peacefully in a Brisbane hospital. He is survived
by his wonderful wife Lorraine, and seventeen-year-old son Anton, a remarkable
young man. He is sadly missed.
(Any written tributes
may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
and will be passed on to Lorraine and Anton.)
||"MAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMEN go out in the mid-day sun."
So sung Noel Coward more than half a century ago. At the moment (February
2010), our English diver friends are not seeing much of the mid-day sun
what with the attrocious winter that Britain and continental Europe is
having. But give them their due - the sentiment of the song remains -
simply by dropping off the last four words!!! Just going outdoors in Britain
is now regarded as an extreme sport, and those Brits who went to Vancouver
for the Winter Olympics went there just to get warm.
Well, if their sanity needs to be questioned, certainly their courage
and enthusiasm cannot. Here we have two of Britains most experienced divers,
Phil Thurtle (black) and Ian Hill (blue) after a most pleasant dive in
the freezing waters of Covenham Reservoir in Lincolnshire on Sunday 21st
February 2010. Ian has been diving since 1958, and Phil since the seventies
(taught by Ian, and friends ever since). The air temperature that
day was minus 2 deg C and the water temperature was 1 deg C - yes,
thats one degree centigrade. Their dry suits would have kept them reasonably
warm with thermal underwear, but just getting into the gear would have
been hell!! Well, not Hell, that would have been warm at least, but miserable
anyway. And the poor backup diver in the red suit was of no use - his backside
froze to the seawall and he had to be pried off with three kettles of hot
water!! Phil and Ian have been nominated for the Blue Ball Club, previously
the exclusive fraternity of Australian Antarctica research divers formed
in the 1970s by the inimitable Bob Reeves..
With all the misery in the world, the
misunderstanding, intollerance, fanaticism, greed and abuse, it is wonderfull
to appreciate that this is not the way of the universe, and not the way
God, your God,meant it to be.
The smile of a child tells us that.
Young Dario Romeo, then three
years old; the son of Dr Alberto Romeo, the pioneer Italian underwater
photographer and author. See his new book above. (Photo taken some thirty
"Water - the ocean - is our most natural
We are born naked from the miniature ocean
of the mother's womb."
Jacques Mayol, 1927-2001
"You all have to pay $2.00 to come in.
Old people only pay $1.00."
written and placed at the reception desk by my (then) six year old son.
Thanks Sam!!! Thats what happens when you have children late in life.
"People who live within their means suffer from a lack of imagination."
"Why is it that Seaworld serves fish in their restaurant? I can't
help thinking that I'm eating a slow learner."
"Buy more books". Peter Stone.
HELP REQUIRED FOR CHINA
Eastern Biodiversity Research
and Conservation Center is a small non-government organisation focused
on marine biodiversity conservation research and education in South China.
China has some of the most over-exploited marine life in the world yet
also has some of the least marine research. China's impact, in ever way,
is global and will continue to grow. How China consumes resources effects
everyone. We are working hard to plant the seeds of marine biodiversity
conservation here in China through research and education. We fund researchers,
from around the world, to come here, study local marine life and help us
educate local people and government about how vital it is to understand
and protect the marine environment. Most of our money goes into funding
grants for researchers and training for local students. We have some money
for building a library, but not enough. Our NGO is somewhat self-funding
through our small eco-lodge "Nature School" located right on the Gulf of
Tonkin. Would you be interested in "trading" ocean books from this great
store for a discount off a future stay at our eco-lodge? The ocean here
is far from pristine, even down right filthy sometimes, but it would make
a great base for exploring and understanding China and even Vietnam's marine
environment. If you are a marine scientist, diver or expert in some area
relevant to marine conservation we would love to give you free accommodation
in exchange for hosting a workshop or training event. If you just love
nature and want to see South China, please visit us. Website: http://ebrcc.jimdo.com/
Email Mike Cline: email@example.com
As divers, we get a lot of silly questions about sharks, and claustrophobia,
the bends and the dangers of diving, but the most idiotic question I have
heard is, "Why do scuba divers always fall backwards off their boats?"
It's bloody obvious isn't it. If they fell forwards they would end up on
the deck of the boat!
Thinking of diving or just visiting HERVEY BAY. Have a look at
Syd Tanner's website : www.herveybaydownunder.com.au
He also has a DVD for sale.
VALE - IRVIN ROCKMAN
Irvin Rockman was one of
the pioneers of recreational diving in Victoria, in the 1950s, starting
out with snorkel and spear but soon swapping his speargun for a camera.
In 1974, after two decades of diving, Irvin published one of the first
full-colour hardcover books, Underwater Australia to enthusiastic
acclaim from his peers. He is well know by the older establishment of Australian
divers, but also very well known to most Victorian's for his non-diving
achievements. As a businessman, he owned Rockman's Regency Hotel in Melbourne,
at his time the finest in Melbourne. And in 1977, after many years giving
service as a Melbourne City councillor, he became Lord Mayor. He never
lost his passion for diving and often joined expeditions to the Pacific
and SE Asia. After a long battle with cancer he passed away on 30 August
VALE - DICK JOLLY
Captain Dick Jolly was a
remarkable man, a tug captain and salvage expert who document his extraordinary
achievements in Wrecks, Rescues and Salvage (see under 'Treasure').
He lost his battle to cancer at his home in Eden, New South Wales, on 7
VALE - XAVIER MANIUET
has died in an aircrash in France in March 2009. This remarkable man wrote,
amongst other books,
The Jaws of Death. But there was more, much
more, to Xavier Maniguet than being an author - see the entry under his
VALE - ISOBEL BENNETT.
Author and marine zoologist
Isobel Bennett has died, aged 98. She is well known to divers who have
taken an interest in the marine habitat, especially the near shore environment,
and did her 'apprenticeship' with William Dakin, contributing significantly
to his 'Australian Seashores', Angus & Robertson, 1952. Her own acclaimed
'The Fringe of the Sea' was published by Rigby in 1966. An honorary Master
of Science, an Officer of the Order of Austtalia and recipient of an honorary
doctorate from the University of New South Wales, Isobel wrote 10 books
about Austtalian seashores and the Great Barrier Reef. Following 40 years
at the zoology department in Sydney University, she continued to work tirelessly
into her nineties with the local community, conserving the marine life
on the rock platforms around her home on Sydney's northern beaches.
Part details from
Allen & Unwin via Bookseller & Publisher magazine, March 2008.
||FIFTH EDITION of DIVE AUSTRALIA has been released, and
is now available.
It is a hardcover book of over 1022 pages, with over 500 mono photographs
and 16 colour plates.
Enter on the book right for further details.
See further details on the Dive Australia
Excellent value: $56.00
(Postage $12 anywhere in Australia).
OF AUSTRALIAN SHIPWRECKS
Other Maritime Incidents.
no less than 15,600 alphabetic entries of vessels of all rigs, sizes,
and shapes, that have been lost, or involved in a major maritime incident:
the definitive reference on Australian ship losses. Such a listing has
never before been achieved. That it has now been published is due to the
extensive primary research of some three hundred authors of shipwreck
and maritime publications. The objective is to provide a short
entry for each vessel, with relevant physical details, history, and information
on her loss or incident. This is followed by a code to a published book
or reference so as to provide the reader with a means of finding further
information; the encyclopedia is thus very much a bibliography.
dustjacket, 1232 pages, 190 x 250 mm portrait size, a small number of photographs,
40 maps, gazetteer, glossary, bibliography, chronology, statistics, and
research advice. $68.00, plus $12 postage anywhere in Australia (includes
GST). Overseas postage at cost. Link
for further details.
||THE LAST NEW
GUINEA SALVAGE PIRATE
If you only read one diving
book this year, then it should be this remarkable book. Some of the dives
will horrify you - 300 ft on air inside a ship trying to put out a condenser,
diving for silver coins under the control of the Marcos clan in the Philippines,
beating off rival salvage divers for legal and illegal gains in the many
wrecks of Papua New Guinea. A great book.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 496
pages, mono and colour prints. $56.00
For a full description, link
on the book image.
||WORLD ATLAS OF MARINE
Rudie H. Kuiter and Helmut
This enormous book is the
most comprehensive of fish identification guides that I have seen. It includes
over six thousand full colour photograph covring 4,200 species, and claims
to be a new benchmark for fish identification. ‘Presented here are the
fishes one is likely to see when diving or snorkelling, as well as those
that are of interest to those who main seawater aquariums. It includes
both tropical and temperate fishes, those that inhbit rocky reefs and coral
reefs, inshore and offshore, and pelagics. The text is not extensive, with
general information on habitat and distribution, number of species within
a group, behaviour, aquarium considerations, identification between sexes
and age. It is an invaluabl reference book for anyone interested in fishes.
It is indeed huge, wighing in at over 3kg. Hardcover, laminated boards,
just under A4 size, 720 pages full colour throughout, general contents
list, scientific species name index. $148.00
||Prepared for Marine History
THE AUSTRALIA RUN
Jack Loney and Peter Stone
Volume 6 in the series -AUSTRALIANSHIPWRECKS.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 360
Covers those vessels lostbetweenthe
United Kingdom and Australia.
Although the final bookinthe
series, The Australia Run stands alone in its coverage of the vesselslost,not
only on Australian shores, but enroute to or from Australia.
For a full description,linkto
||Write underwater with an ordinarypencil.
$15.00 per pad.
A most valuable aid forthediver
and anyone involved in water activities. Ideal for taking observationnotes,or
simply to communicate underwater or in wet conditions. Slipsinto divevest
for easy access. Fifty sheets 90 x 130 mm in size, spiralbound, withstiff
plastic covers for easy of writing. No metal - no rusting.Sheetsmay be
torn off or remain on pad.
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NEW BOOK TITLES IN STOCK and MANY SECOND-HAND BOOKS.
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OWN OCEANS ENTERPRISES PUBLICATIONS
Lady and the President,
- The Fall of Rabaul
your dives, one per page, in 100-log book.
underwater with an ordinary pencil.
SEALS, Special Operations.
of Diving. Pearl Diving
Still Photography and Video
Coral Reefs and Great Barrier Reef
life identification books of the highest quality.
Nudibranchs, Cephalopods, Elasmobranchs.
Pacific,Coral Sea, Indian Ocean, Red Sea, Mediterranean.
diving. Commercial diving.
Gas and Technical diving.
and Cavern diving.
GUIDES and LOCATIONS
Asia, The World.
shipwrecks and salvage.
Archaeology and History
STATE GOVERNMENT MARINE
We don't stock an extensive
range of underwater DVDs, but these are excellent and are of great interest.
We don't trade in these
but we do have quite a few copies of old Australian dive magazines.
SPECIALS - ALL CATEGORIES
books but most are out of print with only one copy available.
beautiful bull terrier, was a one-off.)
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included in the main listing of new books.
We are seeking many second-hand
titles. Perhaps you have copies for sale.
We are always interested
in buying second-hand dive book.
small selection of new and second-hand titles,
on the Pacific War.
small selection of books on general photography.
books on underwater photography see above)
ON PAPUA NEW GUINEA AND THE PACIFIC
small selection of new and second-hand books.
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TO FREEDOM - THE FALL OF RABAUL
LADY AND THE PRESIDENT
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