Only consider the ones that have practical applications suitable for the farm.
Carefully read those resumes.
Discard any applications that looked too expensive.
Cross check references of suitable applicants.
Organise to interview suitable applicants.
Now that should keep you busy for a while. Applications don’t close for another week so there could be a few more resumes yet to come.‛ Nigel looked relieved to get rid of it all. ‚Now I’ve teed it up with the Lands Department to go dollar for dollar on up to six successful applicants. We can claim five thousand a year for food and lodgings per applicant and then it’s up to you and your uncle to find any more money required. If you can find another forty thousand lying around like you did the other day, then I can’t see that there will be any problems.‛ Nigel was still a little chaffed by the fact that Kev wouldn’t tell him where they had found the money to issue the first round of shares in the farm. ‚I’ve read a few of them and I must say there are some interesting proposals.‛
Nigel gave Kev a short list of times when he would be available to help. He then went into an hour long rave about how Whispering Pools could become one of the finest learning centres in Australia. Kev either wanted him to start helping with the resumes or hurry up and leave so he could get on with it. Finally, Nigel ended his rave by concluding that there was not enough research being done into aquaculture and that any new advancements could be worth big money.
It didn’t take long for Kev to realise he was capable of reading very quickly. First he began to take in full sentences without having to pronounce the words in his head. This was followed by the ability to take in full paragraphs, and finally entire pages. Applications ranged from two pages to twenty pages in length. On average, when he first started, he could manage three an hour. He compiled a list of references he could cross-check if he felt the application had any merit. Toward the end of the third box, his average had advanced to fifteen an hour.
Kev limited himself to six hours a day. After that he rapidly lost concentration and found he had to re-read some applications the next day. He also found that he needed to escape the confines of his flat. What better way, he thought, than by doing a little part time work. He applied for and landed the late night shift at an upmarket hotel right in the centre of town.
For the next two weeks he spent two days in his flat reading through applications followed by one day at the Mitchell Library cross-checking the feasibility of the more suitable ones. He did have a break over New Year when he rode his bike out to stay with Jane.
Apart from all the applications concerning aquaculture, Kev discussed several other interesting ones with Jane
‚There’s this bloke who reckons he can build a superfast train that just runs on solar power, but he doesn’t have much of an idea on what sort of track he needs. Then there’s this other guy who wants to develop an above-ground pipeline for water and electricity. This pipeline is made from some incredibly strong new material that can span hundreds of yards without support and he even reckons it doesn’t expand or contract out in the sun. You see, these two blokes might want to get together and do something really big, you never know.‛
There were quite a few other applications Kev went over with Jane but she was more interested in the fact that he was there. They joined their friends at the Wiseman’s Ferry pub for the New Year celebrations. Jane offered to drive Kev back into the city after she noted his concern about the possibility of his bike getting stolen.
Author: Trev Brown
Genre: Action / Adventure
Starting in the 1970s, an adventure which follows the trials and tribulations of a young guy trying to make an improvement in his nation’s agricultural and industrial initiatives. He finds that good things can happen from bad, and bad things can happen from good. The story contains an underlying indigenous theme.
At age 59, this book was started over 20 years ago. Now a retired teacher and full time carer of an invalid father residing in Forster NSW. When the book was being written, the thought of a musical came to mind. With a little help from his friends, the author completed the musical in 2003. The cost of publication has always been a worry. His second book “Trolling For Sharks” was released on Keeaira Press in 2005.
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