Thursday, August 22, 2013

Paddy Pallin - the pioneer

"In my early 20s, I purchased my first oilskin jacket, sleeping bag, ground sheet and backpack from the Paddy Pallin store in Sydney - what great gear it was for us bushwalkers. Paddy was a legend even then, and his exploits were told around campfires in the bush. it's nice to rad this and remember those wonderful days trudging through remote areas of Australia and having a good tent, oilskin and groundsheet that I could trust." - BM Editor

From ground sheets made out of his mother’s oilskin tablecloth to establishing one of Australia’s first and number one adventure wear stores, Frank ‘Paddy’ Pallin pioneered the way for outdoor exploring within the country.
Moving from the UK to Australia in the late 1920s, Frank Pallin – affectionately known to friends as ‘Paddy’ – used every spare moment out of his insurance job to head outdoors and explore New South Wales. It was only fitting, then, a series of events and interests following his redundancy in 1930 led to him sewing water buckets and ground sheets, which he later sold to bushwalkers. These were the first steps toward the 13 current Paddy Pallin Outdoor Camping, Equipment and Clothing Stores.
Immersed in the outdoor adventure culture, Paddy Pallin would spend every opportunity right up to his old age exploring the country. In the early years of business, Paddy, his business associate Oliver and son Rob were making their own products under the Paddy Pallin name. As new technologies such as Gore-Tex came into production, the equipment reached new capabilities, which excited Paddy who was fascinated with the thrill of making materials and adventure wear items more durable, reliable and lightweight so the overall experience of the adventurist was improved.
“Paddy (the man) always wanted to get people out walking and that included people who had never tried it before and wanted to give it a go,” says Tim Pallin, managing director of Paddy Pallin stores. “He was very supportive of people right at the beginning of their bushwalking careers and I hope Paddy Pallin, the company, still inspires that today in encouraging more people to get out and appreciate the Australian wilderness and explore.”
Paddy Pallin started in a one-floor building in George Street in Sydney before opening in Katoomba, Jindabyne, Canberra, Melbourne and later, Launceston, which became the first franchised location. Currently there are 13 Paddy Pallin stores throughout the country.


In the 1930s and 1940s, Paddy’s personal expeditions lead way to discoveries of popular walking tracks that are still used today, such as Point Possibility in Morton National Park.
When Paddy’s interest in skiing grew in 1955, so did the Paddy Pallin business. Equipment stocked in Paddy Pallin stores began to showcase some of the newest and best materials for skiing alongside their rapidly growing adventure wear ranges. Initiatives such as the Paddy Pallin Cross-Country Ski Classic and the Paddy Pallin Rogaine orientation program further showcase Paddy’s love for outdoor adventure and youth education.
At the heart of everything Paddy Pallin does is the ethos that the environment and its ecosystems are there to be enjoyed as well as protected. Throughout its 83-year history, Paddy Pallin has sponsored or initiated a large range of protection and education programs in Australia, such as the Paddy Pallin Science Grants, Private Lands Conservation Grants, Humane Society International Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, and more.
Most of the funds for those initiatives come from the Paddy Pallin Foundation, says Tim: “One of our favourite initiatives is the ‘Don’t Bag The Environment’ program where if a customer doesn’t take a bag for their purchases in store, we put some money aside, which builds up and then we put that into the Paddy Pallin Foundation to go toward all of our activities.”
Today, the Paddy Pallin business continues to be family run with with grandson Tim Pallin as Managing Director, son Rob Pallin sitting in the Chairman seat and daughter-in-law Nancy Pallin as director of the company.

Monday, August 19, 2013

‘Excuse me, sir? You left your parrot in seat 38E.’


Parrots, passports and prosthetic legs are just some items found on board after a flight - thanks to PEPR for this item for Get Up & Go's blog. We love lists - and what people leave behind on planes is staggering in its variety . . .

An international survey of 700 cabin crew by leading global travel search site Skyscanner reveals that parrots, glass eyes and prosthetic legs are amongst a host of bizarre items found by cabin crew after passengers had disembarked their flights.
The extensive list includes a number of items, with many of these oddly being forgotten pets. Crew members reported to have found a falcon, frog, tortoise, and even a parrot abandoned at the end of the flight.
Dentures, underwear, a bag of sand, and handcuffs also made the long list of weird and wonderful items found by cabin crew, posing the question: ‘how on Earth did they manage to forget that?’
Other items found were just simply too random to comprehend, such as a single egg without packaging. But some items found could have perhaps been linked, such as a written marriage proposal and an unclaimed wedding dress.

It is no surprise that when it comes to the regular travel essentials, passengers are woeful at remembering to check if their important items are all in tow before hopping off at their destination.
Almost a quarter (24%) of the crew have found a lost passport on board, which actually outweighed the number of lost phones (23%) and books (21%) also left behind.
Dave Boyte, Market Development Manager Australia and New Zealand commented: ‘Forgetting your book or magazine happens often when disembarking and most of us have had that sinking feeling when misplacing your passport. But a prosthetic leg? Now surely that’s something you don’t forget?
Here are just some of the most random items that cabin crew have found on a plane:

·         Live parrot

·         Glass eye

·         Prosthetic leg

·         A bag of sand

·         A clog

·         Box of dried fish

·         One shoe

·         Wedding dress

·         Bag of diamonds

·         Wig

·         Bag of onions

·         Toupee

·         Handcuffs

·         Double bass

·         One egg (without packaging)

·         Frog

·         Underwear

·         Written marriage proposal

Skyscanner conducted a survey of 700 cabin crew from 83 countries through
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