'Why I tried to burn myself alive'
BRETT Fallon, 58, lives in a hut that was once the cafeteria at the old Miowera Saleyards on the highway about 12 minutes south of Bowen.
A former landholder, he went under financially after the ANZ bank took over Landmark in 2009. It is a long, tragic story.
Mr Fallon lost everything and now lives in the hut just off the highway.
His body is covered with scar tissue. One day in April 2013, desperate, destitute and out of control after he lost everything to the ANZ, he poured 15 litres of petrol over his body and walked into his campfire.
He survived but spent seven months in a coma.
He is back in the land of the living and is still at war with a banking and judicial system he says is lined up against him.
He lost a lot, but one thing he has kept intact is his sense of humour.
He lives there in the hut with his three dogs. He makes do with what he has which isn't much. And he's got a tip for all you single blokes who baulk at the idea of spending money on things like washing machines when you can spend it on useful household items like beer, fishing gear and spotlights for your ute. Cement mixers.
Brett, who is watching his dollars, does his washing in a cement mixer (pictured). I looked this up. A basic cement mixer that will get your whites whiter than white costs $170.
A washing machine, on the other hand, that is only good for one thing will set you back around $600. It's a no brainer.
Think of all the beer, fishing gear and "spotties” you can buy with the $430 you just saved.
As Brett said, he can mix cement and wash his clothes in the cement mixer, but he can only wash his clothes in a washing machine.
You can't argue with that sort of logic.
I mean, really, what good is a washing machine to anyone if you can't mix cement in the damn thing?