Fuelled by fish and chip oil

Submitted: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 13:14
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13:09 21May08 RTRS-Australian honeymoon fuelled by fish and chip oil
SYDNEY, May 21 (Reuters) - An Australian engineer and his English bride have embarked on an environmentally-friendly honeymoon trek around Australia, using waste vegetable oil from fish and chip shops to fuel their travel.
Civil engineer Gerard Mimmo, 36, and his wife Rachel, 28, hope to drive 30,000 km (18,000 miles) in a specially converted four-wheel drive, which they named the Battered Fish due to the pungent smell of its exhaust fumes.
The pair have so far made it more than 1,000 km from Sydney to Brisbane, the capital of the northern Queensland state, in a vehicle which can use both diesel and vegetable oil.
"There's a solenoid in there that switches between the diesel and the vegetable oil," Gerard Mimmo told the Brisbane Times newspaper. "With a cold engine you have to start with diesel. Once it is up to running temperature then you can switch over."
He said the couple hoped to have a carbon-neutral honeymoon, relying on donated oil from truck stops and fish and chip shops, by using solar power and biodegradable products, and by staying in bush camps and buying locally produced food.
He said they would buy carbon credits and fund tree planting to offset any carbon pollution, to ensure their honeymoon is carbon-neutral.
Progress of the trip can be followed on the Around Oz on a Battered Fish Website at www.ozonabatteredfish.blogspot.com/.

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Reply By: The Landy - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 13:28

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 13:28
Following is a link to their website....

Oz on a battered fish
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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY (VIC) - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 14:06

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 14:06
I had a "honeymoon" 38 years ago,why would I want to watch someone else have one?
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Follow Up By: Angler - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 16:10

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 16:10
When I have another one it's my turn to stand at the end of the bed and scream "it's too big"

Seriously, I have a story on my web site about a bus going round OZ on fish and chip oil. Make a good read.

It's in the "of interest " page


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Reply By: Isuzumu - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 14:34

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 14:34
Sounds like it is going to be a good read, put it in my favorities, thanks for the link Landy.

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