Saturday, June 28, 2008

Trivial History June 28

I'm throwing this together the night before as I have plans for the morrow which preclude me from even glancing at the keyboard on Saturday morning.
So when you read this I shall be elbow deep in the joys found in the fish mongers window!

Nursing Story #7
At a private hospital in Melbourne we treated all sorts of medical ailments, including a wide variety of mental health issues, but like any hospital anywhere, we were under severe budgetary constraints.
Many of the patients were return customers most of whom we became quite close to, like the woman who called one morning to say that she was coming in if only she could get some transport.
That was fine, we notified reception to get the Bradmar labels printed, old history brought down, room allocated and went on about our work.
Several phone calls later and she was still trying to round up transport with her doctor threatening that if she wasn't physically in the front door before dinner time she wasn't going to be admitted at all.
The receptionist, who was always trying to out-smart and play jokes on us, came to the nurses station to grandly announce that she'd been the one to sort out the problem with our patient.
"What problem?"
"Her transport problem."
Looking at each other, we took the bait,
"Well, der, it was very simple, I can't understand why you lot didn't think of it earlier."
We kept looking at her.
"The taxi vouchers, you ninnies! We can use them at our discretion for patient transport, you know!"
We were frozen and within 2 heartbeats the receptionist knew something was horribly wrong.
"What!? What is it?"
"You offered for our hospital to pay for her taxi, for the whole trip?"
(very quietly) "Yes."
"Did you look at the Bradmar labels when you printed them up?"
(even more quietly) "No."
It was a lesson in noting the small details that the receptionist never forgot, after she had to pay for half of the taxi fare from Sorrento to Melbourne, a more than 2 hour drive door to door!

1491 Lock up your daughters, King Henry VIII was pupped.

When Monty, the draught horse, died in Albury, NSW, in 1970 he was the oldest horse in Oz at age 52.
His jaw bones were put on display at Melbourne Uni.

1836 Those in Sydney Town were in for a treat when it became so chilly it snowed.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
When buying secondary school books that come with CD Roms, always burn a spare and keep it near the computer as students often lose them.

1861 Robert O'Hara Burke, who for some unfathomable reason thought that after a career as a soldier, then as a policeman, then as a police superintendent he would be perfect as an explorer, was proved wrong when he starved to death on his famous road trip.

Oz Slanguage-
Could kick the arse off an emu = a saying to convey that one is in excellently rude health.

1880 Ned's bushranging days were at an end when he was captured by the fuzz at Glenrowan.

Six Degrees of Separation of Skippy.
Skippy - Dr Frank-N-Furter.
Jim Bowles appeared in several episodes of Skippy.
He also appeared in the cult Aussie movie The Great McCarthy alongside Barry Humphries.
Barry starred in the movie Shock Treatment, written and acted in by Richard O'Brien.
Who gave the world the Sweet Transvestite from Transexual Transylvania; Dr Frank-N-Furter.

1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand was shot, in Sarajevo, by the shot that was heard all around the world as it began the dreadful mess that is known as WW1.

Oz Etty Kit-
Always BYO grog even if you aren't asked to, when invited to parties and/or BBQ's.
This is to make a good impression, not, contrary to rumour, to leave your cheap, nasty beer in the fridge while drinking the host's decent single malt scotch.

1994 Charlotte Pass in the NSW snowfields was noted as being slightly chillier than usual when the mercury dropped to -23 degrees C.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Grandma Mehitabel is starting the Kick Start Soup Diet so she is not going to torment herself by writing out recipes for you least until she's shifted the spare tyres from around her bum.


  1. "Ned's bushranging days were at an end when he was captured by the fuzz at Glenrowan."

    Probably shouldn't have done his flies up so quickly.

  2. I'm wincing at that mental image!

  3. That's a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG cab ride!!

    Even half would have cost her a small fortune!! lmao

  4. A lesson well-learned indeed.

    Thanks for your visit to my place, and I'm sorry you didn't see the fox.
    He is right in the centre of the photo, and bright orange.
    It's a miracle to get a fox photo, I'm pleased with myself.\
    and it didn't get the chickens either.

    peace and love, and thanks for all the fish

  5. I'm sorry I couldn't see him either, and you should be pleased to have caught him in the frame, so to speak!

  6. 52 years in a horse life! That is long!

    Did you know that it's rare that people lived to 100 years old?

  7. Yep, CL, otherwise we'd be crowded out of the suburbs!

  8. You could share the recipe for the Kick start diet ...has Grandma got a hack for it to beef it up.

    The joke was on her about the taxi voucher -OMG