Ladies and Gentlemen, every now and then I wonder what is involved in surgical training and to what extent cadavers are used for this purpose. You can see where this is going, right? Where do these bodies come from and are there sufficient available to ensure that doctors/surgeons are well skilled before they get to try out surgical procedures on a real live person? Or perhaps technological advancements mean that cadavers are no longer used for training? Read more
Today I had the pleasure of reading about the African Swamphen on the De Wets Wild blog. If you haven’t checked out the De Wets Wild blog, you really should. Dries and his family travel to the many wilderness areas of South Africa to bring us beautiful photos of the flora and fauna of each place they visit. Anyway, the African Swamphen (Porphyrio madagascariensis) is a sub-species of the Purple Swamphen. The Purple Swamphen has a wide distribution across the globe, including Australia.
At Dries’ request, I’m posting a few photos I took recently of the Purple Swamphens in my area. Read more
I couldn’t resist this musical response to the Ragtag Daily Prompt — Chime. The Chimes’ cover of U2’s hit, Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, is just the best.
It is warming up in Australia. Today we had a big fry up on the outskirts of Canberra. The Pierces Creek Bushfire is believed to have been started from a burnt-out car. With temperatures in the mid-30s (celcius) and gale force winds, the fire quickly spread and has now burnt out 147 hectares of bush and farmland. The fire is not yet under control. Read more
I’m not the only one in the family with a tendency to storm off in a huff. When Makea has her cranky pants on, she lets you know. Read more
October has certainly been turbo-charged. It is THE month for socialising, both on a personal level and more generally for the local community. Spring is party time. Read more
I’ve gone from light programming to the sublimely ridiculous. As one does. We’ve got a big race coming up in a couple of weeks in Australia. It’s the race that stops a nation – the Melbourne Cup. I’m ambivalent about it. I thought I would get in early with a
canter counter-point. Read more
I’ve been inspecting photos for my forthcoming October Changing Seasons post. What this has revealed is that October has been busy, busy, busy. Aggghhh. No wonder I am exhausted. So I am giving you an off-the-shelf post today, My Mondrian Madness. I love the gleam and sparkle of ceramic tiles. They cannot be beaten for lustre. Here it is. Read more
Now for a return to light programming — a little musical interlude. The Ragtag Daily Prompt today is blizzard. Very soon it will be winter in the Northern Hemisphere and some of my readers may even live in areas where they get blizzards.
If you are Canadian, you might have heard the story of Bishop Isaac Stringer and Charles Johnson who, in 1909, spent 51 days in the Yukon in miserable weather and survived by eating their seal skin boots. Read more