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Patients who refuse to pass quietly   Aug 14 2009

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A city hospital nurse confessed to me that she had become hardened like many of the other girls.

She told me now, one night, one of the nurses in her hospital was watching by the bedside of a woman in a very serious condition.

She was reading and keenly interested in her novel. The patient hadn’t stirred for a long time, but suddenly said, “Nurse, don’t you think it’s time I had my medicine?”

The nurse nearly jumped out of her shoes. “Good gracious!” she cried, “How you startled me. I thought you were dead!”

Comforting, wasn’t it?


That altogether charming Anglican, the Rev. C. E. Doudney, sailed to England by the Medic last week, taking his English wife and Australian born kiddies with him. You will remember that .he used to officiate at fashionable Christ Church in North Adelaide. Such a place for toney weddings and expensive hats. He laboured in the vineyard alongside the sombre but dear and venerable Dean Marryat, whose sermons, I am afraid, are far too deep for a frivolous person like your Aunt Tabitha. The Rev. Doudney was latterly at Gawler. Open-handed, open-hearted, a regular sport, and a delightful conversationalist, 1 think his pulpit should be hard to fill.


There are a great many girls glad that one particularly giddy Adelaide businessman has gone to reside in the hills. He had his own particular and gay way of paying his attentions – most extreme attentions, too, to fair passengers on the trams. There was quite a fuss over one North Adelaide girl, whose brother called upon the giddy person – not a bad-looking man, by the way – and asked him politely to insure his life at once. The annoyed brother said he had a fixed determination to hit the playful man on the head with the Bank of Australasia, or do something equally murderous. Those tunnels on the ’hills’ line will be a great temptation to the gay fellow, and I’m quite expecting to hear that he has met with more trouble.

Aunt Tabitha in The Gadfly 7 March 1906

Down Under


Ink Irresistable

Not the NYT Montaigne's what would I know? Huxley's almost anything about almost everything. Or Bierce and nothing matters. Codifying life's inimitable impromptu inclines irrestistably to essay.

Civilization ..

   defiles itself

Times past when warlords, priests and royalty hoarded luxury, life was a short grim struggle. Today most want for little yet still deny dignified survival to working poor, and ravage entire countries as collateral to our laissez faire fiesta.
double arrowOn not shedding a tear ..

A Century of Imperialism

     ..hasn't dulled the urge

American foreign policy never a pretty sight, finesse of the mobile crane chase from Terminator 3. Export democracy? Cure worse than disease. double arrow Read more ..


~ its own reward

And what's going on in Land of the Free, Home of the Brave? As 40% of kids fail graduation the Iraqistan wars suck $2.4 trillion [CBO 2017 est]. Imagine this staggering sum applied to rebuilding The Great Society. Think of others.
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This lazy unemployed

..crack-smoking welfare queen ran up U$15 trillion debt

lazy homeless scum
Odd how the ultra-wealthy gull even working poor to blame unemployed, disabled, weak, and vulnerable while but for the grace of God go all.

If he's a welfare leech then your soul is with the sociopaths and predators who own Warshington and its minions, the Repugnicans and Dumfocrats, gutting a once noble nation that aspired to equality.

This elite will survive the US economic train wreck, land softly on 300 million plundered taxpayers, then from fortresses of luxury and privilege prey elsewhere for spoils.

The dawn of civilization was greatly exaggerated.

Munch Montage

Painters, such a sad old bunch
None it seems more so than Munch
Upon that bridge with skies afire
A meme took flight to never tire.
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~ Gore Vidal

"Rulers of state are the only ones who should have the privilege of lying" (Well, that explains the last 2500 years)
~ Plato

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