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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin August 2010
46 AUGUST 2010 COMMUNICATIONS Les Aisen (Elsternwick 3185) has taken time out from his retirement to add information to CH comments about the most northerly, southerly, etc., points of countries, and reveals that for the USA, most folk know that its most northerly point is in Alaska, but forget that Hawaii is more southerly than Florida. But here is a trick: Alaska is the most westerly, but also the most easterly. Its Aleutian Islands are to the east and the west of the International Date Line. Fiona Hunter (Carnegie 3163) has more to add about the meaning of 'vanilla'. It implies 'short of options, and a lack of differences'. As an example, vanilla ice cream has one flavour, compared to Neapolitan, which offers three choices. But it doesn't stop there. Google 'ice cream flavours' and you will find more than 150 listed. And the list is by no means complete. Your Anecdotist knows that you can buy durian ice cream in Malaysia. FRANK MUIR BBC and ABC aficionados will recognize the name as the partner of Denis Norden, the partnership for 'My Word' and 'My Music', plus other radio word games. In a recent visit to a service club book sale, your Inditer purchased a box of books for $3 -- a wonderful purchase. One of them was An Irreverent and Almost Complete Social History of the Bathroom (William Heinemann, London, 1982, 434 48153 X). Not only was it hugely entertaining, one of your Recorder's offspring pointed out that the author's signature on the fly leaf, Frank Muir, was not printed. It was Frank's actual signature, and proven to be so by microscopic examination. A bigger surprise was the presence in the book of a visiting card for Donald G Moore MD, Staff Physician, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, USA. How did his card get there? In an effort to enlighten his readers, your Inscriber used both the internet and the postal service to make contact with Donald, to no avail. The mystery remains unresolved, but the book is fascinating. For example, in the UK, manor houses and castles did not have toilets, as we know them, until the late 17th century. PUNS, THE LOWEST FORM OF WIT Muir and Norden were famous on the BBC program 'My Word' for their stories explaining the source of well known statements. One of them was the tale of a small boat (a caique, as used on the Bosphorus) in which the occupants built a fire to cook a meal. The boat caught fire and sank. This goes to show that "you can't have your caique and heat it". If you can stand it, here is another. Twin boys were put up for adoption by an international adoption agency. One went to Spain, and was christened Juan, the other to Egypt, and was named Ahmal. Juan's mother, on being advised of the presence of his twin, wanted to obtain a photograph. Her husband said: "Don't bother. Once you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal". THE WEEK This is the title of a new weekly publication, in the format of the old and long defunct The Bulletin. But in the view of your Garreteer, The Week is much better, and covers all the important local and overseas news, politics, the world, best articles local and overseas, health, science, people, sport, books, stage, film, art, letters, food, travel, real estate, obituaries, business, investment, motoring, a feature article and a good puzzle page. There is, of course, advertising, but it is limited to full pages, usually eight out of 42, and it is reasonably priced. Call 1800 843 9335 for more information. Your Narrator feels that a weekly digest like this (reading time about one hour) is a short but comprehensive and apparently politically-neutral source of information for busy folk that covers a digest of a week's newspapers, (reading time perhaps eight hours) at about a third of the cost. Without it, he might have missed the report that a child in China was saved from certain death when he fell out of an 8th floor window onto the safety bars below. He fell, but was stopped when his two ears caught on the bars. There was a photograph to confirm the story, which was under the feature heading: "It must be true, it was in the news". WIT AND WISDOM This is another feature from The Week. Examples: "Familarity breeds contempt. And children" -- Mark Twain. "The tooth fairy teaches children that they can sell body parts for money" -- David Richerby. "Men are like fine wine because they start out like grapes and it's a woman's job to stomp on them and keep them in a dark place until they mature into something you'd want to have dinner with" -- Viticulturist, Rhonda Doyle. Compiled by Associate Professor Barrie Gillings Ci l d b clinical hints
ADA News Bulletin September 2010