2011 in review

March 16, 2013 at 5:32 am (Uncategorized)

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 26,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Old post

March 11, 2013 at 11:49 pm (Uncategorized)


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Thoughts from the top of my head!

September 10, 2012 at 7:42 am (Commentary, David Marr, Medical practice in Australia, Tony Abbott, Uncategorized)

I often wonder the way medicine is now practised in Australia — or at least in the capital cities and large regional centres.

It seems to me that the GPs are now mainly confined to writing out scripts and carrying out elementary examinations and should they find anything significant the matter is usually referred to a specialist. You can’t tell me that after eight years to get themselves registered as medical practitioners they are not capable of carrying out some basis surgical and medical procedures — is it the elitist structures within the profession that limit what GPs are allowed to do? Why do we have waiting lists for patients in need of many basic procedures when the skills of our GPs are underutilized and why aren’t GPs given hospital appointments where their patients can be followed up when hospitalized?

I remember years ago talking to my father, an old-time GP, who did almost everything in his country practice, about what he would do if he no longer had a hospital appointment — he told me that in this event he couldn’t see the point of  continuing to practise if he couldn’t follow the medical progress of his patients in the local hospital.

In the public forum this aspect of present-day practice in Australia never seems to be mentioned — to my mind the on-the-spot discussion with a patient’s GP and a referred specialist in the hospital setting can only be to the good of the patient– the initial medical contact remains a reference point throughout the patient’s treatment.

I just can’t understand why we don’t make better use of our GPs!

I like the sound of this publication that came out today:

Quarterly Essay 47

Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott

David Marr

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The Sepik Solution

October 23, 2009 at 5:22 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Keram River

Keram River

It has come to my notice that a prominent East Sepik Province businessman, Mr Peter Johnson, C.B.E., has approached the Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, for authorization to offer his estate, Yip, on the Keram River, to the Australian Prime Minister, Mr Kevin Rudd as a haven for asylum seekers on their way to Australia.

He is just awaiting Sir Michael’s approval and the OK from Mr Rudd to embark on a massive building program to accommodate the refugees.

It has been further speculated that Mr John Pasquarelli is considering a return to the Sepik to manage the Yip establishment. Senator Barnaby Joyce is said to be enthusiastic about the Yip idea and of Mr Pasquarelli running it.

Mr Pasquarelli sees himself as an Australian with courage “to become  [a flag-bearer] in these challenging times.”

In this brilliant concept there would be winners everywhere: Christmas Island will not become overcrowded. The Australian navy would benefit by improving their navigational skills by collecting refugees wherever and shipping them up the Sepik and Keram Rivers. The asylum seekers would be well-housed in the palatial accommodation planned by Mr Johnson and managed by Mr Pasquarelli. PNG would get wanted revenue. Mr Rudd would stop the boats coming to Australia and would not be embarrassed by adopting a Pacific Solution, for this would be the Sepik Solution. In accordance with United Nations regulations, Mr Pasquarelli promises a quick turnover of the bona fides of the asylum seekers – good looking females, of course – will be given preferential treatment, which is only fair, given we are thinking of future generations in Australia.

So, my advice to you, Mr Rudd, would be, take it, for: On such a full sea are we now afloat, And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures.”

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John Filby & Dave Wall, Malaria Control Patrol, Manam Island, Early Seventies

July 13, 2009 at 5:44 am (expatriates, malaria control, Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

John Filby & Dave Wall, Malaria Control Patrol, Manam Island, Early Seventies

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Collected Short Stories

January 25, 2009 at 6:45 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

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Nancy Bird-Walton: State Funeral

January 21, 2009 at 11:35 am (Uncategorized) (, )


State Funeral.jpg

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Sepik Blu Longpela Muruk

January 11, 2009 at 3:53 am (Uncategorized) ()

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Setting out on patrol and farewelling Japanese academic party 1969

August 20, 2008 at 2:27 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , )


Patrol 1969.jpg

This photo was taken by the Japanese visiting academic group just upriver from Angoram: “Mr Wall, Kyoto is your city.”

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Relaxation, the secret of life

April 5, 2008 at 11:46 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

Relaxation, the secret of life.


“Relaxation, the secret of life.”

 Deborah Ruiz Wall       Angoram, 1973


“Leisure,” he said. “If people only knew! It’s the most priceless thing a man can have and they’re such fools they don’t even know it’s something to aim at.”


“Lotus Eater”, Somerset Maugham



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