Thursday, August 23, 2018

A long time ago

I taught in 7 Western Australian public schools over a 33 year period. Those high schools were John Curtin SHS, Bridgetown HS, Kwinana SHS, Rockingham SHS, Willetton SHS, Cecil Andrews SHS and Goomalling District High School.
I have been to a few reunions of staff and students from Willetton SHS and they have always been good fun catching up with ex students and staff.   I have just been invited to attend the 30th reunion of the Willetton SHS class of 88 on the 6th of October.  Looking through my marks books from that time I see many wonderful young people who are getting close to 50 years of age.  Where did all those years go?

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One of my snaps of a lovely group of WSHS students after a Fun Run.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Two weeks in Tasmania

Daughter Helen and husband James are in Hobart, Tasmania.  Today they pick up their hired camper van and meet up with Pete and Lynda from Queensland, who are also collecting their van for a combined tour of Tassie.  I noticed that the high temperatures over the last two weeks down there average about 5c.   Back here in Perth, W.A. we are enjoying a few days of warm sunny weather with my thermometer telling me it is a nice 19c at the moment.
They will be touring the island for a couple of weeks.  I have the task of feeding the fish and maintaining the fish tank.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Being Old Aint no picnic!

My GP has referred me to a Nephrologist to investigate my low kidney function.  I told  the specialist of a possible cause I had read about (didn’t mention Mr Google*) concerning Malaria.  Some 12 years ago I was a regular blood donor but my donation was declined because Malaria was found in a previous donation.   The doc didn’t think Malaria was a serious threat to my kidneys, but he rang me last night after consulting with another specialist and has given me three lab request forms for tests over the next six days. The details of the blood tests are....Thick Film Blood Smear for Malarial Parasites.
I had an attack of Malaria in Papua New Guinea in 1962 and another attack in Western Australia in 1964.  

* Doctors don’t like being told anything from Google.