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MY VISIT TO THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Australian War MemorialI have just returned from the Australian Capital Territory where I was attending the National Prescribing Service Facilitators Forum and the 2008 National Medicines Symposium. Despite being sick all week I also managed to visit the Australian National War Memorial and Parliament House. Lisa has also been sick this week. Click here to view photographs from my visit to the Australian Capital Territory.

Visiting the war memorial was certainly sobering when you realise how many people were killed in WWI and WWII. I enjoyed the museum although you need to take the descriptive “factual” narrative with a few pinches of salt. There are always more than one side to a story, and many angles to view historic events. The narrative seems to have been written from a very specific idealogical point of view. Click here to view photographs from my visit to the Australian war memorial.

Goodbye Joe Dryburgh

In the past few days we have been busy looking after Hayley and Keeley again. I have also been been helping Joe Dryburgh clear out his house at Sarina Beach. Joe has been living at Sarina Beach for about seven years and has been a very interesting and inspirational person to know. Joe has travelled the world and has had many adventures and is never short of some wise words or a story. He’s moving down to Sydney. On Saturday night the locals bid Joe fell well at the Sarina Beach Surf Life Saving club – he will be missed in these parts. This next week I will be down in Canberra for the National Medicines Symposium and NPS Facilitators forum.

Joe Dryburgh Photographs

VIDEO OF THE MACKAY GOOSEPOND’S CROCODILE

I have just added a very short video of the Mackay Goosepond’s Crocodile which I filmed in April. Click here to view the video. The Goosepond’s Croc is currently being “hunted” by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service who are trying to catch and relocate the two metre crocodile. The poor crocodile has already been attacked by stone throwing youths.

NEWS FROM THE CREEK

We had a busy but fun long weekend with Aneetha, Hayley and Keeley down to the Creek. We also briefly attended a BBQ down at Slade Point.  I also put photographs from Liz and Davids wedding into my gallery. Last night Lightneing Boltz continued their winning streak with a 7-5 victory in indoor football.

AN EVENING OF PAIN

Work has been busy in the past few days and evenings. On Tuesday I acted as official photographer for our Diabetes Resource launch at the Mackay Division of General Practice and on Wednesday night we held our “evening of pain” at the Shamrock Motel which was attended by about 70 Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists and Aged Care staff. 

NINE TO FIVE WHAT A WAY TO MAKE A LIVING

I have had a busy week this week. At work I have been busy co-organising our upcoming event “Join us For an Evening of Pain” which takes palce next Wednesday. I have spent some of my spare time working on the Volunteer Marine Rescue website, and also some time enjoying the Tipi. My indoor sport team “Lightening Boltz” won again on Tuesday night – we are building up a bit of a winning streak again.

THE GOOSEPONDS CROCODILE

Yesterday I went to check out the crocodile that has taken up residence in the Gooseponds in North Mackay. When I arrived the beautiful 2.5 metre crocodile was sunning itself on the bank before it took to the water. The crocodile is quite an attraction with lots of people turning up trying to get a glimpse. The rangers have set up a trap to catch the crocodile for relocating away from the human population. Whilst at the Gooseponds I was disappointed to find racist graffiti on the path and on signs, so have written to the council requesting its removal.

HMR TRAINING IN BRISBANE

I have just returned from yet another day down in Brisbane. This time I was doing some HMR facilitation training with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. I had an enjoyable weekend with Lisa home.

NPS BRIEFING IN BRISBANE

I have just returned from yet another trip to Brisbane – this time for the National Prescribing Service briefing on Diabetes. The topic is titled ‘early use of insulin and oral diabetic drugs’ although a huge proportion of type 2 diabetes would be preventable with the correct diet and exercise.

SERVICE FOR CHARATIES UPDATE

I have agreed to work on website development for a number of community based organisations over the coming weeks including Mackay Community Garden Inc, the Youth Information Referral Service (YIRS) and the Volunteer Marine Rescue Mackay.

Jonathan Tolhurst

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Based in London, my interests include photography, kayaking, paddle boarding, electric unicycling, teepees, robotics, programming, databases, informatics and pharmacy.

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