Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: Another entry in the Public Address Medical Journal

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  • steven crawford,

    I believe, patients with 'mental conditions' get more than 15 minuets.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4442 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    I also note that addictions are often physical changes in the brain.

    Possibly, but there is very little scientific evidence to back that up. Nor is there any proven remedy. Heroin was once marketed as a cure for morphine addiction.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4442 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Did anyone else have to sing 'Lily the Pink' at assembly, or was that just my weird-assed primary school?

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Heroin was once marketed as a cure for morphine addiction.

    Methadone is to this day the "cure" for heroin addiction, of course. It's really just a different drug.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie,

    No Danielle - mine too.

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Did anyone else have to sing 'Lily the Pink' at assembly, or was that just my weird-assed primary school?

    Thats probably just your weird-assed primary school.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4442 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Methadone is to this day the "cure" for heroin addiction, of course. It's really just a different drug.

    It's a cure for some of the "symptoms" of heroin addiction.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4442 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Hmmm. Did Tim and I go to the same weird-assed primary school?

    (We were also taught Simon and Garfunkel's 'The Sound of Silence', which I find disturbing to this day. That hippie teacher in jelly sandals and a soul patch totally scarred youthful me, man!)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Of course as you all know, the cure for almost any ailment is a shot of whisky.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4442 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    We had to sing the M*A*S*H sound track, suicide is painless at intermediate school.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4442 posts Report Reply

  • B Jones,

    There are studies coming through that provide small amounts of support for homeopathy's effectiveness. New Scientist has a few articles.

    It has more about studies that disprove its efficacy.

    Evolution was a theory inspired by consideration of a significant body of evidence (fossils etc) that was inconsistent with the previous model. It's since been backed by even more evidence. Comparing that and homeopathy is, well, I think I'd have to stop being polite if I were to finish that sentence. Critics of the one and supporters of the other have a basic misunderstanding of what constitutes evidence, though.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 976 posts Report Reply

  • B Jones,

    Now I can't get Lily the Pink out of my head. It's a lovely reminder of the days of patent medicine - most efficacious in every case, before we had things like MedSafe and the Fair Trading Act.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 976 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    To derail onto something we can all agree about: yes, I had all those songs at primary and intermediate school too (ie from 1975 until 1981). I seem to remember official Ministry of Education song books that were regularly issued. I'm guessing someone had been told to include popular songs and so be relevant to the kids but hadn't really thought the whole thing through. The long term effect was to leave me with a lasting hatred for Neil Diamond.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • Josh Addison,

    Tim Minchin's "Storm" seems apposite.

    Onehunga, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 298 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie,

    I've a distinct recollection of being told "Be grateful we're allowed to teach you more modern song."

    And snap on 'Sound of Silence' and that Diamond feller. Thankfully no-snap on 'Suicide is Painless' but even the tame songs can put you off. 'In an English Country Garden' anyone?

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Pollock,

    Heroin was once marketed as a cure for morphine addiction.

    Swallowing spiders was once regarded as a very useful way of catching flies, if the songs we sung at my primary school are anything to go by.

    Raumati South • Since Nov 2006 • 489 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    I saw Neil Diamond! At the Houston Rodeo. He was actually kind of great, with a knowing cheesiness. And leather pants.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Did anyone else have to sing 'Lily the Pink' at assembly, or was that just my weird-assed primary school?

    I never learned it at school,but then I never had to because I already knew it off by heart. How, you may ask? Because when I was about 4 - so the mid sixties - it was played on the radio all the time, and it was my most very favourite song, of all time. I can still remember most of the words, too.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    I'm guessing someone had been told to include popular songs and so be relevant to the kids but hadn't really thought the whole thing through.

    Ah, state-sanctioned pedagogical grooviness - the long road to the final hegemony of The Wiggles. BTW, am I the only one that finds it a little weird that, in a world prone to moral panics about child molestation, three rather creepy child-imitators are Australia's all-time top-grossing act?

    The long term effect was to leave me with a lasting hatred for Neil Diamond.

    So there was a certain soundness underlying the method. Though perhaps they slightly overdid it - a detached disdain for Mr. Diamond (& all his works & pomps) would have been sufficient.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    Evolution, for example, is still a theory - of course the evidence for it is substantial.

    Evolution is an established fact.

    The theory part is the mechanism - no-one really understands how or why it happens (although we know if definitely does happen).

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie,

    And 'Lydia the Tattoo'd Lady'?

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    no-one really understands how or why it happens

    Nobody is really asking why it happens, are they? It just happens, reproduction does not produce perfect copies. It'd be a bit like asking why gravity happens. And I thought we had a pretty good idea of the how: natural selections of replicators, copying errors that give certain organisms a reproductive advantage. No?

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    I remember the immense relish with which all my classmates did the 'weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee'll drinkadrinkadrink' part. They fell down a bit on the verses though.

    state-sanctioned pedagogical grooviness

    The seventies were (was. I hate that agreement rule) a decade in which everyone made some vague attempt to be groovy. My grandad even grew sideburns to go with his walk shorts.

    (It's too soon to 'rediscover' Neil Diamond, right? I'm all alone in thinking he wrote some good songs? 'I'm a Believer'! That's a good song!)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    And 'Lydia the Tattoo'd Lady'?

    I'd go with Groucho's version.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    Neil Diamond, right? I'm all alone in thinking he wrote some good songs? 'I'm a Believer'! That's a good song!

    Cracklin' Rosie
    Cherry Cherry (She got the way to move me)
    Daydream Believer

    I believe I could go on, but Ghod there were some real turkeys. And you can have Hot August Night. I mean, feck, have you seen the cover? He appears to be miming auto-eroticism on stage, and it's, like, about four feet long. That "knowing cheesiness" has hopefully improved with the years.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

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