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The Loxton News, Wednesday, April 11, 2018
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SATURDAY, APRIL 14
Fossils in Concert, a benefit concert for the
Royal Flying Doctor Service, Loxton Community
Theatre, Bookpurnong Terrace, 6.45pm for a
7.30pm start with interval. Tickets $20pp at
Scarfe’s Electronics Loxton or phone Sande
on 0408 325 021.
Loxton RSL sub-branch Anzac Dinner, 6pm
for a 6.30pm start at Loxton RSL, $35pp for
a three-course meal. RSVP to Rob 0407 602
140 or Tim 0439 819 924. Proceeds to the
Loxton Hospital Complex.
FRIDAY, APRIL 20
U3A will hold an informal information session
at Locky’s Place in Moorook, 5pm to 6pm.
Members of the Riverland U3A committee
will present term two activities. RSVP to 0412
416 892 or 0412 649 766.
Enjoy a guided tour of The Pines Loxton’s
Historic House and Garden, 18 Henry Street,
Loxton, every Sunday at 2pm. Other times
by appointment. Contact Kerri on 0437 169
Ian Dury (1942 – 2000), who himself
suffered with polio, wrote some funny
songs including There Ain’t Half Been
Some Clever B******* (lucky bleed-
ers). His band, The Blockheads, by the
way, had nothing to do with leaders in
the horticultural industry.
Stephen Hawking (1942 – 2018) was
not specifically mentioned in the song,
but would certainly qualify. What an
amazing man, mind and example of tri-
umph over adversity.
But, I had to laugh at some of the televi-
sion reports after his death.
One starry-eyed journalist told us that
if we felt sad about the cosmologist’s
demise, we need only to gaze at the night
sky from whence he would be smiling
down on us.
Now, Stephen was a well-publicised
atheist. If he was right about this, he is no
longer looking at anything and if he was
wrong, I figure he won’t be in the heavens
There are clever people all around us.
Take, for another example, the scientist
who discovered a new potentially impor-
tant antibiotic in platypus milk.
Which average intellect would think
to milk a monotreme? I cant help but
wonder what else they might have milked
along the way, and how. You would need a
tiny stool for one thing.
Indeed, who was the first human to
ever reach under a cow and squeeze it by
the teat and what they were thinking?
But, I jest. The platypus is an enigma in
Not only is it an egg-laying mammal, it
doesn’t suckle – the mother excretes its
milk onto its belly and the puggle simply
licks it up.
Of course there is a risk with this tech-
nique – the milk is not drawn directly
from a sterile ‘jug’, but is exposed to
germs which might be ingested by the
baby with the milk.
Some ‘clever bleeder’ wondered if the
little ones avoid infection because there
is an antibiotic in the milk - and sure
enough – they were able to isolate, from
the milk, a potent disinfectant, capable
of killing all kinds of microbes, including
some of the ‘superbugs’ which are an
increasing problem in humans.
As with all new chemical discoveries, it
will be some time before the compound
is ready for human trials, but it is a very
Superbugs are bacteria which have
developed resistance to many, if not all,
antibiotics currently available, rendering
the infections they cause incurable and
therefore highly lethal.
Resistance is more likely to develop if
germs are exposed to, but not killed by,
antibiotics and this is more likely where
antibiotics are used inappropriately – per-
haps too widely, for the wrong bugs or the
This is why antibiotics should be only
taken when, how and if prescribed.
In particular, the full course of treat-
ment should always be completed as
This is also why doctors are keen not to
prescribe these precious drugs for com-
mon colds and ‘the flu’, which are caused
by viruses and are not killed or even
hindered by antibiotics (and not because
we are stingy, heartless control freaks –
although this may still be the case).
Which reminds me, the flu season is
Immunisation clinics will begin in late
May – a little later than usual due to the
‘Indian summer’ we are experiencing and
concerns raised in previous years that
immunity from the vaccination petered
out before the end of the season.
Watch this paper for further details,
but we should start to take bookings in a
couple of weeks.
Platypus milk and superbugs
ON LOCAL HEALTH
with Dr Peter Hamilton
42 East Terrace,
Loxton 8584 7524
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The seventh annual
Loxton’s History Sure
Ain’t Boring will again be a
popular event, with a variety
of interesting stories to be
The event, which is part of
South Australia’s History Festival,
allows locals to learn more about
the area’s history from knowl-
edgeable guest speakers.
This year’s event will see three
speakers take to the stage, allow-
ing each more time to present.
Attendees will hear the follow-
Carla Magarey – ‘Shifting
businesses’, part two of the his-
tory of the East Terrace precinct.
Lorraine Fielke (nee Thiele)
‘First of a wave’, Thieles:
founding fathers and first farmers
Michael Wohltmann –
‘Shameful years’, the interment
of Loxton’s German descendant
residents during World War I.
Organising committee co-
ordinator Trevor Fielke said the
diverse speakers will all share
“Carla is back by request,” he
“She had to cut things out that
were really interesting last year.
“Every now and then we like to
put a family in.
“We did the Prouds two or three
years ago and now we’ll do the
Thieles, who were virtually the
original settlers here.”
After speaking at Men’s Probus
last year, Mr Fielke said author
Michael Wohltmann returns to
Loxton to share the town’s inter-
“I think people will get a real
surprise about the story that he
will tell about that,” he said.
“He will touch on a topic that
will perhaps be unfamiliar to peo-
ple that attend.”
Mr Fielke said community sup-
port makes the event possible
“We continue it because of the
good attendance that we’ve had
in the past and there’s an interest
in this town for nights like it,” he
“It’s interesting to share the
history of the town and there’s
enough people interested and
that’s why we keep doing it.
“We’re happy to keep going
with it while the attendance is still
Tickets are now available for
Loxton’s History Sure Ain’t
Boring, which will be held at
the Loxton Sporting Club on
Tuesday, May 2, from 7pm for a
Light refreshments will be pro-
vided on arrival, with tea and cof-
fee after the speakers.
Tickets cost $5 for adults, while
students and children are free, and
can be purchased from the Loxton
Visitor Information Centre.
Guest speakers named for history night
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