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The Loxton News, Wednesday, September 12, 2018
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Call 8584 7271 to have your bundle
of joy feature in The Loxton News.
Jack Jeffery, son of Alison and Adam Flavel, of
Brown’s Well, was born at the Loxton Hospital
Complex on August 4. A little brother for Ruby, 2.
Diary Dates is a free service and is not to be used
for advertising committee meetings or group
AGMs. If you are a not-for-profit organisation with an
upcoming event, email the details to:
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
Loxton Charity For All Bingo, Loxton
Club, Bookpurnong Terrace from 7pm.
This week’s bingo is in aid of the Loxton
Lutheran School Early Learning Centre.
For more information, call Mandy on 8584
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
The Great Outback Barbecue supporting
drought affected farmers, Loxton Uniting
Church, 2 Martha Street, Loxton at 12
noon. Featuring live music. For further
details contact 8584 7622.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Rosie’s Run Relay For Life fundraiser,
Loxton Club Woolshed Bar, 6pm for a
6.30pm start. $25 per head (cash on night)
includes soup and finger food. Please bring
an item for auction. Contact Greta on 0400
882 544 or Christine on 0419 847 442 for
Local club news
LOXTON MENS PROBUS
Join their next meeting at the
Loxton Hotel at 10am on Tuesday,
September 18. The guest speaker
will be Des Schliebs presenting
the history and development of
the Mens Shed.
Advance notice of an upcoming
fishing competition event to
be held on Friday, October 12.
Further details will be made
available as the date approaches.
When I was a young bloke, “mak-
ing whoopee” was universally
understood to infer being very friendly
with a person of the opposite sex.
There was a song of the same name
which celebrated this noble human
endeavor while pointing out its inevitable,
arguably regrettable, consequences –
originally recorded by Eddie Cantor in
1928 for the soundtrack of the motion
picture, Whoopee! It was covered by
nearly all jazz royalty including Bing
Crosby, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and
Ray Charles, but my favorite version was
that of Ella Fitzgerald, recorded in 1958.
But by the time I became a smelly, pim-
ply teenager, “making whoopee” meant
cultivating marijuana, which similarly has
its pros and cons, but is by no means
Cannabis sativa (its botanical name)
has been around forever. Some histori-
ans believe that Chinese physicians, hav-
ing observed its effect on human behav-
ior, may have first postulated medicinal
uses and prescribed it as early as 2000
BC. Cannabis oils, in small quantities,
have been included in various pharma-
ceutical potions in the last 150 years,
sold over the counter for everything from
rheumatism to constipation and head-
ache to nervous disposition.
Its resurgence during the past 50 years
was initially largely recreational, but in
the last two decades, medicinal uses
have been promoted and researched
heavily. Indeed, currently, about 10 new
research papers on the use of canna-
boids are published daily in reputable
medical journals around the globe. Even
in the Sunday Mail this week, Olivia
Newton John (my teenage idol until she
sold her soul for Vinnie Barbarino and
black leather) was quoted as saying that
medicinal cannabis changed her life and
a few years ago Nick Greiner, the former
NSW Premier, led a strong campaign to
legalise its therapeutic use in Australia.
Bill Clinton publicly confessed that he
had “smoked pot” but, of course, being
an American president and therefore
beyond reproach, “didn’t inhale”. Really?
It seems to me that there is a direct
relationship between a subject’s popular-
ity and the number of alternative names
we invent for it (I’m going to call this
“Hamo’s first law”).
Like odd bits of human anatomy and
embarrassing bodily functions, there
are an extraordinary number of euphe-
misms for marijuana products – a quick
IT search found over 250 (weed, pot,
ganje, hooter, dope, hemp, African broc-
coli, Antiguan rocket, alligator cigarettes,
Caribbean cabbage, combustible herb-
age, funky falafel, hay, jibber, kibs, grass,
party parsley, reefer, spank, stuff, stash,
wacky backy, skunk, jive and dutchie).
Our current fascination with it is thus
At work, I am regularly asked about
prescribing cannabis products these
days, but have needed to confess that
I knew precious little about it – and so
I went to a clinical meeting on the sub-
ject in Hahndorf this week. I will happily
share with you what I have learnt but,
(surprise surprise), I have waffled on and
run out of room this week. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, I will tell you that, about
a year ago, I accidentally bought a pair
of trousers made entirely of hemp. They
are very comfortable and I was looking
forward to rolling them up and smok-
ing them when they were worn out, but
I have been reliably informed that this
would not be a gratifying experience.
ON LOCAL HEALTH
with Dr Peter Hamilton
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The $20,000 Mindarie-
Halidon Cup will again be a
highlight of this weekend’s
‘Melbourne Cup of the
The Sunday, September 16
meeting will feature at least
seven races, plus full on-course
betting, bookmakers and Sky
The Mindarie-Halidon Racing
Club’s once-a-year meeting has
gone from strength to strength in
recent years, with the 2017 event
attracting bumper nominations
and an extremely healthy crowd.
The meeting attracts all of the
state’s top jockeys and many of
SA’s leading trainers.
In addition, club president
Frank Griffiths says the extra
on-course activities make the day
“You only have to look at how
well the fashion parade was sup-
ported last year to see what it
brings to the day,” Mr Griffiths
Full bar and catering facili-
ties are available on track, with
gates open at 10am. Buses are
running from Renmark, Berri
and Loxton. For details, phone
Krystina Durdin on 0427 540
The Halidon race track is
situated just 50 minutes from
Loxton, on the road to Karoonda.
Leo Hunter, son of Kaylah Wood and Andrew
Svendsen, of Kingston-On-Murray, was born at
the Loxton Hospital Complex on September 4.
Hugh Richard Paul, son of Sarah Roberts and
Henry Bobilak, of Loxton, was born at the Loxton
Hospital Complex on September 5.
Melbourne Cup of the Mallee this weekend
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