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The Loxton News, Thursday, June 13, 2019
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FOg then sunny
FOG then sunny
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Thomas William, son of Ben and Kerrianne Harvey, of
Loxton, was born at the Loxton Hospital Complex on April
After my last article on tobacco,
many people were kind enough
to share amusing memories about
Being in a car at the drive-in, when
the windows would need to be wound
down periodically to allow the smog to
clear enough to be able to see the film
Working as a detailer for a second-
hand car yard and, most importantly,
scrubbing tar off the hood linings
Retro-fitting plastic wind breaks
to the drivers side window, principally
to create a vacuum exhaust system for
Being annoyed when rules changed
and it was only permitted to have a puff
if one stood n the rear of the commercial
Being prescribed cigarettes by a
doctor as a treatment for anxiety (after
all, one famous advert proudly boasted
that nine out of 10 doctors preferred
Camels because they were so “fresh”,
“mild”, “good tasting” and “agree with
Thanks for your feedback and a few
Another of my funniest recollections is
from grade 4 and 5 at Elizabeth South
Some entrepreneurial mates and I had
a self-funding cyclical racket going. We
would catch frogs in the concrete drain
under the local railway station and sell
them at school for 2 cents each.
The proceeds would buy packs of four
Escort filters for 10 cents from the local
barber (who sometimes also let us look
at the topless girls on page 3 of the
Pix and Post magazines or the latest
National Geographic – bonus!).
We would smoke the Escort down
at the station when we next went frog
catching. We thought that life could
never get better.
But seriously, it is now clear that about
nine out of 10 serious diseases including
most cancers, strokes, heart disease,
peripheral vascular disease, dementia,
visual impairment, etc. are caused by
or at least made vastly more likely by
The health and financial costs for indi-
viduals and our community have been
enormous and remain substantial.
When Mum and Dad stopped smok-
ing 30 years ago, (while fags were still
relatively cheap), they put their cigarette
money in a jar and within a year, each
had saved enough money to pay for a
A packet a day habit these days is a
crippling financial burden. Do the math!
Finally today I want to say two quick
things about keeping life in perspective.
I was driving home from Adelaide this
afternoon and listened to the Leonard
Cohen song Bird on the Wire, which I
hadn’t heard for too many years. I was
reminded of one of my favorite lines
about appreciating different points of
“I saw a beggar leaning on his wooden
crutch. He said to me, ‘You must not
ask for so much’. And a pretty woman,
leaning in her darkened door, she cried
out to me, ‘Hey, why not ask for more?’”
And just then, by some strange coinci-
dence (or was it?), I received a text from
Dr Rajesh, who sends his regards by the
His message was this (“and verbatim I
will quote it”),
“Raphael Nadal was French Open
champion in 2005. Since then I com-
pleted my internship, specialised as a
GP, travelled overseas, married, had
kids, worked in private practice, joined a
corporate, started to earn a decent liv-
ing, went grey, put on weight, developed
borderline diabetes and became hyper-
tensive. Now it’s 2019 and while I have
been busy achieving all of this, Nadal
is still just the French Open champion.
Some people just never seem to go any-
where in life!”.
Smoking and matters of perspective
ON LOCAL HEALTH
with Dr Peter Hamilton
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Loxton Charity For All Bingo, Loxton Club. 7pm
for eyes down at 7.30pm. This week’s bingo is
in aid of Loxton Show Society.
SATURDAY, JUNE 15
The Friends of the Loxton Hospital Complex
presents its annual Gala Dinner, 6pm at the
Lutheran Peace Hall. Tickets are $50pp,
while children under 12 are $12, and include
a three-course meal and complimentary
drink on arrival. The 2019 Riverland and
Mallee Baby of the Year will be announced.
The evening will also include a door prize
and major and silent auction, along with
live entertainment by local trio One Fusion.
Tickets are available from the Loxton hospital
or by calling 8584 8555.
SUNDAY, JUNE 16
The Loxton Golf Club Legacy Golf Day,
nine-hole ambrose, teams of three, $25
per player. 10am for a 10.30am start. Lots
of prizes, including best fancy-dress team.
Barbecue lunch $5pp, children under 12
free, families welcome. Bookings to 8584
1490 or email (email@example.com).
LOXTON MENS PROBUS
The next meeting will be held at the Loxton
Hotel on Tuesday, June 18 at 10am. Note the
location will be the main bar room. The guest
speaker is Mary Childs sharing her life and
experience with leprosy. Members wives and
partners are also invited to attend.
LOCAL CLUB NEWS
Loxton’s rainfall for the year
was substantially bolstered when
rain was recorded throughout the
Almost 15mm was recorded up until
9am yesterday morning, with another
3mm recorded when The Loxton News
went to print yesterday afternoon.
This week’s rainfall brings Loxton’s
total for 2019 to just over 48mm.
Similarly, 45.1mm was recorded in
Loxton at the same time last year.
Loxton’s average rainfall to June is
Before the rain, locals were treated to
an above-average day, with temperatures
reaching 22.8C on Tuesday.
by Sara Gilligan
A team of police divers retrieved
a shotgun from the river bed
near the Kingston-On-Murray
boat ramp last week, returning it
safely to the owner.
SAPOL Murray Mallee Superintendent
James Blandford told the Loxton News
a local duck hunter had dropped the
weapon when capsizing his boat just
“We didn’t want that gun lying there
on the off chance someone found it,”
“We sent a small team of divers to
recover it, and it provided a great train-
“The Murray is a horrendous environ-
ment to dive in at the best of times.
“The divers managed to find the gun
and return it to the owner while being
run through a training exercise.”
Supt Blandford said the local hunter
was unharmed during the incident.
“I believe he was in a little tinny when
it capsized,” he said.
“He was lucky nothing happened to
“The gun will still work. It would just
need a good clean and an oil to stop the
rust, as it was in a bag.”
Divers retrieve shotgun from
river at Kingston-On-Murray
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