‘My Blazing Nuts’, an Adults Only Story of Pain.

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I had a near death experience some 40 years ago when I lived with my Mum and Dad and slept out the back of the house in a “sleep out”.
It was one warm Adelaide night that I rolled over in bed and displaced a testicle.
Where did it go? I don’t know, but all of a sudden I had a golf ball and a basketball where normally two snooker balls should have been !
Oh! The agony and searing pain. I staggered into the house and wailed for my dear old Dad.
My father had been a Sar Major in the Aussie Army and not unused to grief. “It will be fixed,” he announced. “Now go back to bed my boy and I will be out in a flash”.
I laid back on the bed groaning and throbbing. The door flew open and in walked Dad a can of Johnson’s Baby Powder in one hand and a Philips Heat Lamp in the other.

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He proceeded to powder the painful area profusely with baby powder and then taking the heat lamp he concentrated its red intense ray on those poor unfortunate testicles.
Did it help you may ask?
No Bloody Way! After an hour of this torture I screamed “Help Me”!”
“Perhaps, I had better ring the Doctor,” Dad murmured.
Some time later he came back and said, “Not Good News I’m afraid son.” “There’s a possibility you may die if we don’t get you to the Royal Adelaide Hospital quick smart”.
BLOODY HELL!
We made it to the Emergency Ward in Dad’s old FC Holden.
There. a group of Doctors were excitedly calling to each other. “Hey! Come and have a look at this.” “I’ve never seen one of these before!”
They herded me into a small room and turned off the lights. I was hysterical. Then the flashlights started popping on as they strained to get a better view.
All I could see was eyes, doctor eyes!
Then the manipulation began as they tried to move the offending testicle back into its rightful pocket.
It worked, the relief was instantly wonderful as they congratulated themselves for saving yet another set of testicles.
I staggered out into the corridor to live yet another day. Dad was waiting and hugged me.
Under his breath I think I heard him say, “Next time I think I’ll use the bloody Savlon cream instead.”
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Derwombat’s Report

At our Old Guv Legends Presentation on Friday 6 July, 2018, Ian Pedler was recognised as an Old Guv Legend.
Ian started at the Guv in 1966, as an Hand Binding Apprentice.
In those days Ian was a very handsome man with lots of flowing hair and a beautiful beard.

Photo: That was good enough for Ian to attract Margaret an intelligent and attractive lady and they married in 1975.
Sadly, his looks have faded but Ian did have some brilliantly funny stories to tell the luncheon gathering.
Unfortunately, due to the cold weather numbers were slightly down. Those who braved the weather were Alex Riley, Rod Parham, Ian and Margaret Pedler, Rob and Wendy Powell, Jenny and Gary Easther, Ray Belt, David, Thelma, and Charlie Korff, Dennis Grover, Kevin Rex and Judy Stack-Neale, Keith Oxley, Wendy and David Walker, Conrad and Norma Rogers, Dennis Duthie & friends Ellen Krueger, Geoff Michell, John and Antonia Manfield, Bob Downs.
Apologies were received from Ann and Keith Heilmann, Pam Palmer, Marianne Hunn, Wayne and Angela Brown, Garth Mugford, Coralie Hills, Dave and Marilyn Harding, Trevor Roberts, Darryl O’Keefe, Eunice Wright, Judy Marks, Jack and Helen Flack, Brian Hartshorne, Barry O’Donnell, Don Woolman, Mike. Burnett, Tony Fitzsimmons, Vic Potticary.
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The ‘Billy’ in Australian Culture

The term billy or billycan is particularly associated with Australian usage, but is also used in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
It is widely accepted that the term “billycan” is derived from the large cans used for transporting bouilli or bully beef on Australia-bound ships or during exploration of the outback, which after use were modified for boiling water over a fire.
However there is a suggestion that the word may be associated with the Aboriginal word for water billa.
In Australia, the billy has come to symbolise the spirit of exploration of the outback.
To boil the billy most often means to make tea.
“Billy Tea” is the name of a popular brand of tea long sold in Australian grocers and supermarkets.
Billies feature in many of Henry Lawson‘s stories and poems. Banjo Paterson‘s most famous of many references to the billy is surely in the first verse and chorus of Waltzing Matilda:
“And he sang as he watched and waited ’til his billy boiled…”
The billy seems to have been used chiefly for tea making but sometimes for other cooking over an open fire or for carrying food including food gathered in the fields.
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