The Magic of the Internet …

Stuck in Melbourne between a rehearsal and a gig. Totally bored, and just to prove it …


This is of course the Hollywood version, in real life you die.

Don’t believe me then volunteer for a double blind crossover trial. It is, after all, the gold standard for clinical trials and indeed the subject of a scholarly article in the British Medical Journal of December 2003 …

Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge: systematic review of randomised controlled trials
Gordon C S Smith, professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Cambridge University, Cambridge CB2 2QQ,
Jill P Pell, consultant, Department of Public Health, Greater Glasgow NHS Board, Glasgow G3 8YU
To determine whether parachutes are effective in
preventing major trauma related to gravitational challenge.
Systematic review of randomised controlled trials.
Data sources:
Medline, Web of Science, Embase, and the Cochrane
Library databases; appropriate internet sites and citation lists.
Study selection:
Studies showing the effects of using a parachute
during free fall.
Main outcome measure
Death or major trauma, defined as an injury
severity score > 15.
We were unable to identify any randomised controlled
trials of parachute intervention.
As with many interventions intended to prevent ill health, the effectiveness of parachutes has not been subjected to rigorous evaluation by using randomised controlled trials. Advocates of evidence based medicine have criticised the adoption of interventions evaluated by using only observational data. We think that everyone might benefit if the most radical protagonists of evidence based medicine organised and participated in a double blind, randomised, placebo controlled, crossover trial of the parachute.   BMJ 2003;327:1459-1461.

Abdullah the cat …

Well, it’s true, Peppa Pig never inspired anyone to become a doctor.

The Muslim Council of Great Britain … “The majority of mainstream Muslims would not find Peppa Pig offensive, and anecdotally we know of many Muslim children who watch the show for its entertainment value. Those who do have issues with this can simply refrain from watching the show and purchasing Peppa Pig memorabilia”.

Just how culturally insensitive is the ABC to peddle this stuff.

You can make sense of all this <HERE>.

Less clear than I thought …

As the world stood on the very brink of thinking less of President Putin …

President Obama made clear that Russia’s continued violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would negatively impact Russia’s standing in the international community.

… one certainty in my firmament was when I should use less and when I should use fewer. As a rule less beer and fewer cigarettes …

but all is not so clear. Find out why <HERE>.

Ballarat sucks …

Ballarat has chosen to invite Australia’s top bloggers to publicise Ballarat in Bloom. Cheap advertising.

For instance …

Chauffeured in to the main part of town toenjoy (sic) a pre opening look and private tour of the Capturing Flora – 300 years of Australian Botanical Art exhibition at the grand Ballarat Art Gallery was a treat, especially travelling in a 1937 Studebaker. <dillonpete>
I mean the guy can’t even check his writing before he posts.
They didn’t invite me.

Don’t go to Ballarat.