Saturday, April 30, 2005

Medic humour

An economics student, a med student and a law student were asked to learn the telephone book of their town.

The economics student asked 'What will be my profit of this?'
The law student questioned 'Why should I do this?'
The med student just gulped before asking quietly 'How much time have I?'

Monday, April 18, 2005


I've passed my driving test. I've been practicing hard these past couple of months and I was fortunate to get a nice examiner. Even my reverse around the corner and bay parking manoeuvres went well. I should be getting my little pink card in the next couple of weeks. I'm still want to improve my driving skill though - at the level I'm currently at, I just hope the rest of London's roadusers are saying their prayers!

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Marathon man

Today was the London Marathon, and I helped out as a first-aider. I'm a member of the student division of the St John Ambulance, and with some friends was stationed at the twenty-three mile post. There wasn't much happening in the morning, and I even managed to miss Paula Radcliffe zoom past. As the fun runners came through things got interesting though. After a herd of rhinos went past we treated a man who had collapsed. He was seriously dehydrated and his pulse rate was scarily high. A cold sweat came over me, and I started to become cold and clammy, with a feeling of tightness around my chest. Fortunately, there were a number of doctors on board, and the man was said to be doing well as he was ferried to hospital in an ambulance. Seriously though, I have to get over the clinical-grade anxiety I feel whenever I'm asked to use any of the medical skills I've spent four years learning.

Other than that, the marathon was quite quiet in terms of incidents. I just had to dole out the vaseline and give lots of people leg massages. Not very nice, but at least I felt like I was of some use!

Gotta focus on driving now though - it's my practical test tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 13, 2005


I just came across this quote and I realy really like it:
"A ship in the harbour is safe. But that is not what ships are made for."
To me it means that it's easy to live life in familiar surroundings without truly challenging yourself to do something different. However, it is inherent in us to explore the world around us and to try and make sense of it all. If we stay cocooned, we won't be able to do this. Wise words indeed. What do you think?

Friday, April 01, 2005

Sardarji joke

A joke for April Fools' Day:

Three Construction workers are working on the 20th floor of a tall building in Bombay. One is a South Indian, the second is a Bengali and the third is a Surd.. Every day all the three meet in the lunch hall and have their lunch together. One fine day, the South Indian opened his lunch box and finds idlis in the box. He says "I am fed up of eating these idlis daily. If I find idlis in the box tommorow, I will jump from the 20th floor and die". Next the Bengali opens his lunch box and finds fish in it and says "If I find fish in my lunch box tommorow, I am going to jump from the 20th floor of this building and die". Next the Surd opens his lunch box and finds Parathas in it and says "If I find parathas in my box tommorow I am also going to jump and die". The next day the three friends meet for lunch. The South Indian guy opens his lunch box and finds Idlis and promptly jumps from the 20th floor and dies. The Bengali opens his lunch box and finds fish in it and jumps from the 20th floor and dies. The Surd opens his box and finds parathas and he also jumps from the 20th floor and dies.

In the combined funeral held for all the three friends by their colleagues, the South Indian's widow says "I did not know he hated idlis so much. If not I would have packed something else for his lunch". The Bengali's widow says "I did not know he hated fish so much. If not I would have packed something else for his lunch". The Surd's widow says "I do not understand what went wrong. My husband always prepared his own lunch!".