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#TuneOutTuesday gets a reminder that the nitty gritty of life is what it’s really all about

Meshel laurie

If we ever needed an installment of #TuneOutTuesday it’s this week. There is A LOT going on and really it’s too much for me to handle all at once.

I’m trying to get the BAS done as quickly as I can so we can start working with our accountant on whether or not we are going to survive this awful period.

I find I need to listen to something interesting but not disturbing so my true crime list is off the table. Enter The Nitty Gritty Committee with Meshel Laurie podcast. Interesting people interviewed about the guts and the glory of life.

I’ve skipped a few but the way it hops from comedy to celebrity to everyday heroes is just what I need right now.

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#TuneOutTuesday pandemics, people and podcasts

Forewarned is Forearmed--Are YOU Ready (1918, December 29). The Sun (Sydney, NSW 1910 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved March 5, 2020, from

They say when there’s a disaster you should look for the helpers. Those stories aren’t coming out in the reporting of COVID-19 yet but it’s only a matter of time before they do. No doubt those stories will be featured on hundreds of podcasts in the near future.

The Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918 swept the world at a time when many places were reeling from the horrors of World War I. The symptoms and spread of the Spanish Flu virus have a lot of parallels with what is happening right now with COVID-19, as do some of the hysterical reaction and reporting.

In 1918 Sister Annie Egan’s first assignment as a military nurse was at the quarantine station at North Head in Sydney.

The story of her service to the sick alongside her colleagues as they battled to keep the flu that claimed her life out of the rest of Australia has a lot of parallels with what we are seeing happen around the world right now. It’s also the topic of the first episode of this weeks #TuneOutTuesday podcast Forgotten Australia.

Vale Annie Egan, helper. Gone but not forgotten.

1918 reporting of the Spanish Flu parallels a lot of COVID-19 rhetoric now

Forewarned is Forearmed--Are YOU Ready (1918, December 29). The Sun (Sydney, NSW 1910 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved March 5, 2020, from
Forewarned is Forearmed–Are YOU Ready (1918, December 29). The Sun (Sydney, NSW 1910 – 1954), p. 8. Retrieved March 5, 2020, from
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#TuneOutTuesday gets an anatomy lesson from Dr Wally Wood

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It’s #TuneOutTuesday!
Today I want to introduce you to Dr Wally Wood. Jaimie and I had the pleasure of meeting Wally and his talented wife Bev last year.

He’s had a fascinating career in medicine and teaching as a Professor of Anatomy at UQ. He has particular skills in forensic osteology and has worked to help identify the remains of fallen WWII soldiers.

Wally holds the donors to the UQ Body Donor Program in very high regard as they have assisted him in teaching many, many students over the years so he initiated the Thanksgiving Service to acknowledge their great gift to science and education.

I hope you enjoy this episode of ABC Conversations with Dr Walter Wood and Richard Fidler.

Walter Wood: dignifying body donation

Dr Walter Wood has seen first hand how body donors advance the cause of medical science. Walter has taught anatomy to medical students in Australia and Papua New Guinea since the 1960s. His knowledge was called on to identify the skeletal remains of Australian and Japanese WWII soldiers recovered from the jungles of New Guinea.

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#TuneOutTuesday gives a whole new meaning to Loose Units

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It’s #TuneOutTuesday!
Around here a “Loose Unit” is usually a fairly unpleasant experience. If you’ve ever ordered a tongue-to-bum you’ll know what I mean.

In podcast land it’s a whole different story. This is one of Mr Vivi’s absolute favourites – Loose Units. He hangs out for it every week and I often hear him cackling away while he works and listens through his headphones.

Paul is a radio journalist and you’ll probably recognise his voice from various ABC radio shows and reports. John is his Dad and when Paul was a kid John was a cop. This was in Sydney in the 80’s and Paul worked the Northern Suburbs beat together with Paul’s mum – and that gives us Season 1. It’s Underbelly meets the Dukes of Hazzard most of the time but it’s definitely worth hearing from a decent bloke who joined the force to be of service to his community and left it almost completely disillusioned with the way corruption and graft had infiltrated all levels of the police force.

After John left the force he worked in forensics – which has kept us entertained through Season 2 – and after that he worked for the NSW Work Cover Authority investigating industrial accidents – here comes Season 3 in 2020!

The Loose Units live show is coming to Brisbane TONIGHT! and part of my Christmas present from Mr Vivi was tickets to the show. If you’ve ever worked for the public service or a large organisation with lots of weird rules and lots of weirder colleagues you’ll enjoy Loose Units.

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