things I saw in the Roma Street Parklands

On the only stroll I got up in Brisbane, I spent twenty minutes wandering around Roma Street Parklands in the middle of the city. What a lovely park. I shall make an effort to spend more time there on my next visit.

  • More than twelve huge spiderwebs with spindly spiders about the size of the palm of my hand in the middle (the whole spider, including the legs, were about palm-sized). The first three were OK and then I started to freak out as I stepped back to avoid one, and almost crashed into two more behind me.
  • Red and blue and yellow and pink agapanthus, as well as the more traditional lavender-coloured blooms.
  • A lizard – I think it was a blue-tongue although I didn’t see its tongue! – about two feet long, just standing in the sunshine in the middle of the path.
  • A flowerbed full of red and yellow chilli plants – looked fantastic.
  • A camellia bush in full flower surrounded by blooming garlic plants – they smelled lovely and the delicate white flowers were beautiful.

this will only make sense to AIIMS-trained people… part 3

The Operations Theme Tune

to the tune of “Revolution” by the Beatles

You say you want to work in operations
Well, you know
We’d all love to change the world
You set off on your Red Cross mission
Well, you know
Humanity can change the world
But when you talk about field communications
Don’t you know that we have to make it work
Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right
all right, all right

You say you can make quick decisions
Well, you know
Let’s see what your sitrep shows
You ask me what’s your limitation
Well, you know
let your operation grow!
But when you want coping booklets or a bigger team
You’ll have to rely on logs and planning – they’re so keen
Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right
all right, all right

Alternative lyrics from Lauren:

You say your role is Operatiooonns, weelll you know
You’ve got people on the ground
You will be given lots of informatiooon, welll you know
You gotta paaass it arroouuund
And it it’s time to give instructions
That’s what the briefings are all about!

You have to make a contributioooon, wellll you know
That’s important for the plan
Shoo be doo up, oh shoo be do up
Manage the communicatiiioooon, welll you know
You gotta do what you cannnn
Remember SMEACS FORMS and your tabard – red
Sit Reps handed in on time or you’ll be DEAD

I’m in the EOC! Alright!
Alright!

this will only make sense to AIIMS-trained people… part 2

And now….

The Planning Officer Theme Tune

Sung to the tune of “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles

(this one is a joint Lauren – Mairead effort)

yeah I tell you something
I think you’ll understand
when i say that right now
I wanna make a PLAAAAN

I wanna make a PLAN, I wanna make a PLAN

oh please say to me
you’ll tell me all you know
and please watch with me
as our situational awarenesss GROWS

now let me make that PLAAAAN
I wanna make a plan

and when I wear a yellow tabard, it’s fine
it’s a great feeling when the IAP

is defined

is defined

is defined

yeah you
got that something
I think you’ll understand
when I say that right now
I wanna make a PLAAAAN

now let me make that PLAAAAN
I wanna make a plan

this will only make sense to AIIMS-trained people… part 1

Logistics Officer Theme Tune

Sing to the tune of “I Just Can’t Get Enough” by Depeche Mode.

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I am a Logistics Officer

I’ll get you all your stuff, and I can get enough

I will roster volunteers and even order lunch

I’ll write it on a form, in fire, flood or storm

You can find me in the EOC

I can help you, and I will be wearing BLUE