This week at Davis we celebrated a couple of birthdays and experienced a blizzard.

The week that was

Patient X and the popcorn incident:

Lay surgical scout nurse, Rhys, assisted our resident ‘dentist’ this week during a dental procedure after ‘Patient X’ had a run-in with (un)popcorn. See the photo of ‘Patient X’ showing his trust in our ‘dentists’ handy work.

The unsolved puzzle:

After the good fortune of having two birthdays this past week, a Rubik’s cube gathering was held on Saturday evening.

Dress code: dress as a given colour.

Aim: end up as another colour.

Needless to say, what started off as a nicely solved Rubik’s, ended up shambolic cacophony of colours. Once again, Happy Birthday Bryce and Millsy!

Lötter (Electronics Engineer)

Chief Fitzy

Hi there

Being part of ‘Team Plumb’ here at Davis I am continually asked the hard probing questions, so I have decided to take one for the team and answer all those difficult Antarctic questions.

Question: What is the collective noun for a group of electricians?

Answer: A SHOCK of sparkies.

Question: What is the collective noun for a group of carpenters?

Answer: A packet of chippies.

Question: What is the collective noun for a group of diesel mechanics?

Answer: A clutch of dieso’s.

And to answer the most probing Antarctic question of them all?

What is the collective noun for a group of plumbers?

Answer: A Handsome of Plumbers

So there you have it all those probing Antarctic questions answered!


Fitzy (Part of team Plumb Davis)

Monday morning weather

Last weekend we had our first big snow, shortly afterwards we had our first big blow. The blow lasted for some time, right through until late Monday night. Blow and snow in Antarctica is described as a blizzard.

I am quite often reminded that I am the youngest member on this team, but in my short working career I have done quite a bit. Prior to my time down south, I was working in the Kimberley, before that I was on Lord Howe Island and before that I was in Tasmania, mostly working in a field service role.

In the Kimberley I’ve driven to jobs in flooding wet season rain, on Lord Howe Island I’ve ridden a push bike across a tropical paradise to get to work and in Tassie… well in Tassie, there aren’t many roads I haven’t been on, at nearly every hour of the day and in some of Tasmania’s most ridiculous weather.

But, (and this is a big but) when I woke up on Monday morning, to 55+ knot winds and visibility down to 20 metres or so, it made for an entirely new experience. One that near ‘blew’ my mind. This getting to work was a whole new ball game. Firstly I radioed in the workshop to let them know I was on my way, put on my three layers, strapped on my goggles and opened the door. Next I forced my way down the stairs and located the blizz line to the workshop. The next five minutes was a blur, after trudging at a 45 degree angle in limited visibility, I practically fell through the workshop door with a beard full of snow, puffing like a steam train and with a massive smile on my dial.

I won’t be forgetting that Monday morning trip to work any time soon.

Jock (Mechanic)

Photos from the blizzard

Over the weekend Davis station had some blizzard conditions with winds reaching 55 — 60 knots and heavy snow, here’s some of the pictures of the after–effect of those weather conditions.

Richard (Mechanic)