Newcastle Herald Topics: Why men don't visit the doctors, Christmas, and the most Aussie chicken schnitzel around

A man walks into the doctors and the doctor says, “I’ve not seen you for a while”.

The man replies, “Yes, I’ve been ill.”

Why is it that men don’t like going to the doctors?

Is it because they’re too tough? Or perhaps it’s because they’re too scared?

Fear is sitting right beneath toughness, isn’t it?

We asked Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group [NCIG] electrical supervisor Anthony Richards why men don’t like going to see a doctor.

“It’s the age-old thing where men feel invincible and like they are the protectors of those around them,” he said.

“We feel like we have to be strong all the time, so if you don’t necessarily feel great you tell yourself you will be over it soon enough and to get on with it.”

Anthony said his company schedules check-ups with doctors, but “I know that is not the case for everyone”.

“I urge all you guys out there, even if it is just once a year, go get checked out and talk to someone, as it could save your life.”

That’s good advice, Anthony.

Anthony and his workmates were among the masses of blokes who grew a moustache in November, under the annual Movember campaign – which raises awareness of prostate and testicular cancer and men’s mental health.

In all, 56 staff and contractors at NCIG grew mos for the cause. That’s a whole lot of lip rugs.

Word has come through that the blokes at NCIG raised $32,000. Great effort, that. 

Of course, mos are typically affiliated with creepy dudes, ‘70s porn stars, ’80s dads, sheriffs, dictators, rock stars and Tom Selleck.

We’re well into December, but we’re still seeing quite a bit of facial furniture around town.

It’s way past time to shave those hideous bro-mos off. Perhaps the hipster movement is changing its style from big beards to mos?

Christmas Spirit

One of the meanings of Christmas is the spirit of giving.

So it’s good to see organisations from the Hunter doing their bit to help out those less fortunate.

The Maritime Union of Australia’s Newcastle youth committee will donate $2500 to the John Hunter Children’s Hospital this Christmas. This will add to the $5000 they donated earlier this year.

“We believe that the children at John Hunter who are doing it tough should have a good Christmas like other children. We are doing this donation for that reason,” said Steven Murray, secretary of the committee.

“Every MUA member in Australia puts $50 a month into a rolling fund, on top of their union dues, which is donated to different charities every month throughout the year.

“We all believe in putting back into the community, as well as supporting every worker for safer and better conditions in their workplace.

“I do think more businesses and organisations should do more around Christmas and through the year to support less fortunate people.”

Unions cop a lot of flak, but where would ordinary workers be without them, hey?

True Blue

Topics bought a chicken schnitzel recently from the local takeaway. It sorta, kinda, looked like a map of Australia.

A chicken schnitzel that looks a little bit like a map of Australia.

A chicken schnitzel that looks a little bit like a map of Australia.

Schnitty feels like a true blue Aussie dish. But it apparently originated in Austria. 

Old Timers

Edgeworth’s Gary Lawless gave us some examples on Saturday of getting old, like: “You know you’re getting old when your idea of a night out is sitting on the patio”.

In response, reader Mike Riley said: “You know you’re getting old when you feel like the morning after the night before – and you haven’t been anywhere!”

“If I wake up one morning and nothing hurts, then I’ll know I’m dead,” he said.

Mount Hutton’s John Ure agrees with Gary that “there are indicators of the ravages wrought by ageing”.

“Perhaps moisturiser is no longer effective for your skin – you need a steam iron,” he said.

“You find your body has a mind of its own. You need more time to recover after strenuous activity, such as brushing your teeth.” 

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