ROLL OF DRUMS: What gamblers need is a lady called luck!

OVER THE YEARS, HE MUST HAVE KNOCKED ON THE LADY’S DOOR SEVERAL THOUSAND TIMES OR MORE WITHOUT AN ANSWER.

FRANK MORRIS

JUDGEMENT CALL: HE WAS A GAMBLER. NOTHING MADE HIM SAD OR ELATED, JUST STEROTYPED. Below: A GAMBLER WOULD LOOK AT THE HORSES AND REMAIN UNRUFFLED WHEN HIS PICK DIDN’T RUN A PLACE. Below: LADY LUCK IS VERY FICKLE AND SHE WOULD NOT CHANGE FOR ANYONE.

It’s important for gamblers to have a sense of humour. I learnt this from a colleague many years ago. Yes, he was a journalist. Yes, he was a racing fanatic of the first order. No, he wasn’t married but divorced. But, I tell you for sure, if you had a few drinks with him he sized you up and more or less asked you for a loan.

He chased money from every nook and cranny.

Amazingly, every time he put the rent on “a sure thing”, and it ran the other way, he remained unruffled. He’d shrug his shoulders and say: “Look at it this way mate, I knocked the on the Lady’s door and she wasn’t home.”

Yes! The lady, of course, was ‘Lady Luck’. Over the years, he must have knocked on the lady’s door several thousand times or more and rarely did she answers his call. Yes, having a sense of humour can make a hell of a difference.

STEREOTYPED

Australians are one of the heaviest gamblers in the world by far. The Aussies are born to gamble. Almost 88-90 per cent of Australians are gamblers. For argument sake, a senior lecturer, in a 1993 study of 2000 gamblers, showed 10 per cent of gamblers “had poker machine addiction … and squandered between $80 and $12,500 per person.”

Social problem gaming in Australia is at least $4.7 billion a year, according a recent survey. “There was very little conversation with all the gamblers. They didn’t look sad or elated. Just looked stereotyped”, the university boffin said.

When it comes to the pokies, the experts inform us, we make other developed countries look like beginners when it comes to throwing money away in pursuit of Lady Luck. In the past forty years, I’ve read various erudite tomes on gambling and gamblers, and I’ve come to these conclusions.

SIMPLY FICKLE

First, gamblers are no luckier when they gamble more than anyone else. Second, there’s no such thing as a winning gambler. Third, no sociologist or psychologist has explained, convincingly, why people gamble.

Apropos the latter: a leading psychologist believes that the reason Aussies gamble is because “we are basically a nation of immigrants – and immigration is a gamble. And this is a reason to gamble”.

I rest my case.

Well, gamblers per se always have had an eternal infatuation with the elusive Lady. You can’t blame them. But it’s wise to remember that down through the ages she has been that fickle of all courtesans; and she isn’t going to change for anyone.

Not ever.

Next: How do I know if gambling is a problem for me?


PANIC ATTACK: What is a panic attack, what are the causes?

LET US FACE THE CHALLENGE.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

THE FIRST SIGNS: TAKE A HARD LOOK AT THIS STRIP. THIS IS HOW PANIC ATTACK HAPPENS. Below: A 19-YEAR GIRL GOES THROUGH THE ANGONY OF PANIC. Below: ANYONE IN THE FAMILY CAN GET PD.

In our daily lives there are situations when it reasonable to feel uneasy or anxious. Physiological fear is an adaptive response that helps us face challenges. It very easy to experience. But, by and large, it is an inconvenient discomfort to befall us in a totally appropriate situation.

This disorder is call PANIC!

Panic Disorder, or PD, is different from everyday nervousness because it is a more intense fear, a fear that is totally inappropriate for the circumstance in which it is occurring. Panic attacks happen spontaneously, or “out of the blue”. They can occur independent of any other stressful situation; and this exaggerated fear may often interfere with daily life.

Panic attacks can also be a triggered by ordinary life events; or they can be triggered by anticipating such events. In other words, panic attacks can be a reaction to fearful thoughts. Feared situations can include supermarkets, crowded places, expressways, tunnels or bridges, social meetings, elevators and many other items.

What causes a Panic Attack?

BECAME ‘HYSTERICAL’

A person experiencing a panic attack feels an overpowering fear that is usually accompanied by a range of physical sensations.

The sufferer will often misinterpret these feelings and truly believe that it is a heart attack or they are going insane; or the fear you are losing control, becoming ‘hysterical’, or even believe that you are going to die.

Panic Attack is defined as a district period of extreme fear or discomfort in which four or more of the symptoms listed develop abruptly and reach a peak within 10 minutes. The panic attack may last seconds, minutes or even an hour or more.

Up to 40 per cent of Australians will experience a panic attack at sometime in their life.

THE SYMPTOMS

INCREASED awareness of the heart-beat. Sweating. Trembling or shaking. Feeling of choking, shortness of breath or smothering.

CHEST pain or discomfort. Nausea and abdominal distress. Feeling of unreality or feeling detached from oneself; or from the surroundings. Feeling dizzy, unsteady, light-headed or faint.

FEAR of losing control or going crazy. Fear of dying. Numbness, tingling or pins and needles.

CHILLS or hot flushes.

Go to a doctor. PD can be successfully treated. For a Support group contact the Panic Disorder Foundation in your State.

<< Understanding Panic Disorder; www.pfizer.com.au


NEXT WEEK: You’ll be welcome to where Charles Dickens lived!

FRANK MORRIS

CLASSIC WRITER: CHARLES DICKENS. FROM HIS PEN CAME MANY MASTERPIECES!

Charles Dickers, supreme storyteller, lived at 48 Doughty Street, London, from 1837 to 1839. He died in 1870. Many of his novels were published in monthly parts. It was just like watching a television series. Dickens would go on to pen many masterpieces like David Copperfield, Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol and other best-sellers. There are original items found in the house belonging to Dickens. So, close your eyes, and transport yourself back to 1837; you can imagine Dickens was around to discuss your findings. Number 48 has since been turned into the Charles Dicken Museum.


HISTORIC PUBS: There’re tales in them thar walls!

FROM THE TIME THEY OPENED BACK IN 1800s, MAYHEM USUALLY FOLLOWED.

FRANK MORRIS AND KIM FROLICH

PIONEERS: THE GOLDEN PHEASANT HOTEL IS THE RESULT OF STURDY WORKMANSHIP. Below: THE GILLES ARMS HOTEL IN 1952 – IF ONLY THE WALLS COULD SPEAK.

The Gilles Arms Hotel in Adelaide, established in 1854, closed its door in 1975 after 121 years of trading.

Its colourful past is emblazoned with a host of real characters, like one fellow called ‘Mick the Mongrel’. Mick, who gained his nickname during the Depression by tying up greyhounds’ toes with cotton to stop them winning races.

There was ‘Skinny’ the ex-jockey and ‘Greenbottle’ the bottle collector – yes, there were many more who made the Gillies Arms their headquarters.

If only the walls could speak what a tale they would tell!

WHALERS, TRADESMEN

One of the first hotels built in South Australia, The Golden Pheasant, is a memorial to the sturdy pioneers and the workmanship of Hackham.

Built in 1841, at Hackham, one the earliest settlements in South Australia. The hotel was used as a ‘local’ for whalers and labourers as well as a staging post for coaches between Adelaide and Victor Harbour.

It was licensed for only 21 years, but during that time gained a reputation for the hearty and often rowdy atmosphere.

An old press at the rear of the hotel produced home-made wine from local Southern Vale Grapes. A gallon of wine sold for two shillings.

<< Famous Hotels from Australian Secretaries and Managers Magazine, February 1976.

COMING: The man who built The Golden Pheasant Hotel was once an English farmer. Adapted from FRANK MORRIS.


TIME Magazine: Gaming disorder

A mental-health condition has been added to the new edition of the World Health Organisation’s disease-classification manual, said Time Magazine. It’s characterised by a pattern of prioritising online games or video games to the point of “significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning.”

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 29 June 18

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