Food, Glorious Food

How lucky are we to live in this beautiful place? If the magnificent River Derwent on most people’s doorsteps isn’t enough for envious mainlanders, we then have the even more magnificent Mount Wellington or Kunanyi standing like a sentinel watching over a diverse and cosmopolitan population of 200,000 people.

It’s that diversity that has come to the fore over the last couple of decades – allowing choices in entertainment and food that us children of the 70’s had no idea existed.

Growing up in that era was a culinary wasteland, the local fish and chip shops and a single Kentucky Fried Chicken were the only takeaway options, and apart from a few Chinese Eateries and the ubiquitous counter meals, restaurants were nearly all traditional collar and tie affairs and mostly out of reach for working families.

As our population diversified the choices in food did as well. One of the first restaurants I frequented as a young man was an unpretentious Italian place called Concetta’s in Harrington Street. Cracked formica tables, chipped and uneven wooden school chairs but man was the food good – and cheap! It was the start of a life long love affair with pasta.

Nowadays think of a cuisine and Hobart has several restaurants that cater to it. Some are so so but most are exceptional giving Hobart and Tasmania a reputation as a food and wine mecca for foodie tourists.

One such exceptional restaurant has already cemented itself as a local bucket list eatery. Suminato offers a Japanese fine dining, but informal experience in the heart of Sandy Bay. Their modern take on traditional Japanese food is a unique experience – contemporary food a thousand years in the making.

Check out the web site we did for them and then make a booking – you’ll be glad you did!


Getting from A to B ain’t always simple!

Many years ago while I was in America I got sick. I mean really sick.

A very small wound that I had on my foot decided it liked the local bugs and offered them a warm and cosy home in which to live and breed. Unfortunately it turned into the movie Animal House and my immune system was unable to stop the food fight.

It ended with a paramedic at Denver Airport, that my then wife had the Pilots call en route from New York, telling me that if I got on the next plane to fly home they’d probably take me off in a body bag.

Common sense prevailed and my one and only trip in an ambulance ended with me in hospital in Denver with acute sepsis and a fairly grim prognosis.

While I spent the next few days on antibiotics and drifting in and out of lucidity my wife and the travel insurance company explored all options available, one of which was medivacing me back to Australia with a medical team to look after me if I recovered sufficiently to fly. The price tag for this was $250k.

Fortunately it wasn’t needed, firstly because the antibiotics after a week or so did the trick and I recovered fairly quickly once I stabilised, and secondly because the insurance company ended up denying my claim.

Fast forward 10 years or so and I was having a chat with David Watson, owner of Ambulance Private Tasmania and Targa Tasmania driver extraordinaire.

David had asked Resilience to revamp his website and I recounted my story after noticing that they offer international patient transport as a service. David explained that the $250k price tag for my situation was normal in his industry because a private plane had to be chartered and that and the costs of accompanying medical staff doesn’t come cheap.

Fortunately for his international patient movements he had come up with a cheaper solution. By utilising his contacts and relationships within the medical and aviation industries he developed a way to transport patients safely on commercial flights with the same standard of care. Talk about game changers – now patients can be moved internationally for a fraction of the previous cost.

It’s the way they handle everything – innovatively, personally, professionally and using best practice methods.

You’ve probably seen the Ambulance Private fleet hundreds of times out there moving patients to and from hospitals, medical appointments and their homes but haven’t given it much thought.

That’s the way they like it – maximum service and minimum fuss. Their patient transfer services are local, interstate and international and they also provide corporate and sporting event first aid services.

Here’s their revamped web site:


Back to the future

Well the future of my back anyway!

I spend upwards of 7 hours every day with my backside parked on a chair, looking at a computer screen and am slowly realising that things in my little home office need to change.

The concept of Ergonomics isn’t new. It was first discussed by Polish professor Wojciech Jastrzebowski in 1857 – that’s Polish as in the country Poland, not the study of Mr Sheen.

By the turn of the last century employers were starting to take the concept a bit more seriously. Most occupations were labour intensive and injury and death rates were high resulting in a lot of down time and reduced profits. Well heeled toffs were becoming slightly less well heeled toffs and something had to be done.

Work processes came under the spotlight, were reviewed and improved, restoring profits and allowing the toffs to resume buying one or two additional polo ponies a season.

Thus the OH&S industry was born and slowly evolved into the work practices we have today.

Anyway, back to my back – which is making me feel every one of my 50+ years and looks like a question mark when I eventually rise from my circa 1980 chair until it cracks like a rifle shot when I straighten up.

I’m sure if a OH&S guru came and checked out my situation they’d take me out the back and take a sledgehammer to me – arguing it’d be quicker and less painful than the damage I’m inflicting on myself.

Here comes the segue!

Or they’d take me to Flair Office Furniture and select appropriate furniture and office accessories to correct my posture. Think I prefer the second option!

The good people at Flair have been fantastic clients of Resilience Marketing for a while now and we have completed several television commercials for them as well as a corporate video.

Check them out here.