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raglan2
12th Oct 2011, 20:31
Whilst escorting SWMBO this morning to the quacks, or the local medical centre as we must now call it, I am quite often amazed how old their reading material is.

However I was quite taken aback today by an issue of 'This England' dating back to 1981 featuring a very young-looking HRH Prince of Wales on the cover.

It got me thinking - that's 30 years old, plus a couple of months.

Surely that must be some sort of record, but I'm sure some Blasters will prove me wrong - even with a bit of thread drift.

ShyTorque
12th Oct 2011, 20:33
I went to my dentist only the other week.....

.....Terrible shame about the Titanic, wasn't it?

;)

Ozzy
12th Oct 2011, 20:45
Went to the docs too. I see Michael Jackson is preparing for a new tour

Ozzy

Checkboard
12th Oct 2011, 20:50
My wife has a couple of magazine subscriptions, so we build up a few at the house. She takes a foot high stack to the docs/dentists/crew room every now and then. :ok:

I don't know how the older guests like the motorcycle mags, though ;)

tony draper
12th Oct 2011, 20:54
Only seems to mags for ladies in mine,Womams Own or Hello Mag and such,prolly the only time in a man's life he will leaf through such a publication,I shuffle through the pile hoping to find summat like Guns and Ammo,a forlorn hope.
:(

eastern wiseguy
12th Oct 2011, 20:58
I never touch them.....old mags...sick people...germs......hypochodriac EW perfect storm!!:)

chiglet
12th Oct 2011, 21:40
Popped in to request a repeat prescription, and took a stack of [mainly] photographic mags. 24 hours later, went to collect said prescription, and all the mags were gone...

Noah Zark.
12th Oct 2011, 21:41
.....old mags...sick people...germs......
I must say, that was the thought that occured to me, but then came the thought that it may actually be beneficial, inasmuch as the festering mags might actually work like an innoculation, i.e. giving people a low dose (?) exposure to assorted lurgies might spark up the soulcase's immune system.

cdtaylor_nats
12th Oct 2011, 22:12
My Dentist uses a service that replaces their magazines every month. I assume the old ones go to a doctor's surgery somewhere.

SyllogismCheck
12th Oct 2011, 22:56
took a stack of [mainly] photographic mags. 24 hours later, went to collect said prescription, and all the mags were gone... At a glance, I wasn't surprised. :)

Capetonian
12th Oct 2011, 23:11
I was surprised to pick up a copy of 'Time' and learn that the country I once lived in has reverted to its former name of Rhodesia and is ruled by a man who coincidentally had the same name as our former PM, Ian Smith.

david1300
12th Oct 2011, 23:49
I have had similar experiences of my donated mags disappearing. It seems that either (1) motorcycling mags are liked by people and they take them home, or (2) motorcycling mags are not liked by medical centres and they bin them.

ExSp33db1rd
12th Oct 2011, 23:58
All our local waiting rooms only keep womens' mags. Deliberate. All the male mags that I occasionally take, disappear - probably taken by the guys, hungry for some relief !!

raglan2
13th Oct 2011, 05:16
OK - why is it when a bloke does find an "interesting" mag to read, he is immediately called for his appointment, whereas if there are only "wimmin's" ones available, he is left there twiddling his thumbs for an indeterminable time watching the second hand go round on the clock?

Fliegenmong
13th Oct 2011, 06:41
Ahh! Raglan, just as I was to post, I have so many unfinished articles around the place...had to go to Docs this morning after coming back from HKG, have a nasty middle ear infection111, but no mags in the bulk billing place...

Blacksheep
13th Oct 2011, 06:48
When we lived in Barton under Needwood the surgery did have copies of Guns & Ammo, tony. Mostly Country Life though, and farmer's magazines full of tractor and combine harvester road tests and adverts for Trabants and such. I suppose it depends upon where you live.

sitigeltfel
13th Oct 2011, 07:06
The last time I visited a doctors surgery in the UK, all the mags had been removed for hygiene reasons.

ExSp33db1rd
13th Oct 2011, 07:08
OK - why is it when a bloke does find an "interesting" mag to read, he is immediately called for his appointment, whereas if there are only "wimmin's" ones available, he is left there twiddling his thumbs for an indeterminable time watching the second hand go round on the clock?

Murphy is always with us.

Thread drift ... One day a mate of mine was driving along when some twerp cut him off, etc. etc. and he uttered a blasphemous " Jesus Christ " !!

From the back seat a young voice enquired ... "Is Jesus with us, Daddy ?" after a few seconds pause my mate answered " Jesus is always with us "

Good Thinking !!

james ozzie
13th Oct 2011, 08:08
We send all our late issue Times to the waiting room of the womens imaging facility where Mrs JO works. But guess what - they take all the Times to the mens waiting room but the womens waiting room gets all the slimming/movie stars/homes/cooking mags. Chauvinism at its best perpetrated by the women. Sigh...

MagnusP
13th Oct 2011, 09:17
Was it not Tony Hancock who picked up a magazine in a waiting room and said "I see Mafeking's been relieved"?

Ancient Observer
13th Oct 2011, 10:58
I can always tell whether or not my dentist is running late.
If he is running late, there are no magazines for men to read. if he is not running late, there are lots of recent copies of What Hi-Fi and What car and etc.

OFSO
13th Oct 2011, 16:10
Our local doctor, Herr Doom-und-Gloom ("you're going to die unless you get that treated") always has the ADAC Motorwelt magazine, jolly good if you are unsure of which of Mercedes, BMD or Audi is the best car to buy. But I now sit in the car outside while Mrs OFSO consults and for this purpose take my own magazine, "Health and Efficiency" or the like.

gingernut
13th Oct 2011, 18:26
“Coffee stains on airline seat trays make you wonder about airplane engine maintenance.”
Tom Peters



If his fun reading material is that old, when did he last do any study:E

Mechta
13th Oct 2011, 18:43
I have been told that some surgeries have companies that come in and put magazines there under contract from the publishers to get you to look at their adverts, and they take away any (probably the interesting ones) which have been left by patients. I must admit I don't understand their logic of only leaving women's magazines though.

hellsbrink
13th Oct 2011, 19:41
I must admit I don't understand their logic of only leaving women's magazines though.

I would guess that could be some theory that says more women go to the doc than men..

And, no, I ain't saying that women are hypochondriacs or have more health issues, merely that I reckon there's a higher chance a woman is taking her kid(s) to the doc so that means women would be more likely to frequent the place than men........

cavortingcheetah
14th Oct 2011, 02:50
I suspect that women have more affairs with their doctors than men do too.
These would be amusing to leave around the surgery?
Taxidermy Today Magazine: Learn Taxidermy With How-to Articles Beginner, Hobby, Professional (http://www.taxidermytoday.com/)

tony draper
14th Oct 2011, 07:45
In the olden days when I were a lad and we had proper GPs instead of the stethescope wearing accountants we have today, The Readers Digest was concidered de rigueur for all manner of waiting rooms.
They were also delivered to merchant ships by the boxfull by various Christian Ladies organisartions in the hope that the wholesome articles contained therein would turn us from our lives of dissapation and debauchery.
It didn't work.
:uhoh:

Storminnorm
14th Oct 2011, 08:49
I HATED Readers Digest.

The sort of publication that was only fit for starting fires.
( And it wasn't very good for that either.)

Blacksheep
14th Oct 2011, 09:14
I had to move to Borneo for twenty seven years to escape from Readers Digest and their "Congratulations! You have won £250,000" scams. In Borneo all the waiting room magazines were written in Furrin.

tony draper
14th Oct 2011, 09:34
As someone once said,"You know you're really ruined when the Reader Digest stops writing to you"
:rolleyes:

Capetonian
14th Oct 2011, 09:37
RD epitomised Bible Belt anodyne garbage. In its defence though, it did bring 'literature' to the masses in digestible form, and people did in fact win those prizes, they were genuine.

OFSO
14th Oct 2011, 09:56
I don't remember "Health and Efficiency" offering prizes.

Storminnorm
14th Oct 2011, 10:20
If H & E didn't turn you blind, that was a Prize.

(You'll go blind if you keep doing that!!!)

sled dog
14th Oct 2011, 20:29
I believe that H & E was voted at one time the " Read of the Month" by the members of the One Handed Book Club........:E

G-CPTN
14th Oct 2011, 20:35
The pages seemed prone to sticking together IIRC . . .

panda-k-bear
17th Oct 2011, 15:45
I have a friend (female) who used to work in a fertility clinic and was tasked with going to the local newsagents to collect certain types of 'gentleman's interest' magazines periodically. Once every couple of months or so when the old ones became too tatty (or should that read 'totty'?)

Needless to say, she doesn't embarrass easily, though I did ask her once why they didn't just take out a subscription. 'Never thought of that,' said she.

Makes you think though, doesn't it? How many sticky fingers had those mags passed through in a couple of months :yuk:

MagnusP
18th Oct 2011, 14:35
How many sticky fingers had those mags passed through in a couple of months

If you go private, does a nurse help?

gingernut
18th Oct 2011, 19:05
what time do you want me to come round?

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