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A modern Comedy of Errors
Wow! PSA Refresher course No. 30 in Morocco and Spain. What I delight
and we can hardly wait to get there.
We were to meet up with our happy
group of ‘Refresherees’ at the Cocktail
Reception at Rick’s Bar in Casablanca, that
evening at 8pm.
It was not a problem that Kitty and I were
in Paris. Our plans were simplicity itself.
Our flight from Paris at noon would take
us to London, connecting to Casablanca
at 3.30pm, arriving at 6pm leaving plenty
of time to check in, put on our glad rags
and join our group. Or so it would seem,
because that was when the wheels fell
off. What ensued was an endless comedy
Paris 10am – we checked out of our hotel
and asked the concierge to call a taxi for the
airport. After waiting one hour I thought I
should ask ‘Excusez moi, monsieur where is
mon Taxi? Sacre bleu! I have sent the wrong
people to the Airport.’
Frantically he recalled the cab which
disgorged a perplexed pair of American
tourists who thought they were going on a
city tour. We bundled into the cab and set
off for the airport breaking every road rule
on the way. When the Sri Lankan taxi driver
heard we were Australian, he proceeded to
tell us what his cricket team would do to us
at the upcoming Sydney Test.
We made it to the airport just in time
to join the boarding queue. Then all
hell broke loose. Sirens screeched and
claxtons clanged. A mysterious box
was found abandoned right next to
the counter. The whole terminal was
evacuated and roped off. British Airways
was flying nowhere. For one hour nobody
went anywhere. Finally it was all clear.
The bewildered passengers from London
disembarked and we were on our way.
Never mind, it is only 45 minutes to
London, we still had plenty of time up our
sleeves. Except the flight to London lasted
two hours and 20 minutes. We had lost our
place in the flight queue, which of course
was totally unimportant, as there was no
landing bay available anyway.
So finally we disembarked in London.
By now it was 4.30pm.
But all was not lost. There was a flight
to Casablanca at 7pm if we could find
our way to the terminal far, far away.
What about the luggage I hear you say.
What luggage! But of course that was
the least of our worries. We had a party
to go to, and we would make it, no
matter how we looked, or smelled.
So finally, dressed as we were, we
landed at Casablanca Airport which
we can happily report, must have been
at the other end of the country. It was
dark, sultry and very North African.
‘ Take us to Rick’s Bar please,’ I begged
the first cab I could find. The way the
driver looked at us, did not fill us with
great confidence as to our future.
Finally the taxi pulled over to the
sidewalk of a narrow, dark and deserted
street somewhere in downtown
‘Where is Rick’s Bar?’ I pleaded. ‘ There,’
he said, pointing a finger in a roughly
north by north-west direction. We
alighted the taxi which raced off into
the night, leaving us to contemplate
life. But, wait, there on that building
just up the street, a neon sign: Rick’s Bar
With joy, mixed with relief we fell into
the reception room into the wonderful,
warm and welcoming arms of our PSA
We had made it in time for desert and
never did a beer taste so good. Our
luggage – that arrived four days later in
Marrakech – but that is another story.
The PSA Offshore Refresher
Course next year celebrates
its 40th event – its ruby
To mark the 40th anniversary,
Australian Pharmacist is keen to hear
some of the best stories, anecdotes,
and travellers’ tales from all the
previous Refresher conferences and
we are asking you to send us your
These memories may range from the
dramatic to the humorous or even
one of bizarre situations which seem
to be part and parcel of travel.
Paul Lowinger recounts the lengths
he went to get to the 30th PSA
Refresher Course in Morocco in 2005
– or more precisely to make it to the
welcome reception at Rick’s Bar.
SEND US YOUR REFRESHER MEMORY
The story/photo judged the most
interesting will win a prize of a free cabin on
the 2015 Post Conference Dutch River Cruise
worth $5,000 for the winning story. Send
your story to australianpharmacist.org.au
40th PSA Offshore Refresher
30 APRIL – 10 MAY 2015
Excellence in education
25 – 30 April
dUTCH RIVER CRUISE
To download a copy of the registration brochure visit www.psa.org.au/refresher
UP TO 60 HOURS Of qUALITY EdUCATION
GREAT NETWORkING OPPORTUNITIES
TWO dYNAMIC EUROPEAN CITIES
– 2014 Offshore Refresher Conference attendees
“Excellent quality of presentations – expert speakers
were relevant to practice and insightful.
Best educational experience i have ever had.
The conferences have been a nice part of our lives.”
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