Official Rumour Book

To ensure prompt and efficient spreading of rumours? latrinograms, scuttlebutt and snake oil please allocate the next official "R" number to your rumour and enter it in the rumour register.

Significant changes to existing rumours should be treated as new rumours and properly registered.

R1

Nanok is being converted to an ice breaker so that main cargo can be brought in and unloaded late April prior to its visit to Heard Island in May. We all go home on it.

R2

That there is definitely no summer programme this year. Twenty-two expeditioners home on first. Nanok builders and chef to go home on 2nd Nanok late February. Twenty-two lucky men home for Christmas.

New Year’s Wedding List.

Graham and Melody

Tony and Cissie

Sojo and Lady Friend

Big news

Warren and Lyn to have another child.

R3

Tony Everett applying for Macquarie Island OIC 1983.

R4

Somewhere in Mawson lives a crazy cook.

R5

Syd is going to apply for Director of the Antarctic Division when his is back in Australia.

R6

Anybody wishing to have a shower will have to apply to the plumbing department due to water shortage. N.B. In writing - 4 copies please.

R7

Sorry, rumour 7 was a fact.

R8

To list rumour 2 add "Eugene and Friend".

R9

Australia will soon be run by a pinhead no bigger than a silicon chip!

R10

Tom Maggs is suffering from the clap.

R11

Dogs on field trip have hydrophobia (rabies).

R12

Not dogs - Fred has rabies.

R13

Distorted too much in travelling along the grapevine to be true.

R14

Phredd and dogs on dogsled being pulled home by other field party members.

R15

Tony Maggs to win a P.M. for his thesis on benefits of masturbation.

R16

1st Nella a floating arsenal.

R17

2 glacio D5’s to go from Mawson to Davis this summer.

R18

There’s nothing wrong with the dogs (a piece of 4 x 2 won’t fix) ask Syd - went on a 3 day trip - home for dinner.

R19

Russian dieso to be exchanged with one of ours next year.

R20

Fletcher to receive M.B.E. for services rendered in the Antarctic.

R21

Steve Musgrove is overweight.

R22

Alan Winter "WAS" to have given up smoking after the traverse left.

R23

The Nella and Nanok have been advised that they are not to attempt to enter Horseshoe Harbour whilst this iceberg is in situ. Therefore only those stores that can be flown off will be off loaded. We are to prepare the pipeline for discharging fuel from Kista Straits.

"What without fittings?"

R24

Lloyd is really the incarnation of the "Marquis De Sade".

R25

Olga the tractor driver is the boff to replace Genie.

R26

Louise is having an onion party at Midwinter - Davis.

R27

Mount Kirkby has a baron peak with a lapse band-aid across the far slope.

R28

Blizz tomorrow.

R29

Mawson Station to be abandoned in 1981 as no fuel off loaded due to ANARE fuel ups with icebergs and hose fittings who lack interest.

R30

Antarctic Division to be transferred from Department of Science to Department of Recreation and Tourism in 1982.

Also due to lack of interest.

R31

Add to Rumour 2:

Kevin (Cosin) and Friend.

(Did you know that his future mother-in-law rang up the other day to find out if he had good intentions?) Well has he?

R32

Norm says that Ivan is a dead c--t. Hear Hear.

R33

Big Al spread carrots all over the pisser.

R34

Dagur talks to the urinal.

R35

Tuck has been requested to remain at Mawson another year. Reason? No replacement technician. He has to ask one question. Does he feel lucky? Well does he PUNK?

Fucking arseholes fella

Tuck.

R36

Tuck has just confirmed the above rumour as being the above rumour . Replace Tuck with Steelo.

R37

Kevin Campbell expects to announce his engagement to Maria over the Ham Radio. An Easter bride in the making?

R38

Andy Crook expressed the desire to fart well and have a son by the end of 1981.

R39

2/1/1981. The ice is getting thin near the berg. Snoopy reports that he fitted into the gap quite well.

R40

KCMG save Snoopy’s life (2 points off his P.M.) (for anyone else save, add 2 points).

R41

Some people say that Tuck sleeps with the Bear. That person being the Friar. (Only until 6 o’clock) the above was overheard in a confessional.

R42

Gordon was noted (by Henry) star gazing just after lunch, lying flat on his back on Dovers Steps for half an hour.

R43

Gordon was unable to move, as he had a sore back, so he says.

R44

Gordon cries for help were drowned out by Red Shed Speaker, so he says.

R45

Bear is to stay another 12 months as Gordon will be confined to bed. Bear says he’s happy to stay if he gets a P.M.

R46

Siggo’s first night at home cost him $500.00. This rumour came from Liz.

R47

N-D leaving on Friday, a few days late. From Butler 5/1/1981.

R48

Tuck advises that the Rumdoodle stove has a loose nut on the gas heater valve which will need a plumber to fix (!!).

R49

Alan must have shit the bed this morning as he was up early.

R50

The good news and the bad news.

1

Chas’ cables on the ice are not there, so you can drive anywhere in West Bay now without upsetting him.

2

But the tide cracks are now 2 metres wide.

R51

So the temp probe at Henderson Lake had teeth marks on it when pulled up.

R52

Following a successful animal night at Henderson, the Anare t-shirt depicted below was designed. Anarchy

R53

The 81 Traverse will be going out to relieve the Nanok Crew next September.

R54

George S. is the Lone Haranguer.

The Concise Oxford Dictionary. New Ed. ‘76.

harangue (-ng) n & v, loud or vehement address.

ve’hem/ent (ve’i-) a showing or caused by strong feeling, impetuous, ardent, passionate.

No comment, KCMG.

R55

Due to the Nanok being delayed for so long in the pack ice its last trip to Mawson has been cancelled. Any 80 expeditioners left behind will be picked up by the Michael Somov in April.

R56

Bear has the fastest ocean racer in Mawson.

R57

Jumbo is about to sign the biggest contract in his life.

R58

Alternation to No. 56. Steve has the fastest ocean racer in Mawson.

R59

The next "Prick" to write any rumours is definitely going to get a pair of "cement" shoes.

R60

Nanok is not making a second trip down. Ant div. looking for an alternative ship. This info dated 5/2/81.

R61

The person who started the unofficial rumour concerning the quantity of rope ordered for berg towing can’t read so didn’t check facts by looking at WYSSAS, D1318, K537 - OM.

The other hand he may just have assumed everyone else was too stupid to check.

R62

Sids vibrator woke Lloyd up.

R63

Rick turned the tide on Gordon the other morning when Rick woke Gordon up. (He slept in).

R64

Suzanne has a bun in the oven (due out at 1700 today),

R65

The beer has run out on the Nella.