Sunday 16 November 2014

Here and There: Ambulance Service

Above, the ambulance service base for the small Australian town I grew up in; 
below, its equivalent in Preuilly.
The ambulance service and the people who work for the service are habitually referred to these days as 'the ambos' in Australia. For a brief overview of the comparison between services in Australia and Europe, see this article by an ambo from my home town.


Autolycus said...

I've never quite got over discovering that an Australian binman can be known as a "garbo". But if that's your job, I can understand that you might "vant to be alone."

Susan said...

Auty: LOL. I nearly always refer to the binmen as garbos. I don't use ambos though. That term has developed since we left Australia.

Seine Judeet (Judith) said...

*LOL*... binmen?? That is a hoot to me, Ms American :) Never heard that before. We just call them "garbage men" or, more in the commercial sense, "trash haulers".

Susan said...

Judy: Even funnier is dustmen. In the UK I always said garbage men because binmen and dustmen sounded so quaint. Garbage men was understood, but 'trash' is restricted to American English.

Seine Judeet (Judith) said...

Very interesting, Susan!

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