Monthly Archives: December 2012

DUBLIN – In the Green.

I have said before that I love ballads; stories in verse. Kevin O’Connell, a Kiwi, and Dennis Barrett, an Ozzie, introduced me to Banjo Paterson, the renowned Australian balladeer whose worldwide best known verse is Waltzing Matilda. They would take … Continue reading

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LONDON – Holland, Paris & FACTORIES.

My employer, IPS were given plenty of notice that I needed a trip to Holland. My primary objective was to visit old friend, Kees Korndorffer’s sister, Lotte, whom I had known in Pretoria. She lived with her husband and young … Continue reading

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LONDON – The Ballad of THE BIG DRY.

The last of my savings went on a Skiing trip to Igls, Austria. It took about 8 of us a day and a night by minibus to cross the channel to Belgium, cross Germany via Munich and into Austria for … Continue reading

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LONDON – 1969. Underground.

Shuttering jams up in those hydro dams, Or underneath the Thames in a hole –                                               (Irish ballad: McAlpine’s Fusiliers, Dominic Behan.) My 1969 diary was perhaps the most detailed and comprehensive one that I have ever kept, but it … Continue reading

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