Monthly Archives: January 2013

The RUSTENBURG PARACHUTE CLUB

My SA Navy friend, Dick Taplin, who, with Lloyd Wingate, had climbed the hawser to board a ship in Walvis Bay, married Sally Radulovic, the girl whom I’d taken to my Matric dance, while I was away. Dick was working … Continue reading

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BACK TO AFRICA.

Although I thoroughly enjoyed my year in England, especially London, I certainly had not planned to return to Africa so quickly. My dream of going to South America was going to have to wait as in turn I had thought … Continue reading

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LONDON – Goodbye ’69.

A letter from my father asking if either my brother or I could see our way to coming home to South Africa quashed my plans to go to South America. That it should be my brother was out of the … Continue reading

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LONDON – The Pub-fight at the King’s Head Corral.

The timing for a relationship with Carol Hislop was bad. I was becoming extremely fond of her when she had to leave on the next leg of her adventure, which, ironically, was booked to South Africa. As a nurse, she … Continue reading

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LONDON – Sorts of Sports.

Rugby and cricket were my compulsory school team sports, and, although I loved them, I was not adept, possibly due to an eye injury I was not aware of until much later in life. Developing a fear of letting the … Continue reading

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