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SoCalDon Mar 9th 2016 12:57 am

It's a small world...
 
I am in the process throwing a website together for a client and I was sent a photograph of someone for a biography page. The photo was taken by none other than Alfresco of this parish and it was lovely to connect with him in another life, as it were.

Has anyone else met a fellow BE member by accident?

Gordon Barlow Mar 13th 2016 5:01 pm

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Originally Posted by SoCalDon (Post 11890158)
Has anyone else met a fellow BE member by accident?

It seems not, Don. However, your title was a general one, and the topic is an interesting one. Here's an experience of mine.

Stepping down off the coach that took me from Southampton to London on my first visit to England many years ago, the very first person I saw in the street was an old chum from my boarding school nine years before. That was a small-world incident.

And this for a follow-up. Graham and I hung around together in Kangaroo Valley off and on that winter, then went our separate ways to go travelling. He hooked up with a Japanese fellow and they hitched their way east towards Japan. I wended my way by car down as far as Ankara, then hitched into Iran with a girl I'd picked up at a Youth Hostel in Greece. In Esfahan, we bumped into Graham and his mate. How's that for a small world!

Gordon Barlow Mar 13th 2016 9:15 pm

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I meant to say this before, Don: I used to be reasonably familiar with Carindale. Grandparents lived in Coorparoo, I went to boarding school in East Brisbane, have friends in Mt Gravatt from my days in the Young Liberals many years ago, and my Dad was cremated in Mt Gravatt too. Does all this qualify as a "small world" coincidence? Nah, probably not! Never mind.

SoCalDon Mar 13th 2016 9:27 pm

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Originally Posted by Gordon Barlow (Post 11894353)
I meant to say this before, Don: I used to be reasonably familiar with Carindale. Grandparents lived in Coorparoo, I went to boarding school in East Brisbane, have friends in Mt Gravatt from my days in the Young Liberals many years ago, and my Dad was cremated in Mt Gravatt too. Does all this qualify as a "small world" coincidence? Nah, probably not! Never mind.

I'm going to have to change my user name as, for some reason, people seem to think I'm called Don! (It's a long story)

I've only been in Carindale for three years having spent 14 years in the States and 39 in England. Sal and I like it here but, as soon as the children are old enough, we're leaving home to buy a few acres in northern NSW and go off the grid, possibly in a home made house with every energy making and saving device known to mankind.

In the mean time we are having a bash at 'The Good Life' in suburbia by trying to be a little more self sufficient.

Anyway, I know that I have a really good story like yours about meeting someone somewhere but I am buggered if I can remember it! Maybe I should start a thread about shit that I have forgotten....

All the best,

Dave :)

Pollyana Mar 14th 2016 4:22 am

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Originally Posted by Gordon Barlow (Post 11894237)
It seems not, Don.

No, just that I was asleep and haven't seen the post till now!

Many moons ago I met Wol & Mrs Wol at a couple of BE meet in Brighotn, before either of us had got visas.
Then on my last day at work before emigrating they turned up in the office to get their fingerprints taken for an FBI check for their Aussie visas - they hadn't realised I worked there and as their real names were on the appointments book, not the names I knew them by, it was rather a surprise :lol:

Kim67 Mar 14th 2016 6:26 am

Re: It's a small world...
 

Originally Posted by Gordon Barlow (Post 11894353)
I meant to say this before, Don: I used to be reasonably familiar with Carindale. Grandparents lived in Coorparoo, I went to boarding school in East Brisbane, have friends in Mt Gravatt from my days in the Young Liberals many years ago, and my Dad was cremated in Mt Gravatt too. Does all this qualify as a "small world" coincidence? Nah, probably not! Never mind.

Churchie boy?

Rhubarb65 Mar 14th 2016 7:04 am

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I was at a football training session in Melb. s.e. suburbs for my son last season; I got talking to this chap whose son was new to the team and it was immediately apparent that he was a Pom from the 'sarf' of England. It transpires that he went to my secondary school and sixth-form college, in the year below me in Horsham, West Sussex...to say that we were both surprised is an understatement. He brought along the whole school sixth-form photo the next week and there we were. He lived about 2 km's from me and I didn't know him at the time.

Gordon Barlow Mar 14th 2016 10:30 pm

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Originally Posted by Kim67 (Post 11894539)
Churchie boy?

Yes indeed, Kim. A long time ago - Class of '56, which I find hard to believe myself! I boarded there for six years, from the age of eleven. It was the only option, when my two classmates and I became too old for the little bush school. (See separate thread.) Do you know anybody who might have been there at that time?

Pomster Mar 15th 2016 12:19 am

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As a student I worked for Camp America- way out in a sparsely populated American area. My camp was run by a witch of a woman.
However I met someone there who became my closest friend, so silver lining and all that...

Years later...good mate was leaving his job working in a small UK council, in some peculiar department - pig licencing or something.
His replacement? The son of witch woman who owned the camp at which we met. We hated the son too- so very uncomfortable 2 week job handover for my good mate.

Kim67 Mar 15th 2016 9:47 am

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Originally Posted by Gordon Barlow (Post 11895404)
Yes indeed, Kim. A long time ago - Class of '56, which I find hard to believe myself! I boarded there for six years, from the age of eleven. It was the only option, when my two classmates and I became too old for the little bush school. (See separate thread.) Do you know anybody who might have been there at that time?

No, I'm a Perth girl and that was a few years before I was even born. Know lots of current Churchie kids and until recently I lived in Coorparoo.

Kim67 Mar 15th 2016 9:51 am

Re: It's a small world...
 

Originally Posted by SoCalDon (Post 11890158)
I am in the process throwing a website together for a client and I was sent a photograph of someone for a biography page. The photo was taken by none other than Alfresco of this parish and it was lovely to connect with him in another life, as it were.

Has anyone else met a fellow BE member by accident?

I think the girl in those photos makes it an even smaller world, when she went to Alfresco for those photos, she didn't know he and I knew each other, but she had been my daughter's singing teacher.

Buzzy--Bee Mar 16th 2016 9:53 am

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Before we emigrated, I used to bug this aussie girl in my accounts department with loads of questions about Australia. She then left the company to return home long before we left England, and I had no idea where in Australia she had gone to.

When we arrived in our new rental in Melbourne, I discovered she lived 9 doors away.

BB

Alfresco Mar 16th 2016 11:37 pm

Re: It's a small world...
 

Originally Posted by SoCalDon (Post 11890158)
I am in the process throwing a website together for a client and I was sent a photograph of someone for a biography page. The photo was taken by none other than Alfresco of this parish and it was lovely to connect with him in another life, as it were.

Has anyone else met a fellow BE member by accident?

And amazingly that photo shoot I did was an enquiry through my website out of the blue. When I told Kim I was doing that photo shoot, she told me that she was her daughter's singing teacher a few years back! :blink:

And then for photos to end up in your mailbox was amazing.

Small world indeed.

moneypenny20 Mar 17th 2016 12:48 pm

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Daughter came home from work this evening saying she'd been chatting to a customer who was English. He'd done the usual - whereabouts are you from, Hertfordshire? Ahh know it well, what town? Daughter told him, he said he knew it, he'd had his car fixed there once years back. Daughter asked him which garage and it was the one my husband used to work in, small place so chances are is was him who fixed the car.

Gordon Barlow Mar 18th 2016 4:46 pm

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And there's this, for the small-world thread...

Two men were sitting next to each other at a bar in New York. After a while, one guy looks at the other and says, "I can't help but think, from your accent, that you're from Ireland." The other guy responds proudly, "Yes, that I am!"

The first guy says, "So am I! And from whereabouts in Ireland might you be?" The other guy answers, "I'm from Dublin, I am."

The first guy responds, "Sure and begorra, and so am I! And what street did you live on in Dublin?" The other guy says, "A lovely little area it was, I lived on McCleary Street in the old central part of town."

The first guy says, "Faith & it's a small world; so did I! And to what school would you have been going?" The other guy answers, "Well now, I went to St. Mary's of course."

The first guy gets really excited, and says, "And so did I. Tell me, what year did you graduate?" The other guy answers, "Well, now, I graduated in 1964."

The first guy exclaims, "The Good Lord must be smiling down upon us! I can hardly believe our good luck at winding up in the same bar tonight. Can you believe it, I graduated from St. Mary's in 1964 my own self."

About this time, another guy walks into the bar, sits down, and orders a beer. The bartender walks over shaking his head & mutters, "It's going to be a long night tonight."

The guy asks, "Why do you say that?"

"The bloody O'Malley twins are drunk again."


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