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Forum: The Barbie
Today, 1:02 am
Replies: 97
Views: 5,940
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Why so few shrimps on The Barbie?

As an expat for the past 59 years, I've always found it interesting - when gathered around the barbie - to chat about the origins of ancestors, especially those who emigrated to Australia. My own...
May 15th 2022, 9:53 pm
Replies: 41
Views: 4,095
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Back in the Day

Canada was only ever a way-station for Linda & me. We had each aimed to go around the globe from Australia via England and North America, then settle down in our respective jobs and cities, After our...
Forum: The Barbie
May 15th 2022, 6:48 pm
Replies: 97
Views: 5,940
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Why so few shrimps on The Barbie?

In my experience, barbecues often have a lot of strangers there, and names aren't always exchanged. It's interesting that, except for me and a few others, BE posters follow that example. I don't know...
May 12th 2022, 10:33 pm
Replies: 41
Views: 4,095
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Back in the Day

And just in case I'd forgotten any of the details of my wedding, I looked on Google Maps for the church and the reception-place - and neither was anywhere close to where I'd remembered them. How...
Forum: The Barbie
May 12th 2022, 3:10 am
Replies: 97
Views: 5,940
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Why so few shrimps on The Barbie?

Eminent among those "lots of toffs" at the Beaufort Hunt was my Dad's cousin Lucy - to our huge embarrassment, it must be said. She had a voice that must have startled the fox even more than the...
May 11th 2022, 2:11 am
Replies: 9,645
Views: 564,228
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Random stuff - the anything else thread

Thanks for your patience, bats! I've misremembered, all these years. I misplaced the church, for one thing, and the Four Seasons for another. I'm still figuring it all out, but you've put me on the...
May 10th 2022, 6:50 pm
Replies: 9,645
Views: 564,228
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Random stuff - the anything else thread

Thanks, bats. I guess this (the link at the top) must have been the one. I had in my mind The Inn on the Park, but the one I was looking for was not a huge building like that one.
The older one -...
May 10th 2022, 4:29 pm
Replies: 9,645
Views: 564,228
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Random stuff - the anything else thread

On another thread (Living and Moving Abroad, "Rest of the World" item #39, if you want to read it), I reminisced about my wedding in Toronto in 1967 - January, in the snow. I remember our reception...
Forum: The Barbie
May 10th 2022, 3:44 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 498
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Australia's Great Road Trips

Oh dear. a bit of bad luck there, Charism! We loved the train journey - and marvelled that the view out of the window was exactly the same two mornings in a row.

I've also wanted to cross Canada...
Forum: The Barbie
May 10th 2022, 12:50 am
Replies: 12
Views: 498
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Australia's Great Road Trips

I don't think I've done any of those on the list - though a friend and I drove from Brisbane down to Wangaratta and back via Sydney and Kosciuszko in 1962, camping along the way. And my wife and I...
Forum: The Barbie
May 9th 2022, 2:00 am
Replies: 97
Views: 5,940
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Why so few shrimps on The Barbie?

Since BE members are overwhelmingly of British origin, it stands to reason that I was referring to them, in that sentence. The two critics mis-read that. Here, for the benefit of anybody doubting the...
Forum: The Barbie
May 8th 2022, 11:04 pm
Replies: 97
Views: 5,940
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Why so few shrimps on The Barbie?

Further to my reference to dingoes in our little part of the Queensland bush... The men of the district organized dingo-drives once in a while, and occasionally took potshots at kangaroos. Dingoes...
May 8th 2022, 5:47 pm
Replies: 41
Views: 4,095
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Back in the Day

Linda didn't expect to get married in a church - with me, anyway. But I thought it would be a romantic thing to do. So we went along to the parson there and asked him, and he said we had to come to...
Forum: The Barbie
May 7th 2022, 5:21 pm
Replies: 97
Views: 5,940
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Why so few shrimps on The Barbie?

I suppose there must be many BE members who have "followed the hounds" in their time. My first experience was soon after arriving in England, when a friend and I hitched down to my Dad's cousin Lucy...
May 3rd 2022, 2:01 am
Replies: 41
Views: 4,095
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Back in the Day

What could be more "back in the day" than a wedding of 55 years ago? That's how long since Linda & I married, in the chapel of St Paul's Church in Toronto. I've always thought we had 20 people there,...
Forum: The Barbie
May 1st 2022, 3:11 am
Replies: 97
Views: 5,940
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Why so few shrimps on The Barbie?

Every intending emigrant receives information about where he or she is going. Some of the info is reliable, some not. Here's some wonderful advice I received from a friend of my Dad's when I was...
Forum: The Barbie
May 1st 2022, 2:53 am
Replies: 97
Views: 5,940
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Why so few shrimps on The Barbie?

Gosh, that was a pretty flimsy reason to emigrate to the other side of the world, brits! I'm glad the gamble paid off! Good for you.
Forum: The Barbie
Apr 27th 2022, 9:44 pm
Replies: 97
Views: 5,940
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Why so few shrimps on The Barbie?

I wonder how you found the apartheid rules in SA, Troubadour! Linda and I went there on one of our annual vacations when we lived in the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu) in the 1970s. I got caught a few...
Apr 26th 2022, 12:26 am
Replies: 41
Views: 4,095
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Back in the Day

Another "back in the day" reminiscence. (Am I the only BE member to keep the practice of reminiscence alive? Maybe so!)

One long-weekend in Vila, some time in the period 1972-75, we flew to...
Forum: The Barbie
Apr 25th 2022, 1:35 am
Replies: 97
Views: 5,940
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Why so few shrimps on The Barbie?

Emigration... Why did we all leave home, we expats? A great variety of reasons, or just a hankering after somewhere different? Ideally, every BE member gathered around the barbie will have a...
Forum: The Barbie
Apr 20th 2022, 1:51 am
Replies: 97
Views: 5,940
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Why so few shrimps on The Barbie?

I wonder if there are any British immigrants in Australia who have seen a polo match in their new homeland. I expect there are clubs in all the State capitals, but I don't know. The only games I ever...
Apr 17th 2022, 4:06 am
Replies: 41
Views: 4,095
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Back in the Day

Our first annual vacation from Bahamas, where we lived for three years 1967-70, was through Central America - from Mexico City down to Panama, mostly on the cheap because that's what we were used to....
Forum: The Barbie
Apr 16th 2022, 6:05 pm
Replies: 97
Views: 5,940
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Why so few shrimps on The Barbie?

When I were a boy - oh God, here he goes again... - in the Queensland bush - please God, make it stop! - we got ten inches of rain a year, on average. I don't know how much that is in hectares or...
Forum: The Barbie
Apr 16th 2022, 12:23 pm
Replies: 97
Views: 5,940
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Why so few shrimps on The Barbie?

Not any more, hopefully!
Forum: The Barbie
Apr 14th 2022, 1:08 am
Replies: 97
Views: 5,940
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Why so few shrimps on The Barbie?

Fair comment, Polly. But I hope you will agree with me that every "sweeping" action always misses a little bit of the target that's being swept, including sweeping statements. Also, there's always...
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