Monday, November 29, 2010

recollections about myself: Bea Miles famous Sydney identity

* a collection of stories and memories, in no particular order, from the life and times of John Clarke, who served as a policeman in the Australian Police Force, a great practical joker, he also had a great affinity with people and wildlife, was a champion swimmer, snooker player, loved golf, still loves fishing and is also an artist. I hope you enjoy his recollections - cheers, karin (his daughter)

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Bea Miles, a famous Sydney identity who lived in the sydney parks, and was a brilliant uni student gone 'funny' (used to recite Shakespeare in the streets and wore a tennis eye shield) (click here to see photos of Bea) was a menace to the Police and Sydney taxi drivers.  She would jump into a passing taxi and refuse to pay.  Everyone in Sydney knew her.

She used to get on the tram at the Bondi Terminus where we lived and she would bet us two shllings on the number of taxis we'd see between Bondi and the City.  We used to jump off the tram at Taylor Square without paying her and she would scream abuse at us as we shot off.

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