Monday, November 29, 2010

recollections of Katoomba: golf swings and flying saucers

* 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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  • In my last year at school, Dad got transferred to Kandos and I stayed on with Nin (my grandmother) to finish the year.  While in Nin's house at Katoomba, I was supposed to be studying but instead, I was practising my golf swing in the bedroom and smashed her beautiful chandelier light on my follow-through (big trouble!!) 
  • I was in the CEBS for several years (Church of England Boys Society) with Neil Elphick - it was like the Scouts and we wore a blue uniform with airforce type caps.  We were coming home one night when we saw a flying saucer.  It was only a couple of hundred feet high and it was circular with red and green lights revolving 'round its edge.  Many others also saw it and it was in the Sydney papers - headlines - and the next night it was seen again by hundreds of people and they sent up airforce planes from Richmond to check it out but they couldn't find it.

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