Friday, March 25, 2011

The Young Constable and "The Police Portable Radio"

* 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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The young constable is one of the Century's innocents.  He has no malice in him.  He goes about his business in a quiet and private way, it's just that life's circumstances and strange and weird incidents have a habit of catching up with him. The young constable's father was amazed when he reached the age of 21, and why this is so, we just don't know except we must think that similar stories to those related here must have been occurring during the YC's  lifetime prior to him reaching his majority. Whenever I'm absent for a time one of the first questions I need answered on my return is whether any further Young Constable stories have occurred in my absence. These are some of the stories about the Young Constable that come to mind.  I have written them down as they are too good to allow them to be forgotten.
John Clarke
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The YC is a very able and talented photographer.

One night, whilst on night work he wanted to take some snaps of the sunrise over the Pacific from Duranbah Beach, so he took off in the Police Truck to the beach, placed the Police Portable Radio in his camera bag in case he got a call and proceeded to the water line and obtained his snaps of the sunrise.

He knocked off shortly after and went home to bed.

Some time later, he became involved in deep dreams where he was being called by radio VKG.  "VKG to Tweed 1, VKG to Tweed 1".

The YC woke in a cold sweat and couldn't believe it when he continued to hear the radio call.   A quick search of the camera bag revealed the Portable Radio still there, receiving and in good working condition.

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