Friday, March 25, 2011

The Young Constable and "Savings on Electricity"

* 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 was living on Greenbank in a duplex.  His neighbour was an 86 year old gentleman who lived alone, suffered a little from Alzheimers, long suffering from the ways of the world and a really nice old bloke.

The YC went on a weeks holiday and to save power he turned off the electricity at the power box.  Only trouble was that he turned off the wrong electiricity and off he went for a week.  The old gentleman after living three days in the dark decided to ring the electric authority who arrived and turned on his power, but not before all his frozen foods were ruined.

The YC on his return, made good the frozen foods for the old gentleman, the YC was forgiven and their relationship continued at a high level - after all, anybody could make a mistake like that!

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