Friday, March 25, 2011

The Young Constable and "Sunglasses in the USA"

* 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 visited the USA in 1995.

He was on a domestic flight at the airport seated in a small Boeing when he realised that he had left his expensive Bolles in the terminal.

Unfastening his seatbelt and standing up, he made the announcement "I've left my sunnies in the terminal".

Amazingly, perhaps because he was an Australian, who knows? The plane stopped taxing to the runway and arrangements were made for the sunnies to be immediately returned to the YC who carried on his trip quite normally, despite the amazement and curiosity of his fellow American passengers.

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