Friday, March 25, 2011

The Young Constable and "TheGuthega Ski Break Incident"

* 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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A couple of years ago the YC went skiing down to the Guthega Ski resort in NSW, Australia.  The YC was staying with a friend, along with myself.  The particular time of year we went skiing was at the end of the ski season.

The YC, being a very good skier, well and truly above average, started at the top of the mountain.   His prior intention with me was to meet me at the bottom of the mountain, just near the chairlift which is also near the resort.  They UC started skiing down the mountain like a professional.  He was parallelling and doing fancy moves down the mountain.  At the bottom, the YC was going a bit too fast, in fact he was travelling at high speed.  Due to the high speed, he had to take evasive action to slow down so that he would not knock over a large number of people coming out of the resort and getting on the chairlift.

The YC performed a brilliant sideway skid stop, sending up a curtain of brown sloppy white melted snow and slush all over a handful of people as they walked out of the resort.  This slush and brown snow sprayed people making their beautiful expensive ski suits brown and wet.  The YC then continued to ski to the chairlift where he was waiting for me to reach the bottom of the mountain.  These poor people that he has unintentionally drenched with slush and snow did not even get an apology, from him anyway, I had to apologise for him as I got to the bottom of the mountain.  These people were swearing and cursing the YC, as you could well imagine.

The YC just had no idea of what had happened and he was quite devastated when I put him right.

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