Friday, March 25, 2011

The Young Constable and "The Touch Football Match"

* 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 TOUCH FOOTBALL MATCH

The YC's car was in dock which was a fairly frequent happening.  He was in the touch football team and required to play a late evening match.

He got in touch with another Police Officer friend for a lift.  Well this was OK by him, but he only trouble was that his wife was working that night and he had the two kids who he needed to get home to bed immediately after the match.

The match was duly complete and the Police Officer friend who was giving the YC a ride home, bundled the kids into the car and had a look around for the YC who he spotted on the edge of the field talking to a group of people.  He called out "Right to go mate?" and the YC replied "only be a minute".

Ten minutes later the Police Officer is beginning to get a little anxious and gave the YC another hoy.  The YC  broke off his conversation and hopped into his friend's car and away they went.

After a couple of minutes, the YC's friend (the other officer) said, "who was that back at the field?"  The YC replied, "Oh that was my Dad and Mum and sister, I don't see them much - they are just up for the day and head back tonight on the plane"......

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