* 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.
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THE GERMAN RESTAURANT DEBACLE
The young constable and his friend were travelling in France. They were going skiing in the French Alps and were en route in the train. Unfortunately, they both dropped off to sleep and woke up in Germany.
They woke up cold and hungry and got off the train and looked around the small German town til they found the local restaurant. Well the menu was in German which neither spoke so the YC ran his eyes down the list and spotted "Steake Tartare". He thought he would be pretty right with this dish as anybody would and pointed to it to the waiter.
It didn't take long as no cooking was involved and the waiter proudly produced the "steake tartare" which is sliced lean raw steak mixed with raw egg. Well YC didn't take too kindly to this and demanded that it be cooked. The waiter reported to the chef who thought someone was having a lend of him and came out into the restaurant with his chopper.
Eventually it was sorted out and the YC had a cooked steak. The boys eventually made their way back into France and found the French Alps.