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The circle is complete

A brief history lesson.

In 1792 a girl was transported to Australia for horse stealing. She was fifteen at the time. She went on to become one of the most successful business women in Sydney. Her name is Mary Reibey and her life is now celebrated on the Australian $20 note.
Australian $20 Note
Image courtesy of the RBA

She also happens to be my Great-Great-Great-Great-Great Grandmother and a blogger! That journal makes some interesting reading and covers the year that she returned to England before deciding that Sydney town was where the action was.

That was the start of my Australian lineage but now, indeed tomorrow, the circle is completing. Nearly six years ago I moved to the UK. Thankfully I did it on an aeroplane and not a ship. After several visa applications from Ancestral and Leave to Remain, we have now completed all the final steps to becoming British citizens.

Tomorrow I will become British. Why is someone so fiercely and proudly Australian so excited about being British? One little red book. A British passport will open up the doors to make it so much easier to work anywhere in the European Union and since working in SAP is a passport in itself that can only be a good thing.

The only test I fail is the Cricket Test.

Pimms anyone?

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It was 20 years ago today

Well not quite today, but this year marks 20 years since leaving school. This week I got the invitation for a reunion on the other side of the planet in two weeks time.

Getting to Australia at any time is a long, long flight and I usually try and make a couple of weeks of it if possible, so this time I am going to pass. I usually laugh at people that say a 13 hour flight is a long flight. It is, but try two of those back to back, with an hour or two at the beginning, middle and end. It’s like being a sardine for a day.

The invite had a section on what was happening in 1987…

Do you remember when –
We won the PSA swimming for the first time (whilst we managed to loose the Head of the River, and the first XVIII failed to register a win all season).

I remember all those silly chants we learnt and I remember that young year 9 swimmer who won everything he entered. Other schools taunted us: “How much did he cost?” How rude of them. I am sure his swimming performance made no difference in his school selection interview. 😉 (Side note an “Aussie Rules” team has 18 players, hence the first XVIII. As I recall, all the good players from the previous year went to the West Coast Eagles.)

Fremantle hosted the America’s Cup.

We lost the cup back to Dennis Conner.

You could play bogball and not worry that someone was going to sue you for physical injury.

There was an ‘R’ and an ‘S’ block.

I remember certain staff doing their block!

Carlton were the VFL Premiers and Hawthorn’s John Plattern won the Brownlow Medal

The West Coast Eagles played their first game at Subi Oval (beating Richmond by 14 points )

Notice the AFL skew here – good to see the Eagles win the premiership last year.

The Midnite Youth Theatre Company formed, followed by a associated UK tour at about the same time as the release of the movie ‘Wall St’.

Hmm, I never made that connection between the two but I do remember playing a small part in the MYTC. Of course that makes it the 20 year reunion for the founding of the MYTC aswell. The Midnite tour was a blast and Tony Howes who is still taking kids on tours of the UK 20 years later should get an award for his services to drama.

Mr Hodgson looked younger than most of the kids he was teaching (and still does!)

Australia wont the Cricket World Cup by beating England in Calcutta.

Some things never change!

Robby Naish was still the Overall World Champion windsurfer.

Bob Hawke’s government was re-elected for a third term.

Was that the famous “No child will be in poverty by 1990” election?

If you wanted to do something contraband, you went ‘down the banks’.

Ahh yes, sweet memories! Not that I was ever down there, I didn’t smoke.

All this was too much for the stock market, let alone Headmaster Tony Hill and his deputy Peter Tooke, both of whom left CCGS at the end of 1987, along with our Sportsmaster, Mr Akos Kovacs, who retired from his PE role.

It was a bit of a watershed year. Kosh was a legend and taught generations of boys with his firm Hungarian style.

All this sort of stuff can tend to make you a bit reflective and could tip one into a mid-life crisis if you let it! It certainly drags some of the memories back and makes you think about the next 20 years. This is a good thing. I certainly have lot to be thankful for and while there are good memories back there and it would be great to catch up with all the guys 20 years on, I am focusing on the next 20. There is far too much going on at the moment to be pining for the good-old-days. The future is bright…

Oh and if there are any people from way back when dropping though London, feel free to get in touch.

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It’s just not cricket

Australian cricket is at an all time high. Congratulations to the Australian team. They have dominated the recent World Cup.

The administrators, however, have not performed well. I am glad they have said sorry but the game is getting a tad political and driven by television rights.

I would much rather see closer games and even less of them. Games being decided in that last over are much more fun, even if you loose.

Oh, and I’ll take you up on that beer thanks Thomas. I’ll even buy you one back for being such a great sport. Then we can design some grand plan for trying to explain cricket to those who don’t love it like we do. Even that seems to be changing!

Now back to the software…

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5 Things you (probably) didn’t know about me

Ha!

What happens when you see your entire blogroll has gone nuts doing this whole ‘5-things’ thing? You can just see it coming.

Thanks Thomas for tagging me. So for your reading pleasure here goes…

1. 30 kangaroos used to live in my back yard. OK, so the back yard in question was 3000 acres and they lived in the bush paddock at the far end of the farm. They are such graceful animals in full flight.

2. I am a university dropout. I dropped out of an Architecture degree before later doing a information technology degree. My results were much better the second time around.

3. I have performed for royalty. When I was younger, oh so much younger than today, my high school took a musical on a tour of the UK doing about 20 shows in about 25 days. At one of those shows Prince Edward, who was then the arty royal working for the Really Useful Theatre Company, was in attendance.

4. My favorite musical is Les Mis.

5. As for sport I am passionate about cricket and cycling to the exclusion of pretty much every other sport including football aka soccer, AFL aka Aussie Rules or footie, rugby (both codes), basketball or anything really. The Ashes and those three weeks in July are the top of the sporting calendar for me. Roll on 07-07-07 when Le Tour leaves from London.

Ok Alvero and Demian consider yourself tagged.

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Ashes Start Well

Well, this is a technical blog but let me deviate for one moment to say that the ‘win-back-theAshes‘ campaign has started well. May it continue.

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