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P&O Reunion Perth March 4th-11th 2008

Date:    

4th-11th March 2008

Venue:  

Various locations around Perth and Fremantle

Attendees:

Alan Conlin, Andy Jackson, Bob Eden and Valeria Neuendorff, Charles & Liz Oxley, Cliff & Jan Merwood, Dave Coleman, Dave Oakes, Fred & Pam Blackmore, Garry & Di Stewart, John Atkinson, John Forde & partner, Ken Worsfold, Kevin & Lois Timms, Mark & Veronica Sawyer, Martin & Tish Thomas, Mike Jack, Paul & Gill Robinson, Steve & Jen B, Steve & Gill Musson, Willie & Kathleen Henry.

Day 1 (Tuesday 4th March)

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The legendary Dave Oakes arrived from Cape Town and the above picture was taken in my hallway within an hour of him arriving just moments before jumping into a taxi to take us down to my local, The breakwater Tavern at Sorrento Quay. We decided we may as well start as we meant to go on!

 

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On our return we continued the quest in my bar with Rum & Cokes. Dave is now the Estimating Superintendent for a shipyard in Cape Town.


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We continued that evening at the palatial home of Mark Sawyer for a scrumptious feast. Delicious prawn cocktails for starters, yummy! Oakesy doesn't look too happy about something.

 

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That's Veronica and my wife Jen caught blinking.

 

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Some after dinner quaffing... as you do! Mark is now the Business Development Manager for Ausclad group of Companies Ltd who supply total engineering solutions including fabrication, structural & mechanical installation and maintenance across a variety of industries. Oakesy looks a bit happier now :-)

 

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Oakesy chatting up my misses.

 

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Oakesy impersonating a Venus flytrap.

 

Day 2 (Wednesday 5th March)

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Oakesy and I did a bit of tourist stuff and here's the obligatory shot of Perth taken from Kings Park with the main North/South freeway in the foreground.

 

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This was taken exactly 31 years, 9 months, 18 days, 3 hours and 32 minutes since I last saw Dave in 1976. 

 

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Ditto with Dave at the War Memorial in the background. We then had a seafood basket and chips for lunch that neither of us could finish, amazing for $11 and even more amazing because of the size of us. On the way back we drove around to Fremantle to get a quick glimpse of the QE2 which was moored at Victoria Quay and then on to the OBH for a few pints which refused to go down because of the massive lunch we'd just eaten. Undeterred, that night we went to my favourite restaurant in Perth, the Royal India, for a magnificent Vindaloo.  

 

Day 3 (Thursday 6th March)

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The boys start to arrive. Here's Blue, Ken Worsfold, Alan Conlin and Andy Jackson in front of the rather strange bell tower at the Barrack St jetty.

 

Oakesy and I spent a quiet day going through and scanning all the photos he'd brought and looking at mine and Kevin Timms' movies which Dave hadn't seen on the website. Later that afternoon we met up with Ken Worsfold, Blue, Cornish and Jacko at their hotel then went to the best Irish pub in town called Fenians Bar. That's where I left them all (after 1 pint and a lot of laughs) to go and pick up Mike Jack. 

 

Day 4 (Friday 7th March)

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You might like to see the nerve centre of Seadogs-Reunited where all the hard work is done. From that seat I can see everything that comes and goes in our street and my neighbours see me as a permanent fixture there hence my local nickname is "The Fat Controller". 

 

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Here we all are scrubbed up and ready to go! Mike Jack lives in New Zealand and is a Machinery Inspector and was travelling to Mumbai, India on the Sunday on business. 

 

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The entrance to the great venue with Alan Conlin, Blue, Oakesy, Ken, Jacko and Cornish.

 

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The first couple I saw at the reunion was this very handsome pair and I boldly thrust my hand out to introduce myself thinking I didn't know them but when the completely unchanged broad scouse accent came back saying "Steve Musson, pleased to meet you" I absolutely fell over backwards. The fiery ginger hair colour has mellowed slightly and with no mo he had me for sure but it took just seconds to be chatting like I'd seen him only last week and it was delight to meet his lovely wife Gill. I knew then this was going to be some night ... and it was.

 

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This is Garry Stewart "aka Aussie Jock" and his lovely wife Di with my old chook, Jen, in the middle. Garry came to Perth as a 2 year old and has been here the whole 32 years I've been here and we spent a lot of time together in the early days and even though we've always lived only 5 minutes away from each other we did lose touch for a while but I'm very honoured to call Garry a close mate. He's now retired after a long career teaching Refrigeration and Air Conditioning at a local Technical College. 

 

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Center shot is my old mate Kevin Timms with his stunningly gorgeous partner Lois. Mike Jack is displaying his trademark photo grimace which is featured a few times in this section. Kevin lives in Brisbane, he's the IT Manager for ACL Gaskets and recently he and Lois started a brand new online business called Story Weavers where they create treasured family memories by turning photos, video and memorabilia into an enduring presentations on DVD.

       

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Cliff Merwood is a really genuine guy and his wife Jan is simply a beautiful person in all ways. Cliff is a senior engineer at a power station in Pinjarra and they live in Mandurah. 

 

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What can you say about Andy Jackson. A true gentleman with an amazing sense of humour. He and Oakesy were like a double act the whole time reducing the rest of us to tears with laughter. Andy is now retired from paying work but selflessly works long and tiring hours as a carer for his nonagenarian mother who's suffering dementia. He travelled the furthest under his own steam to be here and made the whole event more special than I could ever have imagined.  

 

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On the left is the lovely Kathleen and partner Willie Henry. Willie is a great guy. I never had the pleasure of sailing with him but have really enjoyed his company on the more recent seadog get-togethers since Willy joined the group. He's currently an engineer for Woodside Petroleum. What about Oakesy in the suit eh? Very dashing indeed. On the right is the amazing Alan Conlin aka TT. 

 

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Kathleen, Willy Henry and Dave Oakes and that's better we can now see who Alan Conlin is talking to, Garry Stewart of course. The two of them were inseparable at sea and are still great mates today. TT has not changed one iota. He looks and sounds exactly the same as the last day I saw him 32 years ago and he's still one of the nicest guys you're ever likely to meet. He took time away from looking after his very sick daughter to be here for just one full day and two nights and we were all the better for him being here.

 

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That's me on the left with Jen in the middle and our old mate Garry on the end. I often give Jen a bit of a raw deal when writing these screeds but deep down she is an amazing person if not only for putting up with me for 32 years. Having said that she's always had a soft spot for old Aussie Jock so I've had to keep my eye on them over the years :)

 

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We formed this group because we all had the same coloured ties on. Only joking. Steve Musson was warmer and more friendly than I ever remember him at sea. Don't take that the wrong way he was always great at sea but there was a deeper warmth and affection that I truly admired about him. What a lovely man. 

 

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What a great photo of Kevin and Lois. My God just look at those sexy eyes ... and Lois' aren't bad either :)

 

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Wow, Val & Bob Eden. What amazing people. Talk about free spirits. Bob was a fiver on my first ship Nevasa and he had a compelling magnetic personality. He was the consummate entertainer and brought every cabin piss up to life with his fantastic voice and 12 string acoustic guitar. A pretty good engineer as it happens too. He's been living on the Whitsundays working the clippers and he's recently gained his skipper's ticket and they call him Captain Bob now. I know you all thought he was Billy Connolly but Bob's far more important than Billy and I was wrapped to see him again. Val is simply a stunning lady full stop. Oh Bob, you lucky Dog! 

 

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The Gentleman and the Larrikin ... love 'em both!

 

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Willie Henry & Kathleen.

 

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A very pensive looking Geordie John Atkinson.

 

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Geordie John Atkinson, Willie Henry & Kathleen.

 

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Yours truly.

 

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The lovely Liz and Charles Oxley.

 

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Me talking to Kevin Timms and mark Sawyer with the vivacious Veronica.

 

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Cliff Merwood, and a very hot looking Jan Merwood with Ken Worsfold.

 

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Oakesy & Cliff Merwood.

 

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Alan Conlin, Steve Musson, Dave Coleman and Blue sneaking in just.

 

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Oakesy and Blue.

 

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A real couple of likely lads here ... Mark Sawyer (The Bean) & Geordie John Atkinson.

 

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What a truly lovely couple they are ... Gill and Blue Robinson. 

 

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Mark Sawyer, Alan Conlin and Andy Jackson doing his level best to enjoy himself :)

 

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Alan Conlin & Willie Henry. 

 

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Andy & Cliff.

 

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Steve Musson, me, Mark Sawyer & Geordie John Atkinson.

 

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What a night!

 

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Front table clockwise is Alan Conlin, Dave Coleman aka Cornish, Mike Jack, Andy Jackson aka Jacko, Paul Robinson aka Blue, Dave Oakes and Cliff Merwood. That's Ken Worsfold standing at the back purveying the scene. 

 

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The gentleman nearest the left is John Atkinson aka Geordie John, then Willie Henry, Kathleen, Gill and Paul Robinson. For some reason I don't have a good photo of Paul & Gill yet but I have to say that he has not lost his sense of fun. He hasn't changed a bit in that way, always coming up with the funny one liners and still a razor sharp wit. Gill is delightful, a really lovely and interesting person and they're quite obviously absolutely devoted to each other. An absolute pleasure to be around. Paul is responsible for persuading all these amazing people to travel so far to be together on this day which was a monumental effort. Thanks Paul. 

 

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Oakesy, Cliff and Jan Merwood and none other than the legend himself, Ken Worsfold. Ken was a 3rd engineer during my time on Oriana and had the unique ability to be one of the boys and maintain 100% respect at the same time. Hasn't lost it either. Probably one of the best engineers I ever sailed with and ever ready to pass on his considerable knowledge but he didn't suffer fools lightly and if he thought you were a tosser he'd tell you so. God certainly broke the mould when they made Ken Worsfold. He's now a refinery technician for Caltex Petroleum in Sydney.

 

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Blue snapping me snapping him with Dave Oakes and Cliff Merwood in the foreground.

 

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Mark Sawyer and Kevin Timms displaying the usual Queensland greeting and Charles Oxley at the back. The ladies are Veronica Sawyer (blonde) next to Liz Oxley and Di Stewart behind Kevin.   

 

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That's a better shot of Veronica, Liz & Charles. Charles is currently working as a Design Draughtsman for Colrol who manufacture roll forming machines and special purpose machine lines for a wide range of products.

 

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What a great shot of David Coleman aka Cornish, Alan Conlin aka TT, Ken Worsfold and Steve Musson. I never sailed with Cornish but after meeting him this week I have to say that was my loss. What a fantastic guy and I felt a bond as close to any of them having just been a part of our beloved Oriana albeit another era. Amazing people.  

 

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Talking about feeling bonded with complete strangers. Next to Jen there is Martin Thomas and his gorgeous wife Tish. Tish was a WAP and as most of you know I was quite fond of WAPs, and Nurses, and Jokers 7s but more so WAPs :) Martin is a fascinating guy and I hope to get to know him better in the future.  

 

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That's Fred & Pam Blackmore, Pam was also an ex WAP. Unfortunately it was so noisy I couldn't hear any of the conversation on the other side of the table and sadly didn't get around to talking with either of them all night. Something I hope to rectify at our next meeting.

 

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This is Kevin Timms of course. Unfortunately this is the start of things going wrong with my brand new camera. Somehow during the course of the night the auto setting got changed to one without flash and as it got darker outside my photos got worse. I tried to work out what the problem was but the beer had got the better of me by then so I just had to go with it.

    

TT and Cornish ... brilliant. This is the start of the first of Mike Jack's movies taken on his digital camera which are excellent. 

 

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Ken Worsfold & Alan Conlin ... awesome.

 

 

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Martin, Tish & Freddie ... new friends.

 

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Pam, & Val ... great old friends and new friends together.

 

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Val & Bob Eden. Bob actually gave me a CD of his music and I haven't been able to stop playing it for the last 2 days. Listening to his voice transports me back to the start of this journey on the ss Nevasa in 1974. Thank you so much for coming Bob, your ideology of life has changed mine from this point on. Oh how I wish Duncan could have been with us.

 

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The Gang!

 

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That's John Forde kneeling second from the left.

 

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Ditto. 

  

You'll have to excuse my wife Jen. Mike gave her his camera but forgot it was still set to movie and Jen thought she was taken stills. It's still worth keeping. 

 

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Definitely a thorn between two roses. Tish Thomas, Steve B, Pam Blackmore.

 

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Tish Thomas, Steve B, Pam Blackmore.

What a great end to a great night, me with 2 lovely WAPs ... heaven :)

 

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And what a fitting end to Day 4, Jacko left waiting for a taxi sitting forlornly on the wall outside the magnificent venue, The Mount Lawley Gold Club thanks to members Garry & Di Stewart for arranging the venue. 

 

Day 5 (Saturday 8th March)

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Kevin took this early in the day while Oriana was berthed at Victoria Quay. 

 

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Saturday was spent severely hung over but after the prescribed hair of the dog around midday we pressed on regardless. Above is Mike Jack and my wife Jen waiting along the North Mole at Fremantle for the Oriana to sail. She was about 40 minutes late sailing but you can just see her emerging around the corner behind Mike.

 

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Here she comes almost level with us. 

 

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She was still tooting at this point too. I had a compressed air canister horn and bled it dry in reply while Jen blasted my car horn in unison. I have to say that between me Mike and Jen there wasn't a dry eye between us.

  

 

  

 

The hotelies spent the afternoon in our favourite Irish pub ... again! As they were wondering how they were going to get to East Perth for Reunion No 2 Ken suddenly disappeared across the road to talk to a Limo driver.

 


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Never did find out how much was paid but it was obviously enough.

 

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I think that's Blue and Jan Merwood being given the once over by the chauffeur.

 

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Gill Robinson & Cliff

 

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Ken & Cliff travelling in style.

 

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Ken & Cliff.

 

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I knew I should have stayed at the hotel, they obviously had a ball. Jan, Gill and Paul.

 

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Great shot. Paul again.

 

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Arrived safely in East Perth. The driver had to make two trips and below is the start of trip 2. Cliff, Ken and Paul.

 

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Cornish & Oakesy.

 

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What a troublesome trio, Dave Coleman and Dave Oakes!

 

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Get that man a drink for Christ's sake ... a man's not a camel!


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Oakesy arriving in style.

 

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Cornish too ... Jacko falling out after being at Fenians Irish Pub all afternoon.

 

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Made it.

 

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The start of another great night. Oakesy, Jacko and Cornish.

 

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Let the party commence. Oakesy, Jacko and Cornish.

 

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Mark Sawyer came up with the idea that there's no way one night was going to be enough so he booked for us all to go to this place. The restaurant is part of a new pub called the Royal in the new East Perth development complex and the area is amazing. Yuppie Ville for sure but a great venue.

 

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That's a man made bay off the swan river, the pub is just off to the right.

 

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In depth conversations recalling past glories.

 

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The chauffers for the evening were allowed to come in for a quick bite :)

 

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Charlie & Cliff enjoying a beer and Jan a nice glass of red by the looks.

 

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I'm not sure what Mike was looking for in the bottom of that ice bucket. Oakesy.

 

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Jacko & Blue with Oakesy behind ... great to see and I love the silk shirt Jacko.

 

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Oakesy putting rabbit ears on the pair of them, a particular favourite of Blue's as I recall :) Blue now runs his own business building robotic machines for all kinds of processes called Roboserv.

 

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Mike Jack with his famous photo grimace again and Ken & Mark in deep conversation.

 

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Cornish, Willie and Oakesy.

 

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Dave Coleman aka Cornish really enjoyed himself and we really enjoyed his company. As I said before we never sailed together but I still felt a bond that I put down to the amazing P&O selection criteria which successfully brought together very like minded people who most got on like a house on fire and the fire's still burning for some of us.

 

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Blue & Charles at the back with Ken & Mike sitting.

  

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Veronica Sawyer chatting with Dave Oakes.

 

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That's Liz Oxley applying some serious suction to that drink and I think Garry has fallen asleep listening to Jen ... mmm better not go there!

 

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The conversations flowed just like the beer and wine that night. Oakesy.

 

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I think we've had a similar one to this before but I'll leave it in. Oakesy, Jacko and Blue.

 

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Oakesy perusing the fare.

 

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Blue with the girls. 

 

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Ditto with this one ... I think the girls enjoyed themselves.

 

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A very nice group shot of the long suffering ladies.

 

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Mike and Ken having a laugh.

 

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Jacko, Jan and Cliff. You may notice the photos are getting blurrier as the night goes on ... can't work that one out!

 

Mike Jack, Charles Oxley, Dave Coleman & Gill Robinson.

 

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Cliff & Charles.

 

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That was a brilliant surf & turf after some discussion with the Chef about the original offering. 

 

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Finished it and well satisfied.

 

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Veronica, Mark & Oakesy.

 

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Jen, Jacko, Vron & Oakesy.

 

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Jacko holding court, what a fabulous fellow he is.

 

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Mark Sawyer & Andy Jackson still reminiscing.

 

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Cornish, Jacko, Jan & Cliff.

 

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Jacko getting down to the real job ... chatting up the talent, it's good to see life still in the old dog.

 

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Liz, Garry, Jen & Veronica.

 

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Veronica, Mark, Oakesy, me and Ken.

 

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Mike Jack looking happy & Charles Oxley looking content.

 

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This is where the song sheets came out and we entertained the rest of the pub with load vocals swearwords an' all.


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Choir practise.

 

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In mid song ...

 

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Cliff Merwood, Mark Sawyer, Dave Oakes, Paul Robinson, Charles Oxley, Dave Coleman.

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Garry Stewart, Ken Worsfold, Mike Jack, Steve B.


Simply brilliant night ... just look at that beer keg of mine, cost close to $90,000 that did.

 

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Jacko and Oakesy in the wee small hours of the night on the lawn outside the pub having a spot of trouble staying vertical.

 

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Jacko making an attempt to get up but Oakesy deciding that this may be a good spot to sleep the night.

 

Day 6 (Sunday 9th March)

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All good things have to come to an end and here's Cornish and Oakesy ready to go to the airport. 

 

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Cornish back to Sydney and Oakesy to Cape Town.

 

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Blue had another day here but Jacko was off back to the UK with a short stop over at his house in Indonesia to have some dental work done I believe.

 

Davie all packed.

 

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It felt like they'd been here for weeks but it went in a flash. Oakesy.

 

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Onya Jacko!

 

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Friends forever but painful goodbyes none the less. Oakesy, Ken and Jacko.

 

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Cliff & Jan kindly took them all out to the airport. Ken had 2 more days in paradise. 

 

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What brilliant shot of a brilliant man

 

For me Sunday was spent at the airport from about 10:00am to 2:00pm seeing off Mike Jack, Dave Oakes and Andy Jackson. I believe Cornish was leaving earlier than Mike but unfortunately we missed him. Cliff and Jan Merwood joined us and they stayed with Jacko all afternoon as his flight wasn't til about 06:30pm. The rest of the day for me was in full recovery chill out mode with just a few beers to calm the nerves.  

 

A brillaint movie of this monumental event has been put together by the extraordinarily talented Kevin Timms who runs a business doing such things called Story Weavers and the movie can be seen here.

 

Day 7 (Monday 10th March)

Monday for me was spent working on the website all day but I believe the remaining out of towners were all entertained by Charles and Liz Oxley spending the afternoon at Sorrento Quay and a BBQ back at Charlie's place in the evening. I hope some photos come from that. 

 

Day 8 (Tuesday 11th March)

Tuesday was back to work for me but it wasn't all over yet. Kevin and Lois Timms had spent a couple of days in Dunsborough and intended killing time that evening before their midnight horror flight to Brisbane so we decided to invite them for a BBQ at my place and we were joined by Garry & Di Stewart and Mark & Veronica Sawyer which was a fitting end as the week had started with dinner at the Sawyer's place the Tuesday before.

 

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Kevin, the lovely Lois and their 3 year old son Luka.

 

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Jen, Veronica, Di & Garry.

 

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Lovebirds Garry & Di

 

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The group. Mark, Garry and Kevin.

 

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God I've even got man cans now :(

 

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Amazing friends.

 

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Great family shot. Lois, Luka and Kevin.

 

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My God Jen that's more food than you normally eat in a week!

 

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I heard a rumour that night that Aussie Jock has been enticed out of retirement and is rejoining the workforce. Good luck with that Garry.

 

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Look out tummy ... here it comes Kev. Go easy on that salt Mark.

 

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It still blows me away how Kevin or Mark have changed one iota in 30 years.

 

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A long time coming but well worth the wait. The next 4 photos are basically the same so scroll down to follow their links.

 

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What a week!

L-R:

Steve B, Kevin Timms, Garry Stewart and Mark Sawyer.

 

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Oronsay Reunion Sydney, 9th March 2008

Date:    

9th March 2008

Venue:  

"The Oaks" pub in Neutral Bay in Sydney

Attendees:

Sheila Tattershall and husband Michael, Linda Tattershall, Kevin Morgan, Ian & Anne McLeod, Toby & Helen Tompkins and Keith Radford with wife Lynne and sister-in-law Vicki.

This was a very hastily convened and impromptu reunion, held at "The Oaks" pub in Neutral Bay in Sydney. The date was the evening of Sunday 9th March and attendees were Sheila Knox (formerly Tattershall) and husband Michael, Linda "Lovelace" Tattershall, Kevin "Morg" Morgan, Ian & Anne McLeod, Toby & Helen Tompkins and Keith Radford with wife Lynne and sister-in-law Vicki. Sadly John Sullivan was working on the harbour in his position of Chief Engineer of Captain Cook Cruises flagship "Sydney 2000" but we did take a call from him later in the evening, and Linda's partner Peter was working nightshift as an ambulance driver. I originally had a message left on my mobile from Sheila explaining that she and Michael were in Sydney for a few days, staying with Linda and her partner Peter. They had been walking tracks in New Zealand and were making their way back to the U.K. Sheila expressed a wish to get together with as many old shipmates as was possible in the short time that she had in Sydney. The Oaks reunion was the result.

 

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Linda Tattershall and Sheila's husband Michael.

 

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Lynne Radford and Toby Tompkins.

 

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The 3 Oronsay shipmates, Kevin Morgan, Sheila Tattershall and Keith Radford. Sheila explained that late last year she had celebrated a significant birthday in the Balearic Islands and other attendees from those heady days at sea were Ralph "Rafe the Nafe" Godfrey and his gorgeous French wife, Margaret Collins-Williams (Maggie with 2 dads) and husband Peter Robinson and another ex-WAP Sheena Cassells. Isn't it wonderful to see that friendships from so long ago have endured the tests of time and distance. As so many people have made mention on the website, the conversations continue as if there was no break of a number of years, must be something in the sailors psyche.

 

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Courtesy of Keith Radford

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Sheila, Anne McLeod, Keith Radford and Ian McLeod.

 

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Toby Tompkins and wife Helen, Linda Tattershall and brother-in-law Michael. 

 

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Michael Knox, Kevin Morgan, Sheila (now Knox), Anne McLeod, Keith Radford & the back of Ian McLeod's head.

 

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Keith Radford, Ian McLeod, Keith's sister-in-law Vicki and Toby Tompkins.

 

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Courtesy of Keith Radford

If there's one thing on my bucket list it's to have a beer with this old salty seadog. I never sailed with Keith but feel as close to him as many of the others that I did. Keith has been a great supporter of this site and I thank him very much for all he's done to help with it's current success. 

 

Onya Rat!

 

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Oriana Reunion Cape Town 30th March 2008

Date:    

30th March 2008

Venue:  

mv Oriana, Cape Town

Attendees:

Dave Oakes

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mv Oriana and the famous table top mountain.

 

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Dave Oakes and his daughter Emily and his son Kelvin in the Captain's lounge of the new Oriana (between the Old Man's and the Chief Engineer's cabins) standing in front of the original Oriana crest that used to reside in the D Deck embarkation foyer.

 

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The children took advantage of one of the magnificent pools for an evening dip on a hot balmy night.

 

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"What shall I have?"

 

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The family at the bottom of the main grand staircase.

 

I've already spoken to Oakesy who's busy at work with some very important clients for the next few days but he did take some photos with his phone and will send them in as soon as he can. They all had a fantastic night ... brilliant!  

 

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Uganda Hospital Ship Reunion 20th April 2008

Date:    

20th April 2008

Venue:  

mv Aurora, Southampton

Attendees:

John Barclay, John Barwell, Jill Biddick, Michael Blaskewicz, Leigh Crumbie, Richard Bowler, Graham Burton, Mary Clark, Jimmy Dean, Paul Dilks, Chris Freeman, Alison Harris, Derek Houghton, Alex Jamieson, Mark Killingback, David King, Bryan Norman, Jayne Simpson, Tony Simpson.

 

This was a fantastic 26 year year hospital ship reunion onboard mv Aurora moored at Southampton on the 20th April 2008. The event was attendded by approximately 180 people, including a number of patients treated aboard Uganda during the Falklands conflict, a large number of the Royal Naval personal and of course ex P&O personnel aboard at the time. 

 

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Courtesy of Tony Simpson

Seated at Tony's table are, in clockwise direction from front left, Bryan Norman (Spiney), Alison Harris, Paul Dilks (1/O), his wife Heather, Jayne Simpson and Tony Simpson.

 

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Leigh Crumbie has kindly added all the names of this group.

L-R:

Leigh Crumbie, Michael Blaskewicz (Blaster), Sue Barwell (nee Graham), Bryan Norman (Spiney), Julian Barwell, Alison Harris (nee Webb), Peter Thomas (aka Tin Tin), Jayne Simpson (nee Wilson), Tony Simpson.

 

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Courtesy of Tony Simpson

Noel Butler has kindly put a few faces to names;

Jimmy Dean is back row 2nd from left. I am 3rd from left in middle row, next to Derek Houghton, Jill Biddick is seated in front of Derek and I. Derek's wife Sheila is 5th from left in middle row. 

 

I can tell you that the gentleman in the light suit on the far left is Muttley aka Chris Freeman and the other guy in the light jacket and green shirt is John Barclay both of whom I had the pleasure of sailing with. And I now know that the guy 4th from the right is Tony Simpson and his wife Jayne is seated 2nd from the right.

 

The following ex P&O personnel are in the group photo

Alex Jamieson (1st Elec Off) 

Alison Harris (WAP) 

Bryan Norman (SAP) 

Chris Freeman (J/2/E/O) 

David King (C/E/O) 

Derek Houghton (Accomodation Officer) 

Graham Burton (C/O) 

Jayne Simpson (WAP) 

Jill Biddick, widow of Captain Brian Biddick 

Jimmy Dean (Entertainment Officer) 

John Barclay (3/E/O) 

Julian Barwell (4/E/O) 

Leigh Crumbie

Mark Killingback (Cadet) 

Mary Clark, widow of Captain 

Jeff Clark 

Michael Blaskewicz (3/E/O) 

Paul Dilks (1/O) 

Richard Bowler (3/O) 

Tony Simpson (1/R/O)

 

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Oriana Reunion 7th June 2008

Date:    

7th June 2008

Venue:  

Doncaster, UK

Attendees:

Ian Jennings, Olli Jennings, Brian Richardson, Linda Richardson

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Brian writes;

This was a get together we had in Doncaster on the 7th June with the compulsory hang over. As you do! 

L-R:

Ian Jennings, Linda Richardson (Soper ex Steiners), Olli Jennings (Nurse) & Me.


Wow, seeing Olli's face again brings back memories.

 

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Canberra Reunion July 2008

Date:    

July 2008

Venue:  

Alexander's Pub in Paphos, Cyprus.

Attendees:

Dave Harbinson and Richard Wood

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Dave writes;

A man walks into a bar, no it's not another joke, the man was me and the bar is Alexander's Pub in Paphos, Cyprus. The bartender was beavering away behind the bar (head down) when I walked in. I asked "does Canberra ever come here ?" he looked up and almost instantly said "Bloody hell Dave !" (or words to that effect) and threw his arms round me. The bartender is Richard Wood ex 4EO Canberra and Uganda. We hadn't seen each other for almost 30 years and the conversation flowed as if it was yesterday and Richard, like a magician pulling rabbits out of a hat, started to produce old photos of me and him together in Canberra's boiler room. I guess I was on 12-4 (as usual) and doing soot blowers. Names from the past were being bandied about and it's obvious Richard still has some very strong and fond memories of his time at sea. Maybe he will share them with this site. Some of the many people he remembers well are John Barclay, Paul Foot and Dave Oakes.

 


As previously mentioned, the bar is ALEXANDER'S PUB in Paphos, Cyprus and I'm sure he would love any old seadogs who happen to be in the area to drop in. We met up again a couple of days later, when Richard took my wife Sarah and I for a fantastic lunch in the most idyllic setting and then produced a plaque which he will always cherish. 

 

The photo of the plaque is in the Memorabilia section.


Harbo.

 

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Oriana Reunion, Long Beach California 

Date:    

July 2008

Venue:  

Busters Beach House Restaurant, Long Beach California

Attendees:

Dave Betts and Bill McCandless

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Courtesy of Dave Betts

Dave writes;

I met up again with Bill McCandless in Long Beach the other day in Busters Beach House Restaurant. We had a real good time talking over old times as we were on the original Oriana together in 1969. I guess the photo shows we are still alive!


I can assure you Dave it shows much more than that ... it shows what we shared back then lasts a lifetime and every hour spent working on this site is gold.

 

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