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25 December 2016


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Hello Lynn. Of course I remember, and thank you for your comment. I've passed details to Susan who lives in an eastern suburb of Brisbane.

You might remember some time in the early 1970s, Julie and I visited you and Gordon in Glasgow.

Memories of expat communications flaws in earlier PNG....

After the Chimbu Ball in 1970, when ADC Ernie Sharp returned home to Chuave, he didn't realise his domestic would place his crumpled dinner jacket and trousers in the newly acquired washing machine.

Living in Kieta in 1976, I made a trip to Buka and mentioned to magistrate Algy Besasparis that kukas (crabs) were good value at the market.

We each purchased enough at K1 each to fill two good sized bags.

I saw Algy the next evening at the Kieta Club and asked did he enjoy his crab feast.

Alas no, he said, when I got home I asked my domestic to wash the mud off them and went to my office for the rest of the day.

It transpired that Joseph decided to show off his expertise in the use of the new washing machine.

Hello, I'm not sure if you remember me, I was Sue's friend from St Margarets, Lynn McLeod. I'm now living in Scotland and have two daughters of my own.

My husband, Gordon, and I were watching a program, Lost Land of the Volcano, and we started a conversation about Papua New Guinea and I was telling him about my visits to you and what a wonderful experience and place it was/is.

I went online and came across this website and couldn't believe what was written, it took me right back to your house at Chuave.

I hope you don't think I've been too presumptuous in replying to this, but it has brought back so many happy memories of your and Mrs Cleland's hospitality.

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