They have just released the 1994-5 Cabinet Documents. Now you can tell you are old when they sound like news from about ten minutes ago!
Just ten years ago seems more like seconds back. Fortunately I have my blog as a substitute for memory! I had completely forgotten this:
23 Jan 2008
… women throwing themselves at you, I mean. Take Ekaterina for example:
How are you? I hope that all good for you and you will read my letter with a interest. Ok. I got your e-mail through internet dating agency. I gave my letter to agency and they have told that my letter will be send to man in Australia!!!! I want to arrive to Australia and I have good chance for this. I need only man who can meet me in Australia and probably we can to develop our relations. Ok. My name is Ekaterina. I’m from Yoshkar-Ola, Russia.
My measurements: 32B – 24 – 34, Height: 5 ‘ 2 “, Weight: 115 lbs
Star Sign: Scorpion
I’m 27 years old. But very soon will be 28 years old. My birthday on October, 29, 1980. I am ready for creation family and want it very much. I cannot find the man in Russia for myself because it very hard in Russia. I want to create family and to live in your country because the government to care about people. I want to live and be sure in the future. In Russia it is not possible to live easy. I want to tell about myself a little. I live in city Yoshkar-Ola. My city is very beautiful. I work as the seller in shop home appliances. I’m cheerful woman who like to go for sports and do all what like are usual peoples.
My history: I’m with my girlfriend were going to go in your country as tourists for search of men for serious relations. But my girlfriend could not go with me. She had problems with your family. But very soon I will receive visa and I do not want to lose a chance to arrive in your country. I will receive visa in 7 days for your country. Now I waiting for reception of my visa.
It will be great if you can meet me and we can to have relations with you. I’m understand that it very strange, but probably it’s desteny for you and me. I understand that you will ask me ” Where did you get my e-mail? ” I’m right??? I got your e-mail through internet dating agency in my city. I gave them my letter and they told me that they will send my letter. And I will be very happy if YOU will answer to me. I will be very happy if you will write me and we will have our meeting very soon. And it is possible we a meeting in 7 days because I can arrive to you.
Please tell to me about yourself a little!
What is your full name?
I hope that you will answer to me back… If so I will send my photo to you. I will wait your answer so much… Write to me on e-mail…
I’m leaving the email out because this is between Ekaterina and myself, you know…
What do you mean she wrote to you too? You mean she could be a floozy, to use a very old and politically incorrect word? Never. She chose ME out of all the men in the world… Didn’t she?
I have to admit it all came as a surprise as the only things resembling an internet dating agency that I have ever joined are Facebook, gay.com (non-paying) and Kagoul, though my membership of the last has no doubt elapsed.
I note too that M was on his great South American tour in January 2008. (He heads for S-E Asia in a month’s time.)
15 Jan 2008
He found it a very special place.
He returns to Australia at the end of this month.
Finally from 2008:
09 Jan 2008
That, rather than a clean-up, is what is happening. I have been here in Elizabeth Street Surry Hills since 1992, and I brought quite a bit of unsorted rubbish with me. Some items go back, well, to Noah almost.
- My first inspection report from Cronulla High School.
Mr W is an enthusiastic and resourceful teacher who is establishing good relationships with his pupils at all levels of the school.
His lessons are thoroughly prepared and informed: he uses a wide range of material and shows enterprise in presenting this material to pupils who respond well.**
Following advice earlier this year he has improved his supervision of pupils’ work, increasing his effectiveness in teaching. The results achieved in recent examinations testify to his successful teaching: the results in Form V History and Third Level groups in English V are especially commendable.
It is recommended that Mr W’s efficiency be determined as meeting the requirements for the award of a Teacher’s Certificate.
— E. Guthrie (Inspector) July 28, 1966
I see I had Forms 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 English and Form 3 History — That is Years 7-11 English and Year 9 History. No Year 12 as 1967 was the first Year 12 in NSW, and I took that (bottom) Year 11 class through. ** I am sure Eula Guthrie was not suggesting my lessons only worked with “pupils who respond well”! 😉
- The famous card from the Class of 1986 at SBHS
“The Britannia Rules OK!” “Best wishes for the future school — I hope you get as good a class as us! — Ben” “Oh for a draft of Vintage — Now you’ve got one! — Chris Jones” “Thanks for some of the funniest English periods we have ever had! — Sincerely, Martyn, Dean & Sam” “Thanks a lot for putting a bit of fun back into school. — Peter Schulze” “Dittoes — Geoff” “Don’t get pregnant!” “Somehow you even made Larkin seem exciting! Good luck for the future. — Craig” “I hope you die! Yours sincerely, Philip Larkin.” “Keep away from Colin the bartender (barmaid?) — Craig Bartlett” “Cribs Rule — The Phantom” “Good luck — Craig McLean (the quiet one)” “Like wow — wipeout. Danke Schon — Tim Knight”
SBHS Second VIII 1986 — one of the signatories is here, Dean (No 6 from the bow) and also nearer the bow someone Marcel knows…
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