My Best Prank – by Popular Demand

15 May, 2007

The other day I posted Prank of the Day, which turned out to be one of the most popular posts I’ve made on this site.

My mate Skinful subsequently reminded me of a prank I played on one of our Hash House Harrier colleagues when we were living in PNG.

Basically, I came across an advertisement in the local Post Courier newspaper from a woman in Ghana named Esther Lovely Kinful, who was looking for a pen pal in PNG. She listed amongst her hobbies “marriage and exchange of love letters”.

Immediately I thought of my mate Subza, who was single at the time, and knowing the bashful sort of chap he was, I decided to set Cupid on the path of our two star crossed lovers.

This letter is the one I sent to Esther on behalf of Subza: Esther part 1

This letter is her response: Esther part 2

By way of explanation, Subza worked as a sales manager at Colgate, hence the reference to toothpaste factory.

Also, B.W. stands for ‘black wings’. If you have to ask, you don’t want to know.

The photo was one I found lying around the office at the time. Neither of the two guys pictured is Subza.

As you can imagine, Subza was quite confused when he received the letter from Esther out of the blue. It took a fair bit of investigative work on his part to uncover the genesis of Esther’s undying love.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did at the time.

Apologies to Esther if she happens to Google herself at some stage in the future and finds out about this prank. No such apologies to Subza, he deserves everything he gets!!!


Flying in PNG

7 May, 2007

During my stint in Papua New Guinea (1994-97) , I was fortunate enough to do a bit of flying in light aircraft.

Generally this was as a passenger, however there were a couple of memorable (for me) and terrifying (for the passengers) occasions when I was handed the controls. More on that one day.

Some of my mates from Lae Hash House Harriers were pilots with North Coast Aviation and were happy to let freeloaders like me tag along for the ride if there was room.

Much of the flying was on the ‘milk run’, dropping off and picking up passengers and cargo at remote villages in Morobe Province. The airstrips were generally grass and some of them ran right to the edge of cliffs.

I’ve saved a few of my better photos over here.

A big hello to my ex HHH buddies Pimp, Pox, Biggles, Toejam, Porridge and Goose, who I am sure continue to abide by the ‘eight hour bottle to throttle’ rule somewhere in the world.

Lest we forget…

25 April, 2007

ANZAC Day at the shrine   Today, April 25th, is celebrated as ANZAC Day is Australia and New Zealand.

ANZAC Day is a day for us all to remember the sacrifices of those men and women who have served the country in times of war. Many of these brave people made the ultimate sacrifice. I have personally visited war cemeteries in France and Papua New Guinea, and despaired at the rows and rows of headstones, each marking the life of a young person, tragically cut short. Read the rest of this entry »

Ouch, this would hurt!

22 April, 2007

Chair in skull    This is an x-ray photo of a man with the leg of a chair embedded in his skull. The full story appeared in the The Age newspaper on Friday. Unbelievably the guy survived.

This got me thinking – what is the worst injury that you’ve ever suffered?   Read the rest of this entry »

PNG Article – Abandoned WWII Airstrip

9 April, 2007

This is an article I have written for submission to a ‘Reader Stories’ contest in Australian Outdoor magazine. They are actively seeking submissions describing your own outdoor adventure – these need to be around 500 words, plus photos if available. Read the rest of this entry »