close this bookTravel on the "Mooloo Express" : rugby followers in the 1950s
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Family life

Grandfather a charismatic figure, and influence in my life. He was a "scallywag" - very generous, very impulsive and warm nature. Lived with family during childhood years.

Traditional family holiday at Mt Maunganui. "Never go there without stopping on the Kaimai's for a drink from the stream that ran into a horse trough". Roads difficult to travel, journey invariably long.

Cars fuelled by gas. Car sickness inevitable. No `short cuts' to the Mount. We never went out to eat. People who dined at hotels were usually guests.

When General Motors personnel were invited to our houses for a meal they found it an unusual experience - hopefully pleasant. This was unique to New Zealand; people entertained at home.

Mr Apthorp - Music Teacher at High School an influence. Had a very shiny pair of shoes and a shiny bald head. A meticulous teacher.

Recalls at Southwell Chapel, Sergel (Headmaster) declared

"I have something to share with you boys"

Two builders discussing something being worked on,

"It'll do", to Sergel this was unacceptable - it's either right or wrong"