Stats May 2021

Total Days Travelled 31 (850)

Total km for the month 1,284 (44,494)
Most km in a day 368 (420)
Average Daily Km 41 (52)
Monthly Budget $2,500 ($59,500)
Monthly Spend $1,086 ($58,958)
Accommodation Nights 31 (850)
Family/Friends 26 (300)
Low/No cost 2 (234)
National Parks 0 (6)
Caravan Parks 3 (137)
Showgrounds 0 (34)
Station Stays 0 (1)
Pub Stays 0 (29)
Motel 0 (5)
House Sit 0 (56) Nature Park 0 (46) AirBnb 0 (2)

Books Read 3 (107)

‘tis by Frank McCourt

This is the sequel to Angela’s Ashes which I read last month. It covers McCourts adult life in New York and is written in the same style. Honest, humorous. sad, enlightening and thought provoking. The title sums it up precisely ‘Tis. It is what it is. Do yourself a favour and read both Angela’s Ashes and ‘Tis.

The Coffs Harbour Story published by Central North Coast Newspaper Co from the Historical collection of George England

George England BA was born in 1903. Despite George’s retirement from teaching in 1963 he continued in a relieving capacity and it was while I attended Coffs Harbour High School in the early ‘70’s that I first encountered George. He was known by the students as “Chrome Dome”. He would fill in for the English Teacher Mrs Kay when she was absent. Our classes were in demos table buildings and one of the kids down the front would ask him a history question. George would lean over the shoulder of the student and with his back to the rest of class, one or two students would drop their school cases out the window and then jump out after them. This went on until pretty much there was only half a class of students left. It was a game to us and it cracked us up that he didn’t seem to know what was going on.
Something you could not fault George in was his passion for history, especially local history. He was really a fountain of knowledge and I don’t think we fully appreciated his contribution to our learning. He was the inaugural President of the Historical Society in 1950, a position he held for in excess of 26 years. He was also President of the Coffs Urban Committee and the President of the Town Planning Committee as well as Secretary of the RSL and an active participant in Legacy. This book covers Coffs Harbour History up until 1976.

Warragul High School 75th Anniversary (1911-1986) by E Saunders & Students

Whilst I didn’t attend Warragul High School both my siblings did as did my mother and grandmother. It was the high school I would have gone to if my family hadn’t moved to Coffs Harbour at the end of 1971.

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