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* *This is the story of my life (albeit back to front) and I really find it difficult to believe.
* This is not a work of literature & not a novel like that of the great contemporary authors, nor was it ever intended to be. It is not what you would expect from the great library's, media or magazines of high credibility, it is not expressed in the educated style of podcasts. It is written by someone who spent most of basic school time working on building sites.
**Some names have been changed to protect the guilty **
. My story will take you through my Army experiences with the first Infantry combat Battalion (1RAR) committed to the Vietnam war & later as a recruit Instructor & 8 years in two postings as an Instructor in the Military Police & all this amongst other MP service in Australia, West Germany & England.
. following the Vietnam disaster, its back in time to read about my scary upbringing as a child by a hateful mother, then my epic journey as a 12/13 year old to a very remote cattle station in Queensland. 'Bulloo Downs' was millions of acres of outback, a hard life, a huge learning curve & included a saga which now seems surreal, was this me or a movie I once saw.
.Meet my new family In Cunnamulla, SW Queensland, the only real one that I had as a kid. All that in a breathtaking introduction to a new life amongst great friends whom I have always missed when life moved on.
. It moved on from the outback to the Army for 20 years with my wife of 54 years...
. As is said, 'but wait there is more'. The S.A. Public Service, a dreadful shock to the system - after I sneaked in.
. Then I hit the road as a training consultant 'Craigburn Training Systems'. After catching my breath exhausted from the financial success & the experiences of consulting to over 100 companies in all levels of Government, business & Industry - along came my 10 year Mining Industry role as a Training & later HR manager which took me around Australia & the world in my advanced roles representing my company as chairman & member of state & federal coal training, OH&S and Industrial relations in the peak NSW industry committees.
That was a whirlwind role in a very militant, over paid, spoilt & backward industry.
. Then retirement, in which time we lost our wonderful youngest Son, Stephen & then in time My Wife Rhonda passed away. These shocking trials amongst mainly dreadful family & in -laws experiences. I dumped the in-laws, the merchants of hate & also sacked a Son whom wasn't there when his mother needed him. One other dumped us lots of years ago & that was great news 😉
. Now It's not all bad, a wonderful woman Kerry, now my Fiancé appeared on the scene a few years ago when I was at the absolute lowest point in my life. I wonder who sent her....🧐
Kerry & I spend our retirement travelling as much as we can as both of us are related to Marco Polo.
So, this is us, for me having survived Polio as a kid, being booted out of home, stranded in a lonely city far from home & later lost in the wilderness of the great outback. Then the trauma & legacies of war, heart problems, cancer & associated ailments including the Covid virus - we rock on.
.lots of photos which tell their own story are included.
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