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Rod Drake’s Memories
My name is Rod
Drake (aka George or Rodders).
So typical of the era I was on board, this is from the front of the farewell card that I received from all the fantastic idiots I had the pleasure of living with for 2˝ years. I joined the Oriana for the first time 22/2/81, I flew with Trog from the UK.
I was so scared that first cocktail party. This was the first time I saw my wife of now 25 years this year, it was March ’81 my second cruise.
Cecil & Barb!
Cuddles & Moira (Barb’s sister) in Brisbane.
Cuddles, not sure, Leo Threlfall, Clyde and Roosters wife (then) Helen at Barb and my engagement party.
Mark Steele, Jill & Lesley, friends of Barb’s on the cruise.
Steve Hockborn & Lesley.
Or should I say Chief – I was at college with Steve as a cadet – there are more stories there!!
Me, Lesley, Barb, Steeley, Jill.
Steve and Lesley, I think this was at the Bamboo Terrace, Suva.
Jill & Steeley.
Beachcomber I think, Sue Allen, me, I think Baby Doc and Stoker.
Alvin & Leo.
I’m sure you recognise everyone here.
This is Peter Kennington (aka Laz) – lots of fun
The Tug of War, that‘s me with the big nose and glasses.
?? and I, forget her name for which I apologise, she was a joker 7 I think, I really should remember.
This is Lloyds Register’s finest, Bales (skinny ginge), not at his best!
This is Rooster who would put him in charge of an Aluminium smelter!
Mark Steele taking charge of my fridge again.
Mark Steele as cool as ever.
Barb and Stoker is that a Newcastle Brown he’s got.
This is/was the wardroom that is Bondy chasing someone..
Then coming to grief.
Does anyone else remember Paul Williams (Mamby) I think he married a girl from Melbourne.
The Wardroom again, Bondy , Stoker and others.
You can’t see his face but this was Laz at his best, those wardroom stairs were always harder going down!
Bondy and Caroline – sobriety the only fault!
Scarey & Peam, Peam christened me George I’ll never forget that, still don’t know why he did that.
Laz again – in disguise.
Pellet, Ken Willey (I think) Caroline and others.
This is Scarey!
My house but this is how it was. Joker, Sid, Scarey, Joker.
Same but Scarey traded up!
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