Happy, happy!!

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In keeping with FAD’s [read My] noble tradition for being late with stuff, I missed wishing you for Christmas, but I hope you had a good one. In the nick of time before the clock ticks over to the new year, however, I wish you all the best for 2012. I fervently hope that it is not quite as full of change for me as 2011 was, with the big move downunder, and that I can settle down and do more on this site and on the family history I’m working on. We’ll see how that goes.

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  1. Allan Hannah
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    Hi AllanJ
    Glad to see that you are still perambulating along and haven’t been eaten by a dingo!
    And belated but sincere best wishes for 2012, and the future, of course!!
    Caught up with GB the other day and I think that he was quite pleased to get rid of me, eventually!
    We reminisced in true FAD tradition and there may have been a tear in the eye from time to time, thankfully mostly tears of laughter!
    I reminded him about the drinking spots in Durban and he politely listened to me but I could see that he was somewhere else and not too far from having a little snooze! Having read David Baird’s excellent and almost all embracing article on watering spots and then following up with the John Taylor article on a similar subject I felt quite ashamed of beating the GB ear on much the same subject!!!
    However, there was one little drinking hole that I did not notice in either of the articles! The was a hotel to the land side of the Fairhaven (of Coca Cola sign fame), in Gillespie street I think, which was called the Palace Hotel. Not a very inspiring façade I’m afraid and to get to the Baq Room, where the music was, you needed to walk down a fairly long and very straight passage past reception to your right, the pub entrance on the left and then through the door to the Baq Room. Always a live band and singer in attendance and an appreciative audience listening and sometimes dancing! There seemed to be some connection with Rhodesia as I think that I remember the bands and the songbirds often talking about up North. Maybe David or John ended up in this joint some evening and can give input on the Baq Room!
    Regards
    AllanH

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