July 2016 Storytellers had a winter theme and our presenters for the evening were two members well versed in all that is snow, ice, ski slopes, here and abroad, après ski drinks and the like.
Geoffrey Wall began proceedings presenting “I saved the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electricity Scheme“. Geoffrey spent six months in a small hut at Blue Lake on the Snowy Mountains Main Range planting his seeds… for soil conservation that is!! Geoffrey told a wonderful story of his experiences in a mountain hut, earning lots of money in overtime in order to raise some cash to go overseas. What better place to NOT spend any money? There was teasing of colleagues, one in particular who wrote a letter later to say that after much research he has recognised that there was never such and such an animal …and he wasn’t happy!
Geoffrey included some lovely anecdotes including what could possibly have been a real life changer when he literally picked up Marlene Dietrich …
After a short break to stretch the legs, Andrew Horsley (famed Jack Cox winner and Australian Cross Country Ski representative) presented “An evening of Australian Alpine History”. Andrew provided an insight to the Cross Country discipline – its growth, sophistication & characters, as observed over his long involvement as a racer, coach and administrator.
Andrew’s skiing and associated activities are truly extensive and everyone noted how his presentation was modestly understated. Just a few example of his involvement follow: Continue reading
Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage
Ian and Pru Booth will be talking about their journey of 240km, self-guided hike along part of 1200 year-old Pilgrim’s Trail in Japan, one of the World Heritage Pilgrimage Treks.
Three Capes Track
Jan Davies is presenting a talk on the newly constructed $30 million Tasmanian’s far south east track. 12 females with packs and 46 kilometres of cliff-hugging wilderness.
The next stop is Antartica. A 4 day walk in a stunningly beautiful and remote part of Australia. A journey that had us in awe of natures beauty.
Both talks are promising to be pictorial adventures that we encourage you to come along and share.
BYO BBQ at 615pm, Show Time 730pm.
Winter is upon us and that’s the theme for our next meeting. Brrr.
Geoffrey Wall will present “I saved the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electricity Scheme“.
Geoffrey spent six months in a small hut at Blue Lake on the Snowy Mountains Main Range planting his seeds….. for soil conservation that is!!
Andrew Horsley (famed Jack Cox winner and Australian Cross Country Ski representative) will then present “An evening of Australian Alpine History”.
Andrew Horsley competed for Australia at the at the World Cross Country Championships in Lahti, Finland, in 1978.
Andrew will provide an insight to the Cross Country discipline – its growth, sophistication & characters, as observed over his long involvement as a racer, coach and administrator.
The meeting will commence at 7:30pm following a BYO BBQ for those interested. Friends are welcome.
The meeting was rather special as we got to know one of the three wise men a little better – namely Hamid Rihani.
Hamid didn’t need much of an introduction. He’s certainly one of the BBC’s identities.
When he retired about 3 years ago there were several articles written about him in the local papers, and there was one quote from fellow BBC member Brian Wilder “Hamid is a one-off; and I don’t think Mosman will see the likes of him in business in Mosman again. He has a fascinating personal story” so in order to capture some his fascinating story, Denise and Clive conducted a ‘Parkinson’ style interview with him. Hamid is colourful but also quite reserved, or so we all thought, but once he warmed up he was hard to stop. He kept the audience enthralled with his interesting life story and amused by his many anecdotes. He’s quite a success story. Hamid’s charming ‘Aussie’ wife Robyn joined us also to check that Hamid’s version of the truth was told … just as well too!
In the interview we explored some of his family history, his early career, what prompted his move to Australia in 1969, the growth of his business in Mosman and how he came to join the BBC.
Born in Fez, Morocco. His mother died when he was 18 months and then his father when he was about 5 years. From then on he was looked after through a trust by a guardian/nanny. Continue reading
At the next Storytellers Tuesday 21st June we’ll be interviewing Hamid .. he has quite a fascinating story so we (Denise & I) intend to interview him .. to try and draw him out on some highlights and funny stories which I know he has. He’s keen but doesn’t think people will be interested and as you know is quite reserved. He’s already provided some background which we think you’ll find interesting. The usual BBQ happens prior to the talk. All welcome.