Dragonboat Race Gold Team 1983. (I think we actually won that year, mainly because it was the last time the "HMS Tamar” lot were allowed alcohol on the beach!!)
All Dragonboats are usually low in the water. Thanks to Dave Escott, ours was even lower!! (only kidding Dave....)
1984 Kids Christmas Party at Cape D'Aguilar with Santa's not-
Some people always did love a party!!
Having taken the opportunity to return to “The Former Colony” at the invitation of some close friends, we took time out to check on a few of the remaining haunts and watering holes frequented back in the ‘80s. Whilst we saw, and expected to see, many changes (the number of new buildings has increased to such an extent that it was difficult to locate the old ones!), some things never change. Sadly, having been away from the place for so long, it was difficult to remember some of the places that hadn’t. Lockhart Road, Wanchai, Causeway Bay all look, sound and smell the same. The only differences seem to be the improved cleanliness of the place, and the noticeable reduction in numbers of followers of the national hobby of “gobbin’-
But rather than sound like pages from a tourist guide, and a picture being worth a thousand words, herewith a few compressed “gems” that might bring back a few memories for those who’ve been away for as long, if not longer than we have:-
“New Mercury House” not looking so new anymore. Some say that given the amount of new buildings surrounding it, its now becoming a bit of an eyesore and ought to be pulled down. (a no-
The Old China Hand -
The List of Original Patrons (OCH 100) is about the only relic left in the place (along with the toilets out the back!). I think Dave Escott owns a brass plaque somewhere on the board.. (Was looking a bit peeved as the old dear in the kitchen didn’t want her photo taken with another old git -
,,,Anyway, I found a much nicer bar just down the road!
...Talking of Pubs, this one is still around in Stanley, and I’m sure I heard the Ghosts of Tom Mackay and Davie Morrell knocking on the bar! The decor is just as dreadful as ever, but unfortunately there appears to be no graffiti on the walls and ceiling earlier than 2005. Guess they must have “redecorated” the place....
The road past the Smugglers, which used to be no more than a rough track, has had a serious face-
Back further up the road, is the area that needs no introduction -
Not too far away, another ex-
For those who regularly trudged down the hill to top up the beer fridge, even Park ‘n Shop has been replaced by a couple of Estate Agents.
The more modern faces of Repulse Bay, plus what looks suspiciously like a “remould” of the old Repulse Bay Hotel. Current purpose unknown as we didn’t venture inside.
Meanwhile in downtown Wanchai, “HMS Tamar” now stands completely landlocked. Apparently the distance between here and Kowloon across the harbour is down to not much more than 800 metres. Should save Star Ferry a few bob on diesel!
We did make time to look up some old friends, in particular, Dave & Jill Manion.
Dave was working at the Earth Station by the time we left in ‘85. He left the Co. Some time later and has virtually been in HK ever since. Lucky S**! Anyway, as ever, both still in social mode. Good to see you both after so long. Let’s hope we don’t wait another 25 years. Might not be around that long....
Nice to see you again Jill, BOTTOMS UP!
And thanks to Manny & Jenny for letting us clog up their flat for a fortnight.
We’ve seen flower sellers for weddings, funerals, anniversaries and all other special occasions, but this is a new one... Imagine!
Your wouldn’t see THAT now, without getting arrested!