Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Welcome Visit to Aus

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Welcome Visit to Aus

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SWANNELL

PETER SWANNELL

I HAVE probably written too often about my brother who has been visiting us in recent weeks.

We have had a very enjoyable time together, but enough is enough! He and his wife are off back to England tomorrow leaving at some God-forsaken early hour.

I shall do the right thing brother-wise and dump them at Brisbane Airport only shortly after you have finished reading this!

Relatives are like rich food; enjoyable regularly but in small quantities.

I will be interested to hear how they have coped with the change in temperature between their home and my own... March in England can still be very cold and sleeping on top of the bedclothes will have to be just a memory.

We shall miss them in a brotherly kind of way.

The Chronicle will lose an avid reader of every conceivable sporting snippet.

My brother seems to be able to generate an interest in the most mundane detail of every local event, match, or competition.

It matters not that he might be the only reader excited about the recent match between the Oopsy-Woopsy Reserves and a Girl Guides representative team from just north of Brisbane. I love it and marvel at why he cares, but he clearly does.

Our roaming in the last weeks has taken us to Alice Springs, Darwin, Cairns and Brisbane (several times) and those places have a fascination for visiting Poms from west of London! I've told you more about that in earlier columns!

This latest visit was his fifth over the past 20 years or so.

It's the first time in which I have been brave enough to ask him what he really thinks about Australia.

He has reminded me that the base for all his visits has been here in Toowoomba, staying with us at our home.

So, although we have done our fair share of tripping around during those years, he rightly acknowledges that his view of our city and our country is conditioned by the choices his brother and sister-in-law have forced on him! …

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