Take me back to when I danced around the May Pole! It is May 1, 2016.

60 years ago, @ age 12, I migrated from Gouda, The Netherlands, to Sydney, Australia, at about THIS time of year.
A year earlier, May 1955, I’d had half a day off school.
Why?
To dance around the Maypole, along with the other young ‘swallows’.
Like my parents, before me, I was a member of the ‘Arbeiders Jeugd Centrale’ (Labor Youth Centre) ‘The socialist version of the ‘Scouts and Guides’, (who met up in the same building, as we did (The former orphanage.), in Gouda.
So, I was pleased and proud to be ‘socialist’, which in the Netherlands of those years, was no secret. (I have copied the explanation of the very ‘visible’ political leanings of we Dutch people, in those years, known as ‘stratification’.
I DO have quite a few photos of my formative, 12 years, in Gouda, and SOMEWHERE I have a photo of our ‘leader’ resting against the dyke, between dancing, with his arms around two of my fellow ‘swallows’. He was of course, a Falcon!!.

Please check out:
https://www.flickr.com/groups/deajc/
where I posted the pictures of myself, my parents and publications by the AJC (Arbeiders Jeugd Centrale)

Remembering a great birthday and exhibition, combined.

Taking the paintings to the Tap Gallery

Taking the paintings to the Tap Gallery

The week of the 6th to the 12th of October was a most interesting one for me. My 65th birthday, celebrated by opening my exhibition, at the Tap Gallery, in Darlinghurst.

Joined by son, daughter, their mother, old school friends, fellow Dutch Australian Cultural Centre Board Members, and a good number of great people, it was a memorable evening and an interesting week.

Fine music

Fine music

Fine music………

Fine (Dutch) snacks and drinks to sip.

Things to eat and drink. (These are Dutch biscuits, called speculaas.)

Schoolfriends

School friends! (Was: MBHS=Now setting of  ‘Heartbreak High’)

Old friends (from high school in the late fifties).

A toast!Too much to tell.

A ‘Dutch’ – “take” on the president of the U.S.A.! ~ I LOVE it!!

Funny!!  !!!!!!!!!!! Click on ‘funny!’ Oh!!!  PLEASE take a look!!  Go past the Dutch introduction to the piece!!! You’ll enjoy this ‘take’ on the president’s sp…

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