CONNECTION: Final! Case Study: Looking for a country pub – we found it!

OLD NEWS: THE PUB’S OLD TALES OF THE BUSHRANGERS HAVE BEEN A HUGE SUCCESS. THE NIGHT IS RUN BY A BLOKE WHO WAS TOLD THESE YARNS AS A YOUNGSTER BY PEOPLE ‘IN THRE KNOW’. Below: THE PARENTS OF THESE FELLOWS WERE OFTEN HELD BY THE POLICE -- SOME WERE INCARCERATED FOR A LONG TIME.

Richard was able to learn by talking to publicans from all walks of life. Two of the gentlemen in question had just bought country pubs and he was able to arrange a cross-promotion with both of them.

FRANK MORRIS

Richard now found it much easier to appraise the Swan as a prospective investment. The figures made it obvious the pub had been allowed to run down in both turnover and the state of the furnishings. It was many dollars behind in turnover, the solicitor told me, but we decided to move in.

The first twelve months was a difficult an adjustment period. It took this long to come to terms with a new way of life behind the bar. It was an especially hard time for Carole.

From talking to publicans and attending various courses before-hand, they knew the demands likely to be place upon them. But Richard had not realised how ultra-important it would be in a country pub to be physically present in the bar and how much time it would take up.

The reality of the pub life is a 16-18 hour day, all year. At this stage, Richard decided to stay open. He had five staff from the takeover and he knew it would work out. One of the staff was a young chap who was delighted with the job and knew the trade back to front. He made him assistant manager.

THE SWAN WAS NUMBER ONE

There were several major unforeseen factors that took up enormous amount of improvement. To date, this has cost them thousands of dollars, which they had to borrow. Richard advises anyone thinking of moving into a country pub to make sure there are no hidden problems; make sure it’s a viable proposition in winter.

On current trading, they believe the turn-over does not really justify the purchase price and expenditure they’ve made to date.

“Over the next five years, we must build up our turnover so that when we have reached our objectives we maintain our capital and will have money to live on,” Richard said. Up until five years ago, the Swan was always number one in turnover and customer appeal over the other two pubs.

It won the Country Pub of the Years for the past 8 years.

Said Richard: “With health and everything else willing, we’re looking on it as a seven year project.”

<< Retirement Pack, London. Frank Morris rewrote to article.

Richard and Carole took over the Swan several years ago and it has truly justified its owner’s tender loving care. The Swan regained its number one spot and has won the Country Pub of the Year ever since. The memorabilia on Bushrangers’ nights have been successful since ‘Mr Antidote’ started to run the program. The cross-promotion with publican friends of his all that time ago has been a tear-way success. The takeover staff have never wanted to leave.


FLASHBACK: Diggers 1945 – were coming home after the initial confusion

IT’S ALWAYS GOOD: ERWIN EDEL TOLD THIS STORY TO FRANK MORRIS TWENTY ODD YEARS AGO. Below: ERWIN AND HIS WIFE, UNA.

It’s moments like these! Erwin Edel’s victorious homecoming … and the fact that he still faces “the most embarrassing moment of his life.” Erwin still enjoys retelling it.

ERWIN EDEL   Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

Well, the war is over. Who says so?

We're here in Wewack, New Guinea and the Japs are up in the hills with their guns and they haven’t said so!

True, since the Emperor surrendered, they have not shelled us. But here we still are, not sure that the Japs will peacefully surrender.

We still have to stand guard at night even though the war is supposed to be over. But boredom is worse than ever.

Yes, our tents are now better and we do not get wet every night. We have a bit more food and perhaps a bit more variety. My mate George and I got fresh meat - the first in twelve months.

We were doing a job for the Yanks and got the meat as payment. Otherwise, we are making souvenirs in the workshop, and giving lectures to the battalions signals on electronics.

OCTOBER, 1945

Now the big news. General Adachi (The Governor General of Australia, he thought) and the remaining force of about 9000 of a total of 245,000 have surrendered.

He handed over his sword and the men their weapons. But the war has been over for a while and we are still stuck in the jungle. When, oh when, are we going home?

It was November, December 1945 and a small number of men was going home. But what about us?

Well, it does not seem likely we will be home before Christmas. We just got the news that about 2000 of us will go shortly. But I don’t know if I am going or not. I’ll just wait and hope.

Well, what excitement when we are told that we’re going home. Eventually, the day comes when we pack our things including our souvenirs and get on the truck, drive a short distance to the barge and steam out to a large aircraft carrier. What a sight!

We’re not sorry to leave the island which certainly was not a tropical paradise.

The aircraft carrier is off; the next day the amplifier throughout the carrier is calling for Sergeant Edel to report to Cabin 15 on C deck. Well, what have I done? I go to the cabin.

The Captain greets me in a very friendly manner and informs me that when he was in Sydney at a party, I and my mates taught him to play two-up. Well, the world is certainly small.

BEAUTIFUL DAY

After a nice chat, he asks me if I would like my wife to be told that I am on my way home. I didn’t hesitate to say yes.

After a smooth trip in beautiful weather, glorious Sydney Harbour came into sight. A fleet of aircraft escorted the carrier.

At the wharf the bands played and a bevy of Generals is waiting for us.

After a while, somebody calls out: “There are some sheilas on the wharf!” There was a sea of turning heads. After all, we hadn’t seen any women for two years.

But to my horror, I see that there are only two sheilas there – one is my wife, Una; and the other, her sister-in-law. It was the most embarrassing moment in my life when, with my gear and rifle, I walked down the gangplank and embraced my wife to the enjoyment of 2000 cheering voices.

It was embarrassing, but nice. Now the war is really over, I thought.

It’s June, 1993 -- fifty years on. I am still married to the same sheila! The grandchildren have grown up, and at 80, after a grand life, I have retired.

We have our own unit. We have security and are very happy here.

<< Written from LifeStyle newsletter, 1993.


COMING TO GRAND YEARS. Historic Hotels, The Bushrangers, Go New Zealand, The Wild Frontier, The two-up game, Henry Lawson’s Ghost, OZ Spot, The Authors and “Mrs Movie”. Plus … all the other engrossing features we have lined up for you … plus Ghost Ship: Amazing wrecks in the Baltic Sea and the Vietnam War – The major battles.


KANGAROOS: Give your health a hop in the right direction

ON THE HOP:  THEIR MEAT FINISHED NUMBER ONE. Below: HERE IT IS: SOME SUCCELENT MEAT WHICH CONTAINS LESS THAN 4 PER CENT FAT

Kangaroo – a game meat – contains less than 4 percent of fat. An Australian study looked at whether eating kangaroo over Wagyu beef, usually between 20-30 per cent of fatty marbling, of which 40 per cent is saturated fat.

The researchers served a healthy group of people a single baked potato and green peas, with either Wagyu beef or kangaroo.

KANGAROO THE WINNER

In the hours after the meal, blood samples were collected to measure whether there was an inflammatory response; usually a sign that something is wrong with body.

Wagyu beef ran second compared to those who ate the kangaroo.

So next time you’re at the butcher or supermarket you might consider sticking to leaner meats; and maybe even kangaroo. It might give your health a hop in the right direction. Adapted by FRANK MORRIS.

<< Rewritten from a report in Your Doctor Newsletter.


FOODFROLICO: Let’s have a healthy ‘roo burger for dinner!

Ingredients

1 KG KANGAROO MINCEMEAT
2 LARGE EGGS
1 CUP BREADCRUMBS
1 TABLESPOON GARLIC, CRUSHED          `
1 TABLESPOON FINELY CHOPPED PARSLEY
1 LARGE BROWN ONION, FINELY DICED
¼ CUP WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE
¼ CUP TOMATO SAUCE OR PASTE
2 TEASPOONS DRIED THYME, 1 TEASPOON TABASCO SAUCE, 1 TEASPOON DRIED OREGANO, ½ TEASPOON GROUND BLACK PEPPER. SMALL SQUEEZE OF LEMON JUICE.

Burger

WHOLEMEAL BURGER BUNS, ROCKET, TOMATO (SLICED), LOW FAT TASTY CHEESE (SLICED), BEETROOT (SLICED), TOMATO SAUCE OR RELISH TO SERVE.

Method

1- thoroughly mix all burger mince ingredients together in large bowl.

2- Form mince mixture into 8-12 burgers (using clean hands is best) and cook on a medium heat BBQ plate or pan until cooked through, turning several times. Use a little olive oil to help minimise sticking.

3- Assemble the burger using the wholemeal bun with sliced cheese, beetroot, tomato and rocket.

4- Add tomato sauce or relish to taste. – Your Doctor Newsletter, April 2012.

FUN WITH FOOD. Kangaroo meat is taken from a species of the wild animal. The meat taken from Australian Kangaroos in 2010, was exported to 55 countries and all sections of the globe. 


DREAM HOUSE WILL BE HELD OVER UNTIL NEXT WEEK.                                

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 09 March 18

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