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December 23, 2016

Des Hudson emailed from Fairfield

(that's Fairfield, Connecticut, not Fairfield, Sydney)

He emailed these photos:


In Bechtel's Loloho office filling in time between tea breaks

Driving without a licence

After he had smashed that one up ...

... he went back to driving a more conventional model - note his safety boots, though


He started with Bechtel in 1970 and then joined Camp Catering Services - which became S.H.R.M. - in late 1972 and stayed until 1976.

His reasons for staying that long were the low court fees at the Arawa Tennis Club and the free Arnott's Scotch Finger biscuits.

During a trip to the Mt Hagen Show he became interested in girls but first had to get chummy with the in-laws ...



... who covered him in pig's fat, put some feathers on his head, and gave him this choice of two:



You may have noticed that in the first photo he wears a goldwatch whereas in the second photo he is bare-armed (as well as -arsed).

It's known as the bride price which was negotiated on the basis of 'get one for the price of two and get the second one for free'.

He was able to keep the price down (his watch was a cheap SEIKO) by doing a trade-in - see below:

Nancy Williams from Canada


P.S. After leaving Bougainville, Des worked for eleven years in Saudi Arabia and was then transferred to the Saudi company's office in New York where he worked for the next 28 years before retiring at the end of 2015.