As I reflect on 14 joyous, adventurous years of marriage to my very beautiful and still remarkable wife, my mind goes back to where it all began (almost). Herewith a missive delivered at our engagement party by the highly gregarious, generally unhinged ‘Stamps’, a dear old Dutch guy at our church back in Brisbane. I miss Stamps.

Many thanks to Mic C for digging this up. A little taste : “The most prominent party, roaring with laughter remains the taxman who does his utmost to raise taxation, not only in cigars and tobacco and cigarets, but also in ale, that most prosperous and popular drink in warm Australia.”

This was one of his better almost completely off-topic speeches; I still see tears of joy rolling down Mic’s cheeks. No doubt John was rolling around outside on the grass in fits of laughter too.


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