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From those that are in any way connected with this story – or even those who who are not, and just recognise kindred spirits!  You will need to EDIT and TYPE our email addresses (below) to remove the ‘spam’ masks…

David Hodges (Left) now lives just outside Canterbury in Kent, UK…  dandphodges[at]btopenworld[dot]com

John Polson (Centre) looks after this website…  and now lives on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia…  jrpolson[at]bigpond[dot]com

Keith deB Percy (right) now lives in Ottawa, Canada…  kdebpercy[at]rogers[dot]com

Peter Richards (not shown) now lives in Adelaide, South Australia…  but as a communicator, he makes a great photographer!  Any one of us can put you in touch with him.

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  1. Leon Lippy
    January 27, 2007

    Do you have any photos of David Lawson? He was going out with a friend of mine’s mother in the 1950s. I would like to contact him to give him an update on all his friends here in South Africa who would like to communicate with him again
    I can be contacted on 011 833 7200 in South Africa or emailed on the above address.
    Your help would be mostly appreciated in this regard.
    Many thanks

  2. the old blue truck
    January 27, 2007

    I do have a photo of David Lawson which I will post as soon as I can – on the OVC page – see my comments there…
    Thanks for making contact
    Alles van die beste!

  3. Michael Morrissey
    August 5, 2007

    I’m sitrting in the transit lounge at Narita and Martin Blakeway came to mind. I knew him in 1979 when I lived in Tokyo. I was a member of his South Seas Society. I’m planning a trip to that part of the world later this year. Do you know how I can reach him? Mike

  4. the old blue truck
    August 5, 2007

    Yes Mike – I spoke to him yesterday… I will forward your message – and leave it for him to contact you. http://www.mjmorrissey.com Great pictures – great travels! JP

  5. Lester Jolly
    September 27, 2007

    hello lester well and ageing living in london chelsea

  6. Annette Cowderoy
    November 8, 2008

    I have found Maxine….. !!!!! but lost your address John…can you email me.

  7. Annette Cowderoy
    November 9, 2008

    Lester, Hi from me, Annette Cowderoy that was. I know you will remember Maxine Hitchcock and Eric Muller, I lost touch with them but (just yesterday) foundMax in Surbiton. Eric will be in UK as soon as he sells their house in Durban. She sounds JUST the same and it’s fantastic to be in touch once more..

  8. Eric Smith
    December 28, 2008

    I have been wondering what has happened to you over the years. Im Eric Smith from Pretoria on holiday in Durban when you worked in the Durban Corporation many years ago about in the 50s. If it is you please contact me, regards Eric

  9. the old blue truck
    December 29, 2008

    Welcome aboard Eric – not sure exactly WHO you are trying to contact… or who you remember from Durban? Let me know this and maybe I can help.
    Regards JP

  10. Eric Smith
    January 10, 2009

    JP I am trying to contact Lester Jolly. The last time I saw him is when he
    visited me in Coniston Court Currie road Durban. This was in 1968 when he came to S.A. to see his parents who lived in Park Rynie Natal South Coast
    Regards Eric Smith

  11. Steven Brooke
    February 4, 2009

    I am trying to contact Lester Jolly whom I knew briefly in South Africa in 1982.Can anybody help me.

  12. the old blue truck
    February 5, 2009

    Welcome Steven,
    Lester checks in here from time to time – I’ll leave it for him to contact you.
    Beste, John

  13. jeffrey collins
    May 10, 2009

    lived in earls court 1969/1973 trying to contact glynis rose, from durban, curious

  14. Bruce Fewings
    October 16, 2010

    Hello All,
    My father,Trevor Fewings passed away today,26/09/10,peacefully.
    After a wonderful life of travel,a love of jazz music and a fine glass of wine,married to Barbie for the past 18 years.A great father who would keep us rivoted to the dinning table with stories of London/Europe in he 60’s.
    If you wish to contact me for more details I would be more than happy to reply. Kind Regards Bruce Fewings beansurf@bigpond.net.au

  15. John Polson
    October 16, 2010

    Condolences Bruce,
    I’ve sent a personal note to London with the sad news – and thanks for the picture – I’ll put it up as soon as I can… here.

  16. Trish
    March 15, 2011


    I really should take you to task for causing me to lose an hour and a half reading thru’ ‘The Old Blue Truck’, don’t you know how busy I am?! I’ve really enjoyed reading it, my morning tea has gone cold as I’ve immersed myself in the escapades, and I still haven’t read it all. Well done for managing to be so organised and thank you for preserving those wonderful stories for us all to enjoy.

    It truly was a time when travel broadened oneself, discovering new places, handling unpredictability and unrest. A far more interesting and authentic time, no phones, emails, internet cafes that make life so much easier. Spoon fed travel today is pretty much unavoidable and I think those of us fortunate to have experienced the real deal are richer for it, oh no think I’m starting to show my age!


    • JRP
      March 15, 2011

      Trish – thanks for that – I guess you’ve heard it all so many times before? How I would love to go back and reshoot the pictures again!

      See you in a couple of weeks?
      I’m coming home to Kent!

  17. Taiwo Omisore
    June 12, 2015

    I would love to do a painted portrait of you guys! Your story is amazing!

    Best, Taiwo

  18. jane thompson
    March 19, 2016

    Hi , I am wondering if anyone knew a Robert Harding from Australia who traveled to England from Brisbane in 1960? He is listed as visiting the overseas visitor’s club. Many thanks. Jane Thompson.

  19. Oli Gleeson
    July 20, 2016

    Hello, Im looking to contact Lester Jolly. My father in law Kevin Redmond used to work with Lester many moons ago. He would love to get in contact. Thanks a mill
    Oli :)


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