LUNCH AT THE LIBRARY!

Hello, Editor Des here!

Well Pauline was going to do some research at the State Library in Sydney so I went along  too. I thought I might start trying to find my ancestors. Just hope I don’t turn out to be  related to Paddington or Pooh…especially Paddington.  Did you hear his film wasn’t nominated for an academy award? Apparently he’s devastated.

Dr Bob dropped us off near Martin Place. It was very exciting because I had my photo taken with Mr Irish Potato Man (a relative of Dr Bob’s) .  I was a bit worried he would tread on me, just quietly. I thought Pauline was never going to take the damn picture.

Mr Irish Potato Man and moi! Those big boots are a bit close for comfort!

Mr Irish Potato Man and moi! Those big boots are a bit close for comfort!

He was giving out free chips (a new sort).  Cheese and onion, they were. A  poncy man walking past  and said surely  there were  enough rubbish foods in the world already.  But me and all the other people  ignored him and snapped them up. I got two packets, all for myself.

With my freebies. Oh yes!!

With my freebies. Oh yes!!

 

I had a bit of a rest on the way up to Macquarie Street (that’s where the big library is.) A boy ran up and asked if  could he have a packet because they’d run out, but I told him to nick off.  Got into trouble for being unpleasant, but first in first served  don’t you agree?

 

When we got to the library I helped Pauline first; she was looking up stuff for her biography of Dr Victor Ratten.   And do you know what? He was really a FAKE! We found a book written by one of his cousins, with a picture of him in it, so that was good.

 

We found a pic of Victor Ratten.

We found a pic of Victor Ratten.

By this time we were hungry so we went upstairs to the library cafe. I ate one packet of my chips,and put the other one away for  later. A pigeon walked up to our table so I gave him a piece of Pauline’s  quiche when she wasn’t looking.

Yum!

Yum!

 

Afterwards I went off on my own  to the Family History section and a librarian helped me turn on  the computer. I didn’t  get on with it very well, because I didn’t have a password and I was too scared to tell the lady in case she made me leave.

Computer research.

Computer research.

 

I thought this was a good place to start researching my ancestry.

Anyway, I pretended I found a reference to  my g.g.g.g.grandfather.   Then she found me a book on genealogy which  was quite useful. She said  I might  be connected  to someone ‘very big’  in China. Not sure if she meant a  bloomin’ giant panda or someone in high office.  Well  I’d only just started taking a few notes when  I began to feel  really queasy. The Irish  Potato Man’s free chips were all squelching around in my stomach and I had to make a run for the loo. Only just made it!

Up-chucking my chips!

Up-chucking my chips!

Oh my word, it’s lucky I didn’t be sick on the library books.  Pauline was quite sympathetic when she found me. She put a wet tissue on my forehead, and  threw the other packet of chips  in the  return book shute…haha, no she didn’t. She put it in a rubbish tin.

We caught the bus home to Mosman and went to the local library (yes, two in one day!). We bought some books  that the library didn’t want, and then Pauline checked her messages (she’s always doing that).   I watched a little girl try to  teach her younger brother how to skip. She was such  a pompous little twerp;  ‘Pay attention to how I do it and learn, Oliver!‘  she said. but she couldn’t even skip  properly herself!  Well I was going to say something, but we left to go and have coffee so I didn’t.  As we were going out the door I heard her mother tell her to leave Oliver alone and sit down.. Hahaha…serves her right.

At our favourite cafe in Mosman. I was still too wan to eat cake.

At our favourite cafe in Mosman. I was still too wan for caffeine and cake.

Next time I go to the library I’ll  order quiche for lunch like Pauline, or take  some  Vegemite  sandwiches! You live and learn eh?

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12 Comments
  1. Hmmm….beginning to think you need to keep a closer eye on Editor Des

    • Pauline

      I do try Nancy, but he has a mind of his own and a very strong will….Pauline.

  2. Yeah, but you gotta love them strong-willed kids, I have a couple of ’em myself.

    • Pauline

      EDITOR DES HERE! PLEASE DO NOT DISCUSS ME UNDER MY OWN STORY! THANK YOU.

  3. Guess you need to eat more healthy than just chips. I think Pauline may be a bad example for you.

    I was wondering if you knew which province of China you come from? any indications on your tag or birth certificate?

    • Pauline

      Hello Miss Suzanne, well the lady at the library said I might be from Xinjiang because my left eye is a bit crossed like an X. I hope she wasn’t just making fun of me! Love Des.

  4. A very eventful day Des,I must agree with you re the wretched computers I don,t believe they are user friendly for human beings let alone a chap such as yourself , they make people very frazzled

    • Pauline

      Well they do make people frazzled Aunty Robbie. Do you know what? I think it was stress that made me throw up, not the free chips!…..Love Des. xxx

  5. Well thank you Editor Des this was an exceptionally funny story which was just what I needed to read but must say but not whilst drinking tea I nearly choked on it from laughing..

    • Pauline

      Hahaha, thank you Miss Donna. I’m glad I made you happy. Just quietly, Pauline is a bit jealous because my stories are more popular than her old history ones!! Lots of love, Editor Des. xxxx

  6. I’m guessing that you were greedy – grabbing 2 packets of crisps and then gobbling down one packet! Gobbling crisps make you sick.

    • Pauline

      But I really didn’t gobble Christine. Dr Bob said they were probably chap and nasty and Pauline shouldn’t have let me have them. So there! Editor Des. xx

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