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. Feeling so sad for him…..NOT.
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.
He was giving out free chips (a new sort). Cheese and onion, they were. A poncy man walking past 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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