There's something very alluring about the Queensland capital. It's summed up by that wide toothy grin of Premier Peter Beattie that says: 'Forget about problems with health, water and power, the sun's shining out there'.

And so it was that Colin Huggins led Ingrid and me on The Great Trek from our bolthole on the river, tracing the will-be steps of ASOPA reunionistas through colonnades and tunnels, along balconies and balustrades, inside a myriad of hotel function rooms, meeting with comely young conference organisers - with whom Colin seemed to have developed a close rapport.

Thence to the Bow Thai where we ordered a banquet to which Colin added Number 47, a barking hot platter of Moreton Bay seafood that was still affecting my personal progress late into the following day. We met up with Bill and Diane Bohlen (about to head off on another Grand European Tour), Joe Crainean and his new wife Kathryn, Bill Welbourne and Henry Bodman.

Earlier in the day I touched base with David Keating and Ron Antoine [ASOPA1961-62], who are well advanced in their orgaisation of next year's Class reunion - the first in the 45 years since they left the School.

Meanwhile, the 1962-63 organising committee meets in Brisbane Sunday. They need have no fear that Mr Huggins has anything other than a firm grip on his arrangements.

Oh yeah, and Noosa's great, as always.


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