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Old 12-08-2005, 04:39 PM   #1
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He rode the motorcycle on the wall of death.....

I have just found out that my grandfather's brother, Edward, rode the motorcycles on the wall of death in the circus. For some reason, this makes me feel happy.

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Old 12-08-2005, 07:35 PM   #2
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What a neat bit of family history to suddenly stumble across! Does anyone in your family have pictures? That would be so neat!

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Old 12-08-2005, 11:09 PM   #3
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Hi, no.... no pictures. I didn't even know about my great Uncle Edward until yesterday. Sad, since he died in 1987 in South Africa - and I was in Africa until 1993. I don't know why I felt so happy about finding out that he did what he did - it was an absurd sort of happiness...like....perhaps because here was one person who seems to have "escaped" all the traditional expectations - surely, I assume, he did this because this was what he wanted to do.
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Old 12-09-2005, 04:47 PM   #4
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Amen, Sandyj. I had a black sheep great-Uncle Buck (really, that was his name) who went on up to Utah or Wyoming to become a cowboy. My grandmother wouldn't talk about him much, but I bet he was having a pretty good time.
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Old 12-09-2005, 05:12 PM   #5
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I understand EXACTLY what you mean... Oh to have had a 'free spirit' like him in the family, instead of my boring university lecturers, farmers, doctors and solicitors

For the benefit of my American friends, I feel I should point out that solicitors are lawyers, not customers of 'ladies of the night'
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