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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 15 Apr 2017 8:14 pm

Offhand the nick doesn't ring a bell. Was he an O.I. Sup or another company? When one nears 70 the years start to blur the timelines. I usually have to pull out old log books and/or try to locate the original photos/slides to see when they were developed. This seniority isn't all it's cracked up to be! :lol:
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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 15 Apr 2017 8:17 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Offhand the nick doesn't ring a bell. Was he an O.I. Sup or another company? Martech? When one nears 70 the years start to blur the timelines. I usually have to pull out old log books and/or try to locate the original photos/slides to see when they were developed. This seniority isn't all it's cracked up to be! :lol:
SOME PEOPLE TRY TO TURN BACK THEIR ODOMETERS. NOT ME. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHY I LOOK THIS WAY. I'VE TRAVELED A LONG WAY, AND SOME OF THE ROADS WEREN'T PAVED. ~ Will Rogers

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Post by dwtbtnm » Sun, 16 Apr 2017 8:40 am

Mouse worked for several diving outfits. I had worked around him on jobs in the ME and SEA.

I worked in the Matak area for several companies (drilling contractors and oil companies) on and off from the mid 70's through the early 2000's. I also well remember the Albatross, many flights, many experiences.

We were flying out of Seletar on one day (70's) on our way to Tanjung Pinang to clear in and as usual the pilot (Dick, american) was smoking heavily. We were discussing why it took so long this time and then from the cockpit a hand and note was stuck out. I took the note and read it and passed it around and it said he couldn't get he landing gear down so we had to return to Singapore. We flew around about 1 hour while Dick tried to get permission to land in the straits off Punggol. The Singapore authorities refused and Dick got permission from the Malaysian authorities to land on their side. We landed in the Straits and taxied (?) over to the airport. The problem was fixed and we flew the next day. The Albatross is still parked in Jakarta (last I heard) and hasn't flown for decades. and Dick died in Cairns (Aus) of lung cancer in the 90's (so I heard).

The early days of the Matak crew changes were great. I had a few rigs working out of there in the 90's and early 2000's and after the "upgrade and bureaucratic expansion" it was a nightmare.

I remember the signs at Seletar in the early days saying long hair and tattoos were not allowed entry into Singapore..........

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Post by Max Headroom » Sun, 16 Apr 2017 8:54 am

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The good old days :)

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 16 Apr 2017 4:37 pm

Yeah, I lived on 1 Oxford Street and 20 Mornington crescent and was about a 3 minute walk away from the base post office (a 2 room block house affair) and that beloved poster was there until they closed the post office permanently. I lived in Seletar from 1983 till 1999 when I bought a resale HDB flat.
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Post by Max Headroom » Mon, 17 Apr 2017 7:20 am

SMS, before our move to Singapore in 1980, my mum had got us "Culture Shock", to warn us against all the cultural faux-pas disasters lying in wait for us. One of the items was how long hair was frowned upon. I think I saw that poster at the airport, which back then was Paya Lebar.

Wow, some good times back then.

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