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Big Tim Sullan - SIDE DAN CACK ON JACK: A TRIBUTE TO TURI GRIFFITHS

Thursday, August 29, 2019


It is with deep sadness that I write of the recently departed Turi Griffiths.  Many will remember him from the interview I conducted with him earlier this year along with his Pitcairner wife Darralyn.  Although I intended to do a review this week, instead I want to do a small tribute to him, and to a place on Pitcairn he held dear.  In truth it is with a smile I do this...just the way old boilerhead would have wanted.

Turi Giffiths was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1964 to a Cook Island family.  He would eventually meet Darralyn Warren from Pitcairn who was working in Auckland in the late 1990's, and they married on November 10th, 2001.  Shortly after, the two would move to Pitcairn where they settled down to a peaceful life on the island.  Turi's hard-work and his constantly cheerful nature won over the people of Pitcairn, and by the time I returned briefly to the island in 2003 he was considered a full-on local.  He was known by many names (as is usually the case on Pitcairn), such as Boilerhead, Little Buddha, Chromedome, Evil-little-man...and those were just names I called him.

Boilerhead was the kind of man who was slow to anger (actually, nigh on impossible), and quick to laugh (and man could he laugh...or giggle, which is how it sounded to me).  He was seriously loved by all his nieces, nephews, family and his people.  And by his people I mean the Pitcairn Islanders.  He recently returned to New Zealand and had a leg amputated.  Though they were preparing to go back to Pitcairn, his health would decide otherwise.  When he passed away some days ago, the world seemed so much more bleak and sad.  But I am reminded of the interview with him where I asked "What is your favourite part of Pitcairn?"  He grinned at me with that twinkle in his eye, "'Side Dan cack on Jack!'  That name is so unique, and really brings home the humour and informal style of Pitcairn place names.  When I first heard about it I was laughing!"  I made note that I would write an article about that in future, so here goes.

Dan and Jack were two Pitcairners, and one day they were down in Western Harbour (shooting goats, gardening or returning from fishing, depending on who you ask).  Well, Jack decided he needed a breather and settled down at the base of a tree whose trunk divided in two a shorts ways up.  Dan on the other hand felt the call of nature and I don't mean he wanted to take a leak!  He searched around and found this convenient tree whose trunk divided, and was the perfect-looking toilet seat.  So he cherfully dropped his pants, sat down...and let fly!  Dan felt very relieved, and very happy.  Jack was not...yeah you see where I am going with this story, don't you.  Anyway, there you have the name.  Some accounts change the name around to "Jack cack on Dan" but the story itself is more or less the same.  I've got that eerie feeling that Boilerhead is somehow watching me write this and laughing that wonderfully annoying little giggle/laugh of his.

            Thanks for the smiles and laughter, Turi.  As the saying goes, "I'll see you again soon...but not too soon."

Turi Griffiths

November 14th, 1964 - August 22nd, 2019

Picture:  Turi and Darralyn

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What's on this week at Anglicare?

Thursday, August 29, 2019


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Weekly Specials from Pete's Place

Thursday, August 29, 2019


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Cheryl Tennis Club News

Thursday, August 29, 2019


Mavis Cup round six happened last Saturday and it was great to see some new faces.  Due to football we didn’t have as social night as normal, but there were some great games of tennis.  Russell proved he was a very handy player giving Kim a great game and Liz and Louise playing some great rallies on the court.  Carly and Phil also had some great games and got into the swing of it as the afternoon progressed.   Next week will see round seven taking place and we should have everyone back on board, which will be good.  Remember to bring meat and salad to share if you are staying on afterwards. 

The 4th round of the Mens comp continued on Monday.    Next week will see Round 5 taking place.  If you are unable to make it, please organise your own sub from the list that was provided.


This week we saw our ladies play Round3 and there were some great games from all accounts.  Thanks to Jaimi for sending through the scores!! We did have a few ladies down and couldn’t get a couple of reserves, so unfortunately some people didn’t score for this week. Tara 18, Ness 16, Carly 11, Kim 11 ,Jo 8, Kerri 8, Jaimi 6, Sarah 5.  Well done to Tara on earning maximum points.


Last week our Tuesday Ladies comp played Round two in some ferocious winds.  People would be excused from thinking we were at the snow with players playing in beanies and hoodies.  There was some great tennis and good to see some of our new reserves taking to the court.  Nice to see Tanya Delaney picking up some great shots.  We also had Julie filling in for us and it was good to see that her trip has not impacted on her tennis.  Points were:  Gill 18, Toppy 18, Teresa 17, Carly 14, Toppy 13, Tara 13, Tanya 13, Julie 11, Kerri 11, Kim 10, Jaimi 10, Sandi 9, Jodie 9, Sarah 7.  Starting to spread the ladies out.  Great to see some of our new tennis players playing some awesome cross court shots and big improvement in their general tennis games.  A great start ladies!  Remember to call your own reserves if you are unable to play.  A great night was had by all!!


Thursday night is the perfect night for a hit of tennis and all locals and visitors are welcome to come along.  Soccer also happens on the courts from 6pm. 


Presentation Night for the Cheryl Tennis Club will be held at Castaway, next Friday 6th September at 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start.  Please ring through numbers to Jodie on 22225 before Thursday 5th September.  Numbers are required for catering purposes.  The cost of the evening will be $15.00 per person.


2019/2020 Membership is now due.  We are pleased to say that prices remain the same again this year.  $75 single, $165.00 for family and $40 Juniors.  Social Membership is for soccer players and Thursday social tennis players only.  There is a discount of $5.00 for payment prior to the 30th September.


Court Hire:  Visitors and non-members are welcome to play during the day at a cost of $16 per hour- Night rates are $18 per hour. However, members are able to have free use of the courts during the day, or pay $12 per hour in the evenings when there are no comps being played. Please use the Honesty Box if the courts are unattended.


Ball Machine Hire:   Should you wish to hire the Ball machine to improve your skills, cost to members is $6 per half-hour & $10 per hour; and to Non-members, $15 per half-hour and $25 per hour.  Please be mindful of our neighbours and do not use the ball machine before 7am on Sunday mornings.  Thank you.


Venue Hire:  Looking for a great place to host your next event.  Why not try the Cheryl Tennis club?  Bar facilities available on request and facilities can cater for up to 100 people. 

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Ramblers Guide to Norfolk Island ... by Meral Hoare

Thursday, August 29, 2019


Text, black and white photos, line draw maps and also as an addition is a fold out map outlining an isometrical view of Kingston prior to 1856.

Places of interest and information on Norfolk Island.stapled small softcover, 116 gms, 79 pages. 

 

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Hilli Restaurant and Cafe ... ph +67 23 24270

Thursday, August 29, 2019


Hours: Open 7 days a week for devonshire Teas from 10am . Lunch 12-2pm . Dinner from 6pm

Phone: + 6723 24270

The famous Hilli Restaurant is popular with both locals and visitors. Hilli offers a relaxed atmosphere with fine food and excellent service. Take in the natural wood interior or dine in the open tropical gardens. Make sure you don't miss the Hilli experience!!!

Situated next to Cyclorama on Queen Elizabeth Avenue, in front of the Pitcairn Settlers Village.


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Poinciana Cottages ... from AUD $245

Thursday, August 29, 2019



Poinciana Cottages, is a peaceful retreat on the edge of town, down a country lane,with rolling valley and mountain views, as well as leafy tropical gardens.Poinciana is owned and operated by a local family, with owners living on site.

The property has an interesting history and the homestead known as “Redleaf” was one of the original guest houses on Norfolk Island and well known for its hospitality to visitors.

There are five separate cottages all rated four stars by AAA rating. They are Lavender Cottager, Daisy Cottage, Rose Cottage, Azalea Cottage and Gardenia Cottage all guaranteeing our guests complete privacy, boasting modern design and décor and very well maintained. You will be pleasantly surprised.

Our Customer Commitment – Because your comfort is our priority, hosts Peter and Jackie Pye meet and greet all our guests to ensure that your comfortably settled into your cottage and have everything you need to begin your well earned break.

The cottages are fully self contained with comfortable king size or king single beds and a double sofa bed in the lounge area.  There is a separate brand new bathroom with a glass shower, and laundry with automatic washing machines.Kitchens have full cooking facilities, including convection microwave, dishwasher, crockery, cutlery etc. and leisure facilities include cable TV, video, direct dial telephones, beach towels, picnic blanket, wine cooler, thermos, esky, picnic baskets – in fact, all you could want for a relaxing, rejuvenating, carefree holiday.

Units are serviced weekly, and full quality linen is provided. Children are welcome and cots are available on request.

Rated **** by AAA rating, your comfort is our concern, so we look forward to being of service to you

 

Phone:          (+ 6723) 22547

Email:         poinciana@ni.net.nf
Website:       http://www.poincianacottages.com/

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LESSONS IN LIFE

Thursday, August 29, 2019


I was walking down the street when I was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless woman who asked me for a couple of dollars for dinner.


I took out my wallet, got out ten dollars and asked, 'If I give you this money, will you buy wine with it instead of dinner?'


'No, I had to stop drinking years ago', the homeless woman told me.


'Will you use it to go shopping instead of buying food?' I asked.


'No, I don't waste time shopping,' the homeless woman said. 'I must spend my time trying to stay alive.'


'Will you spend this on a beauty salon instead of food?' I asked.


'Are you NUTS!' replied the homeless woman. I haven't had my hair done in 20 years!'


'Well, I said, 'I'm not going to give you the money. Instead, I'm going to take you to dinner with my husband and me tonight.'


The homeless woman was shocked. 'Won't your husband be furious with you for that. I'm dirty, and I probably smell pretty disgusting.'


I said, 'That's okay. It's important for him to see what a woman looks like after she gives up shopping, hair appointments, and wine.'

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ISLAND FISH FRY ... $65.00

Thursday, August 29, 2019


Tue & Thurs – 5pm

Enjoy a feast of Island dishes, salads, homemade bread & fresh fried fish, followed by Island desserts & tea or coffee. Enjoy some local entertainment on Norfolk’s beautiful, Puppy’s Point. This is a great meal to have before the Bounty Show or Sound & Light Show.

*Additional $10pp if transport is required

 

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Tourism Report July 2019

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