Carla Zampatti The Boys And The Parkers

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CARLA ZAMPATTI - The 'boys' and the Parkers

Date: 22nd December 2010

CARLA ZAMPATTI and Meeting with 'the boys'.

Carla is a famous and well respected Australian Fashion Designer. I probably purchased one of her very first creations cut out on her kitchen table way back in the 60's. It was Carla who introduced me to my fiancé Hayo Niebor. She and her husband had invited me over for a meal and they suggested that a friend would give me a lift to their home. I shared a flat in Mona Road, Darling Point and will never forget opening the door and seeing this gorgeous man with a beaming smile standing there. It definitely was a Coup de Foudre as the French say - a bolt of lightning. The attraction was mutual and instantaneous.

I will always remember one of our first 'dates' when we took a bottle of wine, a loaf of Vogel bread and Hayo prized oysters off the rocks in a bay close to Sydney City Centre - doubt you could do that today. It was also Carla who had to convey the news of Hayo's death. I've seen her once in the intervening years but really felt I'd like to see her on this trip. Our meeting was delightful and she has invited my son and myself over for Coffee before I fly off to Perth and my meeting with the cousins. On leaving Carla I went to my other very special meeting - a lunch with three of the 'boys' with whom I toured in 'The Young Elizabethans' back in 1965.

We were a small troupe taking potted Shakespeare to the outback and covered 17,000 miles of New South Wales over a period of 7 months. It was tough going but memorable. So here I was meeting up with Peter Whitford, Peter Rowley and Charlie Little - all of whom have had successful careers in the theatre here in Australia. The food was totally incidental - the chat was endless and it's interesting how we all remember different elements - we were howling with laughter over some of the reminiscences. It was a wonderful experience and almost surreal to be sitting at a cafe with them after such a huge absence. I hope we remain in touch even if it's only by a Christmas Card. Charlie is coming over to the UK in June with a Theatre group he organises and he's promised to get in touch.

What a full day I had - Dinner was with old friends from the UK - Julia and Derek Parker. They have written a great many books on astrology etc. and have currently just completed a book on Australian Architecture. They are accomplished writers and as such can turn their hands to any subject. They are very fortunate in that they have been able to settle in Sydney by qualifying under the financial rules which are very severe for older folk. So unless I come up on the Lottery or the Premium Bonds, I'm destined to remain in the UK - damn and blast. I'd live in Australia tomorrow if I could. When I lived here you didn't have to have anything other than a British Passport so it never entered my head to try for an Australian one. Ah well - such is life. Tomorrow I meet my son and his friend and we go up to the Blue Mountains for a huge Christmas treat. More anon. Happy Christmas, Jan

CARLA ZAMPATTI - The 'boys' and the Parkers

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