Old Friends and Ac­quain­tances

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Memories With Ivor Jones & Friends -

I don't know how many of you use a com­puter or even use so­cial me­dia. So­cial me­dia seems to be quite fash­ion­able now and many older peo­ple are us­ing it more and more. Politi­cians seem to do a fair bit of twit­ter­ing away on twit­ter. Many also chat­ter away on Snapchat or send a in­stant mes­sage via lnsta­gram.

My fa­vorite medium at the mo­ment seems to be "Face­book" al­though my wfe calls it "Fake­book" be­cause of all the peo­ple who may seek to be­come your face­book friends.

As we go through life we meet many peo­ple some of whom be­come life­time friends whilst oth­ers come into our life for just a lit­tle while and dis­ap­pear just as quickly as they ap­peared.

There is no doubt that the world is be­com­ing a smaller place with the ad­vent of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and im­proved trans­porta­tion. Nat­u­rally we all meet many peo­ple dur­ing the day or week. We meet trades­peo­ple, shop as­sis­tants, work col­leagues and so on. We all would have met or come across some time in our lives 1000's or per­haps l,OOO,OOO's of peo­ple.

Through my var­i­ous in­ter­ests which in­clude photography, his­tory, nos­tal­gia, mu­sic and elec­tions and vot­ing etc plus my in­volve­ment with lo­cal me­dia (ra­dio and writ­ing) I have come across many peo­ple in many walks of life, many of which have since be­come friends through So­cial Me­dia. 1 was very re­luc­tant to get in­volved with So­cial Me­dia hav­ing heard of so many scams and other prob­lems that some peo­ple have had. Af­ter a few years of avoid­ance I fi­nally took my first step prob­a­bly around five or six years ago and I get a great deal of sat­is­fac­tion from it. But not only So­cial Me­dia has led to dis­cov­ery of old ac­quain­tances (should they never be for­got).

Now what has brought about this topic of old friends is that re­cently as a re­sult of my "Mem­o­ries" ar­ti­cles in this mag­a­zine I re­ceived a email from some­one who I have not seen or heard from for more than SO years. Now I will not men­tion the per­son's name as I would not like to em­bar­rass them.

That per­son said that I had asked her out when I would have been in my teens but that she was to shy at the time to start any sort of re­la­tion­ship. I did in fact re­call the per­son and I must ad­mit that at the time I did think that she had a cer­tain at­trac­tion about her. I did not re­mem­ber ask­ing her out though. Ob­vi­ously we never did go out to­gether, but I won­der what would have hap­pened if we had. Would our lives have changed? Also due to my writ­ing in this pub­li­ca­tion I was also con­tacted by an­other reader who asked if I was the same per­son who worked at Wool­worths at Auburn in the very early 1960s. It seemed that he re­mem­bered me, as his mother was once my su­per­vi­sor. I don't ever re­call meet­ing the per­son per­son­ally but I cer­tainly re­mem­bered his mother.

Dur­ing the past year I have also been in con­tact with my old ball­room danc­ing teacher of more that 50 years ago who joined one of my many "Mem­o­ries" groups on Face­book and yet an­other child­hood friend in Eng­land from around 60 years ago who joined one of my very few Bri­tish based groups on Face­book. Yet an­other per­son who I had once worked with at Wool­worths at Auburn also con­tacted me.

I also caught up with for­mer lo­cal iden­tity John Eb­bott at the Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions at Bella Vista who re­marked, along with for­mer owner, pub­lisher and ed­i­tor of this mag­a­zine Jen­nifer Touzel who both said that "lvor Jones you are fa­mous on face­book" as my fol­low­ers of the var­i­ous "Mem­o­ries" groups now run into the tens of thou­sands. Most of whom are his­tory or nos­tal­gia ad­dicts.

I do have a num­ber of "Fake" friends on Face­book. Many I have never met, spo­ken to or had any deal­ings with. Also some of my face­book friends es­pe­cially in the en­ter­tain­ment industry have now passed on. But at the mo­ment they still ap­pear as friends on Face­book. Yes So­cial Me­dia is be­com­ing more dom­i­nant in our lives one way or an­other.

Don't for­get to con­trib­ute your mem­o­ries and also any old pho­to­graphs that you would like to see pub­lished in this mag­a­zine's "as we were" sec­tion.


You can write about child­hood mem­o­ries of where you may have grown up or moving into the area. Tell us about your school days. Where you worked, played or went on hol­i­days; your first car; that first date, get­ting mar­ried or maybe the his­tory of your fam­ily, group or or­gan­i­sa­tion in the dis­trict. This page is about mem­o­ries so tell us yours.

If you have some great mem­o­ries, or per­haps you be­long to a lo­cal com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion and would like to share your or­gan­i­sa­tion's his­tory or story with us then feel free to share your mem­o­ries or ex­pe­ri­ences by writ­ing to 17 Rose St., Baulkham Hills NSW 2153 or email to ivor­jones@hill­stoHawkes­bury.com.au. You can also share mem­o­ries on any of my Face­book mem­o­ries groups in­clud­ing Hills Dis­trict Mem­o­ries which you will find at https:// www.face­book.com/groups/Hills.mem­o­ries/ or Hawkes­bury Hap­pen­ings & Mem­o­ries which you will find at https://www. face­book.com/groups/Hawkesmem­o­ries/

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