An interesting encounter

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  1. Bazz

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    A few months ago my wife and i stayed in a hotel here in the UK.While we were being booked in i was looking at some African trophys on the wall in the reception area,one was a buffalo,it had a very short horn span and was not a good specimen at all.While i was looking a elderly chap came and stood next to me,he grunted,and said'i wouldnt have wasted me time on that bugger,'and walked off.The next day i saw the same chap in the hotel swimming pool,i couldn't help but notice several large scars about his body.Later i saw him again in the bar and offered to buy him a drink,'a double whisky,'he muttered.A few drinks later he became quite sociable and i plucked up courage to ask him a few questions,i aked him about the buffalo trophy,and he said again it wasn't wortha shot.It turned out he had been hunting in Africa for years,and had led hunting safari's.The scars had been made by a wounded leopard,the guest had shot but only wounded it so he had to go and finish it off.We talked long into the night much to the annoyance of the bar staff.The gentleman was called John Preese,i wonder if any one has heard of him?
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    Sounds like an interesting use of some whiskey and time.

    Interesting if someone has heard of him.
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    He was a very interesting guy.He was still a fit man although i would say he was in his 80s.He had hunted all over Africa just before the war and in Kenya after the war up to the hunting ban.I asked him if he knew my uncle,Frank Danson who also hunted about that time,he grunted and just said 'there was that many chaps out there it was impossible yo know them all.
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    Hey Bazz...you sure it wasn't John Cleese?!!!! :confused:Shame. I'll bet there's a good story behind that Buff on the wall! It is / was someones prize and it could have killed any one of us just as easily as a 45 "'er! The worn down Dagga boys are the ornery ones!
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    Double Whiskey and a strong English accent, who knows???? Last name could have been Cheese. Anyway I love talking to the vets who have a lot of African air in their lungs, awesome story, Quite sure it was more involved and informative than the simple intro you posted. Almost a gift from him to you by sharing his stories.:thumb:
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    John 'Cleese' is of course that famous english film comedian who also did many management training films in the 70's and 80's!
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    Was meant to be a joke mate....

    You'll find I do that quite often here....he had quite a career here in the US as well...
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    yes of course 35! Somehow felt I needed to elaborate for some of the others that may not be on the same page as us!! :) John Cleese is an absolute hoot and I can just imagine him spoofing some poor gullible American tourist with tales of yore! I used to love his Corporate Management training series of short films!!!

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