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Friday, October 17, 2008



Shot in the dark: Eric Liddell?

That Hideous Man

Looks like Liddell to me, but then again I don't know what he actually looked like - only as he was portrayed in the film....

I had a good friend (who used to live in the house I now own) who sadly died a couple of years ago. He knew Eric Liddell from the Japanese internment camps in China where my friend spent some of his early years and Liddell spent his last.


It has to be what Mark said, given what you said to me as I entered the courtyard of New College :-)

Wood Street Girl

I don't know who it is but I do know what the Edinburgh Fund is!!! Have I had a chance to tell you about the case for giving to your alma mater? ;)


It better be Eric Liddell. Do I get extra points for saying that I used to stay with one of his contemporaries in China?

Either that or the guy who aerates your compost. (Ow! that stings!)


Seems like That Hideous Man (hopefully an anagram and not some form of curse) and I have something in common. But my former landlord has been dead for nearly twenty years now, so I don't think it's the same person.


Wood street girl - can the alma mater give to the moda-rata?


Thanks for all the comments, and yes it is Eric Liddell.

That Hideous Man

Graham, my friend who died a couple of years ago, was in those internment camps with his whole family. His Dad, Jim, died about 20 years ago in Perth.

Are we talking about the same people?


Yes, I spent perhaps the best year of my life so far living with James Cameron Scott, known to us all as "Mr Scott". I was about 20 then and he was in his eighties. He was one of these guys I want to be when I grow up.
I asked him what the camps and the Japanese guards were like and he said: "We were treated very fairly. But we were civilians."
We lived a quiet existence - no tv, just the radio (Scotland), and I could look at the mountains from my window. What a house! Completely full of stuff: I'm very glad I didn't have to tidy it after he died.

I'm sorry to hear about your friend (David?), but I didn't spend many weekends in Perth, so I didn't see much of the family. It's funny to think the old man would be over 100 now...

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