Friday, June 23, 2006

1961 Boomerang Trip to Europe - working holiday London

Leaving Port Melbourne on the "Orion" SS with family farewelling me. [Sorry about the fourty year old film quality] This trip took three weeks to get to England with good stopovers. Also on board lots of good food, a swimming pool and parties every night. Stopped a day in Bombay and Calcutta, and Egypt where the ship went up the Suez Canal while we went by land to Cairo and saw the Sphinx and Pyramids of Gisa and rode the horrible camels who were whipped to a gallop so that the handler would get money from terrified tourists who wanted them to a walk but not me - loved the speed, only at a run. London Flat - a small attic in Knightsbridge. Worked at Guys where the Queen came to open new surgical building. Tossa de Mar village with roman fort -See a good photo of Tossa beach and Fort here. I ran out of money for the 3rd time after the South of France and could not dare ask mum for more money - so eating very little for 6 weeks until the car was sold in London then 2 weeks skiing Kitzbuhel, Austria tried to eat up big - good food &good restaurants there. But still Dad greeted me back in Melbourne with " you like a skeleton". 1961"Orion"S.S.- UK L-R:Michael, Mum, me, Dad, Wendy. Ceylon - Mt LaviniaCeylon - Mt Lavinia - day trip - English lunch and snake charmer. 1961 Sphinx Mount  Vesuvius NAPLES for the day- saw Pompeii too. Close to Vesuvius from a church bell tower in new Italian jumper. Wearing Pringle twinset from Gibralta - in KnightsbridgeWearing Pringle twinset from Gibralta - in Knightsbridge Train line up the JungfrauTrain line up the Jungfrau LiechtensteinLiechtenstein DolomitesDolomites Venice St Marks Square St. Mark's Basilica The Campanile - tower Helsinborg farmHelsinborg farm Etruscan Farm near FlorenceEtruscan Farm near Florence A Field in IrelandA Field in Ireland Harlech Castle WalesHarlech Castle Wales Tossa de MarTossa de Mar, Costa de Sol, Spain. Spanish slides were copies. Photos above were slides Kodak processed. Tossa Campground Autumn Tossa Campground Autumn - free stayed weeks here KitzbuhelKitzbuhel, me very thin 7 qtr st, very fit learnt the hard way - bruises huge as there was a lot of ice.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Allergic ? Itching palms bright red, go white with pressure

Again I have had an episode of bright red very itchy palms after eating a popular ice stick coloured yellow and "fruit flavoured". It came on 5 minutes after eating/ drinking this icy pole. The ingredients list included 102 Tartrazine - yellow color - and 330, 410 . This intense itch was relieved in 15 minutes after swallowing a 180 mg antihistamine pill designed for use with urticaria. This is the 2nd time in six months that this has happened and each time relieved by antihistamine. I have had this symptom on 3 previous occasions and not got any relief even from covering palms with generous spread of spare cortisone cream. Ice pack did help. Perhaps this is an allergy or a sensitivity - to the tatrazine - 102 - but sadly I will not be able to eat anymore of these popular icy poles in a cardboard funnel thing. I wonder if other people get this maddening itchy palm effect from eating these numbers in food? Once I saw a GP during the first time it happened and she had no suggestions of how to treat it or how to prevent it - basically I did not eat red sugar coated almonds again.

Thursday, June 01, 2006


Many members of the Muntz family came from County Down, Northern Ireland to Victoria between 1852 and 1863 with the surname MUNCE and immediately began using Muntz with an umlaut. The were protestants from at least the 1820s and the surname MUNTZ is originally Jewish. Family legends say we came to Ireland with William of Orange and that we were from Alsace Lorraine. The men were all staunch Freemasons. Two brothers Joseph and John MUNCE married two sisters Margaret and Susannah BINGHAM. Many of their adult children came to Australia - firstly living at Woodend, Victoria - except TB Muntz. Three sons of Joseph Munce and Margaret Bingham came out: Joseph Muntz, William Muntz & Thomas Bingham Muntz. They left left behind siblings: Newell MUNCE and Margaret MUNCE m Capt NELSON. [Siblings Eliza Jane died 1838 of TB and John Munce died 1859 in a shipwreck.] Children of John MUNCE and Susannah Bingham who came out were: Joseph Muntz, Hugh Muntz, John Muntz, Susan m John STUART, Eliza Jane widow of William STOCKDALE. [The only sibling who did not immigrate were William James MUNCE/MUNTZ a ship's captain who visited his sister Susan at Woodend, and died in Perth] Many photographs and details of the lives of these people on a geocities free web site.