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[_] The fish, thanks for all of them.

Chris Dyer chris at
Wed Dec 16 11:19:29 GMT 2009

Hey Sam(sung)

First, congrats to the Missus on the Scholarship - that's fantastic news.

Really sorry to hear you're leaving Gert Lush Brizzle though. It's true - 
many of us were just 'passing through', but then became so enamoured with 
the lifestyle / architecture / countryside / people here, it became 
impossible to leave. I only came here to study Palaeontology! (over a decade 
ago now - Jeez.)

It was a pleasure to work with you at 3S. I shall remember your sunny 
disposition whenever I detect the aroma of pie and mash.

Best of luck for your future back in Oz, and spare a thought for us all over 
the long 11-month Winter (perhaps you can explain to your countryfolk what a 
'scarf' is - take some sketches back with you just in case).

All the best, Sim,

Chris Dyer (Dinosaur Hunter)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sam Dwyer" <underscore404 at>
To: "underscore" <underscore at>
Sent: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 10:50 AM
Subject: [_] The fish, thanks for all of them.

> Helo [_],
> Just a quick and cheerful note to thank underscore for a great couple of 
> years of fun and support.
> My wife and I are unfortunately having to say goodbye to Bristol and the 
> southwest in order to head
> back to Sydney - she managed to score a scholarship at Sydney University 
> to study medicine which is
> fairly exciting news for us even though neither of us is particularly 
> ready to leave Europe yet.
> Bristol's been very good to both of us - me especially, as the last time I 
> left the UK I was pretty convinced
> I never really wanted to come back, but after living in Bristol I'm 
> thoroughly convinced that the best possible
> lifestyle I could think of would be 6 months a year in Australia folowed 
> by 6 months back here. Living in a city
> where its a 15 minute walk from our front door to the nearby deer and 
> garden estates  and a 15 minute
> walk to the city center does wonders for enjoying urban living. Even the 
> winters have been enjoyable with
> the best possible winter pub (the Adam & Eve) right on our doorstep and 
> the glorious southwest countryside
> such an easy drive away.
> A lot of Australians come to the UK to try and earn the pounds and the 
> skills that will earn them bigger salaries
> back home, which is one of the reasons London is so popular. It wasn't 
> really my primary focus, but it turns
> out it wasn't much of an issue anyway; Bristol punches well above its 
> weight when it comes to IT and it manages
> to combine the skills with a way more enjoyable standard of living.
> I've had a ball, learned the skills and grown to love the UK the way I did 
> when I was a kid. Thanks [_] for
> providing a fantastic resource of people, skills and support - it's a huge 
> motivation to try and get something
> similar rolling in Sydney.
> If you're ever in Oz and need a friendly face or just want someone to show 
> you the best palce to grab a beer
> then feel free to email me at steerpike at
> So long and thanks for everything. It's been a joy.
> Yours,
> (boy)Sam
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