The Captain

Karen Scrimes

Sydney, Australia

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2nd Place in the Digital Creatures Challenge for the Images and Ideas Group

Canon 40D with 24-105mm lens
Yet another trip down memory lane with photographs belonging to my mother and father recently found in an old shoebox in the attic.
This handsome chap was actually Captain Burchell “Bud” Grevyburg. A highly decorated Spitfire pilot during the second World War, he saw action over the Pacific but unfortunately received a rather nasty wound to the groin which saw him retired from service, both during the war and ummm….lets just say…in a more permanent manner.
He became part of our extended family in his later years due to his association with my Aunt Lemmy.
At first he was a major sponsor and collector of her artworks. Later, we suspect they became romantically involved. Although it came as a shock to the family, Aunt Lemmy’s eccentric nature (read that as pure madness) and the fact that The Captain was legally blind and almost totally deaf helped explain the liaison.
I remember him as a rather mulish character, who always wore a pin stripe suit, no matter what the occasion. He had a proud military bearing and absolutely saw everything in black and white. He was actually quite stubborn.
His most outrageous feature, and the one that had us kids falling about in hysterics was his raucous laugh, rather like a donkey braying. During evenings spent playing poker and smoking cigars with my Cousin Frank and Great Uncle Leo we would lie in bed listening to the muffled sounds coming from the sitting room. Once The Captain started laughing his crazy horse like laugh, it would signal an all out giggle frenzy to my cousins and I. We got in to soo.. much trouble and endured a few good ‘paddy whacks’ but boy, it was worth it!!!

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