Seven Things…

Skip Zalneratis tagged me for a meme that’s going around.

Here are seven things about me that would help my Personal Learning Network friends know me better: 

  1. Simon is 186 cm long and 102kg wide.
  2. Simon’s paternal grandfather was a woolclasser, operating a shearing contracting and woolclassing business (Brown & Brown) from South Australia to the Gulf, and later, a sheep and cattle grazier in south west Queensland. Simon was determined to leave school at age 15 to become a woolclasser like him, but instead carried on to finish high school and then learn stonemasonry.
  3. Simon’s brother is also a TAFE teacher, who possibly inherited his passion for horticulture from their paternal great-grandfather Ambrose Neate 
  4. Simon’s maternal great-grandfather was an engineer or “iron turner” from Scotland who emigrated to Maryborough with his parents in the 1860s. When he was picking up supplies at the wharf for his parents’ hotel, he met his future wife who has just arrived from Ireland. She was waiting for her brother who had instead gone to the goldfields. Simon’s mother encouraged him to join the local pipe band and carry on the Scottish tradition.
  5. As pets, Simon prefers cats to dogs.
  6. Janet and Simon were married in Wynnum by his uncle, a Uniting Church minister.
  7. Simon’s parents passed to their children their loves of working hard, and reading books. His dad is a self-published author of two family history books, one of which is titled “A Strange and Distant Land : The Story of the Brown, Herdsman, Neate, Edwards, Giblett and Moss Families.

 To continue the meme, I’m tagging:

1 @cdltoz

2 @siralmo

3 @loonyhiker

4 @timholt

5 @catspyjamasnz

6 @twocrowsdown

7 @marragem

To participate, each person that is tagged should list seven things about themselves that would help their Personal Learning Network get to know them a little better.

They should then link back to this post by leaving a comment here, which links forward to their own update.

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4 Responses to “Seven Things…”

  1. Skip Zalneraitis Says:

    Hi Simon-
    Thank you for sharing about yourself.
    It was profoundly interesting to me as a true alien.
    -Skip

  2. Carol Skyring Says:

    Fascinating family achievements Simon. Thanks for the tag – I’ve revealed my secrets at http://videoconference.edublogs.org/2009/01/05/7-things-you-didnt-know/

  3. Julie Squires Says:

    I love this meme because I have learned so much about the people in my PLN! Thanks for sharing. One thing really bothers me…seriously, how can anyone prefer cats to dogs?

  4. mhobkirk Says:

    I loved reading about your family Simon. Thanks for sharing, I’m working my way down the 7ThingsWiki, http://7things.pbwiki.com/, to learn about everyone in my PLN.

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