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Louisa Veidelis
10 years ago

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Louisa Veidelis
10 years ago

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Louisa Veidelis
10 years ago

Ūdeņu runāšana – In Memorium - Original written by Teodors Tomsons in Latvian, translated by Ojars Greste "Every morning, hibiscus flowers bloom – pink, red, yellow. When the night falls, Having savoured the delights of life, They close, never to reopen. Every morning, on that same hibiscus bush, new colourful buds open, to bloom for a day and like golden trumpets sing their pastoral of praise to the sun. Life exalts in the joy of creation! And so, in a never ending journey. through the ages… Into our lives Every day Someone enters – - And someone departs." Māris was a most colourful flower in this tree of life. I miss him.

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Chris Mearns
10 years ago

I worked with Maris for many years at AusAID (ADAA, ADAB etc). He had a great and devilish sense of humour. We would have regular phone chats. I last spoke with him on a recent chat only about 3 weeks ago. He was the Master of the Indian accent. During our phone chats we would try to out do each other with Indianisms. He was the best at it. One of my favourites he would come out with was "I will punch the sack for tomorrow is the next day". Classic. One of my funniest memories was when the office staff was required to attend a training session at ITI Mosman and a bus was hired to transport the staff through the city. Maris made up a sign to hold against the windows so people could read it as we travelled through the city. It read "Inmates from the Gladys Moncrief Home for the Terminally Bewildered". It was real fun watching the faces of people reading the sign as he pulled faces while we went along. Our favourite eatery is Pasteur's in the Haymarket and we had planned a sojourn but this next one didn't come off this time unfortunately. Maris was a bit of a technophobe but last year bought an iPhone and was fascinated with it but couldn't send or receive SMSs. We had fun. I'll miss the accents, his friendship and humour.

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Chris Mearns
10 years ago

I worked with Maris for many years at AusAID (ADAA, ADAB etc). He had a great and devilish sense of humour. We would have regular phone chats. I last spoke with him on a recent chat only about 3 weeks ago. He was the Master of the Indian accent. During our phone chats we would try to out do each other with Indianisms. He was the best at it. One of my favourites he would come out with was "I will punch the sack for tomorrow is the next day". Classic. One of my funniest memories was when the office staff was required to attend a training session at ITI Mosman and a bus was hired to transport the staff through the city. Maris made up a sign to hold against the windows so people could read it as we travelled through the city. It read "Inmates from the Gladys Moncrief Home for the Terminally Bewildered". It was real fun watching the faces of people reading the sign as he pulled faces while we went along. Our favourite eatery is Pasteur's in the Haymarket and we had planned a sojourn but this next one didn't come off this time unfortunately. Maris was a bit of a technophobe but last year bought an iPhone and was fascinated with it but couldn't send or receive SMSs. We had fun. I'll miss the accents, his friendship and humour.