11 Sep 1945, Barbara Anslow's diary | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

11 Sep 1945, Barbara Anslow's diary

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Tue, 11 Sep 1945

Father Xmas came to us - comfort parcels.  We girls each received one, full of the most lovely things: knitting wool & needles &pattern; S.T.s; writing pad & envelopes; Johnsons baby powder, cold cream, box with darning wool, cotton, safety pins, deodorant, adhesive plaster, lipstick, face flannel,comb,  real toilet paper, hairnet, hairbrush, soap, mirror, face towel, toothpaste and brush; hair brush; sunglasses, pencil, bandage, tape, thimble - all really thrilling. ((None of those items had been supplied to us in Stanley!)) Also an envelope with a lucky number we were supposed to keep - competition to expire 28th February 1943!

A Miss Archangelsky is working with us at present. ((Possibly Olga Archangelsky))

In afternoon Mr Megarry asked me to do some work for Colonel Strickland, for which I had to go to the rather deserted Supreme Court, first floor, my typewriter following me carried by a coolie.

Shots were going off periodically.

Out on the Cricket Club ground  (opposite Supreme Court) the Navy & Army were playing cricket.  As dusk began to fall, the men disappeared and sounds of 'The Maiden's Prayer' was tinkled out, presumably on piano in the pavilion.

Left S. Court just before 8pm, went to Canadian Cafe, which was lit only with an oil lamp. Two or 3 'relieving forces' were trying to balance a debt for a bottle or brandy with 5 Yen and 25 gold cents; I was very happy to provide the extra Yen 75.  Had a quick cider.