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why did cleland try on his clothes?

Ed Gordon brought this up.

Ed’s a percipient sort of bloke: he lives and works in Asia, probably eats fresh lobster and crabs for breakfast, pays a dollar for a bottle of cold beer and scarfs some of the best pastries on the planet. That’s the life over there I’ve heard once you get away from the tourists and rent a villa on a headland overlooking the beach. The girls are pretty easy on the eye as well.

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Ed had a long look at the Somerton Man recently then flicked the page and had an equally lengthy gander at the Honourable Professor John Burton Cleland. It occurred to Ed that there appeared to be quite a difference in the mens’ physiques.

The Somerton Man was built. A nugget. He was broad in shoulder and narrow of hip. The sort of fellow who might just walk up to ^ these three babes and have them all going shy and giggling right away.

The Professor though looked a little on the studious side. There is no mention of him doing anything sporting during his long career. If he had ever played rugby it was probably as a winger, standing out there in the sunshine, chatting to the folks on the sideline while everybody else got dirty. Doing what he did for a living you spend a lot of time sitting down and looking at what’s on your desk. Girls?

What girls?



Ed asked how come the narrow-shouldered chap on the left had trouble squeezing himself into the coat belonging to the wide-shouldered chap on right?

Cleland stated at the inquest: ‘I put on the deceased’s double-breasted coat, and it buttoned on me with some difficulty, and a sports coat in the suitcase similarly could be buttoned with a squeeze.”

In Eds’ words:

The doctor doesn’t appear overly large or robust, and SM was 5’11” and apparently of straining physique…wouldn’t they be even tighter on him ?

Anyone got a take on this?

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7 Comments Post a comment
  1. A picture of Leane carrying the bust to court and a picture of J B Cleland on the same day:

    April 9, 2016
  2. Looks like the Professor had a bit of a paunch .. hence the squeeze.

    April 9, 2016
  3. Well spotted Ed! Worth the follow up. Would be good to get a profile view of Cleland in 1948.

    April 9, 2016
  4. Ed Gordon #

    Pete, I think you may be right. Maybe for the best as I’d get a big head. Lifestyle a little less glamorous than described but I’m above ground & still trying for the headland. Great link Misca.
    Is there a date for the book yet ? Best to all !

    April 9, 2016
  5. June, maybe. Benno won’t be hurried.

    April 9, 2016
  6. Ed Gordon #

    On standby. Thanks also GC – hoping to catch-up with your latest this evening after the young fella is tucked-in. Cheers !

    April 9, 2016
  7. Clive #

    Misca, I hate to think of the consequences if Leane had tripped up over a paver.

    April 9, 2016

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