Carolyne (or you can spot her on the message board as"CAZ"), recently had the opportunity of asking Michael's sister Tina some interesting questions that help us get to know Tina a little better.
WHAT WAS THE NAUGHTIEST THING YOU DID AS A CHILD?
DID YOU GET FOUND OUT?
DID YOU ENJOY SCHOOL AND WHAT WERE YOUR BEST SUBJECTS?
I READ IN YOUR BOOK THAT THE FAMILY ORIGINALLY CAME FROM UK , DO YOU KNOW WHERE THE HUTCHENCE NAME DERIVES FROM?
WHEN YOU FIRST MOVED BACK TO SYDNEY , WHAT WAS IT LIKE COMPARED TO NOW?
Life was very easy going in Hong Kong and the European men were very different from their Australian counterparts. Also, my social life had been very busy with cocktail parties, movie wrap parties, dining at exclusive restaurants and dancing- not the typical teenagers' social calendar. In HK I never really had to wait for someone to ask me out on a date. Returning to Sydney was going back to reality. I was starting over again, attempting to make friends in what was now a strange land.
I haven't been back to Sydney in some time. It has too many sad memories now. But it is a beautiful, thriving metropolis and my children love it.
DID YOU ENJOY LIVING IN HONG KONG?
WHAT IS YOUR FONDEST MEMORY OF THE PLACE?
It had a cliff at the back, which had lots of steep steps down to a private beach. The waves crashed over the wall to a pool – I loved that house because we would all gather when Kell got home from work and my parents would have cocktails and Mother would put on her favourite music.
The house was a mixture of sounds. Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett and yes, even Tom Jones pulsing from the living room. The Rolling Stones and The Beatles were blasting out of my room. Michael and Rhett playing whatever noisy game they had on the agenda and wonderful aromas wafting from the kitchen where the cook was busy at work.
YOU HAVE TRAVELLED TO QUITE A FEW PLACES - WHERE IN YOUR HEART IS HOME?
WHAT DATE IS YOUR BIRTHDAY?
YOU HAVE TWO CHILDREN, BRENT AND ERIN, WHAT ARE THEY UP TO THESE DAYS?
After graduating with a degree in Global Studies, Brent embarked on a number of things – he really stretches himself. At this time he prefers construction and is looking toward purchasing, renovating and renting homes. He has always wanted to settle in Australia , so who knows? He is also an entertaining writer and I would love to see him pursue that talent.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LISTEN TO?
DO YOU OWN ANY PETS?
Fellini sat at my computer the whole time I was writing the book, she would jump up and run to the fax machine and wait for the printed paper to come through – even when I had the ringer off. We just visited her two weeks ago and she is very happy with Jonnie.
AND ONE LAST QUESTION, THE ONLY ONE ABOUT YOUR BROTHER, CAN YOU TELL ME ONE OF YOUR FONDEST MEMORIES OF HIM, FROM WHEN HE WAS A KID AND WHEN HE WAS AN ADULT?
I remember sitting at the airport bar with Michael at my feet reading and sipping his lemonade. He took an envelope from his book and handed it to me. I opened it to find the card you see here. Why did I keep it? It just moved me the way he got up and hugged me as if he thought he would never see me again. It made me realize that I had been more than a big sister to him, I had filled in when our parents could not be there.
One of the endearing things about Michael was his humility. On a trip to Paris , Erin and I had packed enough winter clothing and gifts to fill a moving truck. At the time Michael and Helena were living in a tiny, walkup (two hazardous flights). On the day we were catching a train to Nice, he got Helena on her way to a modeling shoot, woke us up with fresh baguette and cheese and tea and bundled us out the door. He came behind with our suitcases down the winding, narrow stairs. When we got out into the street he had trouble hailing a cab as we scrambled behind him.
When we got to the train station he picked up magazines and newspapers, (all in French, didn't matter we don't speak the language), and food, and found the best seats he could on the train. He stowed away our luggage and gave explicate instructions on what to do about exchanging our US $'s so as not to get cheated, which stop to get off?? What to say to someone who might be bothering us, etc., etc. He was now taking care of me…….you have to love that.