Introduction to the House of Alby
Web site Dedicated to Alby Mangels was first published in April
1997. At first we resisted imposing self-indulgent life
stories on you, and
on getting you straight to the heart of the web site, but those days
becoming a faded memory now...
I'm Andrew Calder
Shortbread). I'm 45, Australian, and live with my wife Lynda
sons Xavier and Jaedan in Ermington, Sydney. Along with Lynda,
met my very good friends Rob and Roly at Rovers - that is, Senior
- which partially explains my fascination for Alby given his shared
for adventure and nature. (The other part is totally unrelated
his interests and totally related to his style and wit). I was
active member of the Scout Movement between the ages of about 9 and 30,
possibly climaxing in 1993 when I gained my "Baden Powell"
award. Many of the awesome things I've done in the last 25 or
so years have
with friends that I made at Rovers and remain so years after we've all
left. Within Australia, places like Fraser Island, Broken
Promontory, countless State forests and National Parks, Overland Track in Tassy... in addition to
all the places in Central Australia we visited in the two weeks of "In
Search of Alby" (you know, Ayer's Rock and all that).
World Moot in Switzerland in 1992, followed by a European tour; Rees Dart Track in NZ in 2012.
kept travel logs of most of our
and expeditions we've been on since 1994. Not all of them are - Optus is not particularly generous with their space allocations for members.
played guitar since I was 15, my main axes being a 1980 Yamaha
SG2000 (reputedly owned by Carlos Santana - well, maybe)
and a 1989 Strat. From 1988 to 1992 I played in the dodgiest
band this side of Wagga Wagga, called Stoned Stephen and the
(fear not, this is a Biblical joke... Stephen, my brother,
up the band, and - as you know - is the namesake of the first Christian
martyr, who was stoned to death). Our piece de resistance
was arguably "My Sharona".
If you look through my music collection, you will find about 17
16 Santana, 9 Cold Chisel (legendary Aussie band), and 7 Queen
So you get the picture, bit of a guitar freak. As part of my "B.P" Award I
out to write and record some music - here are a couple of snippets:
terms of sport I occasionally play golf and mixed netball at present, and like
watching the Australian cricket
rugby teams dish out thrashings to our nemesises around the world.
work as a consultant for Oracle Corporation; been there since 1997.
Since 2000 I've specialised in Demand Planning, first in
Oracle's old flagship product (ODP), and then from 2006 in
Demantra (Larry bought the company). ODP and Demantra gigs have
taken me to Singapore, NZ,
Israel, Japan, China, various USA gigs including a year-long stint in
Cincinnati Ohio (in
2005), India, Thailand, Taiwan, and Canada. While I'm
a Commerce (Marketing) graduate from UNSW (1987), this web site is
as close as I've got to Marketing since I left Uni.
and foremost, however, is my faith in Jesus. I am a
Christian because I am
convinced the Bible is trustworthy and historically accurate, and that
Jesus is truly
servant, sent to die for us to allow us to be forgiven and have an
relationship with our Creator. This is great news for anyone
thinks they have to earn God's approval, and who
live up to his expectations! And they'd be
right. More info
can be found here: www.christianity.net.au.
have a Biblical worldview and totally reject philosophical naturalism
that everything must be explained by naturalistic causes, its chief
dogma being Darwinism) as a weak excuse for people to
ignore their wonderful Creator. My favourite
Creation Safaris -
Ministries International - see this article/letter
I wrote to Sydney Uni Alumni magazine which they published in October
is Robert Mitchell,
of Meadowbank, Sydney, Australia. He is a 1967 child like Shortbread, married
to Alison, and has two nippers. He once owned a 1989 Kombi van, transporter of cool dudes
Central Australia. He has worked for NSW State Rail since
15. Rob likes to organise expeditions for his mates. The most recent major one was to the Rees Dart Track in NZ (April 2012).
One of Rob's greatest
achievements under the title of "creative
was the lead role in the planning and execution of a buck's party for
friend Bundy (Kevin Power
his wife) back in 1994. In essence, we planned a Mission
scenario for Bundy and managed to get him on a 6.00am flight to
with a briefcase full of spy equipment. He didn't know he was
to Melbourne till we pushed him down the gangway at Kingsford-Smith
with $30 in his pocket and the combination for the briefcase
lock. On the plane, he had to play a tape of his mission, the volume of which
had been pre-set to such a level that 15 rows of seats in either
heard his instructions. The pilots were so impressed they invited him
into the cockpit for half the flight, including the landing (this was before Sept 11,
mission in Melbourne included finding a contact in McDonalds by saying
the secret password: "Can't get enough of that wonderful Duff!", and
a single red rose from a flower stall with a fake $100 note.
loves to say, "he was a pleasure to work with". The adventure
even written up in a Sunday paper (want to see it
is distinguished in the household as the only person to have allegedly
witnessed Alby thrice in real life, firstly when Alby visited his
in about 1983, secondly at the Carlton Crest hotel in Sydney in 1998,
finally in the Kirribilly Hotel in Sydney, 2002.
Simpson of Dundas. He is married to Sonja, and has 3 kids. Roly
is an enigma, a master of the crusty one-liner. He claims to have "no opinion" about anything you care to
name, except after a szechuan chilli and a glass and a half of beer
everything is a target. Alby managed to elicit a strong
once from Roland during a screening of World Safari III when he was
to exclaim "I can't hack this". Though this could have been
for an opinion, it was indeed a fact. He has made up with Alby now, so all is forgiven.
He is a keen hiker,
and has accompanied Rob & Shortbread on multiple expeditions with
the aforementioned Bundy. While he hasn't
this talent in a few years, he is a fine lyricist. All of his songs can
be sung to the tune of "Cool for Cats".
is Lynda Calder, 42, wife of Andrew and mother of two wonderful boys.
She would like to declare that she has no responsibility for any of the
"Alby" content of this web site. She is the lone high-achiever amongst
the household, with a raft of accomplishments such as the following:-
top 1% of the state in her Higher School Certificate, Queen's Scout
Award, Baden-Powell Award, degree in Electrical Engineering from Sydney
Uni with second-class honours (big disappointment that), Diploma in
Languages - German, Graduate Diploma in Education, a table-top full of
sporting medals (e.g.. athletics and netball), and a desk-drawer full
of certificates ranging from boating charge certificates to mathematics
competitions. She plays piano and a bit of violin. Anything she sets
out to do gets done. She has written three novels, one of which is now
published. She performs duties for St John's Ambulance. In her own
I know that whatever I write I will either regret it or wish I had
added something more. Unlike the other people mentioned here I have no
alias, no nickname and no pet names given to me by friends. I am an
ex-teacher: Senior Physics, Mathematics and Junior Science and
Mathematics for 4 years. And an ex-Engineer: programmer of the 6805
Microcontroller chip (claim to fame are the former twinkle lights in
Hyde Park, Sydney and various scoreboards for the Sydney Olympic
The best moment of my life was the birth of Xavier (closely followed by
my wedding day and Jaedan's birth, of course - all on a par). Now I am
a full time Mum (as I feel it is the most important job anyone can do)
and home educator to my oldest. I'm into netball, especially Mixed
netball, which I play with Andrew (I had to twist his arm to get on the
court and now I can't get him off). I'm also a sucker for punishment
and abuse, I umpire netball - I have my National B badge and I was
Umpiring Convenor at Eastwood Ryde Netball Association. You may even
see me in the black and whites representing St John Ambulance
Parramatta around and about, or in a Scout Uniform with a Brush Park
I am now a published author. The Enigma Diaries: Hidden History
is now available from Little Steps Publishing, the author and various
other places. This time travel adventure trilogy may blow your mind. In
the works are lots of other projects.
I am also a Christian and was convinced of this because of my logical
and scientific mind (not despite it). There is no disputing the truth!