I can't believe Lauren is still on about this horse thing. At this rate, I might even have to give in.
Who keeps digging holes along the back fence? Someone is going to get hurt. Probably me.
Sarah has challenged me to climb to the top of the adult-size playground they've put up at Narrie Lakes.
I ain't doing this without some sort of reward. State your offerings and I might just let you watch me climb the bugger.
Just saw Lauren's QB. Really, Adele? Just how many stashes do you have in that library?
If Lauren is what I have to look forward to from Sarah, Tavi and Merrilea... Cam and I might just go hide in a cave somewhere. No horses allowed.
Tallygarunga - Class of 1984, Head Boy (Spencer)
VMU - Bachelor of Magical Education
There isn't much Alan keeps secret. All of his worst facets are known, and accepted. Although he's a little ashamed to disclose the exact amount how much he secretly hid away to pay for his wedding. Or that he's started a new fund since he and wife Rachel separated. It's also not well known that he actually asked her to leave when he felt her lack of stability was a danger to the children.
Having lived in Narrie his whole life, everything is known about Alan. They know he has spaceships on sheets of the single bed he keeps at his parents house, they know exactly how many rings he's bought, and they've followed along as he got his heart broken time and time again. They know his music collection doesn't just cover rock, but also horrific nineties pop music, that he's all but allergic to suits, and that he has an extreme fascination with women's chests. It's also well known that he has a heart condition, which frustrates him no end.
As a general rule, Alan is open, honest and likes to have a joke around. He was a Spencer student in school, and well known for his pranks. Though older, he isn't exactly wiser - and is still the type of person to charm someone's drink to move away from their hand, and think it ridiculously funny. Aside from this, Alan is a family man, who dreams of having his own. He likes to be relaxed, and doesn't like the stress of formal situations, he loves the outdoors and the small town feel of Narrie. He likes wide open spaces, and any form of dead cow food. He doesn't like being told what to do, and can often get sulky when things don't go his way.
A little bit rough around the edges, Alan is of an average height with broad shoulders and a stocky build. He has an open, honest face and is most often found wandering around in jeans, a flanelette shirt, or some variety of very faded black band t-shirt from the seventies. Farm work has made him a little muscular, although regular drinking sessions and a love for high fat foods tends to make him a little more on the squishy side. He takes no obvious care to look after his appearance, dislikes and distrusts formal wear, and would be quite happy living his life out in a singlet and an old pair of tracksuit pants.
Alan was born in Narragyambie, to Laurence and Ann-Marie Burdett. He was soon followed by six siblings, Stephen, Barry, Elizabeth, Samantha, Liam and Emily - and to this day the Burdett family is rather close. He attended St Andrews Primary School, and at age eleven, was sent to Tallygarunga Academy. He was a decent student, but tended to prefer pranking other students to actual study, and as his biggest goal in life was to run his own farm, seemed rather disinterested in school.
At the end of his sixth year, he had a change of heart, and studied his hardest to achieve a higher score than his previous years. He graduated with moderate results, as Head Boy for 1984. He attended Victoria Magical University, studying to become a potions teacher. After graduation he returned to Tally to teach, resuming ties with friends Matt Longhurst and Rachel Myers.
His progress through the school was relatively quick. By 1998, he had become Head of Spencer, and Deputy Headmaster. 1999 saw him in his first year as Headmaster, and has been there since. To date, Alan has proposed to two women. His school love Amanda Longhurst, and ex-professor Gabrielle Hawkson. He has bought rings for (but not proposed to) Kate McElhaney, and Drea Church. Both left him before he had the chance. In early 2008, Alan's first child was born - after a scandalous episode with Adele DeVylissea.
Alan loved Lauren more than anything, but lost her in a tragic accident six months later. Today, he is still trying to pick up the pieces after his daughter's death. He has returned to teaching at the school, and regained his position as headmaster. During this rough time he reconnected with Rachel Myers, who had recently returned to town. Alan fell for her charm, the rural girl that he'd known though his early teaching days had finally returned to his life and he was happy. They married in December 2009, their first child Cameron Alan was born soon after in 2010.
Neither Alan nor Rachel wanted Cameron to grow up an only child. Sarah Grace was born in 2011. Octavia Renae was born in 2013, and after the birth cracks began developing in Alan and Rachel's relationship. In late 2016, Alan forced Rachel to move out, feeling that her behaviour was putting the children at risk.
A bitter legal intervention followed, and he now has full custody of all three children. Still, he's reluctant to initiate any divorce proceedings, as he believes that maybe, one day, she will come to her senses.