Queens Hotel  If my dad had a few jobs to quote on a Saturday morning (he was a chippie) I’d tag along like a shadow. Afterwards we’d occasionally end up at the Queens Hotel in Southport. The old man would have a pot or two and me a double sars complete with monkey swizel stick. Loved those Saturdays.

Queens Hotel
If my dad had a few jobs to quote on a Saturday morning (he was a chippie) I’d tag along like a shadow. Afterwards we’d occasionally end up at the Queens Hotel in Southport. The old man would have a pot or two and me a double sars complete with monkey swizel stick. Loved those Saturdays.

Getting Home  Spent your last 10 cents on a banana paddle pop and need a lift home from the surf? Just yell through the ear piece and your mum can hear you.

Getting Home
Spent your last 10 cents on a banana paddle pop and need a lift home from the surf? Just yell through the ear piece and your mum can hear you.

Milk Monitor

Milk Monitor

Scallop Man  Every Thursday in primary school I would buy my lunch. Armed with 60 cents I’d walk to the fish and chip shop near school in Southport and spend all my money on potato scallops. Old mate behind the counter would laugh at me and ask where I put it because I was so scrawny buying 12 scallops. He’d always give me a baker’s dozen. Nice old bugger.

Scallop Man
Every Thursday in primary school I would buy my lunch. Armed with 60 cents I’d walk to the fish and chip shop near school in Southport and spend all my money on potato scallops. Old mate behind the counter would laugh at me and ask where I put it because I was so scrawny buying 12 scallops. He’d always give me a baker’s dozen. Nice old bugger.

Who’s on first.

Who’s on first.

To all the dubs I’ve loved before: You were beige and you were white and you were a blue and red, rusty piece of shite.

To all the dubs I’ve loved before:
You were beige and you were white and you were a blue and red, rusty piece of shite.

Midget Farrelly  Grab your Midget Farrelly 5’ Pro Champ koolite with GT stripes and unique flexi-fin from the shed and don your Slaps. Summer has arrived, belly rash and sunburn guaranteed. Love it!!

Midget Farrelly
Grab your Midget Farrelly 5’ Pro Champ koolite with GT stripes and unique flexi-fin from the shed and don your Slaps. Summer has arrived, belly rash and sunburn guaranteed. Love it!!

Boomerang Cafe  When Mama and Papa ran the local milk bar.

Boomerang Cafe
When Mama and Papa ran the local milk bar.

Entschy  I was lucky to go to school with some super talented people. One of them that constantly sticks in my mind was Andrew Entsch.  Entschy moved to Melbourne (as did a few of us in the late 80s) to pursue a career in music. He was a great double bass player and performed with such luminaries as Roland S. Howard, Kim Salmon, the Waifs, Cat Power and Warren Ellis. He was an artist in the true sense, full of energy, talent and just a funny, beautiful human being. Entschy tragically overdosed on heroin in 1998 just a couple of days after his son was born.

Entschy
I was lucky to go to school with some super talented people. One of them that constantly sticks in my mind was Andrew Entsch.

Entschy moved to Melbourne (as did a few of us in the late 80s) to pursue a career in music. He was a great double bass player and performed with such luminaries as Roland S. Howard, Kim Salmon, the Waifs, Cat Power and Warren Ellis. He was an artist in the true sense, full of energy, talent and just a funny, beautiful human being. Entschy tragically overdosed on heroin in 1998 just a couple of days after his son was born.

He Be Pop  Pop Davies lived in Newcastle and would come up and stay with us for a few days each year. There’s a couple of things I remember about him. Mostly he enjoyed reading the newspaper on our patio and always seemed to be whistling but I could never hear anything coming out from those pursed lips.  Sometimes I’d sit on the patio with him. Pop was a man of very few words but on occasion he’d raise his head from the paper and call me a pie-eater. Now, to a 10 year-old kid, that was confusing. I’d ask him what he meant by pie-eater but he wouldn’t respond, just put his head back down to continue reading and resume his Marcel Marceau whistling.   I’ve recently looked up the term pie-eater and it refers to a miner’s strike in the 1920s when all the pits in Wigan and Leigh went on strike. The Wiganers went back and broke the strike, while the Leythers continued to strike and got better pay and conditions. Therefore the Wiganers had to “eat humble pie”. So the term pie-eater is derogatory and one of abuse toward Wiganers that continues to this day.   You learn something new everyday, thanks Pop...come to think of it, I was an annoying little tit

He Be Pop
Pop Davies lived in Newcastle and would come up and stay with us for a few days each year. There’s a couple of things I remember about him. Mostly he enjoyed reading the newspaper on our patio and always seemed to be whistling but I could never hear anything coming out from those pursed lips.

Sometimes I’d sit on the patio with him. Pop was a man of very few words but on occasion he’d raise his head from the paper and call me a pie-eater. Now, to a 10 year-old kid, that was confusing. I’d ask him what he meant by pie-eater but he wouldn’t respond, just put his head back down to continue reading and resume his Marcel Marceau whistling.

I’ve recently looked up the term pie-eater and it refers to a miner’s strike in the 1920s when all the pits in Wigan and Leigh went on strike. The Wiganers went back and broke the strike, while the Leythers continued to strike and got better pay and conditions. Therefore the Wiganers had to “eat humble pie”. So the term pie-eater is derogatory and one of abuse toward Wiganers that continues to this day.

You learn something new everyday, thanks Pop...come to think of it, I was an annoying little tit

Black Cat Bubble Gum  “Can I please have 4 Black Cats, 2 Cobbers, a Redskin, 4 Caramel Buds and 2 Snakes.” “That’ll be 20 cents thanks love.”  P.S. Word on the street is that Black Cats might be making a comeback.

Black Cat Bubble Gum
“Can I please have 4 Black Cats, 2 Cobbers,
a Redskin, 4 Caramel Buds and 2 Snakes.”
“That’ll be 20 cents thanks love.”

P.S. Word on the street is that Black Cats might be making a comeback.

Soccer Ball Teaser

Soccer Ball Teaser

Old Man Smekel  Old man Smekel ran a tight ship with the local school bus service in Southport. His buses ran, but only just. Our school bus was always chock-a-block. If it was a hot day there was one particular hill on Heeb Street the bus struggled to get up. Bussie would tell all us kids to get out at the bottom of the hill and walk up, while he’d drive the bus up and meet us at the top. Then we’d all pile back in and continue the sweat box journey

Old Man Smekel
Old man Smekel ran a tight ship with the local school bus service in Southport. His buses ran, but only just.
Our school bus was always chock-a-block. If it was a hot day there was one particular hill on Heeb Street the bus struggled to get up. Bussie would tell all us kids to get out at the bottom of the hill and walk up, while he’d drive the bus up and meet us at the top. Then we’d all pile back in and continue the sweat box journey

You’re Evel Knievel  Pre-BMX days we’d make a jump out of anything lying about, grab your Malvern Star dragster, get a good speed up and do your best ‘Evel Knievel’. You’d usually end up stacking it, everyone would have a good laugh, you’d dust yourself off and have another crack.

You’re Evel Knievel
Pre-BMX days we’d make a jump out of anything lying about, grab your Malvern Star dragster, get a good speed up and do your best ‘Evel Knievel’. You’d usually end up stacking it, everyone would have a good laugh, you’d dust yourself off and have another crack.

1964 Vespa  I used to own a fully-restored 1964 Vespa 50cc, beautiful scooter. I rode it to work each day and would sneak out on the M1 for a few clicks to save time.  One particular day it felt like I was riding on ice - the backside of the Vespa was sliding from left to right. Next thing I see my rear wheel fly past me as the bike came to a grinding halt. Yep, the back wheel had fallen off on the motorway. Fortunately, a few minutes later, a bloke I knew pulled up in his ute. We took it to the scooter shop and I was riding to work again the next day. Turns out the guy who restored it had left a cotter pin out that helps keep the wheel in place.

1964 Vespa
I used to own a fully-restored 1964 Vespa 50cc, beautiful scooter. I rode it to work each day and would sneak out on the M1 for a few clicks to save time.

One particular day it felt like I was riding on ice - the backside of the Vespa was sliding from left to right. Next thing I see my rear wheel fly past me as the bike came to a grinding halt. Yep, the back wheel had fallen off on the motorway. Fortunately, a few minutes later, a bloke I knew pulled up in his ute. We took it to the scooter shop and I was riding to work again the next day. Turns out the guy who restored it had left a cotter pin out that helps keep the wheel in place.

Say Aaah  Choo Choo Bar breath

Say Aaah
Choo Choo Bar breath

Run Drewpy, run.   Still scares the begeezus out of me when it’s magpie nesting time.

Run Drewpy, run.
Still scares the begeezus out of me when it’s magpie nesting time.

Where were you the day Elvis died?  I was perfecting the pencil dive, after a heated game of backyard footy at Francois ‘Frank’ Dulac’s house... uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh.

Where were you the day Elvis died?
I was perfecting the pencil dive, after a heated game of backyard footy at Francois ‘Frank’ Dulac’s house...
uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh.

Sock Skating  On rainy days my brothers and me would don our socks and turn the rumpus room into a skate arena. The floor was parquetry and perfect for ‘skating’. Pictured are brothers Grant and Scott with monkey boy me running last. On one session I put my heel through the wall. We sat there that night with mum and dad watching TV hoping the old man wouldn’t see the hole. He didn’t see it that night but did the next day. Clip over the ears and all was right in the universe again.

Sock Skating
On rainy days my brothers and me would don our socks and turn the rumpus room into a skate arena. The floor was parquetry and perfect for ‘skating’. Pictured are brothers Grant and Scott with monkey boy me running last. On one session I put my heel through the wall. We sat there that night with mum and dad watching TV hoping the old man wouldn’t see the hole. He didn’t see it that night but did the next day. Clip over the ears and all was right in the
universe again.

The Pin Shot  Used to love playing pinball. I mastered what was called the pin shot. Basically it means that you allow the ball to run right to the end of the flipper and just before it goes down the guts you quickly flipped the flipper and make the ball run up the opposite flipper gutter. So if you got the specs light or ekky ball to light up in one flipper gutter and the ball was on the other flipper, you could apply the flip shot to get a free game or an extra ball. I could play for ages on one 20 cent piece. Not a wizard but I’ll settle for maestro.

The Pin Shot
Used to love playing pinball. I mastered what was called the pin shot. Basically it means that you allow the ball to run right to the end of the flipper and just before it goes down the guts you quickly flipped the flipper and make the ball run up the opposite flipper gutter. So if you got the specs light or ekky ball to light up in one flipper gutter and the ball was on the other flipper, you could apply the flip shot to get a free game or an extra ball. I could play for ages on one 20 cent piece. Not a wizard but I’ll settle for maestro.

Billy Carts  Kids in our street would cobble together their idea of a billy cart and we’d hold races down the hill at Hillview Parade. It was a cracker of a hill with a creek at the bottom. Plenty of stacks and loads of fun.

Billy Carts
Kids in our street would cobble together their idea of a billy cart and we’d hold races down the hill at Hillview Parade.
It was a cracker of a hill with a creek at the bottom. Plenty of stacks and loads of fun.

Main Beach, Southport  Growing up we spent a lot of time at the beach. After surf boat training my dad would sometimes take me for a body surf. He’d throw me on his back and take off on a wave, it was like riding on a human torpedo, I was always amazed at how long he could hold his breath. Best fun ever!!

Main Beach, Southport
Growing up we spent a lot of time at the beach. After surf boat training my dad would sometimes take me for a body surf. He’d throw me on his back and take off on a wave, it was like riding on a human torpedo, I was always amazed at how long he could hold his breath. Best fun ever!!

Baking  Loved when Ma baked. I’d hover like a vulture and get to eat the left-over sweet pastry, apple peel from the apple crumble (my favourite) and lick the spoon from the scrummy mixture. Saturday cartoons and baking with Ma, golden!

Baking
Loved when Ma baked. I’d hover like a vulture and get to eat the left-over sweet pastry, apple peel from the apple crumble (my favourite) and lick the spoon from the scrummy mixture. Saturday cartoons and baking with Ma, golden!

Splinter Davies  Growing up in the 70s, Ali was the ‘Greatest’ and Rocky 1 - starring the ‘Italian Stallion’ - was at the drive-in, my Dad took me to see it. Back then I used to imagine what it would be like to be a champion boxer. My Uncle Earl used to call me ‘splinter’ on account of my scrawny physique. Thought that would have been a cracker of a boxing pseudonym... ‘and in the red corner weighing 4 stone 7, ringing wet, ‘Splinter Davies’.

Splinter Davies
Growing up in the 70s, Ali was the ‘Greatest’ and Rocky 1 - starring the ‘Italian Stallion’ - was at the drive-in, my Dad took me to see it. Back then I used to imagine what it would be like to be a champion boxer. My Uncle Earl used to call me ‘splinter’ on account of my scrawny physique. Thought that would have been a cracker of a boxing pseudonym... ‘and in the red corner weighing 4 stone 7, ringing wet, ‘Splinter Davies’.

Sundale Cinema  There’s a few things I remember about Sundale Cinema: that contorted painting of John Wayne in the foyer, those bright orange chairs, standing for god save the Queen at the start of the movies (in the early years), having interval, but most important was my favourite movie snack, a box of Marella Jubes and a Choc Top.

Sundale Cinema
There’s a few things I remember about Sundale Cinema: that contorted painting of John Wayne in the foyer, those bright orange chairs, standing for god save the Queen at the start of the movies (in the early years), having interval, but most important was my favourite movie snack, a box of Marella Jubes and a Choc Top.