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three boys


Russell on the left, Wayne in the middle. No recollection of who took the photo, perhaps it was Wayne’s sister, Danielle. Danielle. She who never showed an interest in the fifteen year-old boy gazing at the camera so intently.

Russell was the big kid every group of small boys needed when they disturbed another group’s turf, like South Bondi, where we eventually prevailed, or the Maroubra Stomp where the sport was to wait for Wayne to pick a girl to dance (?) with then move in on him.

We climbed down and back every accessible cliff between the Gap and the North Bondi sewer pipe, spearfished from Watsons Bay to Little Bay, dug and crawled our way into deserted WW2 defensive harbour tunnels in Camp Cove, fished from piers, jetties, rocks and rowboats. Then there were the countless days we surfed together.

Wayne reckons there’s a book in it, I’m just hoping his memory for those far off days is better then mine, though I do remember the names of all his girlfriends.

not all board riders were boofheads – two bondi fables.

Certain nuances of behaviour could be observed last century when the membership congregated in the sun outside the polio pit

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The South Bondi Surfboard Riders Club Logo – updated yet again.

Getting that weapon  loose of the boardshorts would strangle a herniated prolapse.

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thrush trumpet

it was the recurrent, non-consensual
low grit/high volume sand enemas that got me.

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gone fishing

I’d be walking past this family, doffing my cap and saying ‘how do ye do.’ before carrying on towards the northern dunes, which I would climb.

Dunes that ended at the shallow waters of Rose Bay.

Where I would fish a little east of where the Wintergarden sits, bring in a few blackfish.

That’s what I’d do.


North Bondi then and now

Pic by Uge at Aquabumps
The 235-tonne boulder at Ben Buckler was believed to have been thrown up by heavy seas on 15 July 1912.

Beautiful Bondi – 1926

It’s not often we get a glimpse such as this of the generation before ours, and partway into it I watched those kids coming out of Bondi Public and heading for the beach – looking for the ones with no shoes, then I looked at their sun-bitten faces and saw Bondi written all over them.

Then there was the babes … and a handy demo of toothpick directionals. The Palatial Bondi Hotel. The kid who wouldn’t get out of the panorama beach shot. A beach inspector telling two grown men wrestling in the sand to pull their heads in. It’s all here …

No sound.

Lifted this from Bondi Longboarders FB .. thanks for finding it.


and the villages were abandoned

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That’ll be the phone


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Tony Abbott … champion surfer

Fined $500 yesterday for not wearing a mask in Manly … says he’ll be glad when the dob in mindset is over .. reckons it’s un-Australian, forgetting the covid infected woman who bolted isolation from Strathfield on a train with her two kids the other day and was taken off in Port Mac together with everybody else in her carriage after someone called the cops – now all of them are in quarantine. Much better we be like Tone and let the virus rip, you reckon? Lock-ups be buggered.

And this bloke was once Prime Minister!.

rivers of blood

2012 – Afghanistan – photo by massoud hossaini.

is there a doctor in the house?

.. or where's Bondi Rescue when you need them?

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the surfer’s nightmare

It’s two o clock in the morning and a little sleep apnea kicks in and you don’t know it but your breathing is getting ragged .. and in a little while the adenoids do a complete clog-up and all incoming and outgoing breath is withheld.

Just for a couple of seconds, maybe ten? That’s when the dream kicks in, which is really a vivid full colour nightmare and I’m swimming out in water two foot deep and looking up at a wave so seriously deadly, so impossibly thick, so high, so purposeful I know it’s going to be the end of me when it finally crushes down and buries me forever.

Tim Bonython has the same nightmares, well maybe because he photographs blokes living it and he must know that like all things imagined, the reality is worse.

Pic lifted from Swellnet

moving to an idyllic acreage in the byron hills has its disadvantages

let me count the ways

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a sunburnt country. a land of sweeping plains.

Image by Joel B Pratley.

Words by Dorothea Mackellar.

Forbes NSW

sick of the bullshit?

“Two doses of Pfizer or AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine are nearly as effective against the highly transmissible Delta coronavirus variant as they are against the previously dominant Alpha variant, according to a new study.”

“Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday showed the vaccines were highly effective against the Delta variant, now the dominant strain worldwide, provided a person had received two shots.”


Now we can get on with it.

And stop dreaming, Chicama

a five star foul up

shit will most surely happen.

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car keys .. a modern fable

... in three parts

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dave rundle exhibits a masterful insight into australia’s most profound mystery ..

If a bloke was to read the Adelaide Advertiser recently he might learn that the SA Govt has decided to dig up the 72 year-old remains of The Somerton Man.

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every now and then it needs reminding

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