Bondi .. it’s going
There are so few of us left, the generation younger than the Cochrans, Dillons, Mayes and Magoos, us kids who used to watch and learn all the bad habits of this first generation of Bondi board riders except when it came to surfing because they were all we had to teach us the way around waves. Boys surfing amongst those men was a better education than any university could offer.
They were rough old days at Bondi, a workingman’s beach like Maroubra and Bronte when we had an ownership of not just the surf but the buildings overlooking the beach because they reflected the nature of those who used it.
None of us pretty.
“It will be an attractor, I think. It’s going to be really beautifying the area and inviting people in and around,” Waverley mayor Paula Masselos said. “At the moment it’s very hard to walk through because you’ve got this jumble of buildings, so I think it’s going to open it up.”
Bondi, it’s going.
Gather those old lads together and ask if they want Bondi to be beautified, changed .. then realise that it will happen regardless.
The new owners have moved in and they care little for the previous tenants, though the one thing they cannot tear down and beautify is how it was, this old place, because it doesn’t matter how far from Bondi we may have moved during the years, it was ours once.
The new owners have moved in and they care little for the previous tenants, though the one thing they cannot tear down and beautify is how it was, this old place, because it doesn’t matter how far from Bondi we may have moved during the years, it was ours once…….Amen!
Thanks old timer …
A thought provoking post Pete, and it raises a lot of nostalgia. But, the reply said “ it was once ours” – this is true and it always will be ours as it has been embedded into our souls.
I wish Jack Gibson the famous Easts league coach was still around as his often quoted snarls seem so relevant today…” If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.
Bondi may never have been pretty, but it has always had beauty.