Archive for August, 2004


Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004

This last Sunday Adam and i took a long overdue trip up to Bondi to visit two dear friend’s of our’s Barbara and Mariana .. oh, and Conchita (sp?) (aka Dante) the cat, i forgot how wild and wooly the traffic can be on a Sunday around east Sydney and found the last ten kilometers took almost as long as the previous fifty did to cover, i love where i live and wouldnt change it for the world, but the biggest drawback is the distance between me and a lot of people i love, i’m sorta used to it with the vast swag of my family now living in Queensland but it dosnt make it any easier to cope with the distance that physically seperate’s us, (i dont mean it’s a pain in the butt to visit these people, just emotionally wrenching to leave them) i find this more and more difficult and wrenching each time i visit my family up north, or Phillip in Melbourne and as i said even with friend’s in Sydney, time is so precious and it’s so easy to let it slip by all to easily .. so to deal with this i’m going to invent a travel machine where i can be in Sydney in say 3 1/2 minutes, Melbourne in 15 and the same for Qld, and each person will have there own personal travel machine so you wont have to worry about terrorism, i’m not sure how i’m going to do this, maybe i can work over Christine (my car) so it resembles the Delorean in ‘Back to the future’ .. oh hang on, i’m drifting ‘Back to Bondi’ before the future. It was so good catching up with Mariana and Barb’s, they live in a beautiful location in a totally funky flat,but everywhere the girls live they always manage to ‘funk up’, it was a beautiful winter’s day so we hoofed it down the road to get lunch, we found a cafe that sold the most yummy falaffel roll’s, tho poor Adam was traumatised by the green liquid the vines leaves were basted in, he assumed it was Palmolive dishwashing liquid, tho i doubt this to be true considering the rest of the day’s flatulence didnt involve any effervescent bubbles. It was a sobering reminder of our changing country and lifestyle that when we passed the Jewish club it was noted that all car’s entering the car park are now checked by security people, how soon before i start to sound like my parent’s by lamenting for the ‘good old day’s’. Walking back we pulled in for hot chocolate at this funky bookstore/cafe that had the coolest old book’s to peruse and buy whilst scoffing piping hot chocolate. To further prove that opposite’s attract my purchase’s included ‘Bette and Joan – the feud’ whilst Adam’s was a book by Steven Hawkin’s, this book shop (Gertrude and Alice) is a definite ‘must return’ situation. We walked home along the front of Bondi beach and it was just beautiful at dusk, i took a photo (see below) of the full moon rising over Aussie’s most famous beach .. call me old fashioned but it dosnt take much to make old Tammy happy, and i can assure you you’d be hard pressed to offer up anything more enjoyable than a dusk walk along Bondi beach having a laugh with friends, i mean really .. who could ask for more?


Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004

Its been age’s since i’ve been to a big full on Raaaaawwwwk show, plenty of pub gig’s and such, but not a big arena show, so last Thursday a mate and i donned our finest stonewashed jean’s, jacket’s and grey vinyl shoe’s with zips, then after licking our hair into some demented alopecian mullet we headed for the Sydney entertainment centre, i had gotten us pretty good seat’s (3rd row) for the Who’s second Sydney concert of this tour, they last toured Aussie in 1968 but were kicked out of the country for outrageous behaviour (i think it was an offense back then in Aussie to wear anything other than beige). I’m really glad i took along ear plug’s for this show, in the begining i was embarrased at the thought of putting them in and looking like a ‘Grandpa’ but after hearing the first note and almost being knocked sideways by it i had the plugs in before the second chord was struck, i think i’ve done enough damage to my hearing over the year’s and i have no desire to suffer like a couple of my friend’s who have tinitus from listening to loud music, once upon a time it was fun to see how long the ringing would last in your ear’s after a concert, now i want to avoid that at all cost’s, as it was it was plenty loud with the plugs in, and as we were only three row’s from the front the speaker’s were right in front of us, every time Zak hit his kick drum my clothes would vibrate!. I felt sorry for the people who didnt bring any ear protection, you could see them holding there ear’s. The show itself was pretty good, tho i like it when i can get into the lyrics of an artist, the Who was more of an ‘event’ in concert, still it was pretty cool to finally see Pete Townshend in the flesh, i’ve always admired him. I was a bit titchy about taking photo’s in the venue and only snuck in my small digital camera after reading sign’s saying there would be full security searches, once inside people were walking in with bags and backpacks FULL of camera’s and security made no effort to stop people even filming from the front row, despite all this i managed to get off a few pic’s and i’ve attached them below.


Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004

Last Thursday night (July 30) a friend and i went to see ‘The Who’ in concert (more on that in a moment), one of the bonus’ of going to this concert was i got to see another Beatle kid in the flesh, the drummer for the Who is Zak Starkey .. aka Ringo’s son, having seen Julian and Sean Lennon in concert, and all the McCartney kids including Stella while they were in Aussie in 1993 it was great to see that some of the Beatle magic and talent has rubbed off onto the some of the kids, Stella, Mary, Heather, Julian and Sean have all proved themselves to be amazing talents in there own rights, so it was really gratifying to watch Zak absolutley tear the place apart with his drumming, in no way could you say he is only there because of his name or his connections, as a drummer myself i can spot a player who plays from the heart, and thats Zak, his style is totally different from that of his dad’s, and the Who’s songs call for fast and heavy playing, but at no time did Zak ever over play a song, and never was he overbearing or distracting, unlike Paul’s current drummer Abe Laborial jr who i feel fails in this sense in 90% of the songs he plays live with Paul. So hats off Zak, you’ve stepped out of a pretty big shadow and now cast your own.