THE WIZARD

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FROM VAN BADHAM Van Badham I wrote the following for his life companion, Lynne: Lynne, amidst heartbreak, be consoled that the man who was your beloved companion was no ordinary man. He was a leader, a fighter, a guru, a comrade, a friend. He was a man of independent thought and resolute moral principle. He was an artist, a maker and creator and a bard in the truest sense. Meeting Izzy as an 18 year old was the encounter that inspired the directions I took in my own life – artistic and political. He proved to me in his example that those who are as selfless as they are motivated have the power to open minds and effect change. He had the rare quality of the true champion – to understand the indivisibility of leadership and teamwork. He was good. He was kind. He shared what he learned with uninhibited generosity, he told a cracking story and he was always prepared to take the piss out of himself. He spoke truth to power. And he loved you, truly. He leaves love and good example behind him as he embarks on his next journey, and so he endures. I am thinking of how he used to treat his terrible migraines by trapping his head in a wire hanger. And it makes me think what I should have realised before hearing this today: that he appeared in my life as some kind of sage, or wizard – a Gandalf or Merlin – grey-bearded, wise to the world, stepping out from the edge of a grey forest at a crossroads, and, smiling, nudging me gently towards my true way.

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1983 IN SYDNEY ZARSOFFS

On this day 33 years ago, way back in 1983, this is what you could have seen on a Friday night in Sydney. Good days. 🙂

Friday 9th Sept 1983.
Adam’s Apple Bistro, Caringbah – Alcan Zephyr
Arncliffe Hotel, Arncliffe – Faultline
Arthurs Court – Wine Bar, North Sydney – Trader
Ashfield Hotel, Ashfield – Feeler
Balmain Leagues Club, Balmain – The Expression
Bankstown Sports Club, Bankstown – Full Marks and Swanee
Blacktown RSL, Blacktown – Peculiar Clerk and Snake
Bluegum Hotel, Waitara – Rupert B and Strange Desire
Brighton Hotel, Sydney – Forever Fifteen
Cabbage Tree Hotel, Fairy Meadow – Rose Tattoo
Campbelltown Leagues Club, Leumeah – Fallen Idols and Total Fire Band
Campbelltown RSL Club, Campbelltown – One Word and Moving Pictures
Caringbah Inn, Caringbah – Hugo A Go Go and Mi-Sex
Cronulla Workers Club, Cronulla – The Honeymoon, QV’s, and Choirboys
Dee Why Hotel, Dee Why – Snake
Governor’s Pleasure, The Rocks, Sydney – Mysterons
Greenfield Tavern, Greenfield Park – Mole Rats and Hoodoo Gurus
Grey Gums Hotel, Penrith – Bankrupt
Helensburgh Workers Sports & Social Club Ltd, Helensburgh – Vicky O’Keefe Band
Hotel Bondi, Bondi – Shaylee Wilde Experience
Leichhardt Hotel, Leichhardt – X
Lewisham Hotel, Lewisham – Mr X
Mosman Hotel, Mosman – Zulu Rattle and The Scientists
Paddington Green Hotel, Paddington – Minutemen and The Celibate Rifles
Padstow Park Hotel, Padstow – Shy Thunder and The Beast
Piccadilly Hotel, Kings Cross – Non Stop Dancers
Rest Hotel, Milson’s Point – Pat Drummond
Sefton Hotel, Sefton – Passion and Lightning Rock
Selina’s – Coogee Bay Hotel, Coogee – Fashions and Q.E.D.
Stardust Hotel aka Sweethearts, Cabramatta – Uppa Hand and The Lonely Hearts
Sydney Cove Tavern, Circular Quay – The Zarsoff Brothers
The Manzil Room, Kings Cross – Hijinx and Party Girls
Tourmaline Hotel, Vineyard – Torrid Zone
Trade Union Club, Sydney – The Rescue Squad, The Introverts, and The Cockroaches
War and Peace, Parramatta – Inner Release

APRIL VISITORS TO BONGIL BONGIL

HAVEN’T BEEN able to pay many visits lately due to illness and lack of vehicle so it was a treat today to pay a visit at the start of Izzy’s birthday Month. HIs favourite Black Butterflies were about and there may well have been a koala although the matter was in dispute. The Uke is getting a touch damaged but all in all looks damned good for one year in the Wild and the Buddhas and other oddments look excellent.  Hey there, Iz. Good to sit with you awhile.

PETER KNOX A FIGMENT OF YOUR IMAGINATION

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