‘Some People’: Tuesday, 12th January, 1988

Although I didn’t awake until eight minutes to eight, I remained in bed, as Tiki had wanted to serve me with breakfast there. She placed the following on my four halves of toast: Vegemite, Sunny Cane’s golden syrup, IXL’s melon and lime conserve, and Home Brand’s pure Australian honey.

Steve Blanda read the ‘2WS News’ at eight o’clock, prior to Bill Woods’ presentation the news in sport. A man of twenty-three was to appear in court, in Kogarah, this morning charged with his alleged murder of a woman of nineteen years. She was allegedly stabbed twenty-two times by her attacker, in the early hours of yesterday morning, at the rear of her home in Penshurst.

A baby girl drowned yesterday, in the suburb of Summer Hill, whilst allegedly in the care of her babysitter, who is now being treated for shock. The woman has claimed that she left three children in a bathtub for just a few minutes, however, when she returned the baby was floating face down.

Australia’s Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, has surpassed the tenure of Andrew Fisher to become the Labor Party’s representative who had held the position for the longest time. Only the Conservatives’ (Sir) Robert Menzies and Malcolm Fraser have held the title for lengthier periods.

Ivan Lendl and Martina Navratilova are full of praise for the new stadium of tennis, in Melbourne. They are in agreement that it is the world’s finest such venue.

Russia is to compete at this year’s Olympic Games, in Seoul.

Between 8.09 and 8.13, I heard Cliff Richard’s latest single, Some People, on “Steve Matters’ Breakfast Show” that is also on 2WS.

Tiki asked me to accompany her to the shops, in our hunt for groceries. Upon our return, she began to express the feeling that she was not appreciated when it is considered just how hard she works. Then it was time for her to remind me, yet again, of how much she despises her job; for which she departed at twenty-five minutes to one.

Later, I began to type more of my ‘book’. Continuing on from where I had ceased yesterday. This I did for much of the afternoon, covering that period from the first to the eighth of October, 1977.

I did take a break, in order to purchase a copy of ‘The Sun’ newspaper at a cost of forty cents. Four lamb loin chops ($2.73) and five hundred and sixty grams of topside mince cost two dollars and seventy-nine cents. The chops, disappointingly, were not tender when we did our best to consume them at dinner.

A gusty nor-easterly breeze kept the air quite fresh and the temperature bearable. Sydney’s Observatory Hill recorded a range of twenty-two to twenty-eight degrees Celsius, with the maximum being two above the seasonal average. Liverpool, a south-western suburb, experienced a range of 19-31, while in Richmond, in the north-west, it varied between 19 and 32. Katoomba (20-28), a popular town with tourists, in the picturesque Blue Mountains and only about eighty kilometres from the centre of Sydney, was almost as mild as Observatory Hill.

Sydney’s pollution was classified as being in the medium range at twenty-eight;  but, please, don’t ask me to explain this!

Mark Warren, at 6.26 p.m. on Channel Nine, noted that the highest maxima in the state had been forty-four degrees at Wilcannia, and the lowest minima had been recorded at Bathurst where the mercury had dipped to eleven. However, this latter claim was to be disputed an hour later by the ABC’s presenter of the weather, Mike Bailey, on Channel Two, when he stated that the lowest temperature recorded had been that of twelve degrees, at Taralga. He added that in the twenty-four hours to 9.00 a.m., Bega had recorded twelve millimetres of rain and in the six hours after that, Murwillumbah received one.

Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet leader, has reportedly stated that disaster will follow should his programme of reforms be halted. He claims that should his drive to restructure the Soviet Union succeed, the Union would become the world’s primary democracy.

The International Olympic Committee has declined to comment on North Korea’s announcement that it will not compete in the Summer Olympics, in Seoul, unless it is given the status of co-host.

Two weeks after having been officially recognised as being the world’s oldest person, Florence Knapp, an American, died yesterday at the age of one hundred and fourteen. Born on the tenth of October, 1873, Florence had lived for one hundred and ten years in her parents’ farmhouse in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Her successor to the title is Maren Torp, a Norwegian, who is one hundred and eleven.

A survey, conducted by the Australian National University, has reportedly shown that Australians’ religious beliefs have not changed significantly since 1966. Eighty-two per cent believe in God, while sixty per cent believe that there is a heaven, thirty-seven per cent, a devil, and thirty-seven per cent, a hell. However, the number of believers conflicts with that of those who are actually attending church.

More than two hundred police, in eastern Sicily, have reportedly staged a number of raids at dawn after magistrates ordered that sixty-six alleged gangsters be arrested in connection to the scores of killings since 1979, reportedly at the hands of the Mafia.

A new breed of actors and actresses, it is said, are soon to replace the so-called Brat Pack of 1987. Those of whom it is believed will be toppled are Judd Nelson, Matt Dillon, Andrew McCarthy, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Rob Lowe and, Bruce Willis’s new wife, Demi Moore. Their touted replacements are said to be Kiefer Sutherland, River Phoenix, Charlie Sheen, Lou Diamond Phillips, Robert Downey, Esai Morales, Holly Hunter, James Spader, Elizabeth Pena, Jami Gertz, Ione Sky, Martha Plimpton and Jennifer Grey, who is the daughter of the famed star of ‘Cabaret’, Joel Grey.

Channel Seven is televising competition in the Australian Open of tennis from Flinders Park, in Melbourne. Players who are listed to compete include Stefan Edberg, Pat Cash — who has drawn the ire of anti-Apartheid demonstrators and has consequently had black balls thrown on to the court during matches in which he is involved — Joakim Nystrom, David Pate, Martina Navratilova, Henri Laconte, Steffi Graf, Wendy Turnbull and Hana Mandlikova.

The list of commentators includes John Alexander, Sue Barker, Evonne Cawley, John Barrett, Peter Landy, Allan Stone, Dixie Marshall and Garry Wilkinson.

Channel Seven’s “News And Weather” screens between 6.00 and 6.45 and is delivered by the tall Ross Symonds, with Susie Stenmark then presenting the report on the weather. “Sports Today”, occupies the remaining fifteen minutes of that hour and is presented by Garry Wilkinson.

The following half an hour, also on Channel Seven, is occupied by the investigative programme, “Terry Willessee Tonight”, in which the host is assisted by the reporters: Maurice Parker, Emily Booker, Jim Maher and Alex Smith.

The index of the Dow Jones on Wall Street closed this morning (in Sydney) on 1,928.55 points, which is a fall of 16.58, on a relatively light volume of one hundred and sixty-four million shares.

Freddie Mercury, the leading singer in the band, Queen, has reportedly followed the lead of the fellow rocker, David Bowie and sought to be tested for A.I.D.S. Freddie, 41, who was born as Farrokh Bulsara on the African island of Zanzibar, it is claimed, was compelled to seek to be tested after a friend died from the disease.

“Sole Manure”: Saturday, 1st October, 1977

It has been a humid day with a maximum temperature of twenty-seven degrees Celsius. This afternoon we transported Tiki’s birthday cake to Bernardi’s Restaurant, which is located on the Prince’s Highway at Kirrawee. The owner gave her the choice of having the party inside the restaurant proper or ‘outside’ in the enclosed patio. At first she opted for the former, but I helped to change her mind. She wrote out the seating arrangements on a brown paper bag and left them with the gentleman.

“Belmura Lad”, trained by Bart Cummings, won the A.J.C. Derby, which was run at Randwick Racecourse this afternoon. The Epsom Handicap appeared on the same card and was won, in record time, by the imported English grey, “Raffindale”, trained and ridden respectively by the South Australian combination of David Whitney and John Letts.

My sisters drew our attention to three large privet trees, which are growing in our backyard, and, to our complete surprise, a fully matured macadamia! Its leaves are particularly spiky.

We sat in the kitchen and consumed tea and biscuits while Tiki began to open her presents. In her excitement she knocked over her cup and I instinctively tried to arrest the hot, flowing liquid with my hands.

Channel Seven’s News, at 6.00 p.m., was read by Barry Freedman, and, it was during “The Muppet Show”, which followed, that we dressed for the party. Tiki and her mother had led me to believe that her new dress was purple, but it is, in fact a black one with tiers and comes with a pink artificial rose attached.

We arrived at the restaurant by seven o’clock. I began the night by consuming two glasses of Bacardi and coke while Tiki had two gin and orange. Everyone was asked to sign a twenty-first autograph book.

As we were perusing the menu, Tiki yelled out to everyone that I had referred to sole manierre as “sole manure”. We both ordered the delicious seafood pancake for entree, and, for the main course, a huge Neptune platter to share. It came with lobster, oysters, calamari, prawn cutlets and scallops, and made us the envy of the others.

Those seated near to us helped us to eat it but, even then, it was necessary to call upon guests seated beyond them to finish what still remained. Of course, we still found room to accommodate dessert and for this we selected crepe suzette for two. In all, we each consumed approximately six glasses of asti spumante. Most of the others preferred white burgundy.

The band, and a group of young people, sang “21 Today” to Tiki, before the band dedicated “Killing Me Softly With His Song” to her.

‘Hardie-Ferodo 1000’: Sunday, 2nd October, 1977

I watched short periods of the ‘Hardie-Ferodo 1000’, which was telecast live via Channel Seven, from the demanding Mount Panorama circuit near Bathurst. The eventual winners, Allan Moffat and Jacky Ickx, were leading. Allan Moffat is an Australian racing driver who was born in Canada and the Belgian, Jacky Ickz, formerly drove at the level of Formula One.

Two years ago, Tiki took me for a spin — almost the operative word — in our small sedan around this very circuit. At times I nearly pushed my imaginary brake pedal through the floor, especially when she traversed ‘The Top Of The Mountain’ and negotiated the resultant downhill ess-bends.

“Ask The Leyland Brothers”, at 5.30 p.m., transports the viewer to Carnarvon Gorge in central Queensland, before also having a segment on cicadas and another on the marble that is being extracted at Gundagai. We also began to watch the film, “Scorpio”, that bears the copyright of 1973 and features the veteran actor, Burt Lancaster, the French actor, Alain Delon, and Gayle Hunnicutt.

When I began to doze off at ten past nine, we decided that it was time to go to bed.

Royal National Park: Monday, 3rd October, 1977

We awoke at five past seven to a sunny sky and relative warmth. It was hard to believe that the airport, which is perhaps only twenty kilometres or so distant, as the crow flies, was closed due to fog.

I drove up to Miranda where Tiki and my brother-in-law, Roger, left my sister, Susan, and I in the car while they went to buy two half cartons of beer. The bar attendant must have presumed that they were husband and wife and took it upon himself to give the change to Tiki, as he pronounced, “This is the only opportunity you’ll get!”

Thirteen of us, in all, boarded “Dad’s” launch, “Ocean Swell”, which is thirty-one feet in length. We headed up the Port Hacking River to the causeway at Audley where I suddenly experienced the insuperable urge to announce that it was near there, on the river’s bank, that I had first told Tiki that I loved her.

From there we travelled back down the river and anchored near the old rusty shell of a small boat, which is located just off the eastern shoreline of South-West Arm in the Royal National Park. Declared to be a national park in 1879, it became only the second in the world, after Yellowstone.

After lunch some members of our party set off in what the family term the ‘Quintrex’ and later others went for a row in the dinghy. When everyone was accounted for we weighed anchor and, with Tiki and I seated at the bow, journeyed to Bate Bay at the Port Hacking’s mouth prior to our return to the in-laws’ via Burranear Bay, Dolan’s Bay and Great Turriell Bay.

It had been an appropriate day to be on the water as the mercury reached thirty-three degrees Celsius. This meant that it has been Sydney’s hottest day, in October, since 1969. In fact, the city recorded the highest maximum of any Australian capital, being one degree warmer than Darwin’s.

Roger and Susan packed their bags by six o’clock and left us with a map of Melbourne. We intend to spend Christmas Day with them.

At half past six on Channel Seven’s News, read by Roger Climpson, I learned that the late Perc Galea’s horse, “Sir Serene”, had won the prestigious Metropolitan Handicap, which was run at Randwick Racecourse this afternoon.

 

No Piano: Tuesday, 4th October, 1977

John Burles played Mark Holden’s current hit, “Reach Out For The One Who Loves You”, and the late Johnny Horton’s classic, “North To Alaska”, from the year of 1960. Today presented us with fine weather and a maximum temperature of twenty-two degrees Celsius.

“Country Road”, at 6.00 p.m. on Channel Two was hosted by the singer and pianist, Jade Hurley. It included footage of the Welsh singer, Bonnie Tyler, performing her recent hit, “Lost In France”. Jade even had Tiki voicing his praises when he performed Jerry Lee Lewis’s classic from 1957, “Great Balls Of Fire”.

I left at seven o’clock to walk to the house of Tiki’s grandparents, only to come upon the scene of a nasty accident at the intersection of Port Hacking and Burraneer Bay roads. The front of a yellow Datsun had been stoved in and a woman’s head was being bandaged. I reached the house by eight and stayed until a quarter to nine. Her grandmother gave Tiki, on this her actual birthday, the usual choice from a number of crocheted doilies while her grandfather, whose eighty-fifth birthday falls due at the end of the month, handed her an envelope that contained twenty-one dollars. Tiki had expected more, as her cousin for her corresponding birthday had been presented with a new piano. Although I walked home bearing a feeling of tiredness, I also, quite incongruously, felt very much alive.

Cook It Yourself, If You Can!: Wednesday, 5th October, 1977

It is supposed to reach thirty degrees Celsius today, but there is a heavy overcast and it is relatively cool. “Dad” surprised us with the news that “Mum” will have to enter hospital to have her troublesome neck manipulated.

This evening, we dined at the restaurant, The Golden Phoenix, in Miranda Fair. Having perused the large menu, we decided to have the special for two at a cost of nine dollars. We each received three dim sims, nasi goreng and sukiyaki.

The ingredients of the sukiyaki were served half cooked and we had to complete the process at our table by placing them in a solution of broth, which was supposed to be heated over a small stove that was fuelled by methylated spirits. The only problem being that the flame kept going out. This called upon the pleasant waitress to use matches to continually relight the stove. Finally, even she recognised the futility of her repetitious actions and replaced the stove with another. The bill totalled ten dollars and ninety cents.

We watched the televised film, “The Virginia Hill Story”. Produced in 1974, it stars Dyan Cannon. The knob was then turned to Channel Ten and the last hour of “Valley Of The Dolls” (1967). Its cast includes Patty “The Patty Duke Show” Duke and the late Sharon Tate.

 

The Top 40 Fantasies: No.6

  1. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (1972)                                                                                                                                                                               Roberta Flack
  2. Rocket “88” (1951)                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jackie Brenston; (pianist: Ike Turner)
  3. Crimson And Clover (1968)                                                                                                                                                                                                           Tommy James and The Shondells
  4. I’ll Never Smile Again (1940)                                                                                                                                                      Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra; vocals: Frank Sinatra and The Pied Pipers
  5. Sad Movies (Make Me Cry) (1961)                                                                                                                                                                                                 Sue Thompson
  6. Jack And Diane (1982)                                                                                                                                                                                                                      John Cougar
  7. Il Silenzio (1965)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nini Rosso
  8. Be My Baby (1963)                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Ronettes
  9. One O’Clock Jump (1938)                                                                                                                                                                                                       Harry James and his Orchestra
  10. Lonely Teardrops (1958)                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Jackie Wilson
  11. One O’Clock Jump (1937 and 1947)                                                                                                                                                                                       Count Basie and his Orchestra
  12. Go Now! (1964)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The Moody Blues
  13. While You See A Chance (1981)                                                                                                                                                                                                       Steve Winwood
  14. You Mean Everything To Me (1960)                                                                                                                                                                                               Neil Sedaka
  15. Last Chance To Turn Around (1965)                                                                                                                                                                                               Gene Pitney
  16. You Are My First Love (1956)                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ruby Murray
  17. Help Is On Its Way (1977)                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Little River Band
  18. You Are My Sunshine (1941)                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bing Crosby
  19. Padre (1958)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Toni Ardern
  20. Jackson (1967)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood
  21. Mexico (1961)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Bob Moore
  22. Zabadak! (1967)                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
  23. Computer Games (1979)                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Mi-Sex
  24. Above And Beyond (1960)                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Buck Owens
  25. Right Said Fred (1962)                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bernard Cribbins
  26. C’mon Everybody (1958)                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Eddie Cochran
  27. Girls Talk (1979)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dave Edmunds
  28. Jennifer Eccles (1968)                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Hollies
  29. Hula Love (1957)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Buddy Knox
  30. Breathe (1997)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Prodigy
  31. Hold Me Now (1983)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Thompson Twins
  32. Shame, Shame, Shame (1975)                                                                                                                                                                                                          Shirley (And Company)
  33. S-S-S-Single Bed (1976)                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Fox
  34. Le Chaland Qui Passe (1934)                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tino Rossi
  35. Abigail Beecher (1964)                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Freddy Cannon
  36. A Bushel And A Peck (1950)                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Doris Day
  37. Simon Says (1968)                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The 1910 Fruitgum Co.
  38. Top Forty, News, Weather And Sports (1961)                                                                                                                                                                                    Mark Dinning
  39. Mr. Custer (1960)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Larry Verne
  40. Toast And Marmalade For Tea (1971)                                                                                                                                                                                               Tin Tin

 

Bert Bryant Calls It A Day: Thursday, 6th October, 1977

John Burles, the annoucer at breakfast, on 2KY, stated that the uniquely witty Bert Bryant has officially retired from his job as a broadcaster of horseracing. Bert last worked for the Melburnian radio station, 3UZ. Earlier this year, a blood vessel burst behind his brain.

Tiki had her hair washed, conditioned and then styled with a blow-dryer at a cost of six dollars and fifty cents at the Gerrale Salon on Gerrale Street, in Cronulla. The salon is located opposite that suburb’s R.S.L. (Return Soldiers’ League) Club.

“Country Road”, this evening, included footage of performances by Donna Fargo, Australian country legend, Smoky Dawson, and Johnny Chester, who ‘butchered’ Tom T. Hall’s “Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine”.

At seven o’clock, on “Willesee”, Paul Makin spoke with Bert Bryant in an interview that was fittingly recorded at a racecourse. Bert is fifty years of age, but looks more like sixty-five.

It has been a cold, windy day. Rain began to fall by 8.30 p.m.: the starting time of “Bless This House”, the British series which stars the late Sid James. At five minutes to nine — and also on A.B.C.-TV’s Channel Two — a programme from tonight’s “Stuart Wagstaff Playhouse”, which is entitled ‘The Lover’. Its cast includes the English pairing of Patrick Allen, Robert Swales and Vivien Merchant. It was written by Vivien Merchant’s husband, the playwright, Harold Pinter.

The Reflections

Tony Micale, Phil Castrodale, Ray Steinberg, Dan Bennie and John Dean were the founding members of The Reflections, a doo-wop group from Detroit, Michigan.

The vocalists experienced just the one major hit, “(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet”, in 1964. The single reached N0.6 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart while, in Australia, it peaked at No.14. The Australian group, Mental As Anything, revived it there, in 1980, and, whilst it rose to No.17 locally, I find it to be a pale imitation of the original.

Reduced to a quartet, following the departure of Ray Steinberg, The Reflections appeared in the film, ‘Winter-A-Go-Go’, in 1965.

A Fortnight Underground: Friday, 7th October, 1977

This evening, “Wild, Wild World Of Animals”, at six o clock, is about those who reside in caves. Tiki watched the film, “Challenge To Lassie”. Made in 1949, it stars the veteran English actors, Edmund Gwenn and Donald Crisp and, of course, ‘Lassie’. It was introduced by Channel Seven’s resident expert on the subject of motion pictures, Bill Collins.

In the meantime, I read about the eleven miners, in West Germany, who were trapped underground for fourteen days in October of 1963.

Tiki washed the dishes, again, tonight.

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