About Me

  1. Music: the Guinness World Record (of records)
  2. Some of my Favourite Songs
  3. Movies
  4. TV including two favourite scripts with Peter Cook (one with Rowan Atkinson, the other with Dudley Moore)
  5. Books, and Heroes

Mum and Dad are from London in England. My Dad was the youngest son in a huge family. Both Dad's parents were on the music hall stage. My Dad's father — a natural entertainer — opened an open fronted shop for lace curtains in Lewisham in 1912 and then for 25 years until he passed away became known through South London as Little Jim, the "Curtain King" . Then the war came and Dad (and Mum) separately joined the RAF. After the war they met and married, and I was born in Hastings over there in 1951. We all moved to Brisbane Australia in 1956 when I was four. Dad obtained work as a salesman for National Cash Registers (NCR) and we moved to various towns — Lismore, Rockhampton, before our family settled in Brisbane when I was 12. Then, after leaving home at 19, I also moved around, mainly doing computer programming with different firms, and with many different housing and community-style living arrangements over the years — Ayr and Townsville in North Queensland, a short time in Sydney, 2 months in America (in 1979), then a full year in Sydney in 1983 where my first son David was born — early morning when that race began where Australia won the America's cup click here for some of the news articles. But, while travelling a lot, it seems my life has always centred around Brisbane. And I love this picture of our city. Click to open its page.

Click here for a short date line brisbanehistory.htm

For more info, visit aboutus.asp

Music

Have absolutely loved playing records. Bought "A Hard Day's Night" on my 13th birthday in 1964 costing me £2.12s.6d and I think it was the most money I'd ever been given — then spent. But I developed a huge record collection particularly from the 1966-1973 era. In 1974 I was awarded the Guinness world record title for non-stop disc jockeying during Christmas 1973. Working with a Methodist Church (since 1977 Uniting Church) leadership team in Brisbane we contacted management at Sundale Shopping Centre on the Gold Coast who set me up on a specially constructed stage in front of the 4GG sound booth. Next with the assistance of Gold Coast radio station 4GG we contacted EMI Records Australia who then sponsored my effort as part of a worldwide 75th birthday celebration. And so during my annual leave from work with a crowd of supporters and bemused shoppers I disc jockeyed for 3weeks 2days 3hours while promoting "Quo Vadis" — a bunch of coffee shops that had been set up on the Gold Coast that Christmas. They were "drop in" centres sponsored by local churches — the God Squad in Melbourne — the House of the New World in Sydney — the House of Freedom in Brisbane — the Jesus family in Ipswich — and various other bods. Interestingly though after I had broken the world record of records and decided to stop playing (New Year's eve at the start of 1974) I found I had less "compulsion" to want to put on another record. Life is interesting innit ?

Click here for further details (and some photos of the effort including the Guinness announcement).

Some Favourite Songs

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  1. "About Time" — Nick Laird-Clowes
    abouttime.htm

  2. "Against all Odds" — Phil Collins
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  3. "Almost Famous(Airport Scene)" — Nancy Wilson
    almostfamous.htm

  4. "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" — Art Garfunkel
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  5. "Always on My Mind" — Pet Shop Boys cover version 1987
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  6. "And did those feet in ancient time (Jerusalem)" — from Chariots of Fire movie
    anddidthosefeet.asp

  7. "And the rockets red glare" — Robert Downey singing and BB King playing the US National Anthem in "Heart and Souls" movie
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  8. "Any Old Iron" — Harry Champion
    anyoldiron.asp

  9. "Baker Street" — Gerry Rafferty
    BakerStreet.asp

  10. "Book of Love" — from Shall We Dance movie
    bookoflove.htm

  11. "Chase the Devil" — Max Romeo reggae audio
    chasethedevil.asp

  12. Chicago's hits — "Saturday in the Park", "Does anybody really know what time it is", "If you leave me now", "Hard to say I'm sorry"
    saturday.htm

  13. Coldplay's hits from their first four albums include — "Yellow", "Don't Panic", "In My Place", "The Scientist", "Clocks", "God Put a Smile upon your Face", "Fix You", "Talk", "The Hardest Part, "Viva la Vida"
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  14. "Cry Me a River" — 2002 Billboards Award video
    CryMeaRiver.asp

  15. "Desert Song" — 1929 and 1953 movie videos
    DesertSong.asp

  16. Dire Strait's "Local Hero" and other hits — "Sultans of Swing", "Romeo and Juliet", "Tunnel of Love"
    direstraits.asp

  17. "Don't Bring Me Down" — Electric Light Orchestra TV 2001
    DontBringMeDown.asp

  18. "Don't Look Back in Anger" — Oasis video
    DontlookBackinAnger.asp

  19. "Don't You Forget About Me" — Simple Minds video
    beautifulday.asp

  20. "Dumb Things" — Paul Kelly video
    dumbthings.asp

  21. "Edge of Seventeen" — Stevie Nicks
    edgeofseventeen.asp

  22. "Expecting To Fly" — Neil Young's hit with Buffalo Springfield, "Woodstock" with Crosby Stills and Nash, "Heart of Gold" with Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor on closing chorus
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  23. "Forever Young" — Bob Dylan and the Band
    ForeverYoung.asp

  24. "Go your own way" / "As long as you follow" / "Don't you wanna talk about it" — Fleetwood Mac / Larry Norman videos
    goyourownway.asp

  25. Godspell — "We Beseech Thee" .. "Bless the Lord" .. "God Save the People" .. "Alas Alas For You" .. "By My Side"
    WeBeseechThee.asp

  26. "Great South Land of the Holy Spirit" — Steve Grace
    greatsouthland of holyspirit.asp

  27. "Hallelujah" — live 1985 — Leonard Cohen audio
    lcohen.asp

  28. Hillsong — "Mighty to Save" .. "Emmanuel" .. "Welcome in this Place" video
    welcome.asp

  29. "Hold Me Now" — Thompson Twins video
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  30. "How to save a life (Grey's Anatomy)" — Cast Members video
    howtosavealife.asp

  31. "Hurt" — Christina Aguilera video
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  32. "If I fell" / "This Boy" — The Beatles video
    ififell.asp

  33. "If we Try" / "Empty Chairs" — Don McLean video
    ifwetry.asp

  34. "I'm Not in Love" + four songs Donna, Rubber Bullets, Things We Do for Love, Dreadlock Holiday — 10cc videos
    notinlove.asp

  35. "Immigrant Song" — Led Zeppelin live 1972 video
    plus "When the Levee Breaks"
    immigrantsong.asp

  36. "In the Garden" — Bob Dylan video
    inthegarden.asp

  37. "Ironic" — Alanis Morissette video
    ironic.asp

  38. "It's My Life (it never ends)" — Talk Talk (1984) and No Doubt (2003) videos
    itsmylife.asp

  39. "It's Still Rock and Roll to me" — Billy Joel (1980) video
    stillrockandroll.asp

  40. "It's Too Late-Ride On" — Evermore audio
    evermore.htm

  41. "I Won't Back Down" plus "Learning to Fly" — Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers video
    IWontBackDown.asp

  42. "Kiss Me" — Sixpence None the Richer video
    kissme.asp

  43. Lamb (Messianic Jewish duo) — "Jerusalem Descending", "Queen of Sheba", "Sacrifice Lamb", "Ephraim", "Sh'ma Yisrael"
    lamb5ok.htm

  44. "Losing My Religion" — R.E.M.
    losingmyreligion.asp

  45. "Maranatha" / "Little Country Church" / "For those Tears I Died" — Everlastin' Living Jesus Music Concert 1971
    maranatha.asp

  46. Maroon 5's hits in 2004 (lyrics only) from their first 2002 album "Songs about Jane" — This Love and She will be Loved, and their last hit in 2019 — Memories.

  47. "Mary, did you know?" — Pentatonix
    marydidyouknow.asp

  48. "More than a Feeling" — Boston
    morethanafeeling.asp

  49. "My Boomerang won't come back" — Charlie Drake
    myboomerang.htm

  50. "Neighborhood Bully" — Bob Dylan
    neighborhoodbully.htm

  51. "Nightmare" — Larry Norman
    with great shots — even one from "The Miracle Worker" — the Helen Keller story
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  52. "Northern Sky" — Brighten my Northern Sky scene from Serendipity movie
    NorthernSky.asp

  53. "One World: Together at Home" — the global concert Saturday April 18 2020 2:00pm-10:00pm ET or Sunday 4:00am-12 noon AEST
    oneworld.asp

  54. "Praise Scripts" — Murray Wylie
    praise.htm

  55. "Pretty Fly" — Offspring video
    prettyfly.asp

  56. "Right Said Fred" — Bernard Cribbens
    rightsaidfred.asp

  57. "Royal Telephone" — Jimmy Little video
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  58. "Saved" — Bob Dylan audio
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  59. "Scarborough Fair / Canticle" — Simon and Garfunkel audio
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  60. "Sea of Love" — with Juno excerpts video
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  61. "Ship of Fools" / "She's the One" — World Party video
    plus "Don't Bang the Drum" and "Whole of the Moon" with The Waterboys
    worldparty.asp

  62. "Slice of Heaven" — Dave Dobbyn and Herbs video
    Theme from Footrot Flats movie and New Zealand's "unofficial" national anthem
    slice.asp

  63. "Snoopy's Christmas" — Royal Guardsmen
    Tannenbaum.asp

  64. "So Long" — Fischer Z video
    solong.asp

  65. "Something Special" — Randy Newman audio
    somethingspecial.htm

  66. "Streets of your town" — The Go-Betweens video
    streets.asp

  67. "Stumblin' In" — Suzi Quatro video plus "Chipmunk Song"
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  68. "Teach Your Children" — Crosby Stills Nash video
    teachyourchildren.asp

  69. "Therefore With Joy" — Scripture In Song audio
    Therefore.asp with the option of playing the entire album "Thou Art Worthy" released in 1970.

  70. "Titanium" — David Guetta video
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  71. "Toy Soldiers" — Martika video live
    ToySoldiers.asp

  72. Travis's hits from their first three albums include — "All I want do is Rock", "Why does it always Rain on me", "Sing"
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  73. "Vertigo" — U2 video
    vertigo.asp

  74. "Wanted Dead or Alive" — Bon Jovi video
    WantedDeadorAlive.htm

  75. "Waterloo Sunset official audio" / "Sunny Afternoon" — The Kinks
    plus Picture Book video, and Last of the Steam Powered Trains
    waterloosunset.asp

  76. "The Weight" — The Band (with photos)
    TheWeight.asp

  77. "What a Fool Believes" — Doobie Brothers audio
    whatafoolbelieves.asp

  78. "Wish You Were Here" — Pink Floyd live unplugged video
    wishyouwerehere.asp

  79. "Wuthering Heights" — Kate Bush video
    wutheringheights.asp

  80. "You Ain't Going Nowhere" — The Byrds audio
    youaintgoingnowhere.asp

Movies

Click here for Hoyts, Greater Union (Event Cinemas) and Cineplex Australia, an Australian Cinemas timeline.

Many of Brisbane's inner-city cinemas closed between 1965 and 2001. First to go was the Tivoli Roofgarden in 1965, then the Wintergarden in 1973, Odeon in 1976, Regent in 1978, Paris in 1980, George in 1991, then Albert and Forum Cinemas in 2001.
Click here for the history of these cinemas.

Click here for cinemas open in 2019.

Click here for Event Cinema (at Garden City)

Click here to see my movies page.

Favourite movie scripts: Wayne and Schuster's "Rinse the Blood off my Toga" and Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First". Favourite movie performances: Danny Kaye Angela Lansbury and Basil Rathbone in "The Court Jester". Anthony Hopkins in "Meet Joe Black". Hugh Grant in "About a Boy" and "Music and Lyrics". Julia Roberts in "My Best Friend's Wedding". Also "The Great Race" "Field of Dreams"
"That Thing You Do"
"Bend it Like Beckham"
"Back to the Future (first one)" "The Matrix (first one)"
"Sunshine on Leith"

"Rocketman" - Elton John. Music is great. Click link for a more accurate timeline (and some corrections to the storyline).

 

Television

Click here for two of Peter Cook's most famous skits – "The End of the Age" with Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean), and "One Leg Too Few" with Dudley Moore.

in the Australian Idol 2004 series — along with the judges (Marcia Mark and Ian) hit a great though at times volatile chemistry — Brilliant.

Books

I have 3 children. Loved reading to them around the dinner table: Dr Cooper series — Frank Peretti (first 4 books) Tom Merry and Co — Frank Richards. Also loved reading to them one on one: Narnia series — CS Lewis as well as The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings — Tolkien.

Heroes

CS Lewis and Watchman Nee (for staying true to themselves).
And those passengers on United Flight 93 (click here).

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