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PacificEdge | February 26, 2017

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Memoir

Recollections of the strangeness of life

Memorial meeting says farewell to Left leader

October 25, 2015 |

A FINE, mild Saturday afternoon in October 2015 was a suitable day to remember the late John Percy. As 4pm approached, the building at Addison Road Community Centre was almost full and would soon be standing room only…Read More

John Percy — a final farewell

August 26, 2015 |

We said goodbye to John yesterday afternoon. Around 100 gathered in the restored Art Deco ambience of a room in Erskineville Town Hall to hear reflections on John Percy’s life from his family and from those who had worked with him… Read More

Time to say farewell to the last of the troika

August 20, 2015 | 1

With the passing of John Percy we lose the last of the troika who started the New Left in Australia…Read More

The day the music died

April 30, 2015 |

I’M SURE THE MUSIC will start to play in your head as soon as you read this: “They were singin’ bye-bye, Miss American Pie… “….

AFTER 43 YEARS

It’s amazing how music stays with us, how a song released these … Read More

Figure in a window

March 29, 2015 |

…WHITLAM’s  in power and the war’s ended… for us, anyway, the yanks are still there, still involved in that peace process that seems to go on and on just like the fighting… and here we are in Annandale…”.

“Different … Read More

From mountain to museum

December 29, 2014 | 1

I made these photos at Launceston’s Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery at Inveresk last week. They show some of the artefacts used by a Tasmanian Bushwalker of the 1960s and 1970s.Read More

Movie of a troubled life

July 20, 2014 |

IT WAS WHEN I was living in Byron Bay, and when in earlier times I would stay at the community atop the rainforest escarpment above Broken Head where my partner lived among the carpet pythons, the brown tree snakes and … Read More

Memories tumble like sweets from a jar

June 8, 2014 |

THINGS ARE NEVER quite the same when you return. They are similar, but not quite as you remember. There’s always something different… something you can’t quite put your finger on. That’s how it was when I returned to the rocking … Read More

Old house, old street, old memories

June 23, 2013 |

IT WAS NOT all that long before my visit that the voices of a free living and sometimes chaotic bunch of people had echoed around these walls. Now, little more than a half decade later, silence prevailed, for the building … Read More

What became of Bill?

August 1, 2011 |

IT’S STRANGE HOW the mention of a name can suddenly take you back to something in your past. So it was that an online conversation on the Lost Sydney Facebook took me back to the Sydney of the late 1960s.

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