Shared with Philip Costello and his then partner. Philip is now married to Timothy Klinger and they live in New York.
Here’s a recycle. While M and I no longer live together, much remains of what we began 27 years ago!
Redfern Visions 11: George Street
This is the second-last of the set from my walk yesterday. I mentioned I lived in George Street for a year. It has changed, especially on the other side of the road, with quite a bit of new development and some more in train, but what I have concentrated on are the things that have not changed much since 1990-1991 when M and I lived here.
And here are some more related memories.
Redfern Visions 26: East Redfern 4
Now we are back near Cleveland and Elizabeth Streets, going towards the Surry Hills Shopping Village (aka Redfern Mall) through the back streets.
This is Morehead Street, which I first got to know way back in 1985 when two of my first gay friends from The Britannia Hotel lived there – Philip and Dean. They were much younger than I was – 21 and 19 respectively — but took me, a neophyte, under their wing, as it were. Later, in 1990, M and I were to take a room at Philip’s place in George St Redfern, our first joint address.
Facebook does it for me again…
… Facebook has delivered both as “friends” in the past few days! One lives in New York, and the other in East Timor – and bemedalled as well though I am not sure what that is about. And here they are as I first knew them, pretty much.
Both have stories to tell and both I greatly admire and recall with real warmth. Good to see that they have got on so well these days.
Twenty and more years ago
M in China pre-1989
M in Sydney 1990
Just 10 posts in August! There were 36 views a day average. Since 1 August the post viewed posts have been:
Home page / Archives 560 views
Friday Australian poem: #NS6 – Mary Gilmore “Old Botany Bay” 36
Living with the facts of our history 33
The search for the perfect burger 32
Taste of Xi’an Wollongong 28
Poem of the day: W H Auden 26
Tomorrow when the war began… 24
I’m really a conservative…. 18
And from 2009:
On a balcony overlooking South Dowling Street.
Five years ago! How time has flown!
Then homewards on the train, passing Bombo Beach again.
Stats here are down, but then you will have noticed I am not posting every day either. July stands at an average 35 visits a day, with the most viewed posts in July being:
Home page / Archives 502 views in July 2017
Taste of Xi’an Wollongong 42
Friday Australian poem: #NS6 – Mary Gilmore “Old Botany Bay” 35
Death of a hero: Liu Xiaobo 1955-2017 26
Midnight Shift bar is now history 22
Tangible link to the convict ship “Isabella” and the immigrant ship “Thames” 12
Random Friday memory 17 – Caringbah 1965 11
June gone already! And what a time for news! 11
Voyage to Surry Hills! 10
On Indigenous Australians… 10
Random Friday memory: 1 – John Mystery, my brother, Illawong 10
More on the 2016 Oz Census 9
And an old post from Surry Hills:
The area around the corner of Elizabeth and Cleveland Streets, right by where I live, is known as “Little Lebanon”. Here’s why:
There’s Abdul’s — great for takeaway…
Lebanese bread for Abdul’s…
A mosque nearby…
… always lots of traffic on Cleveland Street …
… exotic things to see …
… and these people do a mean chicken Lebanese roll or kebab. A number of famous footballers and boxers seem to frequent Fatima’s.
As you can see, Islamophobia is not really a good look where I live…
— original photos by Neil Whitfield 2008