The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

August 28, 2017 by David Herd

House sitting August 2017 

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 gave me a welcome break from the relentless heat in Thailand. I offered to house sit & look after Sam the dog for my friends Tony & Nikki Murphy.

Melbas is still my favorite bar

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Drinks with Geoff Robinson who traveled from Gosford on business.

Rebel without a cause

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Grant Thompson taking his Harley for a spin to Mt Tambourine.

Fresh prawns from the trawler

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017The best in the world without a doubt.

Here is where you buy them.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 located just north of Marina Mirage, just call Curly on 0417 668 591, heโ€™s one of the boat owners, he will let you know what they have in stock.

Friends from the 80’s

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

 At La Rustica with George Hoult & Steve Bates who are friends from Sydney in the 80’s. 

George & his lovely Thai lady.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 George was on his way to spend a week sailing around the Whitsundays. La Rustica has been around forever & still serves very good food at the right price.

Flashback 30 years to November 1987

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017Here I am at La Rustica with Winnie & Allison in 1987, how time flies when you are having fun. I was lucky enough to have a fling with both of these ladies,  Allison was only 18 at the time so I promised her the world & bought her an atlas. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

The best fish & chip shop on the Gold Coast.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Chevron Island seafood run by two switched on guys Frank & Warren.

Wazza makes me lunch

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

The first place I head for when I arrive on the coast. Ranked #66 of 392 Restaurants in Surfers Paradise.

Omeros Bros

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017From one end of the scale to the other, Omeros Bros is rated number one from 49 restaurants in Main beach & deserves it’s rating.

Here are two of my favorite dishes 

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Seafood chowder & Curried prawns. 

Check out my photo blog of the Broadwater.

Lets check breakfast at Greendays.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

Greendays get a fairly good review from TripAdvisor. #396 of 2,051 Restaurants in Gold Coast

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017  & breakfast at Goodies

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

Goodies is in the Harvey Norman car park, it’s a regular breakfast haunt of mine.

The mob at Melbas. 

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Old friends Wayne Jones, Bryan Dart & Phil Thomson.

A gorgeous Brazilian girl at Melbas.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Not sure what I enjoyed the most, the red wine or watching her pour it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Check out my Melbas photo blog.

Another gorgeous lady

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 This is jazz from the Island Cafe at Bundall, she certainly lights up a room, and adores Sam, lucky fellow. ๐Ÿ™‚

 A morning in Kingscliff.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 My brother Ian & I drove across the border to NSW & enjoyed a terrific breakfast at Kingscliff.

Check out my Kingscliff photo blog fro March 2017.

A great breakfast at Kettles in Kingscliff.

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Ian polished off the one on the left, amazing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Kettles On Cafe ranks  #5 of 45 Restaurants in Kingscliff.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

 A flat surf at Surfers Paradise beach.

Meet Bill & Fred.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 These two guys build the most fantastic “Tiny Homes”, they are mobile & can be parked in anybodies yard without council approval.

Check out my YouTube video.

It may suit me perfectly when I eventually return to live in Australia.

 Fred is a biker as well as a builder.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

An Aussie who lives in Bali Fred returns to Australia every 3 months to help Bill build a new Tiny Home.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

Lunch at “Edgewater” on Isle of Capri with Jack Delanty & Ross “The Boss” Kennedy aka Shoeless Joe Jackson.

Sanctuary Cove

01dcb82b-a2fa-4862-8ca8-789aceee0cdc Spent a couple of nights at the home of Stephen Bates before flying back to Thailand.

Steves home

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Always lots happening on the river out front.

Sanctuary Cove tavern

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 There’s not too much to do on this island at night however you do see some funny sights Friday night at the tavern.

Ioesco Italian restaurant

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 TripAdvisor rank it  #1 of 38 Restaurants in Hope Island.

Frankly I was a little disappointed, however it may just have been due to ordering the wrong dish. Steve’s lamb shanks were fine but my funghi fell a little short.

Lamb shanks from Aldi

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Pre cooked NZ shanks are fantastic, put them on your bucket list. ๐Ÿ™‚

 Flashback to 1985

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Gary Swalling & I worked together at Canon in Sydney in the mid 80s, it was great catching up again 30 years later.

Peking Duck at Broadbeach.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

 Gary & I demolished a Peking Duck washed down with a couple of VBs.

Yum Cha Cuisine Pacific Fair

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Too much Chinese food is never enough.

 Yum Cha

7bbd11d6-35cc-487e-ba60-8f1147774808 90% of customers were Chinese which is always a good sign.

 A blast from the past.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Steve Rado & I were flatmates in Adelaide in 1973 in my penthouse on Anzac Highway. 

Check out my 1973 photo blog for some great memories.

Golfer extroadanaire

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

I had not swung a club for 2.5 years & was surprised I scored a credible 30 stableford points, only one less tan Steve I may add. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

The back pain started by the 14th hole & tuck around for about a week. That’s it, no more golf for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

My lovely Niece Shelly

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 And her better half Justin Smith & Jedi the dog.

Their fabulous Talai home

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

 Perched on the edge of their very own rain forest, it’s a very special home.

At the other end of the scale.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 My Nephew (Shelly’s brother) Shane, his wife Alica & newly arrive Steven have a fabulous 2.5 acre property at Kingscliff, it really needs to be called the Ponderosa. ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally one last photo of Sam.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Well it was supposed to be a photo of Sam but for some strange reason I was distracted by Jazz. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for visiting my Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 photo blog, & thanks to all my wonderful old friends for spending some time with me.

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Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

August 30, 2015 by David Herd

Bill Austin & Joan Baptiste

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney, in 2010 the reason for my visit was to show Joan & Bill, my friends from Wiltshire in the UK, my wonderful home town with the best harbour in the world.

This is not a travel blog just a personal photo collection from 2010.

Overnight at Port Macquarie

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

We stay at Port Macquarie at my brother’s home on the way to Sydney, there was a vintage car rally with some terrific examples.

On top of the world.

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

You may be wondering why I didn’t make the climb, well that can be easily narrowed down to one word, FEAR!

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

Dinner with friends at French’s Forest in Sydney.

Peter Hobbs & Peter Hesky.

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

A couple of friends I have known since the 70s, Peter Hobbs occasionally visits Pattaya but Peter Hesky never makes contact anymore.

Warwick Robinson, David Herd & Michael Saleh.

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

It’s always good to catch up with old friends when I’m in Sydney.

Peter Hobbs drinking the good stuff.

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

Sparkling French Champagne to wash down the pasta. ๐Ÿ™‚

Warwick loves his food

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

However it caught up with him in 2013, he underwent a triple heart bypass, so much for over indulgence. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now here is quite a coincidence, his heart surgeon was Dr Alan Farnsworth, he was captain of our rugby team at Homebush High school in Sydney & I was vice captain. From memory he was dux of the school & I struggled to pass my intermediate, however we were both pretty good footballers.

While I’m on the nostalgia kick I fondly remember our football coach Peter Philpott, an Australian leg spinner & a terrific guy.

Manly Wharf Hotel with old friend Paul Slaughter

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

 

Paul & I spent a lot of time together over the years.

Manly Lodge Boutique Hotel

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

 

Nice small hotel in a good location, for a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Manly Wharf Hotel

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

Always lots of eye candy Sunday afternoon at Manly.

Drinks & Dinner at the Oaks

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

Dinner with Bill & Joan and my lovely niece Elyssa.


Herd family Xmas at cousin Deb’s house.

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

What a feast, cousin Deb really knows how to entertain.

My other nice Elyssa Xmas 2010

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

Fast forward to 2018 and Elyssa is the proud mother of a gorgeous little girl.

Main St Auburn NSW

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

The street really has not changed much in 50 years.

I grew up here at 58 Kihilla Rd Auburn

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

I took a sentimental journey to Auburn, the Sydney suburb I grew up in. The main st had not changed much except for the Vietnamese & Muslim establishments. My real shock came when I drove past our family home at 58 Kihilla Rd, it was now totally run down, a very heartbreaking sight for me.

Thanks for visiting my Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney photo blog.

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Friends food Surfers Paradise 2014

November 12, 2014 by David Herd

Yum Cha lunch

Friends food Surfers Paradise

Friends food Surfers Paradise

Friends food Surfers Paradise 2014 was a hectic end to my three week holiday. Starting with Adelaide I drove the Great Ocean Road to Phillip Island then stayed with friends at their winery in Dromana. Spent two nights in Melbourne before flying to the Gold Coast.

The photo above is my great friend Phil Thomson & I at Broadbeach on Melbourne Cup day November 4th.

Melbourne Cup day at Moo Moo in Broadbeach.

Friends food Surfers Paradise

After lunch we walked across to Moo Moo where all the Gold Coast trendies gather to gossip & show off.

Is he trying too hard?

Friends food Surfers Paradise

I know being noticed is one of the main requirements on Melbourne Cup day however I feel perhaps this guy is just trying too hard.

Smokers gather outside

Friends food Surfers Paradise

The social outcasts gather for a smoke. ๐Ÿ™‚

Melbas on the Park.

Friends food Surfers Paradise

After Moo Moo went went to one of my old stamping grounds Melbas on the Park. This was one of my local haunts for over 30 years from 1981.

Our usual spot at the bar

Friends food Surfers Paradise

I have so many great memories from this Surfers Paradise iconic bar nightclub.

 Friends food Surfers Paradise

Friends food Surfers Paradise

Nick, Tess & Sharon at Hellenika at Nobbys Beach, Nick & Sharron are old friends & Tess is one of the happy staff members at this terrific Greek restaurant. TripAdvisor rate it 3rd out of 66 restaurants in Mermaid beach.

Hellenika lamb ribs, delicious

Friends food Surfers Paradise

Good food and excellent company.

La Rustica

Friends food Surfers Paradise

One of my favorite Italian restaurants in Surfers Paradise, great food good service and you can take your own wine. La Rustica Rates 13 out of 268 restaurants on TripAdvisor in Surfers Paradise.

Old friend George Hoult was on his way to spend a week sailing around the Whitsundays with his gorgeous Thai lady Nusana. 

Nikki Sinclair

Friends food Surfers Paradise

Oops! That is a deliberate mistake, my lovely friend Nikki is now Nikki Murphy since she married one of my very old friends Tony Murphy in 2011. This terrific couple are kind enough to let me stay at their lovely Sorrento home when I am in Surfers Paradise.

Coffee at Spendlove Bistro

Friends food Surfers Paradise

  Two good friends Greg “Noodles” Craig & Grant Thompson.

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My brother Ian Herd

Friends food Surfers Paradise

Ian is the Maths Master at Elanora State school and loves living on the Gold Coast.

John Woods & Steve Smithers

Friends food Surfers Paradise

Old friends for around 25 years, we have not changed a bit. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sage restaurant at Broadbeach.

Friends food Surfers Paradise

Friends food Surfers Paradise would not be complete without y friend Larry Krausz who is excited about moving to Pattaya early 2015. As it turned out he arrived in November and has settled into the good life.

Larry now lives in Pattaya.

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As you can see he has settled in rather well. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Larry Krausz, a friend for around 30 years suffered a major stroke on October 28 2017. After 2 months in the Bangkok Pattaya hospital on life support he was transported to Australia by a hospital Leer jet, thanks to his Medibank travel insurance. After a further month his life support was removed & he passed away peacefully.

Thanks for visiting my Friends food Surfers Paradise photo blog.

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Friends family students 2004

October 16, 2014 by David Herd

This is not part of my travel blog, it’s a photographic record of the people in my life in 2004.

Friends family students

Friends family students

Friends family students 2004 & very little travel other than two trips to Thailand due to a large home extension which doubled the size of my home.

Japanese students

Friends family students

Here are some of the lovely Japanese students renting rooms in my extended home.

Ziggy & Kasumi

Friends family students

My beautiful Doberman Ziggy.

Barbecue for friends family students

Friends family students

Friends family students was my main focus in 2004, I filled up all my available rooms to try & get some return on the capital I outlaid on my home extensions. My original budget of $120,000 doubled to $240,000 Follow THIS LINK to see the fantastic result..

Phil Thomson & the students

Friends family students

My good friend Phil joined us for dinner, barbecued sausages & red wine. ๐Ÿ™‚


 

The big catch

Friends family students

The girls got very excited when they landed this monster from the jetty. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy students

Friends family students

Barbecued sausages and corn for dinner.

In the carpark at the Eagles concert

Friends family students

My friend Rossco & I dined on fresh seafood in the car park waiting for the Eagles concert to begin.

Cold beer & fresh seafood waiting for the Eagles

Friends family students

Rossco digging in. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Eagles on stage

Friends family students

My favourite band of all time. Sadly Glenn Frey passed away on January 18, 2016. Take a couple of minutes to listen to him sing one of my favourite songs, it really describes perfectly how I feel about my life.

Drinks at Melbas with Michelle

Friends family students

  What better way to celebrate Melbourne Cup than being in the company of a beautiful blonde.

 Phil Thomson & I enjoy a seafood lunch.

Friends family students

It’s AFL grand final day, what better way to enjoy the game.

John Sinclair, Dennis Freemongrel & David Herd

Friends family students

Friends for many years, but please don’t ask me to comment on Dennis, in fact now in 2018 both these guys have me on their black list. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tony Murphy & his Moke

Friends family students

Another very good friend, we met in the early 80s.

 My Nephew Michael celebrates his 21st

Friends family students

  Warren’s family & I gathered at a Brisbane restaurant for Michael’s 21 st birthday.

The birthday boy

Friends family students

Time just seems to fly, I can’t believe this little guy is 21.

Happy birthday Michael

Friends family students

Michael would end up in Germany with his partner Bjรถrn Lรผders, a lovely man who sadly passed away in 2016.

Richard Blair, aka Mr Stingy.

Friends family students

 Lunch at Stingy’s Sanctuary Cove villa, he lives in Point Piper in Sydney and visits the Gold Coast often.

Vannessa Teo

Friends family students

Another lovely friend on the Gold Coast, one of the sweetest ladies I have ever known.

Bryan Dart, Wayne Jones & Eddie.

Friends family students

Coffee with friends on Chevron Island.

 Sharron & Nick

Friends family students

Sharron & Nick opened a nice cafe on Chevron Island, we became friends & they looked after my home when I traveled to Brazil.


 

Joe, Mark Grofski & Anilyn

Friends family students

Mark & Anilyn now live in Melbourne and are raising a large family.

The Nerang River with Chevron island on the left

Friends family students

Now is 2016 this skyline has changed a lot. My last trip was November 2014.

Letter to the editor.

Friends family students

One of my letters that was published in the Gold Coast Bulletin.  

Here is another

Friends family students

So much for Paris. ๐Ÿ™‚

See the guy in the red shirt?

Friends family studentsGuy! What guy? I don’t see any guy. ๐Ÿ™‚

One last shot of some of my tenants.

Friends family studentsThanks for visiting my Friends family students photo blog.

And here I am 12 years later writing a blog & living in Thailand. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

                   Here are some more posts on my wild wicked ways. :)  
 

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Friends family Surfers Paradise

September 29, 2014 by David Herd

Breakfast at Main Beach

Friends family Surfers Paradise

Friends family Surfers Paradise

Friends family Surfers Paradise starting with my brother Warren his lovely daughter Laura & his friend we call Mumbles. Another incredibly busy year for travel including Belem at the mouth of the mighty Amazon , Fortaleza on the north coast of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Buzios, Cabo Frio & another great trip to Tuscany & Portofino.

Two trips to Sydney including a terrific family Xmas & one trip to Melbourne for an AFL weekend. Yes, 2006 was another great year.

This is not a travel blog just a personal photo collection from 2006.

Lovely Laura

Friends family Surfers Paradise

My niece Laura is a terrific singer & dancer trying to break into the big time. She won a scholarship to preform in New York which like myself she has fallen in love with the city.

My beautiful home at 106 Upton St Bundall, 4217

Friends family Surfers Paradise

I designed & had my beautiful waterfront home built in 1990, I made a huge mistake in 2004 when I added a 2nd floor, it made it difficult to sell because it was too big for the average family, 500 M2 with seven bedrooms & five bathrooms. Oh well, it’s not the first major mistake in my life and it won’t be the last.

Lunch with Rossco at Omeros Brothers.

Friends family Surfers Paradise

Good friend Ross Kennedy & I at Omeros Brothers, one of the best restaurants on the Gold Coast.

Lobster Morney with Rossco at Omeros Bros.

Friends family Surfers Paradise

The food here is always excellent.

Dave & Janice Hoskot

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Drinks on my jetty with the Hoskots, Janice is an Australian girl & Dave is American, for a number of years he was a back up drummer for Bob Dylan.

A rose between two thorns.

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Asuka on the left was a lovely Japanese girl from Osaka who was studying on the Gold Coast and renting a room in my home.

Smokey & Lars shitteter, Janice Hoskot & Randy Fuse.

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The Shitteter’s & I were good friends for many years, but in 2013 they placed my firmly on their blacklist for various infractions, you will see some others they have also placed on the list in following photos, it’s nice to have company. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is a classic “black list” photo.

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That’s Smokey at the front & four of the other six people including myself have been banished to her & Lars Shitteter’s blacklist for quite a long time, as I said before it is nice to have company. ๐Ÿ™‚ This particular day was a happy one, I have a small tradition where for many years on Good Friday I invite friends over for lunch.

Here is our Good Friday feast.

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  Beautiful Gold Coast fresh seafood & leg ham, salad & freshly baked bread.  

Birthday lunch for Noel Smith.

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  At Carmody’s restaurant at the Southport Sharks club to celebrate Noel Smith’s birthday.

Sadly we have lost Noel and Ron Collier, RIP. 

Xmas lunch at Melbas with the usual suspects

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  Greg Craig, Mike Nidrie & Noel Smith (RIP) are all regular drinking buddies of mine at Melbas.  

Beautiful smile at Melbas

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    Melbas always hires gorgeous girls.

Xmas lunch, the tradition continues

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Xmas lunch at Melbas with Lars Shitteter & Dave Hoskot, I first started drinking at Melbas on January 1st 1982 when some friends & I flew from Sydney after a huge NYE on Sydney Harbour when my boat was peppered with falling sky rockets because I stupidly  anchored in the drop zone.

Red wine at Melbas

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  Sudzi was one of the Melbas managers, in January 2008 we met up in Brazil for Carnival.  

Dave Allen at Melbas.

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  Dave is a terrific fellow & is the son of the owner & founder of Melbas Paul Alan.  

Melbas in Cavil Avenue

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Jim Bell & Dave Allen

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Jim Bell rented a room in my home for 13 years, that’s what I call a long term tenant.

Breakfast on Chevron Island with Brian Rawnsley.

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Brian is a Brisbane guy I met in Thailand, here we are at Tigerlilly on Chevron Island one of my breakfast haunts.


 

The girls in our footy tipping club.

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I ran a AFL tipping competition for 10 years, here we are at the end of year dinner.

And the winner is……..

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My great friend Ross Kennedy aka “Shoeless Joe Jackson”.

My brother Ian’s 50th birthday.

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Friends family gathered for Ian’s 50th birthday, here is Bryan another brother given one of his famous speeches.

 Family breakfast on Chevron Island.

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Two of my Brothers Bryan & Warren, Bryan’s wife Lynn & daughter-in-law Maisie.

This is Elliot, another little Herd.

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Maisie’s cute little kid.

Lars & Smokey Shitteter marry at Saks restaurant.

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A great venue for a wedding on the Broadwater at Marina Mirage.

Wedding guests at Saks.

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Niggle Stopsgiving standing next to me is now firmly on the Lars Shitteter‘s black list, his lady of 10 years beautiful Randy on the far right and he sadly are still doing battle. The name  Geoff Pilkington’s wife eludes me & ?????

I met these two lovely Japanese girls at Broadbeach.

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Their names were Nemo & Nami, naturally I took them home to my house for lunch. ๐Ÿ™‚

Vannessa & I at Tamborine Mountain.

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It was not the fact she was excited to see me, it was very cold in the mountains. ๐Ÿ™‚

 Melbourne Cup day drinks at Melbas

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David Robertson & Phil Thomson at Melbas on Melbourne Cup day watching all the gorgeous fillies getting flyblown. ๐Ÿ™‚

Harley Bradstreet, one of my oldest friends.

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Harley was preparing to leave Brisbane after a another disastrous business experience. When describing Harley, Larry Wilson a mutual friend once said “anyone can have a bad decade”. Which fitted Harley to a tee, over the many years I have known him this nice harmless fellow seemed to stumble from one disaster to another. On my boat on our eventful NYE in 1981 when rockets were falling from the sky, who was the first guy to get hit by one? Harley Bradstreet of course. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for visiting  my friends family & others from 2006, check out the slideshow.

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Adelaide 1972 exciting amazing life

June 9, 2014 by David Herd

Please note, this is not part of my Travel Blog. It’s part of my personal history.

Adelaide 1972 exciting amazing life for me, it seemed all the planets were perfectly in line to produce perhaps two of the best years of my life.

Planet one, I was 29 years old and in my prime.

Planet two, I was sent there by Sanyo Office Equipment to be State manager on a Sydney wage package, which was around 50% better than an equivalent Adelaide salary.

Planet three, there was an excess number of gorgeous single women waiting to be swept off their feet,  and most motivated talented young Adelaide businessmen had headed to the Eastern capital cities to work, because that’s where all the head offices were with most of  the top work opportunities.

Mid 70s in Adelaide

All my planets were aligned in Adelaide 1972

Adelaide 1972 exciting amazing life

So here I was, the new boy in town with loads of money, motivation and truck loads of confidence. It was a similar situation to my arrival in Melbourne four years earlier except I felt decades wiser and totally bulletproof.

I remember the drive from Sydney in my blue MGB, flashing along the highway with the number one tune at the time playing over and over, American Pie by Don McLean. In some way the lyrics seemed to me to symbolise a new beginning, I was excited by the thought of new horizons to conquer, new people to meet and of course new ladies to pursue.

A long, long time ago…
I can still remember
how that music used to make me smile.
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And  maybe, theyโ€™d be happy for a while.

Anzac Highway Plympton

Adelaide 1972 exciting amazing life

The first thing I did was rent a luxury Penthouse on Anzac Highway Plymton in the most prestigious  residential building in Adelaide, it was known as โ€œthe Spanish Flatsโ€ and before too long I turned my apartment into โ€œParty Centralโ€.

The only Adelaide people I knew were Joyce Weir and Vera Lukic, two fun girls I had met a couple of months before while they were holidaying in Sydney. They were both very social out and about types who happily introduced me to many of โ€œthe right’ people, party animals like myself.

Another early contact was Charlie Bradley, and neighbour on the ground floor, a good style of a guy who like myself dedicated most of his spare time pursuing the fairer sex. The following year Charlie banned everyone from using that name and insisted on being referred to as Charles, obviously much more refined.

Vera Lukic & Joyce Weir

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Two great ladies, sadly Vera passed away around 2012, Joyce lives in Sydney and I still often see on Facebook.

Drinks with friends at Plympton

Adelaide 1972 exciting amazing life

My circle of friends started to swell exponentially due to these early contacts, and soon ten minutes on the phone was all it took to arrange the next party at my Penthouse. Along came a host of new friends, Wolf Wottke, Graham & John Farquhar, Mike Poulter, Dave Brooker, Dick Wilkins, Ronny Walsh from Broken Hill, Steve Rado, Jan Seagars, Dianne Butson and many others, but more about them later.

Old friend Steve Rado

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Steve was my flatmate in the Penthouse and was I think often quite shocked by the constant shenanigans. A great guy who now in 2015 lives on the Sunshine coast I think. We stay in touch on Facebook, this photo was from 1979 in Sydney.

I finally caught up with Steve again in Brisbane August 2016. We had a great lunch at the Regatta Hotel.

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The big patch of plaster on my nose was the result of a skin cancer removal.

Graham & Flo Farquhar in Adelaide October 2014

Adelaide 1972 exciting amazing life

How time flies when you are having fun, 41 years have past between the previous 2 photos.

This shot was actually in 1975

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Taken at Dick Wilkins home in 1975, I thought it was worth including as all the people were close friends when I lived in Adelaide. Angella Savic, Hank Wottke, Di Parkinson & Trevor Beech.

Richard (Dick) Wilkins Adelaide 1972 amazing life

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Dick Wilkins was a terrific guy who lived one kilometre away on Cross road Edwardstown, probably the only guy I knew who threw more parties than I, (a lot more) so between the two of us it was nonstop hedonistic heaven.

Angella Savic & Wolf Wottke

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Wolf became my best friend while I was living in Adelaide 1972, he eventually left Adelaide and  moved into my apartment in Sydney around 1983. Angella also moved to Sydney and became a Qantas hostess, a job I believe she still does to this day. Wolf & Angie were an item for a few years then he hooked up with Jenny, another Greek girl in Sydney. They are still together today.

My favourite Adelaide girl Adelaide 1972 amazing life

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Di Butson was a beautiful girl with a lovely nature,  if I ever should have married a lady it would have been Di. However at that time of my life in Adelaide 1972 I was just too wild & committed to being single to change my status. Over the years however I sometimes think of Di & how different my life could have been.

Perhaps Glenn Frey can help me here

 

Dianne’s 21st birthday

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Di was one of the nicest ladies I ever knew, I often wonder how life turned out for her.

Did I mention Di was a dancer?

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Di was also a teacher with Arthur Murray dance studio in Adelaide.

Jan Seagars & Baxter

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Here are three of my favourite memories from when I lived in Adelaide 1972, Jan Seagars, Baxter my red Doberman & my wonderful E-Type Jaguar. Baxter & the Jag came with me to Melbourne in 1974 then on to Sydney in 1976, sadly Jan did not. ๐Ÿ™‚

My apartment block and the ones on either side became our own self contained fun park; I could write a book just based on the events that took place there. Six or seven of my friends all ended up living in the complex. One great looking 18 year old was living in the block next door, her name was Jan Seagars and her boyfriend was a well known Norwood football player named Des Flavel.

Jan & I had a nice arrangement going, Des would leave for work at 8 am, and if my bedroom blind was open 50%, it would mean I was alone and she was welcome to visit. Which she did on many occasions, this gave me just enough time for a โ€œquickieโ€ before opening the Sanyo office in Grote St at 9am. Jan had recently won the title of Miss South Australian Beach Girl and at 18 years of age was as close to perfect as a girl could get.

Here is Jan 40 years later in October 2014

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Here we are at my friends Droama vineyard 40 years later. Now known as Jan Klain she is still the life of the party.

Check out the red outfit, what was I thinking?

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Here I am at Darwin airport with Arch Wilkey & the Ansett hosties from my flight. On the right is Sue, Leah is in the middle & I forget the name of the blonde on the left. Arch was a well know footballer with North Adelaide. Now you can laugh all you want at my crazy red outfit, but I soon got rid of it as you will see in the next photo taken a couple of hours later. ๐Ÿ™‚

R.I.P Arch

North Adelaide premiership player Arch Wilkey died on the 29 th September 2007 at the age of 61 after a long battle with an inoperable brain tumour. Arch played 73 games for North Adelaide between 1966 and 1974 and was a member of the 1971 premiership side. He was a mercurial footballer who epitomised the North Adelaide style of the late 1960s. North were renowned as a high marking, long kicking side full of brilliant players and Arch fitted the mould perfectly. It is contended that Arch was the first player to make the number 23 as famous as it is today โ€“ being followed by the likes of Michael Jordan, Dermott Brereton, Shane Warne, David Wildy and Andrew McLeod. No doubt each was inspired by Archโ€™s brilliance as an athlete and chose to wear โ€œhisโ€ number.

In his early career he played mainly at half forward but when Mike Patterson came to the club Arch played more as a defender. Injury curtailed his career. He missed the complete 1972 season with a knee injury, and after playing in the 1973 preliminary final missed the Grand Final with injury. He retired in 1974 and moved to Darwin to live. As much as Arch was remembered as a brilliant player, he was also known as a wonderful and happy character. Soon after he moved to Darwin, Cyclone Tracey hit. When asked what it was like, Arch replied that it was almost as scary as playing Port at Alberton.

On the way to Manton Dam

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Adelaide 1972 exciting amazing life with Leah & Sue

Manton Dam 70 Kms south of Darwin

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Leah & Sue at Manton dam

Lets see more of Leah ๐Ÿ™‚

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Those were the days my friend we thought they would never end.

Bob (Fatty) Francis

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Another old friend of mine was well know DJ Bob Francis, he retired in 2013 after 57 years in Radio. This photo was from 1997, sadly I just received the news in November 2016 that Bob has passed away peacefully in his sleep, RIP old mate.

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