Weddings

Julius-with-Jess-at-her-wedding Julius and daughter Jess at her wedding

I've had four - and they were all different! At home in Chatswood Caroline and I were married by a celebrant. It rained so we moved inside and did the ceremony in the front hall. Her dad Frank gave her away, which was sweet. Janelle and I had an over-the-top church wedding with a big reception at the Swiss Grand. Karen wanted a small fami...

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Learning as you go

Julius-PA-2 Picture by Bob King. Chris Bailey from The Saints, this was a 2SM Road Rocker beach show.

​Like almost every other roadie, I learned on the job. The easy way and the hard way. By the time this picture was taken it was January 1983 and hot as can be. I had a contract with 2SM, the AM radio station under threat from 2MMM. They were hosting free summer concerts, we had a mobile stage on hire from Orana Truck Rentals. I had a car trailer to...

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Inside the briefcase

Julius-in-198_20201031-010935_1 1980 me. Note perm and obligatory briefcase

Perm rake. Can of Brut 33 spray. Six cassette mix tapes. Wrigley chewing gum. Condom (small fit). Hipflask of Southern Comfort. November edition of Penthouse with centrefold stuck together. Cheque book. Biro. Diary. 

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Violent Darlinghurst

Kate and I were talking as we drove to work on Friday. It was early, I had a 7am start at my Community Transport gig, and I drop her at a nearby school down the road where she teaches Year 3/4 composite. Her students are suspended if they hit each other. We routinely punched up when I was at Crown Street Public in the 1960's. And I regularly hit my...

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Writing was easy compared to publishing

With a rough draft of 61 chapters, I sent the 412 pages to Officeworks for printing. Stuart Coupe had told me he prints his drafts - many of them - for editing. It did make it easier - seeing the chapters in sequence I went to work with highlight pens and sticky notes. I did this five times, then sent a PDF of the whole edited book to six friends. ...

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WRITING A BOOK – THE START

I choose the most difficult process to write my debut memoire, 'This Could be Serious'. Grounded by the pandemic, I opened up my archive of hundreds of articles, outpourings, notes and blather. I chose a preliminary batch of 40, deemed suitable. I had them all as Word files, in a folder called 'Book'. Soon I found the separation of each file diffic...

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