Some Biographical Information:
I began in Geelong in the coronation year. Elizabeth took reign over the Empire, Pius XII was reigning over my Church and "Pig Iron" Bob was PM.We got two GGs that year, both called William to help with journos poor memory skills.
Perry Como recorded the hit "Keep It Gay' and my parents missed the connection.
We lived in a house with Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters who were constantly singing about Rum and Coca Cola.Luckily discovered Grahame Kennedy and Mavis Brampston.
Every year we went to the Gala Parade and watched minor celebrities from Melbourne parade through the street for our adulation.
In 1963, my grandmother let me stay up late to listen to a live broadcast of the funeral of John XXIII on the ABC. It was the year I remember headlines for the deaths of JFK, JXXIII and Dan Mannix. Other people died but you had to find them on page two of the Geelong Advertiser.It was also the year the Geelong beat Hawthorn for the flag and I thought Polly Farmer was the best looking footballer in the world.
As a teenager I covered my bedroom walls with my music heroes and good looking guys like Hermans Hermits, The Easybeats, Russell Morris and never even thought I needed a girl anywhere on my wall.
· Greatest Hits Best Song: Keep It Gay (Perry Como)
· The AFL Footy results for the year
· Geelong West City Band gets new leader
· Sir James Darling appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
· Ballarat Begonia Festival began
· 28 January: Jim Scullion dies. First Irish Catholic Labour PM of Australia
· 10 April, Dag Hammarskjöld takes the oath of office as Secretary-General of the UN
· 2 June: Coronation of Betty Windsor
This is a birthday I share with other celebrities including Handel, Nadezhda Konstantinova Krupskaya Norman Lindsay and of course, Maria Gloria von Schönberg-Glauchau wife of prince Thurn un Taxis, among others!! It's also the day on which a few famous luminaries went to meet their maker including St Polycarp (thank God my parents didn't chose to name me after the saint on whose day I was born!!) Other famous spirits who watch over me from on high on this day include John Keats, Nellie Melba, Augusto Sandino and Edward Elgar, . What a company!!!It's always been a busy day in history!
In the past 57 years I have lived in:
Kiunga, Western Province, Papua New Guinea
North Geelong, Victoria
North Melborne, Victoria
West End, Brisbane, Queensland
West Geelong, Victoria
St John's Primary School, North Geelong
St Patrick's Primary School, West Geelong
St Joseph's College Newtown
Catholic Theological Union Hunters Hill
Australian Catholic University McAuley Campus
Values and Passions
I'm a fringe dweller in every sense. My politics, lifestyle choices and my foundational orientation towards social activism means that I have made choices and decisions that have taken me further and further from the mainstream of my core communities. This has had an impact on my family and faith community experiences.My religious affiliation is one I describe as a Holy Irritant and my preferred job description is Community Jester.
I live a naturist lifestyle as much as possible. Yes, it's all about nature but particularly about living in a non textile environment. The climate in Queensland certainly helps.
Apart from my birth experience, naturism was not encouraged or even considered a social option in my family. Having Irish origins and living on Corio Bay also tended to mitigate against naturism as a comfortable lifestyle choice. Little did I know however, that when I was nine years old, a local Naturists Club would form and is still operating today!!
Being a naturist at home has certain rewards. For example, I believe I have been "blacklisted" by both the JWs and Mormons, who got more then they bargained for when I answered their knock at the door.
You are welcome to join me in some of the great calendar events for naturists: World Naked Gardening Day on May 8 this year and World Naked Bike Ride You have missed the 2010 highlight which was the opportunity to join 5000 naked people for a photo shoot at The Sydney Opera House with Spencer Tunick.
In summer it certainly means there is less washing and I save on laundry cost!!