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Not a bad mid-life crisis. A little early. I was 29.

I was teaching in a school in Kangaroo Island, South Australia, when the guitarist of a band I had once been in called me and said, ‘What do you think of moving to Sydney and playing bass and singing in a new band?’ I went to see my Headmaster who laughed and said, ‘As if.’ So I went.

Some of our guitars

Some of our guitars

We lived in a townhouse that we couldn’t afford in the beautiful suburb of Manly. We had a surf beach 50m in one direction and a harbour beach 50m in the other direction, where I attempted to windsurf . The house was full of musical instruments and our neighbours suffered.

I busked in Manly and on Circular Quay for a while, then found jobs in a pizza shop and a gym. The band never got off the ground but I found another band fairly quickly.

Just up the road was North Head, a surprisingly pristine wilderness area with cliffs and echidnas and Eastern Water Dragons. I did a bit of rock-climbing there…

North Head cliffs

North Head cliffs

…and the drummer took this picture of me leaping from a fence over Sydney harbour.

Flying over Sydney

Flying over Sydney

No Photoshop back then.

After a short time, I was as busy with three jobs (pizza, gym and band) as I had been as a teacher, so I got another teaching job, made a bit of money and went to Turkey.

The Philharmonic Oysters

The Philharmonic Oysters

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