Rock photos taken in Newcastle around 1978

Lou Reed came to the Civic around 1978 and gave a great show, I was lurking about a bit back from the stage with my camera when a big wild hairy guy picked me up put me  on his front row seat and said “now take an fn picture mate”. Lou eyballed me, I clicked and then Lou just winked at me and carried on the great show.

Lou Reed Civic Theatre 1978

Lou Reed Civic Theatre 1978

I just love this one – when opposites attract. Jimmy & The Boys  Ignatious Jones, Neo Punk meets Nimbin shoeless Hippe girl and rock out together  regardless. A fan gets up and helps out Jimmy and the Boys at Belmont Sporties  around 1978.
immy and the Boys with fan

immy and the Boys with fan

Joe Cocker played the Civic, didnt sing out of tune and put on a great show. His band were great. Joe Cocker Civic Theatre around 1978
Joe Cocker Civic 1976

Joe Cocker Civic 1976

Cold Chisel’s Jimmy Barnes hard at work as usual Cardiff Workers around 1978.
Jimmy Barnes Newcastle 1976

Jimmy Barnes Newcastle 1976

Cold Chisel’s Ian Moss also hard at work around the same time.
Ian Moss Mawson 1976

Ian Moss Mawson 1976

Midnight Oil’s Peter Garret at the Mawson Hotel  1978. He  inspired all us unco guys to just get up and have a go when the music gets ya. I got caned in primary school for bad dancing.
Peter Garret Mawson 1977

Peter Garret Mawson 1977

Midnight Oil at the Mawson Hotel 1977. Awsome! The next time they played in Newcastle the place was full.
Midnight Oil Mawson 1976

Midnight Oil Mawson 1976

Kevin Coyne – scottish folk/rock/social critic had an album out called  Marjory Razorblade in the late 1980’s which I recommed listening to. He played the Newcastle Uni solo and was just awsome. His guitar stlye is unique, using his thumb on the frett board to make chords, he has a very powerful strumming style.
Kevin Coyne Newcastle Uni 1978

Kevin Coyne Newcastle Uni 1978

A few old photos

Newcastle has a few favourite sons – MR, The Chief, Joey, Hoyo, Sam Egan,etc – but  everybody’s favourite Newcastle identity is this bloke – Super Hubert.  Internationally acclaimed magician, super hero, entertainer, comic and all round nice bloke, who still finds time to make kids and adults laugh and amaze them with his tricks and antics. Super puts on a show for my son’s 6th birthday party 1994.

Super Hubert awsome magician

Super Hubert awsome magician

A peaceful scene – an elderly couple take in the view overlooking  Terrigal Haven around 1983.
Peaceful Scene Terrigal

Peaceful Scene Terrigal

A big swell overnight cleaned up and swung in early morning at  Redhead
Big left behind Redhead Shark Tower 1979
Big Wave Redhead 1979

Big Wave Redhead 1979

In the pouring rain this pelican just opened up his beak and got a free  drink of fresh cool water at North Haven. A pelican takes a drink of rainwater at North Haven around 1988
Thirsty Pelican Camden Haven

Thirsty Pelican Camden Haven

A flight in a friends Cessna over Lake Macquarie was an absolute eye opener. Looking over Swansea Channel around 1979.
Swansea Channel arial 1978

Swansea Channel arial 1978

A trip out in the Newcastle Shark Boat got 3 hammerheads out of the nets this day around 1978. Hammer Head Shark pulled out of the shark nets around 1978.
Hammerhead Shark

Hammerhead Shark

A country coastal dirt road may lead you to an uncrowded wave. If it didnt,  it was nice to look around anyway and maybe just have a swim. Somewhere up the  coast around Coffs Harbour 1978.
Country Road Nth Coast

Country Road Nth Coast

Scenery from Redhead Beach

Cloud Wave at Redhead Beach – A southerly buster on the way around 1984. I  took this and then headed for cover. The cloud looked like an enormous right  hander.

Redhead Beach Cloud Wave

Redhead Beach Cloud Wav

Jewells Swamp – Solarisation 1978. I tried to make the trees growing out of the swamp look a bit  spooky by reversing the developing process – called Solarization.  Actually I just switched the light on in the dark room when the photo  started developing and all the light bits went black.

Redhead Swamp Reflections

Redhead Swamp Reflections

The Cliffs from Redhead to Dudley and the rock  platform below are well worth a look. Access is from the Goat Track at Redhead  Bluff. Wild flowers are everywhere along the top in Spring and there are a  variety of interesting rock formations down below.Redhead to Dudley Coastline 1980’s
Coast view Redhead to Dudley 1980s

Coast view Redhead to Dudley 1980s

This close up of the tree roots of a Paper Bark  tree along the Redhead to Dudley Bluff Tops had some scary features.  Maybe its just me that sees them.
Tree Roots & imagination

Tree Roots & imagination

Redhead Shark Tower in the June 2007 Storm. The  wind, waves and rain whipped up a creamy froth that covered the beach.
Redhead Shark Tower Storm surf June 2007

Redhead Shark Tower Storm surf June 2007

The history of surfboards – A  collection of all types of surfboards, gathered together for a photo shoot  at Redhead Beach before being shown at the Surf Expo in the 1980’s.
Redhead Beach Surfboard Expo

Redhead Beach Surfboard Expo

A popular event on the beach in the 1980’s was the Beach Girl Contest as shown here at Redhead Beach.
Redhead Beach Girl Contest 1985

Redhead Beach Girl Contest 1985

 

December 19th 2011- Chicken Story

Merry Christmas! I was trying to think of something to do with Christmas and it’s with thanks to Dale and Zoe I have the true tale of Wendy Bendy Bertha.

Poor Wendy (formerly named Bertha) the Chicken, somehow broke her leg. Dale  and Zoe took her to the righteous vet at Raymond Terrace who set her leg in a  cast. Her name now is Wendy Bendy Bertha.

Poor Wendy had to be suspended in a basket and with lots of loving  care was slowly on the mend.

Poor Bertha

Poor Bertha

Because she was so good, the next trip into the Vet for a checkup Wendy got a  little special treatment.WBB went shopping

Wendy picked out a video – her favourite Chicken Run of course.

Wendy picks chicken run

Wendy picks chicken run

Wendy went in to try on some new shoes.

WBB goes shopping 1

WBB goes shopping 1

Wendy even picked a handbag to match.

WBB goes shopping 2

WBB goes shopping 2

Wendy paid from her own credit card.

WBB goes shopping 3

WBB goes shopping 3

Wendy even got to sit on good Santa’s knee and tell him what she wanted for  christmas.

Wendy and Santa

Wendy and Santa

Wendy eventally got back out in the paddock with all her friends especially  Scooby the horse, but now Wendy has a very unique Chicken Strut .WBB back in the paddock

WBB & Scooby

WBB & Scooby

10/12/11 The surf was solid and choppy but this Redhead Body boarder finds a  gem amongst the trying conditions.

Redhead bodyboarder 10-12-11

Redhead bodyboarder 10-12-11

Rique Smith at Redhead with a selection of his dad Col Smith’s channel  boards.Photo with thanks from David and Brendan.

Rique Smith Col Smith Channels

Rique Smith Col Smith Channels