About Me

Mum and Dad are from London in England. My Dad was the youngest son in a huge family. Both Dad's parents were on the music hall stage. My Dad's father — a natural entertainer — opened an open fronted shop for lace curtains in Lewisham in 1912 and then for 25 years until he passed away became known through South London as Little Jim, the "Curtain King" . Then the war came and Dad (and Mum) separately joined the RAF. After the war they met and married, and I was born in Hastings over there in 1951. We all moved to Brisbane Australia in 1956 when I was four. Dad obtained work as a salesman for National Cash Registers (NCR) and we moved to various towns — Lismore, Rockhampton, before our family settled in Brisbane when I was 12. Then, after leaving home at 19, I also moved around, mainly doing computer programming with different firms, and with many different housing and community-style living arrangements over the years — Ayr and Townsville in North Queensland, a short time in Sydney, 2 months in America (in 1979), then a full year in Sydney in 1983 where my first son David was born — early morning when that race began where Australia won the America's cup click here for some of the news articles. But, while travelling a lot, it seems my life has always centred around Brisbane. And I love this picture of our city. Click to open its page.

Click here for a short date line www.swcs.com.au /brisbanehistory.htm

For more info about me, visit my web site www.swcs.com.au/aboutus.asp

Music

 

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  1. "About Time" — Nick Laird-Clowes
    https://www.youtube.com /watch?v=9p072D8BQv0

  2. "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" — Art Garfunkel
    www.swcs.com.au /alwayslook.asp

  3. "And did those feet in ancient time (Jerusalem)" — from Chariots of Fire movie
    www.swcs.com.au /anddidthosefeet.asp

  4. "Any Old Iron" — Harry Champion
    www.swcs.com.au /anyoldiron.asp

  5. "Beautiful Day - Don't You Forget About Me" — Simple Minds
    www.swcs.com.au /beautifulday.asp

  6. "Book of Love" — from Shall We Dance movie
    www.swcs.com.au /bookoflove.htm

  7. "Chase the Devil" — Max Romeo reggae audio
    www.swcs.com.au /chasethedevil.asp

  8. Chicago's hits — "Saturday in the Park", "Does anybody really know what time it is", "If you leave me now", "Hard to say I'm sorry"
    www.swcs.com.au /saturday.htm

  9. Coldplay's hits from their first four albums — "Yellow", "In My Place", "The Scientist", "Clocks", "Talk", "The Hardest Part, "Viva la Vida"
    www.swcs.com.au /vivalavida.asp

  10. "Desert Song" — 1929 and 1953 movie videos
    www.swcs.com.au /DesertSong.asp

  11. "Don't Look Back in Anger" — Oasis video
    www.swcs.com.au /DontlookBackinAnger.asp

  12. "Edge of Seventeen" — Stevie Nicks
    www.swcs.com.au /edgeofseventeen.asp

  13. "Forever Young" — Bob Dylan and the Band
    www.swcs.com.au /ForeverYoung.asp

  14. "Go your own way" / "As long as you follow" / "Don't you wanna talk about it" — Fleetwood Mac / Larry Norman videos
    www.swcs.com.au /goyourownway.asp

  15. Godspell — "We Beseech Thee" .. "Bless the Lord" .. "God Save the People" .. "By My Side"
    www.swcs.com.au /WeBeseechThee.asp

  16. "Great South Land of the Holy Spirit" — Steve Grace
    www.swcs.com.au /greatsouthlandofholyspirit.asp

  17. "Hallelujah" — live 1985 — Leonard Cohen audio
    www.swcs.com.au /lcohen.asp

  18. Hillsong — "Mighty to Save" .. "Emmanuel" .. "Welcome in this Place" video
    www.swcs.com.au /welcome.asp

  19. "Hold Me Now" — Thompson Twins video
    www.swcs.com.au /holdmenow.asp

  20. "Hurt" — Christina Aguilera video
    www.swcs.com.au /hurt.asp

  21. "If I fell" / "This Boy" — The Beatles video
    www.swcs.com.au /ififell.asp

  22. "If we Try" / "Empty Chairs" — Don McLean video
    www.swcs.com.au /ifwetry.asp

  23. "In the Garden" — Bob Dylan video
    www.swcs.com.au /inthegarden.asp

  24. "It's Too Late-Ride On" — Evermore audio
    www.swcs.com.au /evermore.htm

  25. "Kiss Me" — Sixpence None the Richer video
    www.swcs.com.au /kissme.asp

  26. "Losing My Religion" — R.E.M.
    www.swcs.com.au /losingmyreligion.asp

  27. "Mary, did you know?" — Pentatonix
    www.swcs.com.au /marydidyouknow.asp

  28. "My Boomerang won't come back" — Charlie Drake
    www.swcs.com.au /myboomerang.htm

  29. "Nightmare" — Larry Norman
    with great shots — even one from "The Miracle Worker" — the Helen Keller story
    www.swcs.com.au /nightmare.asp

  30. "Pretty Fly" — Offspring video
    www.swcs.com.au /prettyfly.asp

  31. "Right Said Fred" — Bernard Cribbens
    www.swcs.com.au /rightsaidfred.asp

  32. "Royal Telephone" — Jimmy Little audio
    www.swcs.com.au /royalphone.asp

  33. "Saved" — Bob Dylan video (live and studio)
    www.swcs.com.au /saved.asp

  34. "Scarborough Fair / Canticle" — Simon and Garfunkel audio
    www.swcs.com.au /scarboroughfair.asp

  35. "Sea of Love" — with Juno excerpts video
    www.swcs.com.au /seaoflove.asp

  36. "Something Special" — Randy Newman audio
    www.swcs.com.au /somethingspecial.htm

  37. "Teach Your Children" — Crosby Stills Nash video
    www.swcs.com.au /teachyourchildren.asp

  38. "Titanium" — David Guetta video
    www.swcs.com.au /titanium.asp

  39. "The Weight" — The Band (with photos)
    www.swcs.com.au /TheWeight.asp

  40. "What a Fool Believes" — Doobie Brothers video
    www.swcs.com.au /whatafoolbelieves.asp

  41. "Waterloo Sunset official audio" / "Sunny Afternoon video" — The Kinks
    www.swcs.com.au /waterloosunset.asp

  42. "Wish You Were Here" — Pink Floyd live unplugged video
    www.swcs.com.au /wishyouwerehere.asp

  43. "Woodstock" — Crosby Stills Nash audio
    www.swcs.com.au /woodstock.htm

  44. "Wuthering Heights" — Kate Bush video
    www.swcs.com.au /wutheringheights.asp

  45. "You Ain't Going Nowhere" — The Byrds audio
    www.swcs.com.au /youaintgoingnowhere.asp

Have absolutely loved playing records. Bought "A Hard Day's Night" on my 13th birthday in 1964 costing me £2.12s.6d and I think it was the most money I'd ever been given — then spent. But I developed a huge record collection particularly from the 1966-1973 era. In 1974 I was awarded the Guinness world record title for non-stop disc jockeying during Christmas 1973. Working with a Methodist Church (now Uniting Church) leadership team in Brisbane we contacted management at Sundale Shopping Centre on the Gold Coast who set me up on a specially constructed stage in front of the 4GG sound booth. Next with the assistance of Gold Coast radio station 4GG we contacted EMI Records Australia who then sponsored my effort as part of a worldwide 75th birthday celebration. And so during my annual leave from work with a crowd of supporters and bemused shoppers I disc jockeyed for 3weeks 2days 3hours while promoting "Quo Vadis" — a bunch of coffee shops that had been set up on the Gold Coast that Christmas. They were "drop in" centres sponsored by local churches — the God Squad in Melbourne — the House of the New World in Sydney — the House of Freedom in Brisbane — the Jesus family in Ipswich — and various other bods. Interestingly though after I had broken the world record of records ;-) and decided to stop playing (New Year's eve at the start of 1974) I found I had less "compulsion" to want to put on another record. Life is interesting innit ?
Click here for further background (and some photos).

Movies

Click here:
www.swcs.com.au/movies.htm
to see my movies page.

Favourite movie scripts: Wayne and Schuster's "Rinse the Blood off my Toga" and Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First". Favourite movie performances: Danny Kaye Angela Lansbury and Basil Rathbone in "The Court Jester". Anthony Hopkins in "Meet Joe Black". Hugh Grant in "About a Boy" and "Music and Lyrics". Julia Roberts in "My Best Friend's Wedding". Also "The Great Race" "Field of Dreams"
"That Thing You Do"
"Bend it Like Beckham"
"Back to the Future (first one)" "The Matrix (first one)"

Television

Courtney-God Only Knows   Chanel-Stop   Hayley-I Feel the Earth Move and Amali-Shackles (Praise You) in the Australian Idol 2004 series — along with the judges (Marcia Mark and Ian) hit a great though at times volatile chemistry — Brilliant.

Books

I have 3 children. Loved reading to them around the dinner table: Dr Cooper series — Frank Peretti (first 4 books) Tom Merry and Co — Frank Richards. Also loved reading to them one on one: Narnia series — CS Lewis as well as The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings — Tolkien.

Heroes

CS Lewis and Watchman Nee (for staying true to themselves).
And those passengers on United Flight 93 (click here).

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