Category Departures

David Day

Following the news of the passing of Adelaide radio legend David Day overnight, Stuart Coupe contacted me this morning and asked if I would post the interview he did with David for Roadrunner, published in the June 1978 issue. At the time, David was music director at 5KA Adelaide, generally considered the most progressive radio station in the country for most of the 1970s, with a reputation for breaking new acts

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Russell Handley (1953-1985)

When Russell Handley, my deputy editor at Countdown Magazine, died at Easter 1985, I wrote the following obituary. Countdown Magazine‘s publisher declined to publish it, preferring a brief notice, so here it is for the first time. Although always camera-shy while working on the magazine (he claimed he didn’t want little girls to recognise him and kick him in the shins after he made a cutting aside about Prince or Duran

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Brian Johnstone (1950-2015)

Eulogy delivered at Brian’s funeral, 4 February, Norwood, South Australia. My name is Donald Robertson and Brian was my friend. Our friendship went back nearly forty years and actually started less than a mile south of here, in Donegal St, Norwood. It was the late 70s. I’d come back from two and a half years in the U.K. with a rabid enthusiasm for punk rock and new wave music and

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1946 Army kilt
1946 Army buddy
1948 Kinloch Youth Club
1949 Kinloch football two teams
1949 Kinloch rock
1952 Dinner
1952 Mum & Dad
1952 Wedding
1952 Bridal party
1954 Kinloch Lochaber Cres
1954 Kinloch with Donald
1963 Skegness
1965 Skegness
1966 Fairsea
1971 Family
1976 Carol Chris engagement
1978 long beer
1984 Mum & Dad
1985 One Steel
1986 Edinburgh
1986 Ben Nevis
1986 Albie
1987 Eucalypt St
1988 Dad
1989 Mum & Dad
1990 Donald Di wedding
1991 Dad playing
1992 Referee Swandel Park
1999 Mum Dad Donald Calum
2002 50th anniversary
2004 Bondi
2008 Tooby wedding
2008 Tooby reception
2009 Christmas
2012 Family

Ian Robertson (1926-2015)

A selection of images from the slide show put together by my sister Carol and her daughter Zoe Tooby and played at my father’s funeral in Whyalla, South Australia on 20 January 2015. Thanks for everything dad and as they say in the Highlands: Gus am bris an là agus an teich na sgàilean (until day breaks and the shadows retreat).

Eulogy for my father

The eulogy delivered at my father’s funeral on 20th January 2015, in Whyalla, South Australia. Family and friends—thank you all for coming today, especially those who have travelled from outside Whyalla. We are here to pay our respects and honour and remember the life of my father, Ian Robertson, born 20 August 1926, Kinlochleven, Scotland, died 11 January 2015, Whyalla. To paraphrase the words of the poet, Dylan Thomas, my

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Epitaph for a working class hero

It was mid afternoon on Tuesday 9 December 1980 when the news hit. John Lennon’s been shot. And killed. We were working on the December 1980—January 1981 edition of Roadrunner: Geoffrey Gifford, Richard Turner, Kate Monger and myself. In Geoffrey’s studio up the east end of Rundle Street in Adelaide. We stopped what we were doing of course. And just talked. And after a couple of hours I went home and wrote

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