Tag 2015

Doug Anthony Allstars: tick fucking tock

I first heard the Doug Anthony Allstars in my rented flat in Edinburgh during the 1988 Fringe Festival. I’d gone to Scotland to cover the Festival prior to taking up a new job and was listening to a program about the Fringe on BBC Radio Scotland. Midway through the show, the host introduced a song from a hot young Australian trio who were wowing them at the Gilded Balloon in

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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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