Today would have been the 94th birthday of a wonderful man who came into our personal life many years ago. Full of wisdom and sensibility, he not only witnessed a world at war, but helped fight against warring nations and states in WW2; fighting against the armies of opposition in Greece, Crete, Egypt, Syria and later on in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).
- Many years after his War Service, he developed a great passion for sailing and would regale to one and all about his high adventures on the water.
- Over his time, he owned various sailing vessels and yachts.
- One of these was an Australian-designed yacht known as a “Bluebird“.
- One day he told me about a street art mural installation which featured a “Bluebird” design yacht (featured above and believed to be Pisces), which has since been painted over.
On reflection, this was my first graffiti/street art photograph I took and probably where my interest in this art form began.
- Sadly, his birthday is today, but yesterday a group of his truest friends joined together and said goodbye.
- Goodbye to a man of conviction, and a man who knew what was acceptable and what was not; and was never afraid to tell the truth.
Your life was long and plentiful and through some later elements of adversity, I wish you Koa-Atea (a happy and free from obstruction journey) into your next celestial life.
*There’s an empty chair up there – at the “friendliest club on the Bay“.