How an air-conditioning mechanic in Sydney Australia became an award winning broadcaster in Britain Part 28.


Police in regional Australia are very different to Sydney cops. They take a more practical approach to problem solving. We found this out when Julie and I lived in Parkes in the Central West of New South Wales. We’d moved there in 1993 because I’d got a job on the air at the local radio station, 2PK.

The two brothers who ran the pub we liked to drink in, the Commercial Hotel, announced they were leaving town to run a pub in Queensland. The Commercial wasn’t big enough for the leaving do so they held a barbecue one night at the racecourse just out of town. Julie and I got a lift out there and had a great night. Towards the end of the evening, the police arrived. They turned a blind eye to the illegal “two-up school” (a gambling game where you bet on the results of coins being flipped) and asked for the music to be turned down so that they could make an announcement. Standing on a tree stump, the local sergeant said, “Look, we’ve noticed a lot of cars out in the car park and there’s been a lot of drinking going on tonight. I don’t want anybody who’s had a drink to be driving so we’ll be running a shuttle service between here and town”. The “shuttle” turned out to be the paddy wagon.

Julie and I climbed in the back with a bunch of other drunks, the doors were bolted loudly shut and we headed back into Parkes.

Craic on!

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