posted on December 18, 2008 at 8:14 pm

i been living here in bondi 6 years now
and although i got used to the “glamour”
i got used to the squalor too
i got used to living in a substandard grotty place
with no garden…just a concrete yard
with windows that dont open prop’ly
with no water pressure
with a small 3 bedroom apt
on paper thin floor boards
so you can hear everything downstairs
(n boy how loud it must be for them:
the doodles must sound like stampeding buffalo
when theyre running around)
im used to it being blasting hot in summer
i’m used to freezing my what -nots off in winter
and huddling round the oven to get warm
i been used to the incessant cockroaches n ants n mozzies
i been used to the worn out carpet n linoleum
i been used to the noisy buggers below n next door
and i been considerate not to blast music at odd hours
(except the other night when the gutter twins came on
full bore at 2 in the morning…it was the alarm on my pod!)
yeah its a grotty place we been living
no storage no built in wardrobes no nothing
a horrible dishwasher we never use
i had the pool
the pool
the pool
oh how i love the pool
yes i do
i do love that pool
i love the water
i love the sauna
i love all my mates n the old blokes
i love the deep endorphin hit of twenny laps n a sauna
i love walking there across the beach
yeah i love it
it has re shaped n defined me
a couple of days ago
i got a letter in the mail
from the real estate office
they have been instructed because of rising prices
in all sectors
to raise the rent
70 dollars a week!
my grand total now being with garage about $666 a week
(its true)
660 bucks for a very mediocre little dump
a nice balcony
a nice sunroom
but…..660 bucks…?!
and to let us know the week before christmas…
its real fucken scrooge material, isnt it?
(the lady aint no christian (literally n figuratively))
shes gotten greedy
oh well
thats her problem
i aint paying 666 bucks a week
for this
especially cos i am about to start paying off le tax homme
at some crippling weekly rate
and i still neeed a new car
and i need prescription glasses
(remember i left mine in a cab after tibet do?)
and we all need to see le tooth quack
you know
all that regular family stuff
and quite frankly
seventy bucks a week for this joint
is the nail in the coffin of this episode
even if mr joe wealthy or rich subscriber
piped up
n said
i’;ll pay that extra seventy
i’m still moving out
i been squeezed out
i’m a statistic
a rent payer squeezed out of sydneys east subs
i check the internet
what else can you get round here for 666 bucks
not too bloody much
2 bedroom flats
or tiny dingy 2 bedroom terraces…if youre lucky
at least my current place had some views
n it was full o’ light
so where else can i fucking live
yes i could move down the coast n drive into syd
or up the coast
but i wanna
but i needa city
i dont wanna be in some little parochial town
where me n natalie are the weirdest parents at school
perth…nice but too far away
darwin…..not for me
canberra….yawn..i neeed the sea!
brissie….i like but too hot for nk
well lets see
i spent some time in melbourne
gee i always liked it there
specially bayside
i got my polinski in melbourne
i got my sam s
i got my sarah l
i got my donald b
i got my glen bennies
i got my martin kennedys
i got my golden memories of moorabin days
and cakey with uncle cyril n auntie eve in acland st
i get on the net
just to get some idea of rents
jaysus christ!
you can rent a 3 or 4 bedge house
with gardens n ac n heating n garage n
all the blah blah blahs for under 500 a week
and if i ever do get my deposit together
you could afford to buy something reasonable
and its bayside right
the sea air
it aint the surf
but its the sea, aint it
yeah them leafy quiet suburbs next to the bay
a new career in a new town
bondis spitting us out
i just cant pay thru the nose for a dump
i see the lovely gardens in bayside real estate
my kids come n google properties with me
they were sad about leaving
but now theyre real excited
ooohing n cooing
as we look at the nice places available
for much much less then here in bondi
with its ten million backpackers
with its ten million dog poos
with its brazilian gangsters n russian mafia
n with its blow-ins n its ten million dress shops
i’m getting out of this incessant sun
maybe i’ll go white again…
n guess what
as an added bonus
thee mr ricky is threatening to move there too
so uh
thats it
i’m gonna try n make this happen
i also saw the triffids film
its great
but i’m a bit miffed
there should have been a bit more of me
they edited out a couple of vital songs
it pissed me off!
my voice is shot but i’m very animated
and ….
i’m letting that go too
along with the greedy uncharitable landlady
(a monster of dickensian proportions)
and i’m gonna do something new
i hope
i hope escape bondis orbit intact
i ve had enough
and enough equals enough, right?
in spades

69 Responses to “one door closes….another door opens…(….says kilbey…hopefully)”

  1. avatar
    steve kilbey | 18 December 2008 at 9:12 pm #

    darling subscribers
    thank you for your generosity
    my gmail is not working
    i cannot access it
    but still i warmly thank you
    for literally making this blog possible

  2. avatar
    Richard | 18 December 2008 at 9:17 pm #

    easy now Princey
    don’t count your chickens

    Darwin 27 degrees and deliciously wet this morning

  3. avatar
    CSTCoach | 18 December 2008 at 9:18 pm #

    great to have you back, druid.

    sorry to hear about rental woes, but sounds like much better things are on the horizon. think how much more productive you’ll be in nicer digs, without having to worry about noisy neighbours, lack of space, fucking cockroaches, etc. If you can produce such incredible work in your current conditions, i can only imagine what’s possible down there by the see… Really hope it all comes through for you 🙂

  4. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 18 December 2008 at 9:38 pm #

    There’s a jazz light vocalist in America by the name of Michael Franks. He’s also been hurt by these dire international financial crises. He sold his vintage 25 year owned Oceanfront condo in Florida and he and his wife, cats and dogs will now live year-round in Woodstock NY, their primary home.

    Read about him yesterday.

  5. avatar
    davem | 18 December 2008 at 9:40 pm #

    How much???
    No wonder you’re skint. I couldn’t afford that a month!!
    Glad you’re back, I missed you.
    I can’t send my subs until pay day next week but will send my usual, meagre offering. Wish I could send more each month, ‘cos TTB is magic and an essential part of my day..

  6. avatar
    linjo | 18 December 2008 at 9:40 pm #

    Hi Steve. Unbelievable what they are charging down there. No doubt become more and more foreign owned. I have had my rental woes also. Have been evicted after only being here 5 weeks because I got my girl a foxy pup. But yeah, one door shuts another opens. Got an even better house to move into, one minute walk to beach, bigger, better fixtures for $240 a week. I just go with the flow when life throws a challenge now. It all works out if you are being honest and doing the best by other people. Sounds like Melbourne is meant to be and an exciting change! Linda

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 December 2008 at 9:41 pm #

    Mr Kilbee,

    Come on down!

    You will love it here in old Melbourne town…

    Olde Amps

  8. avatar
    davem | 18 December 2008 at 9:42 pm #

    Enjoying The Shortwave Set at the mo, check ’em out fellow fiends if you don’t know ’em.
    It isn’t Kibey though!! Nor close.

  9. avatar
    princey | 18 December 2008 at 9:51 pm #

    Wow, I can’t believe I’m reading this, is it really that much cheaper down here???? Stalking thoughts aside, I really think you’d like it here sk although you and the fam would really have to get used to cold and windy weather all year round in Melby, no sunny happy dayz all year round like Sydney. Also you have to find a place with heating or you and the wifey and the kiddies will hate it, ducted heating in every room is a MUST HAVE! Air conditioning ain’t that important as the heatwaves aren’t too frequent here. Apart from that, you and the family will love it here I’m sure!
    Good luck and I really hope the exciting change happens sooner than later!!
    Love Amanda

  10. avatar
    seoigh | 18 December 2008 at 9:59 pm #

    New digs has always meant a fresh batch of creativity for me — I hope you have the same experience. Think of all the new things you’ll have to write about. Good luck.

  11. avatar
    Richard | 18 December 2008 at 10:02 pm #

    what about newcastle?
    great beaches
    easy train to Sydney

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 December 2008 at 10:12 pm #

    I’ve got a place for you in
    Seattle, Washington. Are you interested?
    The best radio station in the world is located here
    In Seattle, Washington 90.3 KEXP. You’d be hard
    pressed to find a better location than Seattle.
    The best music scene .

  13. avatar
    persephone2u | 18 December 2008 at 10:19 pm #

    Sweet jeebus, your landlady is demanding an extra $70 *per week*? No wonder you’re taking a walk. That’s just way too excessive. I can understand wanting to make a profit, but logic would have it that most people would skip town in a heartbeat over that. What a horrid woman.

    I understand the part about having no storage or built in wardrobes; Londinium is no different and I was spoiled rotten in Seattle when it came to space. We at least have a small garden but there are neighbors on both sides of the wall it being a terraced house and all, and it’s certainly different from anywhere in America.

    Anyway, I wish you luck choosing a city to live in (why is Talking Heads’ Cities popping into my head now?). I have to make that decision myself and it’s not an easy one.

    I aleady know I don’t want Lucien growing up in England when he’s older. Great city with lots of art and scenery but no future for kids. So gee, go back to the U.S. and possibly San Diego or maybe Santa Monica? Dunno. I’d miss the 4 seasons you get in Seattle and London, but I want to move somewhere where there is water again.

    A girlfriend in Melbourne I know tells me to move there, says it’s great and has a lively art and comedy scene, but I’d be far removed from everyone, although perhaps that’s not a bad thing. My hubby has relatives there at least.

    Then there’s Europe…but where is the best place? Spain (like San Diego I suppose), wouldn’t wanna live in France, Italy is nice but too expensive, you can’t homeschool in Germany so that’s out. Then there’s the question of whether to sell the properties we have and buy another or rent both out and rent somewhere ourselves.

    And even if I could decide where I wanted to live I like to roam and travel a lot. Is there anywhere I’d be happy at for even 5 years straight? I have way too much Sagittarius in me for my own good, sigh…

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 December 2008 at 10:29 pm #

    persephone, you seem like a nice lady but it sure would be nice if you got your own blog and quit giving us your life history. “I aleady know I don’t want Lucien growing up in England when he’s older.” Jesus, who cares?

  15. avatar
    persephone2u | 18 December 2008 at 10:42 pm #

    You must, if you made a comment about it. ;-}

    Nighty night.

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 December 2008 at 10:46 pm #

    I can’t wait to turn into steves blog tomorrow and learn even more about persephone, that is why i come. Her post is longer than the initial blog. Simply fascinating. Now please post some photos of your ugly child and your foreign husband with the big nose and I can die happy.

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 December 2008 at 10:48 pm #

    adelaide has hidden charmssss dear SK!! what lies beneath the covers….

  18. avatar
    persephone2u | 18 December 2008 at 11:05 pm #

    If you really want to die happy I’ll gladly assist you with that. One less unloved anonymous teenage boy posting on blogs and messageboards wouldn’t really be the end of the world or bother very many people. =)

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 December 2008 at 11:23 pm #

    I think you will like living in Melb.

    It’s not as pretty as Sydney, but much nicer to live in.

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 December 2008 at 11:33 pm #

    Yes, teenage boy here. At least post a photo that I can jack off to persephone. Unfortunately the little orphan annie look doesn’t do it for me. Maybe a photo where I can’t see your teeth perhaps

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 December 2008 at 11:55 pm #


    Your whole blog just described Newcastle (it’s a city) !!!

    Plus it’s an easy train to Syd and an easy flight direct to Melbourne , you have not one but two sets of ocean baths to choose from and there is even the choice of a special Bohemian school!!! or a more traditional performing arts school for kids.


  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 December 2008 at 12:04 am #

    Anonymous at 9.29; I normally avoid responding to people like you because I know all you want is the attention; but is this cyber-bullying really necessary?

    Nice blog from SK, some nice discussion afterwards about the pros and cons of this and that, some nice people saying nice things about the nice places they live…and then you come in being a twat. Just leave it you berk.

    Olde Amps

  23. avatar
    Freddie | 19 December 2008 at 1:02 am #

    Bummer about the rent..
    But it will surely all work out for the best
    And like someone else already stated,
    the change may do y’all good.

  24. avatar
    Martin | 19 December 2008 at 1:22 am #

    Why don’t you come home to Stockholm city, where the grass is green and the girls are pretty? -Krall

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 December 2008 at 1:23 am #

    Anonymous at 11:04, why take the time to bother with this wanker. You are perpetuating the wag from sheffield. In a strange way you are cyber-bullying the twat.

  26. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 19 December 2008 at 1:54 am #

    Good Heavens…I think you’re off for a while but out of habit I check the old Time Being and find out you’re moving! Yeah, your landlady is a biatch – especially asking for this rent increase NOW.

    Never been to Australia but Melbourne sounds lovely…moving is a pain but once in a new place, with new surroundings – it can be very invigorating. You know I wish you and your family nothing but the best.

  27. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 19 December 2008 at 2:29 am #

    “the sea air
    it aint the surf
    but its the sea”

    it’s not as loud and as obvious
    it’s ripples
    rather than waves
    but if you increase the
    level of attention
    you can discern
    no matter where you are,

    all is swell


  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 December 2008 at 2:52 am #


    I know what you're saying about the rent. My landlady has hiked up my rent too. Sydney is becoming too expensive for me.

    Been thinking about moving to Melby for some time now, if you go that's another incentive. I like the place & the people are friendlier than here. It's the weather that puts me off though.

    Anyway a change can be a good thing.

    Lady Di

  29. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 19 December 2008 at 3:02 am #

    San Diego is insanely expensive. California’s only nice for very wealthy people. I lived their for five years during college and post college and my father wisely pulled the plug on me for practically making him broke.

  30. avatar
    Polydora | 19 December 2008 at 3:08 am #

    Speaking of Dickensian… Your mention of uprooting, and it being the holiday season, brings to mind The Seven Poor Travellers (though there were really only six of them in the story). And wouldn’t there only be six of you?

    May be wise to keep a journal for the journey. Who knows, perhaps there’s a modern Dickensian novel to come of it.

  31. avatar
    veleska1970 | 19 December 2008 at 3:29 am #

    $660 A WEEK?!?!?!?!?!!!! good lord!!!!!!! no wonder you’re broke. your landlady is a serious bitch. so you’re paying about $3000 a month for ants and roaches and noisy neighbours, eh? your landlady is a serious bitch. and for her to do this during christmas? your landlady is a serious bitch.


    but i think things will work out for you. you’ll do what’s best and everything will be fine. some new stomping grounds are probably a good thing. i’m with denise~~i only wish the best for you and your loved ones.

    lotza love…..

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 December 2008 at 3:30 am #

    x-mas present for SK

    Burger King launches beef-scented body spray

    Dec. 18, 2008 11:30 AM
    Associated Press

    NEW YORK – Looking to beef up your mojo this holiday season?

    Burger King Corp. may have just the thing. The home of the Whopper has launched a new men’s body spray called “Flame.” The company describes the spray as “the scent of seduction with a hint of flame-broiled meat.”

    The fragrance is on sale at New York City retailer Ricky’s NYC in stores and online for a limited time for $3.99.

    Burger King is marketing the product through a Web site featuring a photo of its King character reclining fireside and naked but for an animal fur strategically placed to not offend.

    The marketing ploy is the latest in a string of viral ad campaigns by the company. Burger King is also in the midst of its Whopper Virgins campaign that features an taste test with fast-food “virgins” pitting the Whopper against McDonald’s Corp.’s Big Mac.

    Burger King Holdings Inc. shares rose 3 cents to $20.41 in midday trading.

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 December 2008 at 3:46 am #

    nowhere near good enough,m sorry.not even close,im many chances dya give to a person like you,when youve done this before,n are now doing it .m sorry,but,no.too many chances youve blown,because you take me for answer will be no,after the point.

  34. avatar
    Shawn El | 19 December 2008 at 3:53 am #

    cool SK – when you get to Melbo be sure to post pictures of your new digs, the view from your studio and all that.

  35. avatar
    Swampmeister | 19 December 2008 at 4:47 am #

    With the housing price bubble bust, all the real estate agents n lamelords want to keep riding the gravy train, sucking blood out of the common man. Put them to the sword. Don’t accept these outrageous rental prices. Plus Melbs is such a great town. I reckon you might just love it.

  36. avatar
    Paul Lightfoot | 19 December 2008 at 5:19 am #

    Auckland NZ – Two bedroom terraced house in art-deco Onehunga. Recently inspected and jazzed in by the Killer himself. Sunny, close to everything and Onehunga municipal pools a 200 mtre walk. PC with fat broadband to do TTB. Cubase recording studio, guitars and amps available for song writing/ demo recording

    The many Church posters on the walls can be easily removed if a bit annoying.

    The owner acknowledges he owes Mr K considerable royalties for performing “Not The Church…but damn close” gigs over a two year period. So rent is free.

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 December 2008 at 5:24 am #

    Good morning kilbey,
    come to germany, it iz very nice here, wiz gut weather und pretty fräuleins

  38. avatar
    eek | 19 December 2008 at 5:54 am #

    i spent some time in melbourne
    gee i always liked it there

    I’ve noticed every time you go to Melbourne you mention how much you like it and that you can see living there. And isn’t Melbourne more art and music oriented than Sydney too? This could be an excellent move for you, not just for the better and less expensive housing, but also for creativity.

    I’m sure the rent increase was very discouraging when you got it, and not having that pool available will certainly be a bummer — it has been really good for you — but I think you could gain a lot from this move. I hope it works out.

  39. avatar
    Paul Lightfoot | 19 December 2008 at 6:02 am #

    Dutch! Move in with Dale and give the Kilbey’s your Bronte ocean view apartment!

    Pro’s: Top floor two bedroom (one occupied and a description to follow) ocean view apartment just metres from Bronte village.

    Cons: One flatmate whos’s daily ritual is to :
    Get up, grab pre-made (later tampered with) lunch from fridge, go to work, come home, shower, walk to club, have a beer, come home, feed his tropical fish (not in his underpants) then watch the UK’s worst ever made un-funny comedy – Red Dwarf, then go to bed. Every single day by the clock. Has a profile on RSVP with no views, and NEVER cleans the place.

    Naaah, pay $666. :))

  40. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 19 December 2008 at 7:25 am #

    you help me move and i will help you move, let’s start packin’…

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 December 2008 at 7:39 am #

    m just waiting a coupla more days,to see what youre doing.m not waiting any longer than that.if youd like to speak to me,find a phone .

  42. avatar
    melissa | 19 December 2008 at 7:47 am #

    666 … the number of the Real Estate Beast!

    Faaaaaarrr out, that is unbelievable SK … it actually makes me feel ill when I think of the money we had to fork out for a roof over our heads these days.

    I’d be very happy to live in a groovy pad in Bronte or Bondi .. but ummm .. yeah, need to win the lotto first I guess 😉

    Hey, best of luck to the Fambily Kilbey in your search of a new abode … Melbourne will be lucky to have you!! Elwood would be nice 😀 !!!! I looooooved living there for a few years (bit pricey now too).

    Hopefully it’s not going to be too stressful .. take care SK!


  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 December 2008 at 7:57 am #

    lucky you would have received the three thousand dollars from the rudd,to move them,then.where are you going steve?brisbane?

  44. avatar
    EDD | 19 December 2008 at 9:29 am #

    It is amazing how I know, all too well, that situation! I’m there too. I’m kinda stuck. I can’t move. Best of luck, Steve.

  45. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 December 2008 at 9:52 am #

    a whole lotta healing needs to happen first,

  46. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 19 December 2008 at 9:53 am #

    ….660 bucks a week for renting, jesus, steve, that’s your own house you could be paying off with that kind of money, i know, the bastard is coming up with some kinda deposit, that’s where they get you by the short and curlies…
    bloody hell it’s a prick of a thing to have to come to terms to with christmas staring you in the face, but i believe after the dust has settled and you’re wherever you are that it’ll be a change for the better…hang in there…buddy…
    love always…

  47. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 December 2008 at 9:58 am #

    youve got until monday,puss.:/ x

  48. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 December 2008 at 10:23 am #

    as arranged.:) 🙁 :/

  49. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 December 2008 at 11:12 am #

    666 $AUS is about £300, innit?! And here’s us Poms thinking Oz = higher wages and lower prices!

  50. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 December 2008 at 11:23 am #

    sheffield wag strikes again, post right above.

  51. avatar
    eek | 19 December 2008 at 12:15 pm #

    i also saw the triffids film
    its great
    but i’m a bit miffed
    there should have been a bit more of me
    they edited out a couple of vital songs

    On the plus side I understand the dvd release will include full Saturday night concert. 🙂

  52. avatar
    W Street | 19 December 2008 at 1:22 pm #

    I believe that’s aussie dollars–$3000 Aussie dollars is about $2100 US dollars–still, way too much. WAY too much.

    When are you going to bite the bullet and move everyone to Delaware? With the Internet, you’re never severed from any ties to anyone. Wait for the econ downturn to sort itself out and come to America, Killer. Yeah, it’s expensive and evil, but come on–it’s Delware. It’s practically a state!

    A groovy old dude can always be the greeter at Wal Mart and charm the old ladies.

  53. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 December 2008 at 1:50 pm #

    It seems that places by the sea all over the world are becoming the playground of ease and tease for filthy rich managers, CEOs and the exquisite-squeezing lot. But I don’t know, too much heat seems to numb the mind, you become too wrapped around your senses. I wish the sea could bring out the artistic and thoughtful bohemian thing but it doesn’t happen this way. So fashion and fancy restaurants and some uninventive clubs are what remains after the oceanic bath. Very tricky.
    A change would do you good.

  54. avatar
    affanayzhes purrnuth | 19 December 2008 at 2:37 pm #

    > you can't homeschool in Germany

    of course you can't tell your child the world had been sneezed out in the great arkleseizure just because you think it's your right…

    for a 3 bedroom roachless thing i'm paying as much as kilbey in a bloody week. "sea", though, is synonymous with freezing your whatnots off 4/5 of the year.

    Steve Kilbey, the Isaac Newton of Space Rock, the G. W. Leibniz of the Fender bass, the thundering golem of psychedelia, is always welcome there, of course.

  55. avatar
    verdelay | 19 December 2008 at 5:00 pm #

    I’d live in Melbourne given half the chance. Well, I did (for 10 years) and would do so again in a heartbeat. I’m tied to central England right now, living in a kind of degraded haze of Victoriana. I pine for my Melbourne.

    But give me the northside any day. I do love the bay, but I’m a sucker for the deep south of North Melbourne.

    Anyway, that’s decided it: I think I’ll record my ‘Elwood album’ next.


  56. avatar
    isolde | 19 December 2008 at 5:40 pm #

    top plan
    commute for beach swimming

  57. avatar
    davem | 19 December 2008 at 5:47 pm #

    You seem to have a lot of fans in central England. Not that I’d encourage you to move here!! It’s pretty crap.

  58. avatar
    Mr. Argent | 19 December 2008 at 6:32 pm #

    I hope your new pool is more inviting than you ever imagined. The best of luck to you and your clan in this time of transition–namaste.

  59. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 December 2008 at 7:16 pm #

    Steve, think about Newcastle. Closer to your mum, not too far from your brothers. Great inner city atmosphere and charaters, far cheaper rent then Sydney, relative easy 2 hour drive to Sydney and the best part – beaches. Beautiful surf beaches some with their own rock swimming pools and if your lucky – walking distance or a bike ride away. Look at Charlestown or even Dudley to give you and idea of the types of houses and the rental prices but I’m sure Nova’s would give you more info. if need.

    Where ever you and your family settle it will be home – your sweet home.

  60. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 December 2008 at 8:59 pm #

    $660 bucks…holy crap…you could rent a mansion on the beach in Melb Killa!

  61. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 December 2008 at 12:28 am #

    Steve you might wanna try a new browser. Someone else said you probably need to clear the cache. Java,meta refresh,old cookies or the fact that google,youtube,blogspot all share loggins might be in conflict with eachother. Browser tool bars and add ons will f up your comp too. If you dont already have i recomend mozzila firefox.

  62. avatar
    Damien | 20 December 2008 at 8:56 am #

    Sydney and Kilbey have always seemed synonymous!

    Come to Perth, Kilbey fambley! Perth’s not far away. Everything else is just far away from Perth!

  63. avatar
    Altres | 20 December 2008 at 9:07 pm #

    Fuck it, Scotland is the place, you could rent a castle for that sort of outgoings. Kilbey Castle.


  64. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 December 2008 at 10:15 pm #

    yes,les paul.gibsom.x

  65. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 December 2008 at 11:44 pm #

    Steve, it’s steven.
    If you can get in touch. It wasn’t meant to piss you off, it wasn’t personal, in the end I was looking at the clock and not the content. I was serious when I said it was the hardest decisions I had to make. Stolen property is there, it’s just …. waiting.

  66. avatar
    ross b | 21 December 2008 at 5:10 am #

    I like Brisbane too. I used to loathe the heat but over the past few years I've had a turnaround and basically want to bathe in warmth all year round. If I move out of sidders – and I always plan to but never do (it's the emeralds that bind me) – i'd probably move to brizzers.

    and I'd move to Canberra for the forests & ranges south of the city – i miss my hiking down thataway in the dead of winter.

  67. avatar
    Romola | 21 December 2008 at 9:47 am #

    I sat outside the darkened house
    reading one of your old letters
    I’d carried it from town to town
    I sometimes hoped for you, that things got better
    It says “We got a place by the river now. The rooms are full of light – it’s still our town. If there’s such a thing as a second chance, I need it now.”
    That’s what it says.

    Good luck Steve.

  68. avatar
    Larry | 27 December 2008 at 5:51 pm #

    Launceston! Only 45 km from the sea, close to nature and the soon-to-be-vacated Blundstones factory!

  69. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 January 2009 at 12:42 pm #

    I empathise with anyone who wants to move away from Sydney to somewhere with saner rents. This week – I’m in Annandale –
    our landlady upped the rent a whopping $100 a week. So if you’re paying $666 this week it could be $766 next week. Sooner or later you just have to say enough is enough.


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