Monday, September 19, 2016

Costa and Tony



Most ABC TV watchers and most Australian gardeners who tune in to tv gardening shows would know this bloke, Costa Georgiadis. To say he is a hairy dude is an understatement. Some people like him and some really don't. If you can cope with his appearance, he is competent and likeable as host of Gardening Australia. But I do like to label people, to put them boxes, to fit them into my mind.

So who is Costa's wife? He does not appear to have one, nor children, and has mostly lived at his parent's home in Bondi. What to make of that? Is Costa gay? Not interested in any type of relationship? I've not heard gay rumours, but then I am not very closely in touch with those who know such things.

A long time broadcaster on ABC Radio has retired. Off and on over the years I have listened to Tony Delroy's Nightlife and at times his literary luncheons. More recently I have only downloaded podcasts of segments of his show that interest me. Although I have never heard him say he is gay, it must be the worst kept secret in ABC radio land. It was quite obvious to me when I first began listening to him. He has been a terrific broadcaster over so many years, but I can't help feeling sadness that he did not use his high profile in both city and rural areas and come out as being gay publicly. By doing so he could have done so much good, especially for closeted country people. Of course it is his personal business and private life and he certainly isn't obligated, but I think it is sad he did not when he really had nothing to lose.


10 comments:

  1. Andrew I love gardening

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    1. Gosia, and you seem to do it well.

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  2. I am torn on the coming out publically front. It isn't our business, and yet if coming out allows one person an easier passage it is a good thing.

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    1. It isn't our business EC. I am just lamenting that it could have done so much good. Only the hypocritical closeted gays should ever be outed.

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  3. I love Costa he is like a big hairy teddy bear.
    Merle.........

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    1. Merle, I would guess he is very hairy all over, so yes, like a teddy bear.

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  4. I'm in the 'do not like' camp. I find his presentation style irritating. Not that I watch the show - I only catch the end of it before the news sometimes - so my opinion is completely irrelevant!

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    1. Jayne, you would have seen enough over the years to form a view and have your opinion. I don't intentionally watch the show, only ever seeing bits of it.

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  5. I haven't seen any ABC for a long while, but I remember Costa and appreciate he probably knows a lot about his subject, but I prefer a three day growth over a chest covering beard.

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    1. Yeah River, he is interesting but I am with you on a three day growth. Still, one does wonder...

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