Monday, October 11, 2004


Over 25 odd years, we have had some interesting neighbours and some famous ones. The famous ones first. In Elwood, Sam Lipski, newspaper columnist and tv political commentor's mother lived in our block of flats. A grand old Russian dame was she and Sam used to visit her often.

In East Malvern the other half of our semi detatched lived Ida Sutcliffe. Means nothing? She was the painter Albert Tucker's sister and we met him once when he visited. She filled us in on wonderful detail of the Heidi painters, John and Sunday Reid who brought up her nephew, before he unfortunately suicided. Mrs Sutcliffe's father was a parliamentarian in the state's first parliament.

In Balaclava we lived next door to Nicholas Bell, an actor, who you may not have heard of but I am sure you will have seen him on tv.

Across the road lived Nick Cave briefly.

And have you ever been pulled up in Balaclava by an old woman with long grey hair to sign an animal rights petition. Yep, Gloria lived across the street. On the other side of us lived an old Latvian couple, but their grandson is doing well in multimedia and has been on tv.

Now Mr D Hinch lives in our block of apartments, and sad to say, Mr S Newman has bought a place here for a 'friend' to live in.

Interesting? Well the old Latvian couple were way kewl. So old, he 90 plus and she in her eighties. He made our mail box for us. At 92 he fell off his roof while doing roof repairs and hurt his arm.

Gloria was a pain in the ass, always wanting something. Funny to see a woman in her seventies with a tatt on her hand.

Mrs Sutcliff was a wonderful neighbour. She was very proper but so interesting. Seen the ad on tv of the old woman welcoming her new gay neighbours with scones? Well that was exactly how it was and the scones kept coming over the years. She was so full of middle class preducices but had no problem with us and her children appreciated us looking out for her. Her famous brother was in a world of his own. She did have some of his pictures hanging on her walls. Idiot thiefs never chose her place to rob though.

Mr Hinch can be interesting, but only after he is 'cheered up'.

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