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Bring On The Memories

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Bring On The Memories
Submitted by hedmekanik on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 15:55

The Cuban HatThe Cuban HatYou remember them, you were there, but you didn't get the T-shirt because... well, there weren't any. Damn. Anyway - now you can relive the memory by hauling out those fading old photos for all the world to see. Nightclubs, bars, favourite late-night haunts, popular hang-outs, ye olde spots - they're gone but the memory lives on - send in your photos!


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Subject:  Ah...the Cuban Hat....
Author:  hedmekanik
Date:  27 March, 2007 - 06:34

Now, for those young 'un whippersnappers out there, this one will only be a glimmer, if in fact it glimmers at all. Back in the day you could drive all the way along the beachfront at sea level, on what is now the paved boulevard, and if the fancy took you, you could park at North Beach, as have the cars in the photo, and take in the delights of the roadhouse-style diners that were originally there before The Deck and Joe Kools came into being. 'Ay larney, what you smaak? Slap chips anna lime milkshake, ay? And for the missus?' That kinda thing.
I must admit the memories are hazy but I do remember the Cuban Hat as being a semi-dingy joint that was past its heyday by my time. I remember the lime milkshakes and the Pacman machine, which must have been one of the first to suffer the eager knob-twiddling of lighties down at the beach. I also remember Denny Wilson, a short old geezer, roasted by many years under the sun, who used to hire out striped deck chairs, inflatable bellyboards and early-style Morey Aussie bodyboards to beachgoers on the beach opposite the Cuban Hat, where the lifeguard tower now stands. I even remember that the Moreys used to have 'FOR HIRE DENNY WILSON NORTH BEACH' branded into them, probably to stop them from being stolen. Just up the drag was Newton's Arcade, roughly where the Beach Cafe and the Bay lawns & toilets now stand. Newton's was an old-style amusement arcade which had all the classic 'What the Butler saw' Victorian soft-porn tickey machines, Strongman machines that you hit to make a bell go off and ye olde 'Gypsy Fortune Teller' machines...it was a bit Stephen King, I reckon, and all of which would be worth a fortune now to collectors but alas, the whole joint burnt down sometime in the late eighties.
Ah, memory.
So people - if you've got any pics, send 'em in, let's get this merry-go-round kickstarted and don't be shy if you think that your photo's of the Panda Inn or the old Sea World are not old enough - the point of this is to find images of places that are no longer. So go on then, scamper scamper - dig out them old time nostalgics, go on then...
And by the way, this includes scanned flyers, posters or t-shirt images from these places - any image that relates to popular venues of the past..ohh...30 years? Righto. Get cracking.

Pic courtesy of www.fad.co.za - check it out, great site.


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Subject:  That FAD is rock'n'roll. I
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Author:  capdog
Date:  3 April, 2007 - 20:16

That FAD is rock'n'roll. I haven't got much more than what I've already put up I'm afraid... there will be a dedicated section soon so keep a look out. In the meantime send send send!


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