archives

Archive for

Robert G Barrett passes away 20 September 2012

I wasn’t expecting this. Yet in my heart I knew Robert was battling cancer bravely. It will be hard to realise that Les Norton, Robert’s most famous character has been put to rest as well.

In many ways I believe Robert was actually Les. The larikan, Queenslander with the crooked smile, kind heart and a love of all things good. Tight with money, never!!! Just careful I would think.

I had a book signed by him once at a launching in Townsville. Rode across from my home on Magnetic Island to que up for the release of a Norton paperback. I was with another red haired Queenslander ‘TG’, Tony Griffin, who put the first Norton novel on my desk. ‘Read this’ he laughed, and I did in one sitting.

TG gave me another 15 Nortons to read and ofcourse I have reread them since. My favourite, The Godson still makes me smile.

Yeah I hit the heavy bag occassionally. I like to ‘do my best’ trying to stay fit and often think of Les when I’m doing it. Gave up the ‘delicious’ many years ago but love to think of the situations Les got into when indulging in one too many.

Farewell Bob and Les. You won’t see another writer like this for a long time. I felt the same way when Slim Dusty died. Now I think I might get a copy of ‘The Real Thing’ and have a laugh just as i’m sure Robert is doing in heaven.

Photo of Robert courtesy of his Website

Photo of Peter F Hughes and Norton Commando by the author. (C) 2012

Advertisement

Blog Stats

  • 30,662 hits

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 9 other followers
September 2012
M T W T F S S
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

NEWS FEEDS I FOLLOW RSS

Weather click pic

RSS Grain market news

  • Feedgrain Focus: South softens as harvest cranks up November 24, 2022
    Hopes for two weeks of mostly dry weather have allowed harvest to get a run-on in all states, and the southern market has eased accordingly.
  • Daily Market Wire 25 November 2022 November 24, 2022
    Heavy sales of wheat from Russia and Ukraine to destination Egypt add another layer of complexity to executing shipments under the Black Sea Grain Initiative. Australian grain bids gap lower.
  • Canola grades open to capture mouldy seed November 23, 2022
    In yet another sign of wet conditions, two grades for canola with up to 40 mouldy seeds per 1000 have opened, and the trade appears to be pricing it at evens to benchmark grades.
  • Daily Market Wire 24 November 2022 November 23, 2022
    Positive European, South American crop talk and welcome trade projection reassures markets. US currency presses lower. Australian basis set to slide on clearer harvest news.

Archives

RSS LAND WARNINGS BOM

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.