There are about thirty beaches north and south of the City of Sydney. Avalon is in the far north. I speared my first shark inside the headland. It was a very small, young grey nurse. Today I’d be fined a fortune for the ‘crime’. In 1961 it was a different story. Grey nurse were still ‘man eaters’ then.
**TIM BRISTOW WAS A FREE DIVER – HERE’S A DIFFERENT STORY**
On the rocks below **Tim Bristow** (the legendary tough guy and former bouncer at the Newport Arms Hotel) caught dozens of lobsters over the years.
Tim also saved people from problems that might have escalated without his intervention, myself included. This was how he once helped me out.
It was 1981, I’d parked in a doctors underground private car space at Elizabeth Bay apartments that led to a serious incident. At the time I planned it to be just a brief stay.
Hours later I returned and found my car blocked-in with a note on my windshield saying the car could remain stuck there for the whole weekend.
After the NRMA (motoring association) refused to help on the basis it was on private property I phoned and asked Tim could he help in any way to get my car out, Tim replied:
\\”That person is one of the most dangerous people I know in all of Sydney. If you break into his car to move it, he’ll lie that you’ve stolen drugs or something from it. All you can do is be humble and apologize and hope he will accept”.\\
I should have added that a previous attempt had resulted in the doctor’s apartment door being slammed in my face. He had opened the door and spoke standing while **completely naked**.
(I was with his neighbors, a mother and daughter I’d been visiting).
So I tried again.
The sincere and humble apology was sufficient and sure taught me a good lesson about parking in other people’s space.
Another point, when I first called Tim for advice he said: “This is a sick joke, **Tony Flook** has put you up to this”?
“Definitely not”, I replied.
The doctor had written me a note on his prescription pad, which I read again, including the doctors name. That was when Tim said how dangerous this person could be. A man who had almost ruined Tim’s life in the past.
What a strange and fortunate coincidence for me that I should ask Tim for advice, especially when it concerned a person who had already had such a profound and serious impact on Tim’s own life.