Frankie Frasca's Fruit Affair. A name I've never forgot. This guy is something of a legend. He made his name doing one minute ads each week on the radio and his personality burst across the airwaves.
Then, suddenly, after a few years, Frank was out of the fruit market and in to the restaurant business.
People used to go to his restaurant because, every night without fail, just about when dessert was bing served, out would come Frank with Dean Martin cranked up loud and the whole room would be singing "Volare". Many would form a crocodile and the joy would be spread.
Sadly, Frank is what you might call a ladies man and this brought him undone but, there is a light on the horizon.
At the Market Town Shopping Centre Frank has returned to his roots and opened a fruit store again, called Growers Best. I was down there the other night and, the same as every night, Dean Martin was crooning over the stereo and there was Frank, years on, still singing along. I said to him, "Why do you still sing this song after all these years?"
He turned and said to me, in that wonderful Mediterranean accent, "Because it's a nice song."
If you're a petrol head you'll probably be heading to the Wharf Road/Esplanade area on the weekend. Here you will see endless hotted up 4 cylinder Asian cars with matching boom boxes parked end to end for about two kilometres.
The thing that amazes me is that some of them bring their fold out chairs just to sit on the roadside or in the gutter and watch the traffic go by while inhaling the fumes for hours on end. Amazing because there's a lovely park right behind them.
I used to think it was male testosterone driven but about 20% of the vehicles are driven by females.
They're actually in attendance every day of the week but only in small numbers, it's the weekend that seems to spawn them in great numbers.
The photo is actually of a wedding day at Merewether where more classy autos were in attendance.
A lot of the storms at Newcastle come in from the south. An ideal place to watch them arrive is Bar Beach carpark which, rather obviously, is what we are doing here!
This is also quite near a spot where hang gliders take off when the wind is right. One such person once caught the updraft and soared about 40kms inland!
One or two others have found themselves embedded on the cliff faces necessitating rescue.
There's another unusual shot in the others as well of some mammatus clouds, so named because of their shape. It's fairly unusual to see them and I've only ever managed to get two shots, once at Coffs Harbour and this one at Bar Beach.
The last shot is Newcastle Baths when there's a big surf running and gale force winds pounding the coast.
Gosh, a lovely spring day, lots of sunshine, a cool sea breeze, what to do?
There are worse things in the world than going for a walk along the beach or just beside the beach, something Novocastrians do a lot of.
I've chosen just one beach here, Nobbys, because it's the best one to walk along and also one of the most benign in the city.
Created by an artificial breakwall put in to Nobbys headland and then beyond it's a lovely place to stroll with views down the harbour on one side and the ocean on the other.
You might see surfers, kite surfers, kayakers, swimmers and even a little wildlife.
Try it sometime, you'll enjoy it I'm sure.
You will need to find a toilet while strolling along the street. Dont worry, you will come across this type of automatic toilet. These toilet are clean and when you are inside doing you business, music will start to play. Try to be fast as when the music stop, the door will open automatically. It can be quite stressful sometime, so for those that enjoy staying in the toilet for long, keep this in mind.
When you look at the so called SKYLINE of Newcastle, you find it to be a true piece of Europe yet it has the edge of San Francisco with its Victorian styled buildings and STEEP ASCENTS up to others streets.
If you want to send any post card to any of the Vt'ers including me, well make sure you drop the post card into the correct mail box.