Adi and Melinda have been in New Zealand since 1986, they have three children, Philip (19), Frances (18) and Martin (11).
I take the ferry this morning to Devonport where he is waiting for me, looking very much as he did more than 20 years ago when i last saw him, at Robin’s place in Wilson Road if i recall correctly.
“A quarter century” he laughs as we shake hands.
In the early 80s Adi, Chris, Bubbles and Jules were Permanent Force (or PF), and later Private File (or PF) for short, the band having been forced to change their moniker because the military authorities weren’t happy with the (even if only tangential) association with a a bunch of witty irreverent students playing punk.
I remember Chris showing me a photograph of the band. They were on tour, in some godforsaken corner of the land, Weskus, Karoo, Koue Bokkeveld, i don’t know the detail, posing by the roadside next to a sign that heralded the 2-bit town ahead – Sukses.
Caption: Private File on the Road to Success
Chris, do you still have that picture?