Paul Kelly Appears

“Hey guys,” said Gary, “Paul Kelly’s sitting over at the restaurant right now.” The whole table lit up with impressed Australians – “What?” “No kidding!” “Here?” But Ethan and I, as representative Americans, looked at each other quizzically. “Who’s Paul Kelly?”

Apparently Kelly’s real celebrity stuff in Australia, one of the country’s greatest singers and songwriters, known especially for some rock-ish songs in the 80s. He’s a household name down undah. Anyway, he’s here, at Mornington. Michelle, Joey and I watched the back of his head as he ate his 4-star dinner last evening, sitting next to some blonde at the restaurant. Sophie, on the hospitality staff, said she cleaned his room, er, safari tent, and reported Kelly did have a guitar. But, alas, the singer was brooding and antisocial, slipping off quietly after dinner without so much as a nod, probably psyching himself up for his concert in Broome this coming Saturday – unlike Xavier Rudd, who sang songs for us around the pizza oven when he visited a couple months ago. Celebrities are an odd bunch, especially when they show up unexpectedly in the middle of the desert…

2 replies
  1. Denise Hamilton
    Denise Hamilton says:

    a most interesting place you are staying in….you have to buy your own rations and live in a small tent, yet there are cele’braties’ show up and get 4 STAR treatment.

  2. Noah Strycker
    Noah Strycker says:

    Hey Denise – Yeah definitely strange to live in a tent next to a 4-star restaurant! But it works…

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