In memory of a musician: Word in the Streets

The community of Boorowa was shocked and saddened to hear about the sudden passing of musician Retaw Boyce, who was a regular at Woolfest. Photo supplied.
The community of Boorowa was shocked and saddened to hear about the sudden passing of musician Retaw Boyce, who was a regular at Woolfest. Photo supplied.

I was shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Retaw Boyce in a road accident on the North Coast weekend before last.

Retaw was a master musician, especially on the violin. He has been a regular at Woolfest for several years, actually expecting to return again this year.

Retaw often busked in the streets of Boorowa, enchanting the locals with his superb renditions of popular tunes and classical pieces.

To know Retaw was a pleasure, to lose him so young a tragedy. So sad for family and friends.


Nice, London, now Barcelona, terrorism reaches out and its evil tentacles touch innocent people worldwide.

This ‘War’ by stealth is insidious and oh so hard to prevent, to protect against, to defend against.

We have an evilness involving violence in democratic, free speaking countries as was evident in Charlottesville, USA.

People rallying in protest, as is their democratic right, but tell me, if you are planning a peaceful protest, why take sticks and other weapons?

Where is the peaceful intention?

The war of words between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s provocative threats to strike against American interests – and Trump’s threats of retaliation, all make this a very uneasy and worrying world at this moment.

When you consider this planet is 4.5 billion years old and exists vulnerable in its delicacy. Consider the problems we have created in just the last hundred or so years.

We don’t need hatred, love is what we need. Love of our fellow man and this beautiful planet.

If man put as much energy into devising ways to save this planet as he does into ways to destroy each other, our future would be a lot rosier.


Talking about unity, City of Yarra Council has the temerity to take moves banning the celebration of Australia Day on January 26. Now that is one way to divide the people.

Australia Day is about coming together with passion to celebrate what most believe is life in the best country on the planet.

Admittedly, 26 January 1788 created major change for our aboriginal peoples, it made great change for those early settlers. This change has seen Australia grow into what it is today.

We must embrace this change, embrace each other and until a more suitable day comes up on our calendar, celebrate Australia Day with pride on January 26.


The nation that can really laugh at itself is Ireland, and poor old Paddy bears the brunt of this humour.

Paddy’s struggling down the road with a wardrobe when a friend says, “Hey Paddy, why don’t you get Mick to help?”

Paddy says, “He’s inside carrying the clothes.”

Paddy went for a job at a chemical factory. The factory manager asked, ”Have you worked with chemicals before?”

“Yes,” Paddy replied.

The manager asks, “Can you tell me what nitrate is?”

Paddy replied, “I hope it’s going to be time and a half.”


Everyone talking football these days is pouring continual criticism on the referees, but they’ve got the power.

A referee penalized a team 15 metres for bad mouthing him. The offending player said, ”You are the worst referee I have ever seen - you stink!”

The referee grabbed the ball, paced out another 15 metres and asked the player, “How’s the smell from here?”

Then again: “There’s nothing better than a good, blind referee.” (Bobby Heenan)