Ol’ Blind Joe

Cleavage usurper

By Stirling Hamilton

I JOINED Toodyay’s Moondyne Committee sometime before 2008 (early records are sketchy) and shortly thereafter became the character Ol’ Blind Joe judging the festival’s lively cleavage competition each year at the Victoria Hotel.

I always approach the first Sunday in May with trepidation exacerbated this year by the threat of a last-minute Perth lockdown to determine whether hordes of flatlanders could attend, otherwise it was gonna be another dismal no-show like last year.

After hearing the good news that borders were to stay open after all, I lobbed at the nearby Freemasons Hotel and settled in to gather some Dutch courage for the daunting challenge ahead after having been a hermit these past several years.

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