There‘s nothing like Australia and it’s back.. and back with a funky calling card.
The bright single strokes (of a kangaroo and sun) are instantly identifiable as being inspired by the Ken Done school
You might not be able to place Ken Done, particularly if you’ve less than half a century on the clock.
But Ken marketed the imagery of Australia in the Eighties when I first started drinking and living with Aussies.
And I would see his Aussie iconography T-shirts on the backs and on sale at the Munich Beerfest.
And also on other shores where Ken’s particular talents lent themselves to capturing the essence of their cities.
Ken showcased city landscapes and cultural reference points and as a sample brought out t-shirts of Boston Harbour and Paul Revere.
Alas, I fear on one of my many moves around the UK and Ireland it went missing.
But hopefully someone else has enjoyed the benefit of it or it ended up in a charity shop.
I’m reminded here of the largesse of my old friend, the inimitable Travel journalist JP Thomson, who would give souvenirs to the homeless.
All of which going around the world is what we will all be doing soon now Australia has opened itself up to the rest of the planet.
I’m indebted here too to charming and fun Travel professional Charlotte who has stepped off the Royal Caribbean ships.
And into a new brief at Travel Australia which, of course, she’ll nail.
Charlotte has outlined the regulations for travelling to Australia.
And Novak Djokovic they’re not that difficult to follow.
Memories of Oktoberfest
When you do get over to Oz, or if you’re headed for the renewal of the Oktoberfest you may come across Aussies in risque T-shirts.
Of racy koala bears and a reference to knowing your roots.
And if you do say hi to Brownie and Smutley from me.
Because there’s nothing like Australia and it’s back.