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In choosing his five ideal dinner party guests,
professional boxer and world cruiserweight
champion Danny Green lets us in on his secret
weapon for unwinding – comedy
1 Will Ferrell
In character as Frank the Tank from the movie Old School. One of my best
friends is a real life Frank the Tank, and we derive a massive amount of
amusement from him. Every time I think of the character, I fall down laughing.
2 The Three Stooges
Of course, they’d have to sit on one chair. I go on surf trips with a couple
of mates, and we’re often described as The Three Stooges. But in reality,
we’re not in the same league as the originals.
3 Robert Plant
The lead singer of my favourite band (Led Zeppelin). I’d love to sit down
with this guy and listen to a few wild stories from his life on the road. He
had more fun than one man deserves.
4 Leroy the Masochist (Gary Busey)
The wildest character from the best surf movie of all time, Big Wednesday.
Now, there’s a guy I’d like to spend a weekend with!
5 My brother Brendan
I’d have to include Brendan in the list because I know that he would
appreciate the other guests almost as much as I would. Like me,
he’s always up for a laugh.
Dan Archibald arrived in Perth in 1973, giving up a stellar
university career in the US for love – his wife Jo is a Perth girl.
Now the university librarian at Edith Cowan University, he counts
sailing on the Swan River as among his favourite pastimes
What’s changed in 40 years?
When I first arrived in Perth, I applied for a librarian position that had two
separate pay scales – one for men, one for women. This was for the same
job! You wouldn’t get away with that now, thank goodness.
Egalitarianism. The laid-back Aussie lifestyle is mostly inclusive. For instance,
everyone g oes to the beach in Perth. It’s not just for rich or beautiful people.
We need to end our dependence on cars. A major initiative to improve
public transport would be a wise move.
What’s better in WA than the US?
WA university campuses are growing, yet for students they are still manageable
– you won’t get lost in the system. I attended universities that had 50,000 to
60,000 students. You can become invisible in that environment.
There’s a great emphasis on high school placement in Perth, and a prestige
in choosing the best high school. It’s an outdated British tradition. Who
cares which high school you attend?
Perth is now a sophisticated city with all the attendant positive and neg ative
effects. Considering I arrived at the bitter end of the White Australia policy,
the ethnic diversity is impressive.
An import to Perth shares his impressions
of his adopted home
LEFT Singer Robert Plant, one
of Danny’s would-be dinner guests.
ABOVE The Three Stooges would also
be at his hypothetical dinner party.
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