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Local Bloke… David Moor From Tamarama

By James Hutton on March 4, 2014 in People

Picture: Grant Brooks

Picture: Grant Brooks

Tamarama resident David Moor has recently published a humorous crime surf fiction novel set in our local area called ‘Adios Bondi Noir’. David shares his local favourites with The Beast…

How long have you lived here?
Apart from a few years overseas, I’ve been in Tamarama 31 years.

What’s your favourite beach?
It’s a dead heat between Tamarama and Bronte. Tama is my local but Bronte is so atmospheric and both beaches retain something of a neighbourhood feel. I confess a slightly traitorous love of Macmasters Beach as well.

What’s your favourite eatery?
The Bondi Tratt is consistently excellent and Porch at North Bondi is hard to beat for breakfast and coffee. I love the mussels and pizza at Gelbison, and Café Q at Bronte is a neighbourhood gem. Gertrude and Alice café bookstore is also a treasure.

Where do you like to have a drink?
Bondi Icebergs. I had the launch of my novel at the ‘Bergs in December and overheard one of the guests calling it the world’s best urban watering hole. Could be. I also love Mamasan in Bondi.

Do you have a favourite sporting team?
I’m a Sydney Swans fan. I had a professional association with the Swans for many years and still have friends who were players in the 80s and 90s. They’re a great bunch and I’m still treating their dodgy knees and seized up backs.

What music are you into at the moment?
I’ve got Ian Moss’s ‘Soul on West 53rd’ on high rotation at the moment; the guy is a genius by any measure. I play in a garage band called The Dialtones, so I’m into whatever we’re rehearsing, which is usually straight up rock ‘n roll, blues and garage grunge. I’m a very ordinary musician, but it’s great therapy.

Who is your favourite person?
My wife, Jane. We’ve been together for more than thirty years. She’s very smart, compassionate and still cute. She’s lying when she says I snore.

What do you get up to on the weekends?
I go surfing, cook, do some gardening and after I’ve procrastinated long enough, I sit down to write. I’m trying to make some headway on the next novel.

What do you do for work?
I’m an osteopath. I’ve been in clinical practice for thirty-five years and I practice in Paddington.

What’s your favourite thing about your work?
I get to do my best to help people. That’s a great privilege.

Do you have a favourite quote?
I could go for something from Nelson Mandela or the Dalai Lama, but I keep coming back to something from Duke Kahanamoku, who said, “The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun.” That applies to a lot more than just surfing.

Any other words of wisdom for readers of The Beast?
Try to keep smiling. Of course, if you need a great read this summer, grab a copy of ‘Adios Bondi Noir’ for some humorous crime surf fiction set in our backyard. Gertrude and Alice bookstore has them in stock or go to the website at pulsepublishing.com.au.

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