Rewind To Oz – New Gold Discs, 1982

This photo was shared by Bruce Findlay on Twitter a few days back. It’s of Simple Minds (and Bruce) receiving gold discs for New Gold Dream in Australia in 1982.

Pictured are Jim Kerr, Derek Forbes (behind Jim), Mike Ogletree, Mick MacNeil and Bruce.

The photo was sent to Bruce by former Roadrunner magazine founder and publisher, Donald Robertson. You can read more about him and the magazine at

Of course, it was Roadrunner magazine that has one of my favourite magazine covers of all time – and one I tried in vain to get a copy of early on in my fandom – the one of Jim with Iva Davies on the cover. There is a section of Mr Robertson’s blog in which you can view a digital copy of every issue of the magazine that was produced.

I love seeing photos like these. They allow you in to a little bit of history that you missed.

I think I should think about renaming my blog “The Vicarious Mind”. Lol

A 12 Month Countdown To Oz…

Leaked news from one of the Oz fans of THIS! SM confirmed (it would seem) for A Day On The Green at the Rochford Wines estate in Victoria for November, 2020.

So, it would seem I might be spending my 50th birthday down there? Or at least travelling down there shortly after the big FIVE-O.

Details are there on Ticketmaster’s AU based frontage. I was told by another fan it appears on the Bandsintown site too.

All seems legit…but of course, nothing is official until it is Simple Minds Official!

Stay tuned, folks! There must be more dates/info to come? (I’m going to regret Bordeaux just that bit more now. It would have helped pay for Oz!)

Farewell, My Lovely…

She is scanned, packaged and ready to go…to travel across to the US of A tomorrow.

Of course there’s a tinge of sadness…more than a tinge, in all honesty…but it helped to raise more money than I ever dare dream of for Race For Life this year.

Will I ever raise that much again? Who knows?

Hey…it really is such a small sacrifice. Other people give up SO MUCH to help others and make a difference…I basically just went for a walk and gave up a prized possession. No biggy.

Onwards and upwards!

P.S. I wonder where Jim keeps his copy…

Another Snippet From Roadrunner – Dec ‘81/Jan ‘82

J’acuse Jim? (Is it just me that seems to take that as the implication?)

Also…I have NEVER seen this pic before…and every picture this magazine has used so far (apart from the one with him and Iva taken by Derek…and one other previously unseen pic I’ll share later today, from another edition of the mag) has been one of Virginia Turbett’s. So…I shall enquire…

The Power of New Gold Dream…

I posted this on the Simple Minds Facebook visitor wall today (with the picture of the koala)…


I have just spent the past 5 days in Adelaide (and surrounding Adelaide Hills). My first ever visit. I was meeting and subsequently staying with a lovely lady I have been, firstly, pen-pals with and then email friends and friends on social networks with since 1998/99. We became pen-pals while still living in the same country (Oz), but vast distances, and then my subsequent move to the UK meant we never had the opportunity to meet until now.

The second day I was there, Janis (said friend) was telling about the wildlife that can be spotted around where she lives. She had told me it wasn’t unusual to see koalas resting in trees around her neighbourhood and she then made it her mission for me to see a wild koala resting on a gum tree. I had my doubts. I’ve never seen a koala in the wild, despite all my years of having lived in Australia.

That day passed with no koala spotted. Janis was mildly disappointed. I wasn’t expecting to be that lucky, so I wasn’t. (I’ll get to the point of this story soon!)

On day three (day two of the “big koala spot”) we had a musical change. Janis has an MP3 player in her car and it was on a mixed playlist that SUPPOSEDLY had some Simple Minds in the mix…but you know how these “shuffle” modes work! To make up for the distinct lack of SM playing in the car, Janis put on NGD (the album…not just the song!).

As we collected her daughter from art class that afternoon (and having spent the past two days searching for the elusive wild koalas), New Gold Dream (the song) started playing. I was relaying to her of my posting some months ago of my itty bitty fave musical section of the song and of your fantastic reply to it, Jim (which I MUST print and frame). And how much more magical it makes NGD for me now…

AND THEN I LOOK UP TO A TREE AND SEE A KOALA! I kid you not. I have Janis as my witness! It was down a private back road so we could stop the car, get out and take a closer look. My first wild koala! I was ecstatic and saying to Janis “See!!! What was I saying?!! It’s the power of New Gold Dream!! Jim wasn’t lying to me!”

The following day, it served up even more magic with a pass over of a flock of black cockatoos, but I won’t bore you with further details.

But I just wanted to share my experience of the power of the song and thank you for it.



And…I got a like. I was kind of hoping for more…but a like is a like. 

And the sighting really WAS that magical…