Frazer's Leaving Ho Down @ Island
w/Garoupa & YSWankers (Feb 21, 2004)
Some Laudable Lamma Luminaries are so famous &
popular, it makes us mere mortal Lammaites green with envy!
If I was leaving Lamma,
would they put on a huge party in my honour with TWO bands, in "Lamma's
leading hostelry, and also its oldest, liveliest and nearest to the ferry
pier" (according to their own ad banner above)? No way, José!
"Good riddance!" might be
all the farewell I'd ever get!
Plus, Frazer got TWO original posters by
Harry, a 3-part photo gallery and this feature story in this Lamma-zine,
all in his honour! He's so darned lucky! Why? Could it be that
he's just such a sweet guy? Nah! Or could it be that so many people are
happy to see him finally leave? We'll never know... In the meantime, have
a look at photos of his Leaving Hoedown, called "Ho Down" (spelling was
never one of Frazer's many talents). Plus a few historic photos of
Frazer's many community activities on Lamma:
Member of THREE Lamma bands (YSWankers, Gaelic
Gall and Ex-Cons, see Harry's
Poster Gallery), Quizmaster in the Island Bar for 5 years (see right poster),
Treasure Hunt organiser, Women's Dragon Boat helm, Meatfest chef in Aroy
Thai, very active member of Lamma.com.hk under several pseudonyms, fishy
Live Fish expert (Garoupa above left, beware!), Executive Director of the
International Marinelife Alliance, a man of way too many talents &
He'll be sorely missed by his many friends and
even his foes, as it won't be easy to find another formidable, sarcastic &
quick-witted opponent like him. Well, he's just an email away:
Email Frazer. Now that he's left for a new career and life in
Sydney, you can tell him what you REALLY think of him, without fear of
retributions, hehehehe! By the way, Frazer moved to Sydney with Links (see
Here's Frazer's very own farewell message,
written for the Lamma-zine, short'n'sweet from a man of action, not of
many words, a not-lonesome cowboy riding into the sunset; plus a friend's
Many thanks to everyone for some great times in
the last 9 years on Lamma. For those of you who turned out to make our
leaving party one of the best seen on Lamma for a long time, you won’t
be forgotten. I will miss Hong Kong terribly, it became my home very
quickly, and was a real wrench to leave.
The Devil's Beard:
It was indeed a sad day (for some) last Sunday
when Frazer finally left the Island (Bar). When asked how he would be
remembered, regulars were unanimous and said that he wouldn't be.
Close friend and confidant, Clive B.F., a local
joker, said he could now drink in peace as he would stop being
mistaken for Frazer and being told it was his round.
Frazer earned a unique reputation with the local
fishermen as the helmsman for the dragon boat teams and was fondly
known as "dong shut lo" or "get lost" because when he helmed, that's
what they did.
Local celebrity Mr. Frank Paul was quoted as
saying "Wasn’t he French?"
All pictures & captions by Lamma-Gung: Getting ready for the big night
What song's next?
"I'm the coolest dude up here!"
Magnus from Garoupa guest-starring, guest-drumming & guest-drinking
The standing-room-only crowd is warming up
"Frazer's leaving? Who's Frazer?"
Garoupa's Alex entertaining the ladies after their gig
Are you ready for your close-up?
First guest star of the night
Silly-putty faces contest
"So many drinks sold, hehehe!"
Guest star Dan, by popular demand
Dan performing old bastardly favourites
Singing his heart out, as usual
Garoupa's Alex getting the very best shots
Frazer's guitar - a messy close-up
Toilet exit blocked by the band!
The crowd is going wild, finally
"Frazer, don't go !!!"
Basking in adulation
What about me?
SPECIAL EFFECTS SECTION: Whoosh!
Frazer's personal farewelling
The Beer Garden's busy as well
A great night was had by all!
...plus 6 photos submitted by Dan Peterson
go! There's more!
Historic photos of some of Frazer's most memorable & embarrassing times on
Lamma! All supplied by Paul Davis (the photos below where Frazer looks
like a prat) and by Frazer himself (where he's the cool dude).
(click to enlarge)
Treasure Hunt 2001 organizers
Paul, Danny & Frazer
Island Bar (Frazer has no idea when this was taken. Memory loss due to too many free beers while performing?)
White Beach, Boracay, The Philippines
Frazer & Rachel, Soko Islands, SW New Territories
Rachel & Burnie
Frazer disappears down a crack
Gaelic Gall, Hallowe'en, pre-1999!
Charcoal is good for the complexion!
Dress to Survive party, Xmas 1999, Island Bar
Suits you, Sir! (CNY Eve school party in Island Bar, MC Frazer)