Anna Quayle – Season 03 / Ep 05

Rock and roll sweetheart,
Guitar playing musician,
Nanny for Gilmours

So brilliant and unexpected was the story buried in this tremendous interview that I still smile at its retelling. I’ve hinted at it, or perhaps given it away completely in the haiku, but it’s all the more delicious when one considers that the lovely Anna Quayle didn’t even think about it until I led her down her personal memory lane. Definitely one of my favourite stories uncovered thus far in the three seasons of Inside the Heliosphere to date.

I could divide my intrepid space people in several ways, but one would be to reflect on how quickly and simply some are signed up, return their pro forma and book their (gentle) interrogation. Anna goes squarely in the ‘no worries’ camp. I seem to remember inviting her, her agreeing, her returning her choices and background information, setting a day, and getting the interview in the can, or into zeros and ones, in about a week. Oh that were all so easy, (Addo, Fozz, Jonesy, I’m looking at you!). Time spent with this modest, lovely individual is never less than relaxing, interesting and filled with good cheer. I only hope I managed to capture some of her essence in this episode. You rock, (some great choices too), Anna!


03 05


1) The Golden Age, Beck (00:13:53)

Amazing break up album, lovely acoustic guitar. A Sgt. Peppers for our generation!

2) Another Brick in the Wall (Pt 2), Pink Floyd (00:38:22)

First rock vinyl album that I listened to in full as a teenager. Loved the art rock vibe, album artwork and themes of the album.

3) Friends, Led Zeppelin (01:11:06)

Again loved the acoustic guitar on this album listed to it a lot during my university years.

4) Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd (01:33:05)

I loved the guitar playing of David Gilmour on this album.

5) Living for the City, Stevie Wonder (01:57:53)

I think Stevie is amazing, beautiful melodies and cool 70’s sound.

6) Bohemian Like You, The Dandy Warhols (02:19:07)

This album helped me hear the fun in rock n roll again. A nice mix of cool arty rock sounds/vibe.

7) The Needle and the Damage Done – Neil Young (02:34:40)

All time awesome album, love it for the acoustic country guitar.

Now finally, along with all Douglas Adams’ written works (Google if you’re not familiar with him), please tell me:

Your choice of book

Tracks by Robyn Davidson. An amazing book to read whilst traveling through Australia’s beautiful outback.

Your choice of film

Gattaca A postmodern classic!

Your luxury item (that may be neither alive nor an aid to escape)

My Maton Messiah 70th year anniversary acoustic guitar.

The one piece of music or album you would choose of your seven if you could have only one

Beck For the recording quality!

Quote or proverb

Life is too important to be taken seriously (Oscar Wilde)

Finally, to stave off madness, should that be your choice, which vista, which single place in all the world would you choose to have surround you in the Virtual Reality Pod (VRP). Open the pod bay doors…

Outback Australia.