VALE BARRY OLIVER

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Front Page -

For­mer T&I staff mem­ber Barry Oliver has passed away af­ter a long ill­ness. Bri­tish-born Barry be­came known as Baz al­most the minute he moved to Aus­tralia with his fam­ily and he was al­ways fondly known by that nick­name in the of­fices of The Aus­tralian. Baz will be re­mem­bered for his wry sense of hu­mour, his pas­sion for the mu­sic of John Den­ver and his love of a well-crafted ale, in­clud­ing his own home brew. He showed great at­ten­tion to de­tail in roles that in­cluded fea­tures sub-editor and stints as deputy editor and pro­duc­tion editor of Travel & In­dul­gence from the mid-1990s un­til his re­tire­ment in 2009. Baz was an ad­mit­ted “mustn’t grum­ble” kind of trav­eller who claimed his most mem­o­rable T&I as­sign­ment was on a “bud­get-friendly” trip to Lon­don where he was checked into a pub gue­stroom with no win­dow. When he asked for an up­grade to a room with nat­u­ral light, he was shown another and, sure enough, it did have a win­dow but when he drew the cur­tains, it looked into a cor­ri­dor piled with boxes. Of course this was ready­made ma­te­rial for one of his al­ways amus­ing travel fea­tures. Bye, Baz, you were one of a kind.

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