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At Home with 008

Ian English

Castle Hill, Australia

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Nikon D700 24-70mm f2.8 handheld ISO 200 f8 @24mm 3 x bracketed RAW images +/-1 stop processed in Nik HDR, Nik Silver Efex Pro2 and CS5
Kings Cross, Sydney, NSW Australia 305 views and 31 favourites at 2 June 12
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Anthony has two names for himself – 008 and The Rooster Man. The first one demonstrates his humour and spirit and the second is because he is a passionate follower of the Sydney Roosters (Eastern Suburbs) NRL football team.
I have known Anthony for around 5 years now and first met him when he was sleeping on the streets, having been doing that for 23 years. He has spent the last three years living in this one room place in a building in Kings Cross Sydney. This place is used as a transition between the streets and other things. It is by no means a safe or inviting place and he is constantly harassed and on his guard. He is the happiest he has been in a long time as he is comfortable with a roof over his head.
Anthony had a serious motor bike accident when he was in his early twenties and has been using a walker ever since.
His story is so amazing, absorbing and shocking and he is writing his memoirs which will eventually hopefully become a book. I am recording various images and aspects which refer to his story.
This man has the most amazing strength of spirit and I am constantly amazed at his breadth of knowledge and memory. He reads so much and at the moment has four novels on the go. He gets library books which are being given away and returns them when he has finished them. he puts his initials and a number inside the cover of every book he has read and the count is nearing 800.
I am so honoured that Anthony regards myself and my wife Dianne as two of only three people in the world who he trusts.
I am equally honoured to be able to call Anthony a true friend of which I do not have many.

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