Farewell Dancing Man

Just in case this blog wasn't quite random enough already, I wanted to post a little tribute to the Dancing Man. Many Australians will know the above image, and indeed the footage, from the celebrations that followed the end of World War II. The streets of Sydney were shrouded in ticker-tape (now also referred to as LITTER!), but most memorable of all was the dapper young lad hopping, skipping and twirling his way down George Street.

There's still a little contention surrounding the true identity of the Dancing Man, but it's commonly believed to be Frank McAlary, then a 20-year-old student who went on to become a distinguised barrister. Even in the face of the tragedy of war, one young man serves as a timely reminder that we must celebrate and cherish the freedoms we so often take for granted.

Frank passed away on the 17th of January, 2010, but his image, his spirit and his joy lives on.