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The Reverend

The Reverend is loved by many and while he still has the accent that gives away his origins, he’s as ridgy didge Aussie as they come. The Reverend has called the Whitsundays home for 20 years and like so many others captivated by its charms, can’t imagine life any other way now.

Having lead an interesting and varied life, the Reverend is as colourful as his favourite shirts. With a personality that’s larger than life, he’s a breath of fresh air everywhere he goes and is known for leaving you with a silly smile.

Having grown up in Scotland, he’s more than familiar with the concept of a social drink or two and is an incredible source of information and advice on pairing the perfect beverage with a meal or a flavour.

We asked the team to help everyone get to know them better by answering a few questions. Have a look at The Reverend’s responses below:

Do you have a nickname and how did you come by it?

The “Reverend” – somewhere around 2004 I ordained myself on the internet (unfortunately I need to pursue a Cert 4 in Celebrancy for it to be legal in Australia) – However, at the time everyone thought it a lark and the name stuck. 

When you’re not working on the show, what do you like to do with your time?

I’m not sure I actually “work” on the show.  But when I’m not hanging out with the crew, I consider myself to be a purveyor of elixirs.

And when I’m on “island time” I can often be found playing guitar and sampling adult beverages. 

What’s the worst fishing/boating situation you’ve ever been in and how did it end?

There was a private fishing charter booked for eight of us, departing Hamilton Island.  I was working at a local bar at the time and I had the closing shift (3AM).  Stand to for the boat was 6AM, so I decided it would be better to stay back at the bar, have a few after dinner mints and meet the gang at 6AM.

We set off in high spirits, beers clinking, heading for the reef.  All was well.  After an hour or so the call was on…  Nannygai were on the bite.  Reels were set, baits were cast and Skipper was backing the boat in and out of the swell.  AND….  That’s when the repercussions of lasts night’s indulgence set in.

My guts were like a washing machine.  I retired to the cabin for a lie down and slept all the way to the reef.  

Around lunchtime the deckhand awoke me, it was on…. the fish were biting!  Stumbling to the aft deck, a rod was thrust in my hand.  No sooner had I cast, BANG…  a Red Emperor.  The deckie quickly took care of that and bait me up again.  Second cast, bang another, and then another.  I nailed four during lunch, I was stoked…  grabbed a coupled more beers and slept all the way back to “Hook passage”.  Rockstar Fishing!  (Note:  I’m perfectly comfortable on an 80ft yacht).

If you could meet anyone, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Billy Connolly, Robin Williams, Bob Marley, Willie Nelson, Keith Richards, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Sophia Vergara, Reece Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Ellen, Lady Gaga & Jennifer Lopez – BOOM!  What a dinner party.  Why? Because I love them all.

If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island for a year and you can only take 3 types of food, what would they be?

Coconut, Lime and Rum.  But if there were coconuts on the island I could take something else?  More Rum!

Who would you like to be stranded with on this deserted island?

Why ruin the serenity?

If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?

I can make rum disappear.   I just want to make people laugh and smile.  Life can be hard for some.

What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep and why?

N/A:  I’ve been known to sleep in pubs, also on patios, staircases, kitchen floors, you name it.  When I’m ready to crash it’s like someone hits a switch. 

Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?

Someone like Brad Pitt or Matt McConaughey but in reality, most likely Jack Black.

What are you addicted to?

Laughter.

How did you find out about Santa and how old were you?

What are you saying, NO!  What’s this about Santa? – I’m not sure I understand!

Actually, being the first born, my parents kept it secret for a long time.  I was in first year at senior school when I found out. 

Anyway, don’t let others sway what you believe in.  Oh, look the Eater Bunny is playing with a Unicorn.

If you were the Prime Minister, what would be the first law you’d introduce?

Next Question… Being Prime Minister is too much like hard work.

If you had a warning label, what would it say?

WARNING: May make sudden, desperate attempts to appear youthful, sexy and important.

What has been your favourite job and why?

Is this show PG or R rated?