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It all began in 1987, in Sydney.

The first questions into human behaviour and why we do the things we do resulted in the L.O.S. Newsletter (Logic and Order in Society).

LOS Newsletter cover The first issue

Nothing exists in a vacuum. Hence this page is not just about Otoom's past, but about the places and people that made life enjoyable. In this case it was Sydney's eastern suburbs that provided the atmosphere, but especially Kings Cross.

And without the Piccolo Bar its café culture would have been that much poorer.

The poster says it all ... Piccolo poster

A postcard made from a Toby Zoates poster: Piccolo postcard

The debates, the stories, the life! No thought was left unturned, no idea too far-fetched.

This wasn't about money and clothes. What counted was the open mind. The wit, not the wig.

In fact, the Piccolo is world-famous.

Piccolo article
The Daily Telegraph, Thursday, 21 July 1994

And of course the gang. Vale to too many...

Piccolo photo
For this montage I am indebted to Doron Kats

A tribute to Vitto, seen in the centre!

After a year of ranging far and wide, the articles of the Newsletter were turned into a book (Peter Wenger used to be my pen name).

Logic and Order in society book cover and then Manifesto on the third millennium book cover

At one stage "Logic and Order..." was placed on the required reading list for the Political Science course at the University of New South Wales. "Manifesto..." was reviewed by Joszef Bognar, who used to be General Director of the Institute and member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

But more needed to be explored, and so on to Brisbane for the studies.

How fortunate that the Café Bohemia started at that very time.

Cafe Bohemia photo

True, not Sydney, but a welcome late-night oasis.

This kind of ambience would be more like it: Degraves St
Degraves St in Melbourne
(Ex-pats from civilisation will know what I mean)

So here we are, the first Otoom website:

Original Otoom website screenshot


Oh, by the way, the Café Bohemia is no more. Café Checocho took its place.

That too has gone now.

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