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Ted Szukalski

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This man is a well known Sydney Scoobie Seller. He walks with his backpack and a handful of scoobies usually around Town Hall. I always though of him as an intense looking character, imposing and rather unfriendly. It is something in the way he approaches people and looks at them. Today, I received a very nice surprise. I photographed him during the lunch break as he was having a huge stretch on a street bench. Is it a simile I see? It is.

Scoobie Seller


I have seen this man in few places around Sydney. He is trying to sell scoobies but I have to say I have never seen any one buying them yet.

What is a scoobie I hear you ask? Wikipedia defines it as: “Scoubidou (Scoubi, Scoobie, or Boondoggle in the USA Or as “gimp” in Canada.) is a plaiting and knotting craft, originally aimed at children, which originated in France, where it became a fad in the 1960s. It came back into fashion in various countries, including the United Kingdom, in 2004 and 2005. It uses commercially supplied plastic strips or tubes.”