Robinson dived head-first into outback life when he became a bartender in a north-west pub. It was an eye-opener for a man who’d never travelled far from England before, but opportunities were scarce for a middle-aged migrant with no special skills. He didn’t know the price of a middy or the meaning of a Slim Dusty in this rough and tumble world where smart clothes and suave manners were out of place in a bar awash with beer, riotous station-hands and waterside workers. But Robbie learnt to handle them and deal with assorted bludgers. Some of it was fun, some of it was unpleasant and yet more was dangerous. But Robbie writes up his experiences in good-humoured and cracking style – and saying just what he thinks!