|History… M Gabour arrived in Port in 1990 as a result of
several serious navigational errors. But, having studied
Bonzai Navigation, he knew that wherever you go, there you
are… so he stayed. With several overseas partners, he bought,
operated and eventually sold the Coconut Grove, the Court
House Hotel, Port Cellars, Henry’s Place, the Waterfront Bar
and Grill, Pearl Bay Diving and Fishing and Get High Parafly;
in his spare time he bangs his head against a wall.
|Prior to arriving in Port
Douglas, Gabour was a traveling salesman for Encyclopedia
Britannica covering the Asian sub-continent from Istanbul to
Singapore. He did not sell many subscriptions but logged up
more road miles than any previous salesperson in the long
history of E.B. He prepared himself for this odyssey by riding
a new 1973 Triumph Bonneville from Amsterdam to the edge of
the Sahara and then pushing the damn thing back to Andorra
where he was imprisoned for importing faulty machinery and
anti-establishment views. During this brief sojourn, he
experienced his epiphany, which can best be summarized as
“gamble on everything, just make sure you use OPM.” Armed with
his new credo, he attacked Wall Street and managed to make a
mint before the regulatory crowd twigged to what was
happening. He eluded the SEC by taking a motorcycle to Florida
and jumping on the first boat leaving Fort Liquordale that
needed a deckhand.
Gabour did a stint with the US Air Force in the mid-60s but
his personnel file went missing so none of his claimed
escapades can be verified. In fact, his name appears in no
government files though eyewitness reports place him in Havana
in 1959, in Tehran in 1977, Kabul in ‘79, and Panama in 1989.
He pleads coincidence.
Since coming to Port Douglas, Gabour has kept a very low
profile, going out of his way to avoid conflict or
controversy. He hosts the Morning Show on weekdays between 7 –
Describe your Perfect
Sunday morning: On the beach with dog by 6:30. Tee-off
Royal Mossman, 7:30. Eggs Benedict and Bloody Marys @
Fiorellis, 11:00. Afternoon delight.
One word: Dare
Tune in for the Wor(l)d, according to Michael,
weekdays 8 - 10am.