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'Teabag' Teasdale Nathan Phillips
[Teabag] Teasdale 1999
Paul McClain, Tad Reeves and Hannah Martin started using Harold’s
allotment as a BMX track, it started to attract attention
from other local BMXers. Amongst them was John Teasdale, or
Teabag as everyone knew him. When Tad told him that he was
planning to make a film about BMXing, Teabag agreed to help.
However, it soon became clear that he wasn’t exactly prepared
to stay on the right side of the law when he suggested throwing
a brick through the window of Grease Monkeys for the opening
shot. Fortunately, the police turned up and they all had to
flee before he could do any damage.
seen Hannah performing BMX moves, Teabag was very impressed
and arranged to meet her, where he gave her his old BMX as
a gift. Hannah was thrilled and began to grow closer to Teabag.
When she found out that her family were planning to move to
Darwin, she was desperate to find somewhere local to stay
and Teabag was quick to offer her a place in his share house.
However, when she saw the place, complete with chickens roaming
the floor, she was hesitant, but thought she had no other
option but to move in there. Teabag went to meet Hannah’s
father, Philip, and made it clear that it wouldn’t be too
difficult for Hannah to make her own way in the world if she
stayed behind. Although Hannah was growing besotted with the
rebel, her boyfriend, Paul, was less than impressed. He confronted
Teabag, who ended up bragging that he’d committed several
local robberies. As Bill Kennedy’s workshop had recently been
broken into, they realised that it was Teabag behind it, something
which he later admitted to Hannah.
Paul and Hannah decided to tell Bill the truth, and Bill reported
Teabag to the police. The incident made Hannah realise that
Teabag wasn’t the wonderful guy she’d thought him to be, and
she made the decision to go with her family to Darwin. Meanwhile,
Teabag was shocked to learn that Tad and Paul had told Bill
about his involvement in the break-in, so he decided to make
their lives a living hell. His plans began by sneaking around
the Bishop house when he knew Madge was home alone. She’d
only just experienced a hold-up at the Coffee Shop and so
was terrified when she believed that the robber had tracked
her down at home. Paul, Tad and Hannah realised who was behind
the harassment however, and they confronted Teabag, who admitted
to it. He also told Hannah that the bike he’d given to her
was stolen. Armed with the information of these two crimes,
Harold and Hannah went to the police, who admitted that there
was little that they could do without solid proof.
harrassment of the Bishops continued, as he sat around in
the Coffee Shop playing loud music but ordering nothing, then
phoned the shop with a fake order for a huge amount of food.
Once Madge and Harold had spent all day preparing it, he phoned
up and cancelled. The final straw came when he had six family
pizzas delivered to the Bishop house, so Paul and Tad decided
that they had to get their own back. They managed to get Teabag’s
address from Hannah, then they went over there under cover
of darkness and pulled apart Teabag’s bike. They then called
him outside just in time for them to finish dismantling the
bike and run off. The next day, Teabag caught up with them
and goaded them into returning to his house that afternoon.
Paul and Tad started throwing things at the house, culminating
in Tad smashing one of the windows. As they were about to
cycle off, a police car pulled up and Teabag congratulated
himself on winning one over on them.
The incident made the boys realise that it wasn’t worth getting caught up with the likes of Teabag, as they would just end up sinking to his level. Meanwhile, as Hannah spent her last day at Erinsborough High, Teabag showed his softer side by giving her a bracelet as a going away present, before steering clear of the Ramsay Street residents for good.
Biography by Steve