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I am an International Man of Mystery - born in Trinidad, raised in New Zealand, and living in Australia. My earliest influences lyrically were those of the Calypsonians of the 1960s, the greatest being old Birdie himself the Mighty Sparrow as well as the joyful songs of The Merrymen. Later in my teens I was struck by the power of words and language from the mercurial pen of Bob Dylan. The first poem I ever wrote was in 1975 at the age of 14 for a class assignment. I copied the lyrics from the Pink Floyd song "Money" and got a great mark from my teacher, Mrs Laird. She congratulated me on my effort and creativity (something I possessed very little of in school) and so I eventually came clean and had to re-write it. She did commend me on my honesty and choice of lyric though and did what good teachers do...engage and encourage. It could have been worse - I nearly chose a Frank Zappa song that would have been highly inappropriate! My poetry is very much like me - a work in progress! I often revisit and revise my catalogue as I grow as a writer and am grateful for any constructive advice. The real writer and talent in my family is my wife who is more an author than a poet, but she is far too sensible to bare her soul to the world. I, however, am not! I love my golf, my cricket and my Rugby League (that's a similar sport to Rugby for all my non-European/Australasian readers) and support Russell Crowe's team, the mighty South Sydney Rabbitohs and the North Queensland Cowboys in the Australian NRL (National Rugby League). Go the Bunnies and go the Cowboys!


Blog Posted:5/30/2017 10:55:00 PM


Tonight (or early Wednesday morning American EST) the greatest rivalry in Australian sport begins. The first of three State of Origin matches for 2017 will be played - New South Wales (Blues) v Queensland (maroons).

It's State against State...mate against mate!

If you have never seen Origin I urge you to tune in if you get a chance. Rugby League is not Rugby. If you like big hits and your football fast and furious then this is the game for you!

Kick-off is 8.15pm in Queensland. That's about 5.15am EST by my calculations.

Taking the broadcast are: CANADA - Sportsnet World Channel

                                                  USA - Fox Sports

                                                    UK - Premier Sports

                                                 ASIA - Setanta Sports

Also, I was wondering what your State of Origin was? In what State or town or country were you born (or hatched)? Do tell.



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Date: 6/1/2017 2:59:00 PM
:) Glad you're enjoying watching what you love. I'm not a sports fan (though I love to watch a live hockey game, not on TV) Have a blast, keep cheering them on and here's a ra-ar from me! :D
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 6/1/2017 9:48:00 PM
The only time I like ice is when it's in my scotch! But if I'm ever up your way, you and hubby can educate me on the finer details of hockey! The only sport I know of where players wear serial killer masks!
Date: 5/31/2017 7:25:00 AM
The final score: NSW 28, QLD 4 but it was anyone's game at half time. The Blues blitzed them in the second half to go one up in the series. Brian, maybe I will write a little tribute just for you, mate!
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Date: 5/31/2017 7:49:00 AM
The only thing missing from the good old days is the biff (punch-ups). The if they hit one of us we hit three of them scenario. They've outlawed it now to clean up the game but I do miss it. In the 80s the Blues had a team call - if someone yelled "cattle dog" it meant every man in to the fray! I'm getting all misty now.
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Brian Strand
Date: 5/31/2017 7:28:00 AM
Will look forward to that Keith.Sleep tight.
Date: 5/31/2017 5:25:00 AM
Go u good thing, first score Maloney
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Date: 5/31/2017 7:20:00 AM
What a game! Now that's Origin!! Fafita, Moloney, Tedesco! Can't wait for Sydney in three weeks!
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Lewis Raynes
Date: 5/31/2017 7:11:00 AM
Like Cronk said... The best 34 players in the country.. What a match... Tedesco rox
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Brian Strand
Date: 5/31/2017 6:19:00 AM
Have any of you posted any poetry on this RL passion ?If so please advise,I'd like to read them
Date: 5/31/2017 3:16:00 AM
For those who want to know what we are enthusing over,you can watch THIS SPORTING LIFE an excellent film that centres its story on RL ,starring the late Richard Harris , is available on Amazon
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Date: 5/31/2017 2:22:00 AM
On the question of origin rivalry,Keith it does exist in RU rivalry of the 6 nations annual tournament .Many players from the UK four nations play alongside one another week in week out.And then for six weeks become state of origin passionate rivals much as you describe in this blog
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Date: 5/31/2017 3:35:00 AM
Brian, you have to understand the passion and feeling between these two teams and states. They would crash through the gates of hell for their teammates. It's a rivalry that goes far beyond the sporting field! Bring it on!!
Date: 5/31/2017 2:10:00 AM
The other interesting aspect about RL,is its continuing influence on its mother sport RU (due again thru the go get influence from Oz and its readiness to experiment.) The cross over of defence specialist as coaches and their influence is very marked in RU matches .
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Brian Strand
Date: 5/31/2017 2:14:00 AM
I am sure there is a thesis somewhere on all these aspects of RL,perhaps it has already been done?
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Brian Strand
Date: 5/31/2017 2:12:00 AM
Of course readiness to experiment in sport in Oz also applies to promotion ,of cricket for example with Packer era of the 70's
Date: 5/31/2017 2:09:00 AM
The other interesting aspect about RL,is its continuing influence on its mother sport RU (due again thru the go get influence from Oz and its readiness to experiment.) The cross over of defence specialist as coaches and their influence is very marked in RU matches .
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Date: 5/31/2017 1:52:00 AM
RL is an interesting sport historically and perhaps like no other (and perhaps because of its social origins in England) is one worth understanding in depth as a reflection of both society and the development of pro sport.Necessity has made it innovative,and willing to experiment(latterly driven because it is so big in Oz) and change much as American Football has over the years.
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Brian Strand
Date: 5/31/2017 1:59:00 AM
It is ironic that RU ,will become increasing a worldwide sport(because it became a pro sport,) the original reason RL became a separate 'sport' and RL (along with American Footbal)will not achieve worldwide status.Nothwithstanding I understand your enthusiasm and still check the RL results each week,watch the RL World Cup on terestial TV.Have a good series.
Date: 5/31/2017 1:41:00 AM
I was first introduced to RL in 1954,at the time I lived midway between Leigh and Warrington.At school we played footbal(soccer) in the quad at breaks,RU in in winter sport lessons each week,BUT all the boys were RL fans at heart,except me being a 'southerner' .So one dark and wet night,my friends introduced me to pro RL at a match at Leigh .(At the time RU was completly amateur and very boring with much kicking into touch)RL on the other hand was more exciting and action packed.One of my greatest sporting memories was being one of 100k spectators at the 1955 final at the Wembly stadium.For me RL is much more defensive now and not as interesting to spectate as RU
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 5/31/2017 3:30:00 AM
Wonderful stuff, Brian. You are a dark horse! The game has changed so much since the 50s but I still am jealous. I have been to the old Wembley stadium but that was to see Bruce Springsteen in 1985 on his Born in the USA tour.
Date: 5/31/2017 1:28:00 AM
Keith,I'm English and would say the greatest rivalry ,from a state of origin viewpoint would the Ashes,in cricket between ourselves and yourselves.On a county level it used to be Lancashire and Yorkshire in the same sport.In football (soccer) in UK there are many,local (city)derbies that rival state of origin allegiance eg Liverpool/Man U or Rangers/Celtic or Arsenal/Spurs etc etc
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Lewis Raynes
Date: 5/31/2017 2:15:00 AM
When wally lewis picked a fight with Thor... And won
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Brian Strand
Date: 5/31/2017 1:45:00 AM
Well you Aussies have always been a bit that way probably because of your' remote ' location from other influence until in the mid last century when TV, and air mobility reduced the world to a village.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 5/31/2017 1:41:00 AM
Origin is different, Brian. There's no place to hide on a football field. These blokes are mates at club level but once they put on their State jersey they're mortal enemies and just go crazy! It's been cleaned up a lot in recent times - you should have seen it 15 - 20 years ago. Use to resemble a war zone.
Date: 5/31/2017 12:43:00 AM
Go the BLUES!!!!!!!!!!!! Tonight is the beginning of the end of the domination of the cane toad..... NSW to win by 20. :)... apart from rugby union Bledislo, cricket's ashes and aussie rules' finals... ,and soccer's world cup, easily amongst the best sporting fixtures of the year.
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Brian Strand
Date: 5/31/2017 6:15:00 AM
Lewis,You guys down there almost rival us poms with your devotion to all things sport.Don't forget to post the result hereo
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 5/31/2017 3:27:00 AM
Dude, you cockroach, whether it's an end of an era or not I don't know but I do like your chances tonight. For all those unfamiliar with the rivalry, the NSW Blues are known as cockroaches to the Queenslanders and the Queenslanders are known as canetoads to the NSW boys!
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Lewis Raynes
Date: 5/31/2017 2:13:00 AM
The end is nigh for qld mwahahahaha
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 5/31/2017 1:34:00 AM
Qld have a habit of making all the experts and pundits look foolish!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 5/31/2017 1:31:00 AM
Sorry Lewis, comment jumped.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 5/31/2017 1:30:00 AM
Origin is theatre, physicality, power, drama, gladiatorial, even brutal on occasion...but one thing it ain't is boring. You can't be a real cockroach - they bleed blue!
Date: 5/31/2017 12:38:00 AM
I am a blue => cockroach. But sorry I find RL a bore.
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