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Old 09-21-2018, 05:03 PM
Cally Conan-Davies Cally Conan-Davies is offline
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DAMIAN. OH MY GOODNESS. SHUT THE GATE AND DANCE LIKE A PAGAN.

WE DID IT.

Can you BELIEVE?????!!!????????

HOT PIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And yes, he is converted. Magpies are his favourite bird anyway, so that bit was easy. Then I taught him the song, and he's part of the army now!

What a week ahead . . .
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Old 09-22-2018, 12:23 PM
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What a wonderful interview. I hope his students know how lucky they are!

By the way, here's a cosmic coincidence. The show began with a Donovan song, "The Lullaby of Spring," off the second disc (vinyl) of his album A Gift from a Flower to a Garden. The very next cut on the record is "The Magpie."
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Old 09-22-2018, 06:54 PM
Cally Conan-Davies Cally Conan-Davies is offline
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Mark, that is one more in a string of coincidences bouncing in the air around these two seemingly separate events! The game on Friday night, where the Pies beat the Tigers (Richmond) for a spot in the Grand Final, was history-making because of the game-winning performance of a very tall American named MASON Cox, who has only played 45 footy matches in his life, and only touched an Aussie Rules football for the first time four years ago! As Damian can testify, many tens of thousands of Magpie supporters began chanting 'U.S.A. U.S.A.' -- a sound that has never before been heard at the hallowed MCG. Apparently, it was spine-tingling! His nick-name here is The American Pie. Ha. But his real name is . . . MASON!!!!

So I think the Collingwood football gods are dead-set on pulling Davey into the fold! The signs abound!

Actually, we loved the song they chose to open the interview, and had no idea what it was, so we rang the producer the next day to find out. She had found it by googling spring songs, and the ABC music library pulled it up so she could use it to open the show. Now, with your fresh input, I'll google the entire album so I can hear the Magpie song!!

Thanks, Mark!

Oh, and in case you're interested, there's a very famous poem about Aussie Rules Football by Australian poet Bruce Dawe. It's called 'Life Cycle'. Here's a link:

http://www.footyalmanac.com.au/poetry-life-cycle/

It might give you some sense of what a huge event this is in Australia, particular Victoria, the home of footy, the MCG.

Thanks, Memsy! I bet she'd like your accent, too!!

I'll let him know you enjoyed it, Gail!

C
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Old 09-24-2018, 12:24 AM
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Cally is right on the money - there's no bigger event in Australian sport. It's our Superbowl. Our FA Cup.

I don't want to get ahead of myself, but surely it's all an omen:

The Coming of Spring. Magpies. Mason Cox/David Mason. USA.

And I have my ticket to the Big Dance.

Floreat pica.
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Old 09-24-2018, 03:49 AM
Cally Conan-Davies Cally Conan-Davies is offline
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Damian!! How the bloody hell did you get that!! Did you sleep out?? I expect a full written report!

But for now, tonight, Brownlow . . . going for Grundy!!!!!!

Floreat pica! Hahahahaaa!!!!!!
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Old 09-24-2018, 05:49 PM
Damian Balassone Damian Balassone is offline
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Cally, I got my ticket via the club ballot. My number came up. 33 years of membership counts for something I guess. I thought Grundy was a chance too last night, but Steele Sidebottom gave it one helluva shake, didn't he?

Sick with excitement for Saturday. In 2010 I had to take a week of leave prior to the Grand Final. I was a nervious wreck. And then we drew the damn thing, so I had to take another week of leave. Was surprised I still had a job after all that.

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Old 09-29-2018, 02:53 AM
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How many weeks of leave will this take?

Gutted. What might have been. So close. Ain't No Second Prize.

But very Pie proud.

Next year!
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