MONDAY, MARCH 30
Nudgee College Eights win rowing’s Barrington Cup in Sydney. The school only took up the sport 16 years ago. Marie plays ‘Three Dog Night’ and ‘Guess Who’ songs after hearing of the death of Three Dog Night keyboard player, James Greenspoon, aged 67. She saw both bands in Auckland on November 28, 1972. That was two years and two months before we met.
TUESDAY, MARCH 31
Radio TAB discuss fabulous sporting nick names. One of the best is Compass – West End (Brisbane) identity, Chris Kallis played rugby league for Norths, Souths, Easts and Wests. And rugby union internationals, Chris Roche and Michael O’Conner were nicknamed ‘Null and Void’ by teammate, Chris Carberry, not because they were dumb, but because they could be a little vague and often missed team buses etc. O’Connor and Roche both switched to league, O’Connor playing for St George and Manly, while Roche played in Queensland with Brothers, Valleys and the Toowoomba Clydesdales. Carberry now works at Beenleigh High with our son, Damien, in a youth support role. Breakfast at Harveys in James Street where AEG Ogden boss, Harvey Lister is also dining. To movies to see ‘Love is Strange’. Not bad, but a bit slow. To club tonight and there are rumours the joint will close unless there is a new buyer in two years. Local councilor, Fiona King attended a special meeting at the club last night, with town houses one option for the site.
SUNDAY, APRIL 5
Listen to Macca on ABC and Marlene Downing from Mummulgum phones re. the Murwillumbah Jazz Club (among other things). Easter Mass at St Columba’s, Wilston is packed, with Easter eggs handed out to the kids afterwards. Priest, Fr Michael Grace looks like former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd. Ray Hadley’s mob on 4BC/2GB mention 1960 Walt Disney movie, Swiss Family Robinson. I loved that movie, and had a crush on Janet Munro, who played Roberta. To Langlands Park for Easts v Souths Intrust Super Cup match, and catch up with old Dooleys Hotel (Fortitude Valley) bar manager, Alan Mitchell and his mate ‘Chopper’. Also Graham and Betty Beale, Easts’ stalwarts who were members of my 1994 and ’98 tours to Europe. Hear that the Broncos are searching for a new team song. About time. Their ‘We didn’t know we had to win….’ dirge is a shocker.
Bulldogs skipper, James Graham out of control in match against Souths. I thought he was going to hit the ref at one stage. Broncos beat brave Titans 26-16 at Robina.