The Sentimental Bloke

September 7, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, Poetry, WRITING & LITERATURE |

C.J. Dennis, born 7 September 1876 He lived in an age when you could get away with writing in dialect (like Robbie Burns or Walter Scott before him) and his most famous work, The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke makes one cringe nowadays. Although we love one of his titles; The Glugs of Gosh. The ‘Laureate of the Larrikin’ was born in Auburn in the Clare Valley of South Australia, and spent most of his life in Melbourne.  He’s buried in the cemetery at Box Hill. Here’s “At the Play” from Sentimental Bloke, where Doreen and Bill (the Bloke) take…

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Tigers: Season 2018 in emojis

August 27, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

Angry, out of the race, but still determined to swing it around...

Our 18 games as expressed in the idiom of internet idiograms. Game 1:     Glenelg loses to South in a pathetic Good Friday performance…38 points…season off to an abysmal start. Game 2:   Bays drop a close one (3 points) at home to Port. Game 3:   ‘What’s going on?’ Bays knock off Norwood by 31 points (!) Yay! P, in L.A., waits 24 hours to give L the bad news… Game 4:   Tigers lose to Eagles…again! 61 points!?! Game 5:  Bays having a laugh…thumped at home by Centrals. 33 points. Game 6:   Yee-haw! Tigers beat West @ Richmond. 25 points. Game 7:  Comfortable…

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Footy Finals Song # 3: Norwood and Sturt

August 25, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE, Modern Music |

Here’s some not so-grand old rags… We link to both versions, in the interests of balance (sigh), and offer our alternate version(s): “It’s a Grand old flag, It’s a brown paper bag It’s chook-wrap for me and for you, It’s the emblem for the team we deplore The team of the [red and the blue / two-toned shade blue], Every heart beats faint for that [red and blue paint / double-blue paint] As we warble this song to you……can you believe? ‘Should old acquaintance…we forgot’ There’s no football on New Year’s Eve!“

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Footy Finals Song # 4: Eagles

August 25, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE, Modern Music |

The Eagles aren’t really a football club, they’re more a Frankenstein’s Monster, created in a lab. Still, they pose as one, and set their Club Song to the tune of Battle Hymn of the Republic.  Here’s our version: “Mine eyes have seen the folly of the merging of these teams; They’ve created a dread hybrid, sawdust spilling from the seams, They shed their feathers to the strains of awful, awful screams And still they jabber on. They’re the bleating, cheating Eagles, Just a basket of illegals, They’re the moaning droning Eagles, With luck they’ll soon be gone… With luck they’ll soon…

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Footy Finals Song # 2: North Adelaide

August 24, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE, Modern Music |

The 2nd of our footy finals songs (‘reverse-bowdlerized’) is for the Roosters of North Adelaide: “We’re a Big Disgrace, Sink without a trace. We’re the ill-famed red and whites! Feather-dusters we’re called, And our fans are appalled By the dirty way we fight! We like to play as a team And we play it clean, When in the umpires’ sight, Our fans are crying Cos we’re very trying We’re the shocking red and whites!”  

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