Tuesday, 25th April.
...and in the morning
I was up bloody early this morning. The alarm went off at about 4:15am. The cab arrived
early, and I was out the door soon after twenty-to-five. He dropped me at the east gates
of Battersea Park, and I made my way along the path, following the sounds of antipodean
When you remind yourself why you're going to an Anzac Day dawn service, being up so early
doesn't seem to bother you that much. About 100 or so Australians, New Zealanders and others
gathered at about 5am. A group of New Zealanders (the type that squeeze 16 people into one
house) stood next to me. One of the very attractive females (that is sarcasm) was yapping on, and her friend
said "You're swearing a lot." She replied "It's for emphasis." "You're emphasising going to
the shop?" I stifled a laugh.
Rolf Harris read the ode, ruined by a jet screaming overhead. Rolf gets about all right
for an old bastard doesn't he?
After the service I walked back to Fulham, which took me an hour. It wasn't even seven
o'clock when I returned home. So I rang Mum, and my brother answered the phone. First things
first, who won the football? Bluebaggers! Yes!
About fifty points.
How'd Mum cope?
Yeah good. It was close for a while, Richmond got within three points, then we kicked about
Essendon Pies on telly now, third quarter.
Bombers by a couple of goals.
Hate the Bombers.
Hate the Pies.
sound of my Mum heckling in the background
What did she say?
Something about the New Zealanders. I'll let her tell you about the New Zealanders.
Hang on, I'll get her.
It's the grumpy young man
This is your son speaking.
Enjoy the football?
These women sat behind us that I'm sure sat behind us at Optus Oval.
They were abusing all the Richmond players, carrying on. "You're a poof Daffy!" they were
Good on 'em. Good for football.
We had some New Zealanders with us, it was their first game of football.
That would've been an experience for them.
It was. One of them said to me "How many quarters do they play?" I looked at her and said
"How many quarters do you have in New Zealand?"
You sure do find 'em. Where did you sit?
Ponsford. A family came to sit down in front of us, and Alastair said "Now there's a walking
advertisement for contraception"
I'm sure that's my line...
I was useless at work, more useless than usual. Looking forward to an early night.
Well I didn't get one.
to be continued...