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Haha Port Traumatic Stress Disorder. It was around before October 2007. but it seems since then it comes on very quickly and more intensly compared to before that date. It has mutated somewhat.

You have made a mistake when you say we have lost when we have had 6 days or more rest. Every game we have played we have had at least a 6 day or more days break and we haven't lost evey game.
 

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Haha Port Traumatic Stress Disorder. It was around before October 2007. but it seems since then it comes on very quickly and more intensly compared to before that date. It has mutated somewhat.

You have made a mistake when you say we have lost when we have had 6 days or more rest. Every game we have played we have had at least a 6 day or more days break and we haven't lost evey game.
For some reason, I didn't count the day before games as a resting day. I will fix it.
 

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Sensational piece of writing GP. :thumbsu:

Now for something in Portugese ( I hope ) from me, on you tube the other night I was watching a band performing in Curitaba in December 2014, and they, and the audience were singing `Fica Comigo,' that's got to be good right? :)
I was checking, and there are many different songs called "Fica Comigo" ("Stay with Me"). I have no idea to which one you were listening. :)

And thank you for your kind words on my post.
 
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1954 , I thought your son's visit was a much better story than our game against the Giants! Still, it is about Port...

http://farwestfooty.blogspot.com/2018/07/an-aussie-in-uruguayana-port-58-80.html
Great read GP. Learnt a bit about 1992, immigration policies, your home town, trade treaties, religion and cow country. Your comment about an Australian - of all places in the whole world, the son of a Port barracker had gone to Corrientes, made me think of this event from 125 years ago.

I doubt you would know this, but in 1893, 238 Australian's sailed to Paraguay, via Buenos Aires to start New Australia after an economic recession had started, some big strikes occurred and there was a bit of a split in the new labour movement in Australia. The labour movement in Australia started with the big shearer's strike in Queensland in 1891 and then the Broken Hill miners striker of 1892 (BHP the world's biggest miner started in Broken Hill).

There had previously been trade unions but this was the start of the political movement. The labour party was started up in all 6 colonies and when the country gained independence from UK on 1st January 1901 a national Australian Labour Party was formed. Sometime just before World War I it changed its spelling to the USA spelling of Labor. In 1904 - for a few months - they formed government and formed the world's first labour party government, as well as the world's first social democratic government at a national level.

However the big strikes in 1891 and 1892 saw a lot of violence and union leaders arrested and jailed for sedition and conspiracy in both strikes as well as a few big strikes after these two. A unionist by the name of William Lane - born in Britain and a radical who believed in Utopian ideals - was pissed off with what happened to union members in these big strikes, the direction of the unions, so with others, decided to go find a socialist utopia in Paraguay and set up New Australia.

Why Paraguay? There was a 20 year war with the natives, 90% of the adult male population had been killed so the government keen to get white settlers and had offered this group a large area of good fertile agricultural land offered the Australians 185,000 acres of land, south east of Asuncion.

People came from Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia - the 2nd boat in 1894 left from Port Adelaide, so there might have been a few wharfies from Port Adelaide in that group of settlers who went to New Australia. Others followed in smaller numbers. It didnt really work, there was infighting so most left returning to Australia, UK or going to farm land in Argentina. There are some 2,000 people who claim to be descendants of these settlers, a couple of famous individuals. Lane himself returned disillusioned with the failed venture in 1899. See

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Australia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Paraguayans

Maybe 1992 can take a road trip there and you can tag along. Somehow I dont think they took an Aussie Rules footy with them.

An Adelaide folk/pop band called Redgum who were around between 1975-1990, who I was a fan of and went and watched several times as a youth, bought their albums, who had some national success, including #1 song about 19 year olds being conscripted to Vietnam, and whom the lead singer John Schumann has become an honorary member of Lockhart Road's old 9RAR Charlie Company veterans group because they have adopted the song, wrote a song about this adventure Paraguay and it was the title song of their 2nd album Virgin Ground. The words are below

Sydney town 1885
Sulphur air and blackened skies
And you live your life in the pocket of a richer man
In the sheds and the docks and down the mines
From the back blocks of Queensland to the Goyder Line
Thanks for the money and they kick the strikers down with guns

We won't drop anchor till we reach Alta Mira Sound
Heave away we're new Australia bound
Heave away we're new Australia bound
For virgin ground

In pucky little offices in Adelaide
You count company profits but you're underpaid
There must be more to life than the promise of another day
So collect the tools and pack your bags
The sea is calling hoist a brave new flag
We'll make history in the forests of Paraguay

We won't drop anchor till we reach Altermira Sound
Heave away we're new Australia bound
Heave away we're new Australia bound
For virgin ground

Wide eyed romantics and a heartbreak dream
Your motives aren't what they seem
You've got your feet caked in Australian mud
And you can't deny what's in your blood
Under Paraguay skies and the nights so cold
You can forsake your country and lose your soul

You've got to run from your troubles, no need to stand your ground
Heave away we're new Australia bound
We won't drop anchor till we reach Alta Mira Sound
Heave away we're new Australia bound
For virgin ground
I dont know if Alta Mira Sound is a real place or made up or altered to fit the melody. I cant find it on the map
 
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Great read GP. Learnt a bit about 1992, immigration policies, your home town, trade treaties, religion and cow country. Your comment about an Australian - of all places in the whole world, the son of a Port barracker had gone to Corrientes, made me think of this event from 125 years ago.

I doubt you would know this, but in 1893, 238 Australian's sailed to Paraguay, via Buenos Aires to start New Australia after an economic recession had started, some big strikes occurred and there was a bit of a split in the new labour movement in Australia. The labour movement in Australia started with the big shearer's strike in Queensland in 1891 and then the Broken Hill miners striker of 1892 (BHP the world's biggest miner started in Broken Hill).

There had previously been trade unions but this was the start of the political movement. The labour party was started up in all 6 colonies and when the country gained independence from UK on 1st January 1901 a national Australian Labour Party was formed. Sometime just before World War I it changed its spelling to the USA spelling of Labor. In 1904 - for a few months - they formed government and formed the world's first labour party government, as well as the world's first social democratic government at a national level.

However the big strikes in 1891 and 1892 saw a lot of violence and union leaders arrested and jailed for sedition and conspiracy in both strikes as well as a few big strikes after these two. A unionist by the name of William Lane - born in Britain and a radical who believed in Utopian ideals - was pissed off with what happened to union members in these big strikes, the direction of the unions, so with others, decided to go find a socialist utopia in Paraguay and set up New Australia.

Why Paraguay? There was a 20 year war with the natives, 90% of the adult male population had been killed so the government keen to get white settlers and had offered this group a large area of good fertile agricultural land offered the Australians 185,000 acres of land, south east of Asuncion.

People came from Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia - the 2nd boat in 1894 left from Port Adelaide, so there might have been a few wharfies from Port Adelaide in that group of settlers who went to New Australia. Others followed in smaller numbers. It didnt really work, there was infighting so most left returning to Australia, UK or going to farm land in Argentina. There are some 2,000 people who claim to be descendants of these settlers, a couple of famous individuals. Lane himself returned disillusioned with the failed venture in 1899. See

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Australia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Paraguayans

Maybe 1992 can take a road trip there and you can tag along. Somehow I dont think they took an Aussie Rules footy with them.

An Adelaide folk/pop band called Redgum who were around between 1975-1990, who I was a fan of and went and watched several times as a youth, bought their albums, who had some national success, including #1 song about 19 year olds being conscripted to Vietnam, and whom the lead singer John Schumann has become an honorary member of Lockhart Road's old 9RAR Charlie Company veterans group because they have adopted the song, wrote a song about this adventure Paraguay and it was the title song of their 2nd album Virgin Ground. The words are below



I dont know if Alta Mira Sound is a real place or made up or altered to fit the melody. I cant find it on the map
Thank you for your kind comment and lengthy reply. Great reading!

Utopic endeavours are condemned to failure before they even start. (evidence #456,739,254)
 

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I was checking, and there are many different songs called "Fica Comigo" ("Stay with Me"). I have no idea to which one you were listening. Luis

And thank you for your kind words on my post.
The band I saw are called Playing For Change, they are an ensemble of mainly street performers from the US, Africa, the West Indies and Europe.

One of their main singers is an old black guy from New Orleans named Grandpa Elliot, who can barely see due to cataracts, but geez can he sing, and another is a guy named Bekker, who is from Holland and he can belt out a song as well.
They sing in English and were doing a sensational version of Stand By Me, and in the latter stages of that song changed the chorus to Fica Comigo.
There is also a sensational guitar solo by Luis ( not sure of his surname ), I think he may be Brazilian, and it's worth a listen just for that. :thumbsu:

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Luis Mpongo is from Zimbabwe.
 
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Any chance of putting up that little ditty you sent me of the two guys singing about how the same word in Spanish can translate to something totally different in the numerous Spanish speaking countries GP?

No wonder 1992 was having trouble with the regional dialect in Corrientes. ;)
 

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Any chance of putting up that little ditty you sent me of the two guys singing about how the same word in Spanish can translate to something totally different in the numerous Spanish speaking countries GP?

No wonder 1992 was having trouble with the regional dialect in Corrientes. ;)
 
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Great read GP. Learnt a bit about 1992, immigration policies, your home town, trade treaties, religion and cow country. Your comment about an Australian - of all places in the whole world, the son of a Port barracker had gone to Corrientes, made me think of this event from 125 years ago.

I doubt you would know this, but in 1893, 238 Australian's sailed to Paraguay, via Buenos Aires to start New Australia after an economic recession had started, some big strikes occurred and there was a bit of a split in the new labour movement in Australia. The labour movement in Australia started with the big shearer's strike in Queensland in 1891 and then the Broken Hill miners striker of 1892 (BHP the world's biggest miner started in Broken Hill).

There had previously been trade unions but this was the start of the political movement. The labour party was started up in all 6 colonies and when the country gained independence from UK on 1st January 1901 a national Australian Labour Party was formed. Sometime just before World War I it changed its spelling to the USA spelling of Labor. In 1904 - for a few months - they formed government and formed the world's first labour party government, as well as the world's first social democratic government at a national level.

However the big strikes in 1891 and 1892 saw a lot of violence and union leaders arrested and jailed for sedition and conspiracy in both strikes as well as a few big strikes after these two. A unionist by the name of William Lane - born in Britain and a radical who believed in Utopian ideals - was pissed off with what happened to union members in these big strikes, the direction of the unions, so with others, decided to go find a socialist utopia in Paraguay and set up New Australia.

Why Paraguay? There was a 20 year war with the natives, 90% of the adult male population had been killed so the government keen to get white settlers and had offered this group a large area of good fertile agricultural land offered the Australians 185,000 acres of land, south east of Asuncion.

People came from Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia - the 2nd boat in 1894 left from Port Adelaide, so there might have been a few wharfies from Port Adelaide in that group of settlers who went to New Australia. Others followed in smaller numbers. It didnt really work, there was infighting so most left returning to Australia, UK or going to farm land in Argentina. There are some 2,000 people who claim to be descendants of these settlers, a couple of famous individuals. Lane himself returned disillusioned with the failed venture in 1899. See

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Australia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Paraguayans

Maybe 1992 can take a road trip there and you can tag along. Somehow I dont think they took an Aussie Rules footy with them.

An Adelaide folk/pop band called Redgum who were around between 1975-1990, who I was a fan of and went and watched several times as a youth, bought their albums, who had some national success, including #1 song about 19 year olds being conscripted to Vietnam, and whom the lead singer John Schumann has become an honorary member of Lockhart Road's old 9RAR Charlie Company veterans group because they have adopted the song, wrote a song about this adventure Paraguay and it was the title song of their 2nd album Virgin Ground. The words are below



I dont know if Alta Mira Sound is a real place or made up or altered to fit the melody. I cant find it on the map
That Aussie settlement in Paraguay was a question on a quiz show I was watching a few months back REH, and from memory the contestant didn't know the answer.
 

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http://farwestfooty.blogspot.com/2018/07/can-we-play-you-every-week-port-78-34.html

We have been complaining, for the entire season, that Port never plays well for four consecutive quarters, but, guess what, we have just done that. Best game by Port this year, and the score shows it — best percentage of the season. Oh, Footscray... "Can we play you/ Can we play you/ Can we play you every week?/ Can we play you every week?"
 

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http://farwestfooty.blogspot.com/2018/07/can-we-play-you-every-week-port-78-34.html

We have been complaining, for the entire season, that Port never plays well for four consecutive quarters, but, guess what, we have just done that. Best game by Port this year, and the score shows it — best percentage of the season. Oh, Footscray... "Can we play you/ Can we play you/ Can we play you every week?/ Can we play you every week?"
After stuffing around with a lawnmower I have just spent $175 on GP, I needed that. :thumbsu:

I could get the temperamental campaigner to run for about 2 and a half minutes, but as soon as it ran out of the fuel in the fuel bowl it would stop, despite having a tank full of fresh liquid gold, a new carbie, and spark plug, and the things are supposed to work on gravity feed only.

I can keep a 60 year old car humming like a top ( sort of :rolleyes: ), but it took me over an hour to do the same thing with a ******* lawn mower. :mad:

Unfortunately I will now have to turn down your kind offer to oversee your farm machinery repairs. ;)
 
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We have been complaining, for the entire season, that Port never plays well for four consecutive quarters, but, guess what, we have just done that. Best game by Port this year, and the score shows it — best percentage of the season. Oh, Footscray... "Can we play you/ Can we play you/ Can we play you every week?/ Can we play you every week?"
I like that you call them Footscray. If a Brasilian gets it, why can't their marketing and branding people get it?

I don't like your sequence at the end. It looks lie a reverse Fibonacci sequence and bad news to come. Good them I'm not superstitious enough to believe its going to happen, but if we lose, I know it was fate. Good luck with catching up on your lost sleep. Its another 3.30am start for you.
 

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New Post: http://farwestfooty.blogspot.com/2018/08/and-this-this-is-football-showdown-45.html

We lost, and it hurts. However, the defeat has inspired me to write. Today, in a long text, I tell why Showdown 45 had all the ingredients of a game for the ages - pure football! I also argue why Port is going to be the AFL Premiers this season. From the pain, it came deep self-belief! Wishful thinking? Most probably, but it would be a very inoffensive one. Still, what if it is not? Our hero’s journey might have just turned the corner…

P.S.: El Zorro, I have used Roberto Fontanarrosa for support.

 
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New Post: http://farwestfooty.blogspot.com/2018/08/and-this-this-is-football-showdown-45.html

We lost, and it hurts. However, the defeat has inspired me to write. Today, in a long text, I tell why Showdown 45 had all the ingredients of a game for the ages - pure football! I also argue why Port is going to be the AFL Premiers this season. From the pain, it came deep self-belief! Wishful thinking? Most probably, but it would be a very inoffensive one. Still, what if it is not? Our hero’s journey might have just turned the corner…

P.S.: El Zorro, I have used Roberto Fontanarrosa for support.


Adelaide is a female name in English as well GP, the city was named after a rather obscure queen from the early 19th century. ;)
 

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New Post: "The status quo is not acceptable"

http://farwestfooty.blogspot.com/2018/08/operation-what-happened-power-port-58.html

I concur with Keith Thomas that "the status quo is not acceptable." There is a hell lot of heart and talent in our club, but we miss the brains and the souls of champions. There is no hard work that will give us that. Unfortunately, I have no answers to solve this; just questions... and a suspect!
 

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Your handle on the game is sensational GP, interestingly the current most successful `director of football ' is a bloke named Neil Balme.

Balme played in Richmond's last successful era before the current one, came to Adelaide in the early 1980's and coached Norwood successfully, went back to Melbourne and ended up as coach of the Dees, but was unsuccessful there.
Went to Geelong as the director of football at that club for 2 flags, was then poached by Collingwood, but after an administrative c*ck up at that club, is now in a similar role at Richmond, where they achieved their first flag in over 30 years, and have to be a very strong chance to back it up this season.
 
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New Post: "The status quo is not acceptable"

http://farwestfooty.blogspot.com/2018/08/operation-what-happened-power-port-58.html

I concur with Keith Thomas that "the status quo is not acceptable." There is a hell lot of heart and talent in our club, but we miss the brains and the souls of champions. There is no hard work that will give us that. Unfortunately, I have no answers to solve this; just questions... and a suspect!
Can you please send that to our CEO and coach and Chris Davies.
 
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