Monday, January 24, 2011

The Green and Gold Malaria Area

There’s no doubting this is one of the finest diseases known to man, Rupert was inspired to write his renowned tribute for Australia Day 1995. It provided the title track to a book which quickly became a bestseller across the country and continues to send tingles down the collective spine of Australians everywhere. As Rupert often says “May they never find a cure!”

The day would soon arrive when I could not ignore the rash
I was obviously ill and so I called on Doctor Nash
This standard consultation would adjudicate my fate
I walked into his surgery and gave it to him straight
“Doc, I wonder if you might explain this allergy of mine
I get these pins and needles running up and down my spine
From there, across my body, it will suddenly extend
My neck will feel a shiver and the hairs will stand on end
And then there is that symptom that a man can only fear
It’s a choking in the throat and the crying of a tear”
Well, the doctor scratched his melon with a rather worried look
His furrowed brow suggested that the news to come was crook
“What is it Doc?” I motioned “Have I got a rare disease?
I’m man enough to cop it sweet so give it to me please”
“Well I’m not too sure” he answered, in a puzzled kind of way
“It seems you’ve got some kind of fever but it’s hard for me to say
When is it that you feel this most peculiar condition?”
I thought for just a moment and then I gave him my position
“Doc, I get it when I’m standing in an Anzac Day parade
And I get it when the anthem of my native land is played
I get it when Meninga makes a Kiwi-crunching run
And when AB grits his teeth to score a really gutsy ton
And I got it back in ‘91 when Farr-Jones held the Cup
And I got it when Japan was stormed by Better loosen Up
I get it when the Banjo takes me down the Snowy River
And Matilda sends me waltzing with a billy-boiling shiver
It hit me hard when Sydney was awarded with the Games
And I get it when I see our farmers fighting for their names
It flattened me when Bertrand raised the Boxing Kangaroo
And when Perkins won from lane eight, well, the rashes were true blue
So tell me Doc” I questioned “Am I really gonna die?”
He broke into a smile before he looked me in the eye
As he fumbled with his stethoscope and pushed it out of reach
He wiped away a tear and then he gave this stirring speech:
“From the beaches here in Queensland to the sweeping shores of Broome
On the Harbour banks of Sydney where the Waratah’s in bloom
From Uluru at sunset to the mighty Tasman Sea
In the Adelaide cathedrals, at the roaring MCG
From the Great Australian Bight up to the Gulf of Carpentaria
The medical profession call it ‘Green and Gold Malaria’
But forget about the textbooks son, the truth I shouldn’t hide
The rash that you’ve contracted here is ‘good old Aussie pride’
I’m afraid that you were born with it and one thing is for sure
You’ll die with it young man because there isn’t any cure”


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Master Of Ceremonies

As an MC, guest speaker or media presenter, few can capture the essence of our country and its heroes like Rupert McCall. Rupert is the author of five anthologies of verse that have collectively sold over 120,000 copies. He is equally at home in radio or on TV with recent roles hosting Sports Today radio 4BC and presenting lifestyle and sporting television programs on CH7 and CH9.
Rupert’s great passion for sport was on display when he was appointed chief commentator for CH10 at the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. In many sectors, Rupert McCall has become the poet of our generation. In 2005 he was awarded the honour of opening the Prelude to the Dawn Service in Gallipoli with his acclaimed and moving tribute NINETY YEARS AGO His popularity transcends all demographics and ages, from the schools he visits to the corporate and sporting functions that he entertains.
He is a passionate Australian and his ability to share this enthusiasm with any audience is warmly received. He has hosted and spoken at various high profile functions including Allan Border Medal Dinners, AFL & Racing Hall of Fame Inductions, Olympic Receptions, The Birdsville Races, Test Match Rugby functions, Anzac Ceremonies, tributes and testimonials.
In 2010, Rupert recited his stirring tribute ‘A Firefighter’s Dream’ on September 11 – firstly in Battery Park at the conclusion of the ‘Tour of Duty’ run and later on that day, at Ground Zero, in contributing to the annual twilight ceremony of the New York Fire Department. He has already carved out a unique position in the Australian and psyche and will continue to captivate and inspire audiences for years to come.

Personal Details

D.O.B: 26th November, 1970
Status: Married to Kate 
Children: Ella, Jacob, Jimmy & Lachlan 

“Green & Gold Malaria”
"On the Way to Somewhere”
“Stories for the Old Man”
“Slops Props and Goosestep Flavoured Lifesavers”
“Rhymes Idols & Shenanigans” 

"Green and Gold Malaria"
“Bard of the Ruck”
"The Best of Wednesday Morning" 

Major Functions Spoken at Include:
Oxford Cambridge Rugby Match, Twickenham 2010
150TH Melbourne Cup Tribute 2010
FDNY Ground Zero recital 2010
Steve Price Testimonial 2010
Australian Grand Prix Ball 2009
Erin Brockovich Luncheon 2007
AFL Hall of Fame Dinner 2006
90th Anniversary of Gallipoli Prelude to Dawn Service 2005
20th Anniversary Reunion of Grand Slam Wallabies 2004
Racing Hall of Fame 2004
Launch of Remembrance Day Poppy Appeal 2004
The Australian Export Awards 2003/04
Bruce Ruxton Testimonial 2002
Allan Border Medal Dinner 2000/01/02
Cox Plate 2001 /02/03
Goodwill Games 2001
Melbourne Centenary of Federation Luncheon 2001
Prime Ministers Olympic Dinner 2000
AFL Grand Final Lunch 1999/2000

A Word From The Poet

The sun cracked open the cloud long enough just to pour light on the ragged page of another chapter 

In essence, nothing changes from one day to the next except my sense of who I am, where I stand, what lies ahead and how I might get there. 

There came a time whereupon walking this winding road of my own making, I developed the unenviable knack of making a simple thing complicated. 

When did that begin?

The world outside my window might stand accused of muddying the waters but blaming that old boat for anything seems a poor excuse for self pity.

Better to ask “When might I reverse it?”

The shadows look hungry but the bird's song lifts me above. The magic of music. The horizon beyond. 

What lies around the next corner is as beautiful as it is dangerous but let’s go… 

Because time takes care of everything. Time is non negotiable. Time is undefeated and adversity breeds character. 

Trust my instinct and step forward. 

Look for the good in all people. 

Family remains the greatest currency. 

Hope. Risk. Love. Joy. 

The time is now