Today, I am guest posting an Australian blogger Stafford Ray.

Stafford Ray (not his real name) lives on a huge old yacht on the Sunshine Coast (Queensland, Australia) about 2 hours south of where I live. His blog covers limericks and other funny poems, political satire, plays and short stories, as well as humerous posts about his earlier life as a professional musician in Sydney clubs and TV studios (he notes that he had fifteen minutes of fame with the Daly Wilson Big Band).

Here is one of Stafford’s poems about the classic Volkswagon – one of my favourite cars of all time (Aussie’s have been known to call them DakDaks ’cause of the sound the engine makes on the older syle VW).

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Icon; Near gone.

Tok Tok Dakka dakka Put-put Put-put,
Tok tok dakka dakka put!

Hear the clatter of a Vee Dub Vee Dub,
With the donkey in the back!

Now the engine’s in the front-front front-front
Water cooled and full of grunt;

Changed forever is the sound-sound sound-sound,
Never more the ears astound!

Sounds like every other car-car car-car,
What a shame they went that far!

Tok Tok Dakka dakka Put-put Put-put
Tok tok dakka dakka put!

Phut!

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Here’s a couple of questions I asked Stafford.

1. What made you start blogging and what do you blog about?

Blogging started for me as a means to an end. A few years ago a teaching colleague noticed that kids doing my drama course jumped in reading age over the time of a production. We were preparing to use standardised testing when he was moved away and the new boss wasn’t interested. Then I retired, so although a lot of material was prepared for the trial it never happened, so I was looking for teachers who might like to run a trial.

Meanwhile, poetry and stories came bubbling up and the original plan became less important. I would still like to do it and it does deliver amazing results, particularly with right brain kids and those who are ‘socially challenged’. So teachers out there, mail me if interested.

After having written about twenty operettas and one novel (and have begun two more), I stopped after numerous approaches to agents didn’t get me anywhere. That was so disheartening I gave up, but after Hughsey sent out a notice she was offering blogging courses as part of her Writer in Residence gig at Cooroy, I enrolled about this time last year.

2. What is it about blogging that you love?

I am such a show off! I just love the making people laugh and GB, you are the best laugher! But I am also a teacher and have been encouraging tryers all my life, so I enjoy reading other people’s work and of course, commenting. It is becoming a community for me with my few closest ‘friends’ and many friendly people I am yet to really get to know and an unlimited number of people I have yet to meet! It is an awesome way to exercise the brain and to socialise.

 

VW Beetle (not the one with the engine in the back)

 

Thank you Stafford