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OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

 

Shwmae

Welcome to our October newsletter, and there is so much to report I really don’t know where to start.

Quickly reviewing the last few months, we now have a BDU soccer team that plays almost as good as it looks. Against Notts Forest the team looked very professional in their matching City away shirts and deserved their 7-7 draw in a match brilliantly refereed by the totally unbiased Jon (Soul Crew) Watkins. We now have a great new home at the Kauri Hotel in Glebe. Landlord Tristan and his team can’t do enough for us and we’d encourage you to patronise the pub at every opportunity. BDU members led by Treasurer Jim had a fantastic day out at Ninian Park; they met with Sam, David Temme, Tony Vidmar and John Toshack, pictures were taken, relationships were built and just to make their day saw Cardiff give Gillingham a decent hiding. Look out for Jim’s trip report on the website in the near future.

So, what have we got to look forward too? Whilst City’s progress will always be our #1 focus, in Australia at least we can’t help but be distracted by the Rugby World Cup over the next few weeks. A large number of Bluebirds supporters will be coming down for the rugby. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve had e-mails from our lads in Sth Africa, USA, New Zealand, Asia and of course Wales asking everything from “Which bus do I catch from Perth to Sydney?” to “Where’s the best beach to spot white pointers?” We will be doing what we can to make their visit enjoyable. Here’s a few of the events coming up between now and Christmas.

WALES v CANADA PRE – MATCH GATHERING..

Melbourne Sunday 12 October.

Keepers Arms will be the gathering point for BDU in Melbourne prior to the game. Meet at the pub about midday. BDU website wherewemeet.htm has a map showing location under “Where we meet” but if you’re not so good at maps just go to the Queen Victoria Markets and ask. It’s very close by. Bluebird Jones better half Sonya has arranged for the pub to provide a decent (and cheap) feed for us and the beer prices (cheapest in town) will ensure that the lads are well oiled prior to the game which kicks off at 7pm????? After enjoying the hospitality of the Keepers Arms we will probably do a pub crawl in the direction of the Stadium arriving there well in time for the kick-off. Expecting a big turn out so please come along and enjoy the fun and banter.

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BLUEBIRDS DOWNUNDER
MELBOURNE GATHERING

Melbourne Monday 13 October - 7pm

Keepers Arms will also be the venue for the main gathering on the day after the Wales match. We will be showing all the very latest Cardiff games courtesy of Povz back in Cardiff and JimW who (we hope) will be collecting the tape from Dave at the Crystal Palace game immediately prior to returning home. We had a great gathering down there last time and with all the visitors in town we hope that BDU members in Melbourne will be out in force to welcome the visitors.

 

CANBERRA..

Wales play two games in Canberra, Tonga on Sunday 19th & Italy on Saturday 25th October – both evening kick offs. Now, Canberra is NOT the Captains favourite city in Australia, in fact it could best be described as a Sheltered Workshop for politicians, bureaucrats and academics. The place is very spread out, and difficult to get around if you haven’t got wheels. The accommodation is expensive and over rated. If you like the Arts, Museums and -5deg mornings then Canberra is just the place for you. If you like decent beer, pubbing, nightlife and chasing tail it’s a bit of a disappointment. Having said that, the RWC organisers in Canberra are going out of their way to welcome Welsh supporters to their city. They have been plying your esteemed captain with all types of bribes (free tickets, free accommodation and loose women) to encourage me to recommend the place to you, but I have resisted all temptations.

HOWEVER, WHEN IN CANBERRA BLUEBIRDS DOWNUNDER DRINK AT :

ALSO TRY THE WELSH/VIETNAMESE CHIPPIE JUST AROUND THE CORNER

S.PUGH N DI

AND YOU CAN BUY ALL THE PORN YOU WANT IN THE SUBURB OF FYSHWICK

(the only place in Australia where it’s legal…)

at TITS R US

just around the corner from where the pollies live…..what a surprise.

Seriously though folks, The King O’Malley will be our base in Canberra and although it’s one of those pretend Irish Bars it’s a good location, great food and they also have some dormitory and single room accommodation left at special rates for BDU members. Call them for further details, but get in quick as the accommodation is going fast.

Bluebirds DownUnder have received a large number of Canberra Visitors Packs which include great discount offers and advice on getting around. So see me in Melbourne or pick up a Pack from behind the bar at The Kauri Hotel. If anyone is after a lift from Sydney to Canberra for the Welsh games on the 19 or 25 October please contact me on 0409491867. I will be staying over both nights and coming back early the following day.

 


MAX BOYCE CONCERT..

A number of our members will be attending the Max Boyce concert in Sydney on Monday 27 October. Meet at the Fortunes of War pub in The Rocks from 6pm onwards.



BLUEBIRDS DOWNUNDER
SYDNEY GATHERING

And then back to Cardiff City. Monday November 3 sees another big night at The Kauri where we hope to welcome our many overseas visitors and show them a night out they will remember. Jim will be back with all his stories and goodies, and there will be a couple of surprises in store, so please BE THERE!!! Faggots peas chips and mushy peas are on the menu, so don’t eat beforehand. 7pm start.

By the way, if you do need accommodation in Sydney, the Kauri Hotel has good clean rooms at $30 a night including breakfast available to BDU members and visitors. Ring Tristan on 02 9660 2350 at the hotel to book. Say you’re with BDU.

 

BLUEBIRDS DOWNUNDER
BRISBANE GATHERING

We can’t yet confirm a gathering in Brisbane, however if Wales do make it to the Quarter Finals they will probably be playing in Brisbane, so that seems like a good excuse for a northern gathering. Watch the website for further details. Dave Sansom our man in Brisbane is keen to organise something if he thinks it will be well supported.

 

NEXT SOCCER MATCHES..

Sunday 19 October - Quadrangular Tournament BDU versus Chelsea/Wolves/Notts Forest. Contact Steve (Buttocks) Hewitson if you want to join the team.

Sunday 9 November (Suggested date) Backpackers v BDU. We now have 24 registered members in the team so the suggestion is that we have a game between our regulars and Backpackers down at Wentworth Park followed by a meal and drinkies at The Kauri.

 

LETTER FROM SAM..

I was delighted to receive a great letter from Sam, recognising us for the support we are giving the club, and thanking us (in advance) for the BDU shirts he was going to be presented with at the Gillingham game. Sam has offered to support us in any logical way he can. Not quite sure what that means, but we’ll put the hard word on him for a set of old team shirts for the soccer team, just to see if that’s the sort of thing he had in mind. Sam’s letter will be posted on the website. see the letter here

 

MERCHANDISE..

Sale of merchandise is going well. We have currently sold out of Aussie/BDU keyrings and magnets (except for a few kiwi ones that we can’t sell, yet) but expect more to arrive very soon. Mike now has a good supply of BDU shirts. (including plenty of Fat Bastard and children’s sizes) and is taking orders. They would make a great gift for people back home, top quality Australian manufactured product.

DRESS LIKE SAM DOES……..ORDER ON THE WEBSITE NOW!!

Remember, all profits go to the Shirt for a Shirt campaign, which will have us sponsoring a Cardiff City player’s shirt next season.

 

ORGANISING GROUP..

Leigh Davies has accepted the position of RAMS co-ordinator on the OG. Leigh is also heading off to New Zealand to live in the next couple of weeks and once he is established there intends to get a NZ BDU gathering started. (Then we can sell the rest of the bloody Kiwi key rings and magnets)

We also have our first lady OG member. Sue Donovan will be our Ladies Representative and will be working to encourage more ladies to come along to our gatherings. That’s great news. We already do get a few coming along but the more the merrier as far as I am concerned.

Thanks to all the OG members who do a great job organising the club.

 

XMAS PARTY!

We have in mind a Xmas Family Bar-b-que and sports fun day at Pittwater Reserve in Palm Beach, up on the beautiful Northern Beaches of Sydney. This will be happening Sunday 7 December, so please pencil it in your diary. Kayaking, swimming, bush walking, surfing and generally messing around in the sun. (Plenty of shade as well though if you need it.)

 

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT..

Just for a change of pace, how about a bit of Welsh culture? Your multi-talented captain and your even more talented Cultural Liaison Officer, Clive Woosnam, will be appearing in Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas at the Old Chapel Theatre in Newington College on Sunday 26 October at 2pm. This is a rare chance to hear this immortal play for voices performed as Dylan originally intended, with authentic accents from a cast including eleven actors born in Wales. Call Clive on 02 9997 2019 to book.

 

Phew……told you there was a lot going on.

Hope to see you at a BDU gathering very soon.