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Happy Birthday, Dave!

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(“If I can just get myself out of this laundry bag in time for David’s party!”)

Birthday greetings today to our friend Dave, known to most of us here as TheWhiteRabbit! Byron the Quokka has organized a mighty celebration on Rottnest Island, which is going on even as we speak–in spite of him getting stuck in someone’s laundry bag. He’s managed two birthday messages in a row now without a hitch.

We love to mark your birthdays on this blog; it enhances our fellowship. So if you’d like to be part of the fun, send us a message and let us know when your birthday is. We’ll put it on the list.

There’s another birthday coming up in a few days. We’ve got it covered!

Carols Galore!

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here–and if you want to listen to a bunch of really beautiful Christmas music, hop on over to Lee’s “Playground Player Chessforum” on http://www.chessgames.com/ . Our friends OhioChessFan, Jessicafischerqueen, Count Wedgemore (from Norway, with a Swedish carol for us), and Diceman have loaded it up with Christmas carols today. Just click “chessforums” at the bottom of the page, then scroll down until you find the little green dinosaur and “Playground Player,” and click that. Let us know if you have any trouble connecting to it, although I don’t think you will.

Oh! And please let us know if you go crazy or something because of too much Christmas music, which Science says is bad for you–nyah-nyah to that!

We’d post ’em here, only suddenly it’s an embarrassment of riches, dontcha know–nowhere to put ’em all. But if enough of you ask for it, I’ll try. Maybe one a day. That’d work.

It’s going to be a merry Christmas, everybody!

P.S.–Come to think of it, I think I will post them here over the next few days. Just in case you can’t get there.

Byron the Quokka: ‘Carols, Anyone’?

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G’day, everybody! Byron the Quokka here: and her in the picture is my kid sister, Fleejy, napping on the grass. I was hoping it’d inspire you to ask for more carols for our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest.

Yipes! Only nine days left till Christmas! There must be a lot of great carols we haven’t got to yet. And the leader in the contest has 44 views on the day it was posted. I’m not allowed to tell you who that is.

Well, I stand ready to handle your hymn requests today. There must be quite a few of you who’ve never asked for one. I understand shyness, really I do. It makes the world go round. But it don’t pep up the carol contest.


An Exclusive Interview with Byron the Quokka

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(Editor’s Note: The following interview was done by Ernest and Giulio Gallo for Not Those Gallos Brothers! Magazine. These are excerpts.)

E&G: Have you settled into your job as contest manager for this blog?

BTQ: Yes.

E&G: We understand this is only the second interview you’ve ever granted.

BTQ: That’s true. The first one, the guy told me he was Col. Mustard from the Clue game and I believed him because he looked like Col. Mustard, and then he turned out to be some patzer named Henderson and all the other quokkas laughed at me for a week and went around calling themselves Miss Scarlet or Professor Plum, etc. I have to admit–it left scars. But I granted this interview because my Uncle Cedric thought it was the Gallo Brothers who make that wine he likes so much, and I just couldn’t disappoint him.

E&G: Who do you try to pattern yourself after?

BTQ: (thinking it over for a good five minutes) I guess the Sons of Hercules.

E&G: what do you like best about working for this blog?

BTQ: The hours are flexible, the pay is fantastic, I get to see all the cat and hamster videos I want, and I love the readers, they are cool! Also I get to go to New Jersey now and then and ride on the handlebars of Lee’s bike.

E&G: Do you think Australia will ever have a quokka as prime minster?

BTQ: (dives into burrow. Won’t come out. Faint noise of him blowing a raspberry at the interviewers).


Byron’s Contest Report

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here, with a progress report on our second annual Christmas Carol Contest.

A new leading carol has emerged, racking up 44 views the other day–44, by gum! But as a wise Tasmanian devil once said, “Where there’s 44, there must be more.” For the time being, those 44 views have set a record. But records are made to be broken!

The winner will get an autographed copy of Lee’s new Bell Mountain book, His Mercy Endureth Forever. It hasn’t been published yet, but everything’s ready and it should be coming out soon.

Keep those Christmas hymn requests coming!

By Request, ‘Wise Men Follow Him’

Requested by Erlene, Wise Men Follow Him, by Carroll Roberson. We seem to be on the subject of the Wise Men today. Well, why not? But Matthew does say they found the baby Jesus and His family in “the house”–they weren’t in the manger anymore, by then.

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We have a new leader in our Christmas carol contest–40 views! That’ll be tough to beat, but we’re here to let you try.

Byron’s Contest Update


G’day! Byron the Quokka here–and our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest seems to be slowing down. So here’s my idea to pep it up!

The prize will be an autographed copy of Bell Mountain No. 12, His Mercy Endureth Forever. And if you want to find out if Ellayne and Dulayl get eaten by the giant hyena, you’re gonna need this book! It hasn’t been published yet, but it’s all ready to go and it should be coming out early next year.

The winner will be whoever requests the Christmas carol that gets the most views on the day it’s posted. So far the leader has 22 views. Do I hear 25? Thirty? And one thing we don’t have to worry about is running out of Christmas carols!

Here on Rottnest Island, we have no hyenas of any kind, not even little ones. All the quokkas agree that’s a good thing. And this is Byron, signing off…

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How’s the Carol Contest Going?

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here. We don’t get any snow on Rottnest Island: that picture’s me on our family vacation to New Jersey. Only chance I ever got to use my skis.

Anyhow, I’m here to report on the progress of our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest. And the carol that got 24 views on Dec. 1 is still in the lead. No, I’m not going to tell you what it was, or who posted it. It’s sort of a blind taste test. I love those! Did you ever see the one where they’ve got people taste-testing cat food? Fantastic!

So let’s keep those carols coming, folks. I told Lee I could make this a tremendously successful contest and I won’t want to wind up looking like a doo-dah. It would be very bad for my prestige!

Birthday Greetings to Ina!

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G’day, mates! Break out those party hats and noisemakers, because today is Ina’s birthday! She lives in Scotland, so it’s a bit tricky for her to come to the party we’re throwing for her, here on Rottnest Island–but we’re totally sure she’s here in spirit.

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Well, everybody, what’re you waiting for? Whoop it up!

Let the Contest Begin!

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here. Look at the neat tennis ball I found! Some careless human lost it, they must think these things grow on trees.

Ah! But I’m here to officially open our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest, beginning–today!

Here’s the rules. The winner is that reader who requests a Christmas carol and, on the day it’s requested and posted, racks up the most views. So if, say, on Dec. 14, Reader A requests “Pat-a-Pan” and gets 24 views for it on that day; but on Dec. 17, Reader B requests “Noel” and gets 29 views for it on that day–well, Reader B would be the winner, unless someone else comes along and does even better.

I think the winner ought to get a tennis ball, I love the way you can pull the hair off them–the tennis balls, not the winner–but I think the prize will be an autographed book.

A Handy Tip: If you’re in one of those Western time zones, try to get your carol request posted early in your day–because those blokes in the Eastern time zones are three hours ahead of you, and they’ll be going to bed while you’re still up. Just trying to level the playing field, dontcha know.

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