Time Out! We Have a Winner!

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Congratulations to Phoebe, who has posted our 65,000th comment and thus won our current comment contest!

Phoebe, you get to pick your prize–either a paddle ball toy, or an autographed copy of my book, His Mercy Endureth Forever. If you pick the fli-back, it’s guaranteed your cat will someday make the little rubber ball disappear. But whatever you choose, please email me your mailing address.

Several readers came close to winning at the last minute–we had kind of a photo finish.

Now, then, if I can ever get this blog’s viewership numbers back to normal, I think we’ll have another contest when we approach 70,000 comments.

Thanks to all of you who’ve stuck with us.

Anybody Home?

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G’day–I hope! Byron the Quokka here.

I really hoped we’d have a comment contest winner yesterday, but it didn’t happen. And today, so far, we have zero comments!

Did I mention the winner, the reader who posts Comment No. 65,000, gets an autographed paddle ball? Like this:

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And of course this gigantic picture comes up when I was shooting for just a little-bitty one. Looks like it’s going to be that kind of day.

Or you can win an autographed copy of Lee’s new book, His Mercy Endureth Forever.

If nobody comments, then no one will win either of these fantastic spiffy prizes. I told him the prize ought to be a bicycle: he’d be combin’ comments out of his hair this morning. I told him, but does he listen? Crikey! At the rate he’s going, this blog’ll disappear altogether by Saturday. And there’ll be no one left to help us open Quokka University.

Waiting to hear from you!


Will We Have a Contest Winner Today?

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Good morning and g’day! Byron the Quokka here, with my kid cousin, Faizy, getting ready to announce the winner of our current comment contest–because there are only 47 left to go to reach 65,000, and I’d like to see it done today!

The winner who posts No. 65,000 will get either an autographed copy of Lee’s new book, His Mercy Endureth Forever, or an autographed paddle ball toy complete with rubber band, whichever prize you want. The book has giant hyenas in it. The fli-back doesn’t.

And now I’d better scarper out of here because I just erased the video he had loaded up for this morning.

I hope to be back later today to announce the winner!

Two Hot Flashes from Byron the Quokka!

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I don’t know who wrote that “hot flashes” headline! It should have been “hot news flashes! It should also have been three hot news flashes.

First, there are only 146 comments to go, to reach 65,000 and have a winner in our current comment contest. And this time the grand prize (there he goes again–there’s only one prize) will either be an autographed copy of His Mercy Endureth Forever (first edition, collectors’ item, etc.) or an autographed fli-back paddle ball toy.

Second, I don’t know how, but suddenly that annoying “301 error” message has disappeared from our Facebook posts on Patty’s Facebook page. We’re glad to see it go.

Third–now what was it?–oh, yeah! Quokka University will offer a course on how to read this blog. This is because we’re afraid people are missing special features like Joe Collidge and Oy, Rodney by not backing up a day or two and reading them. You don’t have to read them on the same day they were posted. We’ll also go into the wonderful treasure-trove of the blog archives, going all the way back to late 2011. Do you realize there are literally thousands of blog posts you could read? I’d never do it myself, but it’s all there if you want it.

To attend Quokka University, all you have to do is come to Rottnest Island. There is a rumor that if you close your eyes, click your heels together three times, and bellow out our Latin motto, “Ipso loquitur mannimota,” you will be instantly transported to our campus. I can’t test that because I’m already here. If you can make it work, please let us know! Make sure you tell us where you get transported to.

Don’t Forget the Comment Contest

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G’day! Byron here, with an important announcement.

There are only 300 comments to go before we hit 65,000! And whoever posts that milestone comment wins a prize. Either an autographed copy of Lee’s new book, His Mercy Endureth Forever…  Image result for images of his mercy endureth forever by lee duigon

Or, if you prefer, an autographed fli-back, paddle ball toy for those of you who are as daft as he is.

See the source image    He’ll autograph that, too, so no one will think you went out to the Five & Ten and bought it yourself just so you could say you won it. I know a certain wallaby who does that… I don’t know who he thinks he’s fooling anymore.

And all you have to do to win either of these fantastic prizes is to post a comment! (Not just any comment. It has to be Comment No. 65,000. Thought I’d better clear that up.)


New Courses at Quokka U.!

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Actually, all the courses at Quokka University are new because we haven’t opened yet. But let me turn the program over to Byron the Quokka–

G’day! We’re experimenting with a course on Leaf Cuisine; but before I tell you about any more of the courses we’ll be offering, I’m supposed to remind you that we’ve got a comment contest going–just 704 more comments and we reach No. 65,000 and someone, it could be you, is a lucky winner!

A very famous celebrity named Brad Something-or-other is going to teach a course called How to Write Good, we’ll have one on Stinky Movies, a lecture series on How to Avoid the News, and a mini-course about French painters that you never heard of. I haven’t, that’s for sure. Bob Matisse? Ginger Renoir? I think I’ll take this course! Felix the Platypus is going to teach it.

Munchable, crunchable leaves will be served with every class meeting!

Rally for the Comment Contest

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How soon can we get to 65,000 comments? At the moment, we have 64,205–that’s just 795 to go.

The lucky winner will get an autographed copy of Bell Mountain No. 12, His Mercy Endureth Forever. Or you can win a paddle ball toy, if you’d prefer. But the book has giant hyenas in it. That’s got to count for something.

The book’s not selling that well, blog traffic has trickled down to 2015 levels, and I have no idea what to do to pump things up around here. I am advised not to resort to using click bait or misleading headlines. How about more recipes by some guy who can’t cook? That would be me.

I wonder if the nooze has made enough people depressed enough so that it reaches all the way down to this obscure blog and depresses the viewership.  That’s just a theory. I welcome your speculations.

Reminder: We Do Have a Comment Contest

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here, reminding you that we have a comment contest going and there are prizes to be won. We’re shooting for Comment No. 65,000, with just under a thousand left to go. And the winner gets–

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A fly-back!

Or you can have an autographed copy of Lee’s book, His Mercy Endureth Forever. (It has giant hyenas in it!) Don’t bother asking for a bicycle. Believe me, I’ve tried.

All comments are eligible, with just these few exceptions: comments that are abusive to anybody on this site; comments that drop the f-bomb; commercials disguised as comments; and inane Far Left Crazy stuff . Other than that, anything goes.

And need I add that if we can get the viewership back up to where it was all year until July and now August came along, we’ll be saving my job?

Comment Contest Update

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G’day! The Board of Reagents here at Quokka University has voted unanimously, 1-0, to change the goal of this blog’s current comment contest to 65,000.

Well, why not? It was 64,000 at first–and then followed five weeks of non-stop computer problems, including loss of internet access. That slowed down the comments but good!

Anyhow, it’ll be more fun to do it, now that the mess has been cleaned up and we can find more interesting things to talk about. So with the goal moved to 65,000, that means we have about 13 hundred comments to go. Let’s see how fast we can do it.

The prize is still an autographed copy of one of Lee’s books. I advised him to make it $65,000, but you know how cheap he is. He won’t even shell out for a bicycle.

Then again, one of those Fli-back toys–you know: wooden paddle, rubber ball on a rubber string–would make a great prize.

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Maybe I can get him to go for it.

What About the Comment Contest?

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G’day, seekers of truth! Byron the Quokka here, with a bedraggled comment contest that’s had to contend with five weeks of computer problems. We were shooting for 64,000, we now have 63,654, so that leaves 346 comments to go, according to my abacus.

But now the repairs have been made, the blog refurbished, and I’d like to ask you something: should we stick with the goal of 64,000 comments, or move the goalpost back to 65,000, to give us more time to have fun with it without being distracted by on-and-off internet access and all the rest of that mess? What do you prefer, dear readers?

Although nobody new signed up in July, we now have 1,600 followers here. I wonder if we’ll ever get up to 2,000.

Whew! It’ll be nice to get back to setting up Quokka University. We’re still trying to decide what kind of leaves and twigs to serve in the cafeteria.