Bill The Gypsy – Bill From Fassifern – An Audio Reparation

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On Saturday morning, 16 February 2019 AEDT, I rang in to the ABC Weekend Mornings show on ABC Sydney radio.

To say I had some communication challenges is to grossly understate the case. Three devices, radio on the TV, a landline – but I couldn’t find my hands-free to use my main mobile phone whose receiver speaker thingumy doover is a bit stuffed.

So, Simon Marnie finally threw to Bill from Fassifern, and what he got in return was a bloke with a fascinating tail, I mean tale of a cat who used one paw to mask the sound of his jingling balls, I mean, bells as he stalked prey in the backyard.

(I know some people who pray in the backyard. Takes all sorts.)

But that tail, I mean, tale was delivered with all the sonic clarity and crispness of MHz that you’d expect were I speaking down the line from Mawson’s Hut, Antarctica. The story got through, but barely.

So there’s this:

There must be a song to go with this.

There is! Brb…

ENDS

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The People vs Optus Australia/SingTel Singapore feat. Bildo Franco Johno Quinn Oh!

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This is what’s known in some circles as a slow burn.

Hopefully, the Optus Australia mob will tip a sizeable bucket of cold water on it before it burns too brightly and widespread-ly.

I’m not holding my breath. I’ve had 20 years and almost six months of bitter experience to water down my expectations on matters mobile, tech, billing, customer service.

There’s been good times too. I received such good service from V. the CSR and trainer when Optus was subsuming Virgin Mobile that I wrote her a two-page reference.

But the good times and all the Optus Sports under the English and European suns don’t make up for all the gluggy, smelly, runny brown stuff.

Let’s go to the tape, Rex.

Toby Kon Tin-Ewed…

 

Bill Quinn – Writer, Contributor, Stringer

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Contributor to Trad & Now magazine, Ducks Crossing Publications, December 2006 – present. Contributor to Central Coast Newspapers, May 2014 – present. Social media for Trad & Now, 2010 – 2018, and probably again soon! Plus some admin and deliveries and cook and bottle-washer from time to time ūüėČ

 

I Love Musicians But I Couldn’t Eat A Whole One OR Why I’m Closing Overheard Productions Down On Sunday 30 October 2016 Pt 37

I took this shot on a night when I invited all my Sydney contacts to celebrate 10 years (?) of Overheard Productions. I got one RSVP to say they couldn’t come.

UPDATE: REPORTS OF OVERHEARD PRODUCTIONS’S DEMISE HAVE BEEN GROSSLY EXAGGERATED. BY THE OWNER-OPERATOR. AGAIN.

(It seemed like a good idea and the right way to go at the time, but in truth, Overheard Productions just needed a Bex, a cup of tea, and a good lie down. For about four months. So that’s all done, and we’re coming back live, albeit in a different format and with a different focus. Make that, similar format, slightly different focus. These things shall – or may – become clear.¬†Bill Quinn, Tuesday 14 March 2017, 14:06 AEST.)

This is a common occurrence, that thing what just happened here about half an hour ago.

After a fairly rugged day, I was choosing to turn off the brain – the analytical, always-thinking, always-connecting, always spotting opportunities or potential brain.

With a remote control device, nay, two remote control devices in hand/s: terrestrial AND satellite television, and the owner had gone to bed with her laptop and dog, so the televisual airwaves and receiving flat-screen monitoring thing were mine, all mine.

And then I happened to look at social media and there it was: a friend was sharing some banal meme about cats or food or hovercraft or I honestly cannot remember what it was. And he was starting into a long line of banter on the same topic.

There’s nothing wrong with that. I do it meself. At some great length.

BUT…

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Overheard Productions Closing Down Sale continues until Sunday 23 October 2016

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SEE THE FOLLOWING POST FOR WHY THE POST IS ALL RETROSPECTIVELY VERY MUCH MOOT.

Earlier this week, we announced a very short closing down sale to last until 18:36 AEST (Gold Coast, Australia) which meant an elapsed time of about four and a half days.

Sadly, this week has been high-JACKed by a bit of illness, some frustrating global and national organisations behaving very badly, and just two or three individuals in my worlds acting like petulant pre-school children.

Actually, that’s an unfair comparison: I know many very mature pre-schoolers.

We’ll have a bit more to say about the reasons for this decision at the end of Sunday 23 October, coming as it does only about six weeks before the 13th anniversary of the business starting in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

And no, that’s¬†nothing to do with the fear of reaching 13. Numbers for us are like horoscopes: they’re a bit of harmless fun, but not to be taken seriously. Take 50, for example. (Everyone thinks I’m in my forties!)

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[VIDEO] The Great Overheard Productions Train Tomfoolery Continues: Tuesday Updates

 

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Overheard Productions and the Queensland Police Service: trying to get our ducks in a row

This ongoing police procedural drama/situation comedy is sponsored by the makers of the Matt Barker Radio interview on Overheard Productions: 
https://overheardproductions.com/2016/09/12/audio-interview-with-matt-barker-radio-podcasts-and-digital-radio/

I’ve said it before and will keep saying it: you just cannot make this shit up!

Three days after the Friday night police incident where a whole passenger train was detained for ten minutes while members of the QPS swarmed around the Lota station, and after many phone calls, I’m still in the dark.

I’ll give you the Wednesday updates later, but for now, here is where Ankerss Ahrr-Whey tracks down a neighbour of mine to find out what the heck is going on.

Garry briefs us for a short while until his meal starts to go cold and his accent ships off from north England to…. we’re not quite sure where.

And for those of you who saw the teaser, you know want some more of this:

(A little tip for amateur video-ers, Youtubers: if you’re recording a live performance, be sure to include even just a little of the applause at the end. Otherwise, it’s a bit like a door slamming shut in your face when you stop talking with a friend. I was going to go with a butt cheeks analogy; aren’t you glad I didn’t?)

And now that we’ve gone there, let’s go here. Muggins is there, front and centre at about 0:10. A time of my life when song just took me somewhere I’d never been before.

ENDS hopefully this century…

Police Halt Overheard Productions For 48 Hours: Saturday Updates

On Friday 9 September 2016, at approximately 23:40, officers of the Queensland Flying Peleton Brigade boarded the train to Cleveland which had been held at Lota station and removed Bill Quinn.

Mr Quinn is current head of logistics for the Overheard Group, including Benevolent Ethical Entertainment Presenter (BEEP!) of Overheard Productions and Tawp Dawg at Bill The Housesitter.

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Mr Quinn was spotted later that night in the comfy chair at #36. He’s chill. And there’s a perfect extra resource with some of these bit players.

[I’m leaving that¬†sentence there because in time, the meaning of whatever the hairy heck it was that I meant may reveal itself. Picture a man, barely alive, lying in bed at about 3am, trying to stay awake long enough to post a brief update, but whose face kept falling asleep and slamming into the phone.]

Ask Bill if you’re looking for some promotional exposure.

But right now he’s talking Braille, so please check back at 11pm on Sunday 11 September (London time), 8am Monday 12 September (Brisbane time) or call +61-555-000-000 (for a good time).

 

Bill Quinn
Overheard Productions
Capalaba, Redlands Council District, Queensland, Australia

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