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Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - with John An­der­sen john. an­der­sen@ news. com. au

He calls him­self the Den­ture Ad­ven­turer and he trav­els … with his mo­bile work­shop mak­ing ‘ falsies’ for clients whose ‘ chom­pers’ have long since bit­ten the dust.

OKAY, so we are all still com­ing down from the adrenalin-in­duced high that was Queens­land’s Ori­gin win. This ex­treme level of eu­pho­ria can only mean that we re­ally didn’t think we could pull this win off with­out Thurston, Scott, Inglis and Boyd. And then there was Billy Slater with his an­kle we knew wasn’t go­ing to last more than 10 min­utes into the first half. But, we didn’t just win. We rubbed their noses in it. And as per usual there’s been some great jokes do­ing the rounds about NSW and coach Lau­rie Da­ley. I’m not pick­ing on Da­ley be­cause in my book he’s al­ways been a good bloke. Any­way, I’m wan­der­ing off the reser­va­tion here. Get­ting back to the jokes, the best one I saw was the Be­toota Ad­vo­cate’s head­line: “Qld Ma­roons Crit­i­cised For Their Use of Per­for­mance En­hanc­ing Bernard Fan­ning Mu­sic.” This was a take on the pre- game per­for­mance of the Pow­derfin­ger song Wish You Well by the band’s front­man, Bernard Fan­ning ( a Queens­lan­der and cousin of well- known Townsville rock­ers, Brian and Terry Fan­ning). I’m de­lighted to say some peo­ple still think the Be­toota Ad­vo­cate is a le­git­i­mate news site as op­posed to be­ing a satir­i­cal pur­veyor of usu­ally very funny fake news. Upon read­ing the Be­toota re­port Trent Hughes, be­liev­ing it was a dinkum yarn, went on­line and wrote: “Oh My god surely this is a ( ex­ple­tive) joke. NSW fans will com­plain about lit­er­ally any­thing. Pa­thetic bunch of germs”. An­gry New South Welsh­man Mat Le­naghan fired up and took to poor, mis­guided and in­no­cent Trent like a pit bull to a chi­huahua, telling him: “The whole ( Be­toota Ad­vo­cate) page is a joke you ( ex­ple­tive) loser”. The whole ex­change de­gen­er­ated into a run­ning, ex­ple­tive- laden, gun­bat­tle be­tween Trent ( who went down fight­ing) and Mat and numer­ous oth­ers. It was a vi­cious ex­change, but that’s life out on the front lines of FB. Any­way, that’s it for an­other splen­did Ori­gin year, but how many peo­ple out there think was the best se­ries ever? And, yes, you can bet Bernard Fan­ning will be back at Sun­corp Sta­dium in 2018.

Pic­ture: GETTY IM­AGES

FOND FAREWELL: Bernard Fan­ning per­forms at Sun­corp Sta­dium be­fore the de­cid­ing State of Ori­gin clash on Wed­nes­day as part of a tribute to Johnathan Thurston.

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