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We al­ready know that jump­ing on the band­wagon means to join an ac­tiv­ity that has be­come very pop­u­lar or to change your opin­ion to one that has be­come very pop­u­lar. Mainly, it’s just so you can share in its suc­cess. What if, though, you were the one to cre­ate the band­wagon?

You were the one to start some­thing that ev­ery­one else loved. Well, in ac­tual fact, I am cur­rently do­ing this now with #Ab­s4april. Ok, it’s not fully a band­wagon yet as only a few peo­ple are in it, but how can you get peo­ple on your band­wagon if you don’t tell them about it?

I weighed my­self re­cently and re­alised I am the heav­i­est I’ve ever been.

As I was talk­ing with a mate, we re­alised that there are heaps of peo­ple feel­ing over­weight at the mo­ment. I am a 32-year-old old dad of three kids, so it’s been dif­fi­cult los­ing the sym­pa­thy baby weight. How­ever, it’s time we made a change, so here’s what we’re do­ing for the month of April.

If you’d like to join, please do be­cause know­ing other peo­ple are do­ing it too ac­tu­ally re­ally helps.

There are three rules. One: work out ev­ery day in April. Who cares what you do, just get mov­ing.

Two: text a friend ev­ery day about what you did in your work­out.

Three: eat some­thing ev­ery three hours. #Ab­s4april It’s that easy. No pres­sure. Hon­estly, for me, it’s just about get­ting mov­ing and do­ing some­thing other than watch­ing Net­flix.

If you’re keen to join me for #Ab­s4april, hit me up on Face­book, In­sta or Twit­ter @hi­dav­e­matthews


Game of Thrones is touted as be­ing the great­est TV se­ries of all time. With mil­lions of view­ers world­wide, the se­ries is about to en­ter its eighth sea­son and ev­ery sec­ond per­son you talk to can’t wait.the show is ref­er­enced in pop cul­ture al­most daily with phrases like “you know noth­ing Jon Snow” and “win­ter is com­ing” part of the modern ver­nac­u­lar. But who thought it was awe­some first and why does it mat­ter? There is a sense of en­ti­tle­ment, even smug­ness, from those GOT fans who tuned into its very first episode in 2011 who now rep­re­sent a sub-set of peo­ple who feel they cre­ated the band­wagon. Not the cre­ators who made the masterpiec­e and its univer­sal ap­peal, but sim­ply the early adopters be­cause they said “this show goes all right” and sup­pos­edly cre­ated the tsunami of love that fol­lowed. With this ra­tio­nale in my mind, I got to think­ing, what band­wagon have I built? The an­swer: smashed avo. Yep, you’re wel­come. I think it was about 1983, pos­si­bly Jan­uary – my sis­ter Pip would make av­o­cado on toast and spread it on thinly like peanut but­ter and then sea­son it with cracked black pep­per and gar­lic salt. How­ever, I no­ticed some­thing wasn’t quite right – an op­por­tu­nity to en­hance this al­ready handsome culi­nary creation. I couldn’t put my finger on it at first, then it hit me: it was the tex­ture and con­sis­tency that was the prob­lem. I don’t want this mag­nif­i­cent fruit re­duced to a com­mon break­fast spread. I need va­ri­ety. I need bold­ness. I need chunks. I need SMASHED AVO. So, hip­sters and café own­ers, don’t fret. I’m not seek­ing a per­cent­age of your take from the ridicu­lous amount of money you charge for this. Maybe just a lit­tle nod and a smile next time I’m in.


“Jump­ing on the band­wagon” is to jump aboard an ac­tiv­ity that has be­come very pop­u­lar or to change your opin­ion to one that has be­come very pop­u­lar so that you can share in its suc­cess.

In this case, we are talk­ing about Game of Thrones.

Sea­son eight is about to launch on April 15 and Game of Thrones fans are go­ing bananas over it.

I’ve just started watch­ing Game of Thrones from the start.

Yes, you read cor­rectly: from the start. I know, I’ve been told it’s too late to start watch­ing it now.

Now it’s prob­a­bly not worth get­ting into be­cause it’s too com­plex.

Blah, blah, blah ... but I’m com­mit­ted. I like to think I helped build the Sun­shine Coast Light­ning fan band­wagon.

Be­ing the only re­gional team in the com­pe­ti­tion, it was al­ways go­ing to be hard for them to gain mem­ber­ships and fans. But as Sunny Coast peo­ple do, they jumped on board the band­wagon hard and haven’t got off. Now two pre­mier­ships later, there’s no sign of this band­wagon slow­ing down any time soon.

As the Sun­shine Coast Light­ning game-day host, I feel as though it is my re­spon­si­bil­ity to get our pas­sion­ate fans loud and proud not only on the court but off the court as well.

They do a damn good job be­cause we have an awe­some team to be su­per proud of.

So, as it’s my duty, I’m an­nounc­ing their first home game for the sea­son is on May 12 at the Bris­bane En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre (un­til their USC sta­dium re­fur­bish­ment has been com­pleted).

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