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3 June, 2021

Wayne’s World: More of a blacksmith than a wordsmith

G’DAY Tropicairnsians, Last week the Queensland Country Press Awards evening was held.

By Wayne Marshall

A posh do, held in the big smoke and this fantastic little first year local newspaper won three awards, great work and recognition for all those involved.

But hold on, that’s not the only news to come from this awards night.

This little self-edmacated  numnuts, also received a Highly Commended in the category of Best Regular Column.

 Now I realize for many that this may seem trivial but for me it is amazing as basically the only education I have is my apprenticeship for boilermaker/welder.

You cannot count on my regular schooling as I was expelled from 15 schools.

Yes, I was a mongrel and the last one I was expelled from was in year 9 in April on my birthday and I started work the next day at the ripe old age of 15. 

 When I was asked to write this column, I was really scared because truth to be told writing just my name was a struggle.

The idea of a weekly column was bloody stupid and in my family history unheard of.

Then comes the tricky part, I must keep readers coming back for more of my ramblings every week.

But thanks to all of you I have managed to keep nimble fingers (even if it’s only 2) on the keyboard and this week I was just about to enter Hogs Breath for a feed, when a bloke walking down the street thanked me for providing him with a smile and laugh every week.

I am approached all the time around town and in the big green box and I can never be grateful enough for all the encouragement given to me.

 When you are greeted and thanked by complete strangers for being rather different it’s a real life changer, but then so is getting kicked in the gonads.

 To receive recognition from highly skilled journos with huge number of years’ experience is for me outstanding, and not to forget Peter, my bald editor who, when I started had a full head of hair.

Thanks F.N.Q. 

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