About Brett Barfoot


Posts by Brett Barfoot:


I had just survived a gruelling, hair raising, tearing, and torturous, lucky escape and laid out all the week’s sport for the first time off my own bat.   Stretching my arms back behind my head I breathed a sigh of glee and relief when the sports editor said to me, “How about you make(…)

The last goodbye

2009 Jschool Valedictory from Brett Barfoot: Welcome to Jschool’s class of 2009 graduation ceremony. I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the family and friends who have travelled from near and far to help us celebrate the closing of one magnificent chapter and the beginning and rebirth of eight eager and questioning(…)

The Norman Gunston Rap

You may have seen me on the street Tripping over my own two big feet On my very own news beat   I’m the real life Norman Gunston, Gunston, Gunston, Gunston Yeah   I’m the real life Norman Gunston   What’s that you want a proof? Mate your camera’s got no flash! Oops Sorry Excuse(…)

The night before the chicken died

A great dying time is completed. It is time for rebirth and positivism. It is time for footy finals, it is time to make the Australian cricket team, it is time to write, the time is 5.52pm.   I am here wrapped woolen yet brisk, the outside chill of Naracoorte has forced me to quit(…)

Day one at The Herald

The torrential rains over night have stopped, main street Naracoorte is slowly filling with the sound of steel tray utes and beef road trains. I am 10 minutes late for my first day at the Herald….shit!! This is the production team my boss tells me, work station carrels, lay out sheets and the smooth grey(…)

Best laid plans of mice and men

I had taken the back way, a long and descending trek down Jubilee Tce and around Mt Coot-tha towards Ipswich on the journey home. For as long as I remember country radio had never been my taste, but today it would all seem too fitting. After a short trip around Ipswich heading north when I(…)

The tree of life

Once dreamt, within an infinite dream Sprouted from seed an everlasting tree Its branches stretch from here to nevermore Casting darkness across and abroad   You are in this dream Dreamt by the dreamer Given the gift A leaf from the tree You are the light to shine on forever This is but a dream(…)

We’ve only just begun….

Geelong Cats celebrated Gary Ablett’s 150th game in style last night with a comprehensive 48 point victory over the Adelaide Crows at AAMI stadium. The Cats held off a tough fight back from Adelaide to kick a 6-0 goal final quarter, sealing Geelong’s fourth consecutive win for the season. Steve Johnstone opened the account for(…)

My 0.53 cents

The circus was in town again. Red and white striped tents, wall to wall posters of the coming attractions, old ladies with cake stalls and a man who greeted me at the gate with a secret handshake, “go The Greens” he said, “go The Greens” I replied.   Voting day for the 2009 Qld state(…)

The journey north

An eerie silence was being carried across the valley on the backs of grey charred looms of smoke. Red diesel tankers skirted over the bows of these burnt Killmore hills. The drought was over and the time for rebirth had arrived, only 1,517 kilometres remained. A bushfire, milk bar robbery and local pub being gutterd by(…)