How often do you get to see a true Rock ‘n Rolla opening up about his childhood, his wild days and his drug habits? Not often, right? Most interviewers tend to stroke the star’s ego for fear of insulting and end up tiptoeing around the touchy questions we all want to hear the answers to. In so doing, we end up hearing the same bullshit answers which is about as entertaining as an Australian rugby derby. Thankfully veteran Irish presenter Gay Byrne doesn’t give a toss about insulting anyone and asks deep questions like “What’s it all about?” “Why are we here?” “Is there a God?” and “What happens when we die?” In this gem of a ‘The Meaning of Life’ episode, Gay tucks into Rock ‘n Roll legend Noel Gallagher and manages to get him to discuss some pretty personal experiences. Noel is as cool as ever. Naturally.
Jeez but the Travelling Willbury’s takes me back a year or two. This is pure Rock ‘n Roll classic at its ultimate best! The English-American supergroup consisted of music legends Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, and recorded two albums together in 1988 and 1990, although
The Voice of An Angel Orbison passed away before the second was recorded. Take a second to appreciate the members of this band…mind blowing! Here’s a fun fact: ‘Tweeter and The Monkey Man’ is considered a playful homage to The Boss, who was often hailed as “the next Dylan” early in his career. The lyrics include the titles of many of his songs, and the song borrows many of his themes. You know what to do next, right? Plugin those earphones, turn this one up and enjoy it with me.
Bryan Habana is on the eve of becoming only the 4th South African to play 100 rugby Test matches for his country and in the process truly cement himself as a Springbok great. He’s already the leading try scorer for the Boks, is revered around the world as one of the fastest wings in Rugby Union and his 56 Test tries places him fourth on the list of all-time international try scorers. There is no denying the brilliance of the man as he epitomizes the saying “form is temporary, class is permanent” and below is a tribute to the man with jet-shoes. Forgive the soundtrack and enjoy the tries.
What better way to understand the intricacies of defending the midfield than by listening to Irish rugby legend, Brian O’Driscoll talk Austin Healy through it on Rugby Tonight? Brian runs through three different scenarios which may occur on a rugby field and what his responses would be to each. It’s interesting hearing what he has to say and is quite apt considering the fresh meat the Springboks have picked at 13 for this weekends clash against the Wallabies. I hope that Jan Serfontein has watched the clip. Whilst listening to Brian, I noted two things: Firstly, he regards defending at 13 to be the toughest defensive position on the park; and secondly I get the feeling that I want to hear him speak about rugby for the rest of my days.