Have flown into Brisbane for tonight's State of Origin (Rugby League) match between Queensland and New South Wales.
The flight was delayed half an hour by the late arrival of the incoming flight from Melbourne where strong winds this morning affected services.
The flight to Brisbane was full and plenty of Blues supporters (NSW) have made the trip north. Two of the Sydney based television commentators (Ray Warren and Ken Sutcliffe) were on board and the National Rugby League's Integrity Officer was seated next to me.
He told me he has to return to Sydney early tomorrow to participate in a press conference effectively confirming news reports this morning in Sydney that an announcement will be made concerning one (more?) senior player having been involved in gambling contrary to the League's rules.
I've changed into blue clothing for tonight's match as instructed by Mt (a Queensland - maroon - supporter). Mt has paid for my match ticket in appreciation of the times I have hosted her at matches in Sydney.
Checking into my hotel a few minutes ago I ran into a couple of Brisbane resident friends in the foyer. We were not expecting to see each other here, indeed they had no idea of my visit tonight. It's a small world of coincidences at times.
I'll try to take some photos at the match and stadium for those breathlessly in need of seeing such information.