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Don't Call Me Ishmael

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Don't Call Me Ishmael By Michael Gerard Bauer Michael Gerard Buaer, 2012, One of Joe's photos that was cropped and adjusted slightly for the cover of the original Australian edition of Don't Call Me Ishmael., photograph, , accessed 23 May 2012, <http://michaelgerardbauer.wordpress.com/>. Bibliography We wear the mighty blue and white
We play it hard
We play it right
Will we lie down? No! We will fight
With all our might and courage.
We’ll step with pride upon the field
We will not bend
We will not yield
We’ll strive until our fate is sealed
A backward step not taken
And should our efforts seem in vain
We won’t relent
We’ll strive again
Till we have overcome the pain
And set our course for glory.
We wear the mighty blue and white
We play it hard
We play it right
Will we lie down? No! We will fight
With all our might and courage.
We’ll step with pride upon the field
And when the battle’s been and done
Win or lose
We’ll stand as one
United in the race we’ve run
And no foe will deny us.
They’ll see that we’re St Daniels men
We don’t give up
We don’t give in
With courage forged in a lion’s den
We stand proud and defiant. We Are St Daniel's Men P99 and 100 The Characters Ishmael Leseur The main Character 'My List Of 5 Amazing Things about Me.
1.My sister is a genius
2.My father played in a band called the Dugongs
3.My mother is a Councilor
4.When I was an alter boy in Year Four I used
to faint during the service
5.I hate my name' Ishmael in English P30 Name: Ishmael Leseur
Age:14
Year:9
About Him: He claims
to have Ishmael Leseur
syndrome (which has no
cure). His parents are Ron
and Carol Leseur. He has a
sister named Prue. He Debates. Ron Leseur Married to: Carol Leseur
Children: Ishmael and Prue Leseur 'Dad: Did I ever tell you the story of how Ishmael got his name?
Victim: Yes. Yes, I think you did. Wasn't your wife in hospital...
and she was overdue...
Dad: That's right, she was way overdue. I'll never forget it. It's a
great story. I came to visit her after work...
Victim: Yes. I remember. You told me. A great story-how your
wife was feeling a bit upset and said she felt like a...
Dad: Upset! I'll say. You should have been there. When I came to
visit her after after work she'd been crying...
Victim: Yeah, , and she said she was so big she felt like a...
Dad: She was huge! And you know it was our first baby and,
being overdue, she was tired and worried, so it was pretty hard for her. Anyway, as I was saying, when I came to visit after work...' Ron Leseur P8 telling the story of how Ishmael got his name (his favorite story) Carol Leseur Married to: Ron Leseur
Children: Ishmael and Prue
Leseur James Scobie Age:14
Year: 9
About Him: He is new to St. Daniel's.
He debates. He is Ishmael's new friend.
He had a Brain tumor and after the operation now claims to have no fear. Prue Leseur Ishmael's sister
Parent's: Carol and Ron. Ishmael Claim's she is a genues,
and she likes to make peg people 'blog 37: In which I reveal twelve shocking secrets about DON’T CALL ME ISHMAEL!

Posted on April 30, 2012


First up, if you haven’t actually read my book Don’t Call Me Ishmael! then I wouldn’t bother reading this post. I would however seriously suggest that you take a LONG HARD LOOK AT YOURSELF and stop frittering away your life on other less worthy pursuits!Be that as it may, what follows are some never before revealed, and possibly disturbing, insights into the book.

1. Ishmael’s birthdate is revealed in Chapter 3 as being August 1st. This means he shares a birthday with Herman Melville author of Moby Dick.

2. On the front cover of the original Australian edition just above Ringo’s head, there are some stylised initials scratched into the desk. They are J.T.B. for Joseph Thomas Bauer – my son who was the cover designer. (Not visible in the image below because Joe photo-shopped it in later.)

3. A banana skin is visible at the top left-hand corner of the back cover of the original Australian edition. It ended up there because Joe had a banana for morning tea while he was putting the cover design together for the photo.


One of Joe's photos that was cropped and adjusted slightly for the cover of the original Australian edition of Don't Call Me Ishmael.

4. When Ishmael writes his list of Five Amazing Facts About Me, Number 4 is “When I was an altar boy in Year Four I used to faint during the Service.” He stole that one straight from me!

5. Kelly Faulkner is named in honour of the American writer William Faulkner whom I studied a lot at University. For a while there, I thought of naming more characters after literary heroes but decided against it. 6. Even though James Scobie is perhaps one of the most unusual boys in the book, he is the only one who was based, at least initially, on someone I’d really taught.

7. In the US version of DCM Ishmael the Rugby match has been changed into an American Football (Gridiron) match, even though the story is still based in Australia. Weird!

8. When Ishmael’s dad says philosophically in Chapter 38, “Don’t ever think you’ve got away with anything or got something for nothing – because the bill always comes,” he is quoting one of the characters in Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun also Rises.

9. St Daniels has a row of six playing fields “imaginatively referred to as ‘The Fields’.” This is because St Daniels is based on Marist Brothers Ashgrove and they have similar fields imaginatively referred to as “The Flats”.

10. Miss Tarango’s surname is a combination of Tango (the dance) and Tarago (the car) because she’s such a passionate, energetic and revved-up teacher.

11. In my early planning of the storyline of DCM Ishmael, one of the characters was going to die.

12. Kelly Faulkner’s phone number is given at the end of the book as 4060 8699. This is made up of the postcode for Ashgrove where I grew up (4060) and the secret agent numbers of Maxwell Smart (86) and his partner Ninety-Nine (99 – obviously!)

So there you go. Of course I haven’t revealed ALL the secrets of DCM Ishmael because let’s face it, some of them are just far too explosive to share. But stay tuned for more shocking secrets from the sequels!!!

Cheers
Michael' 12 Things You wouldn't know about Don't Call Me Ishmael! Thanks to Michael Gerard Bauer Kelly Faulkner Fellow Debater. Ishmael's crush
who gets nicknamed 'red T-shirt girl' P131 Barry Bagsley Ishmaels Bully! Miss Tarango Orazio Zorzotto Fellow Debater. The Razzman. Bill Kingsley Fellow Debater. Sci-fi geek. Ignatius Prindabel Fellow Debater. Knower of strange Facts. Ishmael's English Teacher Michael Gerard Bauer, 30 April 2012, Blog 37: In which I reveal twelve shocking secrets about DON’T CALL ME ISHMAEL!, , accessed 24 May 2012, <http://michaelgerardbauer.wordpress.com/>. Book Summary Don't Call me Ishmael is very much a book about growing up and fitting in with a key focus on debating. We recomend this book to anyone who likes a good read or debating, even if you just want to learn about debating it is good
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