Dorothy The Dinosaur is Evil (Still).

by Lori Dwyer on January 12, 2011 · 62 comments

On the 19th of December, my husband Tony and I took our son Chop to the Wiggles concert. It’s such a beautiful memory for me. I wrote this post not long after. Like many more, it’s been sitting in my drafts folder ever since.

So… a light one. Because, ludicrously, somehow, I still have my twisted sense of humor.

Thia one’s in honour of The Man. My man. My Tony. A family man. A great husband, a brilliant father, my best mate. And just an all round top bloke.

Love you babe.

Hot potato!

Because ‘The Wiggles’ is one of the most Google-searched terms on this blog (Yes, really. I know.) I’ve blogged about the Wiggles in general– and the inherent evilness of Dorothy the Dinosaur in particular- I thought I’d fill you all in on the stuff I learnt when the Chop, the Man and I attended the humongous Wiggles In The Round Greatest Hits concert recently. (And, yes, we left the Bump at home. Slack much, or what?).

Look closely at this picture and tell me who Dorothy reminds you of. And then tell me that she is not, in fact, evil. I dare you.

I’ll begin by saying- this concert was epic. Too cool for pre-school. The biggest thing since juice boxes. This was like the return of AC/DC for the ABC’ers. Or something. (Boom tish, Lori.)

Whatever. A huge thanks to Ungle Grog and Auntie Gemmy for purchasing the tickets for the Chop’s third birthday. A small boo to Uncle Grog for busting his shoulder joint and having to send the Man in his place, but that’s not the point of this story.

Stop talking, Lori. On with the show.

Stuff I Learnt* From The Humongous, Epic, Way-Cool Wiggles Greatest Hits In The Round Concert.

*Kiddy concerts are really just merchandising traps for parents. $20 for a fiber optic light spinner thingie. $20. I kid you not. It was the first show I’ve ever been to where the program was cheaper than the tatty merchandise. (I just went looking for al ink there and realised I haven’t told you jellybeans about my super-nerdy collection of show programs. Remind me to blog about that, one day soonish).

*And food traps. One carton of hot chips (Man forget the sauce, bless his smelly cotton socks), two bottles of Coke and one apple juice- $20. Dear Google God, the humanity.

*That freaking Dinosaur is everywhere. And I do mean everywhere. I probably should have expected that, but still… she even came home with us.


*On a more positive note, Dorothy the Dinosaur also fell on her head. Lots of acrobatic in this show, folks, including trapeze, Russian silks and floor work. Apparently, a large green and yellow spotted tail does make one very nimble in the forward rolls. And Dorothy Stab-Me-Now Dinosaur landed on her head. I laughed. The Man frowned at me. The Chop didn’t even notice. The performers on stage made a huge slapstick joke of it. Which was awesome. And totally expected. Because….

*These guys are consummate showmen. The Wiggles rock hard. They managed to make this a show little kids could enjoy, and not get bored with, in the hugeness of the Acer Arena. They ad-wiggled and laughed. They personally went down into the audience to collect freaking Dorothy’s roses and bones for Wags, and gave out hugs and high fives while they were there. And Anthony Wiggle even stopped the show at one point to give one special needs kid a hug and get him a round of applause from the audience. Altogether now- awwwwwwww. Be still, my toot toot chugga chugga big red heart.

*Anthony is definitely the hottest Wiggle. If there were a hot Wiggle. Which, of course, there isn’t. *Ahem* *Cough* *Wigglelove*

*But Sam is pretty darn cool. I take it all back, everything I said about Sam being a terrible impostor who just doesn’t cut the fruit salad the way Greg did. The Man even went so far as to say that Greg “is dead to him now”. Which is slightly melodramatic, but I do understand his point.

*Whatever. To the Chop, Sam is Greg is Sam anyway, but they’re both called Greg. The power of the yellow skivvie.

*Lastly, Acer Arena is a very trusting kinda place. Of  parents and grand parents and what not, at least. We didn’t have our tickets checked once. Not once. But I’m not sure they instill the same trust in their pint-sized pre-school concert goers, considering the signage they had displayed for them.

No moshing, no stage diving. Indeed. A wise idea. The crowd absolutely went off- like a frog in a footie sock- when the Big Red Car came out.

* There was much discussion on Twitter– well, not really, it was more like a wee bit of discussion, if I’m honest, as to whether the correct word is “Learnt” or “Learned”. Spellcheck says “Learned”. Spellcheck is usually wrong. I’d much appreciate your input on this extremely important ishoooooo in the comments section. Thankyouverymuch.

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Tone-in-Oz January 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm

a] a learned person.
b] a learned person learnt at the knee.

i reckon anyway


Tone-in-Oz January 25, 2011 at 11:40 am

Hi. Black dogs need Black Humour- I think I have a grey dog, but it has a big bad Black Humour to pounce on it and drag me through the day to day. Thoroughly sympathise, please keep it up. as i drip tears over the keyboard, thanks


Megan Leslianne January 13, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Both learnt and learned are acceptable, and interchangeable. I use "learnt" because it flows better. :)


Maxabella January 13, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Your amazing sense of humour and fun is going to see you through, Lori. x


myrelish January 13, 2011 at 9:39 pm

What a fantastic memory of a great guy and family fun. I am in admiration of you surviving and dare I say enjoying a Wiggles concert, you are much much braver than I ever was. Thanks for sharing.


Hear Mum Roar January 13, 2011 at 8:15 pm

I love Sam the wiggle, he's awesome! This looks like a great, recent memory, thanks so much for sharing it with us:)


MaidInAustralia January 13, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Ah, wonderful to get the old memories out. Even if they do involve the evil Dorothy. And yes, Anthony is hot!


Farmers Wifey January 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Yes but I bet you couldn't wait to go stage diving….I bet you wanted to!! Climb on and jump off!!!


Miss Rosie January 13, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Wiggles have no place in my home. Partly as my child watch no TV I am scared I will have to relinquish remote rights and stop watching lifestyle channel, and shows like Tabitha's salon takeover, Project Runway and Rachel Zoe Project Runway.

Also invovles an incident almost 15 years ago invovling a car park and a car being driven by Geoff (silver Tarago not a big red car FYI)


Moragg January 14, 2011 at 12:56 am

I agree with everyone. Not only are you showing us your bravery, the words learnt and learned are interchangeable – learnt is British and learned is American. Feel free to use either!

I use -t because it follows the pattern or taught, thought, fought etc.


Langdowns January 13, 2011 at 11:13 am

That's hysterical! I am so pleased you have the ability to laugh (or at least smile a little). My thoughts are still with you constantly. Thanks for this wonderful post …


Sarah January 13, 2011 at 8:23 am

You are one funny woman Lori. And I agree, the Dorothy creature is utter weirdness. We have a dismembered Dorothy tail that hangs around here, it doesn't quite fit in the dress-up box so it's always just around. Shiver.

I've been thinking about you all night. I have so much sympathy. Sending you cyber love and all my very best wishes.


Lucy January 13, 2011 at 7:02 am

So glad to see you posting. xxx


Glen January 13, 2011 at 4:55 am

So glad you are able to smile.

Wiggles man – they are possibly the worst thing that I've ever been forced to pretend to love with my boys.

and learnt & learned are both perfectly acceptable in English


In Real Life January 13, 2011 at 4:42 am

What a great memory and a fantastic photo!
When my daughter used to like the Wiggles (she's 11 now), I thought Greg was the hottest Wiggle, I couldn't imagine watching Wiggles without Greg as the yellow Wiggle.
I am on the 'learnt' team!


EmmaK January 13, 2011 at 4:28 am

Thanks for that Lori! You are so funny even despite everything. Thinking of you and I've also awarded you a Stylish Blogger Award – please come over to
when you get a moment! xx


Loz January 12, 2011 at 10:13 pm

The wiggles appeared on the scene a bit after my kids left that stuff behind so the only one I really know is the bloke who kept falling asleep.


Erin January 12, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Thanks to The Man for this great memory. very funny post Lori :)


kate January 12, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I totally have a massive collection of programs too. It's pretty much all I buy at shows, but I always buy one. Several times in London the program cost us more than the tickets, but I didn't care.
Lily is being initiated into the program world already. I think I even told her at the Wiggles (we went the day before you and I pretty much agree with everything you wrote) that that's all we buy when we go to shows because everything else is way too expensive. The kid loves books anyway, so to her it was better than the light up things or the ridiculous helium balloons that every other kid seemed to have.


x0xJ January 12, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Learnt. Sorry your spell check sounds as English and the American's. Ha!
Oh man, i am the evil mummy who says NOOOOO to concerts and crap because honestly? I'm scare i'll make a fool of myself by getting into it more than my kids :P


Barbara January 12, 2011 at 8:21 pm

We went to a Wiggles Gig. I was all prepared to be "yeah, whatever, they're just glorified children's entertainers*" but my goodness they rocked that joint.

Hugs to you. I always knew you were amazing (yes, I know, I never told you, I'm a professional lurker). Keep the memories strong.

(*apart from Sam who I have a guilty little crush on).


marketingtomilk January 12, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Live and cherish these memories Lori, so precious and irreplaceable. What a lovely photo – the quintessential aussie man!



Alison January 12, 2011 at 7:02 pm

We never made it to a Wiggles concert, now I wish I had just for the laughs. Agreed, Anthony will always be the Hot Potato – check out their days as The Cockroaches in the late 80's – you think he's hot now!! Laughter is good. Keep it coming. Naomi's comment was a cracker – that imagery will not leave me now either! : )


juststopspeaking January 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm

YES! the memories, whatever ones they are….. even the wacky ones, they all help


River January 12, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I personally see nothing wrong with Dorothy, but she can stay out of my house. Forever.

Hang in there honey.


Wanderlust January 12, 2011 at 5:39 pm

What a beautiful memory. I love that picture of Tony. So lovely to see a post from you. xoxoxo


Veronica January 12, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I read 'moshing' as 'smooshing' and was trying to work out what smooshing was. I'm pretty sure I smoosh banana, or Isaac's cheeks, or everyone into the car. Moshing, well, I don't do so much of that.



Being Me January 12, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Love you, love you, love you. Love Dorothy much less. It's learned or at least I thunk it was. But then I thinked it was learnt. And now I don't know. Don't trust my opinion. English and bad me words friends.


Trish@Show and Tell January 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Anthony is one very hot wiggle. I also always had a thing for Rhys Muldoon on Play School. Sadly, the time soon came when my excuse for watching Play School ended, and I had to be a "grown up".

Big hugs to you Lori for continuing to make us laugh.


Joni Llanora January 12, 2011 at 4:04 pm

I love the Wiggles concerts. They rock! We've going for the past 3 years but last year decided not to as Anya was supposed to have surgery (cancelled!).


Nerdycomputergirl January 12, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Just yesterday I unsubscribed to the Wiggles newsletter, I just can't get over Greg no longer being the yellow wiggle. Oh and my daughter says they're for babies now she is a big grade 1er.

What fabulous memories for you to have of Tony and Chop enjoying the day. Thinking of you


Linda January 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Fab post! And you're amazing. I have learnt (!!) that lately. xo


Debbie January 12, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Love it ! I too have a twisted sense of humour & laughter is the best medicine! ;)
Thanks for sharing. x


Katiegirl January 12, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Wow. He went willingly to a kiddy concert! "A family man. A great husband, a brilliant father, my best mate. And just an all round top bloke" is right.

What an awesome memory to be able to keep.


Brenda January 12, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Learned! Definitely! Our system of education in The Philippines is very much Americanized. Hah!

Hang in there, kiddo. You are so brave.xxxx


Amy January 12, 2011 at 2:19 pm

learnt is bogan.
Learned is better. I guess that's the American in me.

Big hugs. We're all still here for you.


Mummy@Bod for tea January 13, 2011 at 12:50 am

Lori, what a wonderful memory! Love that you laughed when Dorothy fell on her head. I would have too :)


Su Chin January 12, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I was at the concert too..and yea..those merchandise……. sigh.

Keep your strength, Lori. You can do it.


Jacki January 12, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Lori, you are a star and a half!

This is a great post!


ClaireyH January 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Lovely to see you can still put a smile on the the rest of us. No doubt there are few for you at the moment.

I would believe the old correct answer is Learned…as with many words we have changed them over time. In journalist copywriting marketing circles we now always change whilst to while, does not mean whilst is wrong.


Cate January 12, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Lori – you are amazing.

And I can't believe that the Wiggles have been around so long! I still have a VCR of them from when my kids were little and am dreading having to go through it all again when I hit grandmother status (a while off yet I hope!)



Anonymous January 12, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Love to you, what a strong woman you are xo


Aly @ The Mummy Hat January 12, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Oh no! The Wiggles, I am yet to discover their entertaining power as Missy Moo is only 4 months old!
Thanks for the heads up!

You're in my thoughts and prayers x


suburp January 12, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Lori, you still make us laugh (and in Qld at the moment that's very needed too) and we all love you for it (but you already know that)
so pleased to see a blog post from you!
The Wiggles are one of the weirdest 'things' in Australia, I was never sure if they might make my son epileptic or something..
oh, and i also think Anthony is kinda HAWT ! :)
(and US spellchecker go home! it's 'learnt', obviously) xxx love & light & laughs xxx


Naomi January 12, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Apparently Sam is married to Dorothy and they have a child. This disturbs me on so many levels.
I have an image of a yellow skivy, a green tail and nudity that just will not leave my head.

A lovely memory, what an awesome man, thanks for sharing.


Becky January 12, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I am not sure at all about your change of heart about Sam… although I have softened just enough to let them watch some of the Wiggly Waffle on ABC2, Greg will always be the Yellow Wiggle to me. In fact we ONLY have old school DVDs (I know, that's horrible isn't it?)
You are amazing. Thinking of you xo


Katie January 12, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I'm not sure if we watched The Wiggles because my son liked it or because I liked Anthony (and captain feathersword if I'm being honest).
Maybe a little of both?


Donna January 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Lovely to see that sense of humor still lives within you xx


Kel January 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Totally fab – I have a Wiggles concert to attend in March, so thanks for the heads up :D I might take some earplugs and a blindfold…and maybe a second mortgage x


Veggie Mama January 12, 2011 at 12:36 pm

What a great memory! <3


Stylish Mummy January 12, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Love it! xx


Kevin January 12, 2011 at 12:35 pm

We love the Wiggles around here. (face palm) but they're harmless and my son loves Captain Feathersword.

Lori, you've been in my thoughts. I know I am an ocean away, but if there is anything I can do for you, just let me know.

Much love, Kevin


Trik82 January 12, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Cheers to The Man and to the Wiggles who have given you this beautiful memory. Stay strong Lori & thank you for sharing. Much Love xoxo


Aussiemumbecc January 12, 2011 at 12:34 pm

i am proud of you lori! for still making us smile and laugh, even after the hard times your going through!

p.s I would say learnt

xx becc xx


Glowless @ Where’s My Glow January 12, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Lovely to see you back Lori, don't know how you do it, you're amazing.

I have no idea if it's learnt or learned – and I pride myself on spelling – so I use them both interchangeably, usually in the same sentence just to confuse people.


toushka January 12, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Learnt is correct – your spell check is american like mine.
I learnt all of that at a Thomas concert. I managed to not buy any merchandise but did buy stupidly overpriced hot chips.
Dorothy freaks me out – seriously. she has no bottom teeth. that's weird.
anthony field is the hottest wiggle – you are correct. He looks quite hot in a cowboy outfit too.


CourtneyB January 12, 2011 at 10:02 pm

You've Gone Yellow, Did you know yellow is the exact opposite on the colour wheel to purple? I know this as they are my two favourite colours to put togeter as because they are opposites they make each other stand out like no other colours can.
ok art school aside, this one made me laugh. if your sense of humour is still in tact your lovely husband would be smiling along with you at this memory, an kudos to him for enduring a wiggles show, seriously not many fathers go to these things! what a man. :-)


This Mid 30s Life January 12, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Lori it's great to know you're still managing to keep that sense of humour going, I think you're amazing. I've been thinking of you.

We are HUGE Wiggles fans. I don't know how many concerts I've been to over the years, first taking my sister's kids and then mine. They are coming to London soon and we are SO there.

Much love to you. xx

Reply January 12, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Lori, you are truly amazing. This is the first time I have smiled and laughed in days. You have been on my mind and in my heart constantly. xx PS Glad to know I am not the only one who thinks Anthony is a bit of a spunk rat!


Madmother January 12, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Lori, I love your twisted humour and it will help you get through this. (I know because I am surrounded by horrified relatives who don't understand that laughter is essential to retain sanity in times like this.)


Mrs Woog January 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Thanks for sharing Lori! Thinking of you always xox


Toni January 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I really like Sam, esp since I saw his way-cool tat on Spicks and Specks.


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