Sarah Ann Hall

Reporting on writing in progress or, more probably, not; practising flash fiction.

#Trifecta: Week 91 – Brand – Australian Hospitality

with 15 comments

This week’s Trifecta prompt is :


BRAND (noun)
1a : a charred piece of wood
b : firebrand
c : something (as lightning) that resembles a firebrand
2: sword
3a (1) : a mark made by burning with a hot iron to attest manufacture or quality or to designate ownership 
     (2) : a printed mark made for similar purposes : trademark
b (1) : a mark put on criminals with a hot iron 

     (2) : a mark of disgrace : stigma <the brand of poverty>
4a : a class of goods identified by name as the product of a single firm or manufacturer : make
b : a characteristic or distinctive kind <a lively brand of theater>
c : brand name
5: a tool used to produce a brand

Please note that we are asking for the noun, not the verb.


The rules:

  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
  • Only one entry per writer.
  • If your post doesn’t meet our requirements, please leave your link in the comments section, not in the linkz.
  • Trifecta is open to everyone. Please join us.


The background to my submission this week: The current Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has suggested refugees and asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat are sent to Papua New Guinea to be processed and resettled. This was the topic of much debate during my recent visit to Melbourne. I saw only protests and marches against Rudd’s policy.



Australian Hospitality (33 words)

A crowd outside Parliament:

‘NO MORE BOAT PEOPLE! Our ancestors didn’t build this country for it to be overrun!’

The brand of convicts is worn with pride.

On the fringes, Aborigines smile mirthlessly.


15 Responses

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  1. Nice write – Powerful final line.

  2. Funny how those who are already settled are in favor of turning new arrivals away. I wonder if the aborigines wish they had that power back when they were saddled with unwanted prisoners in the beginning?


    August 21, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    • Isn’t it just! Most humans are immigrants or emigrants of some sort. Movement of people has always happened and always will. Now I have a picture of aborigines sending out fire boats to prevent the convict ships landing – thank you.

      Sarah Ann

      August 22, 2013 at 6:13 pm

  3. Love the brevity, love the sentiment. Very well written.


    August 21, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    • Thank you. I’m trying to stay brief: that way I get around to entering. Too many words and I’m usually too late.

      Sarah Ann

      August 21, 2013 at 7:15 pm

  4. The touch of irony is good. It reminds me of the unfortunate state of things between Native Americans and the rest of the United States.


    August 21, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    • I’m glad the irony was clear. I think this situation is being repeated in lots of countries at the moment.

      Sarah Ann

      August 22, 2013 at 6:49 pm

  5. In 33 words you’ve covered the entire umpteen million pages of the US Immigration Bill. We would shout, build a bigger wall. Nice work.


    August 21, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    • Thanks for the comment. I’m not sure I’ve managed all you suggest. Good luck building that wall 🙂 At least that should help the building industry and unemployment figures the world over.

      Sarah Ann

      August 22, 2013 at 6:52 pm

  6. We turn them away as they enter the country illegally. A sad but true fact, our taxes are used to support them as we do with the Aboriginal race. I won’t go on with my political beliefs on what you have written or I could land myself in hot water 🙂 …I see your meaning in the challenge.


    August 22, 2013 at 10:51 am

    • Oh go on, get het up. No, I won’t push it. But it’s similar in the UK. As an island of immigrants we don’t want any more – haven’t got the room, can’t affford to support any more scroungers. But that view ignores that current generations are a product of Roman, Norse, Scandinavian, Arab, Indian, and a whole lot of other DNA. (There’s a useful Channel 4 programme about it that I’ve failed to find the details for – still looking.)

      Sarah Ann

      August 22, 2013 at 6:09 pm

  7. Initially, I focused on your very intelligent last line but the penultimate line is also well said. Nicely done, Sarah Ann :))

    • Thanks Jo-Anne. After I’d posted I wasn’t sure that ‘worn’ (in the penultimate line) was the right word. Perhaps ‘bandied’ fits better. The point of the piece was to bear in mind where we’re from and what we’ve done with regard to how we treat others, but you got that. 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      August 23, 2013 at 8:00 pm

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