“SITUATION NOT NORMAL” Written by Warren R Rodwell / Composed & Performed by Mad Cowboy Disease



Many thanks to Matti at Finncut for the collation and presentation of this magnificent video clip. Also, kudos to the band Mad Cowboy Disease, featuring the deeeeeeeep bass voice of Josie Critter. Music produced, recorded and mixed by Stewart Peters SoundShed Music. It’s been a pleasure working with all of these guys.


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Viewers may care to click for further information about the ordeal(s) portrayed above and others perpetrated by terrorists as modern day events globally. WR 

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“472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf – The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell” by Dr. Bob East (Cambridge Scholars)  HARDCOVER BOOK / BIOGRAPHY 


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Who is Warren Rodwell ?

Warren R Rodwell; former soldier, university English teacher, prolific world traveller, and hostage survivor. Born in Sydney, he grew up in Tamworth NSW, and is the longest held Australian captive out of war. Warren Rodwell   His biography “472 Days Captive of The Abu Sayyaf – The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell” by Dr Bob East (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, United Kingdom) (2015) tells of prolonged hunger, beheading threats, and a $US2 million ransom demand.  Warren Rodwell   Warren Rodwell

A seasoned speaker, Warren is available for television/radio interviews, as well as public and motivational events. Creative-Ground-LinkedIn-for-Business  

The song “Situation Not Normal” co-written with renowned musician / composer Peter Brideoake can be freely viewed online

Warren Rodwell + Tamworth Guitar

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Warren Rodwell – Wikipedia

Warren Richard Rodwell (born June 16, 1958 [62] Homebush NSW) [63] a former soldier [64] in the Australian Army, and university English teacher,[65] grew up in Tamworth NSW [66] He was shot through the right hand when seized [67] from his home at Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugayon the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines on December 5, 2011 [68] by Abu Sayyaf (ASG) militants.[69] Rodwell later had to have a finger amputated.[70]

The ASG threatened to behead Rodwell [71] if the original ransom demand for $US2 million was not paid.[72] Both the Philippine and Australian governments had strict policies of refusing to pay ransoms.[73] Australia formed a multi-agency task force to assist the Philippine authorities, and liaise with Rodwell’s family.[74] A news blackout was imposed.[75] Filipino politicians helped negotiate the release.[76] After the payment of $AUD94,000 [77] for “board and lodging” expenses [78] by his siblings, Rodwell was released 472 days later on March 23, 2013.[79] The incumbent Australian prime minister praised the Philippines government for securing Rodwell’s release. Tribute was also made to Australian officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Australian Federal Police and Defence.[80] Rodwell subsequently returned to Australia.[81]

As part of the 2015 Australia Day Honours, Australian Army Lieutenant Colonel Paul Joseph Barta was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) for outstanding devotion to duty as the Assistant Defence Attaché Manila during the Australian whole of government response to the Rodwell kidnap for ransom (and immediately following, the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan). At the 2015 Australian Federal Police Foundation Day award ceremony in Canberra, fourteen AFP members received the Commissioners’ Group Citation for Conspicuous Conduct for their work in support of the Philippine National Police and Australian Government efforts to release Australian man Warren Rodwell.[82]

By the end of his 15 months as a hostage in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Rodwell had lost about 30 kilograms in weight due to starvation,[83] His biography 472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf – The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell by independent researcher Dr Robert (Bob) East was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, United Kingdom (2015) ISBN 1-4438-7058-7 [84]

In January 2015, Mindanao Examiner newspaper reported the arrest of Barahama Ali [85] kidnap gang sub-leaders linked to the kidnapping of Warren Rodwell, who was seized by at least 5 gunmen (disguised as policemen), and eventually handed over or sold by the kidnappers to the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan province.[86]

In May 2015, ex-Philippine National Police (PNP) officer Jun A. Malban was arrested in Kota Kinabalu Malaysia for the crime of “Kidnapping for Ransom” after Rodwell identified him as the negotiator/spokesperson of the Abu Sayyaf Group during his captivity. Further PNP investigation revealed that Malban is the cousin of Abu Sayyaf leaders Khair Mundos and Borhan Mundos. The director of the Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) stated that Malban’s arrest resulted from close coordination by the PNP, National Bureau of Investigation (Philippines) and Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission with the Malaysian counterparts and through Interpol. [87]

Back row / 3rd from left - Warren Rodwell 1969 Under 11 West Tamworth Public School rugby league team

Back row / 3rd from left – Warren Rodwell 1969 Under 11 West Tamworth Public School rugby league team

Warren Rodwell : 3rd row / 5th from left 1969 aged 11 @ Tamworth West Public School NSW Australia

Warren Rodwell : 3rd row / 5th from left 1969 aged 11 @ Tamworth West Public School NSW Australia

3rd row / 1st on right aged 9 1967 - Tamworth West Public School

Warren Rodwell : 3rd row / 1st on right 1967 aged 9 @ Tamworth West Public School NSW Australia

PATH OF SERVICE – Warren Rodwell and Ancestors ( SCOTT )

Railway workers from throughout Australia are honoured by a Path of Service where each brick on the path records the name of a railway worker.

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THS School Song (NSW Australia)


 A first year lad knocks at the door

His eye is clear and bright

With eager heart to play his part

With all his main and might

To do his best when hardly pressed

Resolving I must try



To add fresh fame unto her name

And honour Tamworth High

And honour Tamworth High


We greet our rivals with a cheer, the fight be ever fair,

A lusty band we firmly stand, success our only care.

We will all be true to the black and blue,

So let the banner fly



To add fresh fame unto her name

And honour Tamworth High

And honour Tamworth High


The years roll by and all too soon

The school is left behind

And in the strife of worldly life

Our hopes may all prove blind

But the place we’ve earned and the code we’ve learned

Will not fail us if we try



To add fresh fame unto her name

And honour Tamworth High

And honour Tamworth High


 (Lyrics supplied by kind courtesy of Warren Rodwell)


The Northern Daily Leader  ( founded in 1876 ) , was previously published as The Tamworth Daily Observer, The Daily Observer and The Tamworth Observer and Northern Advertiser, is a daily newspaper produced in the city of Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia. Tamworth itself was gazetted as a public town in 1850.


  1. The Northern Daily Leader has run articles about or including Warren Rodwell in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. ( See sample links below ) In 2010, it was in regard to promotion of the historical wall plaques being installed at Tamworth West Public School. The subsequent years ( 2011 – 2014 ) concerned Mr Rodwell’s  kidnapping by Islamic terrorists in the southern Philippines.
  2. NDL 14 Oct 2012
  3. NDL 18 Oct 2014
  4. NDL 31 Jan 2013

Tamworth NSW


Although born in Sydney, Warren grew up and attended Tamworth West Public ( school vice-captain in 1970 ) and Tamworth High Schools. In fact, his late father was a bricklayer, who helped build THS in the late 1950s. Warren’s late mother’s name was Ellen Rodwell ( nee Scott ). Tamworth was her hometown. Their family connection dates back to at least 1915 when  great grandfather John Ditton Scott ( 1871 – 1955)  transferred down from Glen Innes as a railway employee. One locally-based cousin jokes that before she got married herself, she was related to 25% of the people in Tamworth. After marriage, that increased to 50%.