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(generated from captions) Please help me, I don't want to die. This is a disgraceful, dispickable act. Douglas Wood is an Australian engineer who came to Iraq to make some good money. See thinking a bullet in the head is an easier way to go than having your throat slit. I don't think he'll be going way to go than having your throat back to Iraq. I think my strongest emotion was that of a traitor. Can I buy all these guys a beer. I want to make sure they hang. He's gone. I can't bring him back. And he's gone because of me. At what cost is a life and where do you trade off?

Bang, bang. He's gone. This is a great day for the Wood family. Freedom's just another word

for nothing left to lose. I think family. Freedom's just another word bullshit, I can lose my life, I can lose hope and I can lose faith. This program is captioned live. Baghdad is the most dangerous city on earth. Douglas Wood had been there for 18 months running his construction company, a business relationship had turned sour. He was hoping to land a lucrative new contract when he was tricked into the murderous clutches of kidnappers He is, to say the least, lucky to be alive. be alive. Cliern He is, to say the least, lucky to It's lovely to It's lovely to see you. G'day, mate. Real good to see you. Good to see you. Thanks for coming home. I'll try not to do such a first, though. I'll try not to do such a commotion

Waltzing Matilda. The last seven weeks have been like a nightmare and then unexpectedly a sweet, joyous dream. What's it like to be back home? Bloody good. Douglas Wood wasn't the only one released this week. For his brothers, the men who men who thoughtfully and this week. For his brothers, the diplomatically handled the harrowing ordeal, coming home was also a time to let go. It was just such a joyous time, I'm crying now, it's just crazy. Is it relief? It's just such the best news.

I just saw Doug walking off, limping, looking a lot older than when I saw him last and it's just been a very difficult seven weeks. I suppose I haven't let go until now. With the world wanting to know what happened during those

what happened during those seven now. With the world wanting to know weeks, now Douglas Wood tells his story. If a stranger on the street wants to get a sense of who is Douglas Wood, how would you describe yourself? I done know, just me. -- don't know, just me. About what you see is what you get. What is that? I think

you get. What is that? I think a just me. About what you see is what very serious man with a boisterous, happy, afable exterior but a lot of very deliberate, goal orientated underneath. Wood came horrifyingly close to becoming the 50th foreigner murdered by kidnappers in Baghdad. His release,

second time a hostage was freed by Baghdad. His release, only the foreigner murdered by kidnappers in

the military. God bless America. Hoping to set up a business deal, Douglas Wood and his two assistants went to a private house for a meeting. Fundamentally when we got to the house and I'm sitting, comfortable, introduced in the normal way to

normal way to an Iraqi house, sit comfortable, introduced in the down, get a glass of water and get the host. In bounces the boys with the silenceers. Pointed the guns at me saying OK, click click, shoes off and I felt padding me down so that I didn't have a mic. Optimistic

Optimistic hoping this is a heavy that I didn't have a mic. dose of security for the minister. I tried to ask my host next to me... This isn't normal? No, we'd been

caught. Someone had to be on the This isn't normal? No, we'd been inside to get you there? Do you think you know who they are? No, I don't think so, I don't think so. I think it was just the opportunity they found to find a foreigner that they

they believed to have money and they found to find a foreigner that they were able to entice him on to their grounds. What was the room like? What do you remember from that moment? The cell upstairs was basically 3m by 5m room. The windows had been blocked shut by nailing beds to them, beds upside down

down nailed across the windows. nailing beds to them, beds upside President Bush, Prime Minister Howard, governor Schwarzenegger, family, friends, please help take the American troop, the Australian troops, the British troops out of here and let Iraq look after itself. Please help me, I don't want to die. This is the first time Douglas Wood has

has seen these videos. I didn't cry This is the first time Douglas Wood all that much. There's no happy smiles there. That's not Doug Wood. I said it under duress and particular duress is they had my assistant's hands behind their backs, blindfolded, gagged with guns - kneeling on the ground in

of me with their heads in a - kneeling on the ground in front backs, blindfolded, gagged with guns

submissive position and the silenceers pointed at their heads and the boss, the police type guy is over there with his camera and he told me that I have to - all the words that I said and that I had to cry and emotionally at the time I had trouble saying to President

Bush and to Prime Minister Howard had trouble saying to President that you've got to get the troops out and I also physically had a problem relating that I have to cry because I'm a male chauvinist and we don't do that. Even in that situation? I didn't want to. I think my strongest emotion was that of a traitor saying - even

to say to the President and the of a traitor saying - even daring think my strongest emotion was that

Prime Minister that you should take the troops out. Handcuffed and bound, Douglas was taken next in the boot of a car to a second house. Over a period of about five days, three Iraqis turned up. The first of which was the only one that got out alive. He came out with me. And the other two were

the other two were shot while I was out alive. He came out with me. And there. One night they come into the room, tapped him on the shoulder, he sat up, they gave him a karate chop, he collapsed to the ground, his head was maybe two inches from my foot and bang, bang, bang, and even a silenced gun is

a gun shot in an enclosed space. a silenced gun is very consciously foot and bang, bang, bang, and even

The next night they came in, there was a television set, they turned up the volume very high. I thought, "What the hell do they want to listen to the Iraqi rubbish at this high volume?" and then "Bang" and then a minute later another "Bang" and a few minutes later there's water being

water being washed on the ally and a few minutes later there's outside the door in front of my foot which got wet, and they broom it up and I'm assuming that the last dead man had blood or urine or something that dripped there and they were mopping it up. This might be my last hours. Nobody could say that you could get used to this kind of

could say that you could get used to this kind of thing. What went through your mind? When's my turn

Please help me. Very, very close to the end of my life. The United Nations has been called in to try and save the life of an Australian being held hostage in Iraq. Please help me, I don't want to die. During captivity Douglas Wood was held in two different houses, bundled into a car

held in two different houses, bundled into a car boot between the first and the second. There there were several other hostages, including a Swedish oil worker, a man who knows only too well what Douglas went through. You were in the room where two other people were killed in your presence. Yeah. What went through your mind? When's my turn? Were you scared? Of course. The history of kidnappings

in Iraq is grim. Victims have been course. The history of kidnappings executed on video, even highly respected charity workers. This might be my last hours. Blindfolded, chained and lying down, life for hostages switches in an instant from boredom to terror. Douglas Wood shared his captivity with several men who didn't survive and a Swede

a Swede who did. Most of the time we'd try to sleep, day dreams, etc. several men who didn't survive and

A killing time, block out the reality as much as possible. Relatively you're sitting there, things are just boring, day in, day out, waiting for bloody 10:30 breakfast and 6:30

breakfast and 6:30 supper and 10:30 day out, waiting for bloody 10:30 dinner. Locked in, Wednesday light, go through it again. It was just routine, routine, routine. When's it going to end and all of a sudden bang, bang, bang. It's a huge change. Then they come and do the same thing the next night. Once again maybe they're just going to go around the room and bump us all off. There's elements of shock,

fear and relief.. We're all off. There's elements of shock, different people, we react maybe different ways. But nobody could say that you get used to these kind of things. Of course, one time you see it and you say OK, you might swallow it. The next time you go crazy. I think pretend that I'm asleep so the emotion's one of trying to hide from them and hiding is pretending

hiding is pretending to sleep, as opposed to being blindfolded and trying to hide from them and

beto to watch. And in a final appalling irony for hostages, it's time that is also killed. I think I was try conscious of trying to keep myself sane by exercising my

was try conscious of trying to keep myself sane by exercising my mind. The replay of my life, all the girls I've ever known, try and count them. What were their names. My first tooth being pulled, my first blood nose, skiding down the banister and playing footy with my friend Robert and four boys running around Lakes Entrance. The big thrill of stopping between Sale and

Lakes Entrance for an ice cream. thrill of stopping between Sale and This kidnapping as all about ran system and that's why Douglas Wood suffered that black eye. I think they thought I had a lot of money. I said I had some money in the house and they went there and found more money than I said was there. Stphr what sort of money are we talking about? $100,000. You had $100,000 cash in the office? Yes, 176.

176. So they went to your office $100,000 cash in the office? Yes, and they found more? I believe so. When they came back? They stomped on my head. Just a bang, stomping on the head and a little bit of rub in the heel and walk off. Nothing happened. I just said, "I'm sorry." And went on about our business. After a month, money secured the release of the sweesh hostage held with Wood.

with Wood. There's obviously a bond release of the sweesh hostage held when you're stuck together for 30, 40 days or whatever it is in pretty grim circumstances. I'm not quite sure what he looks like. When I played peepa boo he would be lying away from me with his - the blindfold sort of protruded over his head and it was like I was looking at a bald head through a turbine

turbine almost. This was the last looking at a bald head through a thing I did tell him when I knew that I would be released I told him I would tell the Australian Embassy and make sure that they know you are still breathing. This I will guarantee you. In some ways optimistic they're letting him go and not shooting him in front of me. But the downside

and not shooting him in front of me. But the downside really maybe they are taking him away to kill him. Why do you think both of you survived these ordeal when others didn't? Well you're asking an impossible question there, right? You never know. Shutting it all out during an after is a common coping mechanism. Sometimes it helps, but

sometimes the memories can overwhelm. Dr Mal Hopwood is a mechanism. Sometimes it helps, but

specialist in trauma counselling. It's very common for individuals to develop some symptoms of stress after events like this. They may be feeling anxiety, depression and some of those that we see in post traumatic stress disorder such as reexperiencing in night maers and flashbacks what's

reexperiencing in night maers and flashbacks what's happened to them, high levels of arousal and irritability and trying to avoid reminder of what happened to them . We were in bad shape indeed, psychologically, physically. Still most people will recover but the longer things go on, the more concerned we are and after

something like three to six months, concerned we are and after we will clearly be saying intervention is needed to try and help. Five little prisoners sitting by the door. The guards come in and shoot one, and then there are four.

Just days ago, Douglas Wood received a dreaded phone

Just days ago, Douglas Wood received a dreaded phone call. Since he'd arrived home, he'd hoped to hear some good news about his two Iraqi assistants, fares and Adel , but on the streets of Baghdad, life is cheap. After the second interview, that night my two assistants who had been upstair, I'm still downstairs on this pallet, where they took the movie, I didn't

have to move for the movie. The next thing I see is my assistants where they took the movie, I didn't

being gagged and blindfolded and very dejectedly marched out. I felt rotten. I think probably the lowest point in my captivity was my concern for those two boys going out. I'm thinking never to return.

Hoping they would, a little bit out. I'm thinking never to return. optimistically hoping they were going back to the next day where they would fix this contract up for the trailers and I even managed to say "Caravans, caravans." Wanting them to - caravan is the word they use for trailer -

them to - caravan is the word they use for trailer - want get that contract going again. Had you been able to communicate with them through the ordeal? They were taken to the other side of the house, you couldn't talk to them at all? No, I'm downstairs, they're upstairs. And you're not blindfolded at this

And you're not blindfolded at this point? No. What sort of guys are they? Nice people. My poor old Fares, Saddam had him

Fares, Saddam had him for 17 years they? Nice people. My poor old in his war with Iran and he didn't want to be a soldier. He had two brothers die during the program. He's the head of the family, he's got a mother, a little old mother that smokes five packets of cigarettes a day, I think, and he's looking after his extended family of his two dead brothers. Could you say anything to them when

of his two dead brothers. Could you say anything to them when they were being led away? Did you know in your gut at that very point? All I said was "Caravans". That's the optimism again that they would not be killed, that they would be released and go back and hold the business, at least deliver on those two contracts that were out there, that would be money for them. I was going to give them a bonus out of the jobs.

the jobs. But I think eternally going to give them a bonus out of optimistic rather than pessimistic. So you thought they still had a chance of getting out? Yes, but I wasn't high on it. Iraq is - Baghdad's tough. How do you feel sitting here? Rotten. I feel absolutely rotten.

absolutely rotten. Not just because they were friends, partly because the situation that the Ba'ath Party has no sympathy for any of them, they're all just expendable. There's so much fanfare here around you and celebration at your life, and your success at - in this situation and yet you know

and your success at - in this situation and yet you know in your heart you left two people who meant a heck of a lot to you. Yeah, I was very down today when I got confirmation they were indeed killed. They'd been found on this dump, which is not a very nice way to be thrown in the trash heap. I was the ultimate cause of it. Fares was your friend? Yeah.

was your friend? Yeah. It's hard. was the ultimate cause of it. Fares Sandra, it's hard. These two gentlemen and your friend are the forgotten victims in this saga? Yes. That their story doesn't get a chance to be told, what would you like to say to his families? We're going to - we're going to give some money to the family.

going to - we're going to give some money to the family. It doesn't substitute, it doesn't bring them back but it's the least I can do. I will write a letter how deeply sorry I am. I do feel very bad.

I do feel very bad. Yes, I'm the ex-pat, I'm the hero, they're just another couple of bloody Iraqis and that's not fair either. Is that what you think people think? Well, who's emotional about them other than the family? And maybe me. The families may get a chance to see this. Yes. They're not going to see Fares, they're not going to see Adel, and it's not the same. I can't ask Fares's forgiveness. I can ask the family's but that's not the same. He's gone. I can't bring him back. And he's gone because of me.

Vernon Wood is a businessman. His brother Malcolm an academic. They're astute and careful with their words. For Douglas, one word was crucial - Monty, the proof of life word. The answer to the question authorities needed to know, that he

that he was in fact Doug Wood and question authorities needed to know, alive. Monty's known only to his family, a family that had done so much in the fight for his life. That image of the black eye that was obviously been beaten just made me feel quite sick and ill, it was just awful. And then the mind what ifs and what ifs and oh gosh, what do you do now. You know your

ifs and what ifs and oh gosh, what do you do now. You know your family. Yes. What did you think they were going through? Hell. Of course. The immediate family, the brothers, were close, emotionally bonded, don't tend to show it externally but it's always there and even though we're scattered throughout

the world, it's always just one though we're scattered throughout family of four boys raised together. That's Doug in the check shirt. 50 years of family memories, holidays, and the beloved family pet. Dog, this is Monty. This is your proof of life question. And he was such a lovable,

your proof of life question. And he was such a lovable, slobbery bastard. Decades later, Monty's name would be uttered to authority to prove Douglas Wood really was free. But before all that, the family that play together had to work together. First, an appeal direct to the captors. Douglas is warm and generous of heart and spirit. He loves good company and cherishs his family. Next,

spirit. He loves good company and cherishs his family. Next, a website to show the world a much loved family man. We cultivated the profile of Doug the unwell man, the dug the humanitarian, and Doug the warm and caring family man and everybody loved, the nature of man which is very warm and outgoing. Which is where the pictures of the family, the brothers, we found - it's hard to scramble and get the pictures when

pictures when you need them. But the family pictures when we were it's hard to scramble and get the

last together as four brothers, Graham's 60th. And the picture of Doug the grandfather with his grandson on his knee, just some lovely shots. We thought they're the things that I guess the average person would relate to and we said well, if we can relate to themt Iraqi people would relate to families.

families. The website included a story about Douglas's generosity. Iraqi people would relate to

While living in the Eastern European nation of Georgia. Doug took all these goods, all this food to a refugee camp and knocked on doors and just deposited the loaves of bread and sausages, whatever it was, and without waiting for thanks went othe next door and kept on doing that. We were so moved in learning of

learning of this because we hadn't known. I mean we knew Doug was a doing that. We were so moved in

good guy but he's a very private man, despite all the gregairs, outgoing nature and the joke telling, he's actually a very private man with a humanitarian spirit and he did all these good works without wanting the credit. While hz family waged its campaign, Douglas had plans of his own. Although an attempt to free his chains

chains failed, he constantly thought of escape. I must have been Although an attempt to free his

unchained. The guard had left his machine gun between me and them and I'm thinking about making a grab for it and basically "I'll get you bas stards." To the extent of where I was thinking where the hell is a safety on one of these stupid machines.

machines. I'd never held one. By the time I'd starting to think safety on one of these stupid

about getting up and going for it, he remembered it and came back for it. To further their cause, the brothers met with the Muslim mufti of Australia, Sheik alhi larkly. We were impressed by the sincerity of the mufti and the Muslims that were with him at

the mufti and the Muslims that were with him at Lakemba and his goodwill and courage in offering to go to Baghdad himself to try to contact various people that might be able to help, holy people, sheiks like himself, just impressed us so deeply. The Mufti's actions may have kept Douglas alive but it was ultimately chance that led to his rescue.

was ultimately chance that led to his rescue. American troops who were there on the day supporting Iraqi soldiers tell the story. We happened to have a search mission which basically we blocked off a block of town about a kilometre wide and went house to house and doing a soft entry search. The Iraqis were doing it, it's not us, we were observing these guys. They happen to point a house that nobody

was answering the door but they could see movement inside The happen to point a house that nobody

door's locked so we asked for permission to do a hard breach. Then there were 15 soldiers that kicked down the first door. The Iraqis heard someone cry out from the other room in a language that they didn't understand. They knew it was foreign, it wasn't Arabic and so they knew something was up. As they burst through the door, the

insurgents that were inside fired As they burst through the door, the two shots at them. They dodged the shots and overcame the insurgents. They wrestled them to the ground. I hear this commotion outside, it was a violent, noisy, yelling and screaming business, not screaming, just yelling, Iraqi. I'm just conscious of it, I'm not up or down as a result.

conscious of it, I'm not up or down as a result. Then the door is unlocked, someone races over to me, whips off my blindfold and throws a blanket over me. The commotion moves into our room, the cell, and over by where the Iraqi prisoner is and a lot more Iraqi yelling and thudding and then bang bang and it's not the noise of the silence guns. It's

It's the noise of an open gun. And then someone comes down and pulls not the noise of the silence guns.

my blanket down. I've still got any eyes closed just in case, who knows what's going on. And it says "I'm Iraqi." I said, "I'm Australian." The fear side in me, I'm thinking maybe the bloody al-Qa'ida's turned up and decided to take over and that means cut the throat

throat time again. And another one comes over to me and pulls the to take over and that means cut the

blanket off, but he kneels down and says "I'm Iraqi army." I think he said Iraqi army, at least he said he's Iraqi again. And then it's "Come with us." So basically two men lift me up and guide me out of the room. On to this little patio I didn't know about and

the room. On to this little patio I didn't know about and out into the sunshine. When I got on the scene I approach pld woods and introduced myself. I told him I was a captain of the US army and we were here to take him home. The poor guy's face when he walked outside it was like he hadn't seen sunshine in a year. He was so happy and overwhelmed. He was hugging Iraqis, he was looking for anybody to hug. When we first saw him he had a kind of dazed look about him but as he

saw him he had a kind of dazed look about him but as he realised that we were for real and this wasn't a dream or anything like that, he just wanted to hug everybody. He was so emotional., he was so excited. It was just amazing. Colonel Mohammed said it best hen he said we had given this man his life back. And that's what his soldiers an our soldiers were able to do. It was

his soldiers an our soldiers were able to do. It was overwhelming for us too. We see this guy on the news and we're here doing a simple every day mission and it turns into a rescue mission to save this guy's life and it's nice being a part of it. The results were from kind of a lucky break, definitely. We were there looking for bad guys. God bless America.

I didn't know what you looked like without your bloody blindfold. Just really wanted him home. How are you?

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What do you say to a person you've never seen but with whom you've shared an horrific experience? You've both been bound and blindfolded, threatened and bashed and come all too close to death. Hello, Ulf. Hello. I'm very happy to see you. It's nice to

Hello, Ulf. Hello. I'm very happy to see you. It's nice to be able to talk to you without worry about the bloody generators coming or guards coming in to beat us up. You're looking good. I didn't know what you looked like without your bloody blindfold. I was about to say that for - now I can see you for a change. As you also might know I did contact all the authorities and... And I appreciate that. I was very worried when I left you. Thank you, my

that. I was very worried when I left you. Thank you, my friend. When the army finally broke into my room, I thought it was the bloody al-Qa'ida and it was going to be time. Who knows? Every time they opened that bloody door you never know who's next. I can see for myself now and that makes me real happy, believe me. Will you go back? Yes, I will. Good on you, mate. Also for your information, I can

can tell you that I have now put mate. Also for your information, I some people to work to find these bastards. I invested about $50,000 so far and we will get them one by one. The quicker the better. This scum should be out of business. Damn right. Thank you, my friend. It was wonderful talking to you. I wish you all the best. And you too, Ulf.

Ulf. I feel a bit sorry for him. He wish you all the best. And you too, sounded very lonely. I understand the feelings that he had about being in there because I shared those and he - I had asked him which was the worst moment and he said he couldn't tell me because they were so bad. Douglas and his wife haven't lived together for two years. He's been away work in Europe and the Middle East. Throughout this ordeal

Europe and the Middle East. Throughout this ordeal she was at home in California. How and wen did you hear Doug had been taken hostage? It was about 9:00 in the morning and the phone rang and they asked for Mrs Wood and since I go back Yvonne Given because of my profession, I said, "Who's calling?" and then they hang up. And immediately the phone rang again and they said

and they said Yvonne Wood, and I said, "Yes, who's call sng" and she immediately the phone rang again

said, "You haven't heard about your husband." And then you see the first video, what did you think? I wanted to touch him. That's what I wanted to do. He looked healthy, he looked like he hadn't been harmed in any way. The second one was obviously a lot harder. My first impression or

obviously a lot harder. My first impression or what I really thought was "I bet when they shaved his head he told them to bugger off and they socked him." That's what I thought. I knew not to make any comment. I've watched other people on television that have gone on and talked about, you know, how they on television that have gone on and felt and I didn't think it was the right thing to do. I was worried that again, that anything I said might cause his death. 46 days fed

on bread and water, many people say might cause his death. 46 days fed "Why didn't he lose more weight." I think the answer to that is pretty simple. He's on steroids for his rheumatoid arthritis. What did the 47 days feel like? About 10 years. My greatest fear is that my husband wouldn't come home to me or that we wouldn't know and this

wouldn't come home to me or that we wouldn't know and this would go on and I'd never know. That was the greatest fear. Never lost hope, therewise one time when I dropped to my knees and begged God to send him home. Tell me about that time? That's it, just get on your knees and say please. What triggered that? Lonely.

You're on your own at the time? Not knowing what was going to happen. Yes. The phone call comes through. Yes. Tell me about that. Oh golly. Just really wanted him home like that minute. Very,

minute. Very, very, very excited. Could you believe what you were really wanted him home like that

hearing? Oh, yeah, it's what we were hoping so I absolutely believed it. But really until Dubai I could put my arms around him, that's when it worked the best. What happened next? Oh golly, I think it's been just family, love, press and

press and just trying to recover and by recover, I mean to just hold think it's been just family, love,

hands and feel his presence next to me. It was pretty grand. My big bear of a man hugging me again, it was super. Can you understand why some people are now saying

Can you understand why some people are now saying you should pay back part of the costs in your rescue if you profit from your ordeal? It's a free economy it's part of the free interprize system. I've lost a lot of money out of not being in Iraq. I'm willing to lose a lot of money by not going back to Iraq, partly because of my areeshation for what the Australian Government and the taxpayers have put up. What do you

make of the all the criticism? What taxpayers have put up. What do you the heck. Once again, it's a free and open society. Some people are jealous. I don't feel like I'm an exploiter at all. I'm the victim. Proud around pleased to be released. I'm

released. I'm humble about the effort that was put in to get me Proud around pleased to be

released, both the family and the Government. Very a appreciative. Ereally want to see him and make sure he's OK and give him a big hug. This was already an emotional day for Doug, but he wasn't expecting this. His daughter Christina and her two children have flown in today to surprise their beloved pop.

You monster. I love you. Did I ever tell you that? Yes.

Are you going to play the piano for me. That's a good boy. Oh, Nick. Oh, Doug. Come here.

Hang in there, buddy. Thank you very much, that was lovely. You're so precious. Dougy, hang in there, buddy. I saw my grandson, sit at the piano, I said, "What are you going to play?" "A song." And all I remembered is those arseholes coming to me in this

remembered is those arseholes coming to me in this cell saying "You've got a grandson, he says his misses you.". I thought, "Oh no, they're messing up that family." And to me that was a real low, to think that that beautiful family and these bad people are messing them up. And to see the little blighter perking up and saying "I'm going to play you a song." That was a lot. Is this what we have to

going to play you a song." That was a lot. Is this what we have to do to get a family reunion. I think Nick has got some special drawings for you. Thank you very much. I made it. Thees very nice. It's a force field. Does that make me strong? Yeah. Thanks for the force field. So no-one can do grandpa harm. Thank you, Nick. I don't think he'll be going back

harm. Thank you, Nick. I don't think he'll be going back to Iraq. I think that's a given. (Sings) # It's a small world after all # It's a small world after all

# It's a small, small world. # Was that good? That a boy, Nick. Health, everybody.

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Doug Wood is a bloke who loves nothing better than a beer, the

footy, a sing along and yarning about old times. While he was nothing better than a beer, the

blindfolded in captivity, he kept himself sane by remembering the old days. I think I was conscious of trying to keep myself sane by exercising my mind. I think probably the first thing I did was go back and try and recall the members names

members names and places of the go back and try and recall the Geelong football team for the 1952 and '53. I've got Bernie Smith on the half back flank won the Brownlow Medal that year. Here's one of your heros from the past here, Bobby Davis. I used to come here as a kid. I was nine years old, I'd been down to the grounds. George used to come in

I'd been down to the grounds. George used to come in with his coal dust on and hooker would come in and just the banter around, getting changed and rubbing down and go out and practice. You epitomise the Geelong football club spirit. Come on the Cats. The Woods are visiting their old haunts in Geelong. This pub has been a family favourite.

favourite. Could I buy all these Geelong. This pub has been a family guys a beer, please. Health, everybody. This has got to be nirvana for you? Yeah, it is. I find it hard to believe you're standing there having a beer with us. I find the same thing. Don't go back there. OK, promise. There you go. You'll be sick of smiling

back there. OK, promise. There you go. You'll be sick of smiling soon, won't you? It comes naturally. In another part of the pub Doug's 85-year-old uncle is waiting. Uncle bar yirbgs and Douglas was named after him. They are the two closest people in spirit in the world. G'day, mate. Good to see you, Barry..

You've kept some funny company. Oh, I know it, but I got rid of them. Good. I think they're good things to leave behind. You look after yourself. I will. Good to see you. Likewise. I I've got more hair than you. But mine will grow back. This is a true story. I'm sitting in there and I'm saying what is bloody freedom all

freedom all about. I thought of there and I'm saying what is bloody Chris Kristoffesne and he's got me and boby McGee. And he's saying freedom is a world for nothing left to lose. I thought bullshit. I've still got my life, faith and health. And then I thought of Elvis.

(Sings) # I want to be free # Oh yeah And then I thought of Elvis.

# Free # I want to be free # Like a bird in a tree # Boom boom boom boom # This is childhood brothers again. We'd come down here in bare feet, about four block, have a swim in the morning and go home for a shower

block, have a swim in the morning and go home for a shower and go to school. You know there will be an up and down roller coaster for you over the next while? No doubt. Hard way to get attention, isn't it? (Sings) # Everybody has to # I think probably the lowest point in my captivity was my concern for those two boys going out. Probably killed another half dozen Iraqis as far

far as I know. Do you think you know who they are? No, I don't killed another half dozen Iraqis as

think so. I think it was just the opportunity they found to find a foreigner that they believed to have money. I'm very lucky.