ABOUT THE ELECTRONIC QUILL
Douglas Adam’s short history of Australia
“Some time around 40,000 years ago, some people arrived in boats from the north. They ate all the available food, and a lot of them died. The ones that survived learned respect for the balance of nature, man’s proper place in the scheme of things, and spiders. They settled in, and spent a lot of the intervening time making up strange stories.
Then, around 200 years ago, Europeans arrived in boats from the north. More accurately, European convicts were sent, with a few deranged and stupid people in charge. They tried to plant their crops in Autumn (failing to take account of the reversal of the seasons when moving from the top half of the planet to the bottom), ate all their food, and a lot of them died.
About then the sheep arrived, and have been treasured ever since. It is interesting to note here that the Europeans always consider themselves vastly superior to any other race they encounter, since they can lie, cheat, steal, and litigate (marks of a civilised culture they say) – whereas all the Aboriginals can do is happily survive being left in the middle of a vast red-hot desert, equipped with a stick.
Eventually, the new lot of people stopped being Europeans on Extended Holiday and became Australians. The changes are subtle, but deep, caused by the mind-stretching expanses of nothingness and eerie quiet, where a person can sit perfectly still and look deep inside themselves to the core of their essence, their reasons for being, and the necessity of checking inside your boots every morning for fatal surprises. They also picked up the most finely tuned sense of irony in the world, and the Aboriginal gift for making up stories. Be warned.”
– Extract from ‘The confusing country’ by Douglas Adams
WE CAME ON ONE WAY TICKETS – ASSISTED BUT UNINVITED. ASSISTED TO LEAVE FROM ONE END AND UNINVITED BY THE OTHER. THE ELECTRONIC QUILL BRINGS YOU TALES OF TIMES BARELY UNDERSTOOD AND DEEPLY ESSENTIAL. DIP IN YOUR QUILL AND CHOOSE YOUR INK. THESE ARE OUR STORIES. THE CONVICT AND THE EMIGRANT AND, ON OCCASION , WE HEAR FROM THAT ALIEN FIGURE – THE ONE WHO CAME FREELY.
THIS IS HOW WE CAME. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED. THIS IS WHAT WE ARE LIKE NOW.