Sapoty Brook, Main Arm
Handing out how-to-vote cards at a Tweed Heads pre-polling booth I struck upon the idea of saying ‘vote Green to save the Barrier Reef’.
At one point two middle-aged men approached. I said my spiel to the first – ‘we haven’t got a Barrier Reef’ was the disdainful reply. Next bloke looked at me with all-knowing confidence, saying ‘God is looking after that’.
In one second I was rocketed from one bloke’s backyard into the far reaches of the cosmos. Let’s keep our microscopes or telescopes fastened firmly in front of our eyeballs so we always remember that there is nothing useful between our ears.
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