Oh yeah I WAS referring to what TP wrote at the beginning of the book... 'I was saying to Pooh I didn't think it was ALL about evolution...
NOW I remember the kangaroo one. Thank you.
It was heavy on the Man from Snowy River (horses going vertically down and up slopes etc) and lots of lines from Clancy of the Overflow.
The boat races was funny. We have a yearly regatta in Alice Springs called the Henley On Todd
but we also had them in a town I used to live in.... and YES we had to cancel it one year because of rain
Me and my mates actually had a bottomless boat in it... I should scan the pics and put them up.
The descriptions of the land being scoured by a wall of water and changing the riverbed down to rock during flash floods was particularly poignant here as while I was reading it they had updates on the Lockyer Valley "inland tsunami" on TV that brought back all the horror of that day.
The Collective Brain: The synoptic serendipity that comes when interesting thoughts from interesting and interested people get together. And the whole is always more than the sum of its parts.