Thursday, May 26, 2011

Twitter For Gentlefolk : Postcard(s) From Australia

For my Gentle Twitter feature this week I have a nice multiplier effect : one postcard exchange with two people resulting in four cards all tumbling through the letter-box on the same day. Early on in the "Twitter For Gentlefolk" experiment, my good friend Helen ("Baino") from Sydney volunteered to take part in the experiment and my card to her can be found on her ever-delightful Baino's Banter Blog. But in return for my one slightly boring card I received four, all of which were sent during that now famous tour of Australia undertaken by Helen and her visiting American friend - writer, philosopher, soothsayer and iconoclast, Jeffscape (he of Irreverent Irrelevance). I was tempted to publish all four cards but eventually decided to limit it to just one - if you want to see the other three you will have to buy the book.

The message reads as follows :
"Greetings from the Antipodes! Baino and I were just dropping by Old Melbourne Gaol (of which is properly spelled "jail") and checking up on Ned Kelly ... who was apparently in Canberra. All good! JeffScape.
"No worries though we caught not one but four of the Kelly Gang's Armour. Had a fabulous time & visited places I've never been. Sadly, no giant worms.  Helen"

What it all means, I do not know, but that is the joy of these old Gentle Twitter messages. They don't have to mean anything other than the fact that in a land a long way away at some strange time of the day or night some other person thought of you and instead of reaching for a smart phone put pen to card. Worth its' weight in gold, that is.

11 comments:

  1. no large worms...gasp! nice...

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  2. It's a charming idea and seems to be spreading... Worms? Huh?

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  3. I'm intrigued by the reference to the absence of large worms, too.

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  4. Were there at least some small worms maybe?

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  5. LOL...well, even Helen warned you that it wouldn't be making any sense at all. :) Still, delightful to receive it from both of them.

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  6. Oh, the worms... I'll be returning to bag one of them bastards eventually!

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  7. And remind me to write in cursive next time. My printing is crap.

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  8. Great postcard and it reminds me that now that I'm back from Florida (and drinking good beer again) I must get out and get a postcard for you!

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  9. Aww ... brings back good times. No we didn't see any Giant Gippsland Worms but we did spy their holes. Sorry we were a bit inebriated when we wrote those but the handwriting sadly is the same sober!

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  10. Hi Alan. I came across your blog via blog friend "E", and I loved the idea of the Gentle Twitter project that she wrote about... I'll be doing a blog post on it soon, having just received my first postcard!

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  11. I really like the communication and sharing of visuals from multiple folk. It would be fun except all our postcards at the bookstore have pigs on them. I don't really raise pigs.

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