Dystopia

Image Jo Freitag

Image Jo Freitag

I had missed out on visiting Sprite’s Site on April Fools’ Day. Apparently the pranks played this year were not as original and well thought out as some of the previous years.
In 2010 and 2014 Sprite had claimed she could come into my dimension
and in 2012 Tweetil announced that he had swallowed a wormhole

This year the tricks had been restricted to whoopee cushions on chairs and Little Bully Black Dog sticking KICK ME signs on backs and then kicking everybody in the bottom whether or not they had a sign on them and calling them an April Fool if they protested.

No wonder the Pair O’Noids were still checking each other’s back every few minutes when I arrived a week later!

It was not only the Pair O’Noids who seemed to be out of sorts.
As Australia and the US approach elections another Sprite’s Site election is also due sometime in the next few months.

Caramel Cat has already announced his intention to again run for the Fat Cat Party and has been trumpeting his election promises. They sound like benefits for all on the surface but, when analysed, are found to only be benefits for Caramel Cat and his Fat Cat cronies.

Sprite is feeling concerned about the elections and about the state of the world.
It did not help that she had been studying some grim periods in World History and that, having studied George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Intellectual Dabrowski had made Sprite read Orwell’s 1984 and then suggested that she should also read Robert Westall’s  Futuretrack 5, Ira Levin’s This Perfect Day and Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games.

Sprite has always been concerned about how the leaders we elect behave and her own personal responsibility
She worries about the effects of climate change, broken promises from politicians, injustice to the indigenous peoples, and lack of compassion towards refugees, the elderly, the sick and the disadvantaged.
She is also made anxious by the Pair O’Noids whispered hints of conspiracies and a socially engineered return to a feudal system which benefits the rich at the expense of the poor.

“You have to stop Intellectual insisting that Sprite read all these dark dystopian future books!” Emotional Dabrowski said. “She is too young to worry about all that unpleasant stuff! It makes her feel sad and powerless.”

“It is a problem associated with Asynchronous Development” said Columbus Cheetah. “Sprite can understand those books and Intellectual insists that it is her duty to read them. And he is adamant that she must think about them critically and compare the worlds described in the stories with the conditions that she sees in the world.”

“She is not ready to deal with all the emotions these books stir up!” said Emotional.
“In fact I am not ready to go through it all with her yet either!”

“It feels like such a long time ago that she was reading Once upon a time” said Columbus “But it also feels like just yesterday!”

April 1, 2014

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This morning when I turned on my computer I was quite amazed to find Sprite peering at me from behind the icons on my desktop and pushing on my screen.

“Let me out!” she was saying. “All you have to do is get one of those tiny screwdrivers and lift off the glass and then I can come and visit you in your dimension. I gave up on trying to get you to come here!”

She was referring to the April Fools Day trick she played on me in 2010 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/04/01/interdimensional-travel-01-04-2010/

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/getting-unstuck/

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/getting-unstuck-2/

In 2012 it was Tweetil who pulled an Interdimensional April Fools Day prank https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/what-happens-if-you-swallow-a-wormhole/

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/what-happens-if-you-swallow-a-wormhole-2/

“You may have noticed – I have moved a few of the icons on your desktop and thrown a few of them away to make a space to get out” Sprite said

“And I do like the bubbles on your screen saver!”

What happens if you swallow a wormhole? 2

I returned to the blog to find that somehow Sprite and Tweetil’s  April Fools Day joke had got away from them and taken on a life of its own. Although they had confessed to playing a prank and although the morning time for playing jokes had passed in Australia,  some countries observe a full day of trickery and the day  was just beginning in some parts of the world.

An owl arrived purporting to be Dr Who and claiming expertise in interdimensional travel and wormhole technology.
“Who did you say?” asked Sprite
“Who!” hooted the owl.
The conversation that ensued reminded me of the famous Abbott and Costello ‘Who’s on First?’ routine.

Clown Doctors http://clowndoctors.org.au/  had also arrived eager to use the occasion to publicise the work they do in lifting the spirits of their patients with humour and to remind everyone that this year April Fools Day is also Smile Day http://www.2ue.com.au/blogs/2ue-blog/clown-doctors-smile-day-sunday/20120330-1w2qj.html

What happens if you swallow a wormhole?

On April 1, 2010 Sprite claimed she had a machine which allowed her to escape from her blog and return to it

See Interdimensional travel April 1 2010
 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/04/01/interdimensional-travel-01-04-2010/

Last year Sprite did not attempt to trick anyone on April Fools’ Day

This gave me a false sense of security so that I did not expect that she would combine forces with Tweetil Tweet to perpetrate another Interdimensional hoax.

I arrived at the blog to find much commotion in the Tweets’ nest.

“What happens if you swallow a wormhole?” Sprite asked me. “Tweetil said he swallowed a wormhole and they had to call the Flying Doctor!
I know that if you step into a wormhole you could come out the other end in another time or place – like maybe at the March for the Tree Octopus   or on Survivor Gifted Island

But what happens inside you if you swallow a wormhole?”

The Flying Doctor was attempting to appear knowledgeable and reassuring but was clearly out of his depth. He did not seem at all sure about the safest way to proceed. He said he did not know whether a wormhole would show up in an X-ray or ultrasound scan. He expressed concern that Tweetil might explode or implode but was at a loss about how to prevent it.

Tweetil burst into tears. “I don’t want to explode! I’m sorry I didn’t chew the worm fifty times. I just swallowed the worm whole!”