notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Some silence please...

It's finally happened. The World Domino record for most dominoes toppled has, well, toppled. In Amsterdam, Holland, on November 18th, 2005, some person triggered a chain reaction that saw 4.1 million dominoes lose their vertical status. NFTM has been waiting for this day for a LONG TIME, and we know that y'all out there will be hardly able to contain yourselves over the news.

Hold that celebratory punch in the air, and keep the champaigne on ice people; a cloud looms above us.

NFTM wishes that this were the joyous, celebratory post it ought to be. However, a shadow hangs over the achievement, as it does the whole of Holland, on this grey day. For before the 4.1 dominioes fell, another individual toppled 28,000 of them, and was executed for the crime. An "errant sparrow" descended upon the dominoes, and, maybe with his/her beak or wing, we don't know, details are still sketchy, knocked a good few of them over. They were shot with an air pistol for the "crime".

Understandably, the whole of Holland has come out against the brutal act, and the reprecussions will reverberate across the world for weeks to come.

They are appealing for calm in Holland, and NFTM would like to its bit to try and negate or minimise the negative effects of any backlash (we know it is pointless to believe this backlash can be prevented, the people can only stand so much). Please readers, stay calm, do NOT do anything rash. Yes, there's pain, a whole world of pain, but that aint gonna help the sparrow now. NFTM urges you all to celebrate the life of the sparrow, rather than avenge its death. To help build this bridge, NFTM would like to name this day "Sparky" day, after the sparrow who was never given a name (that we know of) who was one of many small things that were pushed to the ground that day, but was the only one not to get back up.

On this day, from now on into the future, we shall celebrate Sparky day by getting some dominoes, and pushing them down so that they spell Sparky. We will look up to the sky and think of Sparky looking fondly down upon the scene, puffing up his tiny little chest with pride, and stretching his magnificent wings in protest at his untimely death, and in celebration of the fact his immortality will outlive the record he nearly prevented.

Heres to you Sparky, this ones for you...