Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

The Big Issues

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

The Big Issues

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Greg Bray

FOLKS, it was a night to remember. I was 15, and drifting off to sleep when I started thinking about the universe, which was a startling change from my usual musings about cricket, fishing or Delvene Delaney's chest.

To paraphrase writer Douglas Adams of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy fame, it suddenly dawned on me that the universe was big. Really, really big! Plus, not only was I a microscopic molecule on an insignificant planet in the unfashionable end of a tiny galaxy but I, and everyone else, was going to die.

The shock was so great that it took ages to fall into a troubled sleep.

The next day I woke early, i.e. before midday, and went for a long ride on my chopper pushbike. After many hours of pedalling, and much thinking, I came to the conclusion that our planet might be a speck of space dust, but judging from my aching legs it had some pretty big hills. …

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