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By Dr. Richard King

This absurdist comedy is decided in a fictional penal colony, outdated & New Bridgeford, in early 19th-century Australia. using boisterous language and over-the-top characters current background via a wickedly satirical lens.

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His eraser was lost, his pencils were blunt, his ink was brackish and sepid and his pages were damp. He was in a land where every man was being stretched to the extreme of his potential, and he had been stretched way beyond the capability of his. He was being required to make maps, maps, maps and more maps and it was driving him mad, mad, mad. The Governor would have an idea—‘Send out some convicts to drag the tree trunks from the North fields and send out the Cartographer to record the surrounding areas’—and off the Cartographer would be sent.

He’ll soon lose patience and then he’ll throw himself out. We can wait here. He can’t throw this far. ’ ‘Rubbish. QXD 5/3/02 12:09 PM Page 21 Carrion Colony events from the moment Captain Naskin sat down in the boat he had spent the row out here becoming resigned to it. He tapped one of the rowers on the shoulder and pointed them all to round the rock via the top end with the dead tree sticking out of it. The rowers groaned as they settled back on their hard and splintery seats, knowing that they had been directed to go the long way, the more arduous way, but knowing also that it was the way that minimised their chances of being hit in the head by John Dunnock’s shit.

The Governor cared so little about the women that he certainly didn’t care to enrage them.

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