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Ozymandias in Oz

By Steven Schwartz - posted Thursday, 12 September 2013

Date: The future

Subject: Professor Eric Blair, Faculty of Useless Knowledge, the University of Wasteful Research

Interview by Steven Schwartz

SS: Welcome Professor Blair. We are pleased that you have agreed to discuss your discovery with us tonight.


EB: Delighted to be here.

SS: So, let's begin. Why did you pick Canberra as the place to start your journey?

EB: Canberra has long been deserted and archaeologists have ignored it. I thought it might be an opportunity to shed some light on a neglected part of history.

SS: But you found Canberra not really deserted?

EB: No. I met a traveller.

SS: What did he tell you?


EB: He said that right in the middle of Canberra, in the midst of a desert of lone and level sands, I would find the remains of a once great Parliament House.

SS: And did you?

EB: I believe so, although only two wings of stone, half sunk in the sand remain.

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Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM is the former vice-chancellor of Macquarie University (Sydney), Murdoch University (Perth), and Brunel University (London).

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