Petunias

 

Beverley Daniels

Beverley Daniels extends and transforms the landscape tradition through her use of highly original composition along with a potent use of colour. Unusual perspectives and viewpoints bring a fresh vigour to a rich tradition

"Bizarre, humorous and finally tragic, this is my favourite bit from the ‘Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy’ and in my opinion the meaning of life, the universe and everything.

When Arthur presses the improbability drive button two nuclear missiles fired from Magrathea transform into a bowl of petunias and an innocent sperm whale. They materialise several miles above an alien planet and begin to fall:

The surprised whale wonders what’s happening and what his purpose in life might be. Then with great excitement he begins to enjoy the sensations of being alive, the wind whizzing past his head, a yawning tingling sensation in his stomach, his tail and how it thrashes. He gives names to all these new things.

“Oh hey this is really exciting so much to find out about so much to look forward to. I’m quite dizzy with anticipation! Or is it wind? Hey there really is a lot of that now isn’t there and what’s this thing coming towards me very fast, very, very fast? So big and flat and wide, it needs a big wide sounding word like ‘Ow ’, ‘Ownge’, ‘Round’, ’Ground’! That’s it Ground! I wonder if it’ll be friends with me”.

Curiously the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of Petunias as it fell was “Oh no not again”.

 

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