Hi, it’s Grey. I’ve been editing the book again today, as usual, and it seems to be shaping up well for next week’s release. I’m not finding much I want to change any more. I was just reading about our time in the Kakadu park, and meeting whistler duck called Darwin, and the extraordinary creature known as a Humpty Doo; I told you about it before on the Werewolf of Oz. I didn’t know at the time that Darwin and Humpty Doo are both places in the Northern Territories. I thought you might like to see the finished version of that episode, which is chapter 25 in the book, so without further ado, here it is for you to view:
25. HUMPTY DOO AND THE QUACK I DO IN KAKADU
We departed Nitmiluk in the morning, warmly encased in our BOGOL jumpers. Bonzo said he felt limitlessly lucky, and there were no limits to our progress on the path as we reached the Kakadu National Park in no time.
Nice Surprise at Alligator Wildman
Bonzo and I freshened up at the waterfall where the Wildman and Alligator rivers met, as we didn’t fancy meeting the Wildman or Alligator on their own; our consensus theory was that they’d be too pre-occupied with each other at the waterfall to take any notice of us.
We were just emerging from the water when an extraordinary looking creature arrived on the beach. Its head reminded me of my ol’ hero Scooby Doo, but it seemed to have an egg body like that of Humpty Dumpty.
It was accompanied by a duck that always seemed to be whistling.
Ready for the Quack I Do in Kakadu?
The duck approached us and whistled, ‘Hello, I am Dr. Darwin, a local whistler duck quack, and this is my friend, the Humpty Doo, who also lives nearby. We have ventured east to Kakadu hoping to discover new species. We thought you might be of some interest, but we have concluded that you are both old species. Although there hasn’t been a werewolf seen in these parts for many a century.’
I returned the greeting, and thanked them for their interest, before saying I’d never seen a Humpty Doo before. Dr. Darwin said Humpty was an interesting creature, and he wasn’t sure how he’d evolved; it was ongoing research, but his theory on the origin of species was that the Humpty Doo was descended from an English civil war rhyme and a Hollywood cartoon dog.
So maybe I was right. I was excited, and asked if it really believed this. For the first time it did not whistle its opinion; instead it did quack, ‘I do.’
Darwin and Humpty Doo are Northern Territories towns.
Scooby Doo (cartoon dog).
Humpty Dumpty (English civil war nursery rhyme character).
Charles Darwin (19th century scientist, and his book: On The Origin of Species).