Sunday, October 26, 2008

What was said on Corfu.

Posted to Flickr as Metzes. Author Unai Guerra

Back in August, we had an interesting meze dinner at the Taverna A.

You probably know this place, which is in a small bay on the north coast of Corfu.

Eleni produced crispy courgettes, prawn saganaki, stifado and lots of other tasty things to go with the red wine.

We said our 'hellos' to Rupert, George and all the others. We thought we recognised Lord W. and Ben S.

As we supped our humus, an interesting question was asked.

"How come," asked Peter, "that planet Earth got all the good stuff?"

"What do you mean?" asked Elizabeth.

"Aluminium?" asked Mr D.


"What I mean," said Peter, "is why has the Earth got just the right amount of sulphur, phosphorous and so on to make living things?"

"And just the right amount of heat and light," said George.

"And the water," added Rupert, as he stuck his fork into some octopus like thing. "The Earth has water."

"And the other planets just don't have the right stuff," said Peter.

"It's as if there was some kind of intelligence involved," said Elizabeth.

"The really big question," said Mr P, "is how the chemicals became life?"

"There's a lot we don't know," said Andrew.

"Babies," said Elizabeth. "When do they suddenly become conscious? Maybe their consciousness exists outside their bodies."

"I've thought about that," said Mr D. "The Earth has been around for a few billion years. But homo erectus only appeared about one or two million years ago. So where was consciousness before men came along?"

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