Friday, 30 October 2015

About the Ethereal Neighbourhood

From the outside looking in, Villa Twaklinilkawt is rarely observed for what it truly is.  The view from the street is of nothing more than an ordinary, north-facing, somewhat bland, relatively featureless, typically Australian suburban, one household, detached, modern, residential dwelling, built during the first thirty years following World War Two.

You will probably have found your way to Villa Twaklinilkawt in one of three ways, dear visitor. 

1.  By subtle invitation, received through an indirect, permission-based process.  This will most likely have been associated with your usual online social media, family and community activities.

2. With the assistance of more direct person-to-person interactions.  These will quite possibly involve at least one of the official or unofficial social media interns working in relation to the International Training Centre for the Harmonious Interplay of Beauty, Understanding and Magnificence.

3. By chance.  You may have been looking for somewhere else in this digital neighbourhood, or you took a wrong turning somewhere and found yourself here by mistake.

The suburban neighbourhood within which Villa Twaklinilkawt exists has both material and ethereal features.  Unless something considerably intrusive or otherwise abusive occurs, the people in the neighbourhood have a tendency to keep themselves to themselves, within their own family and community networks.

The suburban house on the west of the ordinary house is a large, imposing structure.  It fills most of the land on which it sits.  It is a greatly extended and considerably renovated version of the original one, which once looked similar to most of the others along the same post-war street.

Now, however, the large house looms imposingly, and somewhat intrusively, over the suburban landscape, unlike Villa Twaklinilkawt itself, which is hardly even noticed in the ordinary neighbourhood. 

To the east of the ordinary house is an old farmhouse, much altered over the years but a reminder of the pre-war use of the surrounding land.  It is on a bit of a hill in the otherwise flat, straight street.  The farmhouse is known locally as the upper house. 

The upper house to the east now serves many literal and figurative purposes.  It is used analogously at both the state and federal levels.

The house on the west is now owned by what was originally known as the Immense Capabilities Boondoggle Consortium.  That former dwelling is currently used for mysterious, non-residential purposes.

The official, ethereal, public tour usually continues this way