One step forward, two steps back

It is commonly said that kangaroos can’t walk (or hop in their case) backwards.  Further to this, it also has led to the story that this was why the kangaroo and emu (who also has been accused with the inability to walk backwards) were chosen to represent the emblems for Australia’s coat of arms. The story continues, with the initial 1908 writing on the coat of arms being ‘Advance Australia’.  It is rumoured that this was the reason for choosing a kangaroo and emu – they were symbolic of our nation moving forwards, due to their inability to move backwards.

Well, I’ll let you determine the truth of both stories. For my bit of tinsey, winsey, highly scientific research into the area of ‘can kangaroos and emus walk backwards’ I set my daughters onto the task. They recently visited the zoo and diligently interviewed (more like an interrogation) the zoo keepers on their real life sightings. The conclusion was that kangaroos can’t move backwards, but emus can.


2 Comments on “One step forward, two steps back”

  1. Jim Clark says:

    Absolutely cool cartooning. Do you draw them with your pencils and crayons or do you use a computer program like ILLUSTRATOR or PHOTOSHOP or something?

    • Hi Jim, I typically draw the cartoon using pen and ink, then scan and import the image to my iPad, where I then use Sketch Book Pro app to color, correct and layout. I like using a combination of new and old technology as the new often allows me to correct my mistakes easily, without leaving any trace behind.

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