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Looking through the filthy plate glass windows of the Pisse Dans Ma Poche Cafe on Rue de Saudade this morning, Emma Castor couldn’t help but think of her best friend who’s no longer with us.

Last year, she bid a bittersweet farewell to Katie Frog, who decided that life in Betoota, the Paris of the Diamantina, wasn’t for her.

Like many other disillusioned and directionless young Australians, she moved to London – seeking to find answers to some of life’s most difficult questions.

“You look after her, London!” wrote Emma, in a longwinded and mildly uncomfortable Instagram tribute.

The 27-year-old followed up with a promise as hollow as one made on an election trail.

“I’ll see you soon, Katie. #Europe2018! Don’t worry about me, I’ll keep Betoota warm for you for when you get back!”

However, Ms Castor is not alone in asking the Lithosphere, the rigid, outermost shell of a terrestrial-type planet such as Earth, to look after a friend.

The CSIRO, arguably Australia’s peak scientific body, have also noticed the trend.

The Advocate spoke to a local geologist, Dr Clive Munro, about the social media phenomenon this afternoon.

“I have also noticed the trend,” said the father-of-four.

“Recently, I had one daughter leave on exchange to Japan for a semester. My other girls left touching messages on their personal Instagram accounts, some of which asked the Japanese archipelago to ‘look after’ my daughter as if it were some primaeval deity,”

“As a doctor of geology and a keen follower of the lithosphere, I can assure you that it won’t look after you. In fact, in Japan, it’s more likely that it’ll end up killing you compared to Australia! Anyway, it’s the thought that counts.”

More to come.





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