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Pegman – Land of Dreams

Here is my story for What Pegman Saw which this week is set in Fiji. Sorry I haven’t read anyone else’s yet but I like to come up with a story before subconsciously robbing other people’s ideas.

Copyright Brendan Madden and Google


“Fellow world leaders, advisors and scientists. Welcome to the International Conference on Climate Change.”


“News has been received. News which will change the course of our work forever!”


“We have decided to end all work to combat so-called climate change, as it doesn’t exist.”


“No, my fellows, wait, please. We have received an anonymous communique via social media which is highly literate, indubitably based in solid science and clearly true. I shall read it now.”

“Global warming? Hah. It’s freezing here. Chance would be a fine thing. FAKE NEWS! Stop wasting money or I’ll push my red button and it’s bigger than yours. Climate change? NO!”

Back to claps.

Everyone went home.

Nobody did anything.

Fiji drowned.


  1. Sarah Ann
    January 15, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    I’m hoping there’s more to the title than meets the eye and that this was a collective nightmare the delegates were having. They’ll wake up in the morning knowing they need to do more than listen to social media guidance. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 16, 2018 at 8:10 am

      I hope so too. Though I suspect the only way to visit Fiji now is in a dream 😦


  2. January 15, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Gah (smacks forehead)….Sounds like someone needs their Twitter account revoked, and soon! Entertaining as always.


  3. January 15, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Wonderfully written and scary. With political leaders caring SO much, it seems we’ll all drown one day.


  4. January 15, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    You trumped it here Sir!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. January 15, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    But of course! All scientists know that everything on social media is the absolute truth! 🙂


  6. January 16, 2018 at 2:13 am

    LOL – except that is isn’t really, is it! While we’re all laughing at the total idiocy of the man, he’s changing the world in ways we may never recover from.


    • January 16, 2018 at 8:13 am

      Yes, there’s a lot of entertainment value in his tweets. But then you remember that he’s actually being serious…


  7. Lyn
    January 16, 2018 at 8:48 am

    LOL that “anonymous communique” sender sounds somewhat familiar. One wonders why the account hasn’t been vetted sometimes 🤔


  8. January 16, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Good job the real scientists don’t give up and go home. Your little satire must be their worst nightmare. I wonder if politicians will still be denying climate change in 2100, with New York, London etc etc under water?


    • January 16, 2018 at 12:45 pm

      They’ll put some sort of spin on it, I expect.


  9. January 16, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    That’s pretty much the road we’re taking. Should I feel guilty for laughing?


  10. January 17, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    A witty, only slightly exaggerated story that’s not far off base (frightening). Well written.


    • January 17, 2018 at 1:37 pm

      I wish it were purely fantasy. I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  11. January 17, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    You can tell this was a work of fiction since no respected world leader would ever tweet out something like that….


    • January 17, 2018 at 8:10 pm

      Exactly. No respected world leader ever would. Ahem.


  12. January 18, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    There is a finality about this fictional story which is hard to deny, Ali. If we can see it, I shudder to think why they cannot.


  13. January 19, 2018 at 4:05 am

    The Tyranny of Big Red Buttons: Origins Story…


    • January 19, 2018 at 12:51 pm

      Haha 🙂 How it all began. And quickly and violently ended.


  14. January 22, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Tell all the islands sinking under the ocean that climate change is a hoax. Someone needs to tell Mr. Twitter with his busy thumbs that climate and global warming is not the same thing. Good writing, Ali. —- Suzanne


    • January 22, 2018 at 5:04 pm

      I suspect he has been told many times…
      I’m glad you liked my story!


  15. January 23, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Like your story, believable meeting, and a great twist at the end- scary…


    • January 24, 2018 at 8:12 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it! Too believable…


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