This washing machine is as dead as a Do Do!
When the washing machine died, apparently cheaper to replace than to repair, I brought a new one.
The decaying, dead machine hung around in the back garden, waiting to be recycled. There it stood, looking at me doing the dishes listening to radio feature on how we no longer repair things. Washing machines have a life of 5-6 years now, mostly because they are not designed to be repaired, rivets replace screws and motor and filter units are sealed.
These birds act as totems, to remind us of the dead and the perverse nature of the human condition - as wasteful now as it ever has been.
The first recorded mention of the dodo was by Dutch sailors in 1598, at which time it was a wide spread bird in Mauritius and surrounding Islands. In the following years, the bird was hunted by sailors, their domesticated animals, and invasive species introduced during that time. The last widely accepted sighting of a dodo was in 1662. Its extinction was not immediately noticed, and some considered it to be a mythical creature. Alice in Wonderland has kept the myth of the Do Do alive and it has become a symbol of the negative impact humans have had on other living creatures in the world we share.