Thursday, 28 April 2005
A Labour win inevitably meant 'Now thank we all our God', a Tory one 'Dear Lord our Father, forgive our foolish ways' and a hung parliament 'God moves in mysterious ways'.
- p6, Guardian, 25 April 2005.
The Russian robot is up there two hours! Then a command comes in over the loudspeaker: 'Private Ivanov! In two hours, you're welcome to come down and have a cigarette break.'
- Aleksandr Kudryagin (Liquidator) [post-Chernobyl clean-up team]
- G2, p4, Guardian, 25 April 2005 (extract from oral history of Chernobyl).
Monday, 25 April 2005
Monday, 18 April 2005
Thursday, 14 April 2005
PS John commented, 'Just did the test myself - looks like we're all Lib Dems now!'
Who should I vote for?
Your expected outcome:Liberal Democrat
Your actual outcome:
|Liberal Democrat 38|
|UK Independence Party -12|
You should vote: Liberal Democrat
The LibDems take a strong stand against tax cuts and a strong one in favour of public services: they would make long-term residential care for the elderly free across the UK, and scrap university tuition fees. They are in favour of a ban on smoking in public places, but would relax laws on cannabis. They propose to change vehicle taxation to be based on usage rather than ownership.
Take the test at Who Should You Vote For
Sunday, 10 April 2005
Prose is harder to write than poetry. Poetry that can be reformatted as prose sentences is written by those who haven't got the talent to come up with whole paragraphs. Language is intended for communication; much poetry wilfully obscures, and so is a failure in the use of language and in communication.
Nothing is so bad it's good. It's just bad.
Don't do or own anything because it's ironic or kitsch. Life's too short. Just do or own things you actually like. The peasants who own that stuff because they actually like it have more artistic integrity than you and your quotation marks.
- Streets Paved with Gold: The story of the London City Mission; Irene Howat and John Nicholls; CFP, 2003; p83.
Some people, of course, find inhabiting an epilogue so uncongenial that they commit suicide. Ernest Hemingway comes to mind.
- p196, Deadeye Dick; Kurt Vonnegut.
Friday, 8 April 2005
- 22 March 1940, Lord Alanbrooke's Diary
Had it not been that by then one's senses were numbed with the magnitude of the catastrophe that surrounded one, the situation would have been unbearable.
Several years later, whilst dining at Chequers one weekend, Churchill said to me that the receptive capacity of a man's mind to register disaster is like a 3 inch pipe under a culvert. The 3 inch pipe will go on passing the water through under pressure, but when a flood comes the water flows over the culvertwhilst the pipe goes on handling its 3 inches. Similarly the human brain will register emotions up to its '3 inch limit' and subsequently additional emotions flow past unregistered.
- 25 May 1940, note.
Tuesday, 5 April 2005
- Deadeye Dick, p197.
I've heard a similar retort credited to someone twentieth century, I forget who - 'like being unchained from a lunatic'.