NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

16th January, 1948 :The Shah of Iran fled from his capital today, driven into exile by supporters of Ayatollah Khomeini, who masterminded the downfall of the “Peacock Throne” from his own exile in Paris. When the news was broadcast that the Shah had flown to Egypt, jubilant Iranians danced in the streets and on the rooftops. Soldiers, waving flowers instead of guns, joined in the celebrations while men and women clambered over tanks which a few days ago were trying to crush their demonstrations.

Teheran became a vast traffic jam of hooting cars plastered with photographs of the Ayatollah. Among the first targets for the celebrating mob were the statues of the Shah and his father, former Cossack Sergeant who seized the throne in 1925.

[ Unfortunately, the integrity of media is such that probably we shall ever find out what is happening in Iran today. Russians?]

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

hms Illustrious16th January, 1941 : About 80 Stukas, taking off from bases in Sicily, attack Valleta in an attempt to sink the aircraft carrier Illustrious and put the island’s arsenal out of action. The carrier is hit by one bomb, but the bombers do serious damage to the port installations, several churches and a number of public and private buildings. The raid claims about 100 victims among the civil population, many of them women and children. This is the first of a long series of raids by the Germans which the Maltese refer to as the ‘Illustrious Blitz’. The operation costs the Germans ten aircraft.

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Who’s the smartest of them all?

 

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CO2 emmissions as reported. Some uneducated people believe that carbon dioxide causes global warming.

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Sea Dreams

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Alfred Tennyson (1809 – 1892)

What does little birdie say
In her nest at peep of day?
Let me fly, says little birdie,
Mother, let me fly away.
Birdie, rest a little longer,
Till the little wings are stronger,
So she rests a little longer,
Then she flies away.

What does little baby say,
In her bed at peep of day?
Baby says, like little birdie,
Let me rise and fly away.
Baby, sleep a little longer,
Till the little limbs are stronger;
If she sleeps a little longer,
Baby too shall fly away.
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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

13th January, 1941 : Hitler ‘invites’ King Boris of Bulgaria to Germany. The Führer demands that Bulgaria: 1) signs Tripartite Pact; 2) opens her borders to German troops to attack Greece; 3) takes active part in the Axis’ military operations. King Boris temporises.

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No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

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10th January, 1941 : Just after dawn, off the island of Patelleria, two Italian torpedo boats attack a British naval squadron escorting a convoy bound for Malta. The Italian torpedo boat Vega is sunk. Forty German aircraft, Ju-87s and Ju-88s, then go into action, and hit the aircraft carrier Illustrious, which is seriously damaged, and the cruiser Southampton, which is sunk by the British themselves because it is impossible to recover her. The battleship Warspite manages to escape the bombs, but two merchant ships in the convoy and other smaller escort vessels are hit. This is the first action by German aircraft in the Mediterranean (the bombers are part of the 10th Fliegerkorps stationed in Sicily)

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

8th January, 1969 : Caught on the highway out of Geelong, six people met their end in the inferno that enveloped Victoria today. Trying to escape the flames in their cars, they never had a chance. Nine other people around the state also perished, but this evening fire-fighters said they had most of the blazes under control. More than 80 fires have scorched the state, and although contained now, continue to blaze.

The fires were so numerous that the smell and taste of them penetrated even the heart of Melbourne. More than 130,000 men and 1,300 tankers turned out to fight them. Three firemen trapped near Lara were last seen dashing into the flames, seeking safety on the burnt out side behind.

[ The people, some of us naively vote in to protect us, never learn anything but how fleece the taxpayers. Every year people die in bush fires because politicians have to pacify the noisy misanthropes, masquerading as greenies. ]

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The Fabulists

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936)

“The Vortex”–A Diversity of Creatures

When all the world would keep a matter hid,
  Since Truth is seldom Friend to any crowd,
Men write in fable, as old Aesop did,
  Jesting at that which none will name aloud.
And this they needs must do, or it will fall
Unless they please they are not heard at all.

When desperate Folly daily laboureth
  To work confusion upon all we have,
When diligent Sloth demandeth Freedom's death,
  And banded Fear commandeth Honour's grave--
Even in that certain hour before the fall,
Unless men please they are not heard at all.

Needs must all please, yet some not all for need,
  Needs must all toil, yet some not all for gain,
But that men taking pleasure may take heed.
  Whom present toil shall snatch from later pain.
Thus some have toiled, but their reward was small
Since, though they pleased, they were not heard at all.

This was the lock that lay upon our lips,
  This was the yoke that we have undergone,
Denying us all pleasant fellowships
  As in our time and generation.
Our pleasures unpursued age past recall,
And for our pains--we are not heard at all.

What man hears aught except the groaning guns?
  What man heeds aught save what each instant brings?
When each man's life all imaged life outruns,
  What man shall pleasure in imaginings?
So it hath fallen, as it was bound to fall,
We are not, nor we were not, heard at all.
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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

brit_clmn_na7th January, 1941 : British and Imperial forces continue to advance from Bardia to Tobruk. The first contingents make contact with the defences in the eastern sector of Tobruk. The fall of Bardia has reduced the number of troops available to the Italian Commander-in-Chief, General Graziani, by more than half. For the defence of Tobruk he can call on no more than 25,000 men, 220 guns and some 70-odd medium and light tanks. West of Tobruk the Sabratha division is at Derna, the 17th Regiment at Benghazi and an armoured group at Mechili.

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America benighted

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The North-Eastern U.S. is experiencing record-breaking cold. Even the very sharks are dying as they swim.

Happily the New York Times is here to put it all in context. It’s all further evidence of global warming, of course! All is ‘explained’ in a story headed “Why so cold? Climate Change May Be Part of the Answer” … Continue reading Delingpole – Frozen US is paying terrible price for Green lies

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

5th January, 1941 : Bardia falls to the British, despite staunch resistance from general Bergonzoli’s troops. The British take about 40,000 prisoners, with 462 guns,129 light tanks and more than 700 trucks. British casualties are 456 killed and wounded. General Bergonzoli manages to withdraw from Bardia and reach Tobruk with a few thousand men.

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Fail-safe resolution

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Traditions, traditions ! Who invents them? Why?

Apparently, around New Year Eve one is expected to make some personal promise, basically to behave better in the forthcoming year. Why a person can’t resolve on, say the birthday of Germaine Greer not to beat her husband? Mystery.

Having strong will, I had avoided this silly custom as a plague, which it is. However, this time, being mildly provoked, I gave in. I resolved that in 2018 I will put on weight, smoke more and drink more alcohol. Therefore, in December I would either have that so desirable inner warm feeling that I kept my word, or I would be richer and healthier. I can not lose.

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

Flag_of_Burma_(1948-1974).svg4th January, 1948 : At 4.20 this morning, an hour chosen by Burmese astrologers as the most auspicious for birth of a new republic, the guns of the cruiser HMS Birmingham crashed out a celebration of the independence of the Union of Burma. While the guns were sounding their message, a large group of statesmen and diplomats gathered somewhat sleepily at the Secretariat, Burma’s Houses of Parliament, in the capital city of Rangoon, for the ceremony of lowering the Union Jack and hoisting the national flag of Burma. Rangoon will celebrate for the next five days.

[ Presumably celebrating ever since, even forgetting the name ]

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

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Bardia.prisoners3rd January, 1941 : The British, reinforced by the 6th Australian Division (replacing the 4th Indian Division sent to Sudan), resume the offensive in Cyrenaica. Bardia defences pierced by the Australians; 8,000 Italian prisoners taken on a nine-mile front.

General Wavell (commander-in-chief of the British forces in the Middle East) receives a request from London to begin a large scale preparations for the despatch of a British expeditionary force from Egypt to Greece. This possibly determines Wavell not to press his advantage over the Italians by pursuing them farther for the time being.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

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2nd January, 1941 : British naval and air bombardment of Bardia, the Italian strongpoint on the Egyptian frontier.

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“Oh, Laziness, Come…”

...from the quills of the dead white poets

Aleksandr Pushkin (1799 – 1837)


(From “A Sleep”, II) 1816

Oh, laziness, come, come to me, alone. 
You’re called for by soft coolness and good rest;
Only in you I see my goddess own;
All is here ready for the youthful guest,
All’s quiet here – the boring noise fell down
Behind my porch; upon a window, bright,
Downed a curtain, transparent and light;
And in a niche, where now a dusk is crowned,
Is weakly creeping bashful light of a day.
There’s my divan. Come to the word’s abode;
And be a queen. I’m here to obey.
All here is yours: paints, brushes, a lyre gold –
Just teach me right, move my hand in your way.
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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

31st December, 1940 : Hitler issues a New Year proclamation to the Nazi Party: “1941 will see the German army, navy and air force enormously strengthened and better equipped. Under the blows the last boasting of the warmongers will collapse, thus achieving the final conditions for a true understanding among the peoples.”

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Not funny

 

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

29th December, 1940 : President Roosevelt broadcasts: “We must be the arsenal of the democracies.”

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Post Christmas

 

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