Monthly Archives: October 2011

Balance in furs

…from the quill of Antisthenes Just when the sale of furs* was banned in the self-appointed centre of the world, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, on the other side, (geographically, not intellectually) a brave man demonstrated his disdain for … Continue reading

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october memories / 31

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 31st October, 1912 : The Turkish Army is falling back in disorder beneath the hammer blows of the Bulgarians and their Serbian allies. Few could have expected when war was declared just two weeks … Continue reading

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The Knight

…from the quills of dead white poets Geoffrey Chaucer (1340 – 1400) The Canterbury Pilgrims The Knight A Knight there was and that a worthy man, That fro the time that he first began To riden out, he loved chivalry, … Continue reading

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The Bell letter

…from the quill of Antisthenes The certain sign of Australians’ growing discontent is a number of jokes, letters and other writings which float through the internet. Some are good, some less so, but all showing that the dishonesty, deviousness and … Continue reading

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october memories / 29

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 29th October, 1922 : Benito Mussolini, the Duce of the Fascists, is the dictator of Italy, a position won for him by 24,000 of his black-shirted men who marched on Rome from Naples. Their … Continue reading

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Less than perfect balance

…from the quill of Antisthenes   We used to be told that there always is a balance in nature and that in the long run, there is nothing to worry about. Something dies, something is born, and life goes on. … Continue reading

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october memories / 28

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 28th October, 1948 : After his shattering defeat in Manchuria, the Chinese leader, Marshal Chiang Kai-shek told his war council in Nanking today that the entire civil war with the Communists will be decided … Continue reading

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The Crash of 1929 and Faust

A few days ago was the Anniversary of the great crash. Therefore, it would be timely to offer all sorts of economic observations and statistics. I believe however that it would be more rewarding to ponder the crash, and subsequent crashes in … Continue reading

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october memories / 27

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 27th October, 1971 : The United States policy on the two Chinas was overwhelmingly defeated in the UN. The US was hoping the UN would allow the nationalist regime in Formosa, which it backs, … Continue reading

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Why stop here ?

           

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october memories / 26

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 26th October, 1950 : The author of the popular novel Power Without Glory, Frank Hardy, appeared in court today on a libel charge and was later released on £500 bail. Mrs Ellen Wren, the … Continue reading

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“Gimme shelter” or else

Paul Jacko Gimme shelter, screamed Mick Jagger; and food, and money, and education and everything you got and do not dare to ask me to work for it as you had to scream the Wall Street Occupiers and their pitiful … Continue reading

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october memories / 25

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 25th October, 1916 : From today no person in Victoria, with the exception of State legislators while Parliament is in session or residents in clubs or hotels, may legally buy any alcoholic drink after … Continue reading

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Floating casino named Shi Lang

Ludwig von Gress It seems that my, admittedly tongue-in-cheek, suggestion to the Chinese admiralty to keep the name Varyag for its first aircraft-carrier [Floating casino – fog of chaos 13-10-2011] fell on the deaf ears. The powers-that-be in the People … Continue reading

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october memories / 24

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 24th October, 1929 : In an unprecedented wave of fear, confusion and panic, nearly 13 million shares changed hands on the New York Exchange today. Dazed brokers waded through a sea of paper clutching … Continue reading

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Fragment on Death

…from the quills of dead white poets   Francois Villon (1431-   AND Paris be it or Helen dying, Who dies soever, dies with pain. He that lacks breath and wind for sighing, His gall bursts on his heart; and … Continue reading

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october memories / 22

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 22nd October, 1904 : The fishing community of Hull was stunned to learn today that two of its trawlers had been sunk and their captains killed in an astonishing attack by ships of the … Continue reading

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Making the world safe

…from the quill of Antisthenes The parents, grandparents, spouses, siblings, children, lovers and friends of our soldiers who died or came to harm in the liberated Afghanistan could be pleased to know that their sacrifice was not in vain. The … Continue reading

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october memories / 21

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 21st October, 1919 : The tide in Russia has turned in favour of the Bolsheviks and Trotsky’s Red Army. After nearly two years of civil war and foreign intervention, the Reds are poise to … Continue reading

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Až do příštích voleb

Rudolf Výborný Komentátoři na obou stranách politického spektra předpovídali, že Julia Gillard bude sesazena nejpozději do konce srpna. Mezitím ministerská předsedkyně udělala několik dalších chyb, její neobliba u voličů se nezměnila, spíše zhoršila. Nyní je už říjen, ale ona stále … Continue reading

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