Monthly Archives: July 2013

Silver lining

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger  If you are dismayed by the state of journalism generally and in Australia in particular you may be pleased to know that there appears to be a silver lining on that dark cloud … Continue reading

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july memories / 31

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 31st July, 1914 : Australians would defend Great Britain to “our last man and our last shilling” if it became involved in war with Germany, the leader of the Labor Opposition, Andrew Fisher, said … Continue reading

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Should’ve gone to SpecSavers

  …from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger  About one thousand sane, healthy, young Australian men in Uruzgan and she drags in this?    

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july memories / 30

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 30th July, 1948 :At Malayan Communist insurgents suffered their heaviest setback so far today, when a powerful force of British troops and police wiped out a network of hide-outs near Kuala Lumpur. The raid … Continue reading

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Rise of the Racial Police

Milan Skarka When campaigning in 2007, Obama promised a post-racial society and all such ills to be healed just by his election to the highest office in the land. After he was elected in 2008 the euphoric vigils and good … Continue reading

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july memories / 29

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 29th July, 1915 : President Guillaume of Haiti and General Oscar, the Governor of the capital city, Port-Au-Prince, have been executed by a mob, angered by 160 political killings. Fearing for the lives of … Continue reading

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Ballad Written for a Bridegroom

 …from the quills of the dead white poets   Francois Villon (1431 – 1463)    At daybreak, when the falcon claps his wings,  No whit for grief, but noble heart and high,  With loud glad noise he stirs himself and … Continue reading

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Naděje

  Pavel Jacko  Dokud dýchám, doufám/dum spiro, spero. Tohle latinské přísloví mi přišlo na mysl, když jsem se svým známým diskutoval o současné australské politické a hospodářské situaci. Chtěl jsem ho ukonejšit, a protože v našem věku mluvit o dýchání … Continue reading

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july memories / 27

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 27th July, 1952 : At 9.42 last night, Argentina learnt that Eva Peron was dead. “Our spiritual leader has gone!” cried the radio announcer. The First Lady had succumbed to ovarian cancer at the … Continue reading

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Goulash by Gonski

..from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger  I have nothing against a proper goulash; I eat it, I make it, I like it. But in connection with Mr Gonski I mean a five times reheated mixture of the well past … Continue reading

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july memories / 26

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 26th July, 1908 : The German car, Protos, was first to reach Paris in the race from New York, but there were no celebrations. The “winner” was the American Thomas car because the Protos … Continue reading

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Quote IX – Edmund Burke

 QUOTE IX Edmund Burke (1729-1797) – “It is very rare indeed for men to be wrong in their feelings concerning public misconduct; as rare to be right in their speculation upon the cause of it. I have constantly observed, that … Continue reading

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july memories / 25

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 25th July, 1907 : Rioting is expected in Korea in reaction to the signing in Seoul of new agreements, which give absolute power over all local administration to the Japanese Resident General in Seoul. … Continue reading

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How to make sense of conspiracy theory

A good discussion on conspiracy theory by Rob Ager.

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july memories / 24

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 24th July, 1971 : A report from South Africa claims that a combined heart and lung transplant has been performed by Christiaan Barnard, the surgeon who carried out the first human heart transplant in … Continue reading

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Detroit, Detroit…

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger  The plight of Detroit is a harbinger of things to come, and not only in America. A Detroit denizen, Michael Moore, reputedly worth mere $50 million, a thoroughly amoral human, who discovered that … Continue reading

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july memories / 23

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 23rd July, 1960 : Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike, widow of the assassinated Prime Minister and leader of Ceylon’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party was sworn in as the world’s first woman Prime Minister. In the general … Continue reading

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To knit or not to knit?

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger My knowledge of the productive or other lives of XXI century aristocracy is sadly lacking. I was so pleased that a gall from Tasmania got herself pregnant by a putative British King until … Continue reading

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july memories / 22

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 22nd July, 1904 : The long-awaited Trans-Siberian railway – stretching 4,607 miles from Chelyabinsk to Vladivostok – has been completed after 13 years of construction. The decision to build the railway was made in … Continue reading

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On the Beach at Night Alone

…from the quills of the dead white poets Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892) On the beach at night alone, As the old mother sways her to and fro singing her husky song, As I watch the bright lights shining, I … Continue reading

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