Monthly Archives: April 2014

  NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 30th April, 1973 : The White House today announced the resignation of four of President Nixon’s top aides in the spreading Watergate scandal. They are: H R “Bob” Haldeman, the President’s chief of … Continue reading

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April memory

  NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 29th April, 1970 : The nation founded on the discoveries of Captain James Cook 200 years ago today watched a formal re-enactment of his landing at Kurnell, in Botany Bay. More than two … Continue reading

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Bez ovoce

  …from the quills of the dead white poets     Josef Svatopluk Machar (1864 – 1942)       Jak zvadlý úsměv stařeny svit slunce žlutým parkem chví  a hází záblesk zlacený  v zem do mokrého listoví.     … Continue reading

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Walking all over …

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger Esther Vilar, born Esther Margareta Katzen (1935 in Buenos Aires to German-Jewish emigrants) is an Argentinian-German writer. In 1960 she went to West Germany on scholarship, after studying medicine in the University of … Continue reading

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Anzac forgotten

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april memory

  NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 25th April, 1907 : Today, three months after the War Office declared its opposition, the Bill to facilitate the construction of a railway tunnel under the Channel was withdrawn from Parliament. One of … Continue reading

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Marx quote XXII

  QUOTE XXII Karl Marx (1818 – 1883 ) –   Having once got rid of the standing army and the police, the physical force elements of the old government, the Commune was anxious to break the spiritual force of … Continue reading

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‘Hail, holy light…’

  …from the quills of the dead white poets   John Milton (1608 – 1674)    Hail, holy light, offspring of Heaven first-born,  Or of th’ Eternal coeternal beam  May I express thee unblam’d? Since God is light,  And never … Continue reading

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Sand, snake sequel

                  Fog of Chaos – Snake in the sand

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Quote 23 de Tocqueville

  QUOTE XXIII Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 – 1859 ) –   What good is it to me, after all, if there is an authority always busy to see to the tranquil enjoyment of my pleasures and going ahead to … Continue reading

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Bad People

  …from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger Bad moon is bad enough, but bad people are much worse. Giving them a benefit of doubt; believing, against all the evidence, that they ‘mean well’, is counter-productive and plain stupid. The … Continue reading

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Bad moon rising

  …from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger It is frightening how the overt and covert totalitarians, and misanthropes of all shades of the rainbow utilise and misuse the normal human concern about the environment. It is nothing new, of … Continue reading

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The Critic’s Task

  …from the quills of the dead white poets   Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744)     A little earning is a dangerous thing;  Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:  There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,  And drinking … Continue reading

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Smoke gets in your eyes

  from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger   Me thinks PC comrades are mocking Aboriginal traditions, whatever is left of them, by replacing them by their own, misunderstood, traditions of North American Indians. Understandably, for it saves the hard … Continue reading

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To Flash or not to Flash?

  from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger Tirade? Surely not. A sigh from the grave perhaps.  At first I thought that the children behind The Daily Mail computers either do not know what a ‘tirade’ means, or are so … Continue reading

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Nietzsche Quote XXI

 QUOTE XXI Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900 ) –   My conception of genius. Great men, like great ages, are explosives in which a tremendous force is stored up; their precondition is always, historically and physiologically, that for a long … Continue reading

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Let’s admire China

 ..from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger  1835  de Tocqueville – “China seems to offer the classic example of the sort of social prosperity with which a very centralized administration can provide a submissive people. Travellers tell us that the … Continue reading

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Their ABC, their SBS, their NITV…

  …from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger   Tim Blair – Thursday, April 03, 2014 : “The ABC’s Mark Scott finds virtue in his billion-dollar network’s abysmal ratings: He noted that not one of TV’s top-50 rating shows last … Continue reading

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Long, too long America

  …from the quills of the dead white poets Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892) Long, too long America,  Travelling roads all even and peaceful you learn from joys and prosperity only,  But now, ah now, to learn from crises of … Continue reading

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The Constitution Con

  …from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger   Do Aborigines want to change the Constitution? What a silly question. But first – who are the Aborigines today? No or no reliable birth certificates, no DNA to tell us… Visitors … Continue reading

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