Monthly Archives: September 2014

Bláznění vjelo do párů

…from the quills of the dead white poets  František Gellner (1881 -1914)  Bláznění vjelo do párů a v hudby potrhlou notu. Sál byl pln kouře a výparů piva a lidského potu. V kole jsem pobyl jen krátký čas. K tanci … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 27th September, 1950 : Chicago scientists have discovered the first practical method for converting atomic energy into electricity without the use of boilers or dynamos, the Atomic Energy Commission disclosed today. The method is … Continue reading

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Minimal wage scam

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger  I noticed the McDonald (fast food factories) strikes in US recently, in support of the Obama’s push for an increase in the minimum wage. As always, we should ask – cui bono? One … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)   25th September, 1946 : Australian farmers are counting on a new secret weapon in their fight against the ravages of grasshoppers: the air raid. Millions of grasshoppers died on a property near Gunnedah … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 24th September, 1980 : The simmering border war between Iraq and Iran flared into full-scale hostilities today, with Iraqi troops and tanks crashing across the border in a dawn thrust to encircle Abadan. Tonight … Continue reading

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Freedom to …

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger  It is about twenty years since South Africa‘s black population won its freedom from the oppressive white minority rule, as The Guardian and its repeater stations like ABC, The Age, The Sydney Morning … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 23rd September, 1953 : The police court in Alice Springs hearing a murder charge against three Aborigines has been cleared of women to hear evidence concerning tribal secrets known only to men. A freelance … Continue reading

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Women rejoice

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger  In another blow to misogyny, the women achieved a significant victory, of the all places, in Scotland. They are now eligible to join the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrew’s. For … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 22nd September, 1965 : Pakistani war planes today raided the Sikh holy city of Amritsar, as the war between India and Pakistan took a turn for the worse just hours before UN observers are … Continue reading

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Far Away

…from the quills of the dead white poets Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjöld (1905 – 1961) The brilliant notes of the flute Are heard by the gods In the Cave of Birth. Himalayan ice-cliffs beyond the hills Of Vézelay at … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)  20th September, 1939 : One of the unfortunate consequences of the new state of war with the Axis power is that a number of people have became virtual prisoners in Australia. Among them are … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)  19th September, 1961 : The DC6 airliner carrying Dag Hammarskjold, the UN Secretary-General, was approaching Ndola Airport in Northern Rhodesia early yesterday when, without warning, it plunged to earth, tearing a wide swathe through … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)  18th September, 1982 : Lebanese Christian militia yesterday began a bloody massacre in the Palestinian refuge camps of Sabra and Chatila in West Beirut. Hundreds have been killed in the slaughter which was carried … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)  17th September, 1986 : A bomb hurled from a speeding BMW car into a Paris department store today killed four and wounded 44, including many children. “This is a bloody massacre,” said a fireman … Continue reading

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Mere monsters

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger  British Prime Minister David Cameron – “They are killing and slaughtering thousands of people… they boast of their brutality… they claim to do this in the name of Islam, that is nonsense, Islam … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)   16th September, 1959 : In a dramatic television address to the nation, President de Gaulle tonight offered the people of Algeria the right to choose their political future by referendum. Within four years … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)  15th September, 1967 : Infantry on the ground, walking in the pouring rain or intense heat; struggling across swollen rivers and paddy fields or tearing their way through thorny bamboo or jungle. Patrols, patrols … Continue reading

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A Double Ballad of Good Counsel

…from the quills of the dead white poets Francois Villon (1431 – 1463) Now take your fill of love and glee, And after balls and banquets hie; In the end ye’ll get no good for fee, But just heads broken … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)  13th September, 1941 : The most intense fighting is taking place round Leningrad where Field Marshal von Leeb has thrown the entire weight of his forces against the city defenders. The fighting is taking … Continue reading

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Intrepid Obama

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger  The Leader of the formerly Free World finally managed to take a few minutes off his golf practice and duly read a speech for television cameras about something he never thinks much about, … Continue reading

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