Monthly Archives: August 2015

Greeks can do it, French can do it – why not Australians? Yes, Fog of Chaos is also taking long, undeserved holidays, unfortunately, unlike the others, unpaid … See you next month.

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 31st August, 1936 : Britain’s superliner, the Queen Mary, having crossed the Atlantic in record time, yesterday regained the Blue Riband for Britain. Her time of three days, 23 hours and 57 minutes to … Continue reading

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To Motorists

…from the quills of the dead white poets Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936) Since ye distemper and defile Sweet Here by the measured mile, Nor aught on jocund highways heed Except the evidence of speed; And bear about your dreadful … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 28th August, 1936 : Nearly 7,000 queued at Olympia to see the first-ever talking pictures on television. They were transmitted from the BBC’s new studios ten miles away at Alexandra Palace. Hitherto the BBC … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 25th August, 1924 : The Mauretania has set a new record for crossing the Atlantic at the ripe old age of 17 years. The Cunard liner completed the official 3,198-mile crossing in five days … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 24th August, 1975 : Indonesia is poised to launch a large-scale military campaign in East Timor where Portugal admits it has lost administrative control and the colony is in a state of civil war. … Continue reading

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The Evening Star

… from the quills of dead white poets Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849) ‘Twas noontide of summer, And mid-time of night; And stars, in their orbits, Shone pale, thro’ the light Of the brighter, cold moon, ‘Mid planets her … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 22nd August, 1963 : Britain’s most successful car tycoon has died, aged 84. Lord Nuffield made a second career giving away the £27 million he had earned in the first. Born William Morris, he … Continue reading

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That President Americans are so proud of

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 19th August, 1960 : A Soviet court today sentenced Francis Gary Powers, the American U-2 pilot, to ten years detention for flying a spy mission over the Soviet Union. Powers, who was shot down … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 18th August, 1968 : One of Nigeria’s most dashing commanders, Colonel Benjamin Adenkule, known as The Scorpion, is directing what is expected to be the final assault on Biafra. Federal troops were reported to … Continue reading

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Obama the Merciful

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Over hill over dale

… from the quills of dead white poets William Shakespeare ( 1564 – 1616 ) Over hill, over dale, Through bush, through briar, Over park, over pale, Through blood, through fire, I do wander everywhere, Swifter than the moone’s sphere; … Continue reading

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Australians of the Years Past

… from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger Prior to the Goodes affair, I had practically no knowledge of the Australian of the Year caper, beside being aware of its existence. I turned to Wikipedia, which on this subject is … Continue reading

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Un- Australian of the Year

… from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger Unfortunately, and increasingly often, I am provoked by somebody’s stupidity to react, i.e. typical passive-aggressive behaviour, as the unkind souls with flimsy internet knowledge of psychology would say. (I’m not aggressive at … Continue reading

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No end to human stupidity?

 

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 12th August, 1971 : In four days of violence in Belfast 5,000 Catholics and 2,000 Protestants have had their homes burnt to the ground. In new terror tactics gunmen shot their way into homes, … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 11th August, 1966 : Three years of bush warfare between Indonesia and Malaysia came to an end today, with the increasingly powerless President Sukarno apparently the only person unhappy about the outcome. The Indonesian … Continue reading

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Cecil the Dentist

… from the quill of the Antisthenes the Younger I thought I would leave that animal in peace, but amongst the vile pile on the internet I noticed someone accusing that dentist of cowardice. Cowardice? A lion, you and your … Continue reading

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Two suns are cooling

… from the quills of dead white poets Marina Tsvetaeva 1892 -1941 Two suns are cooling – O save me, God! The first – in heavens, the second – in heart. Will I have an excuse for that? – Both … Continue reading

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