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Human weakness

Human weakness.


Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.

Samuel Ullman (1840-1924 author of the poem Youth, written at the age of 78)



Opiate of the People

Towards the end of the 19th century (earth-time) a German Jew called Karl Marx, a political philosopher who was living in London, wrote Das Kapital which was to become one of the foundation stones of Communism. In this book which was basically an attack on Capitalism, one of the many quotable aphorisms is: Religion is the opiate of the People.



Now at the beginning of the 21st century might we suggest one changes this to: Football is the opiate of the People.

Football, in case anyone reading this is from another System in the Galaxy , is a game where twenty two grown men are paid mind-bogglingly huge sums of money to kick a ball around a field for ninety of their earth minutes.

I know, I know … go figure, there’s no accounting for taste, is there? But you will really fall out of your chairs when I inform your Excellencies that this, often unedifying spectacle of testosterone fuelled louts throwing tantrums when they lose, can be watched by up to a billion natives of this planet.

This inspection team is nearing completion of its assignment (there are just a couple of belief-systems we need to look at again in the eastern part of the planet) then we’re done here.


Our recommendation is that the classification of this world should be downgraded

from C (promising) to C- (disappointing).

The end of the world


21. 12. 2012

For all seven billion plus of us

It’s a win-win situation


A win because the magic number

Zero, three ones and four twos

Is predicated on an erroneous

Dating system

The Christian calendar.

(They made a mistake)


And also a win because I have

 Something to say to all

The faithful and the faithless

The hopeful and the hopeless

Old and young and in between

Rich and poor and in between

Black and white and in between

Good and bad and in between


we who dwell in the slums of

Great cities

Green mansions

Country pastures

Wet Forests

Dry bush

Frozen tundra

Searing deserts

Flooded deltas

And the islands

 Those thousand islands

This quote is for all of us:


This is how the world ends

This is how the world ends

This is how the world ends

Not with a bang but with a whimper

T. S. Eliot – «The Hollow Men»

The longest room in England

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

Winston Churchill


Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, birth place of Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill.

Just look at the size of that place, will you!

The story is that Churchill’s Mother, Lady Randolph Churchill, was at the end of what was then the longest gallery in England when her labour pains began, started to hurry down (the longest room in England), got to about half way and had to pop into one of numerous rooms off (the longest corridor in England) in order to give birth to Winston Churchill.

I would take the views on democracy of a man,

Who was born in a small room

Off the longest gallery in England,

With extreme caution,

If I were you.

Italo Calvino

Italo Calvino (one of favourite authors) said:

The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts.

I wonder what ghosts live in this house?

BLEAK HOUSES 20-02-2011 14-39-04

Everything is relative

When you are courting a nice girl

An hour seems like a second.

When you sit on a red-hot cinder

A second seems like an hour.

That’s relativity.

Albert Einstein


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