Friday, October 08, 2010


On my recent travels I spotted this grouping in a shop window.
Tony Blair, a maker of myths, a journey to..........., our kind of traitor.
A political statement, a conspiracy theory, or just a display of three books?

Laws are like spider's webs: If some weak creature comes up against them, it is caught; but a big one can break through and get away.
Solon, Lives of Eminent Philosophers


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Norman - What a shot - A picture is worth a thousand words...

4:40 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Margot- how right you are. Saying anything about Tony Blair will only raise my blood pressure, and I know how very popular he is in the USA. ;o)

8:05 AM  
Blogger Dorte H said...

LOL - what else is there to say.

Great shot!

8:19 AM  
Anonymous kathy d. said...

Tony Blair isn't popular with me nor anyone I know, over in the states, because of the Iraq war, and his planning with Bush on this. And Bush is not liked here.

I don't know anyone who likes Blair, but I don't want to raise my blood pressure either.

Wonderful photo--a great shot.

You have great visuals!

3:54 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Thanks Kathy. I am pleased to hear that.
We are now about to pay heavily for the mismanagement of our economy over the past thirteen years. The problem we have in the UK is that all our political class went to the same universities, knew each other, and very few have ever had a proper job outside the media and politics. I think the last Blair/Brown government had the most people related to each other in the ruling group, since the Virginia Burgesses of 1658.
Blair was more interested in surviving the constant attacks from his Chancellor Gordon Brown, and his backers, than studying the political situation in the Middle East.
Even if the removal of Saddam was morally, or even legally correct it was a strategic mistake, almost on the same level as Hitler's invasion of Russia in June 1941.
Political rant over. ;o) You can tell the b*****ds have cut my pension!

5:40 AM  
Anonymous crimeficreader said...

Brilliant! The best placement I've seen yet.

8:13 AM  
Anonymous kathy d. said...

The whole war is immoral and illegal and violates international laws, like the Nuremberg laws and Geneva Conventions.

Millions dead and injured, children orphaned (with no social services to help them), millions displaced internally and made to be refugees, and a country in tatters.

What happened with Saddam was immoral, but even so, the war continued after his demise.

Anyway, I can't think about it either.

I guess I've become a total pacifist, as war is hell; that's it.

That is so awful that your pension is cut. I read that social benefits are being cut--about 1/4--is that right?

Sympathy for that. I read yesterday in the NY Times that our unemployment figures are up again, with government layoffs.

In a country in which public education is taking a hard hit all over, yesterday's news was that 58,000 more teachers were laid-off?

Anyway, going back to my universal panacea--mysteries? And cutting back on the Amazon purchase list and Book Depository.

Did you read Woman from Bratislava? If so, did you like it? Book Depository has it back or maybe I should wait until Amy, of the Scandinavian Book Challenge, calls for an Eastern Europe Book Challenge next year.

Back to Malla Nunn now.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Thanks Crimeficreader.

Thanks Kathy I did read The Woman from Bratislava review at I really enjoyed it.

We won't know the exact damage until 20 October, but if local authorities cut services people will lose their jobs. They won't be able to spend as much money and other businesses will fail. But we have to reduce the deficit......
I don't know the solution and I am pretty sure the ruling coalition and the opposition parties haven't got a clue either.
Recently they announced that people earning over £45,000 the higher tax threshold would lose child benefit. But it means if husband and wife each earned £44,000 they would keep the child benefit. The glazed look in the politician's eyes when this was pointed out to them convinced me the coalition are just as useless as the previous crew.
The cut in my pension is very annoying and quite worrying, but very minor compared with the hundreds of thousands who will lose their jobs, and possibly their houses.
Back to reading Three Seconds....

11:06 AM  
Anonymous kathy d. said...

I totally sympathize with you and everyone affected by the cutbacks and layoffs.

And, back to mysteries, the healthy coping mechanism and distraction, in addition to videos.

My latest question is: If we watch dvds of Ngaio Marsh books, can we regard them as "visual books" and call them "videobooks," as books on tape are "audiobooks"?

10:51 PM  

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