Saturday, 8 September 2012

Time for a little history and some different viewpoints

 'You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time'

A quote by Lincoln on 8th September 1858 at Clinton. When Lincoln coined that phrase do you think that it could have been rather prophetic. Perhaps he was referring to the future publishing wars between the traditional and the independent styles of today.

 Galveston 8th September 1900

The most deadly hurricane in the country's history killed 6000 people. These natural disasters periodically occur all over our planet. But surely they are only disasters because people die. If there were no people they would just be exceptional weather conditions. It sort of pushes me towards my soapbox when people are interviewed and say such things as 'what are the government doing about it?' Every time there is flooding in the UK someone asks that question. In all seriousness I don't think they are referring to stopping the waters rising but that is how it comes out.
Similarly, a swimmer enters the natural habitat of a shark and gets mauled - someone will complain about sharks. The point is the habitat the human entered is the sharks' and so the human took the risk. I suppose what I'm really saying is that we are a highly sophisticated type of animal but we mustn't become arrogant about our stewardship of the Earth

 The musical 'Blondel' 8th September 1983

This less than successful musical, it ran for less than two years in the West End and never made Broadway, saw the first public appearance of the denim codpiece! What more can I say? Tim Rice, the wordsmith, continues to develop the script and it has been performed in Texas under a new name earlier this year.

Amazing Blondel
A 'Lute' performed in Texas
Cold blast of failure

God Bless