Friday, March 05, 2010


I've always liked the idea of hypothetical/notional nation-states. Particularly ones that straddle existing borders.



It's been a surprisingly mad week: all sorts of crazy stuff flying in at me from different directions, making my head spin round n round like Linda Blair; some of it will surface in nxt few days/weeks and then all will become clear. Or not.

So, I took a few hours off on Wednesday nite to go and see Tony Benn speak in my hometown. Well, it would've been rude not to. He's 85 now, but still extremely entertaining. Fascinating hearing him talk about growing up in the 30s and 40s - the impact that The Spanish Civil War, persecution of the Jews in 30's Nazi Germany, etc had on him when he was young, filtered dn thru his parents; he met Ghandi when he was aged 6 - Benn, not Ghandi! - pamphleted for his dad when he was 10, etc.

An ITN news-wagon was parked outside to get a soundbite from him on the sad death of Michael Foot, another venerable old man of British Socialism.

(The links are for the benefit of Non.Brit readers; both Benn and Foot are v. well known to my fellow countrymen. Funny to hear Benn described as "a national treasure" when he was once called "the most dangerous man alive". Interestingly, he said he'd had a death threat again fairly recently; the first one in years...)


This made me laugh when it came thru the letter-box:

"Industrial gold contacts, platinum wires and crucibles wanted for cash!"

Thank God! Our house is awash with platinum crucubles - we just don't know what to do with them all - please come and take them away!

"House parties available upon request!"

Yes, lets hold a party for all our friends and they can bring all their old gold watches, medals, cheap earings. Bring pliers and pull your own teeth out!

It'll be fun.