The Red and the Black

At the moment I am reading ‘Birdsong’ by Sebastian Faulks, a novel set during the First World War.  I have never yet read anything by Faulks, which seems to be a fairly serious omission, and so far I am enjoying it.  There’s an adulterous love-affair which reminds me a little of Madame Bovary and which I suspect is a prelude to the main action.  I’ll update you as I progress.

My waking thoughts concerned lost TV series: not that any series is ever lost nowadays; you can always find it on youtube if not actually on DVD, but in the sense that they are no longer part of our lives.  Their catch-phrases have gone, we no longer imitate the characters, and so on.  Of course there is the rare example which permeates the language (‘Don’t mention the war’; ‘life, the universe and everything’ – from ‘Fawlty Towers’ and H2G2 respectively) but mostly these things come and go.  Thus the two coloured sitcoms which in their time were favourites of ours: ‘Red Dwarf’ and ‘Black Books’.  Alas, where are they now?

Er – on DVD’s in our house, actually.  Or on youtube…

And while I’m on youtube, Daniel is watching this – it’s very funny:

And now a question for you: does familiarity breed content?  I’m thinking of the way the recent debate on GM crops has gone.  I was as opposed to this as anyone but a recent article suggests that many people are less opposed to it than they used to be.  On examining my own responses I found that I, too, am far less opposed to GM than I used to be.  Now, why is this?  I actually have no idea.  Is there some recent event which has changed my mind and which I’m not aware of?  Or is there a process ongoing which makes GM seem less of a threat?  I don’t know.

Any thoughts?

Delenda est Cartago

And finally, a late news item has flooded in – at least, to the US: Carthage has fallen.  That is, we can only assume that the number of places in the States which are named Carthage indicates a lack of awareness in that country of the city’s tragic history.  Or so said Mark.  I think they probably frankly just don’t give a damn.

My dear.

Kirk out

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