Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist


1. "Rats" is "star" spelled backwards.

2. The best language is the one with the most words in it. So that would probably be English. French lost the chance of being the best language when it decided to submit itself to an academy. Nothing depresses a language like having a committee of old men passing judgement on every word and phrase. English nearly went that way in the 18th century- but luckily, instead of an academy, it had Dr Johnson- who was in possession of a sense of humour.

3. I've come to the conclusion that the finest poem in the English language is this:

I had a little nut tree
Nothing would it bear
But a silver nutmeg
And a golden pear.
The King of Spain's daughter
Came to visit me
And all the the sake of
My little nut tree

I danced over water,
I skipped over sea
And all the birds in the air
Couldn't catch me.

4. We Brits will know we've come of age when we stop naming Winston Churchill as our greatest ever. Churchill was a genius but also an elitist, a racist, a reactionary and a bloodthirsty goon. He is not what we should want to be in the 21st century.
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