November 2nd, 2011

Here We Go Again

Once upon a time- not so long ago- there was a thing called the Austro-Hungarian Empire. There was also a thing called the Ottoman Empire.  In their time they seemed like they were going to last forever. Only they didn't. Then there was the USSR...

Super states are inefficient. Power is centralised and ignorant and unresponsive. Their populations resent them. When they go it's all of a sudden- as if the only thing sustaining them were bluff. One day they blot out the sun, the next there's nothing left of them but a cloud of dust.

Once the cracks appear there's nothing to be done to save them. As now, with the EU...

Happy 75th

According to the BBC today's the 75th anniversary of the first television broadcast.

They didn't know what to call the new technology. One suggestion was "Pictures by Wireless".

Last night I watched a repeat  of the utterly delightful The Road to Coronation Street.  Tempestuous soap star Jessie Wallace is fabulous as tempestuous soap star Pat Phoenix. The director is TV titan Charles Sturridge who made Brideshead Revisited.

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday dear Pictures by Wireless.
Happy birthday to you.