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This, That And The Other [Dec. 11th, 2007|09:47 am]
Tony Grist
1. When I was a kid- back in the late 1950s- I collected the little model dinosaurs that were given away in packets of Shreddies. They were pretty  things, moulded in low relief from ivory-white plastic. I wish I'd kept them. A full set now sells on eBay for $455. Ouch!

2.  I watched an interview with Conrad Black, the Canadian tycoon who's just been sentenced to 6 years for fraud.  Even on a crap video link the charisma comes across.  He's charming and arrogant- and innocent (of course). No wonder he flourished for so long. When you're as self assured as he is ordinary people just buckle in front of you. He's recently published a book about Richard Nixon and apparently it's really good. 

3. I finished Murakami's short story collection, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman.  I don't think he's a great short story writer. Entertaining, amusing- but not great. Great short story writers pack a whole world into their miniatures.  Murikami achieves that once or twice but what you mainly get is anecdote. The novel and the short story are very different disciplines and few writers are equally good at both. 

4. Doris Lessing gave an interview in which she slagged off blogging. Silly woman. She's a great writer and I admire her enormously but when she wanders off onto the subject of "these young people today" she's just somebody's grumpy, old granny.

5. I had a dream about a new born baby who could talk. She looked round, took in her new surroundings and said, "Big mistake."
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[User Picture]From: arielstarshadow
2007-12-11 12:18 pm (UTC)
I'm not at all sure it's really the self assurance - it's the bloody money. Almost everyone kowtows to money and/or fame.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-12-11 01:20 pm (UTC)
That's true. But I suspect the self-assurance had quite a bit to do with him making all that money in the first place.

Some people are just born with an "I'm the cock of the walk" attitude. Napoleon, for instance.

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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2007-12-11 03:38 pm (UTC)
Still, Conrad is getting his come-uppance. I am a great believer in "your sins will find you out". And also in "the mills of God grind slowly but they grind exceeding small". It's worked with some of the more evil / incompetent people I have met at work.

Doris made me MAD which you can see from my blog.
Tea, anyone?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-12-11 06:12 pm (UTC)
The mills of God haven't caught up with Tony Blair yet....

Yes, please- milk and no sugar....

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From: fickleasever
2007-12-11 04:21 pm (UTC)
I love that dream! So true...!

There used to be some great things in cereal packets...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-12-11 06:09 pm (UTC)
Didn't there just!

We used to choose our cereals according to the toy that was being given away. Luckily I quite liked Shreddies.
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From: fickleasever
2007-12-11 09:20 pm (UTC)
I was always torn between the sweetened ones that didn't have as many free gifts and the boring ones that did!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-12-12 10:04 am (UTC)
But you can always add sugar. For me the toy wins every time.
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[User Picture]From: zoe_1418
2007-12-11 11:08 pm (UTC)
I love your dream!

I, on the other hand, dreamed about a psycopathic murderer. Yikes.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-12-12 10:07 am (UTC)
O gawd!

last night I dreamed about a machine on wheels with lots of knives in it for cutting people up- a kind of juggernaut- but it was in a movie so it was more interesting than threatening.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2007-12-12 03:29 am (UTC)
"Packets of shreddies." Would they be anything like our shredded wheat -- things that look like little Brillo pads?

EDIT: *google*google*google* -- no, they're more like Wheat Chex.

Edited at 2007-12-12 03:31 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-12-12 10:11 am (UTC)
We do have Shredded Wheat. The advertising campaign is fronted by Ian Botham, the cricketing legend.

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[User Picture]From: semiperilous
2007-12-12 05:41 am (UTC)
i don't know much about conrad black but he does seem pretty awesome. but are you being sarcastic about his innocence? if he runs/ran in the same circles as kissinger and brzezinski then i'm sure he's guilty of things worse than fraud. also is their such a thing as an innocent media tycoon? pushing agendas through propaganda assaults? shaping peoples minds for the good of the state and the elite?

my only guess as to why he's in jail is maybe he's being punished by higher ups. perhaps he began to disagree and began to deviate. i really don't believe that the elite mess up and "get in trouble" unless they've been abandoned for some reason.

either way he seems admirable.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-12-12 10:13 am (UTC)
I was being facetious. Black believes he's innocent, but I don't think anyone else does. Even his defence team seemed to be wishing he'd express a little contrition.

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[User Picture]From: semiperilous
2007-12-12 04:41 pm (UTC)
haha, ok i am dense.
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