If Trump Wants A Grand Parade…

Then a grand parade, by golly, he should have.

Of course, in a version suitably sized to the attendance at his inauguration, and tailored to both his musical taste and knowledge of military technology. The Chaps are happy to offer a preview.

So, a grand-ish parade, then.

At best…

No, no need to thank us. Our pleasure.

You can read the original story here.

Did you note the marching on that Naval chief?

Certainly did. Cadet Bone Spurs could probably do as well.

Well, if it were not for him being who he is…

Orwellian

… Or Just A Podcast About George Orwell?

George Orwell wrote some of his most renowned essays for the British left-wing publication Tribune between 1940 and 1947, including Books vs Cigarettes, You And The Atom Bomb and the regular As I Please column. These works were compiled by Paul Anderson in the book Orwell in Tribune.

And you can listen to a conversation between Paul and the chaps at Little Atoms … in it’s entirety … here. Well worth it.

It was first broadcast in 2006 and just republished this week. This chap has long been a fan of Mr. Orwell – having read ALL of his books before he hit his twenties. That said, not a scholar … soooo … I am scheduling this post to come out in about a week’s time …. in the hope that the other chap – who is far better versed than this chap in topics of this ilk can add some meaningful fodder for our delecation.

Seperately … Relating to a book on Orwell by Paul Anderson, this also makes for an interesting read. He had me in the opening sentence.

George Orwell’s schoolfriend, Cyril Connolly, wrote that the duty of a writer was to produce a masterpiece. He famously identified one of the main obstacles as “the pram in the hall”.

But you’d probably have to be a Brit of a certain age to catch the image.

I Am My Own Grandpa

Greg – he’s the chap over at Futility closet published this today.

Reminded this chap of this ….

Sorry – misheard a SHIT song – HIT – got it.

Please don’t judge me on the quality of the song

Well, what should we judge you on then?

To be clear – the song was written by Dwight Latham and Moe Jaffe and first appeared in 1947, and apparently was inspired by something he read by Mark Twain Then again , Wikipedia goes on to reveal that something similar was published in 1822 here in America, which was in turn seems to have been copied from the London Literary Gazette.

Plagiarism has been alive and well for a while then?

Build The Wall Or Build The Hedge

Build The Hedge

Thanks to Atlas Obscura for this obscure fact in the atlas …

The British Once Built a 1,100-Mile Hedge Through the Middle of India

Build The Hedge
Illustration By Nigel Sussman via Atlas Obscura

Telling … and maybe a lesson for the ‘wall’ advocates ….

Through the whole of its existence, the Great Hedge of India was beset by difficulties and never quite accomplished its purpose.

The article is worth a read if only for such lines as ..

More than a century later, the writer Moxham went looking for traces of this living monument to British hegemony and persistence.