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While sitting in his favourite corner at the Greenroom Club, Henry Irving* was approached by a member, Watkins by name, who was an acknowledged bore.

Watkins slapped him on the shoulder:

Ah, Harry, delighted to see you.”

Irving, who was never called Harry, and, in fact, could not tolerate the name, turned around and looked at the speaker, and then resumed his reading.

Not abashed in any way, the man again clapped Irving on the shoulder, and continued:

Just returned from the continent, Harry, and whom do you think I saw in Paris? None other than our dear old friend Witherspoon. I walked up to him and said,. How are you, Witherspoon? You don’t know me, old chap, do you?

And will you believe me, Harry, he didn’t know me! I said to him: ‘Why, Witherspoon, can it be that you have forgotten me? It’s Watkins. Don’t you remember Watkins, of our old Charterhouse days? Don’t you remember Watkins? It’s Watkins.’ ”

At that moment Irving, who had been a lifelong friend of Witherspoon, turning with a look of supreme horror on his face, said:

And was it?”


* An anecdote on English stage actor, Sir Henry Irving (1838~1905) from The Gadfly 7th March 1906

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Ink Irresistable

Not the NYT Montaigne's what would I know? Huxley's almost anything about almost everything. Or Bierce and nothing matters. Codifying life's inimitable impromptu inclines irrestistably to essay.

Civilization ..

   defiles itself

Times past when warlords, priests and royalty hoarded luxury, life was a short grim struggle. Today most want for little yet still deny dignified survival to working poor, and ravage entire countries as collateral to our laissez faire fiesta.
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A Century of Imperialism

     ..hasn't dulled the urge

American foreign policy never a pretty sight, finesse of the mobile crane chase from Terminator 3. Export democracy? Cure worse than disease. double arrow Read more ..


~ its own reward

And what's going on in Land of the Free, Home of the Brave? As 40% of kids fail graduation the Iraqistan wars suck $2.4 trillion [CBO 2017 est]. Imagine this staggering sum applied to rebuilding The Great Society. Think of others.
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This lazy unemployed

..crack-smoking welfare queen ran up U$15 trillion debt

lazy homeless scum
Odd how the ultra-wealthy gull even working poor to blame unemployed, disabled, weak, and vulnerable while but for the grace of God go all.

If he's a welfare leech then your soul is with the sociopaths and predators who own Warshington and its minions, the Repugnicans and Dumfocrats, gutting a once noble nation that aspired to equality.

This elite will survive the US economic train wreck, land softly on 300 million plundered taxpayers, then from fortresses of luxury and privilege prey elsewhere for spoils.

The dawn of civilization was greatly exaggerated.

Munch Montage

Painters, such a sad old bunch
None it seems more so than Munch
Upon that bridge with skies afire
A meme took flight to never tire.
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"Rulers of state are the only ones who should have the privilege of lying" (Well, that explains the last 2500 years)
~ Plato

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