Thursday, 10 August 2006

On this Day part 2

Blummin' dastardly so and so's.
They are calling it 10/8 in the news, trying to bring it up to the level of 9/11.
It was bad enough my mother planning to bury my father on my day,
but please Media, don't refer to it as 10/8.
And Georgy hiding behind the Bush said, yes actually said:
" I would like to thank Tony Blair's Government for their ..."
Well I prefer to be old fashioned and think of it as Her Majesty's Government.
Pedantic I am, and I am sure there are arguments to support his statement as correct,
just as there are arguments that show he continues his buffoonery.
I am not a political animal
I am not a political animal
I am very tempted.
If the security services got it right, I am thankful.
If it is a smoke screen for what is going on elsewhere, I am not suprised,
but please; not '10/8'.


Blogger spotted elephant said...

Ugh, but I hope you have a very Happy Birthday!

Thursday, 10 August 2006 at 22:49:00 BST  
Blogger Charlesdawson said...

Happy birthday and many of them.

I must admit, remembering the "tanks around Heathrow" incident, and those London guys released without charge the other day, the first thing I thought of when I heard this news was "Goldstein".

That is not a racist comment but a reference to the great novel 1984 by George Orwell, who foresaw all this back in 1948.

And I must add, that most people probably don't know, there is a list of books which our Govenment allows to be set for GCSEs. If not on the list, can't be taught. Both 1984 and Brave New World have been removed from this list during this Government.

As someone said, just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they are not out to get you.

Friday, 11 August 2006 at 08:28:00 BST  
Blogger BloggingMone said...

Happy birthday Sally, and may all your birthday wishes come true!
I have had a quick check and found that at least in Hamburg "1984" and "Brave New World" are still on the list. "Brave New World", however, only for advanced English classes at grammar schools.

Friday, 11 August 2006 at 10:34:00 BST  
Blogger Sally's Life said...

Thank you SE, Thank you C.

Bloody Government, erasing the two most important political books that teenagers should be encouraged to think about. That I didn't know. They will be re-writing history next (what, they already are ?!)

My English teacher will be turning in his grave; he introduced them to every class precisely because of their relevance to our futures.

So glad mine was not the only non-paranoid interpretation of events.

Friday, 11 August 2006 at 10:37:00 BST  
Blogger Sally's Life said...

And thank you too BM.

But taught only to advanced English classes - so, is BNW available to anyone to read in translation ?

Friday, 11 August 2006 at 10:40:00 BST  
Blogger The Goldfish said...

Belated Happy Birthday, Sally!

Hmm... I don't know about all this. Anyway, it ought to have been 8/10 - month before date as is the American custom - otherwise we ought to call 9/11, 11/9.

Anyway, hope you had a good day. :-)

Friday, 11 August 2006 at 14:12:00 BST  
Blogger BloggingMone said...

"Brave New World" is available in German. "Sch├Âne neue Welt" it is in German. Of course this copy is forbidden in English classes. My brother in his school days, however, got hold of a very clever copy with the English and German version in one book, plus a list of relevant vocabulary to look up.
Orwell's 1984 is on the reading list for German classes and is therefore read in German.

Friday, 11 August 2006 at 18:35:00 BST  
Blogger Charlesdawson said...

Is Animal Farm read in German schools? It had more of an impact on me when I read it as a teenager, even than 1984.

Saturday, 12 August 2006 at 09:09:00 BST  
Blogger Lily said...

Happy Birthday Sally and may the best of your past be the worst of your future! Love and hugs from me x

Saturday, 12 August 2006 at 09:58:00 BST  
Blogger BloggingMone said...

Chales, yes, "Animal Farm" is read in German schools, even though it is not on any list, as far as I know. I read it, for example, but my brother didn't. These lists we do have here are not taken very serious. I would call them "a serious suggestion", but it definitly does not mean that anything NOT being on the list can't be thought. It may be due to the fact that we do not have a centralized final examination. Examinations are kind of taylor made for each class and just send to some educational body (just responsible for your federal state, note for the whole country) to check whether the level is appropriate. So in the end it does not matter what you've been reading at school, as long as the teacher has got a good explanation on why he/she has picked that particular book. I was taught good explanations during my studies to become a teacher.

Sunday, 13 August 2006 at 09:07:00 BST  
Blogger Charlesdawson said...

Meanwhile, isn't it strange how, every time our Government is struggling to get through another piece of repressive legislation, terrorists choose just that monent to launch an abortive plot against the UK? We've had more scares than the Americans!

If you look back at the newscasts you will see that this happens consistently.

Sunday, 13 August 2006 at 15:41:00 BST  

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