With stock markets falling, the euro tottering, the Americans spending faster than they can print, the Management Board of D&N has met and decided that strict austerity measures must be imposed on this blog. As a first example, you will see in the post below that we have sacked our editor and are now publishing posts from anyone and their uncle, or, in that particular case, their 'aunt'! As a second measure, I couldn't help noticing that yesterday a visitor to these distinguished columns had clicked on Old Duff's Almanack 2011 which I published last New Year's Eve, and re-reading my wise and omniscient words and bearing in mind the need for savings I have decided to republish it today:
Old Duff's Almanack 2011 2012
Even more trouble!
Trouble in the rubble!
But in between, an occasional smile, perhaps a giggle or three and even one or two bellows of laughter.
In other words, same old same old.
Well, if it was good enough then - and it was pretty damned accurate, I reckon - then it will be good enough today!
However, if it strikes you as a tad depressing, allow me to repeat the words of that great 'philosopher', Barney Cashman, hero (if that's quite the word) of Neil Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers. Asked by a manic depressive girl friend he is trying unsuccessfully to seduce if there are worse things than death, a frantic and frustrated Barney replies:
"Like suffering and pain? They're bad, but they're second and third after death. Death is first [. . .] I love living. I have some problems with my life, but living is the best thing they've come up with so far . . ."
Yes, a great thinker that Barney Cashman! Anyway, it's time for me to wish you, all my e-pals who visit me here so frequently, a peaceful and boring New Year. Yes, boring! At my age I like 'boring', 'boring' is good, and excitement I can do without, thanks all the same.