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Saturday, 22 September 2012

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Cold Cream.

I might just drop hints about the upcoming birthday. I read Mount's "The Subversive Family" many years ago and thought it was brilliant. His later book on social class ("Mind the Gap") was less good.

OK, DM, I give up on your cryptic clue so please explain.

I must try and find those, 'W', thanks for the tip.


Some time ago I instructed you to read his autobiography of that name.

Presumably you have not.

A hundred lines, Duff.

Ave, Imperator, morituri te salutant

It feels that way since our politicians are definitely subscribers to the Platonic philosophies.

Although..

Catapultam habeo. isi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane

Seems to be a favourite methodology of theirs.

Cogito, ergo doleo

Si hoc non legere potes, tu asinus es

Non plaudite. Modo pecuniam jacite

;-p

'A gentleman may not know Latin, but he should at least have forgotten it'. BTW, written at a time when 'one tongue is sufficient for a woman', so please include ladies.

I reckon the ancient writers are very good on psychology and politics - they wrote honestly at a time when their writings were confined to a ruling elite. Nowadays one has to be mindful of offending and of giving the game away.

Sorry, DM, sir, but I've run out of book tokens until next Xmas when family and friends resupply. And of course, the hundred lines will be handed in promptly at 4.00pm!

Able, do me a favour! Poor old Google Translate nearly blew a gasket adn anyway can't you see I have a hundred lines to do for DM
before 4.00pm?

Roger, I infer from Mount's book that perhaps part of the reason for their openess was the absence of an all-pervasive religion like Christianity that at its height sat side by side with princes.

"I infer from Mount's book that perhaps part of the reason for their openess was the absence of an all-pervasive religion like Christianity that at its height sat side by side with princes."

http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/09/a-degenerate-sort-of-cult.html

Well spotted, JK! Yet another subject that I intend to bore on later!

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