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Monday, 15 October 2012

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ASTONISHING, said Death. REALLY ASTONISHING. LET ME PUT

FORWARD ANOTHER SUGGESTION: THAT YOU ARE NOTHING

MORE THAN A LUCKY SPECIES OF APE THAT IS TRYING TO

UNDERSTAND THE COMPLEXITIES OF CREATION VIA A LANGUAGE

THAT EVOLVED IN ORDER TO TELL ONE ANOTHER WHERE THE

RIPE FRUIT WAS?

Fighting for breath, the philosopher managed to say: "Don't be silly."

THE REMARK WAS NOT INTENDED AS DEROGATORY, said Death.

UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES, YOU HAVE ACHIEVED A GREAT DEAL.

(Terry Pratchett, Death and What Comes Next [short story])

I have never really fancied Pratchett, mostly because I don't 'do' phantasy stuff, but I'm warming to him already!

Medawar's widow wrote an interesting memoir about him. Just in case your backlog is shrinking, Duffers.

In essence what did she say about him, DM? I only remember him vaguely as a top line scientist who was struck down too early by some dreadful disease. Mind you, he does 'haughty' with the best of 'em!

Thanks for steering some visitors to my obscure little blog, David.

But I can't take credit for discovering that Medawar quote.

As I noted in my blog entry, the credit rightfully belongs to Michael Gilleland. He has a knack for finding interesting passages, both ancient and modern.

So I'd like to do him the same favor you've done me, and refer your readers to his truly excellent blog: http://laudatortemporisacti.blogspot.com

Thanks, Corky, and he is now well and truly bookmarked by me. I did enjoy reading his profile in which he listed as favourites all the great classical works of antiquity and then and then went on to list some real crash-bang-wallopers by way of his favourite films!

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