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Saturday, June 13, 2009

I'm well prepared ...

... just in case being alone in the house for the next six weeks gives me the shits!

Although, of course, trusty Malty and Rover are still around to keep me company while I catch up with a whole pile of reading.

A recent ABC Radio programme featuring Christopher Hitchens' book on the "The Rights of Man" has rekindled my interest in Thomas Paine as, indeed, 'these are the times that try men's souls.' He famously wrote that 'the whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum.' What would he say of today's state of the world in general, and of America in particular?

And then there are several entertaining DVDs. Only yesterday I picked up a copy of Billy Connolly's Journey to the Edge of the World which is all about the legendary North West Passage deep within the arctic circle. Quite timely watching, given the wintry weather down here! (and, being by Billy Connolly, it's the only travelogue rated M with 'mature themes, coarse language and sexual references')