This is not quoted verbatim, but is the gist of what a columnist said yesterday on radio (BBC2)

Commemoration and grief are private things, and should not be allowed to be used by politicians to serve their own ends. Since when has it become necessary for newscasters to ‘remember’ what happened? This is not news but a paltry attempt at justifying their desire to show the pictures and wallow in the feeling all over again. It serves no positive purpose.

Today’s word on my ‘Calendar of Forgotten English’ was “Bibliobibuli”. Obviously ‘biblos’ is ‘book’ and the ‘bibuli’ has the same root as ‘imbibe’ I guess. And it is Ali’s argument which he uses when I quote something from a book that he can’t repudiate.

“I know some who are constantly drunk on books, as other men are drunk on whiskey and religion. They wander through this most diverting and stimulating of worlds in a haze, seeing nothing and hearing nothing”.

-H. L. Mencken, 1956

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  1. Ioannis

     /  12 September, 2006

    I rarely comment on your blog.

    The quote by the BBC aligns very well with my thoughts.

    And I really like the quote by HL Mencken.

  2. Tinks

     /  12 September, 2006

    Well, you know what simple minded tinks would say:

    The evolution of nepoleon n squealer are just stirrin it and rollin in it. Who cares what those dirty pigs have to say… only the other pigs care.

    I agree that the media has done this 9/11 thing in the wrong way. Coz tt serves no purpose bringing these things up as a lot of innocent lives have been ended so tragically.

    But 9/11 is no local news it was a massive thing. It should be a remembrance thing for those who died trying to save other people’s lives.

    We have so many days for remembering those who fought in the wars so why not remember those who tried to save others during 9/11.


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