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hutch0
Date: 2007-07-13 22:22
Subject: new addition to the village zoo
Security: Public
Location:home
Mood:look, the cat's winking!look, the cat's winking!
Music:wishbone ash
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Honey Badger or ratel (mellivora capensis) Not as cuddly as the other denizens of the Village Zoo, but it has 'tude to spare.


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hutch0
Date: 2007-07-13 22:50
Subject: for anyone interested in going `aahhh...'
Security: Public
Location:home
Mood:amusedamused
Music:low (who are really excellent)
I was pointed at this by the mighty and righteous quietselkie. I could go through this site over and over again with a big smile on my face. I was tempted to start something similar, only with animals that are complete bastards, but someone's probably done it already.
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hutch0
Date: 2007-07-13 23:01
Subject: schadenfreude alert!
Security: Public
Location:home
Mood:contemplativecontemplative
Music:north sea radio orchestra
I'm reminded of an epigraph which Frank Herbert wrote for one of the chapters of Dune Messiah: `Here lies a toppled god, his fall was not a small one. We did but build his pedestal, a narrow and a tall one.'
Lord Black might not look at it this way, facing a 35-stretch as he is, but he's been very lucky; he was cleared of racketeering and tax evasion and using Hollinger's funds as his private piggybank. Opinions vary, but I think he might just escape any jail time, and the obvious difficulty the jury had in coming to a verdict might play favourably with an appeal court. It was clearly a brain-meltingly complicated case for a jury to consider.
The irony of all this is that I had a soft spot for The Telegraph back in the Black Days. From what I know of his time there he was an old-fashioned newspaper owner in the Beaverbrook mould, and since he departed a spark has gone out of the paper. Oddly enough, I think this has also been true of the Daily Mirror since the death of Robert Maxwell. These were monstrous men, it's true, but without them Fleet Street seems insipid. A buccaneering spirit seems to have gone and we're the poorer for its passing. We will not see his like again.
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