I wonder if this is true?:
JEAN COCTEAU ONCE SAID, “Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.”
Conservative talk show host and documentary filmmaker John Ziegler is determined to prove that Barack Obama won the 2008 election because of media bias, and that "the media assassination of [Sarah Palin], her character and family, was one of the greatest public injustices of our time.”Ziegler does have a point that class bias was at work:
It's difficult to tell from the brief clips to what extent Ziegler may have been prompting Palin for answers that would support his thesis of "class bias" producing a media "double standard." In one case, however, when Ziegler asked about Caroline Kennedy's interest in the New York Senate seat, Palin definitely did appear to be following his lead.In the media, liberals and progressives have often relied on irony and satire to make their case (e.g., The Daily Report, Tina fey, etc.). Class bias seeps in there, for sure. What I find most interesting is how effective these tools have been against Palin. Even the international audience has been fascinated by the entire spectacle.
"I've been interested also to see how Caroline Kennedy will be handled," Palin stated, "and if she'll be handled with kid gloves or if she'll be under such a microscope also. ... We will perhaps be able to prove that there is a class issue here also that was such a factor in the scrutiny of my candidacy."
"When did we start accepting as hard news sources bloggers, anonymous bloggers especially? It's a sad state of affairs in the world of the media today, mainstream media especially, that they're going to rely on bloggers, anonymous bloggers, for their hard news information."HELLO?! The 24-hour Cable TV universe long ago created a perfect smear hothouse environment. The Republicans, in particular, have relied heavily on anonymous smear merchants, first with regard to Whitewater, then to a bevy of false scandals during the Clinton Administration, and then delegated the smear to the right blogosphere. In some situations, like the Wen Ho Lee case, people were falsely imprisoned for years and had their careers ruined. In others, like the Plame case, valuable intelligence assets were ruined and American spies in Iran were likely killed. Indeed, smear was institutionalized, with the Drudge Report serving as the de facto national assignment editor for the entire MSM. The entire MSM!
WASHINGTON—A two-year investigation conducted in five major cities has exposed a widespread campaign by the formidable Rest and Fluids industry to infiltrate thousands of doctors' offices and dictate how they treat minor illnesses.
The investigation—the full details of which will be disclosed in this newspaper over the coming months—documented thousands of instances in which sick patients were repeatedly instructed, often verbatim, to "lie down and drink plenty of liquids." This treatment, recommended a staggering 4 out of 5 times on average, was in each case prescribed by a physician known to have recently enjoyed a golf vacation courtesy of Big Rest and Fluids.
"You have no idea how deep this goes," said Dr. X, a physician who wished to remain anonymous. "They've got everyone, from the pediatricians and family doctors, right on down to the school nurses. We've had the cure for the common cold for nearly 40 years, but it's still 'rest and fluids, rest and fluids.' Why? Because these guys are getting paid through the nose, that's why."
"The complimentary king-sized beds, the downy soft comforters, the absolutely ravishing women," Dr. X continued. "It's a sick, sick world."
The American Rest and Fluids industry first rose to prominence during the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918, when there existed only meager competition from quarantines and prayer. After gaining influence during the '20s and '30s, mainly through mob connections and a few corrupt U.S. senators, R&F was again buoyed in 1947 following the introduction of employee sick days.
What began as a small-scale racket has today grown into a multinational organization, with billions of dollars devoted each year to pushing its pro-napping, broth-focused agenda.
...To date, no doctors have been willing to testify against these so-called Rest and Fluids "fat cats" for fear it would destroy their careers. In fact, a number of physicians have already been blackballed for prescribing echinacea and other over-the-counter remedies.
Worse yet, some fear violent retribution for not toeing the Rest and Fluids line. In 1997, four Chicago doctors who were known to prescribe cough syrup were found dead at the bottom of a pool of NyQuil. Officially, these deaths were blamed on the less-powerful Natural Causes industry, but many still believe the message delivered that day was clear.
...With a recent $12.3 million donation to several prominent Washington bureaucrats, Rest and Fluids will most likely continue its stranglehold for decades to come. That is, unless one young and energetic nurse-practitioner from Louisiana has his say.
This newspaper has recently learned that whistle-blower Nathan Bellows has collected a mountain of evidence outlining years of blackmail and corruption on the part of R&F. Evidence, Bellows said, he plans to leak to 12 major media outlets later this week.
Bellows lives at 138 Juniper St., Apt. 3H, Folsom, LA, 70437. He goes jogging every morning around the nearby reservoir and is always alone.
A spinster who obsessively hoarded clothes died in her home after a mountain of suitcases fell on her, burying her alive.
Joan Cunnane, 77, owned 300 scarves as well as thousands of trinkets and valuables.
They took up so much space in her bungalow that she had only a 2ft-wide path to get around them, and her car and garage were packed with other goods.
After she was reported missing earlier this week, it took police searching her home two days to sift through her possessions.
Miss Cunnane was eventually found buried under a 3ft pile of cases in a back bedroom where she had apparently gone in search of a favourite item.
The eccentric pensioner, who had no known family, is thought to have died of dehydration several days earlier on Boxing Day.
...Her closest friend, Roy Moran, 77, said: 'I think it just gave her pleasure to buy things - none of it was really essential. I once asked her how many scarves she had.
She said she thought about 300. I asked her why she needed that many. She said they were all different colours.
...An expert search team and environmental health officers were also called in to help and on Wednesday evening her body was finally found buried under the suitcases.
The house was stacked with brand-new umbrellas, candles, ornaments, trinkets, clothes and electrical items, many of them unopened, as well as piles of videotapes.
Mr Moran said his friend would spend hours at branches of Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Ikea rather than spend evenings at home, which was crammed full but amazingly tidy.
'I went in three times and couldn't find her,' he said.
'There was stuff in every room - it was so bad there were concerns about the police dogs going in.
'There were thousands of videos. When I walked they all fell down. It was a deathtrap, really.
BMG Music Service stopped accepting new members this week, marking the end of the once-ubiquitous "12 for the price of one" offers that the mail-order CD club was known for.
A spokesperson for BMG Music Service parent Direct Brands confirmed Tuesday that the music club is no longer accepting new members, although she declined to comment on whether the company plans to shut down the club completely.
"We are still very actively engaged with our existing member base and will be making more changes to serve them...more effectively later in 2009," the spokesperson said.
The club's former home page bmgmusic.com now greets visitors with an invitation to join Direct Brands' other music service Yourmusic.com, which sells all CDs in its catalog for $6.99 each, but requires members to purchase at least one CD a month.
BMG Music Service informed its members earlier in December that it will discontinue its Music Points Program at the end of January. The frequent-buyer program awarded points for each purchase that could be applied toward a free CD. The club said members can continue to redeem existing music points through April 30.
...In Bertelsmann's 2007 annual report, which was released in March before the sale of the direct marketing business, the German media conglomerate said it planned to discontinue its CD clubs in 2010 "on account of the slump in the physical music market."
Downtown Fairbanks as viewed looking southward from the Borough's webcam on Cranberry Ridge. Left side plume is from the Aurora downtown power plant, blowing westward, and right side plume is from the University power plant blowing eastward.
1. The US has made a new weapon that destroys people but keeps the building standing. Its called the stock market.
2. Do you have any idea how cheap stocks are? Wall Street is now being called Wal Mart Street.
3. The difference between a pigeon and a London investment banker. The pigeon can still make a deposit on a BMW.
4. What's the difference between a guy who lost everything in Las Vegas and an investment banker? A tie!
5. The problem with investment bank balance sheet is that on the left side nothing's right and on the right side nothing's left.
6. I want to warn people from Nigeria who might be watching our show, if you get any emails from Washington asking for money, it's a scam. Don't fall for it - Jay Leno
7. Bush was asked about the credit crunch. He said it was his favourite candy bar.
8. The rescue bill was about 450 pages. President Bush's copy is even thicker. They had to include pictures.
9. President Bush's response was to meet some small business owners in San Antonio last week. The small business owners are General Motors, General Electric and Ford Motor Co.
10.What worries me most about the credit crunch, is that if one of my cheques is returned stamped 'insufficient funds', I won't know whether that refers to my account or my bank's!
...Obama transition team co-chair John Podesta said the government funds to support the change are "woefully inadequate" and said that the digital switch date, Feb. 17, should be "reconsidered and extended."
"With coupons unavailable, support and education insufficient, and the most vulnerable Americans exposed, I urge you to consider a change to the legislatively-mandated cutoff date," Mr. Podesta wrote.
This fills me with a rage I can hardly describe.
Here are my reactions, point by point.
1. Coupons unavailable: The federal government should never have given out converter-box coupons to all applicants in the first case. There's no excuse for using federal funds to subsidize the TV viewing of wealthy and middle class Americans, particularly given that the boxes cost well under $100. You might be able to make some case for helping out very poor people, but even that is a weak case. TV is not food. It's not medicine. It's not a necessity of any kind.
As for those coupons being unavailable now, I have little pity for folks who missed out. They've been available for nearly a year. Anyone who put in two minutes of effort at any point during that time would have the coupons now. If you didn't bother, then tough luck. Decisions have consequences. You will just have to buy a box yourself, but don't worry. I'm sure you'll be able to mail your receipt in for reimbursement.
2. Education and Support have been Insufficient: That's just a lie. The government has multiple Web sites dedicated to explaining the transition. Every news publication in the country has run stories about it. Every broadcast TV station has flooded the airwaves with announcements, explanations, tests and every other conceivable aid.
Anyone who hasn't heard of transition and come to understand it either doesn't watch television, doesn't take the slightest responsibility for learning about the world or doesn't have enough intelligence to live independently and make decisions about television reception or any other life matters. The first group of people won't care about the transition much. The last group clearly needs help in more areas of life than TV. The middle group deserves whatever inconvenience it encounters as a result of its apathy.
3. The most vulnerable Americans exposed: To what? Lack of TV isn't starvation. It's not a disease. It's a temporary inconvenience -- one that can be fixed in 30 minutes by driving to the Walmart, buying a converter, plugging it in and attaching one wire to your TV. Yes, I realize that there are some Americans who are actually so "vulnerable" that they can't handle this, but such people should clearly be under the care of others and, if they aren't, lack of TV is the least of their problems.
Moving from the specific to the general, I think it is safe to say the digital TV transition is the most overblown nonsense in the history of American government. Every time I hear a politician or bureaucrat or TV exec talk about it, I feel like I'm reading a quote made up by The Onion. The digital TV transition is FAR less confusing and FAR less consequential than the twice yearly switch from standard time to daylight savings time.
99.9 percent of the nation will be fine. The rest of the country will wake up, notice their TVs don't work and go buy a converter box on the way home from work. If Americans were really as helpless as people in Washington believe, we would not be able to feed ourselves or drive cars or hold down jobs or otherwise survive. Hell, we would not be able to operate TVs at all, so it really wouldn't matter if we got a signal.
John Podesta may not realize this, but the nation has actual problems right now. Using this sort of hyperbolic language to describe the possible impact of something so trivial as the digital TV transition makes me question his very sanity and the seriousness of any administration that would distract itself from important matters at hand to issue even a single press release about this nonsense.
Her mother gave her four diamonds to be used to buy bread should she ever find herself hungry during World War II, but those diamonds gave Irene Weisberg Zisblatt the fortitude to survive the Holocaust.
''I can not buy bread with your diamonds, mother, but as long as I am alive they will stay with me,'' she wrote in her memoir, The Fifth Diamond: The Story of Irene Weisberg Zisblatt.
...Zisblatt's entire family was killed in the gas chambers, and those four diamonds were the last mementoes of them. The only way Irene could keep the diamonds hidden was to swallow and retrieve them over and over again. She did this for 15 months.
Zisblatt told the audience how, as a young prisoner in the camps, she was a favorite of Dr. Josef Mengele, who performed experiments and surgeries on her and other prisoners without anesthesia. A girl named Sabka was another of Mengele's regular victims. Though they weren't allowed to speak, they formed a friendship and Zisblatt drew strength from their bond.
''The diamonds survived because, to me, they were the strength, the hope, the courage, and my mother, so they had to survive,'' Zisblatt said. In having a valuable secret from the Nazis, she felt that she was defeating her torturers. ``For every time that I was hungry, beaten or was tortured with experiments, I was hitting back by keeping my mother's diamonds.''
Mengele injected chemicals into her eyes in an attempt to change their color and forced her to remain in a cold room for days. He injected viruses under Zisblatt's fingernail and surgically experimented on her to find a way to remove the numbers tattooed on her arm. Afterward, he ordered the nurse to administer a lethal injection to both girls, but the nurse worked for the underground and was able to free them, one of many miracles Zisblatt experienced.
''Mengele was the most good-looking man,'' she said. ``He could have been the one scientist in the world who could have developed extraordinary things for humanity, but he became a murderer. He would look at me and smile and at times I could not believe this man could ever hurt me, he could be so charming. But the next minute, he was cutting me up into little pieces.''
In 1945, Irene and Sabka were part of a group of 5,000 prisoners forced to march in the cold. Every day, weakened prisoners dropped dead around her. After two months, they escaped. Exhausted and covered in lice, they walked through the forest and managed to stay alive by digging up food.
The pair were finally liberated by Gen. George Patton's Third Army, but Sabka died the very next day. Once again, Zisblatt lost her only family. After her recovery, she was taken in by relatives in America and began a new life with a new name. She married in 1956, and although she had been given watery soup filled with chemicals to destroy her reproductive organs, she gave birth to a son and a daughter in the 1960s.
...''For 50 years, I didn't say a word. I didn't want my children to live with my pain,'' she said.
The House Dog's Grave
by Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962)
I've changed my ways a little; I cannot now
Run with you in the evenings along the shore,
Except in a kind of dream; and you,
If you dream a moment,
You see me there.
So leave awhile the paw-marks on the front door
Where I used to scratch to go out or in,
And you'd soon open; leave on the kitchen floor
The marks of my drinking-pan.
I cannot lie by your fire as I used to do
On the warm stone,
Nor at the foot of your bed; no,
All the nights through I lie alone.
But your kind thought has laid me less than six feet
Outside your window where firelight so often plays,
And where you sit to read‚
And I fear often grieving for me‚
Every night your lamplight lies on my place.
You, man and woman, live so long, it is hard
To think of you ever dying.
A little dog would get tired, living so long.
I hope that when you are lying
Under the ground like me your lives will appear
As good and joyful as mine.
No, dears, that's too much hope:
You are not so well cared for as I have been.
And never have known the passionate undivided
Fidelities that I knew.
Your minds are perhaps too active, too many-sided...
But to me you were true.
You were never masters, but friends. I was your friend.
I loved you well, and was loved. Deep love endures
To the end and far past the end. If this is my end,
I am not lonely. I am not afraid. I am still yours.
DMTC's 'Dolly': elegance
By Bev Sykes Enterprise drama critic January 07, 2009 07:50
Matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levy is a woman who arranges things, like furniture and daffodils ... and lives.
In the Davis Musical Theatre Company production of 'Hello, Dolly!' - the popular Jerry Herman/Michael Stewart musical, based on the book by Thornton Wilder - veteran actress Mary Young may have found one of her better roles as Dolly. Although the show's music doesn't always sit comfortably in Young's register, she gives Dolly energy and heart as she sets her cap for the curmudgeonly 'half-millionaire' Horace Vandergelder (Steve Isaacson).
In the process, of course, she manages to pair up a few other couples as well.
Isaacson is a great Vandergelder, although his chauvinistic 'It Takes a Woman' - which explains why he needs a woman in his life - makes one wonder why Dolly would be interested in the job in the first place! ('It takes a woman all powdered and pink/To joyously clean out the drain in the sink.')
Isaacson provides just the right amount of bluster, without being too bombastic.
Vandergelder's two clerks are played by David Holmes (Cornelius Hackl, the chief clerk) and Matthew Kohrt (Barnaby Tucker, his assistant). Both are excellent, particularly Holmes. The two men, who never have left Yonkers, decide to embark on an adventure in New York, while their boss is marching in the Fourteenth Street Association Parade.
The 33-year-old Cornelius vows not to come home again until he's kissed a girl.
'The girl' turns out to be Miss Irene Molloy (Emily Cannon-Brown), who runs a millenary shop with her clerk, Minnie Fay (Icarina Summers). These two, having become convinced that Cornelius and Barnaby are eccentric millionaires, spend the entire day with them.
The Big Apple also is being visited by artist Ambrose Kemper (Giorgio Selvaggio) and Vandergelder's niece, Ermengarde (Josephine Longo). These two want to marry, but do not have Vandergelder's permission, as he feels Ermengarde is too young and immature. (Dolly has promised to fix that little situation, as well.)
Longo doesn't have much to say, but she certainly whines and cries memorably.
Jan Isaacson is perfectly cast as Ernestina Money, a girl in a buttercup-colored dress and the pink slippers, who is hired by Dolly to annoy Vandergelder and set him up for eventual conquest.
Most of Act II takes place at the Harmonia Gardens restaurant, 'the fanciest place in New York.' The choreography for its waiters always has been one of the most memorable parts of 'Hello Dolly,' and this production is no exception.
The waiters here - David Dickson, Nick Jackson, Monica Justice, Andrew Lampin and Adam Sartain - do a credible job in 'Waiter's Gallop,' also this production might better dub it 'Waiter's Canter.' Even so, the scene energetically sets up the moment everyone waits for: the arrival of Dolly herself, singing the title song.
Sartain deserves to be singled out as the ensemble member who looks the most comfortable on stage.
Rand Martin has directed and choreographed an enjoyable production, and one with lots of entertaining moments. The dance 'Elegance,' for Cornelius, Barnaby, Irene and Minnie, is particularly delightful.
John Ewing is credited with scenic design; his work is rather mundane in Act I, but he saves the good stuff for the Harmonia Gardens, in Act II.
Minor problems plagued the opening night performance, with missed lighting cues and overlapping dialogue in spots, but these should work themselves out with time.
Long awaited darkness falls
Casting shadows on the walls
In the twilight hour I am alone
Sitting near the fireplace, dying embers warm my face
In this peaceful solitude
All the outside world subdued
Everything comes back to me again
In the gloom
Like an angel passing through my room
Half awake and half in dreams
Seeing long forgotten scenes
So the present runs into the past
Now and then become entwined, playing games within my mind
Like the embers as they die
Love was one prolonged good-bye
And it all comes back to me tonight
In the gloom
Like an angel passing through my room
I close my eyes
And my twilight images go by
All too soon
Like an angel passing through my room
Your recent post regarding the politeness of New Zealanders pinged a memory cell. Recently, I ran across a post by some blogger that was directly pertinent to that subject, but I have lost the link and a serious google search was unable to locate it. The gist of the post was the definition of a function "canada" to describe the transformation between the population characteristics of countries or other large groups.
The function was defined by canada(X) = Y where X is the set of any large, loud and obnoxious country or group, and Y an example of a smaller, nearby but tightly linked neighbor. The defining relationship was given as:
canada(United_States) = Canada
Because of the strong overwhelming if not overbearing relationship of X to Y, the characteristics of Y were a bit of inferiority complex combined with a strong desire to differentiate themselves from the characteristics of X. To a large extent the citizens of Y define themselves as ~X (not X) and as a result take great pride in the equation Y = ~X. Several other examples of the canada function were given, but I cannot recall them all. Some memorable ones however were:
canada(England) = Scotland
canada(Australia) = New_Zealand
canada(Canada) = Quebec
Because of the Y = ~X factor it is not surprising that one of the most quoted characteristics of Canadians is, "Canadians are so nice". Now your note about the politeness of New Zealanders is easily explainable by Y = ~X.
The post went on to describe the inverse function, which is a test to determine whether an individual belongs to set X or Y. It works everytime and is easily tested. To determine if an individual is a Canadian or US citizen simply make the offhand comment, "I find it really hard to tell the difference between Canadians and Americans". If the response is, "who cares?", the're US. If your ears burn for days afterward they are Canadian. The same would be true for other examples of the transform function.
It is amusing to compile lists of additional examples of the canada function, remembering that X and Y need not be actual countries but may be large definable groups. For example I offer the functions:
canada(Bay_Area) = Sacramento
canada(Sacramento) = Davis
canada(China) = all other countries, severally or jointly
SEVERE flooding in northwest Queensland is shaping up to be a multimillion-dollar windfall for farmers and the state's faltering economy.
However, the positive outlook comes amid fears the low pressure system that dumped all the rain could form into the state's first cyclone of the season.
Dozens of stranded tourists, cattle station workers and mining contractors have been airlifted to safety as floodwaters turn the drought-stricken outback into an inland sea.
Roads into Mount Isa have been cut in every direction, Cloncurry is an island and planning is under way to fly food and medical supplies into the isolated towns of Burketown and Doomadgee in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Tourists marooned on sections of the Barkly Highway, west of Mount Isa, yesterday told how they were stuck for two days as torrents of water carved huge chunks out of the road.
A mother and two babies had to be evacuated during a food drop by a Cessna fixed-wing aircraft that landed on the highway.
Outback dams are full and overflowing. Lake Julius is 1.3m over the spillway, raising hopes of an Outback economic boom for the besieged cattle and mining industries.
Some parts have recorded more than 400mm since New Year's Day.
"It is manna from heaven," said Independent federal MP Bob Katter, whose electorate of Kennedy covers the vast flooded region the size of France and Germany.
"It is raining dollars. This is worth millions.
"We've had a terrible time with cattle dying of starvation and thirst, 60,000 head of stock have been shipped out because there is no food or water, and the mining industry has been on the brink of closure because of water issues."
It is the best rainfall the northwest has received in five years.
Mount Isa reported 169.2mm in four days, just 4mm short of last year's entire annual total (173.8mm).
"No one is complaining," said Mount Isa weather bureau field officer Les Lever.
"This is the sort of rain that can set up the graziers and mining companies for a year."
An un-chronological look at the life of the Little Sparrow, Édith Piaf (1915-1963). Her mother is an alcoholic street singer, her father a circus performer, her paternal grandmother a madam. During childhood she lives with each of them. At 20, she's a street singer discovered by a club owner who's soon murdered, coached by a musician who brings her to concert halls, and then quickly famous. Constant companions are alcohol and heartache. The tragedies of her love affair with Marcel Cerdan and the death of her only child belie the words of one of her signature songs, "Non, je ne regrette rien." The back and forth nature of the narrative suggests the patterns of memory and association.The flashback sequences lend a hallucinatory quality to much of the movie. Quite interesting, particularly towards the end, when Piaf starts having - hallucinations!
Marion Cotillard, who won the Best Actress Academy Award for her role as Édith Piaf in Môme, La (2007) (retitled "La Vie en Rose" in the United States), is the second actress to win an acting Oscar performing in a language other than English next to Sophia Loren who won for Ciociara, La (1960). Only two male performers (Roberto Benigni for La Vita e Bella and Robert DeNiro for The Godfather, Part II) have won an Oscar for solely non-English parts.One very strange thing about the movie, however. There is no mention of World War II in the film. A biography of Edith Piaf without mentioning World War II is sort of like a biography of Abraham Lincoln without mentioning the Civil War. Clearly the movie is intended to capture Piaf's internal personal life, much of which was tumultuous. Her external personal life was just as tumultuous too, but perhaps they need a second movie to capture that!
A Libran born in Paris on September 30, 1975, Cotillard is the daughter of Jean-Claude Cotillard, an actor, playwright and director, and Niseema Theillaud, an actress and drama teacher. Raised in Orléans, France, she made her acting debut as a child with a role in one of her father's plays. She studied drama at the Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique in Orléans.
While still a teenager, Cotillard made her cinema debut in the film Histoire du garçon qui voulait qu'on l'embrasse, L' (1994). Her first prominent screen role was as Lilly Bertineau in Taxi (1998/I), a role which she reprised in two sequels. Director Olivier Dahan cast Cotillard to play Édith Piaf, the legendary French singer, in "La Môme" because to him her eyes were like those of Piaf. The fact that she can sing also helped Cotillard land the role of Piaf, although most of the singing in the film is that of Piaf's.
Her turn as Piaf brought Cotillard the Oscar, the César (France's equivalent to the Oscar), a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe among other prices. Trevor Nunn called her portrayal of Piaf "one of the greatest performances on film ever". At the Berlin International Film Festival, where the film premiered, Cotillard was given a 15-minute standing ovation.
The strange thing is that people get healthier in a recession, according to Chris Ruhm, an economics professor at the University of North Carolina. Some years ago he decided to test the conventional wisdom that hard times make people sick. He found the opposite.
“People get physically healthier and mortality rates fall during bad economic times,” he tells me. “It’s the opposite of what I expected to find.”
Studying recessions since the 1970s, Ruhm found that traffic deaths fell noticeably, probably because of a combination of less drink consumed and fewer miles driven. Even deaths from heart attacks, strokes, flu and pneumonia fell.
Out of work and not eating out, people lose weight; and they tend to find something more active to do than sitting in front of a computer screen. Also, of course, they can’t afford to smoke and drink as much. “When times are hard, they control the things they can control – they live healthily.”
I do not regret this journey which shows that Englishmen can endure hardships help one another and meet death with as great fortitude as ever in the past.