Monday, March 26

There’ll always be trouble in River City

The opening line of the general manager’s induction speech during my first day on the job was along the lines that ‘work, like life, could be broken down into 10% that was fun, and 90% which is mind numbingly tedious. And that the sooner I learnt to formulate suitable strategies to cope with the hand that life had dealt, then the happier both he and I would be.’ He was quite a lad.

I thought of this salutary piece of advice whilst viewing the final episode of The Trap, an Adam Curtis trilogy on the concepts of freedom. Although at times you felt like a first year undergraduate, the series was eminently watchable. Curtis has a talent for sifting through hours of archive footage and assembling a polemic, which - in this particular case - derides much of what passed, or still passes, as perceived political wisdom in the field of liberty and democracy. Regretfully, bored politicians = mischief. If only they’d concentrate on emptying bins and making sure our trains ran on time, a lot of people in Iraq and elsewhere around the world would be so much happier.

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