Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Forgive me as I slap on a fake smile and plough through this shit again

hmmm I think we might be in a "creative slump" here at AW; Nick Cohen was "away" on Sunday and all I can really think of to say about this week's travelogue is "I was not previously aware that the road from the Adriatic to the Baltic ran through Brunei". Although I suppose that the road to Damascus runs through Baghdad, so I guess the moral is if you're on a road trip with the Decent Left, make sure that Hitchens doesn't drive and Aaro doesn't navigate. Shock horror, Eastern Europe is now better than it was in the Communist days.

No really. There's nothing to say about this column, other than that it's the kind of guff that the Observer would only have printed in one of those faintly dodgy supplements produced by "Words, Pictures Inc". Maybe there's an angle to it but I've been staring at the thing for an hour and I'm coming up dry. Anyone fancy a pint?

Update. Currently listening to:

"I usedta love her, I usedta love her once ... long long time ago" The Saw Doctors
"Geburt einer Nation (One Vision)" Laibach

4 Comments:

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9/21/2005 01:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am I looking too hard when I think the subtext here
"The talk was of the difficulties they were having, how wild capitalism was replacing state socialism as a system for making the masses miserable. And what were they anyway, but small or down-trodden peoples, massacre-fodder for Mongols, Germans or Russians, perpetually defeated, all the Jews gone, and no one left to take it out on but the Roma?" is
"Hey, Iraq may look like a fucking mess now, but come back in 30 years and you'll see I was right!"

9/21/2005 02:06:00 PM  
Anonymous bruschettaboy said...

oooh clever.

9/21/2005 03:25:00 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Not sure he was setting the bar too high with Slovenia, the richest part of the former Eastern bloc by some way.

9/21/2005 03:38:00 PM  

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