The taxi from Fiumicino to the hotel in Rome is 50 euros. That seems a bit overdone. As a punishment I do not tip the taxidriver. Nevertheless he gives me his business card and offers me a discount for the trip back to the airport – 35 euros.
So I am back in in the center of Rome for a couple of hours (after a week’s holiday with my wife in January).
This album contains the song Frankly, Mr. Shankly, a song that is no longer than 2 minutes (I love – still do – how bands like The Smiths, Ramones and The Pixies fitted most of their songs in an old-fashioned 2 minutes).
The story about the recession in the 1970s should be a awareness starter for all swayed-by-the-issues-of-the-day politicians. Especially an interesting analysis of Enoch Powell’s affairs. Very relevant today, this more intelligent and eloquent British predecessor of our Geert Wilders.
Interestingly, Nooteboom in the book contemplates when he would be able to travel through Europe without having to change money and with a European passport in his pocket. In a wheel chair, he assumes.
He wrote this in 1977, and we can say things have been achieved in Europe after all.
‘Publishers should correct the misapprehension that a scholar’s distinction in one field implies authority in another. And as long as that misapprehension exists, distinguished scholars should resist the temptation to abuse it’.
Very true, though on the same page, in the note referenced on this page (page 59 of the 30th Anniversary edition), Dawkins almost falls into his own trap, saving himself with one little sentence. Lees verder “Dawkins’ embellished account”→