A German wine label is one of the things lifes too short for, a daunting testimony to that peculiar nations love of detail and organization.
Outside every fat man there was an even fatter man trying to close in.
The ideal of brotherhood of man, the building of the Just City, is one that cannot be discarded without lifelong feelings of disappointment and loss. But, if we are to live in the real world, discard it we must. Its very nobility makes the results of its breakdown doubly horrifying, and it breaks down, as it always will, not by some external agency but because it cannot work.
When I find someone I respect writing about an edgy, nervous wine that dithered in the glass, I cringe. When I hear someone I don’t respect talking about an austere, unforgiving wine, I turn a bit austere and unforgiving myself. When I come across stuff like that and remember about the figs and bananas, I want to snigger uneasily. You can call a wine red, and dry, and strong, and pleasant. After that, watch out.
Growing older, I have lost the need to be political, which means, in this country, the need to be left. I am driven into grudging toleration of the Conservative Party because it is the party of non-politics, of resistance to politics.
Topics: Politicians, Politics
Self criticism must be my guide to action, and the first rule for its employment is that in itself it is not a virtue, only a procedure.
On hangovers: He resolved, having done it once, never to move his eyeballs again.
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