Tuesday brought us, on a more serious note, to P.K Deb's deeply felt and though-provoking 'Civil War and Syria' which reminds us of the anguish of 'Mother Syria' and asks us to 'listen carefully to the whispering prayer / that she leaves in the air'.
On Wednesday the topic was another kind of violence with Philip Johnson's 'before they abolish the rope', a brief and pithy response to the arrival of the 3 D gun. Over the past couple of weeks, we have found submissions have been dwindling so we are grateful to Philip for getting us out of a hole.
Again, due, at least in part, to the lack of other submissions, on Thursday it was me again with 'Greed is Good'. Regular readers may remember 'Holding Out for a Hero' which warned against the slyness of Mr Johnson who is, I believe, a very nasty piece of work. This week, however, appalled as I was to hear of this latest piece of moral repugnance, I was then shocked again to hear the story being covered in the BBC's 'The Papers ' without any of those present feeling the need to suggest, even in the gentlest way, that the promulgation of such a notion might be morally irresponsible, unethical, and socially destructive. Must be just me, then. I see. Ho hum.
Nothing available for Friday at the time of writing so I leave you for a lovely long weekend in a cottage by the River Fal which we have been given - yes, given - by a friend who cannot make it. Long bracing walks, wood burner, mulled wine, that sort of thing. Have a good week next week.