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Wednesday, May 22, 2002

We Are Amused

Simon Hoggart on the unveiling of a statue of Margaret Thatcher:

The sculptor is Neil Simmonds. Michelangelo said that he didn't create statues; what he did was chip away the surplus stone to find the image within. Imagine cutting away all those tons of rock and finding - Margaret Thatcher! What a terrifying surprise!

(Apparently the sculptor's studio in Dartford, Kent, is next door to a depot which provides clothes for Bosnian refugees. I'm told she kept breaking off from her sittings to give them lectures on the British way of life.)

There's more where that came from....

Posted at 7:03 PM

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"You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat."

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