CHILE: ‘Good Lord Mike, you are an old fart like me, but apparently in great shape – good for you! I wish you all the best for as long as you are around – hopefully, a long time.
MÍCHEÁL WALSH smiles as he recalls that early in life, he dreamed only of becoming a well-known novelist. Under no illusions, he knew he was unlikely to succeed without the drudge. Leslie Thomas, the author of the bestselling The Virgin Soldiers wallpapered his bedroom walls with publisher’s rejection slips.
Although 23 years have passed since I missed that telephone call, I never forgot the message left on the answering machine. The caller was one of the world’s most successful balladeers. Charlie Landsborough’s voice was unmistakable as he thanked me for the impact my poetry had on him.
The past is much more interesting when it is penned by people who led much more extraordinary lives than did the kings, queens and statesmen of the past. During his 1,000-mile route march across India to the North-West Frontier and Afghanistan Hindu Kush, Bandsman William Rutter penned his diary. It never crossed his mind that his diary entries penned for family interest would in 200 years’ time fascinate readers all over the world.
Story translated from the original German by Gerry Frederics. Frau Paula Hitler (1896-1960), the sister of German Chancellor Adolf Hitler, penned the following statement 12 years after the death of her brother.
In Memory of May 1st 1945
a poem by Clara Sharland
‘In Memory of May 1st, 1945’ is a poem of mourning and hope: mourning for Adolf Hitler, who self-martyred on 30 April 1945; hope for Germany, for National Socialism, and for the Aryan race, all of which lived on to the next day. The poem subtly emphasizes hope over mourning by commemorating not the day of Hitler’s death, but the day after.
A Study of War by Professor Quincy Wright shows that in the period from 1480 to 1940 there were 278 wars involving European countries, whose percentage participation was as follows: ENGLAND 28% FRANCE 26% SPAIN 23% RUSSIA 22% AUSTRIA 19% TURKEY 15% POLAND 11% SWEDEN 9% ITALY 9% NETHERLANDS 8% GERMANY (INCLUDING PRUSSIA) 8%, DENMARK 7%.
When during a televised skirmish Ronald Reagan’s published memoirs came up, the former US president wryly remarked: ‘I hear it’s a terrific book. One of these days I am going to read it myself.’
Vampire suck as the armies’ ruck,
And the beast goes on its way,
Invades and raids each nation’s wealth,
For the blood is the vampire’s pay.
Media drones with hearts like stones,
Launder their nation’s crimes,
While their hoodwinked poor,
At the pauper’s door,
Must suffer such trying times.
A DAY IN IRISH HISTORY: 17 July 1920 – The IRA executes English Army officer Colonel Gerald Bryce Ferguson Smyth in Cork.