Compiled by London Swaminathan
Date: 20 October 2016
Time uploaded in London: 8-58
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KILLING WITHOUT A PURPOSE!
Bronislaw Malinowski says, “I once talked to an old cannibal who, hearing of the Great War raging then in Europe, was most curious to know how we Europeans managed to eat such enormous quantities of human flesh. when I told him that Europeans do not eat their slain foes, he looked at me in shocked horror and asked what sort of barbarians we were, to kill without any real object.
NEW FAIRY TALE!
In Italy it is whispered that a new technique for the fairy tale has come into existence. The old formula began, “Once upon a time.” Now it begins, “The General Headquarters of the Armed Forces communicates.”
WHEN IS THE WAR GOING TO END?
According to one story, Marshal Foch’s chauffeur was constantly besieged by journalists and plain information- seekers with the question, “When is the war going to end? What do you hear?”
The chauffeur put off his questioners, saying, “As soon as I hear the Marshall say anything, I will tell you.”
At last he said, “The Marshal spoke today.”
“Well,” they demanded, “what did he say?
“He said, “Well, Pierre, what do you think? When is the war going to end?
Jean Gabin, the film actor, upon his arrival in New York recently, was asked what was the French attitude toward the British, “We are both pro- and anti-British,” he said.
“Those who are pro-British say each night in their prayers, “Please, God, let the gallant British win quickly.”
Those who are anti-British say each night in their prayers, ‘Please, God, let the dirty British win right away.”
THE LAST WAR
Mr. Pitt, speaking in the House of Commons of the glorious war preceding that in which England lost the colonies called it “The last war.” Several members cried out: “The last war but one!
He took no notice, and soon, after repeating the mistake, was interrupted by a general cry of “The last war but one!”
“I mean, sir,” said Pitt, turning to the speaker, and raising his voice, “I mean, the last war that Britons would wish to remember.”
In 1918 Premier Georges Clemenceau of France made the observation, “War is too important to leave to the Generals.”
The Italians say among themselves, “In the First World war we prepared, fought, and made the Armistice. This time (II W.W.) we made the Armistice (with France), fought, and now we are preparing.
H G WELLS! THINK!THINK!!
Lillah McCarthy went to stay with H. G. Wells in Essex. England also was now at war (1914). “His face, generally so mobile, had become rigid and the playful look stern. I tried to distract him “No, Lillah,’ he said, ‘no, I can’t get away from the war. The world is falling to pieces. I can do nothing but think, think.’