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One man's struggle to take it easy

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THOMASINA: Is it Cleopatra? - I hate Cleopatra!

SEPTIMUS: You hate her? Why?

THOMASINA: Everything is turned to love with her. New love, absent love, lost love - I never knew a heroine that makes such noodles of our sex. It only needs a Roman general to drop anchor outside the window and away goes the empire like a christening mug into a pawn shop. If Queen Elizabeth had been a Ptolemy history would have been quite different - we would be admiring the pyramids of Rome and the great Sphinx of Verona.

SEPTIMUS: God save us.

THOMASINA: But instead, the Egyptian noodle made carnal embrace with the enemy who burned the great library of Alexandria without so much as a fine for all that is overdue. Oh, Septimus! - can you bear it? All the lost plays of the Athenians! Two hundred at least by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripedes - thousands of poems - Aristotle's own library brought to Egypt by the noodle's ancestors! How can we sleep for grief?

SEPTIMUS: By counting our stock. Seven plays from Aeschylus, seven from Sophocles, nineteen from Euripedes, my lady! You should no more grieve for the rest than for a buckle lost from your first shoe, or for your lesson book which will be lost when you are old. We shed as we pick up, like travellers who must carry everything in their arms, and what we let fall will be picked up by those behind. The procession is very long and life is very short. We die on the march. But there is nothing outside the march so nothing can be lost to it. The missing plays of Sophocles will turn up piece by piece, or be written again in another language. Ancient cures for diseases will reveal themselves once more. Mathematical discoveries glimpsed and lost to view will have their time again. You do not suppose, my lady, that if all of Archimedes had been hiding in the great library of Alexandria, we would be lost for a corkscrew? I have no doubt that the improved steam-driven heat-engine which puts Mr Noakes into an ecstasy that he and it and the modern age should all coincide, was described on papyrus. Steam and brass were not invented in Glasgow.


from Arcadia, by Tom Stoppard

My name is Al, I live in London, and I work in the House of Commons.

I've never been wrong. I used to work in a record store.

2 many djs, 20th century history, absolutely, adam and joe, alan moore, ambience, american history, american politics, back to the future, band of brothers, baroque trilogy, beach boys, being reasonable, ben folds five, bent, bill bailey, bjork, black holes, blade runner, blake's seven, bristol, british history, british politics, cafe del mar compilations, callan, cansei de ser sexy, carl sagan, champagne, chris morris, cocktails, cold war, coldcut, crumpet, danny baker, de la soul, delicious snack treats, democratic party, die hard, dj shadow, doctor who, douglas adams, douglas coupland, early eighties pop, ed's diner, edge of darkness, electronic music, fantastic plastic machine, ferris bueller's day off, fry and laurie, futurama, future sound of london, george orwell, ghostbusters, h.g. wells, half man half biscuit, inspector morse, j.d. salinger, jake arnott, james ellroy, jon savage, jon stewart, jonathan freedland, jonathan meades, julia goldsworthy, kate bush, katie puckrick, kevin smith, kidney (as health issue), kim stanley robinson, labour party, ladytron, lemon jelly, london, look around you, mars, martin scorcese, massive attack, mo wax, monty python, morecambe and wise, mr scruff, new order, ninja tune, oh_no not more bass, old school hip hop, old war movies, orbital, philip glass, philip k dick, pizza, raymond chandler, regeneration trilogy, saint etienne, sauciness, science, seinfeld, sergio leone, silk cut blue, sophie raworth, space exploration, spaced, spinal tap, star wars, talking heads, terry gilliam, the beatles, the coen brothers, the future, the godfather, the great escape, the kennedys, the klf, the larry sanders show, the onion, the orb, the prisoner, the simpsons, the social, the sopranos, the soviet union, the stench of space, the sweeney, the third man, the west wing, tlentifini maarhaysu, toby, tony crosland, tony hancock, warp records, watergate, william gibson

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