Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Turks, Capitalists, and Dogs

The 29th of October 1923 was the day the Ottoman Empire ended and the Turkish Republic, led by Kemal Ataturk, began. I don’t know how the people who compile lists of historic events manage to be so temporally specific; I suppose various bits of paper were signed and there were pompous ceremonies.

‘Black Tuesday’ came exactly six years later: on the 29th of October 1929, the American Stock Market crashed. I’m not sure I shall ever really understand what economists mean by a ‘stock market crash’, but what it means for normal people is hunger, cold, sickness and misery. It’s called Capitalism.


On to more worthwhile things: we have reached ‘D’ in the limerick series:
Two Dogs talked of Man in the park.
One of them chanced to remark
that their sounds, though inelegant,
seemed almost intelligent —
‘Do you think one could train them to bark?’

(The dog is the one pedalling the trike.)

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