Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

The old ones are always the best

From this morning's Oxford Mail:

Big hole appears in road: Engineers looking into it

Oxford Mail: Alison King-Smith snaps a picture of the hole


  1. "Think of it this way. It's not just that jokes happen to be old. They must be old to be enjoyed. It's essential that a joke not be original. There's one variety of humor that is, or can be, original and that's the pun. I've heard puns that were obviously made up on the spur of the moment. I have made some up myself. But no one laughs at such puns. You're not supposed to. You groan. The better the pun, the louder the groan. Original humor is not laugh-provoking. Why?"

    Isaac Asimov' 'Jokester'

  2. Is it on the market at £400,000?

  3. Demetrius, the way prices are going on Oxford, if it was £400K when you commented, it'll be at least £5k more now.

  4. Years and years since I read Jokester...

  5. Rightwinggit, I hope the link put that right.

    Though I find the novels less gripping, I keep returning to Asimov's short fiction; the man was an exquisite literary craftsman as well as a brilliant scientific writer.