101 jots – (xxi – xxx)

(xxi)

dogs have masters
cats have staff

(xxii)

Rhino horn does absolutely nothing for yours.

(xxiii)

Some terror threats are real and some are fake.
Half are fake; we make them up to keep you obedient.

(xxiv)

Money without understanding is no advantage.

(xxv)

According to Dr Johnson an abbey lubber is
a slothful loiterer in a religious house
under pretence of retirement and austerity.

Well, well…

(xxvi)

We destabilise.
We oust leaders – we call them dictators – by force
and then support with money and weapons
at least two of the rival factions that spring up to fill the vacuum.
Failed states are to our advantage.

(xxvii)

Too much counterpoint,
and what is worse – Protestant counterpoint.

Thomas Beecham on Bach

(xxviii)

A day in the company of someone wise
and a day without vulgar thought
is a day worth a thousand.

(xxix)

Nothing surprises me today
and to my eternal shame very little disgusts me.

(xxx)

There’s no true blood left,
amphetamines and antibiotics have seen to that.

36 thoughts on “101 jots – (xxi – xxx)

  1. xxviii holds a special appeal for me and the reality of xxx is alarming. With snow on the ground and more falling your work in this rendering brings me comfort and entertainment. Thank you John. Ever your friend, Jon Michael

  2. All fun. But , I fully agree that a cat has a staff. The “seem” to bond with one but, really there working the room. They are clever indeed.

  3. xxviii is the ‘standout’, would it were so. xxvi perfectly encapsulates the stark reality from time immemorial and most certainly continues up to our present day. I also love the opening Jot, xxi. Regal.

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