I’ll be a story in your head. But that’s okay. We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? Cause it was, you know. It was the best.
What is normal? Normal is yesterday and last week and last month taken together.
In truth, the young lord commander and her king had more in common than either one would ever be willing to admit…Both men were unbelievers by nature, mistrustful, suspicious. The only gods they worshipped were honor and duty. (Melisandre, A Dance with Dragons)
It was probably some wonderful organisation on the part of Nature to protect itself. It saw to it that everyone with any magical talent was about as ready to cooperate as a she-bear with toothache, so all that dangerous power was safely dissipated as random bickering and rivalry.
The thing is, I mean, there’s times when you look at the universe and you think, ‘What about me?’ and you can just hear the universe replying, ‘Well, what about you?’
I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.
In honor of the return of Game of Thrones next month, here’s a tribute to the mildly terrifying Charles Dance (seen here as Ankh-Morpork’s Lord Vetinari in Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal), an actor who should win a Golden Globe in the Subtle Menace category.
Going Postal is now streaming at www.acorn.tv!
Veni, vici, Vetinari
bubbly personality masking bossy control freak
Religion… has certain ideas at the heart of it which we call sacred or holy or whatever. What it means is, ‘Here is an idea or a notion that you’re not allowed to say anything bad about; you’re just not. Why not? - because you’re not! If someone votes for a party that you don’t agree with, you’re free to argue about it as much as you like; everybody will have an argument but nobody feels aggrieved by it. If somebody thinks taxes should go up or down you are free to have an argument about it. But on the other hand if somebody says ‘I must [not] move a light switch on a Saturday’, you say, ‘I respect that’. Why shouldn’t it be that it’s perfectly legitimate to support the Labour party or the Conservative party, Republicans or Democrats, this model of economics versus that, Mac instead of Windows - but to have an opinion about how the universe began, about who created the Universe… no that’s holy?… When you look at it rationally there is no reason why those ideas shouldn’t be as open to debate as any other, except that we have agreed somehow between us that they shouldn’t be.
- Douglas Adams (Quoted in The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, pp. 20-21)