The Spectator Crowd

“Don’t waste your time on the petty minded, the judgmental and the bigoted.  Accept that there will never be a crowd lacking at an auto-da-fé.” — Sin T 1997

Murfič was a Slovak

Czechs are pretty proud of Kafka..
Well, no, to be honest, they ain’t, most of them have never even heard about him [1].
But us foreigners use him as a symbol for the effed up bureaucracy in this area. [2]

Slovakia? Slovakia has another guy.. Murfič. That was before he emigrated to America and renamed himself Murphy..

[1] Unlike the mushy singer Karel Gott, who is still worshiped, endlessly repeating the Czech covers of German 70’s “schlagers”. It wasn’t until the fall of Communism that many Czech villagers discovered he hadn’t written “I Never Promised You A Rose Garden“, “Save Your Kisses For Me“, “Sing Sang Song“, “Dschingis Khan” and other unforgettable classics, but only made Czech covers of them.

[2] The eternal joke by expats when confronting Czech bureaucracy: “I never understood that Kafka wasn’t an author, but a journalist.”

I landet där cash e kung

Om det är något man blir varse vid sina oregelbundna besök till gamla Svedala, när man bor i ett land som fortfarande har postkontor och kontanter som huvudbetalningsmedel, är att man köpt sig ungefär 10 år av frihet från den privatiserade storebrorstillvaro ni har däruppe.
Fast det finns kanske en app för det…


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