Saki and Sven Goran-Eriksson
Published: Wednesday, 24 June 2009 11:49
There is a Saki story about a woman who begins telling the truth about everything, even her age, which greatly annoys her older sister. ''Veracious, even to months,'' she goes around informing everyone that she is 42 and five months old. The habit grows on her, ''like lichen upon an apparently healthy tree''. Soon she can no longer restrain herself from truth-telling. She tells the truth to her dressmaker - which is reflected in the bill. Finally, in a few ill-chosen words, she tells the cook that she drinks: ''The cook was a good cook, as cooks go, and, as cooks go, she went.'' Sadly, this satirical portrait of the pitfalls encountered by the sanctimonious truth-teller will probably seem rather shocking today.
Our increasingly puritanical society seems to demand that those in the public eye tell the truth about everything, even or especially, those matters about which it would once have been de rigueur to dissemble.
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A place at the table for old age
Published: Wednesday, 24 June 2009 11:42
IN THE former Gold Rush town of Oroville in Northern California a week ago today, a 92-year-old man leapt from the green steel of Table Mountain Bridge into the deep green water of Feather River. Coval Russell died instantly landing on rocks. He ended his life on a brilliantly sunny morning for one main reason - he was kicked out of
The incandescent beauty of the scene before him could not make up for the fact that it was not Butte County Jail where Russell spent one of the happiest years of his life. ''Pops'', as the other inmates called him, was sentenced early last year for stabbing his 70-year-old landlord with a pocketknife. Once he got used to his surroundings, razor wire and
clanging doors, Russell found some things he did not have outside.
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