2010-12-18 13:57:58
Društvo| Život

Of Grinches and Grumblers

Chris Farmer RSS / 18.12.2010. u 14:57

"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed." (Luke 2:1)

This is generally regarded as the beginning of the Christmas story in Western Christianity. Caesar Augustus, needing to revamp the Roman budget to maintain his supply of bread and circuses, sent out this emergency decree. I think he used Facebook, but this is an unconfirmed rumor.

2010-12-07 09:36:00
Politika| Satira

How to Write Foreign Policy

Chris Farmer RSS / 07.12.2010. u 10:36

First, you need a very large mixing bowl.

Take a generous helping of random opinions from diplomats around the world. To prepare this, send reasonably competent individuals to each country and marinate them in the local cultures for a few months. Be careful not to let them sit too long in the marinade or the local spices may overpower the flavor.

2010-11-25 15:56:30
Društvo| Život

Oh yeah. Thanks.

Chris Farmer RSS / 25.11.2010. u 16:56

Thanksgiving is a survivor holiday.

The pilgrims were happy and thankful in 1637 that America had not killed them all. The Indians were happy and thankful that the pilgrims had not killed them all (yet). They survived. As a tribute to their survival, Americans traditionally eat themselves into oblivion on this holiday.

And not everyone will survive.

2010-11-18 14:17:34
Društvo| Lingvistika

Vox Pop

Chris Farmer RSS / 18.11.2010. u 15:17

LONDON - Asked to say a few words for a documentary on the sharp increases in student fees in British universities, I find that, in retrospect, I gave the opposite opinion to that my actual thoughts. And I spoke too fast.

As if this were not enough proof that PR and positioning preparation were not of vital importance, I also proved to myself the old adage that the doctor is always his own worst patient. In my case, the spin-doctor.


Recently I find myself telling people how long I have been here. It is also a recent phenomenon that people begin to compliment my Serbian. I always say thank you. But I know the truth...

The ugly truth is that I have been here for nearly a decade and communicate like a Balinese coconut-picker landed suddenly in the middle of a Parisian dinner party. In the court of Louis XVI.

Of a Tuesday afternoon.

2010-10-03 09:36:02
Sport| Život

Like Riding a Bike

Chris Farmer RSS / 03.10.2010. u 10:36

The expression, "it's like riding a bike" generally means it is something easy and something you do not forget. Whoever said this probably forgot.

The following started out as a letter to a good friend who gave me his mountain bike before absconding to the jungles of South America, but in the meantime has taken on wider significance for me.

2010-09-28 13:36:41

Advance Planning

Chris Farmer RSS / 28.09.2010. u 14:36


This is an actual photo (which you can judge from its poor quality) taken last Friday in a café in Novi Sad.

2010-09-20 10:09:42
Društvo| Ekonomija

The Post and the Pre

Chris Farmer RSS / 20.09.2010. u 11:09

In case you did not see it in evidence all around you we are in the POST-CRISIS.

The Serbian prime minister told AmCham this last week, so it MUST be true. Maybe the post-crisis period started on that morning and I was just too sleepy to notice.

Up until recently, we had only been in the POST-TRANSITION. We would use the word post-transition because it would indicate that there is still a little clutter lying around in the corners from the transition period. In fact, until it is all clear up, we might say that we are actually still in the transition but we have been so many years in transit that post-transition feels better. Maybe this is the pre-post-transition. Likewise the crisis. Pre-post-pre-crisis.

2010-09-09 13:26:21
Društvo| Putovanja

Strikes and Gardens

Chris Farmer RSS / 09.09.2010. u 14:26

LONDON, KEW. His Majesty King George III, loser of America to a unilateral declaration of independence, and raging loon brought on by porphyria (or so they speculate), was both a great proponent of its botanical gardens and detainee within the royal palace at Kew in the early 1800s.

Thusly do I follow in rather oddly assorted footsteps by my Tube-imposed sequestration here in Kew during the thirty-six hour long 24 hour strike of the London Underground. I do not complain; there are worse places to be sequestered (and let us not reopen the file on Slavonski Brod...).

2010-08-30 14:57:48
Društvo| Satira

"Did you hear....?"

Chris Farmer RSS / 30.08.2010. u 15:57

This is going to be tricky.

The thing is about rumors: all you need is the vaguest and most oblique insinuation of something for it to begin passing along great unseen chains of whispers and embellishments until everyone directly interested and indirectly uninterested - and some people quite frankly exasperated - suddenly knows. It passes into common knowledge. And suddenly, in the blink of an eye, the best rumors are then apotheosized into the greatest of all possible forms of human knowledge.

They become the TRUTH.


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