12.12.39

(In London) Cold & overcast.

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13 Responses to 12.12.39

  1. Ah. London. Where weather is always the topic.

    I suspect Orwell will be getting up to date on the latest inside information (as well as reconnoitering the job market) during this visit to the outside. I am compelled to imagine Eric discussing politics soto voce with his old mates while playing darts at his favorite pub.

    Why, oh, why was there not a film crew following Blair around during this period!?!

    Meanwhile, Hitler orders the production of sea mines and ammunition to be almost doubled.

  2. This is significant – we know from the gaps that he has been away from the farm, in the city, but this time he takes his diary with him. Two words, “In London.” A wealth of significance.

  3. Alexander says:

    A wealth of significance.It does say more than reporting on eggcount, weather and garden, but let’s save the superlatives for later.

  4. Phil Barker says:

    At the risk of letting drop a spoiler, whether he took his diary or not, he only makes one more entry (tomorrow) while in London. before picking it up again when back in Wallington.

  5. Heather says:

    Makes me less ashamed of my diary.

  6. Steve says:

    I really like the phrase “wealth of significance.” Is it meant ironically or earnestly? Either is perfectly defensible!

  7. Tom says:

    Nothing really changes, does it?

  8. Tom says:

    “Why, oh, why was there not a film crew following Blair around during this period!?!”

    Didn’t MI5 have a file on him?

  9. Stephen says:

    London being cold and overcast is hardly a +significant or exceptional+ observation; it is always thus. In what sense does this constitue a legitimate journal entry? Nothing has happened. Silence would have been more appropriate, or an entry saying:

    (In London)

    At the risk of advising GO on how to write his diary, I would urge him to confine his journal notes to where something happens and variation occurs – eg egg counts and movement of briar roots.

  10. Alexander says:

    I really like the phrase “wealth of significance.” Is it meant ironically or earnestly? Either is perfectly defensible! In that case we could agree to call it ‘unprecedented’, which covers the same range.

  11. andrew says:

    (In London) Cold & overcast

    it’s like something you would find carved into a stele and buried under a thousand years of earth and broken pottery. what did it mean? why was it written? what was London?

    a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma…

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