Opening with the arrival of a flustered White Rabbit and ending with the murder of a Red Queen, Gerald Barry’s pick-and-mix of Lewis Carroll’s Alice books was a hysterical hour of operatic delirium.
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.” “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.” “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master — that’s all.”
The promises of the 2011 election were universally broken, so we should be sceptical about claims that the universal social charge will be cut and the social welfare Christmas bonus and carer grant will be restored, says Political Reporter
THERE is a brilliant exchange in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland when the Mad Hatter asks "Have I gone mad?" and Alice answers, "I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are."
You would not have to be Ben Bernanke, Christine Lagarde or even Barney Curley to realise that there was, during the darkest moments of our economic crisis, a lot of freeform, off-the-cuff advice offered to Government by very expensive consultancy firms.
It was Andy Williams who first recorded the song about Christmas, claiming that “it’s the most wonderful time of the year”, but then the GAA and its unique fascinations probably weren’t all that big a deal around Wall Lake, Iowa where the famous old crooner was born.
I HAVE only met Rebekah Brooks once, in the proper sense. We have fleetingly shaken hands a couple of times at News International receptions at party conferences in Britain which I have blagged my way into as she has glided on to schmooze important political personalities — but that scarcely counts.
FORGET the prime minister. Real political power in Australia right now is being wielded by a maverick in a cowboy hat and his two colleagues. A week after national elections ended on a knife edge, the unlikely trio of lawmakers have emerged as kingmakers.