George Stern

Keep the Tumbrils Rolling

Millennium: A Social Revolution in the Making

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Mrs T IS ‘a vulture which feeds upon the dead flesh of the status quo’, while the Prince of Wales, coached by Laurens van der Pump, is ‘the President of this invisible club of the awake’. Both are inner-directed, but the Prince is a self-explorer while Mrs T is Britain’s top social resister. Other social resisters include Mary Whitehouse, Ian Paisley ‘and doubtless many Jesuits’ with the late Ayatollah bearing the palm alone as ‘pan-galactic social resister’.

Recently I spent the afternoon in the Cafe Royal juggling tennis balls at a seminar for middle-aged middle-level employees. A Washington pundit called something like Goldensteinberg had pronounced that business, or maybe life, was like juggling: if the ball is falling too far away, let it go. The course was full of cheering messages for people like me: there’s no truth in the story that zillions of brain cells die every day. On the contrary, you can make your memory better than at twenty. Unfortunately I’ve forgotten the method.

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