Wry & Dry


[1]  A euphemism for to die.  Origin: Shakespeare, Hamlet.  

[2]  Boyars: W&D uses the term loosely.  Strictly speaking the title was abolished by Peter the Great.  Prior to which the boyars formed a closed aristocratic class that surrounded the throne of the grand prince (later the tsar) and ruled the country together with him.  Although abolished, their power lived on in the nobility under the Romanovs.  Putin has today created an oligarchy of business boyars. 

[3]  Ralph Waldo Emerson's phrase in 'Concord Hymn' (1837), referring to the first shot of the American Revolutionary War at Lexington Green, Massachusetts, 1775.

[4]  John Donne: Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, "Meditation XVII".  

From the mouth of...

"We are proud of all of New Zealand’s new banknotes, but to have our $5 note recognised internationally is very special.”

-       Geoff Bascand, Reserve Bank of New Ziland deputy governor, on New Zealand's new $5 note winning the world Banknote of the Year award.

New Ziland's new banknotes were designed and printed by the Canadian Banknote Company based in Ottawa, Canada.  Who, perhaps, should have won the award instead. 

BTW, Australia did not enter its new $5 note in the competition.  Easy to see why.

Some lightly salted absurdities from all over...

At the extreme left-hand of the bell curve

Ellis Battista, 24, was arrested for the February break-in at Bradley’s convenience store in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

He took only a pack of cigarettes, for which he left $6 on the counter. 

(Las Cruces Sun-News)

W&D is still not sure of the trade-off here.  Cost = jail for breaking-in.  Benefit = pack of cigarettes for which you have paid.

Things to worry about

Surveillance video revealed that an intruder picked the lock on the No More Excuses gym in Edmonton, Alberta, on April 4th, did a workout, and left.

(Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Unclear on the concept

Chinese courts (according to figures reported by Amnesty International in March) dispense justice so skillfully that more than 99.9% of cases result in convictions (1,039 acquittals in 1.2 million cases last year)

(UK Daily Telegraph)

Have a wry and dry weekend