Thursday, September 22, 2011

But Not Gone!

We are now deep into the ominous month of "September" of which we have been so long warned. Today is the day when the Palestinians are supposed to submit their request for statehood to the UN - and as of yet the skies have not fallen.

However it is early in the morning, and I am reminded of this passage from Plutarch - telling the story of how the seer warned Cesar about the ides of march:

6 and when the day had come and Caesar was on his way to the senate-house, he greeted the seer with a jest and said: "Well, the Ides of March are come," and the seer said to him softly: "Ay, they are come, but they are not gone." 

or in the more famous Shakespearean version:

CAESAR[to the Soothsayer] The ides of March are come.Soothsayer : Ay, Caesar; but not gone.

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