As we drove to work this morning S.V. had an episode of Late Night Live as a podcast.
Phillip Adams was discussing the phrase "36 Faceless Men" and the journalist who coined this phrase - Alan (Red Fox) Reid. Thus ensured a discussion the car - checking out what it was via google and the iphone, why is it that we are not as engaged with our history as other countries are. I am amazed and horrified at my lack of knowledge on Australian history especially as I grew up in Canberra.
Is it that even if I had been taught this as a teenager would I be less engaged as I am not so into learning dates and abstract facts about historical events. Is history taught as a series of facts more than the interpersonal relationships? This for for me is far more engaging.
Or is it that as an adult I am more fascinated by the interpersonal relationships, the condition of being human, what drives people to do what they do and then the facts from these interactions and experiences.
From the small bit of reading I have done today it seems that Allan Reid, whom witnessed 20 Federal Elections, was affected by his treatment by the ALP throwing him out of the party that this really effected his writing and work.
"36 faceless Men"is such a powerful phrase. These faceless men were meant to be leading the country at the time - setting policy, not the elected APL members who were voted in by the Australian public. In the current context of the N.S.W. government it is an interesting thought - who is really running this state.
I have a lot more reading to do me thinks.......
This is a complete diversion from the current craft fun stuff and for my 897th post I thought I would digress slightly. Oh I should do a giveaway for my 900th - yes?