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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as <epigrams>, but the
15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
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22L<Announced on 2011-10-20 by Florian
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25A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
26don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
27without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
28the human experience, the better design we will have.
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30=head2 v5.14.2 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> | http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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32L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian
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35
36It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
37do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
38they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
39catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
40awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
41inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
42
43So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
44mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
45the heart of the programmer.
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47
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48=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, All Art is Quite Useless
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53 All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
54 the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
55 do so at their peril.
56
57 It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
58 Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
59 work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
60 artist is in accord with himself.
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62 We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
63 he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
64 thing is that one admires it intensely.
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66 All art is quite useless.
67
68 -- Oscar Wilde, From the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray
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71=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, The Third Duina Elegy
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73L<Announced on 2011-08-20 by Ricardo
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76True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
77no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
78not to give roses and other especially auspicious
79things the significance of a human future;
80to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
81and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
82Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
83all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
84And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
85so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
86But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
87Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
88among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
89hurtles all ages along with it forever
90through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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92 -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino, The First Elegy
93 trans., C. F. MacIntyre
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95=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
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99Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
100fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
101winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
102down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
103being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
104extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
105but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
106
107Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
108that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
109around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
110fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
111the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
112closed system.
113
114Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
115the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
116/be/ them.'
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118=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
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120L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
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122 If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all
123 you will have gained.
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125=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
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127L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
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129You cannot eat breakfast all day,
130Nor is it the act of a sinner,
131When breakfast is taken away,
132To turn his attention to dinner;
133And it's not in the range of belief,
134To look upon him as a glutton,
135Who, when he is tired of beef,
136Determines to tackle the mutton.
137Ah! But this I am willing to say,
138If it will appease her sorrow,
139I'll marry this lady today,
140And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
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142=head2 v5.14.1 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> | http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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144L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
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146At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
147my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
148the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
149since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
150already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
151to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
152the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
153can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
154unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
155
156=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
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158L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
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160Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
161Tolerates no work of man.
162Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
163Fetch your clearest honey, please,
164Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
165While the last larks sing and soar,
166From the heather-blossoms sweet
167Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
168And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
169Eleanor makes macaroons!
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171=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
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173L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
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175Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
176And terrapin, too, is tasty,
177Lobster I freely endorse,
178In pate or patty or pasty.
179But there's nothing the matter with butter,
180And nothing the matter with jam,
181And the warmest greetings I utter
182To the ham and the yam and the clam.
183For they're food,
184All food,
185And I think very fondly of food.
186Through I'm broody at times
187When bothered by rhymes,
188I brood
189On food.
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191=head2 v5.14.0 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> | http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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193L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
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195At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
196myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
197impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
198"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
199gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
200or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
201
202I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
203computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
204ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
205would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
206my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
207away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
208won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
209
210So a freely distributable program is born.
211
212=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
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214L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
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216This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
217continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
218aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
219and your bags will be offloaded.
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221=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, Fordlandia, "the Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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223L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
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225Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
226of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
227by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
228sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
229swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
230down their paved streets.
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232Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
233obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
234company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
235the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
236govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
237the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
238
239=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
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241L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
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243But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
244my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
245reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
246wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
247Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
248the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
249This seemed doubly astounding to meE<0x2014>first that Australia could
250just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
251this had never reached me.
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253=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<Leaves of Grass|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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255L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2011-03/msg00560.html>
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257 When the full-grown poet came,
258 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
259 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
260 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
261 Nay he is mine alone;
262 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
263 by the hand;
264 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly holding hands,
265 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
266 And wholly and joyously blends them.
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272 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
273 nema ráða vel kunni.
274 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
275 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
276 Sák á telgðu talkni
277 tíu launstafi ristna.
278 Þat hefr lauka lindi
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281=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
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283L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
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285In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
286granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
287do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
288that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
289generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
290endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
291that fire can truly light the world.
292
293And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
294ask what you can do for your country.
295
296My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
297but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
298
299Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
300ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
301we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
302the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
303asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
304work must truly be our own.
305
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306=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
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310The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
311to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
312between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
313cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
314areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
315be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
316As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
317the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
318instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
319interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
320also be automated.
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322Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
323if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
324were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
325and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
326indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
327techniques like X-ray crystallography.
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329=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 'The Matrix'
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333[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
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335Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
336
337[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
338
339Trinity: What did you just say?
340Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
341Trinity: What did you see?
342Cypher: What happened?
343Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just like it.
344Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
345Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
346Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
347Neo: What is it?
348Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.
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350=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
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354The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
355he storm vanishes.
356
357"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
358fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
359to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
360me?"
361
362I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
363like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
364
365"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
366as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
367on my heart.
368
369(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
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371=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
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375Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
376air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
377the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
378faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
379of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
380the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
381deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
382fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
383stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
384revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
385
386For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
387courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
388the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
389jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
390were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
391there, a glimmer of moonshine.
392
393Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
394rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
395grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
396park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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399=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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403`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
404`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
405it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
406she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
407
408 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
409 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
410 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
411 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
412
413
414`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
415
416`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
417nonsense.'
418
419Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
420anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
421
422`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
423
424`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
425
426`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
427with his nose, you know?'
428
429`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
430the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
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432=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
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436Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
437Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
438notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
439for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
440sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
441
442Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
443dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
444Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
445motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
446Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
447that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
448had ever even been a car.
449
450There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
451been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
452this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
453flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
454re-entry.
455
456There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
457metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
458somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
459make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
460
461It should have fallen apart miles back.
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463=head2 v5.13.2 - Iain M Banks, "Use of Weapons"
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467We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
468the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
469in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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472=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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476And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
477bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
478yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
479with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
480if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
481bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
482quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
483
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484=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
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486L<Announced on 2010-04-20 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg159275.html>
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488The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
489involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
490when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
491streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
492road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
493seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
494smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
495
496"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
497volcano were once more to set to work."
498
499=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
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503 I saw a huge steam roller,
504 It blotted out the sun.
505 The people all lay down, lay down;
506 They did not try to run.
507 My love and I, we looked amazed
508 Upon the gory mystery.
509 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
510 'The great machine is history!'
511 My love and I, we ran away,
512 The engine did not find us.
513 We ran up to a mountain top,
514 Left history far behind us.
515 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
516 But somehow we don't think so.
517 We went to see where history'd been,
518 And my, the dead did stink so.
519
520=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
521
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524CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
525she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
526seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
527
528What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
529of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
530has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
531will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
532only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
533lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
534design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
535periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
536
537=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
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541The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
542from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
543view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
544Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
545once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
546endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
547a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
548will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
549of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
550Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
551still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
552
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554
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557"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
558many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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560what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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562had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
563...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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565hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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567and-thirty degrees."
568
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573San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
574the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
575hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
576of the Free World."
577
578Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
579level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
580harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
581exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
582
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588the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
589just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
590a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
591it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
592of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
593common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
594bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
595
596 Around and around and around we spin,
597 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
598
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603'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
604not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
605your cat grins like that?'
606
607'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
608
609She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
610jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
611and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
612
613'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
614that cats COULD grin.'
615
616'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
617
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622'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
623have got altered.'
624
625'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
626there was silence for some minutes.
627
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632'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
633always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
634rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
635yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
636can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
637kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
638
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640
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643At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
644called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
645dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
646in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
647sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
648
649'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
650is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
651the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
652to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
653accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 654Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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664So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
665hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
666making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
667picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
668close by her.
669
670There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
671VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
672dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
673occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
674it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
675OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
676Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
677never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
678take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
679after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
680rabbit-hole under the hedge.
681
682In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
683in the world she was to get out again.
684
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694 Singing, dancing to itself,
695 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
696 That always finds, and never seeks,
697 Makes such a vision to the sight
698 As fills a father's eyes with light;
699 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
700 Upon his heart, that he at last
701 Must needs express his love's excess
702 With words of unmeant bitterness.
703 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
704 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
705 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
706 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
707 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
708 At each wild word to feel within
709 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
710 And what, if in a world of sin
711 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
712 Such giddiness of heart and brain
713 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
714 So talks as it's most used to do.
715
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717
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720And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
721into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
722mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
723question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
724hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
725louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
726who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
727worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
728done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
729
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731
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d517a16a 735course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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737Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
738
739"Why ain't that work?"
740
741Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
742is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
743
744"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
745
746The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
747to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
748
749That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
750swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
751-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
752watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
753absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
754
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756
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759The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
760at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
761streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
762the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
763live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
764colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
765as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
766wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
767prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
768however much they're into colour.
769
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770=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
771
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774Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
775and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
776word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
777disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
778everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
779on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
780that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
781glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
782war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
783presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
784for more hazardous assignment.
785
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787
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790Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
791streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
792trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
793to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
794about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
795of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
796facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
797explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
798Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
799people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
800work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
801their art.
802
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804
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807'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
808the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
809Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
810Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
811responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
812Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
813Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
814Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
815Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
816Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
817
818'Can they all type?' I joked.
819
820'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
821McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
822
823I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
824'We could have opened an agency.'
825
826Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
827Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
828amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
829all say that, do they?' I ventured.
830
831Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
832replied. 'Not quite all.'
833
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846He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
847he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
848out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
849noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
850must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
851number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
852did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
853
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862=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
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864L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
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866
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871=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
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875=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
876
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879This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
880gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
881technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
882about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
883bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
884paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
885in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
886electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
887picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
888to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
889technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
890getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
891sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
892it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
893conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
894
895"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
896that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
897`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
898
899"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
900one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
901flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
902everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
903make you flip?
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906
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909Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
910
911=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
912
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915What of October, that ambiguous month
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921Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
922proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
923the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
924anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
925how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
926
927'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
928
929This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
930that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
931
932'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
933expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
934anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
935sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
936
937This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
938basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
939policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
940disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
941the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
942Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
943and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
944Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
945
946In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
947reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
948
949I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
950Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
951for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
952had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
953work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
954the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
955left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
956pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
957the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
958the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
959
960I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
961publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
962Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
963
964So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
965pushing to increase the membership?
966
967'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
968more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
969futile and impotent it becomes.'
970
971This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
972
973Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
974diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
975
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980There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
981about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
982four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
983anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
984thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
985
986Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
987and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
988press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
989obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
990produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
991this draft...'
992
993I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
994hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
995incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
996
997'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
998redundancy payments as well.'
999
1000'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
1001it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
1002
1003'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
1004
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1009A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
1010was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
1011and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
1012jets and all.
1013
1014I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
1015
1016I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
1017Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
1018specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
1019the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
1020jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
1021grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
1022in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
1023
1024While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
1025taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
1026me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
1027sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
1028three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
1029plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
1030occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
1031were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
1032
1033And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
1034were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
1035
1036Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
1037name like Charlie Umtali?
1038
1039I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
1040know something about our official visitor.
1041
1042Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
1043has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
1044car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
1045to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
1046knew little of his background.
1047
1048I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
1049Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
1050first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
1051
1052Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
1053
1054'Why?' I enquired.
1055
1056'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
1057to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
1058never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
1059
1060Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
1061that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
1062
1063In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
1064where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
1065revolving door and comes out in front.'
1066
1067'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
1068
1069'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
1070
1071'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
1072
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1077 It's not that easy bein' green
1078 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 1079 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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1080 Or something much more colorful like that
1081
1082 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 1083 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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1084 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
1085 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
1086 Or stars in the sky
1087
1088 But green's the color of Spring
1089 And green can be cool and friendly-like
1090 And green can be big like an ocean
1091 Or important like a mountain
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1093
1094 When green is all there is to be
1095 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
1096 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
1097 And I think it's what I want to be
1098
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1100
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1103Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 1104
2831a86c 1105Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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1111And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
1112hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
1113cat.
1114
1115Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 1116the wolf? What then?"
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1119
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1122And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
1123bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
1124round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
1125
1126In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
1127gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
1128climbed up the high stone wall.
1129
1130One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
1131stretched out over the wall.
1132
1133Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
1134Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
1135take care that he doesn't catch you!".
1136
1137The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
1138snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
1139
1140How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 1141the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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1144
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4363636d 1147"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 1148you."
4363636d 1149
51caa79e 1150"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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1151
1152"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
1153and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 1154to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 1155
51caa79e 1156"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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1158"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
1159planting it."
1160
1161"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 1162grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 1163
51caa79e 1164Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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1166"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
1167Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 1168wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 1169
51caa79e 1170Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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1171
1172"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
1173how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 1174and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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1177
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1180"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
1181
1182"Hunting," said Pooh.
1183
1184"Hunting what?"
1185
1186"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
1187
1188"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
1189
1190"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
1191
1192"What do you think you'll answer?"
1193
1194"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
1195"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
1196you see there?"
1197
1198"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
1199excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
1200
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1205Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
1206ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
1207bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
1208waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
1209droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
1210hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
1211longbow.
1212
1213In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
1214often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
1215placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
1216likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
1217may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
1218Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
1219Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
1220farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
1221grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 1222T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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1228Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
1229ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
1230sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
1231pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
1232shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
1233
1234The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
1235Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 1236Caledonia and South America.
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1238=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
1239
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1242The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
1243often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
1244large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
1245and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
1246spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
1247year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
1248may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
1249
1250It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
1251branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
1252of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
1253that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
1254
1255Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
1256other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
1257acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
1258mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
1259
1260It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 1261heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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1267 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
1268 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
1269 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
1270 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
1271
1272 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
1273 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
1274 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
1275 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
1276 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
1277 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
1278 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
1279 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
1280
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1281 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
1282 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
1283
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1285=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
1286
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1289 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
1290 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
1291 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
1292 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1293
1294 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
1295 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
1296 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
1297 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1298 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
1299 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
1300
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1302
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1305 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
1306 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
1307 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
1308 We must find him of the train can't start.'
1309 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
1310 They are searching high and low,
1311 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
1312 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
1313 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
1314 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
1315 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
1316 He's been busy in the luggage van!
1317 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
1318 And the the signal goes 'All Clear!'
1319 And we're off at last of the northern part
1320 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
1321
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1323
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1326 We are the music makers,
1327 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
1328 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
1329 And sitting by desolate streams; --
1330 World-losers and world-forsakers,
1331 On whom the pale moon gleams:
1332 Yet we are the movers and shakers
1333 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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1335=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
1336
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1339 There may be trouble ahead,
1340 But while there's music and moonlight,
1341 And love and romance,
1342 Let's face the music and dance.
1343
1344 Before the fiddlers have fled,
1345 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
1346 And while we still have that chance,
1347 Let's face the music and dance.
1348
1349 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
1350 Humming a different tune, and then,
1351
1352 There may be teardrops to shed,
1353 So while there's music and moonlight,
1354 And love and romance,
1355 Let's face the music and dance.
1356
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1357=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
1358
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1361 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
1362 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
1363 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
1364 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
1365 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
1366 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
1367
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1368 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
1369 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
1370 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
1371 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
1372
1373 O my brave soul!
1374 O farther farther sail!
1375 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
1376 O farther, farther, farther sail!
1377
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1382 It's fun to charter an accountant
1383 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
1384 To find, explore the funds offshore
1385 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
1386
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1387=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
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1391 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
1392 In a Sieve they went to sea:
1393 In spite of all their friends could say,
1394 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
1395 In a Sieve they went to sea!
1396 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
1397 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
1398 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
1399 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
1400 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
1401
1402 Far and few, far and few,
1403 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
1404 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
1405 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
1406
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1411=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
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1415No matter what she did with her hair it took about
1416three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
1417like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
1418no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
1419overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
1420
1421=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1422
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1425Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
1426It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
1427devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
1428then you can be my most trusted minister."
1429
1430=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1431
1432L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
1433
1434Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
1435a knife with a curved blade.
1436
1437=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1438
1439L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
1440
1441Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
1442me because I've got magic aaargh."
1443
1444=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1445
1446L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
1447
1448Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
1449in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
1450with his head.
1451
1452But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
1453weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
1454open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
1455defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
1456Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
1457was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
1458
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1459=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1460
1461L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
1462
1463There was the faint sound of footsteps.
1464"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
1465said the low priest.
1466There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
1467The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
1468"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
1469The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
1470The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
1471The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
1472thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
1473There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
1474"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
1475said the High Priest.
1476"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
1477There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
1478"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
1479There were footsteps again.
1480
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1482
1483L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
1484
1485=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
1486
1487L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
1488
1489=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
1490
1491L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
1492
1493=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1494
1495L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
1496
1497Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
1498No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
1499got there first, and is waiting for it.
1500
1501=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
1502
1503L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
1504
1505His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
1506the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
1507all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
1508bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
1509you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
1510
1511=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
1512
1513L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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1515"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
1516
1517Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
1518
1519"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
1520flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
1521arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
1522and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
1523I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
1524I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
1525will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
1526liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
1527Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
1528ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
1529
1530"All that?" said Twoflower.
1531
1532"Usually."
1533
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1535
1536L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
1537
1538The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
1539but that had to be the 57th strangest.
1540[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
1541
1542=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1543
1544L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
1545
1546When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
1547sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
1548a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
1549what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
1550long in this instance.
1551
1552=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1553
1554L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
1555
1556"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
1557
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1562`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
1563himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
1564upset.
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1566`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
1567to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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1569Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
1570stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
1571louder.
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1573`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
1574my precious, three guesseses.'
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1582No announcement available.
1583
2831a86c 1584=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 1588=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL1 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 1592=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
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1594L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
1595
1596 The dragon is withered,
1597 His bones are now crumbled;
1598 His armour is shivered,
1599 His splendour is humbled!
1600 Though sword shall be rusted,
1601 And throne and crown perish
1602 With strength that men trusted
1603 And wealth that they cherish,
1604 Here grass is still growing,
1605 And leaves are a yet swinging,
1606 The white water flowing,
1607 And elves are yet singing
1608 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
1609 Come back to the valley.
1610
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1612
1613L<Announced on 2000-03-22 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10140.html>
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1616
1617L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
1618
1619=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
1620
1621L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
1622
1623=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
1624
1625L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
1626
1627The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
1628the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
1629never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
1630them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
1631chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
1632run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
1633and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
1634and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
1635and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
1636the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
1637fall.
1638
1639=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
1640
1641L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
1642
1643Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
1644plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
1645going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
1646she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
1647at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
1648cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
1649hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
1650passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
1651disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
1652of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
1653she fell past it.
1654
1655=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
1656
1657L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
1658
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1659=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
1660
0e6b8110 1661This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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1662on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
1663L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
1664by ysth.
1665
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