Friday, June 17, 2005

No more heroes....

The word's to the The Stranglers' song 'No more heroes', got me out of detention at school....accused of not listening in class (which I hadn't been)..our history teacher sprung the question "How did Trotsky die?"....the opening lines to "No more heroes".....

Whatever happened to Leon Trotsky?
He got an ice pick
That made his ears burn

And it seems that the ice pick that was used has resurfaced.

One thing I didn't realise that is mentioned in the BBC article is that "Trotsky grappled with his assailant before moving to an adjacent room, where he collapsed on the floor".

Obviously these Russian's are made of strong stuff as I am sure everyone knows how long it took to kill Rasputin. Even when he was presumed dead (after being poisoned, shot three times and beaten savagely around the head) and thrown into the frozen river, it seems he was still alive and actually drowned trying to free himself from the ropes that bound him.

The Mad Monk happens to be one of many historical characters in whom I am very interested and over the years have clocked up a fair amount of research and reading. Edvard Radzinsky's book 'The Last Word' is one of the better one's I have read about Rasputin.

and in the words of another song...."Oh, those Russians".....


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