Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Two tribes go to war.....

The Philippines is famous (or infamous) for people arguing over the most (seemingly) minor things and the argument developing into a fight which develops into the protaganists attempting to (and often succeeding) in killing each other....

In the Jordan Times yesterday I read this...

500 members of two tribes involved in fight

MUTA (Petra) — Around 500 members of two tribes from Muta in Karak Governorate were involved in a fight on Sunday, which resulted in several injuries and the destruction of private property. The police used tear gas to disperse the people taking part in the fight, which broke out following an argument between two young men. Traffic was disrupted for four hours during the fight, which took place between 2:00pm and 6:00pm.

I know Kerak fairly well, I lived nearby as a child...I can imagine that 500 people scrapping would disrupt the traffic!!!

Also in the Jordan Times I read that the Petra exhibition that had been doing the rounds in North America has come to it's final destination in Ottawa, it's an exhibition I would love to have seen...but sadly I think not possible...

The Treasury
David Roberts

Not virgin white — like that old Doric shrine
Where once Athena held her rites divine:
But rosy-red, — as if the blush of dawn
Which first beheld them were not yet withdrawn;
The hues of youth upon a brow of woe,
Which men called old two thousand years ago!
Match me such marvel, save in Eastern clime, -
A rose-red city - 'half as old as Time'!

John William Burgon


Blogger Indiana said...

I always liked Shelley,

I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert... Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal these words appear:
My name is Ozymandius, King of Kings,
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

10:30 am  
Blogger Madame Chiang said...

I have to say that I am more of a Tennyson, Keats lass...but that one line of Shelley's is always so useful..

"Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"

11:33 am  

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