One evening, Lawrence returned from a visit to London, and Edgeworth met him at the gate. "Was it very caliginous in the metropolis?"
"Somewhat caliginous, but not altogether inspissated," Lawrence replied gravely. (Robert Graves, Goodbye to All That)
Speaking of the caliginous and the inspissated, as the pond does all the time, with the pond in meditative retreat, here's an invitation for readers - for the seven days the comments stay open - to nominate their favourite government politician of 2014, celebrate their most fabulous achievements and sayings of the year, and predict where they'll be in 2015.
The pond had thought of a similar competition for reptiles, stewing in their own paranoid hysteria and excess, but as that would result in Murdochians 1, 2 and 3, all the way to 20, with magic water man Sheehan limping along behind, it would be a pretty dull race.
There's no rewards, just the pleasures of an exorcism, or being proven right, and the pond offers a few clues and nominations:
Will he nominate more dames and knights in 2015?
How will the fairness man, and his trusty companion Tonto go?
And how will Tonto's trusty companion, HAL 9000, go?
Will there be any money left in the foreign aid budget?
Well is he?
Why a smile in front of empty shelving?
Ah, filled to the brim, and so cheap too. Now to get on with the intrusions ...
Is there a man who's going to bring the right attitude to social services?
Job done. The pond hears that already they're pouring the concrete for a pensioner, student and unemployed gulag.
So what joy at pissing millions against the wall on nineteenth century copper wire technology?
But at least the Chairman got a plug ...
Who is this pale faced man?
Why he's the front line man for Australia ...
Any resemblance to a rabbit in a headlight?
No, no, sleep soundly at night.
Is this man imitating the Riddler?
Is there some room for bumbling rustic comedy, Ken G. Hall Dad and Dave style?
What about famous deeds, sayings and observations?
More than you can count:
Oops, sorry, a couple of late scratchings:
But wait, there's some replacements coming up on the rail, running hard.
Does he have the humble attitude needed to serve the country? The humility? The willingness to be shorn like sheep in sympathy with the rest of the country?
Seems like it ...
And remember, keep the water cooler and the bottle full of kool aid. It never goes astray, especially when ushering the brand new musical that hits the road in 2015, the all singing, all dancing Tony Abbott Follies, which did a sneak Canberra run on the Sunday before Christmas, when everyone was snoozing, but which will soon be hitting Broadway.