Sunday, 4 November 2007

Howard's End? Renovate the bathroon, pls.

Those of you with memories of Merchant Ivory productions will recall a lush movie called "Howard's End". It drew it's title from an E.M. Forster novel, itself named after a house (as I recall). None-the-less. it seems apt to reprise the title, at this time.

This morning's Telegraph on-line ( told me that John Howard's private house, in Wollstonecraft is being renovated. Is this Howard's End? "The Prime Minister is now facing a six per cent swing in Bennelong which needs to move only a shade more than four percentage points to change hands. With his political future in doubt, Mr Howard's Sydney suburban home in Wollstonecraft is being renovated, perhaps in preparation for his return after 11 years of living at harbourside Kirribilli House and the Lodge in Canberra."

The story is based upon polls predicting the loss of Howard's seat of Bennelong, to Maxine McKew.

Time will tell, but Howard is an expert poll-watcher. Lets hope his readings of the polls is correct. Time to refit the Bathroom, John.

A nice deep bathtub, a good hot-water service (solar, please, John) with a nice shaving cabinet beside the deep bathtub, would be nice. I hope he takes the advice of the Executive Razor Company, and uses old-fashioned razors with which to shave. Or else, perhaps an old-style 3 pin plug, 240v electric shaver. Have a nice long bath, Johnnie. Oh, please turn up the bathroom CD player, nice and loud. Hector Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique would seem appropriate. Put it on endless repeat of the 4th Movement (March to the Gallows).

As Wikipedia's interpretation of this music says:
"The scene ends with a single short fortissimo G-minor chord that represents the fatal blow: the dropping of the trap door, or perhaps the guillotine blade; the series of pizzicato notes following can be seen to represent the rolling of the severed head into the basket. Immediately prior to the musical depiction of the beheading, there is a brief, nostalgic recollection of the idée fixe in a solo clarinet, as though representing the last conscious thought of the executed man; after his death, the final nine bars of the movement contain a victorious series of tutti G major chords, seemingly intended to convey the cheering of the onlooking throng."

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