Friday, 21 December 2012

Today's the Day

'Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.'
[Robert Frost]
And some say that the world will end in a mighty cosmic collision some time today, as predicted (hem hem) by the Mayans. Hundreds of hacks and a few dozen wackjobs have descended on the French village of Bugarach, where extraterrestrials will emerge from a nearby mountain (which doubles as a UFO launch pad) to save those humans who happen to be in the vicinity. So, the end population of planet Earth will consist of a miscellaneous collection of hacks, nutters and seriously disgruntled Pyrenean villagers. This might make an interesting sitcom (Only Fools and Journos?), but I can't help feeling it has something of an air of anticlimax about it.
Oh, and in case the Mayans turn out to to be right - Cheerio everybody, it's been a lot of fun.


  1. About 4.30pm here in Iberia and the folk in our village - sorry urbanization - are just now emerging from beneath their kitchen tables to a dazzling sun splitting the pavements, with no sign yet of the promised cosmic conflagration. A more interesting cosmic alignment takes place this Sunday on Dabbler's Lazy Sunday, with a bit more Robert Frost. See you there Nige?

  2. Love the sitcom idea Nige! I'd watch that. And all seems fine in NZ, 13 hours ahead...

  3. Yep I think we've pulled through this time. See you there Mahlerman...

  4. Oh, and in case the Mayans turn out to to be right ...

    .. then my comment is a complete waste of time.

    Although it might have been anyway. So are the Mayans right, or not?

  5. I was thinking of that poem the other day, and it occurred to me to wonder if perhaps it started with Frost thinking about whether it would be worse to die of cold or die of heat.

    We'll never know....