Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Pericles' return to London
Johnny had a bad week last week. It was like a double defeat. The first disappointment was the mayoral election in London. He was expecting the ‘red’ Ken but unexpectedly the ‘toff’* Boris won the election. The second was the interview of Bori’s father about his famous son. He said «Boris speaks Latin and ancient Greek. What a classical education teaches you is to think, understand, to express yourself». Wow! These three words plus the word ‘Greek’ was enough for me to start Johnny’s grilling. It was like butter on my bread (the Greeks says) to start to praise once more the Greeks, the Greek language... etc. Moreover the cherry on the cake was The Sunday Time’s article with the title «Bori’s dream of London as a new Athens». This particular newspaper was kept and circulated from table to table in our house in everyday base and it is still in a prominent position. Johnny’s reaction? Pursed lips! Too many things to digest in one go. Whatever concerns Boris, he is a liberal guy who belongs to the Tory party, with Cameron, the leader of the party, were friends in Oxford in the same exclusive ‘drinking-destructive club' (bullington)! He was also editor of The Spectator*. During his reign the magazine staff including him has been transformed to a dating club! Mistresses and pregnancies... etc. Undoubtedly he is a colourful personality with great wit and eloquence and for sure determination...* "Probably we shall see Boris to be transformed to a modern Pericles and run London as Athens in 5th Century!" I said to Johnny the other day who has no other alternative but to be philosophical..
* Boris' jokes "Voting Tory will cause your wife to have bigger breasts and increase your
chances of owning a BMW M3"
*Taki the Greek (as Zorba the Greek) has a column in this magazine