May 8th, 2008


What Price Fame

I heard this saying a long time ago. I don’t know who said it first, but I’ve always liked it:

Every nation honors its living conformists, and its dead trouble-makers.

It isn’t perfect; one can think of exceptions. But there’s still a kernel of truth at the heart of it that I like.
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    Limelight - The Alan Parsons Project
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Who knew Vanuatu was such a party country?

You’re forgiven if you’ve never heard of Vanuatu. It’s an island nation in the South Pacific with barely 200,000 citizens. On the list of “Fun Things to Do In Vanuatu,” #1 is probably something like, “Go to New Zealand for the weekend.”

I couldn’t have told you anything about the place myself until the other day. Suffice it to say that a project I was working on required me to find Vanuatu on a map. It turned out that has a tidy little entry about it. The part that caught my eye was the name of their national anthem: “Yumi, Yumi, Yumi.” I’m not sure of the translation of the word; all I can do is offer the following, which should probably carry a title something like “The Vanuatu National Men’s Choir Singing Our Glorious National Anthem.”
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    Anthem - from the musical Chess