The evident pleasure taken by a habitual liar in the climactic moment of prevarication can be likened to that of a rogue builder – in London he would be Irish, although Albanians, I gather, are edging out the Irish nowadays – at the final hammer stroke when he hangs your bathroom cabinet upside down.
Dr. Johnson once told Boswell that he often attended simple prayer services because he did not want people to think he only went to church to be entertained by the sermons. Those were the days!
As time and work schedule allowed, my daily routine included a walk to a local South Georgia intercoastal community dock where I threw a cast-net for bait shrimp.
The night of May 13, 1862, some Confederate officers did not pay sufficient attention to a well loaded gun ship, the C.S.S. Planter. Very early the next morning, Robert Smalls and his accomplices seized the Planter loaded ammunition and weapons, and slipped past Confederate checkpoints out of Charleston Harbor and into the Union ships blockading the city.
In England a Member of Parliament otherwise not known for his folly told a newspaper some days ago that the expected Russian invasion of Ukraine would almost certainly result in a dramatic increase in the price of biscuits, which is what the British call cookies.