46. The Day of the Locusts.

Intolerance is violence to the intellect; and hatred, violence to the heart.

Indian proverb.

1.The famous novel by Nathanael West, The Day of the Locust, could have been about Speakers’ Corner today. Mr B’s grasshoppers, normally a placid lot, had turned from grasshoppers into locusts and had become voracious pests. How he survived is a miracle. It was horrible to see, and this scribe gets the heebie-jeebies just thinking about it.

Poor Mr B. No doubt that at this very moment he is at home by his fireside, lemonade in hand, shivering with the trauma. By his side would be the Speakers’ Corner dog, stuffed, consoling him with its presence.

That assumption was correct. These photos were just rushed in. Here is a selfie of Mr B with his stuffed Speakers’ Corner dog, Oi.


In the photo below, taken from another angle, the stuffed Speakers’ Corner dog eerily appears to be consoling the distraught Mr B.


It is a pleasing trick of the camera. Notice how lifelike the stuffed creature is.

When this photo below was taken, the Speakers’ Corner dog was alive. Notice how lifelike Mr B is.


This scribe wishes Mr B a speedy recovery.

2. Albert spoke today. Although Mr B might harshly call Albert a geriatric, this scribe has far more respect for the 93 year-old. The softly spoken Albert is still fit and nimble, and he insisted on helping Mr B carry his chairs (six at a time) across the road. Albert spoke of love and its importance to the connected consciousness of us all.


3. It’s not known if Steve Maxwell was also ravaged by the locusts today, (though Ray was), but we do know that Steve has written another episode for his excellent Passing Parade series. It’s about the Speakers’ Corners in Paris, France. Click here to be taken there.

4. A grasshopper tried to speak of their religious experience, but couldn’t get far. Yes, the locusts again. That particular bunch of locusts were atheists, and they showed no tolerance, no patience, and no class.


5. What’s the best way to punish a criminal? The discussion involved the mentally ill, rehabilitation, government funding, deterrence, private prisons and the needs of the victim.


6. David the Interested asked why parades no longer let kids sit on the edge of a slowly moving truck, or let them cycle behind. One view put forth was that it’s illegal to sit on the edge of a truck, and another answer was that the organisers aimed to avoid huge lawsuits for any accident that might occur. After all, we do seem to have become a litigious society, thanks to the greed of many lawyers and clients.

That’s why signs like this are erected.


7. As promised last week, Mr B introduced the subject of refugees, Muslims and the Middle East. He managed to get through 4 of his promised 19 points, and will be pursuing the same topic next week.


8. Other subjects discussed:
– Our evolutionary need for boundaries, and its relevance to immigration and xenophobia.

– Should prisoners get access to the internet?

– Do the homeless require more funding?

– Should $700m be spent on assisting 12,000 Syrian refugees?

– Even Adolf got a mention, and we happen to have a photo of him with his stuffed cat.


Adolf and his stuffed cat.

9. Poem-fest! Next week, at about 3pm Mr B will be reciting poems. His choice of poems is questionable, so bring along two or three of your favourite poems to recite on The Ladder of Knowledge.

10. The Facebook company has been criticised for allowing false news to spread, and that false news may have influenced the U.S. election and changed the course of history. This scribe is now glad that our attempt to buy the company failed, even though it means our Facebook page will go unnoticed. We don’t wish to have our reputation tarnished.

For plenty of false news go to our Facebook page.