There is the heat—it varies, but in some mines it is suffocating—and the coal dust that stuffs up your throat and nostrils and collects along your eyelids, and the unending rattle of the conveyor belt, which in that confined space is rather like the rattle of a machine gun.
It was not, of course, a wild elephant, but a tame one which had gone "must. Probably you have to go down several coal-mines before you can get much grasp of the processes that are going on round you.
It was called the "Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male", and involved black men with syphilis and who did not have the disease. None of them, I noticed, ever attempted to take books away without paying for them; merely to order them was enough—it gave them, I suppose, the illusion that they were spending real money.
In relative numbers, in just one year,the Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda, killed off a total of one million, in a population of 7 million. But is an unwritten law that even the sternest Tramp Majors do not search below the knee, and in the end only one man was caught. He now claims to be the King Witch of England.
Through the open doors of foundries you see fiery serpents of iron being hauled to and fro by redlit boys, and you hear the whizz and thump of steam hammers and the scream of the iron under the blow. For a week afterwards your thighs are so stiff that coming downstairs is quite a difficult feat; you have to work your way down in a peculiar sidelong manner, without bending the knees.
It is only very rarely, when I make a definite mental-effort, that I connect this coal with that far-off labour in the mines.
He was an Indian, a black Dravidian coolie, almost naked, and he could not have been dead many minutes. The first time I was watching the 'fillers' at work I put my hand upon some dreadful slimy thing among the coal dust.
But the real reason why I should not like to be in the book trade for life is that while I was in it I lost my love of books. They used to talk in a grandiose manner about themselves and tell the most ingenious stories to explain how they had happened to come out of doors without any money—stories which, in many cases, I am sure they themselves believed.
The room became a press of steaming nudity, the sweaty odours of the tramps competing with the sickly, sub-faecal stench native to the spike.
And afterwards I was very glad that the coolie had been killed; it put me legally in the right and it gave me a sufficient pretext for shooting the elephant. A few years after WW 2, Professor Dr. Von Schirach and Speer were sentenced to 20 years, von Neurath to 15 and Admiral Doenitz to 10 years.
The Indians had gone grey like bad coffee, and one or two of the bayonets were wavering. But the beauty or ugliness of industrialism hardly matters. We stood shivering naked to the waist in two long ranks in the passage. Two or three figures wen there stay ineradicably in my mind. At night, when you cannot see the hideous shapes of the houses and the blackness of everything, a town like Sheffield assumes a kind of sinister magnificence.
It is one of the most enthralling science-fiction books ever written. Oh, the bells, bells, bells! Many of the people in Sheffield or Manchester, if they smelled the air along the Cornish cliffs, would probably declare that it had no taste in it.
The thick blood welled out of him like red velvet, but still he did not die.
A miner's working shift of seven and a half hours does not sound very long, but one has got to add on to it at least an hour a day for 'travelling', more often two hours and sometimes three.
They at any rate are not deluded.
The first of his masterpieces. Often the slag-heaps are on fire, and at night you can see the red rivulets of fire winding this way and that, and also the slow-moving blue flames of sulphur, which always seem on the point of expiring and always spring out again. But I did not get it, for there is always something wrong in the spike, and the peculiar shortcoming here, as I discovered immediately, was the cold.
It was an instructive sight. But, as noted above, this is a fact which must be hidden by these global capitalists. For more on the Many-Worlds interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, particularly as it related to consciousness, extraterrestrials, philosphy, and immortality, see: Our shop had an exceptionally interesting stock, yet I doubt whether ten per cent of our customers knew a good book from a bad one.
They were going to have their bit of fun after all.
Very often, when we were dealing with an obvious paranoiac, we would put aside the books he asked for and then put them back on the shelves the moment he had gone. And at that he changed his tune immediately.
One day something happened which in a roundabout way was enlightening. They have nothing worthy to be called conversation, bemuse emptiness of belly leaves no speculation in their souls.Adolf Hitler was obsessed with the occult, in his case the Thule Society, closely inter-connected with German Theosophists.
The jolly roger, skull and cross bones, "der Totenkopf" was an emblem worn by Hitler's SS soldiers and was emblazoned on SS armoured cars and tanks (see images on this page).
Devil In The Dark () The Horta was an example of Silicon life.; Now we are really sailing off into terra incognito. "Here be dragons" and all that. But if you have starships, you almost have to have aliens (Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy being the most notable exception).The "science" is called Astrobiology, the famous "science in search of a.
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