Saturday, July 24, 2004

From blog correspondent Samer al-Batal (shown here with his mum at the Eastern Orthodox shrine and convent of Said Naya in their native Syria)
Vandals mount new attack against Rome

No way to grieve
Sorry, The Spectator makes you sign in to read their stuff

S al-B: How mourning and British society's response to death have lost their form. [End.]

Reminds me of Dianamania right after her death. (Yes, she was dazzling and is missed.) Who was best qualified to say what was appropriate re: displaying mourning, HM the Queen who had known Diana Spencer since she was a little girl or the sobbing masses who'd never met her?

That said, I like the epitaph of the late Dinah Shore - a fine singer, beautiful woman in her day and apparently a nice person all round - something like 'Those who knew her loved her - and so did millions who never met her'.

Polish excavation in Syria sheds new light on ancient cult
S al-B: Concerning the cult of the god Mithras.

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