Editorial by Manos Angelakis
Royalty Free Mushroom Cloud Image Romolo Tavan


The times... are they a-changing?

With all due respect to Bob Dylan and company, our concerns don't seem to really change all that much; at least our apprehensions have not changed much in the last 60 years, of course not taking into consideration the current COVID-19 debacle. A song had been rattling in my head for the last few months that I first heard in the very early 1960s. I initially heard it sung by Charlotte Rae, then the Kingston Trio and then numerous other folk singers eventually picked it up. It is called “The Merry Little Minuet” and below is a slight variant, appropriate to world anxieties both then and now:

They're rioting in Africa. There's fighting in Spain.
There’re hurricanes in Florida, and Texas needs rain.
The whole world is festering with unhappy souls.
The French hate the Germans; the Germans hate the Poles.
Italians hate the Yugoslavs, South Africans hate the Dutch.
And I don't like anybody very much!

But we can be tranquil and thankful and proud,
for man's been endowed with a mushroom-shaped cloud.
And we know for certain that some lovely day,
someone will just push a button... and we’ll be all blown away.

They're rioting in Africa. There's strife in Iran.
What nature doesn't do to us... will be done by our fellow man.

In the early versions “the’re starving in Spain”; thankfully that’s not happening now, but everything else has remained fairly the same!




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