Done my ankle in yesterday, got to the hospital (UCH). They couldn't find my NHS record, but luckily UCH is where I went to college so they still have my old records from back then. What kind of a mickey mouse set up do they run, where a patient's record are all split amongst all the hospital's they've been to, and one hospital cannot access another's records? Note to self: always carry NHS card with me at all times.
Got seen within a couple of hours, which is good for a London hospital. They told me ankle wasn't broken after all and sent me home with iboprufen and a walking stick. Walking sticks are the HuSi accessory of choice for summer of 2005, baby! Perhaps I should paint a cow on it and try to sell it on ebay when I'm done with it.
I have just finished reading a book on The Medici, the Florentine banking family. Wasn't my choice, someone lent it to me, usually I can't stand the reinassance (it reminds me of being dragged to far too many churches and museums with YAPOTFVMHASC).
You can tell the author is a public school boy by his starry eyed attitude about the reinassance. I met a few people like that, they hear I am from Italy and then go on and on about the reinassance and the romans and all that stuff. It's all very interesting and good to know, of course, and thanks for all nice buildings they left behind, but it was a long time ago, and perhaps they shoudln't have bothered with all these boring statues if you ask me.
A fair part of the book deals with homosexuality - the author is always eager to point out when someone famous was gay, whether we know for sure (Botticelli, Raphael, Leonardo) or not (Michelangelo, who 'struggled with his homoerotic feelings'. What-evaaaaa...). He details all the gay affairs everyone had, but none of the eterosexual ones. In fact, his only references to eterosexual liasions are unhappy marriaged. I should len the book to this designer friend of mine who's convinced there is a gay art mafia in the UK.
I enjoyed reading about city states though. I always liked the city state idea, I think it's a much better set up than nation states, which is a very young and not so clever concept which only came about through the economics of printing, amongst other things. Hopefully it's one of those transient ideas future generations will look back on and say to themselves 'what the fucking hell were our ancestors thinking?' A bit like basing your economy on fossil fuels. I think it makes more sense for someone to say "I am a Milanese" or a "I am Londoner" than "I am British" or "I am Spanish" or whatever. Must read more on city states, both the Mediterraneans and the Hanseatic League.
Anyway, back to that Medici book. It is a mass-market book, well written in terms of pace and language, but not particularly good in terms of content - you often feel the author is making things up, or taking unproven theories as facts. The subject matter, however, made it very interesting. There is no denying a couple of the early Medicis were interesting figures who lived in an interesting time, even though, like all rulers, they ultimately lived off the people. There were a lot of trivia facts I didn't know about, like Savonarola and the bonfire of the vanities. Or the fact that interest in Greek learning was rekindled when they had a Orthodox/Catholic council in Florence and these freaks from the East turned up with their pet leopards and gold plated coats and strange parasols. Must have been a sight of behold.
Also, one of the last Medicis married a Saxe-Gotha (the Windsor's real name). She was describe as "a ugly, coars, unsophisticated woman who spent all of her time in the stables with her horses". It must through the family then.
Verdict: I'd buy a proper book on the subject, but this will do as an airport buy on your way to a beach holiday.
 Yet Another Picture Of The Fucking Virgin Maray Holding A Small child
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