Saturday: Hili dialogue

by Grania

Welcome to the weekend! Jerry has lined a few posts up today for later on.

Today is the birthday of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1908) the composer of Scheherazade; British geneticist Linda Partridge who studies aging and age-related diseases; and marks the death of Grace Ogot (1930) who was the first Anglophone woman Kenyan writer to be published.

In Turkey it is Gallipoli Memorial Day marking the anniversary of naval operations in the Dardanelles Campaign culminating in 1915.

Over in Dobrzyń, the four-footed cousins are discussing the state of the media. Malgorzata felt some footnotes (which I’m placing more prominently) were needed. It does make you realise that a free press is a precious thing. She writes:

In Poland we have “public media” (radio, TV) which are funded by obligatory payments from everybody who has a radio or a TV, and they are supposed to be objective, non-partisan, educational etc. Now, with our new government, these media are more a tube for the government and every vestige of objectivity disappeared. Moreover, there is a proposal now to rename them “national” media so they will teach the nation “real” patriotism.

Cyrus: What are media?
Hili: They are places where people tell other people incredible stories.
Cyrus: And what are national media?
Hili: National media are, oh, God Almighty!

In Polish:

Cyrus: Co to są media?
Hili: To takie miejsca, gdzie ludzie ludziom opowiadaja niestworzone rzeczy.
Cyrus: A media narodowe?
Hili: Media narodowe to Jezus Marja.


  1. Heather Hastie
    Posted March 18, 2017 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    What’s the bet the real dialogue is:

    Hili: Move over. I want to sleep there.
    Cyrus: You can sleep on the other end of the sofa, or on the other sofa. Or my bed – that’s free at the moment.
    Hili: I don’t want to sleep in those places.
    Cyrus: Why not?
    Hili: I need to fulfil a cat’s raison d’etre.

    • Peter N
      Posted March 18, 2017 at 9:38 am | Permalink

      Around here the cat’s explanation is usually “If you were a cat you would understand”.

      • Heather Hastie
        Posted March 18, 2017 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

        Ha ha! 🙂

  2. Randy schenck
    Posted March 18, 2017 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    Malgorzata and crew make a very profound truth regarding the media. In today’s world the only objective, quality media the people will have is the one they demand and pay for themselves. Quality private media is becoming a thing of the past and government run media is simply propaganda.

    • rickflick
      Posted March 18, 2017 at 7:42 am | Permalink

      PBS and NPR tread so lightly they might as well not exist when it comes to politics. They’re afraid to offend the hand that feeds ’em, so they speak in whispers. I prefer Rachel Maddow booming voice.

      • Randy schenck
        Posted March 18, 2017 at 7:59 am | Permalink

        Of course we are not just talking about that square thing you plug into the wall. Quality journalism comes from the newspaper. If I had to rate Maddow I would say entertainment show. Not journalism…

  3. Pete Taylor
    Posted March 18, 2017 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    A typo I think – it is Rimsky-Korsakov’s birthday but that was 1844. He died in 1908.

  4. Posted March 18, 2017 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    We have national media and the propaganda aspect can be seen too often. On the other hand, the national TV channel is our only nation-wide TV channel that presents daily 10-minute news in Turkish for the ethnic Turkish minority. (This is a constant thorn in the a*s of some chauvinists who say that “the national channel should be in Bulgarian only, and those keen to hear Turkish can tune to Turkish TV”. However, as a Bulgarian patriot, I think that the propaganda of our government is far better than the propaganda of Turkish government.)

    Some libertarians want to do away with taxpayer-sponsored media altogether, but I think that they should be kept for election campaigns and for government announcements during major disasters, if not for anything else.

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