Wednesday: Hili dialogue

by Grania

On this day in 1980 the US decided to boycott the Moscow Olympics in protest over the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Although other countries were to join the US in the boycott, not everyone saw it as the smart decision.

In 1999 Bill Clinton was found to be in contempt of court for giving “intentionally false testimony about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky in the Paula Jones lawsuit”.  Clinton settled the case paying $850,000. Note, this is Jones v Clinton; not to be confused with Clinton v Jones.

Going back a little in time, in 1945 President Franklin D Roosevelt died while in office. Although he is now widely regarded as one of the greatest presidents, at the time he was criticised for being pro the Jews of Europe, a warmonger and a fascist. (Does anything ever really change?)

In 1961 Yuri Gagarin became the first man in outer space. He orbited the earth for 108 minutes before returning to earth.

[Trigger warning: weirdness]

In 1975 today was the day the US pulled out of Cambodia in the fight against the Khmer Rouge, admitting defeat and removing its embassy. It would be another two weeks before the fall of Saigon and president Ford declaring an end to the Vietnam war.

And finally, we end up in Dobrzyń where Hili sounds like Alice in Wonderland having a philosophical conversation with the White Knight.

Hili: When it’s raining, cats get wet.
A: But you are inside.
Hili: Yes, but if I were to get out I would get wet.

In Polish:

Hili: Kiedy pada deszcz koty mokną.
Ja: Ale ty jesteś w domu.
Hili: Tak, ale gdybym wyszła to bym zmokła.


  1. Posted April 12, 2017 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    Death of Ludvig Nobel who invented oil tankers! Brother of Alfred…

  2. Randy schenck
    Posted April 12, 2017 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    FDR would easily be third in line as the greatest president, following only Lincoln and Washington. He was responsible for the long climb out of the great depression and the war president during WWII. While all countries in Europe were interested in their own colonial interests after the war, FDR was interested in none of it and simply wanted to rebuild the place.

  3. Andrew Laycock
    Posted April 12, 2017 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    The Animals track is a great song. Sadly in this TV clip they are miming (badly) to a backing track. It was common practice in the early days, but was the only way we got to see our idols, apart from going to live concerts.

    • Randy schenck
      Posted April 12, 2017 at 8:24 am | Permalink

      Yes, there was also a time, long ago, when we simply listed to the records or heard them on the radio. As I recall, they really wore this one out on the radio.

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted April 12, 2017 at 8:55 am | Permalink

        sorry….listened to the records.

    • Derek Freyberg
      Posted April 12, 2017 at 10:29 am | Permalink

      My favorite, last year of high school – seemed appropriate.

    • Reginald Selkirk
      Posted April 12, 2017 at 11:36 am | Permalink

      Agree about the bad lip-syncing.

      I would like to buy some Animals on CD, but there are too many choices:
      The best of Eric Burdon and the Animals 1966-1968
      The Very Best of Eric Burdon and the Animals
      The Greatest Hits of Eric Burdon and the Animals

      It’s confusing to me.

  4. jeremy pereira
    Posted April 12, 2017 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    I had the privilege to see Public Service Broadcasting at Robin and Brian’s Compendium of Reason last year. They were very good but slightly upstaged in the end.

  5. Posted April 12, 2017 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    The British Feast of the 60’s: The Beatles were the tasty amuse-bouche. The Stones were the spicy first course. The Animals was the main dish. The Hollies and the Kinks were side orders. The Moody Blues was the dessert. And The Who was the booze. Cases of it.

    Eric Burden is the only rock and roller that I would have liked to have been. Tough, resilient, and full of fun. And confidence coming out of every pore. Sang like an old man with tons of experience instead of the baby-faced kid he was. And the dish he served up was fusion. He chewed up life and spit it right back out. Oh, how he would be disparaged by accusations from the cultural misappropriation crowd nowadays.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted April 12, 2017 at 10:10 am | Permalink

      You’ve pretermitted The Kinks, one of tastiest courses in the British Invasion’s banquet.

      • Jenny Haniver
        Posted April 12, 2017 at 10:24 am | Permalink

        I’m ashamed to admit it because I comb through dictionaries of all kinds, but I’d never before come across the word “pretermitted.” At first I thought it must be an early morning typo, but no!

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted April 12, 2017 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

          I picked up “pretermit” in law school, as part of the term-of-art “pretermitted heir” in Wills & Trusts. I haven’t thought about a will or trust since I turned in my blue book for the final, but “pretermit” stuck with me as a good one-word substitute for the phrase “omit from mention.”

          Cool doc about EB, btw. Thx.

    • darrelle
      Posted April 12, 2017 at 10:38 am | Permalink

      How about a little sauce? I’m thinking Cream would be worthy. Tales of Brave Ulysses still hasn’t gotten old for me.

  6. Ken Kukec
    Posted April 12, 2017 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Ya gotta hand it to Eric Burdon — he always looked like some girl’s parents’ worst nightmare.

    The place the Animals really need to get out of is that tacky stage-set they’re lip-syncing from there.

    • Randy schenck
      Posted April 12, 2017 at 10:27 am | Permalink

      Music, if it is good, or not, is not intended as a visual art. However, I suppose the MTV generation made it that way.

      • darrelle
        Posted April 12, 2017 at 10:46 am | Permalink

        It may just be a decade or two age difference (that MTV thing), but I’ve gotta disagree. Seeing the artists performing their music has always, I think, been a significant aspect of music from both the artists’ and the spectators’ perspective and can add a great deal to the experience.

        • Randy schenck
          Posted April 12, 2017 at 11:27 am | Permalink

          I am sure you are correct, many fans have always wanted to see their idols on the stage or in the videos and they will throw tons of money to see it. But people also bought tons of records at more reasonable prices to hear the music they like. I just say, as an older generation, I do not need to see the music. So the comments about lip-sync or the clothes they may be wearing do not come up.

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted April 12, 2017 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

          Agree on seeing artists perform, especially seeing them live. I gave up on arenas and stadia a long time ago, but still enjoy seeing combos and solos perform in smaller venues — chiefly jazz clubs and theaters.

          Plus, there’s a tactile experience in hearing a symphony orchestra perform in a good concert hall that can’t be duplicated no matter how good the recording or how loud you crank up the speakers (I’ve tried 🙂 ).

          • Randy schenck
            Posted April 12, 2017 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

            Try some good headsets Ken.

            • Ken Kukec
              Posted April 12, 2017 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

              ‘Swhat my neighbors say when I crank it to 11, too. 🙂

  7. neil
    Posted April 12, 2017 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    A PSB video! Thankyou! Although i have to say that i think the track “Go!” from The Race For Space album is better…

  8. revelator60
    Posted April 12, 2017 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    FDR was unquestionably the greatest president of the 20th century—he ought to be a much bigger figure in our cultural landscape. Democrats need to do a better job of celebrating him, especially since the Republicans have been continually slobbering over a rotten mediocrity like Ronald Reagan.

  9. Posted April 12, 2017 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    As the man said, “Hey Gargarin!” 😉 (Now *that’s* weirdness.)

  10. Filippo
    Posted April 12, 2017 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    ” . . . at the time he was criticised for being pro the Jews of Europe . . . .”

    IIRC from a film documentary, in 1939 a ship composed predominantly if not totally of Jewish refugees made the rounds of U.S. ports and was repeatedly turned away. At least one appeal was made to FDR to intervene on behalf of the refugees, and he declined to do so. A not insignificant number of the Jews aboard perished in the German concentration camps, having been forced to return to Europe.

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