Many will I’m sure be relieved to know that this is my final write-up for 2016 (emergencies excepted) and I suspect many of my US readers will already be thoroughly pissed-off with ‘that bloody Limey’ (me) again pleading for the unification of US hobbyists to get organised at national level. I make no apology. There has to be people out there with the balls and fire of Roger Barbrick. There has to be people out who won’t take shit off anyone. Surely?
J.H., Bournemouth, UK
“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it.” Abraham Lincoln.
An apparatchik is a full time employee in any position of bureaucratic or political responsibility who served either in Communist Party structures or in the government.…
The importance of being an apparatchik (or worker bee)
“However, there were also some educated apparatchiks. They were university professors whose job was lecturing factory and collective farm workers on the advantages of Socialism. Most of them preferred to tell people about interesting things that the workers missed in their life. One of these apparatchiks said: “I’m pleased with my job because I’m giving people something they don’t have. And I see smiles on their faces. “Though the Soviet era is over, many apparatchiks have survived. They quietly transferred themselves to well-paid jobs and posts and prosper to this day. Nevertheless, their memory lives on, and apparatchik is still used to describe a person, who causes unnecessary trouble with a bureaucratic approach to work.”
When I first read this piece, for some reason I thought of UNESCO.
James Bond walks into a bar and takes a seat next to a very attractive woman. He gives her a quick glance, then casually looks at his watch for a moment.
The woman notices this and asks, “Is your date running late?”
“No,” he replies. “Q’s just given me this state-of-the-art watch and I was just testing it.”
The intrigued woman says, “A state-of-the-art watch? What’s so special about it?”
Bond explains, “It uses alpha waves to talk to me telepathically.”
The lady says, “What’s it telling you now?”
“Well, it says you’re not wearing any panties…”
The woman giggles and replies, “Well, it must be broken because I am wearing panties!”
Bond tugs, taps his watch and says, “Damn thing’s an hour fast.”
There are certain people in the archaeo-blogosphere who are a living proof that total brain failure does not always lead to physical death.
Q: Why won’t sharks attack archaeologists? A: Professional courtesy.
Q. What’s the difference between the Treasure Trove Awards Committee and terrorists? A. You can negotiate with terrorists.
A treasure hunter goes to his lawyer and tells him,
“An archaeologist owes me $500 and he won’t pay up. What should I do?”
“Do you have any proof he owes you the money?” asks the lawyer.
“Nope,” replies the T’Her.
“OK, then write him a letter asking him for the $5,000 he owes you,” says the lawyer.
“But it’s only $500,” replies the T’Her.
“Precisely. That’s what he will reply and then you’ll have your proof!”
My best wishes to my readers for a happy and peaceful Christmas.
I’ll see y’all in the bar!