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  1. A Shift in Priorities - Sequel

    If nobody makes you do it, it counts as fun. (Thomas Hobbes) Shot in the foot! His little sabotage had worked as arranged. And promptly had he been detailed as porter… He was now galumphing through the wilderness, carrying onerous load. And the frigging Middle Africans, like colonial...
  2. A Shift in Priorities - Sequel

    Wealth is good, and if it comes our way we will take it; but a gentleman does not sell himself for wealth. (Henry Rider Haggard) The trial had been short. Judge Demba had bluntly followed the arguments of the prosecuting authority. The boys had been apprehended on the premises of Torotal...
  3. A Shift in Priorities - Sequel

    The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. (Aristotle) These Turks were indeed in train of adding a third space station to Raumkolonie and Novy Svyosdniy Óstrov: Uçan Halı, the Flying Carpet. Four Göktaşlan had already been connected in orbit; two more were...
  4. A Shift in Priorities - Sequel

    I was born for a storm and a calm does not suit me. (Andrew Jackson) Mud had become a major problem, in particular along the lower Mississippi. But it seemed nature was already addressing the issue. The fledgling forests along the river valleys were slowing down the water drain – and...
  5. A Shift in Priorities - Sequel

    What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself. (Abraham Lincoln) Racism was not a matter of skin colour; it was a matter of attitude. Those Middle Africans were the fiercest racists Malcolm Little had ever met. They were looking down on everybody. And they had no qualms about showing...
  6. A Shift in Priorities - Sequel

    Remember, the greater the opportunity, the fewer are those who see it. (James Cook) It was a severe setback. Jimbo Owens was frantically trying to curb the damage – and to restore order. – It had begun quite encouraging. Jimbo’s experience and prudence had conjured up a solid organisation – and...
  7. A Shift in Priorities - Sequel

    Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality. (Lewis Carroll) Being short was an advantage – when it came to being selected for training as a kosmonaut. But it was a definitive disadvantage – when it came to hard drinking. These Swedes all seemed to have hollow legs. It was beyond...
  8. A Shift in Priorities - Sequel

    Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. (Aldous Huxley) As spring was giving way to the summer of 1961, Fritz Loewe was preparing another expedition, this time to the Republic of Québec. The Québécois had become quite a rare species, as a depopulated France had allured...
  9. A Shift in Priorities - Sequel

    Men in rage strike those that wish them best. (William Shakespeare) The DVP blokes, who had saved Egon’s hide some weeks ago, were a jolly lot indeed. The Völkische Jugend – Völkisch Youth – were offering a lot of attractive pastimes. Nominally, Egon was too old to be eligible for membership...
  10. A Shift in Priorities - Sequel

    The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness. (Joseph Conrad) Anton Mbwesi, finally back from his excursion into the intricacies of Ugandan home policy, had listened closely to Hermann Kizwete’s tale. Yeah, Hermann had...
  11. A Shift in Priorities - Sequel

    Man has an instinctive tendency to speak, as we see in the babble of our young children, but no child has an instinctive tendency to bake, brew or write. (Charles Darwin) Yeah, it was the beginning of the final phase. The other parties, the old crocks, were gathering to pass their...
  12. A Shift in Priorities - Sequel

    Life is divine chaos. It’s messy, and it’s supposed to be that way. (John Keats) Victory Day was no big affair at Boënde; nevertheless it was a holiday, of course, resulting in a long weekend, because May 1st fell onto a Monday this year. The judge had gone fishing and was unavailable...
  13. A Shift in Priorities - Sequel

    Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power. (René Descartes) Victory Day! Funfair like you wouldn’t believe. All of Tanga seemed to be up and about. Well, technically it was Armistice Day only, but the entire world had come to celebrate May 1st as the day of victory...
  14. A Shift in Priorities - Sequel

    The great object of life is sensation – to feel that we exist, even though in pain. (Lord Byron) Good grief! The torturers knew no sympathy. He was still reconvalescent! They should be easy on him, but they weren’t. Jochen Zeislitz cursed under his panting breath. First, Otto, the gym whiz, had...
  15. A Shift in Priorities - Sequel

    All the people like us are we, and everyone else is they. (Rudyard Kipling) Yeah, the Ardayda had agreed to keep the peace. The promise had been that they would be integrated into the national armed forces. But the armed forces were long in coming, it seemed. Nothing had happened yet. Dhuxul...
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