Thursday, December 16, 2004

Zam-Zammah


...How many times must the cannonballs fly,
before they're forever banned?
And how many seas must the (ummm, grey!) doves sail,
before they can sleep in the sand?

...and how many roads must a man walk down?
(if not forty two? apologies DNA)

...He (Kim) sat, in defiance of municipal orders, astride the gun Zam-Zammah on her brick platform opposite the old Ajaib-Gher - the Wonder House, as the natives call the Lahore Museum. Who hold Zam-Zammah, that fire-breathing dragon, hold the Punjab, a for the great green-bronze piece is always first of the conqueror's loot...

... Baden-Powell needed an concept around which to build the younger boy program of Scouting. He found it with a popular book by the repected British author, Rudyard Kipling.

Cannons, intergalactic mice, science fiction, pacifism, colonialism, imperial ideologies, boy scouts.
A picture is worth a thousand hyperlinks...

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