Maandag 3 februari 2003


Zoals u ziet is de belangstelling voor deze website uit Nederland en België al aardig toegenomen. In dat verband vond ik nog een fraai gedicht in mijn Letters to Elizabeth (31 december 1997) En een gedicht van Rudyard Kipling op de pagina's 216-217 van mijn boek Letters to Diana, Princess of Wales:


IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance to their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knives to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it
And- Which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

Op dit moment kan ik geen emailberichten ontvangen noch verzenden. Ook kan ik mij geen dure technicus veroorloven in verband met de rekeningen die door mijn debiteuren nog niet zijn betaald. U zult het dus nog even moeten doen met deze unilaterale berichtgeving. Ik neem nog enkele berichten door uit de Telegraaf: Tv-interview met Saddam Hussein Een goed idee dat ik van harte ondersteun. De Graaf (D66) wil ook Kamervoorzitter worden Mijn zegen heb je Thom. Nog enkele statistische gegevens van vandaag. Top 20 van 24 zoekopdrachten 1 en2 . uitzendbureau engelstaligen 3. bekend making verloving prins willem alexander en maxima 4. c 5. cerveza kaliber sin 6. de stenen brug rijksmuseum 7. denemarken fietsfabriek 8. dodi fayed's house in malibu 9. duivelshuis 10. foudraine 11. friesland race 12. gerrit ferdinand 13. HAMPTON COURT palace maid 14. institut alpin videmanette 15. l'espadon paris restaurant romantic 16. ns nederland-amsterdam 17. paarden gran canaria 18. paparazzo coctail bar 19. pictures of dodi fayed's house in malibu 20. princess diana's sapphire engagement ring picture De vraag is wat er met dat 'engagement' werd bedoeld: Privé of zakelijk? Een op drie Britten tevreden met Blair In dit verband denk ik aan mijn brief aan hem van 22 september 1997 met de tekst van zijn gebed in Westminster Abbey tijdens de begrafenis van My Lady.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a thinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing. Love sufferth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vauntheth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Alsmede mijn brieven van 18 september 1998. Hierop heb ik namens Z.K.H. Prins Charles inmiddels een voorzichtige reactie ontvangen.

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