Schrattenkalk in Kairo
24/12/09

Another year comes to an end, and what an end. Copenhagen came down in utter failure, but who cares, as long as we can go to the cinema and enjoy the escapist visions of Avatar and 2012. I look back at the year an try to remember. The beginning of the year marked with hope. No, not just hope… it was HOPE, the HOPE of the Obamania. But as the OED tells us, mania is nothing more than a mental illness marked by periods of great excitement, euphoria and delusions. And so it seems with great hope we welcomed a new era which turned out to be nothing more than the presidency of a lame duck. Ma3lesh, as the Arabs say. Bukra insha’allah. Tomorrow maybe. Or to quote Samuel Beckett:

“All of old.
Nothing else ever.
Ever tried.
Ever failed.
No matter.
Try again.
Fail again.
Fail better.”

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