Above, the late Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber.
Today’s article paraphrases one of the most widely cited actions attributed to Alexander the Great, namely; “When Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept for there were no more worlds to conquer.”
There is however no reliable attribution of this to Alexander. However, Plutarch’s essay in his Moralia entitled “On Contentment of the Mind” reads: “Alexander cried when he heard Anaxarchus talk about the infinite number of worlds in the universe. One of Alexander’s friends asked him what was the matter, and he replied: “There are so many worlds, and I have not yet conquered even one.”‘
This wrongly attributed quote however received it’s greatest distribution in the 1988 film “Die Hard” when the words were spoken by the late Alan Rickman playing the role of criminal mastermind Hans Gruber.
Mr Rickman’s death on the 14th January 2016 came four days after another well known Englishman, a certain Mr David Robert Jones, widely known as David Bowie. The reporting of the late Mr Rickman’s death by the BBC was appropriate and respectful – as it should have been. This of course contrasted strongly with the “over the top” eulogies to the late Mr Jones.
Interestingly however, the true extent of the propaganda machine the BBC has become is not only manifested in the quantity of the coverage given to the late Mr Jones but also in it’s quality.
Even those British Gazette readers who, like the Editor were not fans or followers of David Bowie were aware of who he was and also of his flamboyance. One of the aspects of Mr Jones life was the image he had developed and this image was maintained by the BBC in their coverage of him.
One thing they did not mention was a 1983 interview with the magazine “Rolling Stone” when Bowie said his public declaration of bisexuality was “the biggest mistake I ever made” and “I was always a closet heterosexual.” On other occasions, he said his interest in homosexual and bisexual culture had been more a product of the times and the situation in which he found himself than his own feelings; he said he had been driven more by “a compulsion to flout moral codes than a real biological and psychological state of being.”
This was borne out as Bowie had married a Miss Mary Barnett on 19th March 1970 at Bromley Register Office in Bromley, London. Their son Duncan, was born on 30th May 1971. The couple divorced on 8th February 1980 in Switzerland. On 24th April 1992, Bowie married the Somali-American model Iman (“Faith” in Arabic) in a private ceremony in Lausanne. The wedding was later solemnised on 6 June in Florence. They had one daughter, Alexandria “Lexi” Zahra Jones, born in August 2000.
Given all the coverage the BBC devoted to Mr Jones, one would have thought it at least fitting that condolences should have been offered to Mr Jones’s widow Mrs Faith Jones. But then that would have conflicted with the androgynous image that Mr Jones had portrayed in life and which was clearly something the BBC felt should continued to be portrayed in death.
The British Gazette will take this opportunity on behalf of it’s Editor and of it’s readers, to extend it’s and their condolences to Mr Jones’s widow, his son and his daughter. We also extend out condolences to Mrs Alan Rickman, professionally known by her maiden name, Rima Horton. Anybody who has lost a family member or close friend to cancer will know the pain all all types that will have felt by all.
As can be deduced from the title of today’s article, there is another subject, again associated with the BBC that is brought to your attention Dear Reader.
Just as the BBC failed to make any reference in it’s extensive eulogy to Mr Jones of Mrs Jones – because it conflicts with what they wish to promote – they have also singularly failed to report upon the extent of the unrest and discord developing in Europe as a result of the mass migration from Libya, Syria and beyond.
We would draw your attention to the following worrying report in yesterday’s Daily Mail:
Again the report notes the huge increase in sexual offences since the arrival of the migrants and the attempt of the Finnish authorities to conceal the ethnicity and religion of the offenders.
It is not the first time the British Gazette has reported on this situation in Europe. What is also obvious and most worrying is that the situation is only going to get worse. It appears that the onward rush of hundreds of thousands of mainly Muslim migrants from the Middle East, the Asian subcontinent and Africa is unstoppable.
If we were pushed to describe the present situation using just one word, we think that word should be: Invasion.