Saturday October 1st 2011 Tim Candler
The last time
bankers suffered the penalty of exuberance a generation of people
learned to cherish
paper bags, prize Christmas wrappings and for a treat they buttered
their bread with lard. Jumped trains to look for work.
Saw the rise of exotic ideas, most of which were tribal in origin and one of which
began as political science. A confusion that resulted in the
Second World War, the atomic weapon, a burgeoning middle class and a
social contract that included an idea of security which probably is feudal in origin.
And it's worth going back in time
to the Victorian Era. The City of Birmingham in England, perhaps.
The average height of the British working man was rapidly declining.
The Queen herself wondered why. Bad food, worse hygiene, and she
needed her soldiers to be at least sixty six and one half inches. In 1860's, laws were
passed that required all new houses be attached to sewer systems and around
the time Colorado Territory became Colorado and following the disaster
in the Crimea, nursing became a profession in Britain.