Circumnavigation and its Discontents

A philosopher‘ writes, Friday:

If we are to deal with what psychoanalysts call the “issues” arising from the Tiger years, a good way of beginning might be to ruminate on what has happened with Moate and how it mirrors what has happened to us all.

As it’s Friday, I mean Sunday, I’ve been ruminating for quite a while now, and my cud has been chewed right through as I strive to work out precisely how I am like a bypassed town, since there are scarce clues in M. Eaux’s article. I sense it can be true only in a roundabout way. How are you like a bypassed town, reader? Is your well-worn thoroughfare now getting a good seeing-to from employees of the county council?

And does your psychoanalyst talk about ‘issues’?

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2 Responses to “Circumnavigation and its Discontents”


  1. 1 Longman Oz July 28, 2008 at 10:06 am

    And does your psychoanalyst talk about ‘issues’?

    We prefer to call them episodes.

    I love the idea of him stopping over the next time he passes to drink tea:

    “Greetings mere peasant mortal! I am the great philosophising wordsmith Jean Eaux. I have come to imbibe tea in your humble abode as a metaphor for how the Celtic Tiger has been flushed down the toilet by us all. You may arise from lying prostrate at my feet, wretched man, and go fetch it hither.”

  2. 2 Hugh Green July 28, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Yes, he does seem to think that his own presence in Moate would constitute some sort of event that the town might celebrate. I read his stuff and sometimes I think that maybe he doesn’t take himself seriously and that he’s just projecting a persona. But there is too much evidence that he does take himself seriously.


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