Friday, April 08, 2005


From An extraordinary woman in a mediocre life
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that 'cool' or 'intellectual' book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

So here goes:
It looks as if they were employees, not slaves, which they would have been in the West Indies. Queen Elizabeth herself had a negro servant, but that did not stop her from issuing a proclamation that 'there are of late divers blackamoors brought into this realm, of which there are already too many considering how God has blessed this land with great increase of people of our nation ... those kind of people should be sent forth out of the land'. A Lubeck merchant offered to help by shipping them back to Sapina dnPortugal , where he was sure of a good market, but his overtures came to nothing , and the proclamation was never strictly enforced.

It's just the book I'm reading at the moment: Elizabeth's London by Liza Picard.

I wonder what would happen if you put all the quotes that people have come up with together, would it read like some psychotic William Burroughs pastiche???

Burroughs is one of my favourite writers - here you can find sound files

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