First, courtesy of the lazy man's almanac, Wikipedia, the Greek chorus: In tragic plays of ancient Greece, the chorus (choros) is believed to have grown out of the Greek dithyrambs and tragikon drama. The chorus offers a variety of background and summary information to help the audience follow the performance, commented on main themes, and showed how an ideal audience might react to the drama as it was presented.
So, back to the news:
(1) Lying sack of shit, cunningly disguised as a PM - we will keep you safe from people who want to do you harm. Because believe me, there are people you want to do you harm. (No, I don't mean my government!!! Don't believe everything that Alan Ramsay says!!)
(2) Idiot son of the aristocracy - people want to do you harm in Indonesia. We know this for a fact. What? Oh, yeah. Sorry, got the line wrong a bit there. I meant to say, I am advised that there are people who want to do you harm in Indonesia. I'd also like to send Kevin Rudd to Afghanistan.
(3) "Treasurer" - our brave soldiers are not fighting to keep
Hint - they're fighting for one of the many other reasons we have said they are fighting, as amended from time to time.
Kevin Rudd: mouth moves, stuff comes out.
And further: They also represent the general populace of any particular story.
Well, they represent 51%. Or they once did.
In many ancient Greek plays, the chorus expressed to the audience what the main characters could not say, such as their fears or secrets.
Oh be still my beating heart! Do I really want to know what is really in hearts of our gallant triumvirate of
Meanwhile back at chateau VVB, I decided that I'd like some apple dumplings like mother used to make. With a little assistance from Mrs VVB - but not a hell of lot, 'cos she'd never made them before either - we have made some.
My main recollection of mother's apple dumplings from when I was little, apart from the fact that I used to really like them, was that I could never remember "cloves", so I'd ask whether the dumplings had "those umm" in them.
And as is the case in families, "those umm" passed in to everyday conversation, such that cloves were always referred to as "those umm".
Oral family histories - I love it.