Detail from frontspiece painting showing,
so called arms up to chair sedan.
A Chinese Street
From the book
The World and Its People
Asia With Special Reference to British Possessions
Published by Thomas Nelson and Sons 1903
Without Author or Editor Name
(C) Copyright Tony Lance 1998
Distribute complete and free of charge to comply.
Big Bertha Thing Serpico
Serpico was an honest cop in New York, that was all he ever wanted.
As he lay, in his hospital bed, recovering from being shot in the
all he could bear to watch on TV was Sesame Street.
At one time or another, he had upset every cop on the force, except
Now, he even had mayor John Lindsay, dancing in attendance.
He still thought, it was worth it.
Now he lives in Switzerland, on a disability pension.
There is this incredible sense of deja vu,
even down to the walking stick.
Most days he feels fine, even if occasionally he could sleep for a
Serpico by Peter Maas
(C) Copyright 1973 by Peter Maas and Tsampa Company, Inc.
Published by William Collins Sons & Co.Ltd. Glasgow.
Serpico film by Paramount Pictures
True story covered by
New York Times (3rd February 1971)
From: Tony Lance <jude...@bigberthathing.co.uk>
Subject: Re: Big Bertha Thing redoubt
Date: Wed, 04 Apr 2007 18:37:41 +0100
Big Bertha Thing liberty
Milton (1644) from The Liberty of Unlicensed Printing
What should ye do then,
should ye suppress all this flowery crop of knowledge and new light
and yet springing daily in this city?
Should ye set an oligarchy of twenty engrossers over it,
to bring a famine upon our minds again,
when we shall know nothing but what is measured to us by their
Believe it, Lords and Commons! they who counsel you to such a
do as good as bid ye suppress yourselves; and I will soon show how.
If it be desired to know the immediate cause of all this free writing
and free speaking,
there cannot be assigned a truer than your own mild, and free, and
it is the liberty, Lords and Commons,
which your own valorous and happy counsels have purchased us;
liberty, which is the nurse of all great wits;
this is that which hath rarified and enlightened our spirits like the
influence of heaven;
this is that which hath enfranchised, enlarged,
and lifted up our apprehensions degrees above themselves.
Ye cannot make us now less capable, less knowing,
less eagerly pursuing of the truth, unless ye first make yourselves,
that made us so, less the lovers, less the founders of our true
We can grow ignorant again, brutish, formal, slavish, as ye found us;
but you then must first become that which ye cannot be,
oppressive, arbitrary, and tyrannous, as they were from whom ye have
That our hearts are now more capacious,
our thoughts more erected to the search and expectations of greatest
and exactest things,
is the issue of your own virtue propagated in us; ye cannot suppress
unless ye reinforce an abrogated and merciless law,
that fathers may despatch at will their own children.
And who shall then stick closest to ye, and excite others?
not he who takes up arms for coat and conduct, and his four nobles of
Although I dispraise not the defence of just immunities,
yet love my peace better, if that were all. Give me the liberty to
to utter, and to argue freely, according to conscience, above all