Wow! Just like the HG Wells novel- i've woken up from a beautiful blog-free 2 year snooze to find the war in Iraq going surprisingly badly and an extra child (a falsetto one at that!) in the house.
Blogger seems better - but not by that much!
I remember reading this novel about 10yrs ago- i liked the horizontal walkways that get faster the closer to the middle you get.. coool. Apparently HG Wells was a raving antisemite who felt inadequate sexually- he said "I want a beautiful body so i can make love with it". (note he didn't say "TO it" which to me would have made a lot more sense.).
George Orwell wrote this: There has been a perceptible antisemitic strain in English literature from Chaucer onwards, and without even getting up from this table to consult a book I can think of passages which IF WRITTEN NOW would be stigmatised as antisemitism, in the works of Shakespeare, Smollett, Thackeray, Bernard Shaw, H. G. Wells, T। S. Eliot, Aldous Huxley and various others. Offhand, the only English writers I can think of who, before the days of Hitler, made a definite effort to stick up for Jews are Dickens and Charles Reade.
Shit - it's hard enough NOT buying volkswagens or BMWs ... now i've got to ditch Huxley and i'd better throw out mine copy of Mine Kampf too!