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Thursday, October 05, 2006

The undiscovered country

I am in transit to Copenhagen as part of fact-finding tour by the Education Lifelong Learning and Skills Committee into Special Educational Needs. We are conducting phase three of our review looking at transition from school to adulthood and believe that there are some important lessons we can learn from how it is done out there. Blogging may be light for a few days.

As it is National Poetry Day however, it would be remiss of me not to post some suitable text. As I am on my way to Denmark I have chosen Hamlet's soliloquy from Act Three Scene Two of the play. It just seemed appropriate somehow:

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;

To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come

When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover'd country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.--Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember'd.
Peculiar place to cut. Better to leave it,

turn awry,/
And lose the name of action


I suppose Lib Dems count themselves as kings of infinite space, in their little nutshells.
You are right David. I was in a hurry posting this and did not check the text properly. Sorry.
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