Is this really worth the struggle?
Where would you keep a copy of Mein Kampf (‘‘My Struggle’’), signed by its author – Adolf Hitler – and worth a six figure sum?
Not at your bedside or as a coffee table exhibit in your best sitting room.
What about a Swiss bank vault?
These questions, along with others, might be passing through DotCom’s mind even as you read this.
Along with another query: Who knew that he owned a signed copy of Hitler’s best seller and who leaked that fact to Channel Three, the Herald, Uncle Tom Cobley and all.
Believing, it could be a poll breaker like … well, you know what I mean.
Can’t say that I’ve checked our bulging bookcases looking for a cash equivalent.
What would I do if I found one having fallen behind sports books, primers on Japanese art and whatever? Sell it, that’s what. I don’t favour book burning even if Hitler did. No-one has the right to censor other people’s books.
So will the SIS, GCSB, MI6, FBI, Mossad – or whoever else comes along for the ride – be looking for other World War II memorabilia the next time a chopper lands on Dotcom’s spacious roof? The Churchill cigar holder perhaps ... or a pen from Stalin?
Remember when you answered ‘‘yes’’ or ‘‘no’’ – even ‘‘maybe’’? I have news for you. The new, all-purpose overused option is ‘‘absolutely’’.
Used up to and including the Beehive. I can vouch for that. I heard it literally from John Key’s mouth when he was among world leaders in recent days.
I can’t remember the context – it could have been about Mein Kampf.
‘‘No comment,’’ he said – and then added with and for emphasis: ‘‘Absolutely no comment!’’
You will see/hear less illustrious users, people who would previously have said ‘‘yes’’ or ‘‘no’’ now trot out ‘‘absolutely’’ sometimes in the hope of shutting off a possible full-scale debate there and then.
Listen to television
or radio where interviewers face a firmly said ‘‘absolutely’’.
Sometimes not only in that tone but also conveying ‘‘I’m surprised you should ask me that question!’’
While we’re on words which are already well-worn.
Listen too for ‘‘overarching’’ and ‘‘going forward’’ – in this sort of context: ‘‘ We believe our over-arching plans are the answer, going forward.’’
As if you can draft plans for the past!
Listen too for words which develop before your eyes and ears.
Rugby produces them season by season and some, it seems, last forever.
Two I can trace back to Grant Fox, presumably after watching American gridiron.
Defence and attack became ‘‘dee-fence’’ with its running mate ‘‘off-fence’’.
I remember when (Sir) Terry McLean came back from his first All Black tour of Britain.
Out of his luggage, including a smart tweed hacking jacket, fell English rugger terms straight out of Tom Brown’s Schooldays – including ‘‘fly half’’ and ‘‘goal’’ (for converted try) while referees sometimes blew the whistle for ‘‘ no side’’ (fulltime).
And injured players were ‘‘crocked’’. Some still are.
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