Kon­rad Muller

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Crazy Days, Dog Days 7

‘ He de­serves to be hanged,’ Sir Joseph Banks, Pres­i­dent of the Royal So­ci­ety

‘ He is a per­son with­out prin­ci­ple and of man­ners most low,’ Count Von Trampe, Dan­ish Gover­nor of Ice­land

‘ He im­bibed all the quixoti­cism of a petit Napoleon,’ Sa­muel Phelps, Lon­don Soap Mer­chant

‘ He is a good-na­tured mad­man, no­body’s en­emy but his own,’ Cap­tain Alexan­der Jones of the Royal Navy

‘ He un­doubt­edly saved my life. Be­sides, his pleas­ant man­ners, and his good­ness of heart, have ex­cited in me a friend­ship for him,’ Wil­liam Jack­son Hooker, promis­ing young nat­u­ral­ist

- Five Char­ac­ter Ref­er­ences from the Year 1809

I.

On the streets of Reyk­javik, try­ing to find a bus to Bor­ganes, I met a charm­ing fel­low. He stank of drink and was on his way home from some­thing called the Sol­stice Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. He told me Ra­dio­head had been play­ing. I ex­pressed my po­lite ap­proval.

He then said, ‘What are you talk­ing about? Those guys have been whin­ing for years. Now they’re mul­ti­mil­lion­aires and they’re still whin­ing.’

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