Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Scottish Camus Family Archive

Would Charles Kennedy still be alive if the majority in his constituency hadn't voted for the Scottish National Socialists? Perhaps the strain was too much.

Been reading the rather slim book, 'The Fall' by Albert Camus - and no, it's not about Sepp Blatter. Sartre described it as the most important philosophical book of the 20th century. If that's philosophy, then no wonder the French consider everything philosophical. It's concerned with a philosophical concept called absurdism - and absurd it certainly is. I thought it was a pile of crap - a very slender pile of crap. Certainly not a book to read if you're looking for a ripping yarn, but it does make you think about the futility of looking for a meaning to life. Actually, it makes you feel like topping yourself.

Today's photo from the family archive is somewhat reminiscent of the 1951 film, The Man in the White Suit, starring Alec Guinness.  A rather dapper dad, complete in ex-pat white man's gear.

I'm uncertain what he's doing togged up like this, but just after the war my parents went to Indonesia for a few years. My dad was based in Jakarta while voyaging between the islands and mum and dad lived the life of Riley with servants, etc.. The pith helmet would suggest that the photo was from this era.

The white suit jacket looks suspiciously like the jacket he was wearing in yesterday's archive photo, so I could have been mistaken about yesterday's photo having been taken in the USA.


  1. Looks to me like the picture was taken on a boat

    1. It was Roger - going between the Indonesian islands.

  2. I read "The Fall" earlier this year. I also thought it was tosh.