Monday, 19 December 2011

The Death of the Euro part 17

The death of the Euro could have been orchestrated by Puccini. In La Boheme, a tubercular young seamstress named Mimi dies - but her death is necessarily prolonged whilst Musetta, Schaunard and Rodolfo sing some songs. The poor ex-soprano spends a long time unconscious as the orchestra and voices around her enjoy themselves. No doubt if Angela Merkel had written the libretto, Mimi would then have risen from the sickbed four dress sizes smaller and would have embarked on a vigorous round of cleaning and cooking. 

Today, Jeff Randall in the Telegraph pulls together all the coherent seasonal predictions of the death of the Euro, terming it inevitable. And so it is. But like Mimi, it's taking an awful bloody time to get there. 


Barnacle Bill said...

Too many vested interests are keeping the corpse in the front parlour instead of packing it off for a decent burial.
Politicians - cos they know if the Euro goes the gravy train will be the next thing on the austerity agenda.
Bankers - it's the gift that keeps giving for the moment, all those lovely fees and commissions.

Greg Tingey said...

WRONG OPERA - and composer.

VERDI: I forza del Destino.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

Or could it be Traviata, in which the dying heroine suddenly thinks she's been miraculously cured at the last moment, only to die anyway a minute later?

James Higham said...

Patience, Radders, patience.

Demetrius said...

Back in the early 1950's I saw a "La Boheme" at Hannover State Opera. Mimi rested on a couch with a bolster, which slipped down every time she rose to sing. Which meant some action. The sets for the production I learned later had been liberated by the Wehrmacht from an Italian opera house and were from Puccini's time.