Inevitably today's coverage has been dominated by details of the recent Iraqi polls: a triumph for democracy that, I am sure, will have dictators quivering. The willingness of people to leave their homes to go to the polls despite dire warnings of terrorist attack is truly inspirational and may, indeed, encourage Albians to move beyond their front doors despite the numerous imminent and omnipresent threats to life and limb so frequently described by Home Minister Ruud Eerz, his predecessor Fanatik Loon and the columnists of Da Heyt.
Despite the overwhelmingly positive reaction thus far to the events in Iraq, I am afraid that some naysayers have continued to voice their concerns as to the elections, in particular warning that they could result in Iraq shifting into the hands of religious fundamentalists, though given that Iraq is presently in the hands of Mr Bush this concern seems a little tardy. Certainly it is not a concern shared by Kiznya Schlop, who has tearfully described the events in Iraq as a "moving and humbling experience", though it must be admitted that this statement may be of dubious value given the Prime Minister's willingness to be moved, humbled and driven to tears by everything from the incarceration of a character in a popular soap opera to a slight injury to a household pet.
Finally, I wish to thank all those who have wished me well following my brief hospital stay(1). I can assure you all that I am feeling much, much better and hope soon to be sitting up once more(2).
(1) as detailed in My Apologies.
(2) possibly even sans the aid of a rubber ring.
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