Pompeii

Pompeii

Pompeii

The very creative fiscal manager in this cartoon is George Osborne, current Chancellor of the UK. The emperor is, of course, David Cameron. Sniffing around for an angle, I looked up the name of the Roman emperor in charge the year Vesuvius erupted. It just so happened that in 79 AD there was a change of emperors, from Vespasian to Titus. Who was in charge the day the lava started flowing? I looked it up (Oh  please be Titus! Please be Tightarse!) It was Tightarse! Unfortunately I ran out of room and had to forego that route. Ahh….say lovee.

 An aside – I never know whether to use BC/AD or BCE/CE for dating. For an update on who’s winning the BC/AD – BCE/CE war, see here. I believe it should be the latter as it’s slightly weird looking at ancient Buddhist statues labelled 300 BC, but if I’m worried about confusing the reader I’ll go with BC/AD. After a careful assessment I have used caution with you, dear reader.

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