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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Ghost in the Machine

Ladies and gentlemen, I thank you for the kind manner in which you have given me your attention. I also thank you for your generous applause. You must remember that it is not I, a thing of brass and wood, that has been giving you all this pleasure. I am only the vehicle. I have the honour to hold here in my works the living voices of the greatest singers in the world. It is to the actual voices of these great singers that you have been listening. Again, I thank you.

The Gramophone Introducing Itself and Returning Thanks, 1o-inch record issued by the Gramophone Company, 1909

(quoted in Ciaran Carson's Last Night's Fun)

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