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The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah

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John Martin, 1852. Oil on canvas. Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Man, writes Dalrymple, is 
’the only species (as far as we know) that takes pleasure in contemplating its annihilation‘. Yet 
’the appetite for soothing banality is as great, and perhaps dialectically related to, the appetite for apocalyptic visions’.

We puritanical Gomorrahns

Dalrymple points out that some of the groping of children perpetrated by Jimmy Savile* was visible on television.

These, he says, are

very peculiar times, when on the one hand we are extremely puritanical and on the other we live in a sort of Gomorrah.

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* Sir James Wilson Vincent Savile, Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Knight Commander of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of Saint Gregory the Great, favourite of the British establishment, beloved of the British state broadcaster.