The More Things Change, the More They Remain the Same
One of my professors used to say "As an English major, nothing should ever surprise you. If you have read your Shakespeare and your Milton, then love, death, joy, treachery and everything base about Man will never again surprise you."
Sound advice; though one must remember not to mumble "Richard III" aloud to an overly-calculating client.
Proving that nothing new exists is the Samuel Pepys Diary Blog. Pepys was a blogger before blogging existed (like Madison). Courtier, politician, shrewd observer of the important and the mundane, Pepys is hands-down the most entertaining reporter I have ever encountered.
I've read the Diaries twice, but, through this blog, am reading them again. Each entry is posted daily, so the November 4, 1661 entry was posted on November 4, 2004. Fun idea, and instructive. Nothing happening in the White House or Downing Street can surprise you after you have read your Pepys.