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Whatever goes on in Khan's internal world, it emerges again and again as a kind of dark, moody fractiousness. When in early 1984 he suffers a splintered shin, he recuperates in the home of an artist friend Emma Sergeant.
The tranquillity of the Maldives' tourist resorts, popular with British honeymooners, arms dealers and celebrity footballers alike, is matched only by the fractiousness of its domestic politics.
Otherwise, the recent fractiousness of Catolonia, Scotland, and the 25-year-long unfinished war in northern Ireland will seem anodyne.
The scene is well chosen for it illustrates both the fractiousness of the colonies and Washington's ability to calm and inspire democracy (an explicit theme in other gallery displays), all as seen through the eyes of a 10-year-old.
While the two counties continued to meet in numerous pivotal games over the intervening decades, it's only in recent years that they've been paired as frequently in the Championship, albeit without the same fractiousness.
We have suffered for their mistakes as well as our own, but we know their value as ancestors, and I mean in the Morrisonian sense of ancestors whose fractiousness and cruelty were mixed in with their tenacity and vision for us, their desire that we thrive and keep the faith.
Lest this sounds like idealisation, I am also able to acknowledge that the corridors and hall at LifeLine are as filled with politics, fractiousness and poor communication as anywhere else.
The upshot was a pattern of conflict and cooperation that led to shifting political alliances and to a reputation for fractiousness" (8).
We will never know but I suspect it would not have lasted long given human nature with all its talent for fractiousness. If God couldn't manage to pull off that trick dear old DHL certainly couldn't.
We have been present at the noisy birth of a new "high-energy" democracy, crackling with unpredictability, which at times will mean more fractiousness but also contains within it the seeds of new possibilities.
Two seasons at Inter Milan were enough to persuade Real Madrid's board to take the plunge and recruit Mourinho and, despite his fractiousness from the start, two campaigns of relative success followed.
There seems little reason for such fractiousness in a country that prides itself on its ethnic and linguistic homogeneity -- indeed, that emerged from a political struggle to establish the democratic rights of the people of East Pakistan within Pakistan.