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Artist or CreatorDave Brown
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Published byThe Independent
Date21 Mar 2013
Person DepictedNero; Emperpor of Rome, AD 54-68
Osborne; George (1971-)
Implied textProverbs: "Nero fiddled while Rome burned" refers to "...heedless and
irresponsible behaviour in the midst of a crisis. Legend has it that in
64 AD the emperor Nero set fire to Rome to see 'how Troy would look when
it was in flames' and to serve as a suitable background for a recitation
of his poetry while accompanying himself on the lyre..." [Random House
Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" Gregory Y. Titelman]
NotesNews: "An ocean of red ink as Osborne is forced to borrow more;
Office for Budget Responsibility puts deficit at £1bn more than it expected in December public finances. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) revealed an ocean of red ink alongside George Osborne's fourth Budget yesterday. The forecaster expects the Treasury to have to borrow more over the next five years than it anticipated just three months ago when the Chancellor delivered the Autumn Statement.... " Ben Chu, the Independent
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