In early Greece, votes were cast by pebble – black or white.
In later years, the name of a politically dangerous person was written on a shard of pottery (‘ostracy’). The person with the most votes was evicted from Athens.
Julius Caesar made a name for himself in foreign policy in his bid to rule the Empire.
Julius Caesar did not survive. Neither did Kevin Rudd.
News writing 101: “The past, the future and the present walked into a bar. It was tense.”
Quam ut scriptor novus.