Desk and destruction

December 22, 2011

The picture of Lieutenant General George Francis Milne's desk, embellished with artefacts of death and destruction (Odds and Quads, 15 December), made me wonder whether a (slight mis)-quote of the line from the Bhagavad Gita that occurred to J. Robert Oppenheimer after he witnessed the first atom bomb test in 1945 in New Mexico might be appropriate: "Now I am become desk, the destroyer of worlds."

Hillary Shaw, Senior lecturer, Department of food and supply chain management, Harper Adams University College

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