The small matter of moving house, and a wait of eighteen working days for broadband to be transferred to the new house mean that my updates have been sporadic. I rely on wifi in cafés in London, the over-subscribed and under-powered computers in Seaford library and the iPhone; Seaford is without public wifi, just as, when I tried to buy the London Review of Books in the new W H Smith, I was brusquely told that it is not 'on the list' .
Normal service will return soon but why does it take eighteen working days? I cannot imagine, as I am keeping the same telephone number, on the same exchange. Perhaps the new line will be gilded with several layers of gold leaf by highly-skilled painstaking craftsmen, and wrapped in rare and costly silks brought by camel train from the mystic Orient.