READ : I tend to have two books on the go at any one time : a morning book (which is usually non-fiction) and a night book (usually fiction). Just why I tend to need non-fiction in the morning to wake me up and fiction at night to put me to sleep, I am not sure and I would be interested to know whether others share this peculiarity. I have just started a new morning book : "Family Britain" by David Kynaston. which is a social history of Britain in the early and mid 1950s. Kynaston has that invaluable trick of being able to judge the exact amount of detail that is necessary to make history informative, enlightening, and engrossing. The book starts with the 1951 Festival of Britain and much comment is made about one of the main features of the Festival site on the London South Bank : the Skylon Tower. The steel tower was held in place by thin, almost invisible, wires and the joke of the time was that, like the British economy, it had no visible means of support. After the Festival it was taken down, melted down and turned into steel ashtrays. With the current state of the economy, perhaps it's time to start constructing it again.
WHITE : The promised snow came down yesterday (and again - as my picture shows - this morning). In the main the weather forecasts have managed to get it just about right this time, but the surprise inherent in this outcome merely emphasises what an uncertain science weather forecasting is most of the time. Why this should be so I cannot imagine for I think I have discovered the secret of near foolproof weather forecasting for the UK. I am lucky enough to have a considerable number of blogging friends who live in the northern states of the USA and I have noticed that whatever weather they may be getting in Iowa, Illinois, and Ohio, we get here in Yorkshire about a week later. This discovery makes life much more certain, so keep that weather information flowing.
LIGHT BLUE : Light blue is the traditional colour of Cambridge University, and Cambridge Blue - unlike Oxford Blue - is an official shade of blue (Pantone 557, web colour #A3C1AD). I was lucky enough to spend the first part of the weekend in Cambridge, being treated to an extended pub and bookshop crawl as a delayed birthday present. Few things compare to that powerful combination of books and beer, especially when enjoyed in beautiful surroundings and charming company. My picture was taken on Saturday morning and shows King's College Chapel and the frost-covered Backs.