Life continues

A lot going on these last few days. First to Stratford to see a really good Antony and Cleopatra, a generous and appropriate birthday present for someone of my advanced years, the play dealing as it does with middle-aged passion. (School parties in the audience could practically be felt resisting the temptation to go ‘yeuchh’). Next up, the (possibly) world-famous ‘Tour de Presteigne’, the world’s only rally dedicated to the electric bike.The culminating fancy-dress parade (five high speed laps of the town) made up in mad inventiveness what it lacked in fashion sense, or indeed any other kind of sense.

Under starter's orders

Then it was off to Sussex to start shooting a couple of gardens for our next book, Great Dixter and Sissinghurst, both looking wonderful as expected and gloriously different from each other.

Finally to the election. I hope – how I hope – that I’m being pessimistic, but the words that spring first to mind are, of course, from the closing lines of Animal Farm – “the creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which

    • markswill
    • May 13th, 2010

    Loved the Animal Farm quote Alex, but my summation of the new parliamentary arrangements is shorter and cruder: The blind are leading the stupid.

    • Francesca ramsay
    • May 13th, 2010

    Hi Alex,
    I’ve been looking at my family tree recently and it seems we are related.
    I’m actually in a slight bit of financial trouble at the moment and, after a couple of hours of internet research, have noticed you are doing pretty well for yourself. Could you be the heroic relation who has the heart to help one of their own? You are the next best person I could find after the late great Alan Ramsay.
    Please send cash, food or ideally come to Glasgow and take me out to dinner.
    Look forward to hearing from you,

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