Now that I am suitably recovered from the over-indulgence of the past two weeks, I have made a New Year resolution to provide you with some variation from the tedium of speed building and have now got as far as the second revision exercise covering Teeline B (see Module notes).
On the table there is a large box of Thorntonâ€™s chocolates. Everyone knows Iâ€™m a chocoholic. In fact chocolate and a cup of tea is often my solution for lifeâ€™s little problems.Â
For the first time, a survey reveals, more Americans are consuming news online than in print. Â The full story is on page 31 of the printed edition of this morning's Guardian. Of course, you can also read it online, but I'm going to break with tradition and not insert a link on this occasion. This gesture is not just one of solidarity with the many good journalists on both sides of the Atlantic who have lost their jobs in recent months. It is Â a prelude to my 2009 campaign to make buying a daily newspaper as defining an expression of liberal virtue as opposing prejudice and defending the ozone layer. Â The campaign ends when a clear economic model emerges that can pay for expensive foreign, investigative and analytical reporting from online revenues alone and without a penny of state or charitable subsidy. Â
Truly, this is a story with legs. Also feet. And more seriously, the broken bones of the shoe-thrower.Â
It is also the only story I can think of with an element of surreal silliness that involves George W Bush and the people of Iraq.
There are so many elements to savour it is hard to know where to start.
What about the supporter who wanted to put the shoes into a museum, only to find out that the shoes have been destroyed in the course of testing them for explosives?