DIARY: Leveson lament, River ramblings, Poppycock Watch: Autumn Statement, Mark Carney, Profundity of the Week
* * * * *This morning was one of those frequent days here on the Devon-Cornwall peninsula when the seasons go haywire. Rough northerlies switch to the west and the breeze comes in off the Azores like an angel's kiss -- as the Poet put it. Along the river, shrubs often bloom erratically right up until January, while local people lunch outside at riverside cafes even in February. Thus it was this morning. Springlike and bracing, the waterbirds making the most of the break from drear winter with its occasional reminders of the Northlands. On the river -- now thankfully back to sedate normality after last week's flood surge -- our lone black swan has returned from his summer break. Incredibly, he has brought a mate with him (see my picture).
Black Swan's mateLast spring, he was rather isolated from the white swan colony and often seemed agitated. Now he has a faithful companion whom I've named Tonto -- even though she's a girl. Unusually, beneath her black wing feathers there are some that are snow white. Clearly she's something of a cross which, instead of producing a greyer colouring, has given her a chequered appearance, especially when preening. The question now is will they produce cygnets in the spring? That really will draw in the crowds with their cameras and bags of ghastly white bread as offerings to the inhabitants of the waterside. River cafes are the order of the day here.
* * * * *Poppycock Watch I suppose I should say something about this week's major event:
* * * * *When I first heard a report that Mark Carney was to become the next Governor of the Bank of England, I misheard it as Martha Kearney, presenter of the BBC's The World at One. I spent a puzzled hour wondering why. Anyway, a lot of people seem to like the cut of his Canadian jib, and he certainly appears to be perfectly qualified for the post. As the current holder of Canada's equivalent berth, plus 10 years experience in the City, including the ubiquitous Goldman Sachs, he out-sparkled a dowdy lineup of hopefuls. The City of London is crying out for a New-World man -- with the exception of Bob Diamond, of course -- to breathe new dynamism into its ancient institutions. To say that the Square Mile has gone from "hero to zero" is to ignore the seriousness of the situation. Wall Street is fighting tigerishly to regain top spot among financial centres, and while the City still has dominance in foreign exchange, including a new franchise for China's currency, the renmimbi, it continues to take on the aspect of a ricketty house of cards. The list of frauds allegedly prosecuted there would not be believed if they appeared in a Jeffery Archer thriller. Let's hope that
* * * * *Profundity of the Week "Are you aware that you are time-travelling every moment of your life? What happens if you stop?" Unknown John Evans ... who is the author of The Eternal Quest for Immortality: Is it staring you in the face? Available from Amazon and all good booksellers. Recent Related Articles