Some random thoughts/events/questions.
All of our bulbs are now in the ground. Assuming we get a little rain, spring should be a joy and a delight. Probably as a direct consequence of the effort involved my body is hurting badly and not operating as I would like it to. And as a consequence of that (and of the drugs I have taken) my brain is foggy. Still an achievement.
I have nearly finished the biography of Alfred Bestall, the man who wrote and illustrated Rupert Bear for many, many years. And surprisingly, because I am very fond of Rupert, I find myself wondering if his talents were in some sense wasted. He was an extraordinarily skilled artist and perhaps if he had devoted himself more fully to his art (sketching, portraiture, oil painting) he, and we, would have benefited. I don't know, and certainly there did not seem to be any sense of regret on his part. Another interesting thing I have gleaned from the biography is that he was a devout Christian and believed that his faith was behind each Rupert story. Not something I had ever noticed and certainly Rupert and family are not church goers - indeed I don't recall there even being a church in the village of Nutwood in which Rupert and his family live.
Which indirectly leads me to the death of Osama Bin Laden. And what I consider the inappropriate and premature jubilation at his death. I don't believe that his death will stop terrorism in its tracks - if anything I suspect it will precipitate more attacks. And his death will neither bring anyone else to life again, nor fill the void that those other deaths left in the lives and hearts of their families and loved ones. And yes, I mean all the deaths without reference to race or religion, be they from 9/11 or reprisals or the obscenity of collateral damage.