We are trying - between one thing and another - to keep this blog interesting and convenient for our readers. The interesting part can be argued with, the convenient part has been improved somewhat: for those who don't want to bother with RSS feeds (I love them but not everybody does), but don't feel like checking in every day to see whether your erratic hosts have actually deemed to write something, you can now subscribe to our blog. Whenever there is a new entry, you'll be notified via email. I'm off to Germany for Benjamin's funeral. Doug stays behind with our school boy but he's busy, so it might be quiet for some days. Here's something cheerful as an ersatz.