Woke up thinking of this less known stanza from Yeats:
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity".
Bob sits on the storm drain next to me as I recite it to him. The young garagiste on his motorbike en route to opening up the atelier sees us and beeps. I wave. Bob , unmoved, ponders and stares into the distance. Sophie, for some reason, has found a small fallen branch that she's chewing on intently. Sophie is not a Yeats fan.
The mother of the tikes drives by in the large white Renault minivan. She has a broad smile on her face. I assume she's left the father and the two tikes at their skiing lodge and returned home with the six ( or seven ) little ones. They can be seen bouncing around in the back. Peace and quiet when you have a large feral brood must be relative.
Down to the barbers. There is a man in black track suit trousers and a tee shirt who insists on getting up from the chair and kissing me on both cheeks as if I'm a long lost friend. I'd guess he had garlic for dinner last night. Bob eyes him suspiciously. His accent is completely impenetrable.
The three retired farmers haven't yet arrived. This means that while the man who smells of garlic has his hair cut I can read the local paper.
The barber is off to Peru for two weeks in mid-March on his annual holiday. Last year it was India. ''Better give you a trim that will last until I get back" he says. Angus tells him not to make it too short. The clippers get to work. Angus now sports a twenty five to life style buzz cut.'' Goodness" says 'The Font' unhelpfully when we meet at the car park.
French breakfast radio news leads with the quote that 'a gun free school is a magnet for bad people'. The gulf between the old continent and the US just got wider.
Angus is invited to come to Moscow to talk to men in dark suits. It's -20 they inform him. Angus politely declines the invitation. It's - 2 here which is quite cold enough. https://twitter.com/HughHarrop/status/966239451675549698
How long before the caption under this photo is changed from the Kerch Straight Bridge to the Kerch Straits Bridge ? http://www.kennan-russiafile.org/2018/02/21/vladimir-putins-parallel-state/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiT1RFd09EWmpaalppWVdNeiIsInQiOiJIbUs2QnZGTWo5SjNTUEdlMkZkUzFMNEZxTjFaTkVCQUJKMjJpXC85NDR3VkNjR2loQTd5em4yMHk5b1dzMktXamRIc3MyeTQ2XC9scVphU1VaR1BjZEpYenh2cTFUck