I do the books for the farm and, although I keep them pretty well in order, there are always one or two things which I put in the wrong place in the ledger. At the year-end (which is coming up shortly) our accountant comes round and puts it all right for me. The first year he came I made the mistake of asking why something was wrong; the "accountant-speak" I got in reply was quite unintelligible to me. (he is a lovely chap and not at all like the usual idea of an accountant) I know better now than to ask him. And when new regulations come out regarding tax - for example on Budget Day - within twenty-four hours he has it all at his finger tips. I find all that sort of stuff incredibly boring and asked him how he could be bothered to learn such gobbledegook. His answer "Horses for Courses." In other words - that is his line of work, his interest - almost his fascination - my interests and abilities lie in other areas.
I suppose we are all like that, but what makes us so? Some people say we are all either convergent or divergent thinkers and that is what defines the path we take: others say it depends whether the right or left side of the brain is more fully developed.
What prompted this line of thought? I have been reading The Times again! Today there is a lovely story about allotments and how they are becoming more popular in these trying times. The National Trust is making more allotments available at some of its stately homes, so that people can grow their own vegetables.
Then the article goes on to say that Einstein decided to have an allotment in Berlin-Spandau.
He might have been red hot on relativity but I am afraid he was no good at running an orderly allotment. In 1922 the committee who ran the allotments threw him off. They said that
"weeds have spread all over the whole parcel of land and have soared. The fence is not in order, and the whole allotment makes an unaesthetic impression." (I love that image of soaring weeds.) So now we know - Einstein might have been a brilliant man with a super brilliant mind, but when it came to planting potatoes and hoeing beans he was useless. He wasn't much good at managing his hair either come to that.