First the interesting story. There is an article in today's Times by Daniel Finkelstein ostensibly about the Arab Spring and how it is all about revolts by the young men. Makes a lot of food for thought and is well worth a read if you can get to it on line. It is titled 'Arab Spring? No, more of a temper tantrum.' Whether or not you agree with what he says it certainly makes you think about the whole issue.
But what amused me was a story inside the article about when, in 1972, the then Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai met the US President, Richard Nixon, their discussion turned to the subject of history. Nixon asked Zhou what impact did he think the French Revolution (of 1789) had had on Western Civilisation. The interpreter asked him and Zhou replied that it was 'too soon to tell'. The interpreter later revealed that Zhou thought the question referred to the Paris Students' Protests of 1968. The interpreter revealed that he had realised at the time about Zhou's misinterpretation but that his answer was just 'too wonderful to correct.'
As Finkelstein points out they did have something in common - youth.
Now for the poser. Our peas in the vegetable garden are in full flower - white flower - and are already beginning to pod up. But amongst them are three of what the farmer calls 'rogue peas' - with flowers of a totally different colour. It is obvious that they are indeed peas and no doubt they will be indistinguishable from the others when it comes to putting them in the pot. But can anyone out there throw any light on what exactly they are?