...for the gap in proceedings - two days without blogging. My excuses - I felt a bit off colour (back to normal now) and nothing of interest to write about. I have just spent an interesting hour reading through all your blog posts in those two days. Isn't blogging a wonderful pastime? I seem to have built up such a huge circle of friends, most of whom I shall never see, and yet I feel I know them, I know their ideas and feelings (in so far as they tell me in Blogland) and I look forward to an almost daily chat with them. Every single one of you brightens my day and I thank you for that.
I see in today's Times, on The Arts page, that Viscount Devonport wishes to build a giant modern sculpture on his land. He has a vast estate in Northumberland and - on the summit of Cold Law - a hill near the Scottish Border he would like to put a weathered steel monument higher than Nelson's column as a tribute to the North's Industrial Heritage and as a tribute to HM the Queen and the Commonwealth. The monument is to be made by Simon Hitchens and will be paid for entirely by himself and his backers. Now Northumberland county council are strongly objecting that it will be a blot on the landscape. I must say that in the mockup it does look to me like a huge sail. I rather like it. It is after all on his own land and in no way using public money - I can't see that it is any more of an eyesore than wind farms (two are planned for the area). I seem to remember that people made a fuss about the Angel the North but now it is regarded as a real icon of the North. Apparently this statue will not be seen from any of the villages round about.
**Please don't take it from this that I object to wind farms - the more the better - that is the future.
Back tomorrow I hope and fighting fit.