I have mixed feelings about the snow. It certainly transforms the landscape and is incredibly beautiful. On Friday morning I was looking at the sun catching the crystals making them glisten with a bluish light and reflecting on the amazing fact that each flake is unique and a different shape from all the others. A bit different from our mass production! I wondered why. I remember a philosophy lecture I heard in Cambridge from the brilliant Professor MacKinnon in which he talked about 'the infinite variety of creation'. I seem to remember there's a word for it in Greek for which we don't have an exact equivalent, poikilos (
O ye Dews and Frosts, bless ye the Lord:
O ye Frost and Cold, bless ye the Lord:
But Jean, our MNDA group coordinator, was right too when she wrote to me: 'It has been lovely to look out on such a wonderful scene and I am grateful I haven’t had to try venturing forth, with the family taking that o
Which I think puts in perspective the rather peevish interview by Sarah Montague with Hilary Benn on the Today Programme last week. Rather unreasonably, I thought, she was berating him in the rather aggressive way she has for not foreseeing the severity of the winter and there not being enough salt and grit for the roads - and businesses were losing money etc etc. She sometimes reminds me of Mark Antony's wife, 'shrill tongued Fulvia', when she's trying to do a Humphrys.