I would just like to announce that this blog has now entered a new era, and has taken a further step along the road to becoming a true Multi-Media Experience. I have managed to acquire a digital camera (by inheritance from my daughter) so readers had better brace themselves for a brief, Toad-like outbust of enthusiasm for photography. It’s the only thing, you know, and, of course, so much less effort than actually writing something. At present, I am roughly to the world of photography what Cyril Smith is to the modelling of skinny jeans, but perhaps I shall improve with practice.
Anyway, here is my first photograph –
This, as you will observe, is the much-lauded statue of John Betjeman at St Pancras Station. My normal route out of the station doesn’t take me past this, but occasionally – when the elevators are broken – it does and my point is that every time I pass him he seems to get greener and greener. I’m sure he didn’t look quite like this when the statue was new.
I believe this is because the statue is made of bronze, which is largely made of copper, which – as we know from looking at lightning conductors on the spires of churches – turns green when it oxidises – but quite how green is he going to get? He did write –
“Little, alas, to you I mean
For I am old and bald and green.”
But surely not this green?
(Incidentally, this will have to count as my contribution to the celebration of St Patrick’s Day).