It’s time for a random ramble. So, in no particular order:
1. The amber engine warning light in the car came on, for no obvious reason, back in August. I ignored it for a couple of weeks, then it went out. Then it came on again, so I took the car in and they made me pay a lot of money to replace something called an ‘intercooler air duct’. The light went out. Then ten days ago it came on again. So I took it in again. They kept it for two days and decided that the alert hadn’t reset itself properly last time. (As my brother presciently put it: the fault seems to be that the fault light is on.) They reset it, and the light went out. Yesterday evening, it came on again. I’ve decided it’s lying.
2. A couple of weeks ago I noticed that the freezer contained more ice than food, so I made a note and forgot about it. Fast forward to a couple of nights ago, when I was reminded about the traditional Boxing Day family singsong, for which I’ve always willingly provided accompaniment, of a sort – the quality becomes less and less relevant as the evening progresses. I’ve hardly touched a guitar since my embolism last January, and to be honest I don’t know whether I can any more. So I thought I’d better give it a try, and made a note. The outcome: this serendipitous Post-It sticker:
3. Finally, I’ve just reread ‘The Trial’, which seemed very different from my forty-year-old memory of it. Much funnier, for a start. There’s a hilarious quote on the back cover from a Telegraph reviewer who seems to think it’s about bureaucracy. But this, towards the end, jumped out at me:
‘No,’ said the priest, ‘one does not have to believe everything is true, one only has to believe it is necessary.’
You have to think about that, don't you?