Peering out from the roofs of a row of houses are dormer windows. Through the windows, because the sun is shining in, you can see sloping attic roofs and beyond, other windows giving on to views of the sky, chimneys and rooftops. It is an unexpected sighting of another part of the world or perhaps of a different world.
Like many other people I watch with fascination as Steve Jobs reveals Apple's latest piece of technology - The Ipad. It is, I suppose, a computer the size of a book with limitless access to actual books and newspapers, all screen and touch. But what I most like about it is that I don't want it. I don't need it. And that is a relief to me because I can be as acquisitive as the next man. And in theory it would be wonderful to possess anything so nifty. Not wanting an Ipad or an Iphone, for that matter, is a sort of freedom. When I am not at home or at my desk, I like to look about me and see what is going on. At home there is a laptop and that is enough to keep me in touch with.the virtual world. Meanwhile, I like to talk and listen to the people I meet in the real world. Multi-tasking may be useful if you engaged in a war or a love affair, but, free of the demands of either, I am fortunate in having time to do just one thing at a time.