There are always reasons to be worried, not always the apparent ones.
"We need three things: a strong sense of our own identity; the ability to form new meanings - to see the world in new ways; and a sense of usefulness that what we do contributes to a bigger context than ourselves." Susan Greenfield, the neurologist, at the Bath Literature Festival on how creativity could prevent us from being dehumanised by the onrush of new technologies. A good slogan, it strikes me, for those who are afraid of losing their way.
This evening pipérade. Peppers, tomatoes, onions chopped and cooked in goose fat or olive oil with a little garlic, to which are added at the last moment beaten eggs gently and quickly scrambled with the vegetable. It is served with Bayonne ham. A local dish I think in the Basque region of France and Spain. "One of the most widely travelled of all French regional dishes wrote Elizabeth David back in 1960. It seems to taken a rest from travelling recently which is a shame because it deserves to spread its wings.