In the bookshops two big changes are noticeable. Various makes of eReader are displayed for a sale on an unprecedented scale. Real books as distinct from electronic texts are frequently on offer, either reduced in price or available as part of a deal such as "buy two with the second at half price". Clearly competition is beginning to bite.
In The Grove high amid the branches of a larch, a blue plastic hoop, a hula hoop probably, hangs way out of reach, an odd anomaly and an athletic achievement in its own right on the part of the person who managed to throw it there.