Thomas Bayes (1702 - 1761) ,non-conformist minister and mathematician, lived in Tunbridge Wells. It is only fairly recently that his importance as a mathematician has been recognised for his work on probability theory. Because I have never fully understood his conclusions based on the theorem which bears his name, I find it helpful to read them summed up as follows: "The odds of a hypothesis being true change as it is put to the test. In practice this means that the hypothesis will change too." It may be an over simplification but it makes sense.
In Hall's bookshop I come across a book called A Saunter through Kent with a Pen and Pencil by Charles Igglesden. It is not the sort of book that I would want to possess even if I could afford the £25.00 at which it is priced. But it appeals to me nevertheless because it represents an attitude, a style and a state of mind far removed from the busy way we live now. To saunter is a word almost impossible to understand in the age of trainers and twittering.