As so often happens my eye is caught on the supermarket news stand by the cover of New Scientist. " Before the Big Bang", reads the cover line, "Three reasons why the Universe can't have existed for ever". Why I wonder do I care so much more about this topic than whether or not women should be allowed to become Church of England bishops?
Whenever I see the miniature Penguin Classics and similar mini-book series I always hasten to buy the titles which I think of as suitable to send to certain friends to supplement Christmas cards. Apart from everything else they fit tidily with a card into most envelopes.There are few which are not suitable so I usually splash out. Today in The Oxfam Bookshop the substantial collection is not priced. Instead donations are invited to the Safe Water for Schools charity. Proceeds go to schools all over the world, I am told, wherever there is a desperate need for fresh water. Though this is apparently not obvious because one of the shop's recent customers was anxious to know whether donations would go to a school local to Tunbridge Wells.