Today's Telegraph Magazine has an interview with actor and director, Chiwetel Ejiofor in which he expresses his ambition to be "a brief chronicle of the times". I thought I could make a blog post out of this but what I made of it was a ramble that never went anywhere particularly interesting and when it was finished I deleted it. The complete phrase is "abstract and brief chronicle"- and it comes from the speech in which Hamlet commends the players to Polonius- and could be the deepest thing anyone ever said about actors. The ramble tried to explain it- but you can't explain poetry- which is either the best possible way of saying a thing or isn't really poetry at all.
I've been dipping into a long-standing blog by a chap around my age who goes by the moniker Nigeness (in tribute I think to the eternal schoolboy Nigel Molesworth.) We both like poetry and old churches and 17th century monuments. I don't suppose he'll see this but if he does, I'm giving him a friendly wave.