2. I see Peter O'Toole is likely to be nominated for an Oscar. I hope he wins. I spotted him on a train once about ten years ago. He was sitting in a corner drinking Coca Cola and hiding behind the Times. He looked frail even then. I pretended I hadn't seen him.
3. It's my birthday. They said it might snow, but it hasn't yet. I'm 56.
4. Here's a painting by Joseph Wright of Derby. It isn't "beautiful" because the forms are too rugged. And it's too far removed from the norms of 18th century landscape painting to be called "picturesque". So I guess we'll have to settle for "sublime".