Now look, fair warning. If you read this through to the end there's not much reward to be had, no cumulative pay off, no juicy fruit of a conclusion.

There's something there, and it's an honest something, but I don't consider it a pearl that's richer than all the tribe. It's a bagatelle. It will not swim down the gutter of time. You have been warned.

The dog and I were out on the hills. To get on to a track, we crossed a fence - the dog by jumping, I by lumbering - and as we did so a