Posted by Tania Kindersley.
I know I should have screeds to say about the Labour leadership election, Ahmadinejad's crazed speech to the UN, the Republicans' perplexing idea to keep tax cuts for the richest one percent of Americans, and the Coalition's new banking commission and what it might say. (Sometimes there is nothing more I enjoy than discussing the pros and cons of Glass-Steagall.)
However, it is Saturday, so I'm going to give you dogs and flowers instead.
Although I would like to say that I wish people would stop calling David Miliband a geek, as if that were an insult. I don't see him as particularly geeky, but perhaps that is because I am a bit of a geek myself, so geekishness looks fairly normal to me. But really calling someone geeky is just another way of saying they are bookish, better at thought than sport, likely to have a special subject on which they are freakishly knowledgeable, and prone to the gathering of facts. What is wrong with that? Besides, I think we live in the age of the geek. President Obama is very slightly geekish; Bill Gates is the epitome of the genre, and he is not only fabulously successful but is also giving all his money away to good causes. All my favourite political commentators, from Ezra Klein to John Rentoul, have a trace of geek. If I were to give one piece of advice to the Young People it would be: be nice to the geeks, because they are the ones who will end up ruling the world.
Anyway, about those flowers and dogs -
The little white lavender:
My slight obsession with the hydrangea continues, unabated:
The dear old mint is still flowering:
The little hebe is thriving in the wet:
The thyme still has its splendid pom-poms on:
Sometimes I think the rose hips look like small, alien creatures:
(I am certain they come in peace.)
And the dogs are their dear doggy selves; this one wondering, as always, whether I have biscuits in my pocket:
This one contemplating the far reaches of ontological mystery:
As for me, I am going to have a sausage sandwich and watch BBC 24 to see who is to be the next Labour leader. I vote for Mili D, the Geek.
Have a wonderful weekend.