… for the temporary silence, and thanks to those who enquired in a friendly manner after the health of the weblog. With luck not-infrequent posting will resume after a three week break. In part, the inevitable chaos that surrounds the start of every new term was responsible, as was – of course – my own persistent and habitual idleness. I suspect also that after a lot of comment in the week or two following September 11, a lull was always on the cards. It’s a tendency I’ve noticed elsewhere, even in the normally verbose columns of the excellent bobblog, where the initial postings about the destruction of the World Trade Center were met with feverish comment; the more recent ones with near silence. The slump follows the boom as night the day.