The smartphone plateau

As the Economist notes “the recent slowing of smartphone sales is bad news for the industry, obviously. But for the rest of humanity it is a welcome sign that a transformative technology has become almost universal”.

Er, up to a point, Lord Copper.

Superiority personified

One of our cats, who persists in taking up a step midway down the stairs, and is resolutely unmoved by warnings of the attendant dangers thus posed to descending persons. Her obduracy reminds me of PG Wodehouse’s explanation of the superior attitude manifested by cats: they know that the ancient Egyptians worshipped them as gods.

Quote of the Day

“What can convey the veritable brain-washing, the total preoccupation, the drugged and haunted condition which this new poet induced in some of us? We were like new-born goslings forever imprinted with the image of an alien and indifferent foster parent, infatuated with his erudition, his sophistication, yet sapped and ruined by the contagion of his despair.”

Cyril Connolly on the impact of TS Eliot’s The Waste Land on his generation.