Season’s greetings 2020

Around this time of the year, along with some maudlin observations of the passage of time, I usually announce that the blog will be shutting down over the Christmas season, but perhaps such an announcement would be superfluous this year: my output has slowed down to such an extent that a few weeks without a post would hardly be worthy of comment. I am not sure why my output has slowed: perhaps after all these years I have finally realised that I never really wanted to write about books anyway, but had used that as an excuse to write what are in effect childhood memoirs. Now I am aware of that, I can, I feel, be more unapologetically autobiographical.

But may I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year – well, as merry and as happy as our strange times will allow – and leave you with this rather lovely triptych by Hans Memling of the Adoration of the Magi that I saw in the Prado last year.

See you all next year!

Triptych of The Adoration of the Magi by Hans Memling, courtesy Prado Gallery, Madrid

10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by animatomdobbiegmailcom on December 23, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    1. This is my Christmas Cards to you all. After all, I am Scottish, and as such, thrifty..
    2. I hope the differentiation between the a priori and the a posteriori is significantly positive in terms of extrapolation. If not, cheat.
    3. Although ranting is a long term favourite hobby of mine, I shall be dense, courteous and brief.
    4. That’s it……


  2. Posted by Smita Lahiri on December 23, 2020 at 7:01 pm



  3. Posted by Martin Johnson on December 23, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Happy Christmas you old git!


  4. Posted by Smita Lahiri on December 23, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Season’s Greetings to you as well!

    I just tried to reciprocate with another lovely Renaissance image (The Chess Game by Sofonisba Anguissola) but I don’t think I was successful uploading the file. And on a related note – if you find in the mood to watch some TV over the holidays, I recommend The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix!


  5. Posted by Chris Lyon on December 23, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    I look forward to reading your memoirs. While you work on them, have an enjoyable Christmas and stay safe at this difficult time.


  6. Posted by David Stewart on December 23, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and thank you for all of your postings. I look forward to them very much.


  7. Posted by Kayus Wadia on December 24, 2020 at 5:47 am

    Wish you a Merry Christmas and a great 2021! Thank you for continuing to brighten our days!


  8. Happy Christmas to you and yours!


  9. Posted by Chris Jennings on December 25, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    Happy Christmas, Himadri, and best wishes for 2021.



  10. Merry Christmas to you and your family.


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