"In dark ages people are best guided by religion, as in a pitch-black night a blind man is the best guide; he knows the roads and paths better than a man who can see. When daylight comes, however, it is foolish to use blind old men as guides." - HEINRICH HEINE, GEDANKEN UND EINFALLE "Oh, wearisome condition of humanity, Born under one law, to another bound; Vainly begot, and forbidden vanity, Created sick, commanded to be sound." - FULKE GREVILLE, MUSTAPHA Best not to wax any tune on these things, so here goes: your "writer" is a plummy-voiced* Sixth-former keeping aloft the chains of A-Levels in English Literature, English Language, Politics, and History. Close friends, and even family, skip to the surname when addressing said "writer"; others use the two syllables which preceed it - which grates Adam to no end. *An ever-mystifying endorsement mutually bestowed by several, otherwise unrelated, strangers. The count, thus far, is 23 (I started keeping record about a year ago).