Monday, 28 December 2009

Sic transit gloria mundi

At a drinks’ party over Christmas I found myself engaged in earnest conversation with a young Japanese woman. I told her about the article I had published in the Guardian newspaper and she asked how she could access it on-line. I decided the simplest thing to do was to accompany her to the hosts’ study and use their pc to enter my name into google and then e-mail her the article from the Guardian web-site. That was when I discovered that for a few glorious weeks my article had been ranked within the top ten most viewed items on the Guardian’s Life and Style section. I was rather smug when I realised that not only was my piece the oldest published top ten article as at 23rd December 2009, I had also beat off fierce competition from the likes of the actress Natascha McElhone, David Essex the erstwhile popstar who, had been the heartthrob of choice of many a female friend in their teenage years and the actor Nicolas Cage. Since December 24th my popularity has been eclipsed by items relating to the festive season. Echoing Ebenezer Scrooge on the subject of Christmas: Bah, humbug!Guardian Weekend