01 February 2024, The Tablet

Christopher Howse’s Notebook

Consolingly, the library shelves still include the category Witchcraft.

Christopher Howse’s Notebook

When I put on my shirt last Saturday, a button was missing at the bottom. So I rigged up a safety pin in its place, quietly satisfied at losing no blood as I did it.


Then I came to put my tie on. (Yes, I wear a tie on Saturdays.) I found a spare buttonhole at the collar. It became clear I had used the wrong buttons all the way down, and the safety pin was supererogatory.

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