At the beginning of September, I assumed significant new responsibilities and have had to rethink some of my priorities, including the weekly posting of this blog. My decision to continue writing posts was influenced by a book I was reading at the time by Natalia Ginzburg. In ‘Little Virtues’ she talks about her vocation as a writer and how when she sits down to write she feels extraordinarily at ease. She worries about being misunderstood and claims to know nothing about the value of her writing. These comments are made early in the book and much latter she writes ‘that at the moment someone is writing he is miraculously driven to forget the immediate circumstances of his own life.’ I can confirm that this is sometimes true for me and that writing can transport me away from the pressures of everyday life and, more recently, the stresses associated with my new role in the university. So, I intend to continue to carve out time to write weekly posts even though, like Ginzburg, I am dubious about their value to others.