Apparently I’m an impounded boat. (I was watching a yacht gliding smoothly across Wellington harbour just a couple of hours ago, which convinced me that I’m right to stick to using the word for things with sails.)
As Royal Huisman say: The yacht name, PHI comes from the ‘Sectio Divina’ Latin expression, which means the ‘golden ratio’ and refers to the formula that governs the continuation of dimensions and shapes in natural proportions throughout the design. True to her name, the yacht features highly innovative well-proportioned design elements resulting in a beautiful, modern superyacht.
Well, I’ve put a bit of weight on during the various lockdowns, but I don’t reckon to have reached that sort of tonnage. I think I prefer the quote from the current edition of Cosmos magazine, about the hard problem of consciousness: “It therefore possesses very high ?, implying it has a high level of consciousness. The theory predicts that whatever gives you a maximum of ? leads to a very precise prediction: maximum existence.” These neuroscientists are on the ball, even if it does sound a bit like a computer game. I’ve noted before how ? gets attached to all sorts of things, resulting in things like the engagement of Nicola Barker with Lacanian algebra in the closing pages of her novel H(A)PPY (intense, funny and needing to be printed and read in colour).
[OK, the question marks in the preceding paragraph are all meant to be instances of a capital Greek phi, which WordPress carefully puts into the draft, before replacing them when you publish. This seems to be self-defeating.]
And should your existence levels slip awaiting the next update, there are no fewer than five puzzles appearing from me before I blog again: in addition to the two regular Friday Independent puzzles, there’s a Telegraph Toughie from Kcit on 6 April, a Times Jumbo on 9 April, and a Church Times puzzle on 15 April (which is Good Friday, though the puzzle itself doesn’t strike me as particularly paschal).
Don’t forget to buy your Easter eggs.