It’s always baffled me that left-wing is red in the UK and right-wing blue and quite the reverse in the US. I suppose it goes to show the irrelevance of colours, or possibly that politicians are basically politicians everywhere and it doesn’t really matter what colours they drape themselves in. I come from a part of the UK where Labour used green (and occasionally green-and-yellow) because the Tories had bagged red. I never did work out who had blue (Whigs?), but it felt a bit like Roderick Spode having to form a political group called the Blackshorts because the shop had sold out of the shirts.
This is all to avoid talking about any party or person having post-election blues. Here we are in a brave new world where it can now be demonstrated that proportional representation processes can deliver majority governments, at least post-pandemics. Curiously the world seems not terribly braver than before, and looks about as used as it always has. There was still cat food to be bought and tree boughs to be cut down, though making lemon curd was a novel experience (we’ll use up those lemons yet). While it cools I can get on with the website.
The puzzle this week is an Independent daily from 2014. My schedule says I was due to put up a Church Times puzzle, but there’s an actual live Church Times puzzle in the actual Church Times that you can go out and purchase. I’ll put one from there up next time, so you can compare how my style has changed. The daily has a hidden theme, which may be timely (though pandemic considerations may yet prevail).
A quiet fortnight – beyond the Friday Independent puzzles, there a Times cryptic on 27 October, and (just in case I’m late blogging next time round) a puzzle for the Crossword Club at the start of November.