Sunday, 8 April 2018
Nice day for a bike ride
The route passed Trafalgar Square - and the latest occupant of the Fourth Plinth.
This solemn creature is a reminder of the decidedly nasty: a replica of a lamassu, a particular sort of chimera guarding the gates of Nineveh, which was blown up by the iconoclasts of IS.
And it's all (including the cuneiform inscription) made out of date tins, dates being once Iraq's principal export industry, also now severely damaged by conflict over the decades.
What a contrast from the swagger of the memorial at the end of the ride: Prince Albert gleaming through the magnolias: