The peace and quiet of solitude is a great pleasure when it is chosen rather than imposed. Rain drops tapping on the window and the hum of the computer keep the silence at bay whilst ginger bread has done the same for hunger. I shall deal with thirst later. Speaking of bread and wine I have just noticed that the German bishops have broken their silence on what will become of those strays from the flock who have decided to take a break from the government’s 8% religious tax. Their suggestion is that this relief will be merely temporal rather than eternal. A difficult choice between carping the diem or the apparently more promising aeternam. Rather non commercially the powers that be have decided that you pay your money and then they take your choice. It’s hard to imagine a restaurant thriving on the offer of a 25€ menu, the composition of which would only be revealed after the bill had first been settled. It may turn out that the composition of the 25€ menu is several dishes of thin air or on the other hand…..