People ‘of a certain age’ may relate to this. I was in a conversation a little while ago with a group of long-standing friends. These are good friends, the type of friends that have passed through a lot in each other’s company. We had got together just to be together and because it had been too long since the last time. We sat in comfortable sofas in a room heated by a newly installed log-burner. The conversation, which I hasten to add I was not a part of at that time, became very animated as my four friends discussed the merits of various dental plans.
I’ve noticed something about change. I suppose that I’ve noticed this because there has been more than the usual amount of it about recently. Especially in political terms.
I suppose the thing that I’ve noticed is the way that people respond to it. Now, I have no interest whatsoever in commenting on the reactions that I have observed, as I do not believe that there is any great purpose to be achieved in that. So whatever your own reaction to recent and current events, God bless you. One observation I have though is this.
Up until 27th June I hadn’t heard of Marcus Willis, I’d be surprised if you had. On 29th June I, along with perhaps millions of others, watched him play Roger Federer (I’m assuming that most of you will have heard of Roger) on the centre court at Wimbledon. In a matter of a few hours Marcus Willis had become a national celebrity. I had seen a clip on the news of him walking through the grounds of Wimbledon and people were clamouring for his autograph. He seemed uncertain of what to do, as if he were a bit of an imposter but eventually he paused to sign some and those that he stopped for seemed genuinely delighted.