Yes, E M Forster, I'll second that and, in my tiny world, the internet has opened up many new ways of connecting. Apparently this is not so for everyone; The New Yorker recently published the news that psychologists have concluded that Facebook can make you sad, breeding a sense of failure and loneliness. This phenomenon occurs mostly when online consumption of the social network is passive. Looking and envying. Those of us who use the internet creatively - bloggers, twitterers, online business owners etc. tend to find it very life-enhancing. Not to mention the wonder of instant, free contact with friends and family around the world.
There are minor niggles - sometimes the spam box gets pretty full of puzzling messages and requests. This was what I thought a week or so ago when an unusual email arrived containing a very brief note that went something like this:
I like your offers and I enjoy to read your blogs. The oil will be good only with bread and a little salt.
This puzzled me - I didn't think it was suspicious, but I could not remember ordering a bottle of oil and the only things I am offering to the world are antiques on Ebay and some rather silly stories about life with Mr N, on my blog. Then I forgot about it until the postman knocked at the door a few days later...
...and delivered this gift!
But who is Horst Antes? I found him here on Wikipedia.
Professor Antes is a well-known German artist and sculptor, whose works are in many collections and galleries including MOMA in New York. In recent years he has discovered another talent, the production of fine wines and - yes - olive oil! His sculptures can be seen outside, in public places.
Often depicted is the monumental, mysterious figure of 'Kopffüßler' or Head-Footer.
I hope this blog post sends out a positive, friendly message...
...thank you very much Professor Antes - and thank you World Wide Web!