Anybody who cares will have guessed that I'm back from the Roman Forum Conference ... because I have now dealt with most of the Comments offered in my absence. Thank you for them.
Being above Lake Garda is like being in a kind of Terra Sancta. Y'see, there are many subterranean channels under the stony pavents. As in Blighty, they have metal covers. But, whereas in England these would bear the enticing information THAMES WATER, in Lombardy they are inscribed with the name of the Manufacturer.
So, as one treads the nimble cobbles of Gardone Sopra, one is constantly reminded that one is favouring with ones gratified feet the Pontiff who presided over that Council which some fool once said was more important than Nicaea.
In Brescia, where, busy little man, he manufactured his elegant plumbing accessories, there is a shrine to the Great Pontiff.
Better to say as little about that as possible.