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Thursday, December 03, 2009

The idle fops of the past

To St Paul's Cathedral tonight for a performance of Handel's "Messiah". Plenty of time to contemplate three things:
1. Christopher Wren was one of the few - if not the only - architects to design a cathedral and then live to see it finished.
2. Handel wrote his masterpiece in three weeks.
3. What did people like that do in their spare time?