Blogger is playing up; I’ve mentioned the disappearance of my counter already today and now my voter numbers over there on the right have dropped from 50 (this morning) to 43 (this evening). It’s also taking a long time for some of the widgits to appear. All very frustrating. And whilst commenting on the messenger (the blog) rather than the message (cycling to Puglia), I was watching a discussion tonight on BBC2: Newsnight at Thirty. AS Byatt and Martin Amis were discussing the Internet and celebrity. Amis pointed out that increasingly people crave a “presence” somewhere, whether it be on Facebook, Twitter, on a blog like this or elsewhere. Byatt retorted that the irony of this false sense of celebrity was that it is undertaken by people alone at computers.