From this weekend’s Column 8, where a discussion of archaic English produced this gold-star-worthy contribution (and a great example of dactylic tetrameter):

_Scintillate, scintillate globule vivific,

Fain would I fathom thy nature specific,

Loftily poised in the ether capacious,

Closely resembling a gem coruscatious…


Can you guess what they’re on about?

Also, hilarious:

“So John Stubbs is a life member of the Fear of Flying Club,” writes Paul Hunt, of Engadine (Column 8, Thursday). “I don’t know how many members it has, but I’m in the much larger Fear of Crashing Club.”