If you look around us, the trees are without their leaves, animals are hibernating, farm animals are kept indoors, flowers have gone to seed, and aside from us humans, everyone and everything else seems to have got the memo to slow down, writes.
It's a crazy world. On Sunday, I followed the reports of the G7 Summit. All these leaders of the Western world were avoiding saying anything that would annoy US President Donald Trump, while struggling with the notion that this is a man who, for any reason at all, could shatter years, even decades, of carefully constructed agreements and institutions.
Apple has joined Dell, Microsoft, HP and Intel in opposing US President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs on laptop computers and tablets among the $300bn (€268bn) in Chinese goods targeted for a 25% tariff increase on July 2 when the consultation period for public comment ends.
One of the star speakers at yesterday’s anti-Trump demonstrations in London was the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, who — faithful to his 30-year career as a protestor — declined an invitation to attend the Buckingham Palace banquet normally held for state visits.
It is not too hard, in this season of pantomime rehearsals, to imagine a script from those masters of the netherworld just beyond the sober, grind-and-queue lives most of us lead — the Coen brothers — constructing a conversation between Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. The great filmmakers might contrive to have those unchallengeable leaders discuss the difficulties facing other world leaders.