Discussion over the dinner table the other evening turned briefly to Libya. Do you know what's happening there, my (just) pre-teen son was asked? "Isn't that where some guys are trying to get rid of the President, but he won't go?", he said rather tentatively, but with a directness that makes him a shoe in for the subs' desk at 'The Economist'.
A follow up question for him: how are you finding out about Libya? "I'm not, it's just what's happening everywhere!" Such are the times.
The previous week, he had given a summary of Mubarak's downfall that woudn't have disgraced a brief writer on the Today programme. His source? Reading 'Metro' on the tube to school.
To Crouch End, to discover that Prospero's Books has closed. For the first time I can recall, this most literate of North London localities is without a proper bookshop. How sad!
There is a Bargain Books selling cut price remainders. And, more usefully, an Oxfam Books which has a good selection, and almost makes the journey worthwhile.
Well, this morning it did better than that.
I'm not a great cricket enthusiast, but the accompanying souvenir of an Australian cricket tour eighty years ago strikes me as a complete gem. Well worth the £4.99 I shelled out. The England team of that time featured Hobbs ('a delightful batsman and master of every stroke'), Sutcliffe, Larwood ('on form he is undoubtedly our strongest attack') and Hammond.
And in the Australian line-up, a young, promising batsman - Don Bradman, see below:
D.J. Bradman: '... the coming greatest batsman in the world ... When we consider he is only 21 years old and has just commenced his career in Test Cricket, his record is wonderful.'