Great composer caught in the slips
The Daily Telegraph published a photograph of the Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, enjoying a day of Test cricket at Lords. The imputation was that he should have been managing the fiscal crisis back at the office.
What the financial page failed to spot was that one row behind the money men, to the left, was Engliand’s finest composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle, in a rather fetching lavender tie, and Harry seems to be explaining to the former England captain Mike Brearley, now a psychoanalyst, his advanced theory of swing bowling in overcast conditions. Or maybe the size of the Minotaur’s head in his recent opera. Either way, Brears is gripped.