Thursday, 6 October 2011
I was enthralled by the patterns of light cast by the stained glass windows upon the honey-coloured stone floor inside Southwell Minster. You weren't supposed to take photos without a permit but I couldn't resist balancing my camera on a handy chair and taking a quick snap.
I am deeply saddened by the news of the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs at the age of 56. I have always used Apple computers, even from the earliest days and my current iMac is probably my most treasured possession. His vision and drive to innovate have touched all our lives. Isn't it sad that so often it seems that those with the most talent die young? One wonders what they might have achieved with a longer life.... Sir Titus Salt himself was 50 when he built Saltaire and gave leadership to it for another 20 odd years. In contrast, his son Titus Jnr ( a great innovator) died at 44. Jonathan Silver, the entrepreneur whose vision and drive saved Salts Mill (and thus Saltaire) in 1987, died ten years later at the age of 47. Great men, all of them.