It was immensely sad to see the programme on TV last night about Jeremy Paxman’s failing health with a degenerative neurological condition. I used to so enjoy Paxo giving politicians (eg Michael Howard, infamously) a roasting in the good old days on Panorama. And he was a wonderful quizmaster on University Challenge, giving some wretched undergraduate a witheringly scornful gaze if he/she got something stupidly (at least in Paxo’'s opinion) wrong.
And this morning Radio 3 has just announced that Daniel Barenboim’s health has declined so badly that he has given up live performance. He hadn’t performed as a pianist much in recent years, but now he is giving up conducting as well.
It all makes me feel very old.
Cue up Saturn (Bringer of Old Age) from Holst’s The Planets.