Much comment elsewhere about the Arts Council England funding cuts. Of course any threat to the vibrancy of the arts is to be deplored. But among all the gloom three points should not be ignored. First, the Britten Sinfonia's grant has increased by 31.6%. Second, Aldeburgh Music's funding has been maintained. And third, the chair of Arts Council England Liz Forgan declined to appear on a BBC Radio 4 programme alongside Norman Lebrecht. All of which suggests Arts Council England are not as stupid as some people are making them out to be. Or, as the Prophet Mohammed said "Trust in Allah, but tether your camel first".
My header photo was taken outside the apartment we rented in Tamraght in southern Morocco during our recent visit. The boy in the picture and his sister were shepherding on their own a large herd of dromedaries, sheep and goats that had travelled up from the Sahara to the south in search of grazing. For more on a way of life that can teach us a lot about the use of available resources as well as the behaviour of flocks read Nobel literature prize laureate J.M.G Le Clézio's novel Desert. Photo is (c) On An Overgrown Path 2011. Report broken links, missing images and errors to - overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Also on Facebook and Twitter.