Two highlights in an otherwise gloomy January day: The first, a fitting for a new pin socket involving a silicone stump liner (which looks, rather disconcertingly, like a massive white condom) with a nifty spike at the end of it that clicks into the prosthetic leg.  Trying to get the spike into the little hole brought back memories of many happy hours spent in front of The Golden Shot.  The second highlight, a parcel containing a T shirt from the extraordinary Rosie Kilburn who gave me such helpful information when I wrote my Guardian blog article – a swop for the copy of The Cloths of Heaven I sent her. Sebastian, who is not a keen reader, is very clear who has done better out of this particular transaction.