This post will appear on the blog while we are spending a day
away from Fruit Towers, trying to think of some good stuff to make
and do next year (the planning seems to start earlier every
So I just wanted to highlight one thing that won't be changing
in 2007, and that's the fact that this bag will still be here.
I think I bought this bag in 1999, which makes it seven years
old, and also makes it as old as innocent. It's been all over the
place - Africa, America, Kensal Green - and has never let me down.
It has never broken, it's kept my stuff dry, it's carried computers
and cash and cauliflowers from one place to the next, without
In the time I've owned it, I've had lots of pairs of socks and
trainers come and go; I've got married, become a dad and lived in
three or four different houses. And the bag has been there all the
time, doing its job and minding its own business.
So in our planning session for 2007, I will be invoking the bag,
as an example of well-made stuff that does its job and outlasts the
competition. If we can come up with a few ideas that work as well
and last as long as the bag, we'll be doing OK.