Dot writes: walking to Dalkey on Wednesday with Hugh in the buggy, I was caught in a heavy shower of rain. My jeans were largely soaked, but my upper half was protected by my raincoat, and it made me think of the title for a play. The play will be called ‘The Gortex’. It will be about a dissolute young man who fritters away all his money pointlessly buying camping and hiking equipment. He is shocked to discover that his mother has frittered away all hers buying shoes. A parable for these days of consumerist disillusion, don’t you think?