Thursday 17th May, 2012The world has been ending now for a very long time, and shows no signs of stopping doing so. But dread slows time as effectively as gravity; and so, to counteract the end, there has been a monastic order of Fearers in a dark and leafy valley in scotland since about 1300AD. Descend towards their sanctuary through the boughs of two aged elms into a chlorophyll halflight. There is no movement, only a feverish stillness. As you walk down the hill towards the abbey, a whispering, rolling hiss fills your ears.
It is not the sea.
The monks are hyperventilating.