DVD diddle:
My old DVD-ROM player gave up the ghost; some fault with the spin-up motor as far as I could tell. I splashed £29 on a new Samsung SD-616 at PC World (£10 too expensive; but no P&P cost, no waiting for delivery, no hanging around for some 7am courier). I then flashed the firmware (not as saucy as it might sound to non-techies), and it’s now a fine multi-region player that will happily play all those lovely cheap region-1 DVDs from the USA. Talking of DVD’s, Andy Goldsworthy’s Rivers & Tides will finally be released on DVD next month.