Isis: state without a capital, war machine without diplomats, ideology pursuing Armageddon. Saturday morning my wife says there’s been another terror attack in Paris. Online newspapers for 14th November AEST keep using the word ‘blood’. Who’s in Paris? Kathleen maybe, she’s going to Lisieux for her thesis on Thérèse. Reminds me of Burton’s book she recommended, ‘Blood in the City: Violence and Revelation in Paris, 1789-1945’. Coffee spills into the saucer of my Persian-patterned French-style breakfast cup. “I have measured my life with coffee spoons.” Thoughts progress: this is drawing Europe into war, the atrocity spectacle cause for more conflict.