This February we read that a very rich person has sent his own rocket into space. Outer space, not the local park. We’re told this is great, significant and historic because a very rich person has never before sent his own rocket into space. Could supplying more dinghies to cross the Aegean be on his to-do list? Strapped to his rocket is a red racing car, with dummy driver, at little extra cost. ‘Don’t panic’ is printed on the dashboard. His rocket, we’re told, will circle the sun for millions of years. Look on my works ye mighty, and despair.