It was my birthday on the 18th December – and also that of my Italian friend, Daniella, who informed that we share a birthday with Brad Pitt. Apparently it is his 50th and that is hot news in the Italian media. Brad Pitt? Fifty? It seems just the other day that he was the young stud in Thelma and Louise. I mentioned Paul Klee, also born on the 18th December, and Daniella countered with Keith Richards. Mmm . . . couldn’t we do better than that? I went on line to see who could be added to the list. Plenty of minor composers, but no really famous writers, sadly. But Steven Spielburg: that was more like it. Also Willy Brandt, Franz Ferdinand, Charles Wesley, Celia Johnson, Grimaldi and – oh no – Stalin. I wouldn’t have had Stalin pegged for a Sagittarius. I’ll try to forget that I share a birthday with one of the greatest mass murderers in history.