Stevie Yesterday, Manchester had a carnival atmosphere as football supporters prepared for the first World Cup game. Anyone would have thought that this was the final! Football is certainly the grand narrative of the current era. Meanwhile, I was at MMU doing a workshop for PRIE – I met some interesting researchers and then wandered the empty city streets while what seemed like the rest of the population watched the game. Today I sat in the garden with Stevie (and Jean), soaking up the long-awaited summer sunshine.