In church yesterday, while we were singing Let There Be Peace On Earth, a fighter plane passed overhead, emitting the sort of absolutely earth-shaking roar that reverberates in your sternum and the bones of your face and compels all life beneath the plane to stop during its passage because of the sheer impossibility of doing anything else while the air is pure noise.

So for about ten seconds, there was nothing but this uncompromising swell of sound, ravaging pristine church air while the mouths of the choirmembers doggedly continued forming the words Let There Be Peace On Earth, and I started giggling helplessly.