Sad news. The contrarian journalist, pro-Iraq war polemicist, and outspoken atheist, Christopher Hitchens, has been diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus. I disagree with him on most things, except Orwell and waterboarding (the first he approved of, the second he proved was dreadful). I wish him a full and speedy recovery. I had terrible problems with my oesophagus last year, but have managed to overcome most of those issues (for now, at least). This is more serious, but I can empathise - discomfort of the gullet is terrible, and can be terrifying.