Like last month, December was a relatively quiet one - a dozen or so bigger posts and a reorganisation of the blogrolls to turn the spotlight on those people really pushing things.

As ever though, here's the pick of the bits and pieces I think were the most useful of all.

The video to sum up the mood this time is a look at a symbol of the 'Renaissance of the 12th century', Chartres Cathedral, reminder of a natural solidarity in our time and space.

And one more, as a bonus for today, a famous passage from Orson Welles' F For Fake.