The Lythe, Selborne Common, Hampshire, UK on the summer solstice 2019 – by Alan Hall

“It’s approaching half past four in the morning and there’s a mist hanging over the valley.  Nothing about this location – the woodland, the air dense with birdsong, the heavy dew – dates our visit to any particular millenium.  As the meadow levels off there are three small ponds – murky, hazy.  The woman who’s brought me here, singer Alison Goldfrapp, has had her favourite since childhood. It’s time for a pre-dawn swim… then a hint of 2019 as a barely discernible airplane leaves a vapour trail high in the about-to-be morning sky.”