The Nima Sand Museum on the coast of Japan's main island of Honshu contains the world's largest sandglass. Six meters in height, it is ceremonially turned at midnight on December 31st every year - and takes until exactly a year later for all the sand to fall. If, instead of December 31st, the giant sandglass had been turned on November 11th, 2008, when the first post on Through the Sandglass was published, the last grains would be trickling through today. I find it difficult to believe that this rather eclectic blog has been on the go for a year; I started it initially at the suggestion of my publishers as a follow-up to the book, but it has taken on a life of its own. There remain endless topics deposited on the cutting room floor after the book was edited that I still haven't got round to covering - there just seem to be too many other things of interest (to me, at least) cropping up on a daily basis.
So, more than 120 posts later and after visits from people in 105 countries, I'm quietly celebrating my first year of blogging ("quietly" meaning a particularly good bottle of red wine, nothing more exuberant). It has been great fun and has given me the great pleasure of putting me in touch with all kinds of delightful people around the world - something that otherwise would never have happened.
So I want to sincerely thank everyone who reads this blog, whether routinely or just occasionally.
And please keep the comments, suggestions, links and references coming - they're much appreciated.
Meanwhile, I'll leave you with this: I sometimes fear that my obsession distorts the true frequency of mentions of my topic - but then I watched the news last week and, in one broadcast, were the images below (from the recent G20 finance meeting in St. Andrews, Scotland) and a description of yet another line being drawn in the sand. Put that phrase into google news search and there are 500 instances of its use in the last week. I rest my case.
P.S. it seems that almost all the images on the blog have spontaneously and unilaterally decided to de-centre and left-justify themselves, detracting from the appearance - I have no idea why and am seeking the help of the experts at Typepad. Any suggestions will be most welcome.