Some people really hate this blog as sometimes readers leave [always anonymous] comments which I am obliged to delete as they are vulgar, crass, rude, etc.
But here's a nice comment somebody left today which made me laugh and blush:
"I read your blog daily and I have come to the conclusion that you are the Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, of our day. Like him you record your real time experiences in the epi-center of power, Rome, rather than Versailles. Like him, you bemoan the disconnect with the past: in ceremony, etiquette, rank and fashion. Like him you are highly moral and idealistic in an increasingly decadent society, a voice crying in the desert. In his day he was considered an insignificant complaining gadfly and ignored, but history has proven him invaluable to understanding the decline and final abolition of the French monarchy. Keep up the good work."