Perhaps it’s having school-age children, or an innate
sympathy with the rhythms of the football calendar, but September always seems
to have more the feel of a fresh start than does the new year. Free
of the tyranny of resolutions (either of those to be made or the thought of
those long since broken) the beginning of the Autumn term has all of the
promise of a newly stocked pencil case. It’s like January, but with a sun
tan and less of a hangover.