Adele and Paul Epworth pose with their award for best original song for “Skyfall” during the Oscars in Los Angeles-AP

Adele and Paul Epworth pose with their award for best original song for “Skyfall” during the Oscars in Los Angeles-AP

Adele and Paul Epworth pose with their award for best original song for “Skyfall” during the Oscars in Los Angeles-AP

When William Blake published his The Tyger in 1794, he carefully replaced the usual “i” of “Tiger” with a “y” in order to suggest the extraordinariness of the apocalyptic beast.

Official visits by heads of state or government are like vital surgical operations — if you come out of the operation theatre alive and are back in your room, it is deemed a success.