Leader: The loveliness of spring

Clear skies, honeyed light, lingering evenings: the spring equinox - when the sun moves across the celestial equator (an imaginary circle in the sky above the actual equator) - has announced itself with par­ticular beauty this year. The blossom seems brighter and more luscious than ever and yet there's something almost sinister about such day-after-day perfection on our unpredictable island. As if to prove the point, a drought has been confirmed and Thames Water's advertising campaign shows the cracked earth of the dried-up (and aptly named) River Pang in Berkshire. Still, we should console ourselves that the Olympics will inevitably be a washout, with probably the greatest rainfall of recent years unleashing itself on the opening ceremony. Enjoy these golden days, while they last.