Paul’s Puzzles this week are:

Either

Will there still be nations in 1000 years’ time? Which will be the strongest? (Perhaps the UK will be on the Dark Side of the Moon by then?)

Or

If there are developed life forms on other planets in the Universe will they be in the form of nations, speaking different languages and in the form different races?

Or

Why do chiming church bells and the Bell in Big Ben affect people emotionally so much? This seems even more puzzling given that so few people go to church anymore!

Or

Isn’t it odd how often, as is happening as I type this, that I can hear so much birdsong but not see them? Are they talking to each other and why are they so loud?