Word has it that there is a battle between the modern and the classic for the last few places on the short list. While the world watched momentous events unfolding in Egypt, here in Willesden old Fred the roofer rigged up a special chimney on Herald House yesterday. Each year I fear a little more for Fred as he swarms up his ladders without a care. Dark or white smoke from the metal chimney indicates either more time needed or a conclusion respectively. So far black smoke has been seen clearly once (8 pm). There appeared to be another wisp of dark smoke before midnight but that has not been confirmed.