Something rather extraordinary happened around here yesterday. The state of the Met produced a completely unprecedented amount of traffic. This year traffic has been running around 6000-8000 hits/month. It’s been steadily growing since I started in August 2011 but not wildly. Yesterday saw 5916 hits; most of them on the Met piece. It was 17 months before I got that many hits in a month. In less than 24 hours the piece became the most read thing I have posted eclipsing the previous “best seller” which was, oddly enough, a review of the 1992 ROH Salome with Maria Ewing. This has been steadily garnering traffic for two and a half years mostly, it appears, from people who Google variants of “maria ewing nude”. It appears that even a naked Lady Hall can’t compete with labour relations at the Met.