It really does go like that. You need special incense cones which allow the smoke to drift down and pool at the bottom. Ours overflowed and it cascaded all over the fire - adding to the dust. It's not very good at scenting the room. It just smells of burning but it looks awesome. I imagine it will be shown off to a lot of people over the next few weeks. I don't know how much it will be used long term but it's coming out every Halloween!
Bear has airily talked about reading Treasure Island but he hasn't cracked open the Kindle app today. However we had a rousing chapter from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost World tonight, so he's getting exposed to the right stuff. I think it depends who he can show off to. There is a chance he may be able to show off his piano playing at the weekend and he is not only practising the piece but he is practising it properly and more than once!
I have had a thumping headache all day, so I've had a distinct lack of achievement. I'll see what tomorrow brings.