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Wednesday 11 August was an auspicious day for my family. We finally fulfilled a long-cherished ambition of mine that each one of us would be in a different country at the same time. (I’m not quite sure why I so like this idea concept, when I very much appreciate it when we ‘re all together in the same room, at least in theory – also a rare occurance – but there you have it.)
If you care, here’s where we all were.
Pim – London for a couple of hours en route to California and taking over the world with solar power.
Mim – Alemaya, Ethiopia, giving a course on setting up online learning platforms (in an environment with no internet access!)
Kim – Los Angeles, being famous.
Nate Dogg*- Grahamstown, in the Law Library (depending on your level of gullibility, but I’m his older sister so of course that’s where he was).
Trinny – Olympos, Turkey, working on her suntan.
Which one of us would you rather be ? Comments in the box, please.
* Regular readers of this blog might remember I used to refer to Nate Dogg as ‘Nim’ for consistency’s sake, but he really wasn’t down with that, hence the hip-hop moniker.
1. My application for a place on Ivo Vegter’s moon mission was successful. I’ll be joining the team as a cheesemaker 😉
2. I received my short-term contract for my new job, and discovered, to my pleasant surprise, that I get leave. Which makes sense, but I hadn’t been banking on it.
3. New Year’s plans are looking sorted, thanks in no small part to the energies of Mick. Seems that we’ll be running away with the fairies (and hobbits!).
Yesterday when I was stalking Dominic West on line (what´s a girl supposed to do until her Mim visits and brings her The Wire, Season 2?), I realised that he played the lead role in Tom Stoppard´s Rock ´n´ Roll, a production which I had the misfortune of seeing in London in January 2007.
I don´t precisely remember why I disliked the play so intensely, just that it was intensely tedious*. Now, if only I had thought to bring my opera glasses, I´m sure I would´ve had more fun watching Mr West at close range.
* It did make me want to catch a Plastic People of the Universe gig someday though. A good excuse to visit Prague, I guess.
And although I´m very happy that Obama is the president elect, I am definitely adopting the wait-and-see attitude. He is so the right guy from a morale perspective, but I have to admit I don´t know all that much about his policies…
I can´t help thinking about one of my favourite Beyond the Fringe skits.
Jonathan Miller: The Americans have inherited our two-party system.
Dudley Moore: How does that work?
Jonathan: Well, they have the Republican Party, which is the equivalent of our Conservative Party, and then they have the Democratic Party, which is the equivalent of our Conservative Party.
Peter Cook: Then there is the liberal element…
Dudley: Are the liberals Democrats or Republicans?
Alan Bennett: Yes… as is convenient for them.