I’d expected the return from Namibia to result in rather more of a culture shock than I actually experienced. The weather was pleasantly hot and sunny in England and the quality of the motorway driving [not that Namibia actually has any motorways], pretty much as bad… Lane crossing at will, cutting you up at junctions, undertaking. Ah memories are made of this!
So, Sandra and I have two weeks to visit friends and family, put our financial house in order, restock our wardrobes and try to interest a film production company in Homunculus, Hugh Paxton’s extraordinary black, comic novel. If you don’t know the book, I recommend you seek out a copy. Here is a link: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/p/hugh-paxton/homunculus.htm I guarantee it will be the best 68p you will ever have spent!
I had a great couple of days in Milton Keynes, caught up with old friends, got to steer Gracinda up to The Navigation and guested with Fat Freddy’s Cat [thank you guys]. Now we are in Cheltenham, staying with Sandra’s big sister Jen and crying in to our beer after England’s worst defeat in World Cup history. What a shower, with England’s best player being David James who let in four goals… Bah!
I will try to keep you all up to date with our comings and goings over the coming weeks and months.
Here is a taste of things to come:
Monday: While Sandra goes down to Wimbledon [thanks to our mate Charles having a spare ticket for the No. 1 Court], I will be meeting Sandra’s son Jay to buy a fancy jacket and trousers… Given that he is a model with Nevs and seems to specialise in gay mags, it should be an interesting experience.
Tuesday: Door-knocking the British film industry on behalf of Homunculus.
Thursday: Another trip to town – China Town…
Next week: Heading off to Southampton to catch a freighter for an 11 day [or so] trip around the seedier ports of the med before visiting my family in Cyprus
Next month: On to Turkey then Azerbaijan, where Sandra will be starting her new job at the International School of Azerbaijan in Baku. However, it is run by BP, so there is no guarantee it will still be there when we land in Baku!