I guess cold and damp is better than hot and humid!
I loved you, so I drew these tides of men into my hands and wrote my will across the sky in stars to earn you Freedom. - T.E. Lawrence
All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act out their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.
T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom
Was having a mental discussion with myself this morning in the shower on my favourite cities in the World....
Could not decide on my all time favourite....it was a strong tie between Washington D.C. and London.
The rest of my top ten list looks something like this....the order changes depending on my mood!
London & Washington D.C.
My colleagues all have their hair cut...male colleagues very short, female colleagues just a tad shorter than normal
The security guards in my building suddenly become my best friends
It is impossible to manouevre in any grocery store without knocking over a huge mountain of boxes of brightly (normally gold and red) wrapped chocolates - Ferrero Rocher are the main culprits
The price of fresh flowers could almost be listed on the world's gold market index
All the $20 notes disappear or only the oldest and mankiest are left in circulation
Wellcome starts to offer a gift wrapping service
Getting around Central by foot, taxi or bus becomes almost acceptable
The weather becomes damp and a little chilly, the sky becomes grey and murky
The laundry shop across the street from me becomes inundated with piles of laundry and (it seems to me) they work all day and overnight for about 3 days
.............Any other personal insights would be gratefully received!
The BBC's spinning headline on BBC World's news report this morning was "Rice in the Middle East", either there had been a food shipment that had finally been delivered or the Warrior Princess was on her first ME errand. It seems to be the latter. I am not a great supporter of Bush and his cronies but I hope that between Rice's direct line to Bush (which Powell was so sadly lacking) and the installation of Abu Mazen, there is a glimmer of possible hope (note - I am not being too optimistic).
I see that Rice is not moving on to Sharm El-Sheikh for the summit - probably best, firstly it will let the leaders involved thrash it out as only they know best and secondly because if Ms Rice were to step foot in that lovely desert enclave she may decide that this is indeed "Heaven on Earth", particularly were she to stay at the Four Seasons.
Going back to the BBC...has anyone else noticed that their trailer for the programme "Reporters" can be a little disconcerting if you are listening but not watching (i.e. making a cup of tea away from the TV). The line that bothers me goes something like this......"Here are the Israeli observation posts across this vast region of Sudan" ; obviously if you are watching it you can see the change in scenery and even change in Male reporter.....if you are out of the room........I just was not aware that Israel had also taken over parts of Sudan - I guess given their past expansion plans - anything is possible.