Saturday, April 15, 2006

Happy Easter

And Bengali/Nepali/Tamil/Khmer New Year. Are there any others? If anyone understands the relation between all these new years I'd love to know.

Whatever the occasion, I'm feeling quite festive. I had friends over for an accidental passover meal on Thursday. Lamb was only cooked because of an enticing tv advert. But it worked out well.

Yesterday I went to a Good Friday service at a church that I've just visited once before. It was a nice service but quite morbid. The sermon was on 'Jesus death and ours' and the preacher was an older guy who talked on about how he wonders what his death will be like. Hmm.

And today I'm going on holiday to Paris from today until Tuesday. Yay! It's my first trip anywhere since coming to London which means I'm far behind other expat friends who seem to take a European 'city break' once a month. I guess I'll find out how much French I've absorbed from working with Congolese people for the last couple of years.

I'm leaving instructions for Winter to finish before I get back. It's been been really cold again this week. I've calculated that half of the year is a write-off in the UK due to miserable weather.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Travel Sickness

The H5N1 strain of bird flu has entered the UK. It doesn't really worry me. But it will mean fielding even more questions from nervous parents visiting the farm where I work.

One mum gave me a confused look today when I struggled not to giggle while answering. People, if you're unsure of the difference between 'avian' and 'aviation' then please just call it 'bird flu'.