When it comes to recent blogging, I have been the very broken heel on the boot of slackness.
In a pathetic attempt to make amends, here is a drastically condensed version of my recent trips to London, Edinburgh, Melbourne, Fremantle and Bunbury.
PART the FIRST: Brissie to LONDON
Woke up on a Friday morning. (I’d gone to sleep on a Thursday night. So far everything was going to plan.) It was the 1oth of August (“Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to me!” And by the way, it’s never too late to send presents.).
Flew from Brisbane to Sydney and Sydney to Hong Kong. (Approximately every half an hour I whine something like, “Are we almost there yet!” The pilot tries to keep one hand on the controls while leaning back over his seat to whack me with the other, but I’m too fast for him. Winning!)
Took a photo of my foot while waiting for my next plane in Hong Kong airport.
Pondered the possibility of creating a photo blog entitled “My Shoe at Different Places”.
Reject the above photo blog idea because:
(a) It’s totally stupid and pathetic
(b) Do you honestly believe I need another reason?
Fly to London.
Watched the following on route – 1. War Horse; 2. The Hunger Games; 3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (US version); 4. Doco on Woody Allen; 5. Doco on Bob Marley
(For some reason my eyes feel like they’re coated in sandpaper.)
Arrive London – along with some members of the Australian Paralympic Team. I cheer silently and sing the national anthem in my head as they file past me.
The day I get to London, the Olympics end. Probably just a coincidence. I watch the Closing Ceremony on TV but of course it’s a lot clearer and bigger than it would be back home because now I’m much closer.
Highlights of my time in London:
1. Being in London.
2. Staying at my sister and brother-in-law’s home in Strawberry Hill and spending time with them and my two nephews and their partners. That’s my bro-in-law Andrew in the photo. You can just see him if you squint. Hi Andy! In real life he’s a bit bigger than that .
3. Meeting the lovely people from Templar Publishing and being taken around to a number of bookshops such as the famous Foyles to chat with booksellers and sign stock of the first two Ishmael books.
4. Having a Meet the Author event at Waterstones Bookstore in Covent Gardens.
5. Filming book trailers for the Ishmael series at the Hot Keys offices.
6. Watching this street entertainer in Convent Garden and his amazingly skilful and daring pogo leap trick – right up to the point when it ended in a messy tragedy.
Ok that’s the first part done.
Next stop EDINBURGH and the BOOOOOOK FESTIVAL there!
i personally like the ‘My Shoe at Different Places’ concept. I have a picture of my shoe on my desk at work if you run out of shoe pictures. My foot is in the shoe and the rest of the leg is somewhere else but it looks good I think. Only a small fee – a royalty perhaps for its use?
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Dear Michael, be damned if I know what happened to your present. Are you sure you didn’t receive it?? Sounds like serious flaws in our postal service, communication systems, and border controls have ruptured to the point of no repair, because mysteriously, I never received any Marmite from you either…No matter. Please inform Ard that the English rellies have pooled what remaining resources they have after hiring that whirly bird thing for the Queen and finally sent over said requested Marmite. Life is slightly more bearable; at last we have breakfast spread and a new blog from you. Phew. Dimity
Curse that postal service Dimity! Somewhere, some postal working is enjoying Marmite along with whatever hugely expensive present you sent me. Oh well, it’s the thoughts that count, right?
More power to him. Nice thoughts. Nice thoughts…