Uncle Ted’s Funeral

Max surveyed the scattering of mourners, mostly people of Ted’s vintage, women in obligatory black, men in too-tight suits and black ties, and a motley assortment of carers in jeans and T-shirts or track suits. He began. ‘When the funeral director rang me and asked if I’d say a few words at Uncle Ted’s funeral, … Continue reading Uncle Ted’s Funeral

A conversation between Mervyn Martian and Edgar Earthling

Mervyn: Edgar, what are you doing? Edgar: I’m reading a book. M: What is a book? E: A collection of paper pages with writing on them. M: What is paper? E: It’s a thin flat surface made from wood? M: How is that done? E: Trees are chopped down and chipped and then made into … Continue reading A conversation between Mervyn Martian and Edgar Earthling

Scenes from the road in America – 3 (Warning- May contain traces of Canada.)

New York. I’ve braved the slush and the biting wind to stroll down Broadway and to watch people skiing and snowboarding in Central Park. Having returned to my hotel and removed a couple of layers of clothing, I’m sitting in the bar downstairs and chatting with a Norwegian man who speaks impeccable English. He tells … Continue reading Scenes from the road in America – 3 (Warning- May contain traces of Canada.)

Scenes from the road in America 2

New Orleans. It’s a year after Hurricane Katrina and it is impossible not to be moved by the devastation to local communities and the stories related by our local conference delegates about the snail’s pace reconstruction efforts, especially in the African-American neighbourhoods. My South African colleague and I agree on most things (except for when … Continue reading Scenes from the road in America 2

Scenes from the Asian road – 2

Shanghai. My flight to Hong Kong is delayed considerably. (I discover later that this has occurred because the Chinese Air Force has suddenly closed the airspace for an exercise and that it is not uncommon.) Finally a boarding call is given to a gate downstairs from the busy main departure area, empty of all but … Continue reading Scenes from the Asian road – 2