Five days and no blogging… I am sorry. I blame radiotherapy-induced lethargy (for the first day or two) and decent-blood-count-induced busyness (for the rest). I have been in the Big City, London! Having lovely blood counts (all within normal levels, I think… neutrophils: 2.6; WBC: 4.5; platelets: 230; haemoglobin: 11.6; I think) means I can be out and about a bit more than usual, so I’ve been making the most of the fact by catching up with a few people and celebrating the occasional birthday. I am now, however, back home. There’s plenty to share, but I think I’ll start from yesterday and go backwards.
Yesterday was the birthday of my dear friend Sheila, finally bringing an end to months of ‘it’s nearly my birthday’ chat from her. I was touched to be invited to dinner to celebrate, and had a lovely evening with her, her boyfriend Dave, her friend Emma, her brothers Arvind and Armand, and Arvind’s girlfriend Kate. We went to a proper Neapolitan restaurant in the Notting Hill area (I think), where I ate some delicious pasta with king prawns, after sharing a great platter of meats and cheeses. The wine was good, too, and I think I was quite tiddly by the end. Which was nice.
I thought I’d start with last night, as I wanted to link to the most inventive mention I’ve ever had on anyone else’s blog… There’s little I can add to Armand’s perspective on the evening, except to express the same bafflement that might cross your mind as to why he considered the nickname Wu-Tang to be a suitable one for me. He claims he has recently been known variously as Clark Kent, Elvis and The Arminator, so I guess he’s an expert on the nickname front; he also complains about not getting enough comments, so if you’re feeling sociable then do leave one somewhere on his blog.
I also popped in to see my old friends at Literary Review, where nothing much has changed: demoralisingly, the magazine has survived my absence without any problem at all. It was good to catch up, though, and to see them all well. It was the first time I’ve been in since last October, so I was even lumbered with a whole load of stuff I’d left behind… Oops!
Before that I’d gone for lunch with Adam and Row, who joined me in eating enormous pancakes.
Wednesday can wait until my next post, methinks.