Surprise surprise. The immigration officer was exceedingly nice and polite. We chatted about his visit to Malaysia, the Blue mosque, the Masjid Negara and Masjid Jame. I am a muslim he confided. My salam was genuinely responded from the heart.
The Christmas shopping has started. There was a crawl along Kensington High Street.
It is nice to know that my alma mater UCL is now Seventh in the World Best University Ranking. UCL the Godless University, the term used by the Church for the fiercely secular University. I will give Sinead a call, if we could go out for a drink.
The 8 o’clock news was a mix of the worldly. The financial meltdown has not really hit the High Street. The Daily Mail has the unburied dead as its headlines. The high cost of caretakers and funerals are causing unclaimed bodies in mortuaries. There was a special coverage on Mogadishu, the lawless capital.
I agree, the UK has its fair share of the third world, but it is the first world access to information and official news that I always miss about the oldcountry.
As for today, my Unggal has unilaterally planned for my iternary of Open Houses.