Sunday, 24 January 2010

Sunday 24 January

Apart from all the hassle surrounding my missing luggage, I can report a mildly wintry scene here in eastern Holland. A thin layer of snow fell in the night, although it was rather thicker further west in the country. After receiving confirmation that my bag had turned up, I was able to go out for a stroll. Ice from the cold spell around New Year still paves the paths in the forest, and only thanks to the thin layer of snow was it possible to walk fairly normally.

Watched television tonight, including the final instalment of a show in which an actress is selected who would play the role in the Mary Poppins stage musical. Starting with 11 girls, the evening started with 3, finally going down with the one who had been a clear favourite right the way through. The idea had been picked up from the BBC, but comparing the two, including the surrounding media coverage, I will go so far as to say that the Dutch programme was milder and good humoured. It gets incredibly competitive and personal on British TV, whereas there was a nice atmosphere of camaraderie here. I am not saying that in a vein of 'better or worse', in my mind it reflects a difference of culture.

Another programme reunited a school class from 1981, and that was quite interesting too. One lady had been in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina, in 2005, and her stories were horrendous.

Nearly half past eleven; time to shut up shop.

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