Late letter

I received this letter in the post today:

Date. 2004.10.28

Dear Sir / Madam,

I hope this letter finds you well.
We will hold the “2004 Japan Championship in Mahjong” in Osaka on Oct. 31.
Since the pamphlet was done, I send you it.

Thank you.

Best regards,
Kyoichiro Noguchi

I was quite touched that they had taken the trouble to write to me personally (my real name is actually ‘Sir/Madam’). However, the letter was written on 28th October, and I received it on 2nd November: a clear 3 days after the championship had begun. Close… but no Pung Mahjong! Next year, perhaps?

Kaiowas video

I just discovered this video download on the Sepultura website. It is of their acoustic track Kaiowas played on the MTV Brazil Video Music Awards.

“Kaiowas” was named, I seem to remember, after a Brazilian tribe that committed mass suicide after the government encroached upon their land. Powerful stuff, and a really great track: acoustic guitars and drums, with this version adding a squadron of ‘cellos.