Watch out danger

I picked up some old school jotters of mine when I was home visiting my Mum this weekend. Here’s something I wrote on 29 January 1981; I was in Primary 5:

I know some dangers in your home. If your pan goes on fire my mum has a metal tray to puton it and a fire extinggwisher. If a plug is loose turn it off but if someone is stuck to it knock them out the way but if it is 150v you leave them to die.

Harsh, I know. Obviously public safety was of utmost importance in the life this Scottish schoolboy, if a little misguided in its accuracy.

Here’s another one, with spelling uncorrected:

“I have bean in two hospitals. I’ve been in peel and cottage hospitail. My dad was in reesantly with a rupturde kidney.”

Then I drew what looks like me trying to draw what I imagined a ‘rupturde’ kidney looks like. Including the word ‘pop’ next to it.

There’s more… but I’ll keep the best till tomorrow.

Saddened

I’m still dumbstruck by the result of the recent US(eless) election; saddened and speechless! It’s not that I am a particularly strong fan of John Kerry, but I and all of Europe with me were desperate to see Bush dethroned from a presidency that he never won in the first place! The world feels like a much more dangerous place today. And just why the British Government is also supporting such an unethical and illegal war in Iraq is beyond me.

I think I may get one of these: Join the Wake.

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.