Going round the room this morning I asked people where they were from.
Krys, from Poland, said he had lived in South America for 24 years. I asked him if he was an Engineer.
“No, I am a missionary.”
Christ, I thought.
“Does that make you a Catholic Priest?”
“Yes. I have been here in London for three weeks. I will work here now. Mainly with people from Latin America.”
I told him about a friend who got into Voodoo in Brazil – with some Christianity and Shamanism thrown in.
Krys says Voodoo is just one of a whole family of similar religions.
We discussed Ayuhuasca. I asked some of the women in the room if they would consider giving it all up and moving to the forest. There wasn’t too much interest.
Next to Krys was Ana Lucia. She’s from near Milan and is off to South Sudan to help with the famine. Krys told me that Ana Lucia used to live in Brazil too. They were very near each other. She was an accountant for an NGO. A missionary in her own right. Funny that. Having two of them next to each other. Especially as I’d never met one before. At least not in class. Actually there was that one from Taiwan the other day. She was off to help kids with HIV in Kenya.
Some good people out there!
Cycling back through West Hampstead I got stuck in Storm Doris. Nearly got knocked off the bike. Saw cute girl I used to go to school with. Still looking good.
Then more interesting chats with another student. Talking about arguments used in court cases to get your guilty client off.
Apparently the thing to do is to drag the case out then tell the judge he made a minor procedural error. Aim to get a retrial and then rely on the state’s desperation to get a quick conviction — that should get the conviction cut.
Harrumph. Given that no-one actually reads this blog it will come as no surprise that my attempts at conventional blogging are to be abandoned in favour of a more relaxed stream of consciousness perhaps in line with whatever I was doing a couple of years ago when I first started posting blogs on this website.
I recall the first few controversial posts all of which were taken down in November 2015 mainly due to the amount of grief I got for them.
Grief I now view as an achievement — at least people read them!
The President was rude to Jewish and African American reporters yesterday, uttered untruths about his election results, and was combative when asked about about his campaign’s contact with Russia.
He also contradicted himself over the sacking of senior adviser Mike Flynn.
Trump accuses all journalists of issuing fake news — consistent with his senior advisor Steve Bannon’s statements that the Press are the enemy.
Trump tells journalist April Ryan he would be happy to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus. He asks her if she’s friends with the Black Caucus and if she wants to set up the meeting. Even though he is showing interest in arranging a meeting many would regard this to be racist because of way Trump speaks to the reporter. Asking her if she wants to arrange the meeting implies he views her as a civil rights campaigner and not a proper journalist.