Thursday, June 25, 2009

Ben was left behind!

This is the last photo of Ben - taken in Seoul.

Well it’s packing time. We leave tomorrow morning.
This is easy for me as I only wear T shirts and jeans. The only complication is that we are going to the USA and Manila where it’s hot, and Australia where it’s cold.

It will be a lot harder for Cate as she has to pack for work in the USA and Manila so the inevitable question to me will be ‘how much room do you have in your bag?’

I will do my best to Blog during our travels but given my track record of actually finding an Internet connection that works with my laptop I can’t guarantee anything. Theoretically I can Blog from my iPhone so I might have a go at setting this up.

Of course I could just use Twitter and send my Blog to you in bursts of 140 letters (just kidding).

There has been a near tragedy as Cate left Ben behind in Korea.


She says she woke up late and had to rush to get packed and out to the car that was waiting for her. Rozalin was on to this immediately and has nominated a colleague of Cate’s in Korea to bring Ben home safely.

The hotel in Korea rang Rozalin to tell her that Ben had been recovered from the window sill, was receiving counselling and would be given to Natasha. We have been able to confirm that Natasha now has Ben and will bring him back.

Moni is a bit frightened of the visitors so has taken up residence on my bed – and has also been joined by Sissi.

Muffin has watched this with some amazement from her position on the ledge behind the bed but so far there have not been any major skirmishes – so maybe this will be the catalyst (get it!) for a rapprochement and an end to the problems.

It’s news day and The Austrian Times reports that:

“More than 4,000 cyclists suffer head injuries every year in Austria as more than two thirds of riders refuse to wear helmets, new figures have shown.The Committee for Traffic Safety (KfV) said today (Tues) 4,300 Austrian cyclists, including 1,800 children under 14, suffer head injuries annually while 65 per cent of cyclists do not wear helmets.”

It’s difficult to imagine why anyone would not want to wear a helmet while cycling but these Austrians are strange people when it comes to stuff like this. One the basis that the Austrian authorities don't seem to care how their citizens kill and maim themselves I see no prospect of legislative action.

The Austrian Times has also reported that a toddler almost drowned in a bathtub in Styria – and have helpfully provided a picture of a bathtub for those who haven’t see one. (I guess they assume that everyone has seen a toddler).

A finally on news day Governor Sanford of South Carolina has demonstrated forcefully why if you have an affair with someone you should not send them emails - because they may end up in the newspapers.

A short, excruciating quote:

"You have a particular grace and calm that I adore. You have a level of sophistication that so fitting with your beauty. I could digress and say that you have the ability to give magnificent gentle kisses, or that I love your tan lines or that I love the curve of your hips, the erotic beauty of you holding yourself (or two magnificent parts of yourself) in the faded glow of the night's light”

Oh Dear. I wonder what Mrs Sanford thought of this when she read it over her coffee in the Daily Bugle.

I suppose it seemed romantic at the time but it loses something when it’s published on the front page of every newspaper in America.


  1. Safe travels! Looking forward to having you guys back soon!
    Take care

  2. Am so glad that Ben is safe now. I can imagine how scared Ben would have been all alone in Korea. Happy travels and see you soon.

  3. Make sure you say Hi to the woods for me :).