Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Coincidence.... how small is the world?

Had talked in the office earlier in the day about coincidence: someone had sent me an email saying he had seen me at the Queen Adelaide bus stop the other morning. He was on the 260 bus but was upstairs so I had not seen him waving.

Curious to think of paths crossing in ways that we are unaware of: discovered another coincidence at Mansfield Street when sitting next at dinner to the brilliant Polish violinist. She said she loved London more than anything, more than anywhere she had ever been. She'd arrived to study with Vengerov a month ago. 
The other place she'd been to ... was Cornwall. She'd been to Prussia Cove in mid June for the wedding of Robin Green, the pianist in the trio.

I was back in mid June too for the first time for nearly decade I guess - another pasty on the beach but this time with champagne - and cooked - to celebrate a bit of a breakthrough at work.

Does coincidence mean anything at all? Norman Mailer wrote something interesting about that: must google.

Reading and watching

  • Foot by Foot to Santiago de Compostela/Judy Foot
  • The Testament of Mary with Fiona Shaw at the Barbican
  • The Testament of Mary/Colm Toibin
  • Schwanengesang/Schubert - Tony Spence
  • Journals/Robert Falcon Scott
  • Fugitive Pieces/Ann Michaels
  • Unless/Carol Shields
  • Faust/Royal Opera House
  • The Art of Travel/Alain de Botton
  • Mad Men Series 6
  • A Week at The Airport/Alain de Botton
  • The Railway Man/Eric Lomax
  • Bright Lights, Big City/Jay McInerney
  • Stones of Venice/John Ruskin
  • The Sea, the Sea/Iris Murdoch
  • Childe Harold/Lord Byron
  • All The Pretty Horses/Cormac McCarthy
  • Extreme Rambling/Mark Thomas
  • Story of my Life/Jay McInerney
  • Venice Observed/Mary McCarthy