Jetlag still has its grip. For a second successive morning I’m up and awake at four. As a result the lecture I am giving on Saturday will be as well prepared as any I’ve ever done. This is no bad thing as, to my shock, flicking through the TBA festival programmeI discovered there’s only one other lecture, that’s by the Festival Director. He’s free and I’m $10 bottom wack. The pressure is on!
Yesterday we made good progress, we got the space cleared and ready, then laid out seven chunky stats.
The Population of Spain.
Customers of McDonalds world wide each day.
Victims of The Holocaust.
Everyone who is HIV positive in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Everyone in the USA without Health Insurance
biggest of them all
Everyone who tuned in to watch the last episode of Cheers.
It’s very instructive being here with this show. There’s the sense abroad that this country is insular and rarely looks beyond its own boundaries. Now we’re here and the place is so vast and exciting and with such a busy recent history that even we are struggling to see beyond its boundaries. This challenge, to open things out, should make doing the show even more fun than usual.
We open to night at five. It’s time to weigh rice.