Lisbon – Madrid – NYC – may day protests

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Changed plans at Madrid after leaving Lisbon this morning.

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7 and a half hours later, landed in NYC.

And then drove around with a demented cab driver as all the streets were closed due to may day protests

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An interesting combination of former radicalism (Poll Tax Riots, student protests back at London University days), a moment in our life in shared housing, signing on (the dole) and getting immersed in various out-there-movements-surging-on-coldharbour-lane………all mixed up with tiredness and jetlag (from a very well-heeled business trip in Europe) and, we’ll be Honest, fear around Immigration that keeps our desire to participate somewhat muted at this juncture of our life and yet, and Yet, teaching certain people to become Clandestine Columnists and feel comfortable around Technology and thus Have A Voice feels like the Most Radical Acts we’ve ever done, darlings.

We made it home.

Let’s see what’s next.

About teamgloria

I used to make my living from writing. And then it all stopped and so I went and did something else, part of which entailed a whole new look from Brooks Brothers (it wasn’t really me, but it was necessary). But a decade later I started to write again (during nights and weekends and frustrated lunch-times and long haul business travel) and one of the things I wrote (or came to me – as I do believe in the whole Muse concept) was a character called Gloria. Gloria was a trainee angel and sat “up there” waiting for her first assignment. To occupy the hours she should have been studying humans and their foibles, she spent her time enjoying the new celestial movies-on-demand channel and became obsessed by Doris Day. So you can imagine the drama that unfolded when she came to Earth. Quite a shock to the system. But Gloria was determined to see Manhattan through the eyes of a vintage Doris Day movie and something magical started to happen – to me too. Because I started to do the same thing and life became easier (and then I got Tobias the tumor which changed the trajectory, for now). There are a lot of glorious people, places & things that help me get through my day – they make my life great – and so I call them “team gloria” (although they don’t usually know that). So I thought I’d start documenting them, and looking out for new people, places & things on a daily basis, and sharing them with you (whomever you are – do say hello. Oh, and tell me who your team gloria is :-)
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