Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Pain in the Ash

What do you expect? I read British newspapers for a year and a half and I can't resist a bad pun in a headline.

The past three weeks have been very full; and the ensuing weeks are so full that I don't have the time to catch you up just yet. In fact, I may not get much time for reflection at all until school ends at the end of May.

Until then, a brief account:
  • I was fortunate enough to be asked to write a piece for this year's Sounds New Festival in Canterbury. Because of the short notice (and not, for once, procrastination), I spent the week before Easter staying up into the wee hours of the morning to get it finished in time. The Icarus Vocal Ensemble will premiere it on May 14 and perform it again on their concert in Birmingham on June 15.
  • Teriann's parents arrived for their visit the day before Easter. We spent a week in London and a further week ambling around the English countryside. Many, many pictures are to come — as soon as I can. It was fortunate that we decided to see England and not somewhere on the Continent because
  • An extremely annoying volcano in Iceland has necessitated the complete closure of UK airspace for nearly a week (hence the title's pun). Louie and Suzanne planned on flying home yesterday, but aren't re-scheduled to fly home until Sunday. For us, it's lucky: we get to hang out with them for an extra week, and they don't have to pay for a hotel. For thousands of stranded others, it's probably not such a good time.

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