I have decided to call my September column ‘Manchester- Liverpool’, after the famous tune of the same name which was used by the Soviet TV to accompany the weather forecasts. I am writing it while sitting at the computer in my friend David Wright’s study in Runcorn, UK, which is situated right between Manchester and Liverpool.
I have been here for two weeks already and these weeks have been rather intensive. I have watched a fabulous concert by a Dutch musician, André Rieu, and his fantastic Strauss orchestra on video - a gift from David’s friend George who lives near Maastricht in The Netherlands where the concert was given. I have also been reading books including ‘White Blood’ by James Fleming and ‘The Angry Island’ by A.A. Gill. It is not that I have remained indoors – I have visited Manchester and Liverpool, but the atmosphere has been somewhat strained by the news about threats of terrorist attacks.
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I am leaving for Samara on Sunday, 20th August, and hopefully the situation will be back to normal as the threat has already been lowered from ‘critical’ to ‘severe’. There are huge numbers of people at the British airports which is no wonder, it is the high season and many people are going on holiday. Most of them are quite understanding and quiet standing in the long queues for luggage check, which reminded me of George Mikes and his description of an Englishman forming a queue of one!
, проректор по международным программам, зав. кафедрой лингвистики и межъязыковой коммуникации Самарского муниципального университета Наяновой, кандидат педагогических наук, доцент.
Директор негосударственного учреждения дополнительного образования “World Class-Samara”.
Anyway, the British again showed their most admirable traits: being quiet and reserved in critical situations and not losing their self-control and sense of humour!
It was David’s 70th birthday last week and one of the purposes of my visit was to make a presentation of his new book, ‘Cheshire Tales’, to his family and friends. Another aim was to launch a new project, ‘Meet the Wrights’, to which all members of the family will contribute (touch wood!) and I am sure you’ll enjoy it.
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