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15 February 2007 @ 09:41 pm
 
Visited Colin today. Upstairs on the doubledecker, Bishopsgate, Thames Street, Southwark Bridge, Elephant & Castle, Lambeth Castle, Battersea Power Station, off the bus and then lost...for a moment, and then down the street to his place. He looks great. We're all a little grayer. In the small work niche I inhabit in this world, he's the only other person I can talk shop to directly with complete understanding, and I think perhaps that holds for him too. It's always a pleasure. He knows where he lives and carries no cant, nor needs any. Great fellow.

His shop was full of Indian stonework, mediaeval statues, one wonderfully intact basalt Egyptian figure and an absurd (because so unlikely) marble Indian gazebo cut from the same stone as the Taj Mahal. Descendants of the family that made the Taj are still working and are cutting anew the two missing pieces for him. What a world, teenier and tinier all the time.

We discussed some potential projects he has that we may get to work together on. It's been ten or eleven years since we met in Los Angeles, planning for the Miho in Kyoto, and I'm delighted that we may get to enjoy working together again. Ah, but our time now is too short, too much to be said: kids, travels, jokes. He gets us a cab, we rush off to Berkeley Square, to the Bank of Ireland.

It's another world from Battersea Power Station. I was overdressed there and am underdressed here. Sartorially, I just can't ever win, try as I might. Ignoring my putative shabbiness, Hannah helps us get an ATM card and a Maestro card on our pounds account. Hurrah, no more punitive surcharges from our US cards any longer. We now have European identities. We ain't never going back.
 
 
Current Location: England, but an Irishman.
Current Mood: Better every day.
Current Music: It's on the tip of my tongue, I can't get it out of my mind.
 
 
 
Kettu, Тёня, 狐, Дилги, Лиса, Sionnach, whateverfoxfour on February 15th, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
oh, i hope you'll come back. eventually.

i love reading what you write.
wingandwingwingandwing on February 16th, 2007 12:06 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'm honored.
wingandwingwingandwing on February 16th, 2007 12:06 am (UTC)
And we'll be back. eventually.
Mollylongleggedbeast on February 16th, 2007 04:32 am (UTC)
Thanks for your comment, it made me smile. Hugs to you and Mair, and I hope you come back, too, eventually. Keep having a lovely time.