Friday, 7 April 2017

Another Friday outing

Back again to St German's for a midday Mass followed by Lent lunch in the hall afterwards. A mother with her three year old daughter came in during lunch to arrange a baptism for next month. I think we now have six candidates for baptism between now and the end of May, a cheerful Eastertide prospect.

Afterwards, I collected Ashley from Motorpoint Arena, we drove to Chepstow to the RadioNet supplier's HQ for a troubleshooting session with a batch of radios with an annoying minor problem. The kind of thing that happens with an enormously complex and sophisticated system. Not impossible to fix, but needing painstaking attention. I fell into unexpected conversation there about Lenten fasting tradition with Claudia, one of PMR's admin staff, who is Romanian Orthodox. She was wondering if Western custom was as demanding and difficult to sustain as what she had experienced when she was young back home. The simple answer - 'No, not at all' 

On the way out of from the centre, there was a build up of traffic due to a road block due to emergency services being in action, trying to persuade some sad soul not to jump off a high building. We made a detour right around Splott and Tremorfa, as many others did. The schools were were coming out, and the traffic moved very slowly, so getting out to the motorway lost us the best part of an hour. It meant the necessary work on all the radios couldn't be completed, so I may have to return on Monday to pick them up, ready for issue late afternoon. I don't mind doing trips like this occasionally to help out, even though I'm not otherwise active in running the company any more.

It was almost seven by the time I returned home, just in time for the Archers, which had a particularly dramatic conclusion to keep listeners curious over the weekend. Later, I watched the final episode of 'The Team', multi-lingual euro crime on More Four. My second dose of high class multi-lingual entertainment in twenty four hours - marvellous! Again, no walk so no litter picking today.

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