27th July – A new student’s mother, a public servant, asked me to help get her daughter ‘moving forward’.
28th July – Today I submitted two pretty colour photos (rather than black and white) and got more ‘likes’ in one day than ever before. Clearly, more people prefer sweetness and light.
29th July – On the online German language course, I’ve been taught to say Orangen haben Fleisch – oranges have meat! I’ve been laughing at this, but today my son bought a blood orange, tore it open and showed me its red flesh and red juice, the colour of blood. The colour of meat.
30th July – Our local government has banned free plastic bags. In the bakery today, I was asked to pay 20c for a huge brown paper bag.
31st July – Two weeks’ ago, I heard fifth-hand news that a guy in the Housing flats was torturing someone and was going to be taken away. He’s still there. Today, I heard fifth-hand news that he’s a victim of crime and the police are moving him to a safer address. He’s still there. I heard all this from a woman who heard it from a woman who heard it from a woman who heard it from the woman who works at the checkout at the local shop, who apparently heard it from the guy himself.