Angus heads off to London. At the airport security check three nuns travelling to Milan are being frisked. Something under their cowls makes the scanner beep incessantly. They are told to take off their head wear. Two of the nuns think it's all very exciting. The third, and possibly more senior, is not amused. She has a grumpy Mother Superior air to her. Angus discovers that the French word for wimple is 'guimpe'. There is something incongruous about this momentary clash of old values and modern routines. The modern routines win.
In the newspaper a story about a craft beer company that gives staff with a new dog a week off to let it settle in. There is something very Scottish and pastoral about that.
One of those anonymous fancy hotels. The sort that men in dark suits like. Could be Manhattan or Sydney or Vancouver. By the elevators a young woman is arranging flowers. '' I'm calling this arrangement tropical paradise " she says while I wait for the lift to whisk me to the eighth floor. ' It's just like Tahiti' I reply, untruthfully. She looks at me blankly. Completely blankly. The doors open and I'm away before she can ask me ' What's Tahiti ? '
A yellow fever injection has been scheduled. The doctor insists I wait for half an hour afterwards to make sure there are no ill effects. Seems that yellow fever injections can have a fatal effect on over 60's. '' You've got the constitution of a mule " the doctor says in a tone of voice that is supposed to be reassuring. While waiting to see if there are any side effects Angus looks at the art on the walls and reads waiting room magazines. There is a particular type of content free magazine only found in doctors waiting rooms.
The Manhattanites are early diners. This is fine by me. Start at six. Finish at nine thirty. They are also abstemious. A one glass of wine with dinner type affair. This is not so fine. Even worse it's a unexceptional hotel Malbec. The sort chosen by a tee total catering manager. We discuss the Wall, Brexit, Taiwan and the fact that Africa’s population is forecast to double from 1.3 billion today to 2.5 billion in 30 years. Over that time Africa will contribute more than 58% of world population growth .
Starting in August robots will park your car : https://www.topgear.com/car-news/future-tech/its-future-robots-will-park-your-car-airport