Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Drinking, feasting and writing

South Ronaldsay has an acellent fish restaurant, The Creel in the village of St Margaret's Hope, which hosted a celebration dinner for James and myself on the launch of Suffer & Survive. (Lovely review in Saturday's Times - more on the weird psycho-pathology of Lynne Truss of Sunday's review later!)
So we splurged on a fine Italian white - wine becoming a sadly occasional treat for me of late, since it inevitably leaves me awake at night for a couple of hours at the very least.
I used last night's awake hours to read a brief biography of Pessoa - a blog of last year focused on another memorable meal in his favourite Pisbon restaurant, when we found ourselves in the midst of a meeting of the Pessoa Society. I was intrigued by his 'heteronymy', writing as different characters - then realized I spend much of my own waking hours performing the same trick.
Pessoa died young of liver failure, absinthe a favourite tipple. I appreciate how my extra-sensitivityy to alcohol is sparing me that particular course.
Hopefully this is not my last ever email ... I follow Haldane's self-experimental route 90 minutes from now, hard hat diving in Stromness pier. Adrenaline surges.

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