Monthly Archives: July 2003

Nice sponsor

So I met them at the conference I was at in Athens in May and they said, can you speak at a conference for us in Serbia mid-July? and I said, sure. But they called and said the July date … Continue reading

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Tolkien

‘Bye bye, you maddening piece of crap’ Well well, a person who knows stuff! Yay! we coulduse more of you-people that actually enjoy thebooks and how they’re written. You know yourstuff! Go you! Do you really know the works of … Continue reading

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Reports

Serbia report finally published; Bosnia report going out today; Moldova report undergoing final editing by me; only three others to do before going on holiday in eleven, count them, eleven days. Can’t come soon enough.

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Look, when I said I wanted the damn thing trimmed from 100 pages to 50 pages before I started editing it, I did not mean that it was OK for you to increase it to 120 pages before demanding that … Continue reading

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More Georgia

At the French Embassy reception for Bastille Day on Monday I bumped into my old friend Pete. I knew him in Bosnia five years ago where he had a variety of jobs in the international community and fell in love … Continue reading

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Georgians

I was talking to a young American colleague last week before coming out to Tbilisi. He asked me casually if Eduard Shevardnadze had been at all well known in international politics before he became President of Georgia. Boggle. I mean, … Continue reading

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საკართველო

Going to Georgia for the first time in my life on Sunday, and I’ve been trying to learn the alphabet. საკართველო is sakartvelo, meaning “Georgia”. შევარდნაძე is Shevardnadze. I think it will be a long haul.

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Latest from the battle-front

Thanks to for linking to the previous entry! Our man got a fax from the Interior Ministry this afternoon saying that his visa has been extended for a year. So all is well. Apart from my toe which is still … Continue reading

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Ow ow ow

I just had an ingrowing toenail out. A minor problem for years, and then it flared up again last week, so I went in to the local hospital (same one where U was born) on Thursday afternoon for a bit … Continue reading

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