Well, I have just got through listening to my conversations with Lena from 2003, lasting 110 hours. Now I am moving on to listening to 64 hours from 2004. I have some new material that allows me greater insight into Lena as a teenager.
Here is Lena in full flight, telling me her story on 10 July 2003.
I have chosen (risked?) to upgrade one on my Windows computers to Windows 10. Is this the dawn of a new age? Or the start of a nightmare?
I am listening to my recorded conversations with Lena in 2003. Listening to hear her “voice” and checking in case I might have missed something important. During 2003, I recorded 18 sessions with Lena, totalling around 110 hours, from early July.
When someone has lived through and been impacted by all of the major events of the Holocaust, which ones to include and which ones to gloss over in a biography? Can you “gloss over” anything in the Holocaust?
Time for a progress report.
A change in my professional circumstances means I have some time to dedicate to secondary research for Hold On. I am also going through my 2003-04 interviews with Lena to check that I haven’t missed something important and for detail/clarity.
So what am I currently reading?
My local Morrisons supermarket sells a limited range of Polish foods. Including one of my favourites:
We might have missed the solar eclipse here in cloudy London this morning but the sun has now come out.
General Sikorski is looking up towards the Polish Embassy on Portland Place. Up to the Chinese Lacquer Room, where the Embassy hosted the Righteous Among the Nations ceremony for Maria Kotarba in October 2006.
Just so you don’t think I bound 80 blank pages!
I am not sure I know but this is what mine looks like when comb-bound…
I have advised two people on how to give an acceptance speech.
Brian Jenner, founder of the Founder of the European Speechwriter Network gave this advice on BBC News just before the recent Oscars.
I have adapted his final piece of advice when making an acceptance speech:
Be grateful. Be gracious. Be gone!
I know a little bit about writing and delivering speeches. This one ticked all the boxes for me around content and passion. Regardless of politics.