London Journal – Wednesday, October 22, 2008

There are many ways to do team-building, not just through work and spiritual conversation. More about that later.

True or false? A cockroach can live for a week with its head cut off. More about that later, too.

The winters here must be mild enough to allow the survival of plants that would not make it in PA.

On our walk (with short stretches of jogging for me) through Roundwood Park today we noticed that the grounds people have just this week planted eight or ten beds full of pansies, primroses and some other flowering plants that we did not recognize. Presumably these plants will live thorugh the winter and be ready for early blooming next spring.

Similarly, we notice occasional palms or other tropical trees that would be doomed in PA.

By noon we were at JS’s home for an afternoon of team-building through eating together, conversation, games and fun. There were seven of us team members, plus J’s mother. The lunch was a grand buffet, with couscous, two soups and many desserts. The game was Cranium. What a fun experience, with many moments of howling laughter. This was the British edition, so we who have not lived long in UK were at a distrinct handicap, but that only added to the comedy and harrassment.

True or false about the cockroach? From a Cranium card we learned that a cockroach’s brain is not located in its head but in various other parts of the body (who would have known?!) so it can live about a week after the head is cut off. Now you know…

We left at dusk. The walk through a large park in Kenton back to the streets and Undergound was so pleasant. Clear sky, no wind, black-headed gulls standing on or flying above the short-mowed playing fields. Life is good. God is gracious.

When we arrived two weeks ago, the British pound was worth $1.73 in US money. Today it is $1.62.
So make your plans to come to London. The price is getting better!

Tonight we pack; tomorrow we fly to US. So this ends my London Journal for this trip.
Thanks for checking in on things.
Leave a comment. It makes my day.

6 Responses

  1. Sounds like you had a great trip and got some great work done! I had to laugh when I read about your London “office” and in thought compared it to your former office/library at Manor – what a change! Looking forward to your next update!

  2. Hi John,

    Very interesting reading your blog…I can even hear your voice speaking as I read.


  3. I don’t always read you notes but when I do I find them refreshing… Team Building and Connecting seem to be valued tools in your assignment – and it is great to see that you are finding ways to make them work productively. Carry on!

  4. By the way, by cutting off Mr. Cockroach’s tail and carefully noting the results, it could be possible to proceed thus step by step and eventually locate his brain. So?

  5. Welcome home, John and Jolene
    Enjoy reading your observations and adventures. We continue to pray for you!

  6. John and Jolene: Just want you to know I followed your trip with great interest. Enjoyed every post. Blessings to you both!

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