(which I felt should have its own post)
so, it's not actually my birthday *just* yet, it's on the 19th, I just wanted to share my supercool picture with you all. But thanks for all the good wishes.
god I'm happy to be back. Walking back down from Piazza Flaminio after the match on saturday Rome flet not like a big foreign city but like a rather familiar and manageable town. I've been drinking a lot of coffee. The man in the pizza shop made lots of complimentary remarks about how much weight I'd lost. The greengrocer wanted to know about my holidays.
I managed to make a small child cry today, a little Chinese girl of about 3 or 4 who stared at me with big dark eyes, so I smiled at her and she went 'waah' and screwed her face up and turned away from me, managing to fall over and scrape her knee in the process. Everyone turned round and looked reproachfully at me. All I did was smile, it was rather distressing.
match report to follow at some stage, have been a bit busy since then, er, catching up with someone, you know how it is...