December 13th, 2004


Sad news

Arthur Lydiard has died, ironically of a heart attack. For those who don't know, he was a brilliant motivator, and pivotal in the progress of sport/coaching in New Zealand.

So apparently Tommy won't be arriving till next weekend, because there is no money to buy him another ticket until then. He was on the phone to me this morning (small mercies - it was great to hear his voice), apologizing and making excuses for his father.

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Anyway, I get a week less with him, so it's up to me to make sure that the time we do get is filled with good healthy stuff and positive demonstrations of how life doesn't have to be the way it's role-modelled to him at home. That's about the only thing I can think of to do.

I picked up orders for two portraits this morning. Rock! ;-)