Keeper of Stories
" Hazel was the consummate gossip, but try as he may, he could detect no malice in her. She seemed to know everyone and everything about Cyprus. She spoke to him of bus drivers who never came on time, yet detoured several streets to deliver elderly women safely to the Carrefour; of the taxi driver who felt sorry for a customer and loaned him fifty Euros; of the village she now lived in, twenty minutes away by bus, where the local hotel allowed her to use their pool and gym at no cost. She spoke of local restaurant owners, of flea market operators and Russian nouveau riche taking over; of the hostility between the Greeks and Turks on this divided island. Once started, Hazel showed no sign of reticence."
- Extract from Chasing Aphrodite.
The final episode of Game of Thrones took to the screen last night.
After the battles, came the Council of Lords to determine their new leader.
Tyrion Lannister suggested people were not bound together by banners, castles or mighty kings but by stories of their heritage held by "The Keeper of Stories".
So much was learned from Hazel of the people , customs and history of Cyprus. She was a touchstone to them and the dozen civilizations that conquered this island because of its invaluable deposits of copper ( Kupros- Greek for Cyprus) and were then forced to relinquish their hold - to participate in their own Game Of Thrones.
Despite the horrendous shortfalls in basic needs of its citizenry, there was no sign of self pity but an inspirational energy if a visitor like me could put away the past and a longing for a bygone age where all power and privilege had been torn out of the black African’s hands .
Wherever I travel , I pick up “Harrods” bags and always ask for extras,. These I carry round with me daily. They store my bills to pay, a diary and some cash. Today, I am sporting a forest green bag with gold lettering from Hatchards of Piccadilly , booksellers since 1797 , bearing the royal crests of The Queen, Prince Philip and the Prince of Wales.
He had met Laura in Calgary. At first he had found her reserved and introverted. Gradually, she opened up as she gained more and more trust in him. But she kept her conversation with others to the barest minimum. Eventually, the penny dropped. He began to understand her reticence towards speaking to others.