Lost in Translation
" 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.
Although born to East Indians, he was raised in England by an English family since he was five. In Canada, his natural English accent gave him a sense of superiority.
It was only now, in observing his wife among her own peers talking in her native tongue of Tagalog, did he realize how difficult it would be living in, say, Canada, speaking in faltering English and being judged by your faulty accent. To many of these immigrants, including Laura, who was a perfectionist, the shame stilled their tongues. They said as little as possible to avoid the embarrassment. "
- Extract from Heart of New York.
Penny for your thoughts ?
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 .
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”.
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.