Updated Links

I know there aren’t many people who visit this site, so very few people (if any) will notice that I’ve just updated the links that you should be seeing on the right hand side of your page. I have actually been reading most of these sites’ feeds for a few months now, so their addition is well overdue. Unfortunately, I haven’t been much of a participant in any of these blogs despite getting so much from them. (Obviously, I plan on changing that, but for the time being, I am only going to link to them.)

The first two links are to friends of mine. William Chen is currently in Japan and is writing at w   a n  d   e r  i  n  g, and Konrad Turski is blogging on Times.konradturski.com, where he’s got a very nice-looking WordPress blog. (Is that hosted on WordPress.com, Konrad?)

The other blogs that I’d like to draw attention to both concern themselves with South African and international affairs. I really enjoy reading what Laurence, John and Wayne [et al? I don’t follow the contributors too closely…] have to say on Commentary South Africa and have been a subscriber to their blog for what feels like ages. I started following The Spike far more recently, but also enjoy Ivo Vegter’s take on all manner of things, especially the US. In both cases, what the authors have to say makes for interesting reading and food for thought. (Now all I need to do is actually respond to their thoughts directly…)

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The News

In my last post, which was in November [hanging head in shame], I tantalisingly alluded to great and wonderful news that was to follow soon. As it happens, the “soon” part was highly inaccurate, given that the delay hasn’t been due to laziness on my part. On the contrary, the corporate world being what it is, it’s taken until this week for me to get confirmation on my upcoming whereabouts. I’ve known for ages that my US visa is going to run out at the end of April, and that I don’t have any options for continuing to work in the US, so the only unknown has been “where next”. (Side note: I could, of course, marry my American girlfriend and remain in the country, but I can’t blame her for being unwilling to get herself stuck with me.;)) But now I know: my boss is going to try and get me transferred to the UK. So that’s where I’ll be in a few months’ time. All sorts of details still need to be hashed out, but I am happy that I now know where I am going to be.

All I need to do now is throw all my belongings into a box and hope I can get half of it across the Atlantic without incident…