It’s my birthday today. I received kind messages from so many people. Thank you. Overwhelming really. I spent most of the morning in bed, but you don’t need the details. Peter the chef made a chocolate cake, bedecked with strawberries. Jane spent the day with me, which was great. It was fantastic to the power of a million to have a chat with niece Hayley, before she had dinner in Ho Chi Minh City. I received a loving and supportive email from my parents. Sebastian set off for the Steiner School Olympics in Sussex, where he camps for three nights, practices the sports, ready for the grand start at 7am on Saturday. I am so proud of how our son, and daughter, faces the world every day. Yesterday we celebrated with Sebastian, Caron, Gerwyn and Bengi, enjoying Valentina’s lemon drizzle cake. If I’ve left something out, it’s because I am eager to write the next paragraph.
‘Daddy, we’ve come to see you. What’s more important, the football or seeing me?’ Italia 90, Stefan Kunz, 4-1 defeat in 2010 world cup. It’s a paradox, a big one. I speak German, I believe that their social market economy is great, I loved the food and drink, they are environmental leaders, the country understands the value of and funds widespread Waldorf education, the people are great and the country beautiful and interesting. I went to university there and spent a fantastic summer working at a Heidelberg hotel. I was jumping and whooping for joy when the VAR gave the first South Korean goal and delirium had set in when they scored again. The BBC commentator was desperate for Germany to lose, whipping us into a frenzy. Germany weren’t even playing England. There is a long Wikipedia entry devoted to the rivalry, which points out that, for Germany, England are just any other team. Before Jane and I started dating, we were with a group of friends in Istanbul watching Euro96. I was so upset at our defeat that I walked out without speaking to anyone. Early warning sign. Valentina asked if today’s result was my best birthday present and I told her that it was. She supports Spain, the country of her birth, so she will probably suffer in a different way.
Thank you for your birthday wishes.