Second course (of the 3 course banquet) by: JK | Mon 24 May

Back in London (or perhaps more accurately, out near Heathrow) – this course is at Twickenham Stadium – the home of English Rugby. There has been a 7s rugby match being played there the past 2 days so it has been quite interesting seeing the locals getting kitted up for a day out in the sun. Unlike soccer, everybody seems to be in high spirits and in the mood for a good time. Lots of amazing dress-ups (and I mean “dress” ups – what is it about British men and cross-dressing?).
The course continues where we left off last week, building on the skills gained there. There seems to be a bit of repetition but this is probably a good thing as it lays down the information more securely. I managed to get a searing headache today but eventually kicked it off, just in time to come home.
Again we have had long days – tonight we finished at 9:20pm – and it is 10:15 before we get back to the hotel. I’m sharing a room with an ex-pat kiwi who has come down from Scotland for the course.
I’m starting to map out the framework for my talks in my mind and the process is interesting to watch (I am able to dissociate myself from the process and this provides an intriguing perspective. If this is the second course and this is happening now, I can’t wait for the 3rd course which is the platform skills intensive.
I’m managing to keep in contact with the family via Skype which has been great for tempering my home-sickness. Even so, I am looking forward to getting back home and getting the show on the road.

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