That was the weekend that was.

On Friday night, despite an Alsacian English Speaking Community event(which we only heard about on the day and therefore weren’t able to throw off end of week tiredness and attend.) as usual we watched an episode of West Wing. Of late real progress seems to have been made in getting through episodes and the end of the Third Series is now in sight. Also we are getting to the stage where we are seeing episodes which were missed when it was first broadcast because of being crazily busy in real-life and the then crazy scheduling of Channel Four who moved the series around the schedules then into a digital ghetto. West Wing is my favourite political TV series and it is bringing back great memories as we work our way through from the beginning again since we came to Strasbourg. It meant hearing this morning of the death of Ron Silver, an always good value Bruno Gianelli in the programme, made me sad.(obit)  There is a moving tribute to him from Daniel Finkelstein here. (hat tip Iain Dale)

Saturday evening saw a dinner for four friends and it just happened that, because of who could come, I was the only male with five females, and because of the nature of Strasbourg and working for a European institution we had people present from France, Turkey, Russia and Japan.  On Sunday I was amazed at the English destruction of the French rugby team, particularly the first half when they ran riot, to use an old friendly cliche.  I was less pleased about the loss by Manchester City away to Chelsea which, according to accounts, was not as close as the 1-0 score-line would suggest.

There is a site where you enter the URL of your blog and it tells you what kind of personality you have.  For me it said:

ESFP – The Performers

The entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft fabrics, bright colors (sic) and sweet smells. They live in the present moment and don´t like to plan ahead – they are always in (sic) risk of exhausting themselves.

The enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation – qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions.

(Hat-tip JTO who says, “and we all know that these analyses are NEVER WRONG.” though I would say I am more like a mechanic who; “like problem solving and risk and are independent and do not like personal conflict.” or to be a scientist who are; “long-range thinking and individualistic type.  They are especially good at looking at almost anything and figuring out a way of improving it – often with a highly creative and imaginative touch.  They are intellectually curious and daring, but might be physically hesitant to try new things.  The scientists enjoy theoretical work that allows them to use their strong minds and bold creativity.  Since they tend to be so abstract and theoretical in their communication they often have a problem communicating their visions to other people and need to learn patience and use concrete examples.  Since they are extremely good at concentrating they often have no trouble working alone. ” But as I’m not either of the two alternatives as JTO says it must be right.)

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