Another summer ends. Your 6th in Japan in a row. It’ll soon start cooling down again so no more sweltering walks to the station/school until 2018.
Here is a short UK update for you.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana Princess of Wales; it made news around the world at the time and there has been a lot in the media over it this summer. I clearly remember when I found out; I was back home in Everton for the summer after the end of my first year at university. My mum told me in the kitchen when I went down to make coffee.
As I posted yesterday, our Prime Minister is currently on a trade mission to Japan. My repeated requests to the Foreign Office in the UK to lobby the Japanese government much harder and more publicly on the issue of parental child abduction have not to date been heeded and I fear that such issues will not be on Mrs May’s delegation’s visit. As such I yesterday put in a freedom of information request to find out why this continues to be the case and when this will change. I will update the blog in the coming weeks as soon as I receive a response.
I spent a couple of days with Dad up in Edinburgh, Scotland, over the late August national holiday. It is a fantastically beautiful city also with much on offer around it in the surrounding, mountainous countryside. We concentrated mainly on the city centre but did manage to get the bus out to the Royal Yacht Britannia now moored in Leith, a coastal suburb of Edinburgh.
Dad celebrates his 89th birthday next month and everyone is meeting up, as we did last year, at the Boathouse down in Hythe to mark the occasion. Plans are also being tentatively developed for his 90th birthday in 2018.
Less positively, both my aunt Diana and your Great Grandma have recently been diagnosed with cancers. Diana is responding very well to treatment as it was caught early – she is expected to make a full recovery – but Grandma is still waiting for a full medical assessment.
Your UK cousin, Olly, is doing well. He celebrated his first birthday in April and my sister returned to work at about the same time.
I have mailed you the items below in two tranches, one today and one on 24 August. These include a genuine Edinburgh/Cashmere scarf – I tried it on before sending it to you and it is very soft and fluffy and will, I trust, help keep you warm this winter.