Archive for March, 2012

Memento Mori

March 16, 2012

I’m still marked as deceased. But I’m still not. However, the Marquis people have now promised to mark me as alive again. But it has certainly been a memento mori. Quite a few old friends have already gone (Scotland’s not famous for longevity), and I wondered if they know something I didn’t. perhaps, and perhaps not. And when I showed it to my DGM901 tutorial group this morning, they just laughed. Well, fair enough, and I did tell them I as trying to get it changed: I suppose to a 19 or 20 year old it is funny, but to me, well, yes, it has its amusing side, but also its serious side. What if i was to drop off my perch tonight? What have I missed? Do I have a bucket list (no!), though there’s things I’d like to do, though I do feel reasonably at peace with my immediate family (who are probably the only people reading this anyway). Ach well, bedtime. Hopefully, I’ll wake up in the morning, though one can never tell!

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Still breathing …

March 15, 2012

I’m in the Marquis Who’s Who: I have been for a few years. Today, an ex-colleague of mine, a retired Professor, who had been visiting family in Hong Kong, came to visit me in my office, and said he was really pleased to see me. Now, I was glad of that, but wondered why he was quite so glad to see me. It turns out that he had been looking at Marquis Who’s Who, from Hong Kong – someone had recommended him – and he had decided to look up a few people he know on it, including me. I was on there, all right, but marked deceased! As Mark Twain said, “Rumors of my demise were much exaggerated”, I’m very glad to say. I have needless to say written to the company, and will try to get the error corrected, preferably before it actually becomes true!