Those poor Maasai warriors have probably never felt anything like it though. They have never been outside their village in Tanzania before, but this year they opened the marathon and are running to raise money so that their village can obtain fresh drinking water. They will be in traditional clothing, carrying their shields and spears, wearing sandals made of rubber tires, and chanting - just as they do at home - and hope to complete the marathon in 4 hours.
They can run for days at a time hunting food and water and herding cattle, so this little marathon will be a walk in the park.
Near London Bridge
On the Tube
Because London is a completely alien experience, they were given a four-page cultural briefing that included info such as:
"Even though some may look like they have a frown on their face, they are very friendly people - many of them just work in offices, jobs they don't enjoy, and so they do not smile as much as they should."
"You cannot rely on the sun to tell the time accurately and will have to rely on clocks and watches. The sun will rise and set at different times." [Me. If they see the sun at all.]
"Whereas at home for you it is acceptable to spit, in England it is not but, if you have to, you must do so in a sink or in some trees when no one is looking." [Me. Then they'll be the only people not spitting on the street.]
"You will see many people who are wearing only small clothes and you will wonder why they are cold and may think they are being disrespectful....This is normal for England, especially when it is sunny or in the evening. However, it is illegal to show certain parts of the body and for this reason it is important that you wear underpants if you are wearing your blankets."
To read more, visit the article in the Daily Mail.
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Unsurprisingly, the first six men across the line were Kenyan with one American coming fifth. A Brit came in 5 minutes later.
The rest will be straggling in until well after sunset. Some people in costumes, raising money for various charities, may take a few more days!
And now on to my birthday on Thursday.
I took the day off and my mother came along since she had the day off. This may be our last birthday together in a long time, and I wanted to spend the day in town appreciating London before I leave it.
1) Lunch with Lydia
Lydia is my oldest friend. We have known each other for over 27 years. We don't even remember meeting.
After lunch at Cumin Indian restaurant
2) Chores and banking
3) Wandering around Carnaby Street
One of three handbag flowerpots on a ledge outside a shop in funky Kingly Court, off Carnaby Street
The signed card that greeted me back at work thenext morning! It made my day.
As fine a sunset as you will get in London
I've just received a final comment on my previous post.
Mark said: Some nice pics there. I think you secretly like living in (despite the tales of travel delays)!! You'll miss it if you move away!?
No, Mark, I won't miss it enough to regret leaving and I didn't miss it before I came back.
And I can take nice pics anywhere, you'll see!
What I will miss are little things like perhaps some favourite foods and products. (I will make a list soon.) Also I might experience those split second sensory flashbacks, just as I do now with memories of Texas which come unbidden as I sit at my desk in the office. That's life.