"I'm what the world considers to be a phenomenally successful man. And I've failed much more than I've succeeded. And each time I fail, I get my people together, and I say, "Where are we going?" And it starts to get better." - Calvin Trager
The good news: Terminal 4 at Heathrow is a T-mobile HotSpot.
The bad news: The wi-fi connection fades in and out like an AM radio on a stormy night.
On a 7-hour layover in London before heading to Accra this afternoon/evening. The international terminal at Heathrow is a great place ... kind of like being at the United Nations or IKEA at Potomac Mills. Lots of different people. Lots of different languages. Really cool.
The British are so hospitable. We got off the plane and had to get on buses to take us to the terminal. When the bus stopped at the terminal the opening door apparently jostled some man too much so he -- in his thick British accent -- started going after the bus driver and cussing at him. It was sweet of them to go to all that trouble to make us Americans feel at home!
I do have to say, it's pleasant to hear someone's response to being called a dipshit be "I beg your pardon?"
The Sunday Times had a 2/3 page story/editorial on John McCain and how he should be Kerry's running mate. The stories about Cheney meeting with the CIA leak investigators were reported almost gleefully. Doesn't seem to be much love for our president over here.
Some of my plane reading was the latest issue of "Washington Notes on Africa," written by the Rev. Dr. Leon Spencer, who is the Executive Director. Few, if any, people in the American Church know what's going on in Africa better than Leon. I just checked their website and they haven't posted this latest edition (titled "A personal manifesto for justice in Africa and the United States") yet, so I'll post more about it later. In the meantime, there's still an awful lot of good stuff on the WOA website
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"Christ's example is being
demeaned by the church if they ignore the new leprosy,
which is AIDS. The church is the sleeping giant here.
If it wakes up to what's really going on in the rest
of the world, it has a real role to play. If it doesn't,
it will be irrelevant."