As most of the globe is now well aware, my lovely City, the one that I was born in, grew up in, live in and work in, was hit by a serious of terrorist strikes last Thursday (7/7/2005). The first thing to say, quite obviously, is that I extend my sincere condolonces to anyone who has been affected by this appalling and despicable tradgedy. Frankly, this sick act made me evaluate a lot of things. In particular I attempted to rationalise this project that I am currently working on with Michael, and whether or not, in the greater scheme of things, it has any merit or is particularly worthwile.
I had a lenghthy discussion with Michael. We decided that the fact that we are raising money for charity is reason enough to carry on, and that no blood-thirsty sicko should be allowed to dictate what we do on a day to day basis.
That having been said, it's patently obvious that the last thing that any politician, newspaper editor, columnist, religious leader, indeed anyone on our list of 500, will want at the moment is to receive some daft letter from me asking to have my photo taken with them.
It really goes without saying that most people probably have their mind on other things at the moment.
We've therefore decided that for the next 2 weeks there is little point in me writing to anyone and that I should recommence sending out my letters towards the end of July. Michael has agreed to extend the time limit of our bet by 2 weeks and it will now end on January 14th next year. This will also give me the opportunity of spending the next fortnight snuffling out the contacting details of these individuals, much as so many hefty pigs would search for truffles.
The only other point to add is that to date, of the 21 individuals already written to (see below), only one has as of yet replied......step forward Richard Littlejohn.
Well I say replied, what I actually mean is he organised for a stock postcard from Sun Newspapers to be sent to me. It reads:
Thank you very much for taking the trouble to write to Richard Littlejohn.
The volume of mail received on a weekly basis means Richard is not always able to reply personally to every letter. However, he is grateful for your views - whether positive suggestions or criticism - and will consider the points you raise.
Once again, many thanks for writing.
So that'll be a 'No' then, I guess.