I have been haunting our post box daily for over two months waiting for a parcel slip for something sent by airmail from Estonia, and could hardly contain my surprise when it finally arrived. Presumably, after reaching Johannesburg in two days, it was then sent on by an all-stations oxwagon, in keeping with all the other marvellous services currently provided in South Africa. (Actually, I think it had something to do with unpaid aircraft fuel bills or strikes or both.)
Anyway, the contents were the latest CD (seen bottom centre) of the multi-talented Mart Sander, titled Bella Italia, in which he and his swing orchestra perform, with him as one of three vocalists, numbers like Oi Mari and Ciribiribin. I played it right through with enjoyment the minute I opened the parcel – lovely light listening. That, I had expected.
What came as a lovely surprise was a set of prints of his portraits of thirty great composers. I had, actually, contributed by way of editing the English versions of the trilingual captions on the back, but at twenty or so words per portrait that wasn’t much labour, and I hadn’t really expected to receive a set!
What was rather more midnight-oil stuff was editing the hour and a quarter length of one of his stage plays, Behind the Random Denominator, with the direly short deadline of two days if it were to be considered for the 2015 productions in the world’s largest solo theatre festival Off Broadway in New York. I made it, he made it, and it made it: it was accepted and appears in September. Yay!
Now I am waiting with bated breath for his novel, The Goddess of the Devil (which I reviewed here), to find worldwide distribution.